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Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Rural Blog: Rural areas, small towns bracing for major influx of solar-eclipse viewers in three weeks

As the historic Aug. 21 solar eclipse draws near, towns along the path of totality are bracing for tens of thousands of visitors. “Whatever the biggest event in town is, they are going to get at least twice as many people — and usually more than that,”eclipse chaser and crowd consultant Kate Russo told Deborah Netburn of the Los Angeles Times. “This is not just a science event....

Most of Kentucky now under Level I drought declaration; wildfires continue to rage in E. Kentucky

The Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team, are issuing a Level I drought declaration for 117 counties in Kentucky. A Level I drought indicates moderate to severe drought conditions have developed, primarily affecting soil moisture and vegetative health. Increasing incidents of wildfires and adverse...

Commentary: Commemoration of Vietnam War offers broader scope for appreciation of vets

By Norman E. Arflack Special to KyForward The 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War offers a broader scope for appreciating the service and sacrifice of all Kentuckians who served. It’s a persistent myth that National Guard members never served on foreign soil in support of their active duty counterparts. In fact, there have been multiple Kentucky National Guard units that served not only honorably,...

State Emergency Management officials offer respiratory tips as wildfires continue to burn

As of Monday afternoon, there were 33 active wildfires being managed or monitored throughout Kentucky. Approximately 14,800 acres have burned through wildfires in the Commonwealth since Oct. 29. Fifty six counties have issued burn bans: Adair, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Calloway, Carlisle, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd,...

After 25 years of service, Lexington veteran embarks on a new mission: teaching middle schoolers

By Whitney Harder Special to KyForward In the military, once you learn and become proficient at something you teach it to the people below you, according to retired Sgt. First Class David Gentry. That’s what Gentry did — among many other duties — while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserves and Kentucky National Guard. And that experience led him to his next calling as an educator,...

Beshear issues executive order to increase security for National Guard members

  Gov. Steve Beshear has issued an executive order directing Adjutant General Edward Tonini to take “any additional steps necessary” to increase security for National Guard members. The order comes after last Thursday’s shooting of four Marines and a Navy petty officer in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following is Beshear’s statement regarding the executive order:   “As...

Governor declares state of emergency to expedite assistance to storm-ravaged counties

Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts after severe storms swept through Kentucky Monday, causing widespread damage. Another severe storm is expected to hit the state later today.   According to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, numerous counties were impacted...

Lexington’s numerous Fourth of July festivities will pay tribute to local heroes

Fireworks will light up the night sky over downtown Lexington as part of the city’s Fourth of July Festival. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   With a “Celebrating Heroes” theme, Lexington will salute military personnel, veterans and first responders during this year’s Fourth of July Festival.   “As America celebrates Independence Day, it’s important we honor the...

Massive police operation in Covington nets multiple arrests for suspected heroin dealing

Covington police arrested 10 of 60 suspected heroin dealers in yesterday’s operation. (Photo from RCN)   The River City News   Covington Police launched a massive operation on Thursday afternoon, March 27, in pursuit of 60 suspected drug traffickers mostly dealing in heroin.   In conjunction with the Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, Kentucky Probation and Parole,...

March is the month for all school districtsto implement college/career readiness plan

This month, thousands of Kentucky students will be getting advice on what they can do academically to prepare for college or career as part of the third annual Operation Preparation.   During Operation Preparation, trained community advisors meet with eighth and 10th-grade students to review each student’s Individual Learning Plans and talk about:   · career aspirations and required education/training, ·...

A few pingpong paddles, pool cues later,
Ky. National Guard soldiers now having a ball

Members of the Kentucky National Guard display some of the recreational items and apparel Lindsey Wilson College staff members and students recently sent to them in Jordan. (Photo from LWC)   When Adair County resident Shahid Iqbal and his fellow Kentucky National Guard soldiers arrived in Jordan, they discovered that their base had a dearth of recreational and sports equipment.   Other than...