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KHRC approves purses for 2020 Ky. Sire Stakes; distributions consist of two series, seven county fairs

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes, supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel. The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also under the recommendation of the Panel,...

Kentucky by Heart: Warmth, comfort and inclusion is ‘percolating’ at Lexington’s McLeod’s Coffee House

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist On a warm December morning at McLeod’s Coffee House, where “no one is excluded,” Brewster McLeod is sure of one thing. Those he terms “VIPs,” his employees, are perkin’ pretty well after six weeks in on his and their dream project. In fact, you might say Brewster is still dancin’ with the ones who brought him to this point of glee, which he likes to...

Thoroughbred Charities of America to honor Madeline Auerbach with Allaire du Pont Leadership Award

Thoroughbred Charities of America will honor Madeline Auerbach with the Allaire du Pont Leadership Award and the Race Track Chaplaincy – Metropolitan New York Division with the Ellen and Herb Moelis Industry Service Award at the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction ‘Tis the Season Celebration presented by LNJ Foxwoods on Jan. 12 at Distillery Square at Grand Reserve in Lexington. “Our board has...

Thoroughbred Charities of America’s 30th annual Stallion Season Auction set for Jan. 8-12 in Lexington

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced the planning and preparations for the 30th annual Stallion Season Auction are underway. Held Jan. 8 through Jan. 12, the auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. “2020 marks the 30th anniversary of TCA and our Stallion Season Auction,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “The auction is TCA’s largest annual...

Community Ventures receives Microlender of the Year award from Kentucky Small Business Administration

Community Ventures was recognized as the SBA Microlender of the Year by the Kentucky Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 17th year in a row. Community Ventures Kentucky’s recognizable impact in lending throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky has paved the way for them to be recognized again this year. This past year, Community Ventures made 103 microloans to borrowers, totaling $787,950. The...

UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence accepting applications for summer USDA internship program

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Undergraduate students can apply for a hands-on research internship next summer with the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates summer internship program allows students to complete meaningful projects in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

Author Mike Norris takes center stage for whimsical, enchanting Kentucky Proud Evening on Dec. 5

Author Mike Norris will take center stage with his book, “Ring Around the Moon: Mommy Goose Rhymes,” at the next Kentucky Proud Evening at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 in Lexington. The monthly series, hosted by Fayette County Cooperative Extension, regularly pairs captivating books from the University Press of Kentucky with author discussions and samples from Plate It Up! Kentucky Proud recipes. “Ring Around...

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference set for Jan. 6-7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Fruit and vegetable producers will find information aplenty at the 2020 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference Jan. 6-7 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel. “This yearly conference provides growers with up-to-date information that will help production, management, business and marketing aspects of their operations,” said Rachel Rudolph, extension vegetable...

Lexington symposium on Dec. 3 to highlight statewide initiatives linking employment, recovery

Kentucky’s health policy and business leaders are bringing together treatment providers and community organizations for an employment symposium on Dec. 3 at the Lyric Theater in Lexington. The Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) is coordinating the event with support from the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center and the Strategic Initiative for Transformational Employment (SITE). This symposium will...

UK, Kentucky State partner to help at-risk youth with life skills training, workforce preparation

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A partnership between Kentucky’s two land-grant universities will result in life skills training and workforce preparation for some of the state’s most vulnerable young people. Through a project called Uplift: Empowering Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Future, Cooperative Extension specialists at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University will...

Keven Moore: Fabulous (dangerous) E-Scooters — truly, some people just have no business riding them

On November 5th, a man riding a new Lime electric scooter (E-Scooter) in Lexington lost control and fell out of the bike lane crashing into the road and was struck by four passing vehicles, where he later died at a nearby hospital. Just a few days before that, another man near the University of Kentucky campus was struck by a drunk driver in the early morning hours of October 26th but did not suffer...

Lexington gift program, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior,’ brightens local seniors’ holiday season

The holiday season is also the season of giving and a time to share smiles with those around you. As you gather to drink hot cocoa and sing carols with family and friends, it’s important to remember there are seniors in your community who would love to celebrate, too. However, many seniors live alone, without someone to share this special time. Home Instead Senior Care is once again offering the...

‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ to tape 1000th episode on November 19 featuring Riders In The Sky

WoodSongs creator and host Michael Johnathon (middle) with Kentucky’s acclaimed McClain Family Band. (Photo from Woodsongs) It’s an old-fashioned radio show, taped for television, in front of a theatre audience. Each week, hundreds of music lovers gather at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington to experience the magic of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.” For 17 years, this home-grown...

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers announces 2019 Manufacturers of the Year, Employee of the Year

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) have announced the winners of its 19th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards and Employee of the Year awards. The awards were presented at KAM’s Excellence in Manufacturing Summit in Lexington. The Manufacturer of the Year Awards were made possible by Brown-Forman, and the Employee of the Year Award was made possible by the Kentucky Community and Technical...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to hold second Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit Saturday

On Saturday, Mayor Linda Gorton will hold her second Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit to engage community members on issues affecting the city. From 8:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, November 2, at the Lexington Senior Center, the summit will focus on issues of interest to citizens, including the City’s RethinkLex initiative to improve government efficiency. “Placemaking” will also be discussed, with an...

Lexington to host Paper Shred, food drive on Nov. 2; up to five boxes/bags of material shredded for free

Lexington will host its Paper Shred on Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may bring up to five boxes or bags of material to be shredded free of cost. No wet material will be accepted. This event allows Lexington residents to safely dispose of sensitive materials in an environmentally-friendly way. Shred-it, a division of Stericycle, securely destroys...

Lexington’s Family Care Center celebrates 30th anniversary, still blazing innovative trail of work

A facility that was considered ground-breaking when it opened in 1989 is still blazing an innovative trail today as it celebrates its 30th anniversary of work with parents and young children. “The Family Care Center helps families with young children achieve greater stability and resilience. One of its priorities is working with young parents who may not be quite ready to be parents,” Mayor Linda...

Trump campaign announces Keep America Great rally at Rupp Arena in Lexington on November 4

Staff report The Trump Campaign has announced that the President will host a Keep America Great rally on Monday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington. November 4 is the day before election day in Kentucky, when the constitutional offices — including governor — will be on the ballot. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for General Admission “Thanks to President Trump, Kentucky’s...

Attention Middle School students and educators: MATHCOUNTS wants you in its Competition Series

The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) is sponsoring another exciting year of MATHCOUNTS. All interested middle school students, their parents, and their teachers are encouraged to take part in the 2019-2020 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. MATHCOUNTS is a national program that starts with students and educators, in their schools. It is a program that stimulates interest in mathematics...