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Unbeaten Boyle County tops Franklin County in overtime to capture Class 4A state championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An incredible defensive effort on a fourth-down play in overtime denied Franklin County’s bid for the Class 4A state championship. Boyle County capped on undefeated season with a 31-28 overtime victory over upset-minded Franklin County in the Class 4A state championship contest at Kroger Field in Lexington on Friday night. Franklin County had a chance...

Franklin County snaps Johnson Central 25-game win streak, advances to Class 4A state title contest

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The relentless, physical and disciplined brand of football played by Franklin County was on full display last Friday as the Flyers toughed out a 20-12 win at Johnson Central to advance to the program’s first state title game. Johnson Central (10-1) entered Friday as the defending Class 4A state champion with a 25-game winning streak, but Franklin County (9-1)...

Franklin County (8-1) faces defending state champion Johnson Central (10-0) in Class 4A semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A 41-year drought ended on Saturday night when Franklin County posted a 48-14 win over Allen County-Scottsville to capture the school’s first regional championship since 1979. The Franklin County community is excited about a football program that is one win away from playing for a Class 4A state title. But to advance to Lexington, the Flyers (8-1) must go...

Federal judge rules Governor Andy Beshear can’t stop in-person classes at private religious schools

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a part of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order requiring private and public schools to stop in-person classes until January infringes on their constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove said the order cannot apply to private, religious-led schools across the state but can remain for public schools. He granted...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

Wayne County star rushing into school history this season, making case for Mr. Football honors

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The virus-altered 2020 high school football season is one that some will gladly forget, but there is a running back from Wayne County who is doing his part to etch his name among the elite in Kentucky. Braedon Sloan, who has already verbally committed to Eastern Kentucky University, is rewriting the record books for a Cardinals football program that is now...

Lexington Catholic squares off against Lexington Christian on Friday night for city bragging rights

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter High school football in Kentucky began last week with a bevy of great games. Week 2 is also loaded with numerous marquee matchups on Friday, including the “Holy War” at 7:30 p.m., when Lexington Catholic plays host to Lexington Christian at Joseph K. Ford Stadium. Lexington Christian (1-0) is coming off an impressive 24-20 win on the road at Louisville...

Talented Franklin County aims to defend district title, contend for Class 4A state championship

(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 starting with 11 straight wins and a regular-season district championship, Franklin County’s 2019 football campaign came to an abrupt end. The Flyers — playing without star quarterback Nick Broyles — dropped...

Bourbon County seeks respect in rugged Class 4A district behind experienced offensive unit

(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 The Bourbon County Colonels will attempt to prove they deserve as much praise and respect as their rugged district counterparts this season on the football field. That’s because playing in a four-team district with...

Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters, but Knights must find replacement for star quarterback Allen

(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 Lexington Catholic returns 15 starters this season, but the biggest question mark will be how the offense responds after losing Beau Allen, arguably the greatest quarterback in program history. Allen, a Mr. Football...

Meggitt to add 83 jobs, increase carbon brake manufacturing capacity in Danville

Meggitt PLC, an international company specializing in high-performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defense and selected energy markets, plans to significantly increase its commercial and military aircraft carbon brake manufacturing capacity in Boyle County, creating up to 83 full-time jobs with a nearly $82.7 million investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Meggitt has played a significant...

International Farmaceutical Extracts announces CBD oil production facility to locate in Danville

International Farmaceutical Extracts LLC (IFE), which specializes in CBD oil extraction and distillation, announces Tuesday its plans for a $6 million-plus manufacturing plant in Boyle County that would create up to 34 full-time jobs over a 10-year period. IFE plans to buy an 11,750-square-foot facility on Roy Arnold Blvd. in Danville to house the manufacturing operation. The company will use its...

Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund receives national award for battlefield preservation efforts

The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF) has received a State Preservation Leadership Award from the American Battlefield Trust for its role in preserving and protecting battlefields and historic sites throughout the Commonwealth. During the annual gathering of its members in Lexington, American Battlefield Trust president James Lighthizer recognized KHLCF for its “monumental contribution”...

Boyle Co. Schools bridging the gap for students who struggle in reading and math with SHARED learning

Crystin Moore, center, a teacher at Junction City Elementary School (Boyle County), talks with instructional assistant Christy Zettler, left, in their 4th-grade classroom. General education teachers such as Moore work with special education teachers and instructional assistants in a SHARED (Systematically Helping Achieve Rigorous Engagement Daily) learning model designed to increase student achievement...

Annual commemoration of Battle of Perryville — Kentucky’s largest Civil War clash — set for Oct. 6-7

More than 7,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in 1862 in the aftermath of the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky along the rolling fields surrounding Perryville. The annual commemoration of the Battle of Perryville is set for Oct. 6-7 at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Boyle County, about 40 miles southwest of Lexington. The two-day event includes battlefield tours, military...

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...

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems says Danville perfect for a ‘Supersite,’ partners with BCTC, BGADD

When you think of Danville, high-tech aeronautics may not the first thing to come to mind. This beautiful small town with its antique stores and craft boutiques lining the streets. Boyle County has a booming manufacturing industry nestled among the picturesque rolling hills. Several industries are located in this small region, including a top manufacturer for aircraft brakes, Meggitt Aircraft Braking...

Boyle County experiences increase of $3.6 million in tourism spending, revenues up 4.3 percent

Boyle County saw an increase of $3.6 million in tourism expenditures in 2015, an increase of 4.3 percent, according to the Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership. The region also experienced record growth with an increase in expenditures topping 4.9 percent. Further, the Danville Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau saw its best year to date in 2015 bringing in over $175,000...

Advocate Messenger: Boyle County’s McKinney says it’s time to end ‘misplaced’ scrutiny of BGADD

By Pamela Wright Danville Advocate-Messenger Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney voiced frustration Tuesday over continued scrutiny of the beleaguered Bluegrass Area Development District, saying the “time to put an end to this is now.” McKinney, who serves on the BGADD board along with judge executives from 16 other counties that comprise the 17-county Bluegrass ADD, told magistrates during...

Danville earns its highest ranking among the top performing micropolitans for economic development

The Danville Micropolitan Area is once again being recognized for its economic development success. The Danville Micropolitan Area was named by SITE Selection magazine as one of the top-performing micropolitan areas in the country for new and expanded business and industry projects in 2015. The Danville Micropolitan Area, which includes Boyle and Lincoln counties, earned its highest ranking in the...