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In final commentary of his administration, Gov. Steve Beshear delivers special message about first lady

During his time in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has released weekly video announcements entitled “About Kentucky” on his YouTube channel to communicate with Kentuckians on policy initiatives and legislative actions. Today, in the final commentary of his administration, Gov. Beshear delivers a special message about his wife, First Lady Jane Beshear.

Capitol Education Center will now be known as the Jane K. Beshear Education Center, after first lady

The Capitol Education Center has been renamed in honor of First Lady Jane Beshear and her “vision and dedication” to creating the energy-efficient visitor and learning center, Gov. Steve Beshear announced. Jane Beshear The Jane K. Beshear Capitol Education Center, as it will now be known, opened in Feb. 2013 and serves as an education and welcoming facility for the more than 60,000 students,...

To the people of Kentucky: A special thank you message from the governor and first lady

During his time in office, Gov. Steve Beshear has released weekly video announcements entitled “About Kentucky” on his YouTube channel to communicate with Kentuckians on the many policy initiatives and legislative actions that directly impact the commonwealth. In today’s video, the governor and First Lady Jane Beshear offered a special “thank you” message to the people of Kentucky. Beshear’s...

New ‘Reworking Kentucky’ program links those recovering from addiction to employment services

State, business and health leaders have launched an initiative aimed at connecting Kentuckians recovering from addiction with employment services. “Reworking Kentucky,” a component of the chronic substance abuse and addiction program Recovery Kentucky, expands assistance and support to individuals who are exiting the program. It will help them obtain an entry-level, workplace-ready assessment...

Horses and Hope named official charity of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Horses and Hope has been named the official charity of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. All proceeds raised for Horses and Hope will go directly toward a new mobile screening van equipped to screen for seven cancer types.   “We are so grateful to be named the official charity of the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event,” First Lady Jane Beshear said. “Horses and Hope is focused on...

Horses and Hope launches new campaign to build mobile unit for exams, education

  First Lady Jane Beshear, along with representatives from the Kentucky Cancer Program, the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center and KentuckyOne Health, launched a new Horses and Hope campaign to raise $1 million for a mobile unit to provide free or significantly reduced cost cancer screenings to underserved populations across Kentucky.   To start strong out of the...

First lady hosts Horses and Hope Trail Ride, barbecue to benefit breast cancer survivors

First lady Jane Beshear will host Lexington’s Horses and Hope Trail Ride on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Kentucky Horse Park. The event is intended to honor and benefit breast cancer survivors.   Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the trail ride begins at 10 a.m. There will be a barbecue picnic at Alltech Arena at 2:30 p.m.   Included in the day’s festivities will be a Pretty in Pink...

Creating a long-distance trail in Kentucky
a step closer to reality with master trail plan

Long after Daniel Boone forged his way through the Kentucky wilderness, modern-day pioneers are hoping to blaze a new trail in the Bluegrass State. Several of them, actually.   The trails, including 10 major routes, are part of the newly developed Cross Kentucky Master Trail Plan, a guidebook for trail development created by the state’s Office of Adventure Tourism. Once completed, the extensive...

Horses and Hope ambassador takes breast cancer awareness to two events in Germany

Horses and Hope Pink Stable member Misdee Wrigley Miller (Photo from UofL)   Kentucky’s Horses and Hope is going international.   Champion equestrian and Horses and Hope Pink Stable member Misdee Wrigley Miller will spread the message of breast cancer awareness as she competes later this week in two European Equestrian World Cup qualifying events.   In 2008, the office of Kentucky...

Filmmaker adds children's film to celebration of Kentucky Governor's Mansion birthday

Spencer Kossatz found the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion “astonishing.” He is pictured with the 120 handcrafted chairs given to the mansion by each of the 120 Kentucky counties. (Photo by M. Breeding Media)   By Lesley Cissell KyForward associate news editor   “Let the children lead the way,” Christ told His disciples.   Kentucky filmmaker Michael Breeding...

Filmmaker adds children’s film to celebration of Kentucky Governor’s Mansion birthday

Spencer Kossatz found the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion “astonishing.” He is pictured with the 120 handcrafted chairs given to the mansion by each of the 120 Kentucky counties. (Photo by M. Breeding Media)   By Lesley Cissell KyForward associate news editor   “Let the children lead the way,” Christ told His disciples.   Kentucky filmmaker Michael Breeding...

First lady, Economic Development secretary lauded as two of 10 who made a difference

First Lady Jane Beshear and Cabinet for Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes are being recognized for their contributions to the South’s economic well-being.   Southern Business & Development cited First Lady Jane Beshear for her “commitment to education in her state” and featured this picture of her reading to children at the Rockcastle County Public Library to promote...

Sixth 'Shop and Share' day to benefit domestic violence shelters to be Super Bowl weekend

First Lady Jane Beshear, far right, visits a Northern Kentucky grocery for the 2013 Shop and Share day to benefit Kentucky Domestic Violence Association. The 2014 Shop and Share Day is Saturday, Feb. 1, across the state at participating Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount stores. (Photo by Michael Monks)   First Lady Jane Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to volunteer and participate...

Beshears, Kentucky have moment in State
of Union spotlight; senators offer response

Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear were guests of Michelle Obama during the State of the Union address. (Photo from RCN/Facebook)   Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, were guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at last night’s State of the Union Address.   Beshear has been heralded for his implementation of the state’s health care...

Kentucky Governor’s Mansion: Centennial celebration to include documentary for kids

The Kentucky Governor’s Mansion (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Kentucky’s Governor’s Mansion will be 100 years old in 2014, and thanks to restoration efforts by former First Lady Phyllis George Brown in the early 1980s, the stately landmark is in fine shape for its big celebration.   And thanks to Lexington-based Michael Breeding Media, Kentucky’s...

Asbury University shelters two hidden gems – equine program, state-of-the-art film studio

Standing in front of the large green screen in Asbury’s film studio (left to right) are: alum Stephanie Keeley, Dean of School of Communication Arts Jim Owens, First Lady Jane Beshear, student Jensine Cumbia and Operations Manager Don Mink. (Photo from AU)   Staff report   Nestled in the tiny Central Kentucky community of Wilmore is Asbury University. Inside Asbury is a renowned equine...

Kentucky school districts can now vote to keep kids in school through age 18

Beginning today, Kentucky’s school districts can adopt a new policy requiring students to remain in school through their 18th birthday. And state government and education leaders have launched a campaign to encourage them to do just that.   The “Blitz to 96” initiative, announced by Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, is a statewide push...

Today is first day Kentucky school districts can vote to keep kids in school through age 18

Beginning today, Kentucky’s school districts can adopt a new policy requiring students to remain in school through their 18th birthday. And state government and education leaders have launched a campaign to encourage them to do just that.   The “Blitz to 96” initiative, announced by Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, is a statewide push...

Walmart Foundation makes donations to two of state's Recovery Kentucky Centers

A donation from the Walmart Foundation will benefit two Recovery Kentucky Centers.  The Cumberland Hope Community Center for Women in Evarts will receive $10,500 from the Foundation and the Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville will receive $10,000, First Lady Jane Beshear announced.    Recovery Kentucky is a program that helps Kentuckians recover from chronic substance abuse and addiction,...

Bardstown and Maysville two latest towns to join list of six Kentucky Cultural Districts

The cities of Bardstown and Maysville have joined the list of official Kentucky Cultural Districts, bringing the total number of state-certified communities to six.   My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown (Photo from visitbardstown.com) “Kentucky Cultural Districts are proven cultural destinations for visitors and provide a high quality of life for residents,” Beshear said. “Arts and culture...