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Jamie Vaught: After sassing Adolph Rupp, Hall of Famer Louie Dampier believed UK career was over

(Editor’s Note: During our national COVID-19 crisis, longtime sports columnist Jamie H. Vaught will be writing about the ex-Wildcats who were featured in one of his first four books on UK basketball, using excerpts that were published in his out-of-print volumes. His latest and fifth book, titled “Chasing the Cats: A Kentucky Basketball Journey,” was released in late February 2020.) Long before...

Jamie Vaught: Legendary UK star accomplished much, but never took Cats to Final Four

With Kentucky’s regular season ending this weekend with a Saturday afternoon contest with Florida in Gainesville, there has been lots of discussion about who is the top basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. Many folks like Kentucky standouts Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards as among the leading candidates for the SEC Player of the Year honors. And that certainly reminds me about one...

Kentucky Colonels call for 2019 grant applications from the Good Works program through Feb. 15

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) is calling for established non-profit charities to apply for a 2019 grant from the Good Works Program until February 15. 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that have been in existence for 5 years and who help the citizens of Kentucky are eligible to apply. Grant application guidelines and other criteria are posted on www.kycolonels.org. Through donations...

Jamie Vaught: Book about Boston Celtics glory days brings back memories of UK great Frank Ramsey

I have just finished reading a remarkable and enjoyable basketball book about the glory days of the Boston Celtics and its primary stars Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. Titled “The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End,” the new 360-page hardcover (Penguin Press, $28) by Gary M. Pomerantz is definitely one of the best ones that I have read in a long time. Since the volume...

Jamie Vaught: Remembering the good old days of the colorful, innovative American Basketball Association

If you have followed my sports column over the years, you may have read some of the stories about the old American Basketball Association. I was a huge fan of ABA which included the Louisville-based Kentucky Colonels.  The colorful league had featured a couple of radical innovations – a three-point field goal (which at the time did not exist in the NBA or college basketball) and the red-white-blue...

Constance Alexander: Art of outreach is a give-and-take process, highlighted by Side by Side project

Lily Higgins stacked boxes in a pyramid and iced the surface with scads of glue glitter and pompoms to create “Racetrack Birthday Cake.” Garrison Kelly turned a piece of wood into a graceful mallet and used colored pencils to trim the ridges with a rainbow of blue, purple, yellow and orange. Jayson Walker’s inventive inclinations were sparked by storytelling, and he created a book called “Spiritual...

Child Development Center of the Bluegrass receives grant from Kentucky Colonels

  Kentucky Colonels from all over the world are partnering with Child Development Center of the Bluegrass to improve the lives of kids in their community.   On Sept. 10, CDCB was awarded a grant from the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels during a ceremony at the Lexington Children’s Theatre. The grant will be used to fund improvements to gross motor rooms at CDCB. These rooms, graciously...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA's Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats' popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Jamie Vaught: Colorful ABA’s Kentucky Colonels once rivaled Wildcats’ popularity

(Jamie Vaught Photo)   When I wrote a recent column about ex-American Basketball Association (and NBA) superstar Dan Issel and a possible NBA franchise in Louisville, it brought back a lot of good childhood memories.   As mentioned in that column two weeks ago, Issel played for the popular Kentucky Colonels for several years and led them to the league championship in 1975. Established in...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...

Jamie Vaught: Former UK star Issel believes new NBA franchise would work in Louisville

In recent years, there have been some movements or discussions as well as media stories about bringing an NBA franchise to the city of Louisville.   And there is also an active Facebook page, titled “Bring the NBA to Louisville,” a grassroots movement by the fans.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jamie”] As you may recall, the Derby City was once the home of the popular Kentucky...