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Kentucky native remembers his Uncle Vincent Steil, a World War II soldier and family almost forgotten

By Edward Ziegler Special to KyForward Whether it’s Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or even the Fourth of July, whatever else I’m doing I end up thinking about my uncle Vincent Steil, a young soldier killed during World War II. During this 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II, I also find myself thinking a lot about his parents, my grandparents, Alvin and Ethel Steil, who both, I...

Kentucky nation’s top whiskey exporter; $33 billion in goods, services shipped abroad in 2019

As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports. Beshear made the announcement while filling the 16th millionth barrel of Jim Beam at Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont Monday. “We are immensely proud of our signature...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

Constance Alexander: Remembering ‘Kristallnacht’ and the persecutions of Jews throughout history

Imagine. A crisp fall evening at home. The sun has gone down; you’ve just had dinner. Suddenly, the sounds of a crowd in the distance, moving closer. The growing din brings you to the window. Peeking out from behind the curtains, you see a mob coming down the street. Armed with bricks, pipes and other weapons, they clearly have mayhem in mind. Their flickering torches are beacons of intolerance....

UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard helps Team USA win FIBA U19 World Cup title

University of Kentucky women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard led Team USA in scoring as the Red, White and Blue captured the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup championship in Bangkok, Thailand, by going unbeaten (7-0) at the event. For her efforts, Howard was tabbed to the all-tournament team. No. 1 in FIBA’s world youth women’s rankings, Team USA started with wins against Australia, South...

A spectacle in the sky: Jets Over Kentucky week scheduled in July at Lebanon-Springfield Airport

The world’s grandest jet event rolls, loops and spins its way over the skies of Lebanon in July when the 14th annual Jets Over Kentucky week gets underway. Scheduled for July 8-15 at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport, the largest remote control jet show on the planet features nearly 200 pilots from around the world, an aerobatic jet show, private plane tent tours and more. Casual fans and remote...

Tom Block: There’s no secret to the fact that Kentucky, Germany share wonderful link

Columnist Tom Block's great-great grandfather was Isaac Bernheim, after whom Kentucky's Bernheim Forest is named. (Photo provided) Memo to Gov. Steve Beshear: I heard the news recently about of your “secret” trip to Germany with the state’s head of economic development to get German companies to locate their U.S. facilities in the Commonwealth. As part of the Kentucky sales pitch, I wanted...

Historic Stonereath Farm in Parissold to German thoroughbred breeder

Historic Stonereath Farm, a 252-acre thoroughbred farm on 460 near Paris, has been sold to German breeder, Dr. Christoph Berglar, whose son, Peter, will manage a commercial breeding operation there. The new entity will be Stonereath Stud.   The purchase price was a little more than $4.2 million.   The farm was owned by Darrell and Lendy Brown, who have a long and distinguished involvement...