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Coronavirus measures taking toll on local Bluegrass Council of the Blind in Lexington; how you can help

Due to COVID-19, the Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) is moving in-person group activities to remote access only and closing its doors temporarily to walk-in traffic. “Given that the BCB community is made up of mostly seniors and folks who are immunocompromised or suffering from additional health issues, we began seeking new ways of delivering our services, even before social distancing was recommended,”...

Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission sponsors referee, judge training April 18 in Lexington

The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission (KBWC) is sponsoring a training session for referees and judge officials who work boxing and mixed martial arts competitions in the Commonwealth. The event takes place April 18 in Lexington. Boxing and MMA officials from every state are invited and welcome to attend. “The KBWC is excited to offer this inexpensive training opportunity for our boxing and...

Weatherford Awards recipients to be recognized at 2020 Appalachian Studies Conference on March 13

The winners of this year’s Weatherford Awards for the best books about Appalachia are Appalachian Reckoning (non-fiction), edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, Forage by Rose McLarney (poetry), and Any Other Place (fiction) by Michael Croley. The Weatherford Awards honor books deemed as best illuminating the challenges, personalities and unique qualities of the Appalachian South. Granted...

Lexington Arts organizations awarded more than $172,000 as part of Arts Day in Kentucky

Representatives of Lexington arts organizations gathered last week in Frankfort for Arts Day in Kentucky, an annual meeting that fosters discussions in the Commonwealth’s arts community about the state of the arts industry in Kentucky. The day is also an opportunity for arts leaders to thank members of the Kentucky General Assembly for their continued support of arts funding through the Kentucky...

Second chances, rediscovered faith and addiction treatment center help save Kentucky man’s life

By Zac Oakes Special to KyForward Frank Knapp is a thankful man. He’s thankful for second chances and opportunity. A recovering alcoholic with 18 months of sobriety under his belt, Knapp, 57, credits a rediscovered relationship with Christianity, his family, and an addiction treatment center in Central Kentucky for saving his life and providing him with an opportunity to live a life that he never...

City of Lexington’s annual count shows those experiencing homelessness dropped by 12.5 percent

The number of people experiencing homelessness in Lexington dropped by 12.5% between 2019 and 2020, according to LexCount, the City’s annual point-in-time count. This year’s count, required by federal agencies, took place on Wednesday, Jan. 29, with 153 local volunteers covering 75 areas across the county. “We’ve made progress, but we know we still have work to do,” said Mayor Linda Gorton,...

Annual conference to examine gaming, gambling issues this week at Clarion Hotel in Lexington

Gaming is big business. Millions of people play video games, which can be online or internet-based. Many participate in tournaments, some of which are staged in arenas before thousands of spectators. A growing body of research suggests the line between gaming entertainment and gambling is increasingly blurred. Whether gaming is gambling will be explored in depth at the 23rd annual Educational and Awareness...

Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport sets record, serves nearly 1.5 million passengers during 2019

A record number of passengers traveled through Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport in 2019. As the primary air transportation provider for Central Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport saw 1,465,049 total passengers — enplanements of 735,564 and deplanements of 729,485. This is a 7.6 percent total passenger increase over 2018 and is the eighth consecutive year the airport has seen a record number of travelers. The...

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...