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Bill Neikirk, pioneer of economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and Kentucky native, dies at 82

William R. “Bill” Neikirk, who was a pioneer in economics journalism in Washington, D.C., and set up a scholarship at the University of Kentucky for journalism students from his native Appalachian Kentucky, died Aug. 27 of Lewy body dementia. He was 82. Born in Irvine, a railroad and coal-processing town near the East Kentucky Coal Field, Neikirk joined Washington Bureau of The Associated...

EKU alumnus Hardy guiding work clothing manufacturer Carhartt in making protective equipment

William Hardy received a begging phone call on March 13 as COVID-19 began to overwhelm the healthcare system, specifically hospitals. The 1992 Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Irvine, Ky., by birth, current resident by choice, is now running supply chain management at the work clothing manufacturer Carhartt, having worked all the way from “management trainee” to senior vice president. “We...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...