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Centre College welcomes 370 students, the most diverse freshman class in the history of the campus

By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College Centre College has welcomed its most diverse class in history to campus. The Class of 2023 is comprised of 370 first-year students from across the globe. Besides 30 states, including Hawaii, 10 countries are represented, including Armenia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. While international students make up seven...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: A positive message about nation’s difficulties with saving money, avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa America’s people and America’s government experienced difficulties in saving money and avoiding debt. Fortunately, savings and debt is a matter largely within our control. Today’s older generations chose not to control their debt. For more than a century, our federal government had very little debt. Leading up...

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife monitoring water conditions at Lake Cumberland; heat, low oxygen stressing fish

Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are closely monitoring water conditions at Lake Cumberland with fish starting to show signs of stress due to elevated water temperatures and depleted oxygen levels. “We have been experiencing some shad and alewife die-offs in different parts of the lake the past few weeks, which is due to the continued high water temperatures...

State of the Judiciary: Justice Minton talks business courts, speeding processes, redistricting, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Improvements to Kentucky’s judiciary and a look toward the future were all part of the State of the Judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. “From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

Kentucky National Guardsman Sgt. Daniel Keller receives Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan

Kentucky Today A special operations Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard received the Air Force Cross for combat valor during a ceremony here Friday in recognition of his actions on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, presented the Air Force Cross to Staff Sgt. Daniel P. Keller, a combat controller in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics...

Amye Bensenhaver: KY citizens own the plane, Governor, and have a right to know how you use it


“The information is out there. The people can see all of the flights that have been taken and can see where the money came from. “The real question is: Why does it matter what the purpose (of the trip) is? Did taxpayers pay for it? If they did, then they should know the purpose. If they didn’t pay for it, it’s none of their business.” This, according to the Bowling Green Daily News,...

Kentucky’s annual NBA Pro Day to be televised on SEC Network; Sestina, Roper in Leadership Council

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The sixth-annual University of Kentucky men’s basketball Pro Day is set for Oct. 6 at the Joe Craft Center and will be televised on the SEC Network. The event will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will feature scouts from all 30 NBA teams in attendance for the yearly event. Seth Greenberg and Jimmy Dykes will call the practice session which will feature a combine-style workout...

Rural Blog: Kentucky small business Tree of the Field wins first Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition

Tree of the Field, a Kentucky company that produces environmentally friendly products, won the first-ever Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition earlier this month. The contest was held in conjunction with the 2019 Shaping Our Appalachian Region Summit, and was presented by SOAR, the USDA Rural Development, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development’s Innovation Office, according to the...

The winners: Bluegrass Care Navigators announces sweet names of first animal-assisted therapy dogs

Three puppies in training to become the first animal-assisted therapy dogs at Bluegrass Care Navigators now have names, thanks to hundreds of suggestions submitted from supporters around the Commonwealth. Bluegrass Care Navigators is pleased to introduce: • Sampson, a male Yellow Labrador, whose name means “service” and “sun;” • Rosemary, a female Yellow Labrador, whose name means “remembrance;”...

September is quota hunt application month in Kentucky; options include deer, waterfowl, pheasant

Deer, waterfowl, pheasants and sandhill cranes are among the quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this season at state wildlife management areas and other public lands. Hunters can apply for these quota hunts throughout September by going online to fw.ky.gov. Applications are not accepted over the phone; the minimum fee is $3 per application. Kentucky Fish and...

Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

International magazine honors LG&E and KU in elite group for economic development, job creation

Site Selection, the international economic development magazine, has named LG&E and KU among an elite group of the top 20 utilities in the U.S. for corporate facility investment and job creation in their territories in 2018. The evaluation included a field of approximately 3,300 electric utilities across the country. “We strive to bring growth and expansion to the territories we serve, and it’s...

Owensboro residents discuss meth at community forum; police say they’re losing battle with drug

The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a community forum to discuss it, Katie Pickens reports for the Owensboro Times. “This issue affects almost everyone in this community,” Commissioner Larry Conder told a crowd of more than 100 at the Sept. 10 forum. Methamphetamine is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, among other things. It is an extremely...

WDRB: Jerry Lundergan, Dale Emmons found guilty on all counts in campaign finance case

WDRB in Louisville is reporting that Jerry Lundergan has been found guilty of funneling more than $206,670 of illegal contributions to his daughter Allison Lundergan Grimes’ failed 2014 campaign against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. Convicted along with Lundergan was co-defendant Dale Emmons, after about two hours of deliberation in U.S. District Court. The trail had been going on for a month. Jerry...

AAA: True cost of annual vehicle ownership rises to $9,282; spike in finance costs drives increase

It’s going to cost more for those looking to buy a new car this year. Finance costs on new car purchases have jumped 24 percent in 2019, according to new AAA research, pushing the average annual cost of vehicle ownership to $9,282, or $773.50 a month. That’s an overall annual increase of $433 – or nearly 5 percent – from last year. This is the highest cost associated with new vehicle ownership...

Journalist Chris Schwarz took a path less traveled to furniture crafting, Lost Art Press — and anarchy

By Ginger Dawson Kyforward reporter I am a firm believer in the idea that a human being’s first earthly experiences have an indelible, often unpredictable, impact on what follows. These early matters set a tone and forge a path. It’s an interesting thing to see. Sometimes, the path branches off in detours. These, however, are an important part of hitting the main drag. Chris Schwarz in the Covington...

Bill Straub: Standing ready to protect Constitution, John Yarmuth stands out in congressional delegation

Rep. John Yarmuth has to be one of the loneliest guys in the nation’s capital. Since he was elected to represent the Third Congressional District, which includes the city of Louisville, in 2006, Yarmuth has served much of his tenure as the lone Democrat in the sea of red that constitutes Kentucky’s congressional delegation. When former Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, lost his re-election bid...

Dr. Susan Smyth: Here are healthy hints on grocery shopping; read the labels, note portions, go low-fat

Grocery shopping can be overwhelming given the number of choices down every aisle and deciding between what is healthy or not can add to that challenge. It is possible to stick to a healthy meal plan – you just have to plan ahead.  Here are grocery guidelines to reduce the amount of dietary fat, sugar, and salt that is associated with a higher risk for obesity, heart attack, diabetes and other...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about saving money and avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Saving money and avoiding debt is another topic big enough for two columns. This first column will cover why people should try to save money and avoid debt. Next week’s column will explain why it’s important for the country to do the same. Saving money and avoiding debt is one of the most important issues faced by families...