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Kentucky’s running game faring well through first three games despite the loss of Benny Snell Jr.

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today How is Kentucky faring without Benny Snell? Through the first three games, the Wildcats rank No. 6 in the Southeastern Conference in rushing offense, averaging 185 yards per game. Most of that success can be attributed to an experienced offensive line. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was pleased with the team’s running attack in a 29-21 loss to Florida. Kavosiey Smoke collected...

Boone County native James Alex Fields faces charges for driving car into crowd of protestors

James Alex Fields, 20, who grew up in Union, has been jailed in Charlottesvile, Va., and charged with second degree murder for plowing his silver Dodge Challenger into a crowd of peaceful protestors at a rally there. Charlottesville resident Heather D. Heyer, 32, a paralegal, died, and 19 others were injured. Protests started in Charlottesville on Friday night and escalated to violence among opposing...

New Appointment: Governor sends Ky. Sen. Kathy Stein to bench of Fayette Circuit Court

Staff report   Kentucky State Sen. Kathy Stein (D-Lexington) was appointed today by Gov. Steve Beshear to an open seat on Fayette Circuit Court as judge. She expects to be sworn in on Monday, Oct. 21, and assume the bench in the city’s family court.   The post was vacated 10 weeks ago by retiring Judge Jo Ann Wise. With Stein’s appointment, there is now an open Senate seat.   The...

UK graduate in voice/music education sings his way onto Houston’s Grand Opera stage

New University of Kentucky graduate Reginald “Reggie” Smith, Jr. rode a Greyhound bus to Lexington from Atlanta five years ago to audition for opera director Everett McCorvey. Now he flies from Germany to Lexington to Houston, an international opera star in the making.   Reggie Smith performing as Le Duc in the University of Kentucky performance of <em>Romeo et Juliette</em>....

Jockey Pincay partners with Crown Royal to predict Triple Crown winners for charity

As millions watch the best thoroughbreds in the world approach the finish line, everyone has a favorite. They may like the name or the pedigree or the jockey. Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is giving racing fans another reason to bet on a horse. They will donate $1 million to charity if a jockey can pick the top three in each leg of the Triple Crown.   Lafitt Pincay, Jr. (Photo from Racing Museum) If...

Two judges, one law professor nominated to replace Schroder on state Supreme Court

A lawyer and a judge from Northern Kentucky were named March 21 as two of three nominees to replace Justice Will Schroder on the Kentucky Supreme Court. The announcement of nominees by the Judicial Nominating Commission follows Schroder’s retirement January 17.   Kentucky Supreme Court (Photo from RCN) The commission, led by Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., nominated three attorneys to...

Maker’s Mark announces 3 percent alcohol per batch reduction to meet growing demand

By Lesley Cissell KyForward associate news editor   In an email to bourbon distributors this weekend, Maker’s Mark announced the decision to begin producing its 50-year-old brand with 3 percent less alcohol per batch in order to meet unprecedented demand.   This announcement follows a month-long, in-house taste test. The primary concern, wrote Bill Samuels Jr., son of the founder...