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The Art of Being Black: Kentucky artists present visual commentary on race in new Art Center exhibit

Jan. 12 marked the opening of an innovative new exhibit in Danville at Art Center of the Bluegrass. The Art of Being Black: Conversation and Experience – presented by PNC Bank – tackles the big issue of race through the lens of conversations, memories, and stories of African Americans in Kentucky. A virtual exhibit opening and gallery talk will be held on Jan. 21. The Art Center convened an advisory...

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...

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...

Georgetown SGA president — and quarterback — Zach Dampier earns Kappa Scholar Award

Excellence inside the classroom is a key component for all Georgetown College students. This past week, a Tiger leader was honored for commitment to his studies. Zach Dampier Georgetown football quarterback, SGA president and Rho Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity member Zach Dampier earned the Kappa Scholar Award during the South-Central Province Council virtual meetings. “I’m...

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...

Stuart W. Sanders: Trinity Episcopal Church in Danville thrived after cholera epidemic, Spanish flu

When sickness sweeps through a community, institutions suffer. Because of COVID-19, schools and universities are empty. Businesses and restaurants are shuttered. Hospitals face shortages. Churches have closed. When looking at our history, the story of one Kentucky church reveals that institutions can thrive after enduring tragedy and illnesses. It also reminds us that historic buildings can teach important...

Campbellsville University student named ACA Ledford Scholar for female inmate research project

Shannon Kramp, a junior at Campbellsville University from Danville who is double majoring in psychology and criminal justice, has been announced as an Appalachian College Association (ACA) Ledford Scholar with Dr. Dale Wilson, director of criminal justice programs and associate professor, as her sponsor. “We are thrilled to participate in the Ledford Scholar Program of the Appalachian College Association,”...

Greg Buchanan installed as 2020 president for Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors

Greg Buchanan has been installed as the 2020 president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors. Greg Buchanan Buchanan has served on the LBAR Board of Directors for four years previous and on numerous committees and task forces. In addition to his involvement at the local level, Buchanan is a member of the National Association of Realtors Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee and the Kentucky...

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...

BCTC breaks ground on new state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center at Danville Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Danville broke ground Thursday on the Advanced Manufacturing Center, located in the John Hill Bailey Industrial Park on the Danville Campus. “Today we celebrate state and local officials coming together with the community to serve students,” said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, president of BCTC. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide real-world training...

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...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Danville Arts Center announces statewide juried exhibition, State of Kentucky Photography

The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky has announced a Call to Artists for a new, juried photography exhibition: State of Kentucky, which will debut at the Community Arts Center in April. In the exhibit prospectus, Creative Director Brandon Long explains that the show is meant to represent the ‘state’ of Kentucky, both in terms of place and state of being. To be eligible for this exhibition,...

Three Kentucky cities awarded AARP grants to create age-friendly infrastructure in their communities

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Three Kentucky cities are seeing their ideas to improve livability come to fruition. Danville, Louisville and Lexington were awarded more than $25,000 combined in grants from the 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant program. The money was to be used on quick action projects, which Rita Morrow, a volunteer with AARP Kentucky, explains are part of the organization’s...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

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...