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International Museum of the Horse launches ‘African American Horse Stories’ collaborative history website

The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park has announced the launch of the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a new website designed to increase awareness, education, and access to African American history. The site builds upon information discovered for the museum’s permanent exhibit, Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf. Through a collaborative effort...

Senate Democrats re-elect McGarvey, Parrett in leadership positions; Thomas newly elected

Senators Morgan McGarvey of Louisville and Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown were re-elected to serve in Senate Minority Leadership positions by their Democratic Senate colleagues. Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington is newly elected to leadership and will become Minority Caucus Chair. He replaces outgoing Sen. Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg. Sen. Reggie Thomas (left), Sen. Morgan McGarvey (center) and...

Transylvania names Shawn Lyons vice president for advancement; begins duties on Dec. 1

Shawn Lyons, a longtime development and alumni engagement expert, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for advancement. Lyons, who most recently served as a vice president at Centre College, brings more than three decades of experience and leadership to Kentucky’s oldest university. “I am delighted to join the Transylvania community. I believe in the transformative power...

Closure of three driver licensing offices — Lexington, Columbia, Florence — extended due to virus

Three Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) driver license offices that were closed last week due to cases of COVID-19 will remain closed longer than had been expected. The offices are KYTC Regional Driver Licensing offices at Lexington and Columbia and a smaller, temporary field office at Florence. Four other offices that were closed at the same time – in Jackson, Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and...

Dr. George Wright: Extending grace to loved ones, to ourselves during this holiday season

“Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” — John Lewis, former civil rights activist and congressman UK campus from downtown view. (Photo by Mark Cornelison) Soon, members of our community will return to families and loved ones,...

KYTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices around state due to COVID-19 cases

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....

Older veterans face new fight as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the region

By Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource On Monday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his daily briefing on coronavirus, which is surging across the Ohio Valley. Eleven more Kentuckians had died that day. Then the governor provided an update on an especially worrisome outbreak at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center near Lexington, one of four long-term care facilities dedicated to veterans in the state....

Fayette County family court judges: CASA volunteers ‘amazingly vital’ to helping abused, neglected children

For Fayette County family court judges Lucinda Masterton and Libby Messer, making difficult decisions about cases involving child abuse and neglect is a regular part of the job. One thing they say helps them make better decisions is the work of court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers. Masterton and Messer spoke to the UK Women Lawyers Association this month about the vital importance of...

Kentucky Proud brings cheese for a cause into Kroger; partial proceeds to benefit local food banks

A new initiative to help food-insecure families across the state is bringing Kentucky Proud artisan cheese products to select Kroger grocery stores. Kentucky Cheese Cares lets consumers join the fight against hunger by purchasing award-winning Kentucky specialty cheese products at participating Kroger locations. Fifty cents from each unit sold will be used to distribute Kentucky dairy products through...

Lexington Public Library creates Homeschool Materials and Resource eReading room

Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations and conveniences to serve the members of their community. Another excellent example is the eReading Room. Lexington Public Library has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReading Room of Homeschool Materials and Resources ebooks and audiobooks. With a library card, Lexington and...

God’s Pantry Food Bank to host Basket Brigade packing Thanksgiving boxes on Nov. 13-14

Every November, two weeks before Thanksgiving, hundreds of participants will come together for Basket Brigade and assemble thousands of Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed to families through the Sharing Thanksgiving program. This year Basket Brigade will look a little different, but the goal is the same — making sure families have a meal on their table for the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the...

Despite 0-2 start, Stoops working to build on positives as UK prepares for Mississippi State

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky While an 0-2 start is not what Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his team were hoping for, it’s also not as bad as it might seem to those who have only seen the team’s scores without watching the games. Stoops and his staff are not searching for a lot of answers. They feel like the Cats are close and that once they get some things cleaned up, the...

Barr, Hicks to debate on WKYT at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5; candidates vying for 6th District congressional seat

Republican Rep. Andy Barr and Democrat attorney Josh Hicks will take the stage from 7 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 in “The Kentucky Debate.” It will be broadcast live over the air on WKYT. The debate will also stream live on wkyt.com and all of WKYT’s apps available for smart phones and other streaming devices. The Oct. 5 debate – co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington – will spotlight...

French language teacher at Frederick Douglass High School receives KWLA’s Rising Star honor

The Kentucky World Language Association (KWLA) has presented its 2020 Outstanding Rising Star Teacher Award to Sydney Meaux, a French teacher at Frederick Douglass High School. This honor recognizes a teacher with no more than five years of experience who has made an amazing impact on their students by exhibiting best practices to an uncommonly high degree. Meaux received the award Sept. 19 during...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to present awards this Saturday in ‘drive-in ceremony’

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) has designed a new, innovative “drive-in ceremony” to recognize 100 young women from 66 Kentucky counties with two of Girl Scouts highest levels of achievement – the Bronze Award and Silver Award. Girl Scouting’s highest awards program represents girls’ dedication to making a difference for people in areas such as social services, healthcare,...

VisitLEX launches new website in redesigned space to offer personalized experience for visitors

As Kentucky restarts tourism efforts, VisitLEX has launched its new website in a redesigned space that offers a personalized experience for every visitor. The site serves multiple travel audiences and includes a variety of information from attractions, restaurants and a calendar of events to hotels, special event venues and inspirational articles written by locals. “Every part of the new VisitLEX.com...

LexArts partners with New Vista to issue call for artists to commission large-scale mural in Lexington

LexArts, in partnership with New Vista, has announced a call for artists to commission a large-scale mural for one of New Vista’s office locations at 201 Mechanic Street in Lexington. Through a statewide Request for Qualifications, three artists will be paid $500 to create a proposal specific to the New Vista location. One artist will be awarded $10,000 to realize their proposal. The deadline...

Kentucky airports receive $94.5M in infrastructure grants; CVG awarded $45 million for repairs

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. “This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth...

Wreaths Across America kicks off campaign for Camp Nelson National Cemetery with mobile exhibit

Wreaths Across America for Camp Nelson National Cemetery has announced the kickoff of its 2020 wreath campaign, highlighted with a visit by the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), a large truck-mounted display unit. Continuing to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in 2020, the group welcomes the MEE to its first visit to Kentucky. The MEE will visit Lexington and Lawrenceburg for...