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Tree Farmer of the Year Clifton Taylor shows off well-managed woodlands with instructional tours

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Clifton Taylor and his wife, Barbara Ellis Taylor, started acquiring tracts of Casey County woodlands in 1959. Today, the family owns about 1,200 well-managed acres, and the couple’s sons and grandchildren are continuing the family work. For their successful efforts in sustainable forest management, the Kentucky Forest Industries Association selected Clifton...

Kentucky ends strong but falls to Vols in the 31st annual Big Blue Crush — 3,057 to 2,739

Kentucky had its biggest day of the week – 663 donors – to finish up Big Blue Crush, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome Tennessee’s lead. The Vols took the week and the trophy, 3,057 to 2,739. “While we may have lost the competition, we are celebrating the thousands of Kentucky donors who came to our blood drives and donor centers this week to prove they bleed blue and to save lives,”...

National-model partnership means KY’s universities can increase commercialization of innovations

Gov. Matt Bevin announced formation of the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a national-model partnership between Kentucky’s universities and colleges to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses access to collective public resources. Led by the Cabinet for Economic Development’s KY Innovation office, the University...

Derrick Ramsey: Enhancing Kentucky’s workforce through apprenticeship; get Work Ready Skills

As Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, I am committed to finding new ways to help ensure Kentuckians are equipped with the necessary skills, education and training they need to continue enhancing the state’s workforce. Traveling across the Commonwealth, I consistently hear from parents and students about the rising cost of education. At the same time, local business...

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards $100,000 to 15 nonprofits focusing on literacy, early childhood

Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded $100,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations and schools serving Central Kentucky for projects focusing on literacy and early childhood education. These grants were made possible by the MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund at the Community Foundation. Applications for educational projects will again be accepted in July 2019.   Last year, Blue Grass Community...

Louisville Kroger shooting suspect indicted on federal hate crimes and firearm offenses

WASHINGTON – Gregory A. Bush, 51, was indicted today by a federal grand jury on hate crime and firearm charges arising out of the racially motivated murder of two African-American patrons at a Kroger grocery store, and the attempted murder of a third, on Oct. 24 in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. The indictment was announced by Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband...

Eli Capilouto: Kentucky can stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction — and UK will help

Kentucky families know better than most the plague of addiction. Kentucky ranks third in the United States in overdose deaths, and families residing in Kentucky’s rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis. But there is hope. There is us. We know that Kentucky can stem this devastating tide. At the University of Kentucky, our faculty and clinicians are doggedly determined...

Today is the Great American Smokeout — time to do the single best thing for your health: Quit smoking

By Audrey Danville University of Kentucky Quitting tobacco is the single best thing a person can do for their health and wellbeing. On any given day, about half of the tobacco users think about quitting using willpower alone. In fact, trying to quit “cold turkey” has a poor success rate, with only five out of 100 people quitting when only relying on willpower. Today’s The Great American...

NewsMatch: Please join in building reader support for KyForward.com — get your contribution doubled

By Mike Farrell Chair, Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism As KyForward.com rolls toward its eighth year, it became a nonprofit online newspaper in 2018, published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. KyForward has also been chosen — for the first time — for the NewsMatch campaign, funded by a coalition of major national foundations, to encourage reader support...

Kentucky Book Fair: History and politics book selections offer rich choices at Saturday’s event,

History and politics are always popular genres at the Kentucky Book Fair, and this year’s selection of books will give Kentucky history buffs plenty to read about. Prolific biographer, renowned historian, and New York Times bestselling author H.W. Brands begins the day on the University of Kentucky Main Stage in conversation with Dr. Michael Benson about his newest book, Heirs of the Founders: The...

Bill Straub: A new word to enhance your vocabularly; to describe ‘beyond shameful,’ try ‘mitchful’

Occasionally when following American politics you come upon a statement or claim that is so outrageous, so mind-boggling that characterizing it as shameless tends to understate the absurdity. Such statements extend well beyond the boundaries of shamefulness into a completely new territory. They are mitchful. Those of us who have witnessed the increasingly ghastly career of one Senate Republican Leader...

Maine husband’s long shot play on Kentucky Oaks Day pays off with kidney donation for his wife

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Shaun McCarthy was running out of options, and time. Stacey McCarthy, Shaun’s wife, was on dialysis and in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Efforts to find a compatible donor in or around his Portland, Maine home were unsuccessful. Shaun McCarthy on Kentucky Oaks Day, with his “MY WIFE NEEDS A KIDNEY,” sport coat (photo by Mark Hansel). There...

Calipari steps back, uses ‘old-school’ approach to move Cats forward; North Dakota game tonight

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari has taken a step back in an effort to get his team back on track.   The Kentucky coach admitted he might have gotten too far ahead too soon after the 10th-ranked Wildcats suffered a 118-84 loss to top-ranked Duke, followed by a 71-59 triumph over Southern Illinois last week.   “We went back to some old-school (workouts) for a couple of days,” Calipari...

31st Annual Big Blue Crush: Tennessee leads after two days of the blood drive battle

More than 500 Kentucky donors rolled up their sleeves to bleed blue Tuesday, but it was no match for the 600-plus Volunteer blood donors who gave in the Knoxville area on the second day of the 31st annual Big Blue Crush. Tennessee now leads the competition 1,168 to 1,043. “Tennessee is definitely keeping up the pressure. We’re depending on the Big Blue Nation to step up and show up to save lives...

Governor, widow unveil Medal of Honor plaque at state Capitol including First Lt. Garlin Murl Conner

Gov. Matt Bevin and Mrs. Pauline Conner today unveiled a new Medal of Honor plaque at the Kentucky State Capitol that includes the name of First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner. First Lieutenant Conner, of Clinton County, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump earlier this year for his heroic acts during World War II. Following the medal presentation by President Trump...

Mike Farrell: To truly honor veterans, we must change — and all be good soldiers for better government

Veterans Day gave Americans an opportunity to reflect on the service so many have given in defense of this country and the ideal we call freedom. Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty that marked the beginning of the end of World War I. Woodrow Wilson campaigned for re-election in 1916 on the slogan “He kept us out of war,” but he was unable to live up to his platform...

Sports fans will find plenty to like at Kentucky Book Fair — basketball legends and sports journalists

Everyone knows that Kentucky loves basketball. This year’s edition of the Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 17 will feature former players, coaches, and journalists telling stories of glory and scandal from sports history in the commonwealth. Fans and readers can meet them all at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer...

Ice Rink downtown at Triangle Park now open; enjoy winter wonderland, check hours of operation here

Downtown Lexington’s Triangle Park has become a winter wonderland as the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink is now open. Head to downtown for family friendly fun on the ice. Hot chocolate from Big L’s Gourmet Dogs is available. Hours of operation will be as follows 
While school is in session: Monday Thursday 4-10 p.m. Friday 4-11 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday 1:30-9 p.m. 
 When...

Secretary of State says re-canvasses requested for seven races across state; to be done Thursday

Kentucky’s county boards of elections have reported their official vote totals for the Nov. 6 General Election to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. The deadline was Friday at noon. “The reporting of counties’ official vote totals is the first of several steps to close out the General Election at the state level,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official....

Coming this Saturday — a chance to take one of Lexington’s Book Benches home from the auction

The Book Benches that graced the streets of Lexington will be auctioned off at the Book Benches Live Auction and Gala Celebration on Saturday at gala at 6:30 p.m. at The Livery. You can attend — and purchase one of the benches to take home with you. The Book Benches are fabulous works of art and a celebration of Kentucky authors. They are a collaborative project of Arts Connect, LexArts and...