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Kentucky by Heart: Burlington residents Jackie Kaye has spent 50 years supporting American sailors

Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Within the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with two different people in Boone County to discuss their amazing acts of kindness carried out over many years. Each will be included in my fifth volume of the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes series. I wrote about Sister Juana Mendez in a recent column, a member of the Diocese of Covington a long-time and...

Kentucky by Heart: Remembering 13 of Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes we’ve lost since the project began

Over one hundred written profiles have appeared in the four volumes of the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes series, a project I began working on in 2006 and consequently published the first book in 2008. I’m currently about half way toward the completion of the fifth volume and hope to release it in the spring of 2019. Not to sound trite, but it’s been a labor of love, and along with it, I feel a special...

Kentucky by Heart: Do you know an Everyday Hero?; share your Thanksgiving memories; and more…

I just returned from a trip to Hazard, in Perry County, where I interviewed District Court Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, whom I believe is a considerably inspirational person. Here’s the reason. Bemoaning the sadness of so many troubled young brought before her in court, she led in establishing a one-week summer camp to help boys receive strong, positive mentoring and wholesome activities to redirect...

Everyday Heroes: ‘No excuses’ mindset leads from housing projects to college presidency

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Dr. Wright continues to serve as president of Prairie View A&M University.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   When George Wright was growing up in Lexington’s Charlotte Court housing project over 50 years ago, he did everything he could to mask what he considered...

Steve Flairty’s Everyday Heroes: Nina Lee stitches threads of love in the fabric of lives

Nina Lee has a sweet sense of the power that clothing sewed personally for loved ones can bring.   She remembers talking with her children who sat beside her as she craftily hand made their garments on “Old Girl,” a mid-1930s Kenmore second-hand machine her husband bought for her early in their marriage.   “My favorite thing to tell them was how ‘each stitch carries my love for you...