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Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship to assist Muhlenberg County students attend Murray State

Greenville Mayor Jan Yonts has endowed the Brent and Jan Yonts scholarship for students from Muhlenberg County to attend Murray State University beginning this fall. The Yonts family includes five Murray State graduates in various disciplines spanning more than 40 years. Mayor Yonts graduated from Murray State in 1971. Brent graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1971 and...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for today’s youth on exceptionalism through family

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Last week we wrote about how important it can be to choose the right life partner, but what is the real purpose, the primary goal, of family? When we have children, raising them will be the most important thing our family does. It will be up to us to provide necessities for our children. It will be up to us to teach them...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating a birthday happy, healthy, and blessed and marveling in life’s miracles

Celebrated my birthday last week, July 1, same day as the births of Princess Diana, Olivia De Havilland, Tommy Dorsey, and Esteé Lauder. The day also marked the invention of sunglasses in China in the year 1200, and the start of the bloody Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. In 1898, the Rough Riders stormed San Juan Hill, and in 1916 Ike and Mamie Eisenhower said “I do” in Denver, Colorado. On the...

Pew Trusts: What are Americans thankful for now? See what survey says makes life meaningful

What makes life meaningful? Answering such a big question might be challenging for many people. Even among researchers, there is little consensus about the best way to measure what brings human beings satisfaction and fulfillment. Traditional survey questions – with a prespecified set of response options – may not capture important sources of meaning. To tackle this topic, Pew Research Center conducted...

EKU softball coach and mom chases Olympic dreams with her family, trying to make the team

By Morgan Romans EKU Sports Communications Mom – A word many professional athletes don’t hear on the sidelines. But, it’s a word that Eastern Kentucky University softball assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson treasures and hears quite often whether she is coaching defense for the Colonels or playing third base for the Chicago Bandits of National Professional Fastpitch.   From the end of August through...

Beth Underwood: There’s a lot more to life than avocado toast and cats wearing sunglasses

Humor me, won’t you? Pull out your phone and look at your photostream. What do your most recent photos say about your life? Do they leave you feeling excited and ready to plan your next great adventure? Are you filled with memories and good times of days gone by? Do they cause you to look around at your life and mumble to yourself, I really need to get a life? Or am I the only one? I bring this...

Beaumont Middle School club illustrates STAR power on FCCLA national stage in Atlanta

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club from Beaumont Middle School in Lexington earned the following standings in the STAR contests (Students Taking Action with Recognition) in Atlanta this summer: Gold • Chapter Service Project: Allison Clabes and Caroline Devine; • Illustrated Talk: Kate Hazelwood and Sydney Montgomery. Silver • Chapter in Review Display: Logan Justice and...

Constance Alexander: Celebrating many happy Thanksgiving memories, past, present and future

I remember the year my sister dropped the turkey on the kitchen floor, as she was transferring it from roasting pan to platter. We invoked the 3-second rule and swore each other to secrecy, so my mother never found out. Whew! Making the gravy was always my least favorite part of the traditional meal preparation. No matter how careful you were to stir properly, lumps of flour lurked at the bottom of...

Students from 26 Kentucky counties among top finishers in FCCLA national conference competition

Students from 26 Kentucky counties were among the top finishers in competitions at the 2017 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education....

Kasman Piano Concert is a family affair: Father and daughter unite to make music

It will be a family affair when the University of Kentucky School of Music presents a concert of not one, but two award-winning pianists.   Yakov Kasman, a silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. (Photo provided) Yakov Kasman, a silver medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International...

Science Guy: Create a work of art without using paint or a brush – with Alka Seltzer

  You may paint with a paint brush. Not our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey. Jason and a kid scientist show us how you can create a masterpiece by using a chemical reaction.   Chemical Reaction Splash     INGREDIENTS   · Alka Seltzer · Film Canister · Water · Food Coloring · 8” x 10” White Watercolor Canvas   INSTRUCTIONS   STEP...

Where Are They Now: ’79-’82 ‘Cat Bo Lanter following entrepreneur path to F5 STRONG

Former University of Kentucky Basketball player Bo Lanter has started F5Strong, a sportwear line. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Bo Lanter is a born entrepreneur. He exhibited his entrepreneurial spirit early on when he left the Midwestern State University basketball team in 1978 after his freshman year, having decided he would take his chances as a walk-on for the University...

Pausing to reflect on a 48th wedding anniversary, looking to future of a shared life

Gene and Judy Clabes at their wedding in 1966 (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   May 28, 1966, a day emblazoned in my memory, the day of our wedding 48 years ago. I do not remember it as if it were yesterday; these days memories are both selective and precious. But I can still feel the giddiness of anticipation, the sense of adventure we had of the open road ahead of us,...

Legends’ Andy Shea a ‘Bigger Brother’
and mentor to wide-ranging ‘family’ of kids

Andy Shea and his extended family, Christian, Byron, Curtis and Daron. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Andy Shea’s adult life has been consumed by baseball. That was until he met a kid named Christian. From there the world for Shea, a single, footloose sports-focused young professional, expanded dramatically.   Shea, general manager, president and CEO of...