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About those yard signs — donate them for reuse and don’t put them in your recycling carts

Taking down yard signs? Don’t trash them – repurpose them! Yard signs and stakes are not recyclable. Residents should not put them in blue recycling carts, as they can damage recycling equipment. Lexington’s Division of Environmental Services is collecting unwanted yard signs and stakes for reuse. The wireframes will get a second life as stakes for “Slow Down!” signs, as part of the Safe...

A home for brave in land of the free: Opening of Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans

Phyllis Abbott and Shelly Whitehouse look on as their dream project is dedicated. (Photos by Kristy Robinson Horine) By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward reporter They came from all walks of life. Some were veterans and some were active military. Some were mothers and sons and fathers and daughters. Some were career politicians and some were simply humble volunteers. Despite the differences in ages,...

Legends’ Andy Shea a ‘Bigger Brother’
and mentor to wide-ranging ‘family’ of kids

Andy Shea and his extended family, Christian, Byron, Curtis and Daron. (Photo provided)   By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Andy Shea’s adult life has been consumed by baseball. That was until he met a kid named Christian. From there the world for Shea, a single, footloose sports-focused young professional, expanded dramatically.   Shea, general manager, president and CEO of...

Lexington … the most romantic city in North America? Cast your vote today to make it so!

The editors at USA TODAY have put their heads together to come up with the nomination list for Best Romantic North American Getaway in its 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest, and Lexington is on the list. You have until Monday, Jan. 27, to cast your vote for the city “most likely to set the mood.”   Of course, officials with the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism are hoping...

Toyota plant president: 25 years in Georgetown included progress, obstacles

Wil James has watched Georgetown’s Toyota plant grow over the past quarter of a century — from it starting as “a big, muddy pit with holes in the ground” to producing more than 8 million vehicles.   James’ first year leading the plant — he was named president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in July 2010 — was also eventful, coming right after the worst of the economic recession...

Lewis Donohew: Readying for June wedding on the farm; barn made-over for reception

We’re having our first wedding at the vineyard in June. Last fall, the bride-to-be visited us, picked out the site where the ceremony would take place, and chose the horse barn – which has a gambrel roof–for the reception. Then she came back and moved the site for the ceremony. It’s still in the vineyard, only a little further down. The barn is still in play.   I suggested it might be better...

UK show features high school art

On the the curved walls of The Hub in the bottom of the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library, local high schoolers’ artwork flashes on screens for a handful of seconds before flickering and shifting to another student’s work.   Art in the Hub, which opened Wednesday, is an exhibit featuring young artists in the library’s high-tech research area. The display — a...

UK show features high school art

On the the curved walls of The Hub in the bottom of the University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library, local high schoolers’ artwork flashes on screens for a handful of seconds before flickering and shifting to another student’s work.   Art in the Hub, which opened Wednesday, is an exhibit featuring young artists in the library’s high-tech research area. The display —...

KEEP President Corey Johnsen: Straight talk about Kentucky’s horses

Corey Johnsen is president of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), an advocacy group for Kentucky’s horse industry.  He is president of Kentucky Downs, the European-style racecourse in Franklin and vice president of Richland Hills, a horse farm in Midway.  A graduate of Arizona State University, he has been involved in the horse racing industry since his college days when he took a...

KEEP President Corey Johnsen: Straight talk about Kentucky’s horses

Corey Johnsen is president of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), an advocacy group for Kentucky’s horse industry.  He is president of Kentucky Downs, the European-style racecourse in Franklin and vice president of Richland Hills, a horse farm in Midway.  A graduate of Arizona State University, he has been involved in the horse racing industry since his college days when he took a...

Henry Clay tribute: House Speakers
to honor ‘Great Compromiser’s’ legacy

Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and three former speakers — Nancy Pelosi, Jim Wright and Dennis Hastert — will pay a very special tribute to Kentucky’s own Henry Clay on June 24 at Transylvania University.   The Henry Clay Center on Statesmanship and the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation are offering an historic program called “The Role of the Speaker of the House: A Tribute to Henry...

KEEP President Corey Johnsen:
Straight talk about Kentucky’s horses

Corey Johnsen is president of the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), an advocacy group for Kentucky’s horse industry.  He is president of Kentucky Downs, the European-style racecourse in Franklin and vice president of Richland Hills, a horse farm in Midway.  A graduate of Arizona State University, he has been involved in the horse racing industry since his college days when he took a...

Dunbar lacrosse team wins state titlewithout school sponsorship

A group of Paul Laurence Dunbar student athletes last week won a state championship, but you won’t find their picture in the school’s yearbook alongside the basketball, football or baseball teams.   The Dunbar boys’ lacrosse team defeated Ballard High School 9-7 Friday at Trinity High School in Louisville to clinch the Kentucky Lacrosse Association Division II state championship.   “I...

Dunbar lacrosse team wins state titlewithout school sponsorship

A group of Paul Laurence Dunbar student athletes last week won a state championship, but you won’t find their picture in the school’s yearbook alongside the basketball, football or baseball teams.   The Dunbar boys’ lacrosse team defeated Ballard High School 9-7 Friday at Trinity High School in Louisville to clinch the Kentucky Lacrosse Association Division II state championship.   “I...

Dunbar lacrosse team wins state title
without school sponsorship

A group of Paul Laurence Dunbar student athletes last week won a state championship, but you won’t find their picture in the school’s yearbook alongside the basketball, football or baseball teams.   The Dunbar boys’ lacrosse team defeated Ballard High School 9-7 Friday at Trinity High School in Louisville to clinch the Kentucky Lacrosse Association Division II state championship.   “I...

Join me on a trip through our homeland

    KyForward is happy to welcome Jeffrey Scott Holland to its family of writers and reporters who care about Kentucky. This is the first of his regular contributions to KyForward.   Please allow me to introduce myself.   Hello, Kentucky! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be working with the good folks here at KyForward, and I look forward to comparing notes with you about...

University of Kentucky ceremony
celebrates body donations as gifts to medicine

Lacey Bittel didn’t know much about the woman on the table she saw on her first day of anatomy class at the University of Kentucky.   A small card had the fewest of details about her: She had died at age 92 from Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia and had been a homemaker.   But Bittel soon grew close to her, even giving her a name, Agnes.   “I tried to study her as if I knew her,” said Bittel,...

Historic Stonereath Farm in Parissold to German thoroughbred breeder

Historic Stonereath Farm, a 252-acre thoroughbred farm on 460 near Paris, has been sold to German breeder, Dr. Christoph Berglar, whose son, Peter, will manage a commercial breeding operation there. The new entity will be Stonereath Stud.   The purchase price was a little more than $4.2 million.   The farm was owned by Darrell and Lendy Brown, who have a long and distinguished involvement...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s equine medical...

Council recommends research fundingto Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

    The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to recommend funding for three research proposals, one of which involves retirement facilities for racehorses.   The nine-person council, which met Wednesday, will take their recommendations in June to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, an independent government agency. Funding would start July 1, said Dr. Mary Scollay, Kentucky’s...