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UofL ranked as best college in Kentucky based on statistics from U.S. Department of Education

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville Niche.com has ranked the University of Louisville as the best college in Kentucky based on key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews. UofL’s overall grade averaged an A-. This is based on high scores for athletics (A+), student life, party scene, location and campus food (A) and diversity and professors (A-). UofL also scored...

Solid foundation in place, Sayre prepares for first full season of varsity football since 1976

By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Building a high school football program is like building a house in that it needs to start with a good, solid foundation. Heading into their first full varsity season with a strong foundation will be the Sayre Spartans. Many people are familiar with Chad Pennington because he threw for more than 13,000 yards and 115 touchdowns while at Marshall University. He also...

Berea aims for second straight winning season behind talented backfield, big offensive line

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward After recording the program’s first winning season since 2009, the Berea Community High School football team will look to improve on a 7-4 record — but with a small roster of about 25 players. Berea, which competes...

Support, resilience could be bright lining to dark cloud hovering about small businesses in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Katie Startzman, owner of Native Bagel Company in Berea, is going to ride out the upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and come out stronger on the other side. She’s sure of it, because of the strength and support she is receiving from her peers, customers and local resources. Mae Suramek feels the same way, as she puts in the long hours to save...

Kentucky Artisan Center invites artists to submit entries for ‘Women of Influence’ exhibit

Kentucky artists are invited to submit works for consideration in the exhibit “Women of Influence: Celebrating the Year of the Woman” to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center June 14 through Oct. 31. Declared the “Year of the Woman,” 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the United States’ 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote. This...

Richmond guitarist Parker Hastings to perform this Saturday (Dec. 21) at Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center adds to the holiday season this Saturday (Dec. 21) with a performance by guitarist Parker Hastings of Richmond. Hastings will perform a variety of songs in his distinctive fingerpicking style from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center. Hastings is grateful for the deep heritage of country, folk and bluegrass music in Central Kentucky. He began playing guitar at age six and at...

Kentucky Artisan Center offers discount on Black Friday, kicking off holiday shopping season

The Kentucky Artisan Center kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with a Black Friday Sale, on Friday, Nov. 29, offering a 10% discount off all retail items. The Center offers unique works by over 850 Kentucky artists, including musicians, authors, and specialty food and beauty product producers.   Visitors that day can enjoy the center’s gallery exhibit, “The Art of the Book: 45 Years...

First participants graduate Harvesting Hope pilot program to help women in recovery learn job skills

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A pilot program in Berea where women in recovery learn job skills through farming saw its first batch of graduates this month. Harvesting Hope is a partnership between Sustainable Berea and Liberty Place, a recovery center for women in Richmond, along with several local businesses. Program director Cheyenne Olson said many people might be surprised by how much...

Constance Alexander: AIR program helps small towns strengthen community, economy

I, wife of a coffin maker, have no idea where I will be buried, or even if I want a final resting place. These days, I’m leaning toward cremation, with ashes to be scattered maybe on Cape Cod, or else strewn from the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge. So when a classmate at a workshop I attended this week declares, “From the time I was 8 or 9, I knew where I would be buried,” it caught my attention. The...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens quilt exhibit, ‘The Great Kentucky Cover Up,’ through May 6

Showcasing quilts from artists across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announced its latest exhibit, The Great Kentucky Cover Up, on display now through May 6 at the Center. The exhibit features work from artists Glenna Blakely of Harlan, Brenda Plaster of Lawrenceburg, Janet Serrenho of Lexington, and Karen Witt of Lexington. The creation of quilts is the result of mankind’s...

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House wins Transylvania’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House has received Transylvania University’s 2019 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his novel, “Southernmost.” The annual award recognizes outstanding recent works by writers in the Appalachian region. House will give a free, public reading from “Southernmost” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania’s Carrick Theater. Reserve tickets here. Silas HouseA New...

KentuckyOne Health teaming up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to address hunger in Berea, London

KentuckyOne Health has teamed up with God’s Pantry Food Bank to fund a pilot program that will provide immediate food assistance for patients in emergent need at Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Berea. As part of the partnership, KentuckyOne Health will have food baskets on hand at the two facilities, as well two health clinics in London and one health clinic in Berea. “We are very excited...

Kentucky Arts Council co-sponsoring second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea

The Kentucky Arts Council, along with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the AIR Institute of Berea College, will present the second annual Artists Thrive Summit July 31-Aug. 3 in Berea. This is the second consecutive year Artists Thrive has held its annual convocation in Berea. The summit is geared toward artists, arts organizations, elected officials, foundations, economic development agencies...

Artisan Center celebrating Crystal Anniversary in July — 15 years with a clear view of the arts in Kentucky

July 2018, marks the Kentucky Artisan Center’s 15th year as Kentucky’s premier showcase for the arts. This Crystal Anniversary will be celebrated throughout the summer and fall and includes multiple gallery exhibits, hands-on workshops during the month of July in conjunction with Berea’s Festival of Learnshops, weekly artist demonstrations, readings, special programs and more! Botanical letters...

Leadership Kentucky announces 2018 class; includes representatives from across the Commonwealth

Leadership Kentucky, one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, is proud to announce the members of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2018. Leadership Kentucky, a non-profit educational organization, brings together a select group of people who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities, career accomplishments, and volunteer activities,...

Kentucky by Heart: Travis and Christie Lynch provide hope for young people who have nobody else

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune   Spouses Travis and Christie Lynch each grew up as an “only child” in their homes. Otherwise, the family backgrounds were significantly different. But after meeting in high school as 14-year-olds and with their eventual marriage, the two walk today in unison in an amazing endeavor. For more than nine years, they’ve dedicated their lives to providing loving...

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning to induct four into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center has announced four inductees into the 2018 Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame, including Berea author, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks. “Bell hooks is one of the most influential cultural critics of our time,” said Neil Chethik, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. “She has built a worldwide readership over 40 years with unique insights on such topics as love,...

Kentucky Artisan Center to feature demonstrations from Berea studio artists throughout January

Berea is known for its wealth of talented artisans and January brings that talent to the Kentucky Artisan Center. Take the chill off winter and visit the Center for a warm meal and the chance to watch Berea studio artists demonstrate their skills. Louis Northern On Saturday, Jan. 6, Louis Northern will demonstrate his oil painting techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Center. To give his paintings...

Berea Festival of Learnshops now through July 23 offers visitors the chance grow their creative side

The 7th Annual Berea Festival of Learnshops kicks off this week, running July 7th-23rd. Visitors from across the country have the opportunity to work with renowned artists in varying fields. Decorate a cake, forge a letter opener, blow glass, make mead, learn to raise chickens, and so much more this summer. With over 150 different workshops to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy....

Wildcat senior Hawkins visits elementary, middle school students in return to his hometown

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BEREA — Dominique Hawkins returned to his hometown Friday. The University of Kentucky senior guard and Madison Central graduate visited four Madison County schools — Kit Carson, Kingston, Daniel Boone and Madison Middle — as part of the #KyBoysTour along with classmate Derek Willis. Derek Willis, left, and Dominique Hawkins, right, sign autographs...