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Journalist and horseman Gene Clabes, 74, dies after extended illness, a beloved family man

Gene Clabes, 74, community journalist, editor, horseman and entrepreneur, died Friday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital-Edgewood, after a battle with heart and kidney disease, surrounded by his loving family. Gene Clabes Clabes, a founder of KyForward and the NKyTribune and a graduate of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Clabes, and his two...

Today is DAY ONE of KyForward’s NewsMatch campaign, reaching out for reader support

By Judy Clabes KyForward founder Our readers should already know, but in case you don’t, KyForward is a nonprofit newspaper, one of a growing body of nonprofit newsrooms across the country. Our emphasis is on local news and local public service. We are published by the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. We are a group of professional journalists who believe in the importance of an...

NewsMatch raises $7.6 million for nonprofit news organizations in 2018, setting record for individuals

NewsMatch raised $7.6 million from individual donors and a coalition of major funders for nonprofit news organizations in two months at the end of 2018. During the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local news, over 240,000 people gave to 154 newsrooms between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. More than 50,000 new donors supported a nonprofit newsroom for the first time. NewsMatch is a national...

KyForward readers have until midnight TODAY to make most of NEWSMATCH to double your contribution

By Mike Farrell Chair, Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism and Judy Clabes Senior Advisor to KyForward KyForward has until midnight tonight to reach a matching goal provided by NEWSMATCH to encourage reader support of its nonprofit, public service news site. KyForward has been chosen — for the first time — to join more than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country to participate...

Open Letter to Readers from the KyForward Team: We need your support for our NewsMatch campaign

KyForward has less than two weeks to meet the maximum match offered by NEWSMATCH, a distinguished group of national journalism funders. We are less than halfway to our goal. We hope you will help us finish strong so that we can leverage every single penny NEWSMATCH is holding out there for us. Click to donate The aim is to increase INDIVIDUAL contributions to local independent, nonprofit news, grand...

KyForward will join with 150 other nonprofit newsrooms in national NewsMatch campaign

More than 150 nonprofit newsrooms across the country — including the KyForward — will participate in this year’s NewsMatch, the largest grassroots fundraising campaign to support nonprofit news organizations. The national call-to-action will launch on November 1, 2018. In 2017 NewsMatch helped to raise more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of private funders. This...

Twenty lucky winners will be going to the QUAKER STATE 400 NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway

Twenty lucky winners will receive two tickets each to the QUAKER STATE 400 NASCAR race to be held at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday July 14th at 7:30 p.m. The NKyTribune and KyForward teamed up with the Speedway to offer the free tickets. Tickets go into the mail Monday to the following winners: Timothy French Lexington David Crabtree Elsmere Ryan Griffeth Wilmore Nancy Day Union Matthew Martin Taylor...

KyForward founders Judy and Gene Clabes to receive Behringer-Crawford Two-Headed Calf Award

KyForward founder and publisher Judy Clabes, along with her husband and Northern Kentucky Tribune senior editor Gene, are among the winners of the 2018 Two-Headed Calf Awards presented by Northern Kentucky’s Behringer-Crawford Museum. The awards, which honor Northern Kentuckians for significant accomplishments in the areas of history, education and community service, are named for the museum’s...

Coach Colene: One year, 52 columns later, I’m even more grateful for chance to write, share

  By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist     One year ago, KyForward published my first column. I’ve written 52 since. It’s crazy for me to think about how quickly this year has passed, and how writing has become a truly transformative experience.   I’ve never considered myself a writer because it does not come particularly easy for me. I struggle with syntax, active versus...

Mary Ellen Slone, KyF Brand Marketing Group assemble top creative services team

Mary Ellen Slone, who founded Meridian Communications as a two-person office and grew it into one of the most respected, full-service marketing services companies in Kentucky, has joined the KyForward Brand Marketing Group, planning to help create another successful enterprise.   Slone will become a principal in KYFBMG, a subsidiary of KyForward.   Mary Ellen Slone (Photo provided) “We...

2013 Review: What is news? Not just fires, crimes – but varied details of community life

Don’t want to wax too philosophically about “what is news?” – because we’d probably all define that differently, boiling it down to “we know it when we see it,” which translates to “that’s news to me.” We understand the tendency to classify news as “good” or “bad” and – sometimes – the tendency to blame the messenger for the latter. Perhaps – waxing philosophically...

2013 Review: A salute to our faithful, interesting stable of regular columnists

KyForward is celebrating its third end-of-year review with you, happy that we can revisit an abundance of rich, deep content by writers who share their experiences and expertise on a regular basis. These fine writers have helped us accomplish one of our primary goals when KyForward was created – to provide a forum for a variety of voices on a wide and deep range of subjects that inform and entertain...

The Rural Blog: European ban on flavorings in tobacco products likely to hurt U.S. growers

Special to KyForward   A decision this week by the European Parliament could have major implications on the U.S. tobacco business.   The multinational legislature approved new tobacco rules that include a ban on menthol and other flavorings, Juergen Baetz reports for The Associated Press. While the ban still needs to be compromised with the 28 European Union governments before it becomes...

Welcome T.G. Shuck to the KyForward team; popular meteorologist gets back in the saddle

Popular news personality and meteorologist T.G. Shuck has joined the KyForward team in creating a special weather page that will be launched next week.   T.G. – everybody’s favorite weather guy – is a well-known figure in Lexington and the region. He was the chief meteorologist for WKYT-TV for 11 years and served in various other roles there for another 11 years before resigning in...

Veteran editor Tom Martin joins KyForward, tops the cake for our ‘2nd Merry Birthday’

Veteran journalist - and accomplished musician - Tom Martin is bringing a broad range of experience and talent to Tom Martin's Lexington, a special section of KyForward. (Photo provided)   Veteran local journalist and editor Tom Martin has joined the KyForward team as senior editor.  He will create a special new “super section,”  Tom Martin’s Lexington, starting Monday, May 20.   Most...

‘Veteran’ speller – 8th-grader Emily Keaton – wins regional spelling bee, now heads to D.C.

Emily Keaton is going to her fifth consecutive National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., after winning the regional University of Kentucky Spelling Bee. (Photo by Mike Farrell)   Staff report   The University of Kentucky Spelling Bee is a new event, but the champion was a veteran. Emily Keaton, an eighth grader at Christ Central School in Pikeville, is going to her fifth consecutive Scripps...

'Veteran' speller – 8th-grader Emily Keaton – wins regional spelling bee, now heads to D.C.

Emily Keaton is going to her fifth consecutive National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., after winning the regional University of Kentucky Spelling Bee. (Photo by Mike Farrell)   Staff report   The University of Kentucky Spelling Bee is a new event, but the champion was a veteran. Emily Keaton, an eighth grader at Christ Central School in Pikeville, is going to her fifth consecutive Scripps...

2012 Review: By the numbers, here are
most popular KyForward stories of the year

Each of us has our own notion of what makes a good story – and we thought there were PLENTY of good stories at KyForward in 2012. We could have made our own Top Twelves List for 2012, of course – but we preferred to let the numbers speak for themselves, since we can track these things. Thanks to our own Jon Hale for compiling. And, yes, we were surprised by a few of them ourselves, which makes...