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Pausing to reflect on a 48th wedding anniversary, looking to future of a shared life

Gene and Judy Clabes at their wedding in 1966 (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   May 28, 1966, a day emblazoned in my memory, the day of our wedding 48 years ago. I do not remember it as if it were yesterday; these days memories are both selective and precious. But I can still feel the giddiness of anticipation, the sense of adventure we had of the open road ahead of us,...

Judy Clabes: Local businessman-history buff writes first fiction, a mystery set in Lexington

Ken Hixson has published two histories, but ‘Less Than Perfect’ is his first foray into fiction. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   Ken Hixson is a man of many interests. The Lexington businessman has a fascination with old cars and covered bridges, a passion for history (particularly WW II) and a penchant for writing.   He is a Lexington native, University of Kentucky grad and Army veteran....

2013 Review: Northern Kentucky section debuts – hopefully setting a future trend

At KyForward, we have to keep running to keep up with ourselves. As we celebrate our third holiday season with you, we are also celebrating terrific growth, deeper coverage, a group of contributors and columnists we consider “family.” We learn something new everyday – and we’re ready to try anything that will make us better able to provide the services our readers need and want. Don’t...

Judy Clabes:  Lexmark’s Paul Rooke manages progress with a steady hand and high touch

Lexmark’s Paul Rooke, speaking at the opening of the company’s state-of-art child care and learning center for children of employees (see story here), says its people are as important as any asset. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   One thing you can surely say about Paul Rooke is that he can hold down a steady job.  There are plenty of second things you can say, but that’s a good start.   Rooke,...

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents annual Vision Awards to 10 individuals and organizations

The annual Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast included more than sticky buns on the menu. Awards were presented to Don Robinson, Ed Burtner, the Kentucky River Thorobred, Knox van Nagell, Bluegrass Greensource, Judy Clabes, the National Park Service’s Rivers Trails Conservation Assistance Program, Kyle Lake and Rebecca Barnes.   Robinson is owner of Winter Quarter Farm and...

Advocate for student expression rights to give 8th State of First Amendment Address at UK

One of the nation’s most-respected advocates for student expression rights will deliver the eighth annual State of the First Amendment Address at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, Arlington, Va., will speak in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library, on the state of First Amendment rights for high school and college students. The event is open...

KSU’s riverboat to be ‘floating science lab,’ river museum adds tourism, learning value

Kentucky State University is set to launch the Kentucky River Thorobred, a floating science Lab that will complement the university’s aquaculture program, on Friday. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Kentucky State University President Mary Sias, an innovative leader, had a vision that would fully complement the university’s aquaculture program of distinction,...

OWL celebrates 52-year success story, serving hard-to-employ with workforce, job training

Opportunity for Work and Learning – OWL – serves those facing barriers to employment, providing workforce and job-readiness training. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL) just celebrated 52 years in the business of training and job-readiness of more than 23,000 people in the Lexington area.   The program began...

NKU and KyForward teamed up to provide experience for students – and great stories

Where in Greater Cincinnati is there a neighborhood with a thriving community theater, a chocolate store in such demand that it outgrew its production space and an after-school club where kids can barely wait for the doors to open?   Newport’s Buenger Boys and Girls Club was featured in the NKU project’s winning story. Here, Emerald Bennett, 11, right, studies math with a friend at...

Judy Clabes: Do yourself a favor and head
to Day in the Country at Ky. Folk Art Center

With Morehead State University graduation behind them, the good folks in Morehead are gearing up for another influx of visitors Saturday to another special annual ritual – A Day in the Country, Kentucky’s original folk art fair.   A true Kentucky gem, the Kentucky Folk Art Center offers the annual event which will draw more than 50 folk artists from 10 states, making it one of the largest...

Judy Clabes: Come along for a preview tour
of classy new BCTC Newtown Pike building

The new 90,000-square-foot Classroom and Student Services building at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus on Newtown Pike is nearing completion. It will accommodate 1,000 students. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   For those who have been watching the progress of the first of the buildings on the new Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus on Newtown Pike, be prepared to be impressed....

Judy Clabes: D.C. Bluegrass Ball big success, buzz around Ashley Judd dominates event

Actress Ashley Judd, center, joined a number of Kentucky dignitaries on stage during the 2013 Bluegrass Ball in Washington, D.C.   The 100th anniversary of the Kentucky Society of Washington and the 2013 Bluegrass Ball, a nonpartisan pomp-and-circumstance celebration of all things Kentucky, converged for a very successful event at the historic Wardman Park Marriott over the weekend. Called “the...

Cheryl Norton ‘loving her job’ as the first
woman to head Kentucky American Water

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Cheryl Norton is celebrating her second year in a city she never expected to be with a job she never expected to have.   That, she says, is not so unusual for successful women, as the path to the top is not so prescriptive.   Cheryl Norton (Photo by Judy Clabes) In January 2011, Norton became the first woman president in the history of Kentucky American...

Judy Clabes: Just a Christmas card? Or is it
a sign of hope for the future of UK football?

  Making a list and checking it twice – of the things that require faith, hope, trust and – sometimes, merely a suspension of disbelief. They would include – not a limited-to list or a serious/frivolous ranking – a Supreme Deity, Santa, the Easter Bunny, heaven, wedding vows, “I’ll respect you in the morning,” miracles, “Your secret is safe with me,” fairies and elves. . ....

Sarah Hart’s family named LeXenomics’
2nd annual ‘Most Encouraging Kentuckian’

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   The family of Sarah Roberts Hart of Russell Springs received LeXenomics’ second annual “Most Encouraging Kentuckian” award, presented to a full house Wednesday night at Able Engine’s headquarters in downtown Lexington.   LeXenomics, a nonprofit that “spreads new ideas by connecting, growing, investing in and branding Kentucky’s people – our...

Judy Clabes: Flat Stanley among things I wouldn’t have known without grandchildren

Flat Stanley travels the world, documenting his stops along the way.(Photo by Judy Clabes)   For more reasons than any grandparent could name, we are grateful for our grandchildren, the proof that unconditional love is not earned, it’s given.   Without my grandchildren, for example, I would not know that fairies have blue wings. I would never have guessed that dinosaurs once dined on the...

David Banks’ Quality Construction opens showroom, brings on young entrepreneur

Quality Construction Co. officially opened its new, state-of-art showroom in a new home improvement “mall” in Nicholasville. (Photos by Judy Clabes)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   David Banks started his remodeling business out of his home garage in 2004, as a “side business.” He was good at it, so it grew. Eventually it grew so much, mostly by word of mouth of satisfied customers,...

Judy Clabes: The Kentuckians who care about our food supply at least deserve appreciation

The First Friday breakfast forum and networking event hosted by the University of Kentucky Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group – academic-speak for folks who care a lot about our food supply – is an educational experience at its best. And the food isn’t bad either.   In fact, at the most recent event, the breakfast included pancakes made from scratch from Kentucky farm...

Judy Clabes: Give because you’re part of the community and you care about good works

Growing up in Henderson, a Western Kentucky Ohio River city, is among the things I give thanks for every day. The luck of getting my start in a place where strong families, good neighbors, engaged churches, fine schools and solid values meant a young girl was well prepared to make her way in the world. Along that journey, there have been many reasons to be proud of my hometown roots.   But...