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Defending state champion Johnson Central opens season with showdown at Bell County on Friday

By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Johnson Central was perfect (15-0) a year ago, winning the Class 4A state championship. And Bell County nearly finished with an unbeaten record (14-1) as well, falling in the Class 3A state title game to Belfry. So when those two teams square off Friday night at Dudley Hilton Field in the season opener, one squad’s quest for perfection will come to an end in Week...

Kentucky Teacher: Taking on electronic cigarettes, students join forces to stop the epidemic

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky teacher E-cigs. E-vape. E-hookah. Electronic cigarettes may have many aliases, but it can’t hide from the alarming statistics. According to the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention 2018 statewide trends report, electronic cigarette use doubled or nearly doubled in 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, the only grades that were included in the survey, from 2016 to...

Difference-maker: Grammy Award winner Chris Stapleton gives a lift to high school band program

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward The music program at Johnson Central High School was already on its way back when Chris Stapleton paid a visit to his alma mater. Martina Lutz had spent four years trying to resuscitate a program that had shrunk in size and become an afterthought in its community. Nothing, however, gave the Johnson Central bands more of a shot in the arm – or Lutz more of a surprise...

Everyday Heroes: Marlana VanHoose’s inspiring voice trumps physical limitations

Marlana VanHoose’s resume of music presentation exposure is wide and growing. (Photo provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Marlana VanHoose, at her young age, has performed before literally thousands via live or Internet audiences. Amazingly, she claims she never gets nervous.   “I am very comfortable singing or talking in front of all those people because…I can’t...

Governor’s Derby celebration made colorful by ‘Derby Blankets’ created by thirty schools

Quilt created by Memorial Elementary School in Hart County (Photo from KAC)   Artwork created by students at 30 Kentucky schools will be featured as unique art installations on the grounds of the Old State Capitol during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 4 in downtown Frankfort.   Students created the works for the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Derby Blankets” project...

Governor's Derby celebration made colorful by 'Derby Blankets' created by 30 schools

Quilt created by Memorial Elementary School in Hart County (Photo from KAC)   Artwork created by students at 30 Kentucky schools will be featured as unique art installations on the grounds of the Old State Capitol during the Governor’s Derby Celebration, May 4 in downtown Frankfort.   Students created the works for the Kentucky Arts Council’s “Derby Blankets” project...

Legends to host high school baseball event for Eastern Ky. areas affected by tornadoes

Whitaker Bank and the Lexington Legends will serve as hosts for the Hits for Home Invitational March 13-16. Proceeds will go to the Salvation Army, which will then allocate funds to assist communities affected by the March 2012 tornadoes.   Sixteen Kentucky high school baseball teams, many of them representing tornado-affected areas, will participate in the eight-game event at Whitaker Bank Ballpark,...

Keep It Real contest features student-made videos educating peers on drinking risks

High school students across the Commonwealth, along with the general public are invited to View and Vote for their favorite student-made commercials during the 9th annual Keep It Real Internet/Video Contest Jan. 7 – 18 at keep-it-real.us.   These teen filmmakers have created 30-second PSA’s telling their peers about the risks of underage drinking. Now it’s time for friends, family...