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Commentary: Reliable, high-speed internet coming to every county of the Commonwealth

By Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers Special to KyForward   Kentucky is embarking on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in more than 50 years – developing a robust, reliable, fiber “backbone” infrastructure that will bring high-speed Internet connectivity to every county of the Commonwealth.   The network, called KentuckyWired or the I-Way in Eastern Kentucky, will...

Beshear: Kim Davis’ future in courts’ hands; ‘no legal authority’ to remove her from office

As Rowan County Court Clerk Kim Davis continued to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples – despite a federal court injunction ordering her to – and the debate over her refusal escalates, Gov. Steve Beshear issued the following statement:   “There are obviously strong feelings on both sides of this issue, but the United States Supreme Court has spoken and same-sex...

Funding boost will enable more Kentucky children to receive free summer meals

  A $40,000 increase in funding will enable the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to increase the number of low-income children receiving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program, officials announced today.   Gov. Steve Beshear’s office will use $20,000 from the State Planning Fund to match a $20,000 private grant from Share Our Strength, a national organization working...

Bill Straub: Beshear's legacy taking a beating for being on wrong side of gay marriage issue

WASHINGTON – In politics, ridicule is generally the sharpest arrow in the quiver. Nobody wants to be laughed at and, for office holders and office seekers, dismissive scorn can often prove fatal.   Gov. Steve Beshear Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, a good person, is being ridiculed. Unfortunately, it’s his own fault. While the damage ultimately will be limited – he turns 71 this year and probably...

Bill Straub: Beshear demonstrates misplaced sense of duty in pursuit of gay marriage case

WASHINGTON – Strange as it may seem, it appears Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is morphing into Lt. Hiroo Onoda.   Onoda, it should be recalled, was the soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army who persisted in waging hostilities long after World War II had ended, hiding on the jungle of the island of Lubang while occasionally attacking the unfortunate and frustrated local population.   His...

Commission selects Beshear aide Jamie Link as executive director of Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has announced selection of Jamie Link as the new executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.   Link is currently the deputy chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear. A start date will be set later.   “The Kentucky Horse Park Commission is very excited about Jamie Link being our next executive director to guide the park forward into the future,” said...

Ashland, state education officials select 24 teachers to compete for teacher of the year

The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2015 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards. These teachers qualify to compete for the 2015 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month.   The 24 winning teachers, listed by school and school district, are:   · Abby Flake, Audubon Elementary,...

Young victim-turned-advocate among 22 appointed to bullying prevention task force

For thousands of Kentucky students, going to school can mean bracing for a run-in with a bully. More than one in four Kentucky students aged 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school in 2011, and the Kentucky Department of Education recorded 15,520 incidents of bullying in Kentucky during the 2012-13 school year. That’s one reported bullying incident every four minutes of every school day.   In...

About Kentucky: Governor speaks about expanding broadband access across state

Weekly Gov. Steve Beshear posts a video commentary about topics related to Kentucky. This week he speaks about expanding broadband access across the Bluegrass. See below:     [widgets_on_pages id=”Email Signup”]   From Office of the Governor

Kentucky groups, individuals honored for 'unselfishly serving and filling needs'

Fourteen groups and individuals from across the state were honored for their volunteer and service contributions at the Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.   The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, a division within Cabinet for Health and Family Services, coordinates the annual awards program. Gov. Steve Beshear and CHFS Deputy Secretary Eric Friedlander...

Web Commentary: There's a new series of statewide entrepreneur pitch competitions

The following commentary from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is about a new series of statewide pitch competitions for entrepreneurs.:     From Office of the Governor

Web Commentary: Governor says state begins funding 25 bornlearning Academies in the fall

The following commentary from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear concerns the bornlearning Academies program:     From Office of the Governor

Web Commentary: Kentucky ranks firstin small business growth for second time

The following commentary from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear concerns the Kentucky Innovation Network program:       From Office of the Governor

Web Commentary: SOAR initiative building on ideas to move Appalachian region forward

The following commentary from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear concerns the progress of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative:     From Office of the Governor

Arts council puts arts, cultural development to work in two Eastern Kentucky workshops

(Photo from KAC)   By Lori Meadows Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Arts Council will present two separate forums in May, one for community groups and one for individual artists, through its “Putting arts and cultural development to work” series in Eastern Kentucky.   These events will offer participants the opportunity to hear from local, state and national leaders on...

Better than Beer: Kentucky imports on-the-job training education model from Germany

Kentucky’s Skills Initiative program provides students on-the-job training. Students report they have a 95 percent chance of getting hired after completing their courses. (Photo from ThinkKentucky.com)   In an innovative effort to train and strengthen Kentucky’s future workforce, Kentucky has created a new education/training model that offers some students the option of combining educational...

John Nicholson to retire as Kentucky Horse Park's longest-serving executive director

The Kentucky Horse Park’s longest-standing executive director John Nicholson will retire on April 1. Serving in the position since June of 1997, Nicholson steered the world’s largest park dedicated to the horse during a period of growth, garnering worldwide recognition for its facilities.   “With our recent 35th anniversary, I started to think about my own history with the park...

An Open Letter to the Governor: Investing in education from 'delivery to diploma' crucial

Dear Gov. Beshear:   Today, I write to you knowing that our state, along with so many others, has a current financial future that is bleak. The reality being there is more money needed than available. It’s a supply and demand issue …… the demand being much greater than the supply. Some will say there is a spending problem, while others, will say there is a revenue problem. I...

Survey finds dramatic decrease in percentage of Ky. teens using prescription drugs illegally

The percentage of Kentucky teens using prescription drugs for off-label purposes has dropped dramatically over the past four years, a new survey has found.   The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey found that use of prescription drugs without a doctor’s specific direction to do so has decreased steadily among sixth-, eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders since 2004. The declines...