A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...

Bridging Kentucky: More than 1000 bridges across state will be restored over next six years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The first step in a massive project to restore more than 1,000 bridges in Kentucky over the next six years is underway. 
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Bridging Kentucky program is currently laying the groundwork for 2019 to be one of the busiest bridge-building years in the state’s history. 
Since the program was launched in June, teams have evaluated...

No. 13 Kentucky set to face Texas A&M in first meeting since 1953

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson and the Wildcats will take on Texas A&M Saturday at College Station. The Wildcats are looking for their sixth victory of the season. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The last time Kentucky played on the road, the Wildcats ended a 31-game losing streak to Florida in Gainesville, jumpstarting the Wildcats’ best start in the Southeastern...

Secretary of State Alison Grimes fires back against allegations as ‘political,’ focusing on becoming mom

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes fired back on Wednesday against allegations of wrongdoing, including on Attorney General Andy Beshear, a fellow Democrat, naming an independent counsel to investigate her. 
“People are fearful of what might come their way come 2019 and are seeking to do harm this year,” she said while also referring to Beshear in her response. Alison...

Anita Madden, socialite and horsewoman, dies at 85; visitation to be Thursday at Milward Funeral Home

Staff report Anita Madden, 85, died Thursday at her Hamburg Place home. Her funeral will be private but visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2-6 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, 1509 Trent Boulevard in Lexington. She is survived by her husband, Preston Madden, and son Patrick, his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Caroline Winchester Madden and Michael Rawlings Madden; brother Marc (Terry) Stuart, Plano,...

Nicholasville teens sentenced to federal prison for Snapchat cyberstalking; threatened school shooting

Kentucky Today Two Nicholasville teenagers sentenced to federal prison for using social media to harass and intimidate an acquaintance and threaten a shooting at a Jessamine County school.    
On Friday, U. S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 18-year-old Tristan H. Kelly to 21 months and 19-year-old Cody T. Ritchey received 27 months after they each pleaded guilty in June to one count of...

Keith Taylor: Unbeaten Wildcats happy to be 5-0 but still striving for perfection

Kentucky defensive players Derrick Baity (8), Lonnie Johnson (6) and Josh Allen (41) celebrate a big play during the Wildcats’ win over South Carolina Saturday night. (Kentucky Today, Bill Thiry)

Prichard Committee: Student performance results are declining, achievement gaps widening in KY schools

Results from the Kentucky Department of Education show student performance declining in most subject areas and achievement gaps widening in many Kentucky schools and communities. Our public schools have made great progress in the last generation and today that progress is at risk. To stem the decline and chart a course of renewed progress, citizens must come together at the local level to understand...

Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion for Kentucky healthcare justice, healthy communities, dies in South Carolina

Staff report Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion of health and well-being in Kentucky, has died in South Carolina, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation announced. There will be a memorial event in Charleston later in October or early in November, the family said. Condolence cards can be sent to his wife, Jan Friedell, at the following address: 7 Harlston Place, Charleston, S.C. 29401.   For...

Chef John Foster: Life moves on with change of seasons and so come chilies, stews, and roasts

And just like that the gateway to the summer slams shut. No, it goes out not with a whimper but in a deluge of rain and dark clouds, spiraling from 60-degree weather and falling leaves to 85 and mosquitoes. Keeneland waits at the end of the week, and beyond that, there is already talk of Black Friday and the new year ahead. It all seems to change without our even noticing. Just a few weeks ago I...

Warning and tips — Take extra care on the roadways as it’s the time of year for deer-vehicle collisions

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State Transportation Cabinet officials are warning drivers to be extra aware of deer on roadways this time of year. “October, November, and December account for more than half of all reported deer-vehicle collisions,” said Deneatra Henderson, chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Madisonville office. “We’re taking time to alert drivers to use...

Confident Kentucky: Transportation Cabinet unveils new driver’s licenses, permits, personal ID designs

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet unveiled the design of the 2019 driver’s licenses, permits, and personal IDs today and walked through the evolution of credentials at a press event at the Louisville International Airport. Kentucky’s new issuance system and updated identity credentials, known as Confident Kentucky, offer increased counterfeit protection and showcase a new, modern look that gives...

Kentucky League of Cities names its annual awards; top Mayor is Steve Austin of Henderson

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the new City Government of the Year for innovative city programs and projects.  The winners were recognized on September 18 during the KLC Conference & Expo.  KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners this week.     The Elected City Official...

Transylvania offers special scholarships to graduates of Bryan Station Academy of Information Technology

Beginning in 2019, graduates of the Academy of Information Technology at Bryan Station High School will be eligible to receive a minimum $18,000 scholarship to attend Transylvania University. The newly announced partnership not only recognizes the achievements of academy graduates, but also provides them with a path to further their education at one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.   “The...

UK/NFL football star Jacob Tamme taking his MBA to family farm in Boyle County, building cattle operation

After spending nine seasons in Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta as a tight end in the National Football League (NFL), former University of Kentucky football star Jacob Tamme decided to take on a new challenge — building and running a farm on his family’s land in Boyle County. But it’s not just any farm. He and his wife, Allison Tamme, are building a registered Angus cattle operation from the...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS saw home sales rise for second time in 2018

Total real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS (LBAR) increased in August for the second time in 2018. August sales activity ticked up 2.1 percent with 1,339 sales reported compared to 1,311 sales reported in August 2017. Single-family home sales were 1,252 in 2018, an increase of 1 percent over the 1,238 homes sold in August 2017. Townhouses and condos saw a...

Despite economic progress, many Kentuckians still struggling to afford basic necessities

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows continued progress in our economy overall but a relatively large share of Kentuckians still struggling to afford the basics, especially people of color, and a lack of progress for communities in eastern Kentucky. The data shows 17.2 percent of Kentuckians lived below the poverty line in 2017. The state’s poverty rate is an improvement from the 18.5 percent rate in...

Jockey Perry Ouzts gets 7,000th career win, celebrates milestone with old friend at Belterra

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Fans didn’t have to wait long to see jockey Perry Ouzts get career win 7,000 at Belterra Park in Cincinnati Friday. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,...

Bulldogs will test progression of Kentucky’s improved defense

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Josh Allen walk off the field following last week’s win over Murray State last week. Allen and the team’s defense faces a tougher challenge this week against Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday night at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Bill Thiry) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops can’t wait to see how much his defense has progressed going...

Bill Straub: Taking bets on McConnell’s choice of doing what’s best for (1) the nation or (2) his party?

WASHINGTON – Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell is facing a dilemma. McConnell, of Louisville, has, on numerous occasions, been justifiably criticized for placing the priorities of his Republican Party ahead of the nation’s welfare. It was, after all, ol’ Root-‘n-Branch who vowed rigid non-cooperation with anything President Barack Obama, a Democrat and the...