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Kentucky advances to Sweet Sixteen with win over Wofford, 62-56; Herro gets last-basket 3-pointer

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (KT) — Nobody has made more 3-pointers in college basketball than Fletcher Magee. In his final collegiate contest, Kentucky’s defense made the Wofford standout’s performance less than memorable.   
Magee failed to make a three on 12 attempts as the Wildcats survived with a 62-56 win over the Terriers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament...

JA Miss Business workshop connects local high school students with professional women

Dozens of high school students learned more about themselves and how best to design their life path at the second annual JA Miss Business, a workshop hosted by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. This daylong event encourages young women to seek meaningful and dynamic leadership careers and to embrace mentorships and professional development activities. “We really want them to know that no matter...

Nominations being accepted for 40th annual Ida Lee Willis Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 40th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, Kentucky’s most distinguished celebration of historic preservation excellence. Named for Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer, the awards are given for the protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and cultural resources. The 40th-anniversary...

BCTC offers NARA racehorse riding program; first time classes offered in summer sessions

The North American Racing Academy (NARA) at Bluegrass Community & Technical College will offer two racehorse riding classes this summer designed to introduce riders of different experience levels to racehorse riding techniques. This is the first time these courses have been offered in summer sessions. Racehorse Riding Skills I (EQS 112) introduces students to basic racehorse riding. Participants...

Rural Blog: Hemp boom has arrived, but economists advise farmers, investors to act with caution

The hemp boom has arrived with legalization under the new Farm Bill, especially with the new market for cannabidiol (CBD) preparations, but annual growth is likely to remain stable, and production may be concentrated “in relatively few states where hemp can be grown at the lowest cost of production and transported shorter distances for processing,” write University of Kentucky agricultural...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Excitement building as a new gardening season looms. Look! Seeds are starting

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward Here we go again! It’s the beginning of another year of gardening, and I am excited!  I am so excited, one would think that I was at the beginning of an electrifying world tour that promises adventure with exotic, wild people; glorious food served in ten-course meals (French, naturally); buckets of champagne, fine wines and bourbon (I do live in Kentucky);...

UK study: Affordability will determine autonomous machinery adoption by grain producers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky When autonomous machinery becomes available, grain producers who adopt it would likely see economic benefits, but only if the machinery is not cost prohibitive, according to a University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment study. While autonomous technology, such as driverless tractors, is not commercially available in the U.S. yet, it could...

Most Americans fearful of self-driving vehicles; AAA believes testing, experience will aid acceptance

A year after multiple, high-profile automated vehicle incidents, American attitudes toward fully self-driving cars have not rebounded. AAA’s annual automated vehicle survey found that 71 percent of people are afraid to ride in completely self-driving vehicles — indicating overall sentiment has not yet returned to what it was prior to these incidents (63 percent fearful). The key to helping consumers...

BBB Trends: Before the image leaves pawprints on your heart, check the source

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau March 23 is National Puppy Day, and if your family is considering adding a furry friend to the family, there are many things to think about when purchasing a pet – like how to get stains out of the carpet or what valuables to tuck out of the way from being chewed up. The most important detail to consider is whether or not your family is ready to take on...

SEC Tournament: Wildcats roll Tide to advance to semifinals, 73-75, avenging an earlier two-point loss

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today NASHVILLE — Kentucky got even with Alabama.   The Wildcats (27-5) avenged a 77-75 loss to the Crimson Tide earlier this season and welcomed the return of senior Reid Travis to the lineup with a 73-55 win in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament Friday night at Bridgestone Arena. “It was a good win,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said....

Al Cross: As General Assembly ends, it did not — in most big ways — act in the public interest

FRANKFORT – With almost all its work done, has the current session of the Kentucky General Assembly acted in the public interest? In many small ways, yes. But in most big ways, no. And, of course, it depends on how you define “public interest.” For example, what some see as needed competition for failing public schools, and more opportunity for students, is seen by others as a drain on schools...

Dorothy Rader: What’s behind the quality of your tap water? Be assured that your tap water is safe to drink

There have been a number of stories in the news lately highlighting the shortcomings of water utilities across the country, including some right here in Kentucky. While the struggles for some water utilities to fund necessary upgrades and maintain reliable, quality service are real, I want to reassure Kentucky American Water customers that there is no reason to worry about drinking your tap water. Kentucky...

Keven Moore: Should human resource managers arm themselves with a firearm; what are the risks?

Headline news of mass shootings has been a part of our society for the past three decades. Many of these incidents are the result of workplace violence, where a disgruntled employee or ex-employee has returned to the workplace to commit such a horrid act of violence. Just a few weeks ago Gary Martin a disgruntled employee, opened fire with a Smith & Wesson on the day he was fired from Henry...

Kentucky House passes tobacco-free schools bill, 85-11, and it now goes to the Senate for approval

A number of business and health organizations applauded the House Tuesday for passing a bill to make Kentucky K-12 school property tobacco-free with a vote of 85 to 11. The tobacco-free schools bill, HB11, championed by Rep. Kim Moser of NKY, had passed unanimously out of the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 7. It now goes to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Ralph Alvarado...

NKY’s Wiseway Supply acquires Lexington’s KY Lighting & Supply, extends reach to 10 branches

Northern Kentucky’s Wiseway Supply has acquired Kentucky Lighting & Supply, located in Lexington, broadening its reach into Central Kentucky. Wiseway already has seven branches in the Greater Cincinnati market. With the acquisition, it adds three branches in Central Kentucky and creates a continuous market with virtually no overlap of customers or sales personnel. John Cain This acquisition...

Keven Moore: The ‘Right to Disconnect’ from work and how it may change our work environment

Growing up back in my day, when we left work we actually left work behind. Then came the invention of beepers or pagers and it all went downhill from there. For many, pagers were people’s first mobile devices in the 1980s and they would display the number of a caller, prompting you to go to a nearby payphone and call that person back. By 1994 there were 61 million beepers in use and as a new...

As Kentucky Derby nears, Country House joins top 10 in NTRA 3YO poll, tribute paid to Battle of Midway

Support for Risen Star Stakes runner-up Country House and tributes to the late Grade 1 winner Battle of Midway stood out during a week that featured little change in both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and Top Thoroughbred Poll. Country House, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, enters the 3-year-old ranks in the tenth position with a total of 57 points. The...

Kentucky ranks as bottom state for babies says report on ‘The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019’

Kentucky ranks as a bottom state for babies, according to a first-of-its-kind report. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 compiles nearly 60 indicators that affect the well-being of children ages 0 to 3 and provides an in-depth look at national and state-by-state progress across three policy areas: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. Researchers from the early childhood...

Bill Straub: Unavoidable to broach this subject again but to clarify — it’s not voter fraud, it’s election fraud

In a week where President Trump (Egads!) traveled to Vietnam — a country he assiduously sought to avoid some 50 years ago — to play footsie with a half-mad dictator who has killed thousands of his subjects, and where the president’s former lawyer served him up on a silver platter before a congressional committee, we are here once again visiting Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’...

Gov. Bevin on US-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Trade modernization benefits Kentucky and North America

Throughout the very complex trade negotiations to replace NAFTA via a trade deal known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Trade or USMCA, President Trump, Secretary Ross and the Trump Administration have been the subject of no small amount of criticism. Gov. Bevin As Governor of Kentucky and as a businessman with decades of experience across a wide array of industries, I have intentionally...