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Walking labyrinth in UK’s Chandler Hospital atrium offers place for contemplation, meditation

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky In a busy hospital, it can be hard to find a place for quiet contemplation — a place where staff, patients and visitors can collect their thoughts, release stress and have a moment of calm. But just inside the atrium of the University of Kentucky’s Chandler Hospital, inset on the floor, there is what looks like a maze but is in fact a “walking labyrinth”...

Rural Blog: Booker says liberals must listen to rural conservatives, find commonality, build relationships

First-term state Rep. Charles Booker of Louisville, an African American who nearly won the nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, told The New York Times that progressives need to “show up and listen” to rural conservatives who like President Trump if they want to build a winning coalition in the Democratic Party. “What I tell folks is that, honestly,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Asian carp invasion and the war to rid Ky. waterways of these nuisance species

Of all the invasive, non-native species that have made their way to North America from China, none is more egregious than the Bighead Carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) and the Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix). Their impact is severe and far-reaching. These so-called Asian carp were originally imported by Arkansas fish farmers in the 1970s to control plankton in rearing ponds and provide fresh...

Daily Yonder: Due to pandemic, 2020 Census rural count has become even more challenging

By Donna Kallner Special to KyForward For most people, replying to the 2020 Census is surprisingly quick and easy. Except when it’s not. And rural areas are particularly prone to conditions that can hinder getting a complete and accurate count — things like limited high-speed internet access, addressing and mail delivery challenges, and resistance to perceived government nosiness. As if that isn’t...

UK to host virtual Corn and Soybean Field Day; two-day event to help producers set for July 21, July 28

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a virtual Corn and Soybean Field Day to help producers get the research-based information and continuing education they need in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “These virtual field days help us fulfill our commitment of getting applied research and principles into the hands...

Blessings Farm in Walton is a health ministry, and their message is about physical and emotional health

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward Twenty years ago, Suzy Hoseus was extremely sick and felt she was close to having colon cancer. Around that time, she attended a conference called “You Don’t Have to be Sick.” She was not yet ready to make changes needed to have a healthy lifestyle, but she says a seed was planted. A few months later, “I woke up and I had blood in my stool and it really...

UK’s Heart-2-Heart campaign expands to agriculture to thank Kentucky farmers for tireless work

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky They go to work bright and early every morning regardless of the day of the week or the weather conditions to help ensure Americans have the safest, freshest food supply in the world. To thank them for their tireless work, the University of Kentucky is expanding its Heart-2-Heart campaign to the state’s farmers. “Farmers are critical to Kentucky’s economy...

Kentucky Chamber launches statewide campaign to change stigma around substance use disorder

In an effort to help Kentuckians struggling with substance use disorder, assist businesses in developing recovery-friendly work environments, and engage Kentuckians interested in smart criminal justice reforms, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has announced the launch of “Kentucky Comeback,” a statewide initiative in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The opioid epidemic has led to...

Kentucky Attorney General defends ‘Casey’s Law’ in court as necessary tool for fighting drug epidemic

In furthering his commitment to fighting the drug epidemic, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has announced his office is defending a Kentucky law used to combat drug addiction and help individuals suffering from substance use disorders receive treatment. The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention, commonly known as “Casey’s Law,” allows family members and friends to secure...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Non-native mussel, aquatic vegetation have become common in Kentucky waters

A non-native mussel and three species of non-native aquatic vegetation have become established in Kentucky’s major lakes. Zebra Mussels endanger native mussel populations and affect the food chain, water clarity and spawning substrate of native gamefish species. Zebra Mussels are present in Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, Dale Hollow Lake, Taylorsville Lake, Carr Creek Lake, Dewey Lake, and Fishtrap...

Daily Yonder: How Amy McGrath defeated Charles Booker in Democratic primary — by the numbers

By Tim Marema Editor, Daily Yonder Former Marine Corps pilot Amy McGrath took the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Kentucky by winning in rural counties, small metropolitan areas, and the suburbs of the state’s two largest cities, Lexington and Louisville. McGrath defeated State Representative Charles Booker by 11,100 votes, which amounted to about 3 percentage points of the record-breaking...

Operation Dry Water in effect this weekend; conservation officers watching for impaired boaters

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will join law enforcement agencies across the nation for Operation Dry Water during the July 4 holiday weekend. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign designed to educate the public about the danger of boating while impaired. Kentucky will increase its law enforcement presence around the state’s lakes and rivers...

Daily rounds of storms could carry severe weather, flood risks across large swath of U.S. this week

By Renee Duff AccuWeather meteorologist You don’t have to be directly struck by lightning. There are other ways you can get hit, which is why you should never underestimate a thunderstorm. A stagnant weather pattern has set up across the central and eastern United States, sparking daily rounds of showers and heavy thunderstorms into the start of July. The stormy conditions will not only bring hazards...

Kentucky native remembers his Uncle Vincent Steil, a World War II soldier and family almost forgotten

By Edward Ziegler Special to KyForward Whether it’s Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or even the Fourth of July, whatever else I’m doing I end up thinking about my uncle Vincent Steil, a young soldier killed during World War II. During this 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II, I also find myself thinking a lot about his parents, my grandparents, Alvin and Ethel Steil, who both, I...

U.S. Customs seizes largest-ever shipment of synthetic drugs at Port of Cincinnati, Erlanger

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized an air shipment at a local cargo examination station in Erlanger, which has turned out to be the largest synthetic drug seizure in the history of the Port of Cincinnati, as well as other items. 
This shipment came from China and was headed to a single importer in Aurora, Colorado. When officers examined the shipment, they...

Community Farm Alliance encourages investment in food security through redirecting police budgets

The Community Farm Alliance has issued the following statement: Community Farm Alliance (CFA) is advocating for local communities to redirect funds from police department budgets toward food security efforts and other preventative programs that make our communities more safe. We join those across Kentucky that are demanding these changes because CFA knows firsthand how programs facilitating increased...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The yellow bass is a small, underappreciated species, but makes a tasty meal

This underappreciated native fish species is usually an incidental bycatch, most often taken by crappie anglers casting or drifting small jigs, or fishing live minnows around submerged wood cover. The Yellow Bass (Morone mississippiensis) is a member of the temperate bass family Moronidae, that includes the striped bass, white bass and hybrid striped bass. Some anglers fishing in Kentucky Lake and...

KDLA announces 10 local government agencies receive grants of $220,000 to preserve records

The Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has announced 10 recipients of more than $220,000 in Local Records Program grant funds to help preserve and manage local government records. The Local Records Program helps to protect and make available records with continuing archival value and assists local agencies with records management...

Murray State summit draws more than 2,000 educators for virtual keynote speeches, workshops

A total of 2,051 educators representing 159 school districts across 22 states — in addition to guests from six countries worldwide — attended Murray State’s virtualized “The Summit: A Teaching and Technology Conference.” Guests participated in online workshops and viewed streamed keynote speeches. Through a partnership between Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute and the Kentucky Academy...

Kids Count Data Book highlights areas of continued need as state aims toward recovery from pandemic

Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the latest edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable, but still inadequate, improvements were due in part to progress across several areas of economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births, and parental employment. Though Kentucky made progress...