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UK, Kentucky State partner to help at-risk youth with life skills training, workforce preparation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A partnership between Kentucky’s two land-grant universities will result in life skills training and workforce preparation for some of the state’s most vulnerable young people. Through a project called Uplift: Empowering Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Future, Cooperative Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce selects Ashli Watts of Frankfort as President and CEO

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has named Ashli Watts of Frankfort as President and CEO of the state’s largest business association after an eight-month national search. She will take office on Nov. 1, succeeding Dave Adkisson, 66, who is retiring after serving 15 years in the position. Watts, 37, currently is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Chamber, where she has led the organization’s...

University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm putting Gatton College education to work at Churchill Downs

By Carl Nathe University of Kentucky When the call to the post is played before the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this Saturday, University of Kentucky alumnus D.C. Storm will look forward to watching the world-famous horse race in person along with more than 150,000 of his “closest friends.”  And while this 2004 summa cum laude graduate of UK’s Gatton College...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Houdini, the I-65 goat, has new home at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary; he will get rehab for broken leg

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Houdini, perhaps the most famous goat in Kentucky history, has a new home. 
The large white goat, who was named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to avoid traffic and officials while wandering along a stretch of Interstate 65 for years, will spend his remaining days in Meade County. 
Houdini suffered a broken leg in a traffic mishap...

Elizabethtown native Christopher Watts, is part of new ‘Titan Games’ reality show, starting tonight

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A new TV reality show premiering Thursday on NBC will feature a Kentucky native as one of the competitors. Christopher Watts 
Thirty-three-year-old Christopher Watts, whose hometown is Elizabethtown, will be one of contestants in “The Titan Games.”  The show’s producers say it will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable...

Volunteers needed in 24 Kentucky counties to review cases of children in foster care

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 24 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. The boards need volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse, to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers are...

Baptist Health names Elizabethtown physician Jody Prather as first chief strategy officer

An Elizabethtown physician who previously served as Baptist Health’s first chief medical officer is returning as chief strategy officer. Jody Prather, MD, who will begin work Sept. 17, is currently chief strategy officer and vice president, population health, for Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In addition, he is chief medical officer for the HMH Medical Group with more than...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

Kentucky’s 24 hours of giving — Nonprofit organizations to participate in Kentucky Gives Day

Nonprofit organizations from throughout the state will participate in the sixth annual Kentucky Gives Day on May 22. The 24-hour online giving campaign gives the 164 participating charities the opportunity to raise as much money as possible from midnight through 11:59 p.m. – all through a single online site, www.kygives.org. “Charitable nonprofits are eager to showcase their work to strengthen...

Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame to induct 17 on July 9 in Elizabethtown

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame (KHSBHF) will hold its fifth induction celebration at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown on July 9. Seventeen inductees will be honored at the event which begins at 5:30 p.m. The celebration begins with a reception in the Your Community Bank Gallery. Inductees will be there to sign autographs and meet the public. The Pre-Show and celebration...

Old Time Kentucky: Morgan’s Christmas Raid of 1862 commemorated by cannonball in the wall

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist A souvenir of Confederate cavalry Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s famous “Christmas Raid” of 1862 is stuck in a brick wall in Elizabethown, the Hardin County seat. The unique Civil War relic is a tourist attraction. “People have heard about it or read about it and they ask about it,” said Mary Hikes, director of guest services at the town tourism and convention...

Constance Alexander: A trip to Elizabethtown
and a reminder of the kindness of strangers

A sweater weather day, sunny with a hint of spring in the air, made it a perfect afternoon for a three-hour ride on the Western Kentucky Parkway for a business meeting the next morning in Elizabethtown. If I leave Murray at 3, I’ll get there before dark.   All set? You bet. Radio’s tuned to WKMS. A cup of fresh-brewed coffee sits in the drink holder. The gas tank is full and ready to go.   It’s...

2012 Review: Philanthropy, nonprofit stories focus on generosity, service and unselfishness

A community and its citizens can be distinguished in many ways but in no way better than the culture of giving, volunteering, service to good causes and needs of the neediest among us. When good people share their resources – money, time, talent, expertise – we are all enriched and we have the good examples we need to make us better. Our special section on Our Philanthropy and our special understanding...

JSH’s KY: Five ideal Kentucky locations for
a semi-long-distance commute to Lexington

At one point or another in my meandering life, I’ve spent quality time in most of the Commonwealth’s cities. Over the years, I’ve found that certain areas are more advantageous than others when shlepping back and forth to my beloved Lexington. If one must live elsewhere while working in Lexington (but hey, who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington, anyway?) I list here for your...