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Lauren and Rob Hudson: America is exceptional; education and training is key to jobs, the economy

This week, we focus on how education and training can make or break America’s ability to remain an exceptional country. Education and training, now more than ever, will be keys to our country’s economy and jobs. Earlier in our nation’s history, more Americans could get by without as much education or training. Today we have fewer high-paying jobs for people who have less education or less training...

BBB Trends: School dazed? Watch for identity theft; share information only on need-to-know basis

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau In just a few short weeks, school bells will ring announcing the start of another school year. For many parents, that means forms, forms, and more forms -— applications for scholarships, sports teams, scouts and the list goes on.  Need-To-Know Basis As you get started, consider how much of your child’s information you’re sharing and how to protect it. You...

Marylou Whitney, philanthropist and Thoroughbred breeder, dies at age 93 at her home in Saratoga

Staff report Marylou Whitney, legendary philanthropist and thoroughbred owner/breeder, died July 19 at her Cady Hill home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the New York Racing Association announced. No further details were provided. She was 93. She owned a horse farm in Lexington. Marylou Whitney in the paddock at Churchill Downs. (Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt) She carried on the legacy of one of Thoroughbred...

BBB Trends: Pause — read the fine print for online auction sites and read it fully before buying

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau   Going to a live auction to find a unique piece of furniture, jewelry or art can be an exciting but exhausting experience; a frenzy of people who get up close and personal with the items on sale. If you want the auction experience without the crowds or the crashing sound of the gavel, it’s easier than ever to access online options where the only sound you’ll...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth; exceptionalism through education

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa In this column series we write about fifteen parts of life which most people find to be favorable, productive common ground. We refer to them as “pillars of exceptionalism.” Many of the pillars can be covered in a single column, but not today’s pillar. Today’s column addresses how education and training can affect...

Sale of the Florence Freedom baseball team is pending; new owners to keep team in NKY

KyForward staff A sale of the Florence Freedom independent professional baseball team is pending but a statement from the prospective new owners indicates the team will remain in Northern Kentucky.  There are not a lot of details regarding the sale, but Freedom Baseball Club LLC, the group that plans to purchase the team has released this statement: “Freedom Baseball Club, LLC is in the process...

Sid Miller: Presidential candidate Ross Perot was agriculturist who never forgot deep Texas roots

As Texas and the nation mourns the loss of H. Ross Perot, many might remember him as a tech business tycoon, a quiet philanthropist, an unsuccessful candidate for President, or perhaps as an American patriot. But I’ll bet you there’s one word that rarely appeared in the many obituaries written for Mr. Perot this week:  agriculturalist. Perot Born in Texarkana on June 27, 1930, Henry Ray Perot...

Healthy Headlines: Some things to know about chest pains and calling 911 — every moment counts

St. Elizabeth Healthcare It’s the moment of truth: your chest hurts and you’re having a hard time catching your breath. Your loved one wants to call 911 but you’re not so sure – it could just be indigestion or something minor. You decide to have your loved one drive you over to the ER. After all, 911 is for emergencies – and surely your chest pain isn’t an actual emergency, right? Wrong....

FairWarning: Little progress so far on US goal to cut food waste in half; big portions end up in landfills

By Susan Abram FairWarning While 1 in 8 Americans are considered to be “food insecure,” an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat goes to waste, discarded by farmers, retailers, restaurant owners and households. Three federal agencies have agreed to work together to cut that food waste in half by 2030. But a recent government oversight report found that...

You are never too old and Kentucky’s Harlan Sanders tops the Senior List, which just goes to prove it

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There are lots of stories about young people who become instant millionaires, but there are also those who didn’t reach fame and fortune until after they reached 50, and a Kentuckian tops a list of top 10 late bloomers.

 Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC, became a millionaire at age 74 with his world-famous recipe.

 The Senior List released a study titled...

State Budget Director provides details on revenues for fiscal year ending June 30; surplus is $194.5m

The Office of State Budget Director reported that annual Kentucky’s General Fund receipts rose for the ninth consecutive year while Road Fund collections have increased in each of the last three years. For the fiscal year ending June 30 (FY19), General Fund receipts totaled $11,392.7 million, which is a 5.1 percent increase over FY18 collections.  Final FY19 General Fund revenues exceeded the official...

Kentucky Lottery ‘Lucky for Life’ winner claims prize, asks to be anonymous, takes cash option

The Lucky For Life winner from the June 27th drawing has come forward. The Lexington man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his ticket online making him the largest Kentucky Lottery online winner by winning $25,000 a year for life. The winning ticket matched all the white ball numbers but not the Lucky ball to win the game’s second prize. He bought two sets of numbers for the Thursday...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity to celebrate another family’s completed home on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate completed the construction of Joshua Muhonja and Charlotte Bihango’s new home on Saturday, July 13, from 2-3p.m. at 1805 Russell Cave Road in Lexington. The couple will share their new home with six of their children, who are all excited to have a yard where they can play soccer together. “Joshua and Charlotte understand that owning their home creates...

Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean sweep July 27; starts at Clays Ferry Boat Dock

The 2019 Kentucky River Clean Sweep will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.     Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. Register for the event at www.riversweep2019.eventbrite.com. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided for volunteers. Door prizes will be awarded.   Volunteers should gather at the Clays...

WKU’s Maggie Lewis chosen for QatarDebate Elite Academy; only non-native Arabic speaker selected from USA

Western Kentucky University senior Maggie Lewis of Shepherdsville has been selected to join the QatarDebate Elite Academy. “I couldn’t feel more privileged, honored or excited to take on such a unique and challenging opportunity,” said Lewis, an Arabic major and 2018 graduate of The Gatton Academy. “Being selected to be part of QatarDebate’s Elite Academy is something that I never anticipated...

UK’s Barnhart named chair of NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for 2020-21 season

One of the most influential leaders in college athletics, Mitch Barnhart will soon step into one of his most high-profile roles yet. The University of Kentucky athletics director has been named the chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2020-21 season, the NCAA announced on Friday. “Being asked to serve in this role by my wonderful colleagues on this committee...

Department of Corrections launches aftercare program for inmates recovering from substance use disorder

Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley joined with the state Department of Corrections (DOC) this week to announce the first-ever aftercare program within a Kentucky prison, providing a new system of support, mentoring and peer accountability for offenders in recovery from a substance use disorder. The innovative program, known as SOAR (Supporting Others in Active Recovery), focuses on relapse prevention,...

Venture Connectors Aug. 7 luncheon to feature financial technology startup success story in Carla Dearing

The Venture Connectors monthly luncheon on Aug. 7 will feature Carla Dearing, who is the founding CEO of Sum180 and head of product for FlexWage Solutions LLC. Venture Connectors luncheons are held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., in Louisville on the first Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Networking takes place after the lunch. Dearing...

Custer handles changes in track conditions, scores Xfinity Series-leading fifth victory in Alsco 300

Mike Shiplett knew the characteristics of Kentucky Speedway’s racing surface were going to change Friday as the sun set, the lights came on and the laps added up in the Alsco 300. July 12, 2019: #00: Cole Custer, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Haas Automation during the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta Ky. (HHP/Harold Hinson) The transition factored into his strategy for Cole Custer...

Farm debt shifts to smaller banks as Wall Street lender pull out on less profitable farming sector

The Rural Blog As cash-strapped American farmers are increasingly forced to declare bankruptcy or retire early, farm loans are shifting to smaller banks as large Wall Street lenders pull out of the less profitable sector. “Fewer loan options can threaten a farm’s survival, particularly in an era when farm incomes have been cut nearly in half since 2013,” P.J. Huffstutter and Jason Lange report for Reuters....