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EKU baseball star A.J. Lewis signs contract with Colorado Rockies; Chicago native batted .451 in 2020

Eastern Kentucky University star catcher A.J. Lewis has signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. “Being a professional baseball player is a dream come true,” Lewis said. Lewis was on the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list in 2019 and 2020. He hit .303 with 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs, a team-best 49 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases in 2019. EKU...

Chicago native Johnnie Johnson named Transylvania’s vice president for admissions

Transylvania University has named Johnnie Johnson as its vice president for admissions effective immediately. Johnson has served as the interim vice president for enrollment since July 2019. “Over the last year, Transylvania has been fortunate to have Johnnie Johnson at the helm of its student recruitment efforts,” said President John N. Williams. “His experience in admissions at Transylvania,...

Recent UK graduate Maria Sanchez seeks to turn current ‘new normal’ into future ‘brighter successes’

By Jenny Wells-Hosley University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down for almost everyone, and University of Kentucky students had to quickly adapt to finish out a semester that was unlike any other in UK history. Maria Sanchez, who graduated from UK this May, was no stranger to these challenges. Sanchez chose to share her personal story of family, hard work and resiliency,...

Already an NCAA and NBA champion, former Wildcat Nazr Mohammed wins new title — UK graduate

By Guy Ramsey, Amy Jones-Timoney and Brad Nally University of Kentucky Twenty-five years ago, Nazr Mohammed left Chicago to enroll at the University of Kentucky. Mohammed chased his dreams as a basketball player and a student, and embarked on a journey that has seen him succeed at every turn. First came a pair of national championships and All-Southeastern Conference honors during three years as a...

Calipari, Wildcats begin season against Kansas in State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will open the college basketball season against Kansas in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 10 at the United Center in Chicago. The contest will be the fourth meeting between the two collegiate powerhouses in the four-team event. The Wildcats are 5-4 in the yearly classic and defeated Michigan State to open the season last November. Kentucky beat Kansas...

Tim Marena: Things shouldn’t end this way, but they did for John Prine. Somebody should write a song

I had to close my web browser early the morning after he died. Social media, news, emails, and forums were full of news of the death of John Prine (1946-2020) from complications from COVID-19. I don’t have the wisdom or stamina to write much about John Prine. He’s a songwriter who has been showing America the truth for a half-century. His loss is incalculable. If we could trade a million self-promoting...

Fair trial advocate Prya Murad to give Transylvania’s 2020 commencement address on May 23

Prya Murad, a 30-year-old immigrant who built her law career defending clients who couldn’t afford a lawyer, has been selected to deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on May 23. The 2011 Transylvania graduate will offer her wisdom to members of the Class of 2020 during the ceremony on the lawn of historic Old Morrison as they prepare to make their own mark on the world. Murad...

Rae Smith presented with 2019 GED Administrator of the Year Award during national conference

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has announced that Rae Smith was named the 2019 GED Administrator of the Year during the GED Testing Service Annual Conference July 24-26 in Chicago. The GED Administrator of the Year recognizes administrators that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the advancement of the GED test program. Each year the...

Poplar Ventures announces launch of new venture capital fund; focus on software technology

Poplar Ventures has announced the launch of a new venture capital fund, Poplar Ventures L.P., focused on investing in early-growth stage, cloud-based software technology companies in middle America. The initial closing raised $17 million, with plans for a final closing in the second quarter of this year. Poplar Ventures is led by founder and managing partner John Willmoth, a veteran corporate development...

Kentucky tops Tar Heels for first signature victory of the season in CBS Sports Classic in Chicago, 80-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got its first signature win of the season Saturday at the United Center in Chicago. The Wildcats defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this year with an 80-72 win over No. 9 North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky (9-2) has won six of the last eight games between the two storied programs and the last three contest have been decided by single...

Kentucky Wildcats seek to boost its NCAA resume against No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky has yet to beat a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats will get a chance to boost their NCAA Tournament resume against No. 9 North Carolina Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago. In its last outing against a ranked foe, the No. 19 Wildcats (8-2) failed the test. In the worst setback of the John Calipari era, Kentucky dropped a humiliating 118-84...

TOPY America to invest $37 million in phase-one upgrades at Franklin County facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience...

Kentucky Symphony’s 23rd season gets offto fast start with Harold Lloyd’s Speedy

Harold Lloyd’s Speedy (Photo from Museum of the Moving Picture)   The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 23rd season this week with a nod to downtown Cincinnati’s new, old-style streetcar on Saturday, Oct. 11. The KSO’s Newport Ragtime ensemble presents Speedy, Harold Lloyd’s 1928 silent comedy with a Roaring ’20s-style score by Carl Davis.   [widgets_on_pages...

The Carnegie in Covington opens 2013-14 theater season with CHICAGO in August

The Carnegie in Covington opens its 2013-14 Theatre Series with the musical CHICAGO, playing weekends Aug. 10–25. Directed by husband-and-wife Ed Cohen and Dee Anne Bryll, the production features choreography by Broadway veteran and Cincinnati native David Baum in his local professional debut. Baum’s wife and fellow Broadway veteran Leslie Goddard stars as Roxie Hart.   (Photo by Matt Steffen) Perhaps...

EKU Center for the Arts’ third season features top performers, productions, musical tributes

With 2,100 seats, EKU Center for the Arts is the largest performing arts venue in Central Kentucky. (Photo from EKU)   Performances by Chicago, Dwight Yoakam and LeAnn Rimes, as well as stage productions of “Rock of Ages,” “Mamma Mia” and “The Addams Family” are among the highlights of the 2013-14 season at the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts.   The...