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Art Center of the Bluegrass plans winter exhibition celebrating Black experience; debut set for January

The Art Center of the Bluegrass is laying the groundwork for a new show that will debut in January of 2021. “The Art of Being Black: Conversation and Experience – presented by PNC Bank” will be a multi-faceted exploration of the Black experience, featuring exhibits, events, and opportunities for community engagement. Executive Director Niki Kinkade said that the show supports the Art Center’s...

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...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars celebrate unique, successful 2020 summer program despite COVID-19

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) recognized 1,020 outstanding Kentucky high school seniors, representing all 120 counties, for completing the 38th summer program. The modified GSP summer program had a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences to keep students and staffers safe from COVID-19. Calling them his fellow scholars, Gov. Andy Beshear, a GSP alum from 1995, congratulated...

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program adapts classes to promote health, well-being in COVID-19 era

The 38th annual Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) is underway at two college campuses this summer, but with a mixture of virtual and in-person experiences and other modifications to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. “I personally know how amazing and life-changing this program is for participants,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Not only am I an alum from 1995, I am the first Governor’s...

Kentucky residents, businesses help build new solar array; LG&E and KU add more solar generation

Just ahead of the sunny summer season, LG&E and KU, together with their customers, are expanding renewable energy generation in Kentucky by adding more locally-grown solar energy to the grid. The company recently completed construction of the second 500-kilowatt section at its Solar Share facility in Simpsonville. With the addition of the new 1,300 panel array, customers participating in the program...

Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville joins Bourbon Trail, becomes 18th stop on world-famous tour

Wilderness Trail, one of the founding distillery destinations on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour, has advanced to join the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, becoming the 18th stop on the world-famous journey that showcases America’s only native spirit. Launched in 2012 as a premium craft distillery in Danville, Wilderness Trail has expanded its production and grown its distinctive visitor experience...

Les Fugate named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation

Les Fugate has been named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation, effective Dec. 9. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront, who is retiring from Brown-Forman on Dec. 31. In this role, Fugate will establish and strengthen relationships with key industry and government officials and trade organizations in all 50 states. As part of the largest American-owned spirits company,...

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

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...

Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes 1,024 high school students, representing 118 counties

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program has recognized 1,024 outstanding Kentucky high school students, representing 118 counties, for completing the 37th Governor’s Scholars Summer Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students focused on enhancing Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders through educational and...

Centre College ranked tenth in nation for student-staff interactions by Times Higher Education

Centre College has been recognized for their student-staff interactions recently by The World University Rankings. The College is tied for 10th in the nation among other top institutions, including Denison, Rollins, and Washington and Lee. In a survey, more than 200,000 students across the U.S. were asked to give a rating of zero to 10 in response to the following question: “To what extent do you...

Presidential search committee formed at Centre College to find successor for retiring John Roush

A 17-member committee composed of faculty, staff and trustees has been formed by the Centre College Board of Trustees to conduct a national search for a successor for President John Roush, who recently announced he will retire on June 30, 2020. In selecting members, the Board sought a group “that was diverse and representative of the breadth of viewpoints that are an inherent part of a place like...

Centre College President John Roush announces plans to retire in June 2020 after 22 years

At the conclusion of what will be 22 years of service as president of Centre College, John A. Roush plans to retire on June 30, 2020. In making the announcement to the campus community, Roush said that he and his wife, Susie, “have talked, often, that retiring a year following the College’s bicentennial would be the best timing.” Founded in 1819, Centre marks 200 years of service this year....

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September, 6, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready...

Centre College’s Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation college students featured in U.S. News

By Michael Strysick Centre College Now in its fourth year, the Grissom Scholars Program at Centre College has earned national attention as an exemplary opportunity for talented first-generation college students and was recently included in a U.S. News & World Report story on the topic. Created in 2014, the program provides a four-year full-tuition-plus scholarship, along with $5,000 in educational...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

Centre College to use Pepsico Recyling’s Zero Impact Fund for phtovoltaic panels on campus building

By Cindy Long Centre College Centre has received a $10,000 Pepsico grant from its Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund (ZIF). The funds will be used for the second phase of an installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Chowan Multipurpose Building. Centre is one of 15 schools selected nationally to receive funding through ZIF, a program now in its second year that’s designed to help bring...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Erwin named commissioner for Ky. Department of Corrections; Dailey selected as deputy commissioner

James Erwin, an accomplished leader in prison operations with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Tuesday. Erwin was appointed as interim head of DOC last year after serving seven years as deputy commissioner of the Office of Adult Institutions. His career has spanned more...