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Historical marker unveiled at Spalding’s Columbia Gym — where Muhammad Ali learned to box

A new historical marker was unveiled last week at Spalding University’s Columbia Gym that commemorates the building at 824 S. Fourth St. as the location where a young Muhammad Ali learned to box. The marker dedication took place one day before what would have been Ali’s 78th birthday on Jan. 17. On Ali’s birthday two years ago, Spalding officially changed the name of its athletic building back...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens ‘Reveal’ exhibit, showcasing large format paintings by Bob Leo Jones

The Kentucky Artisan Center has announced the fifth “Reveal” exhibit, showcasing large-format paintings by Bob Leo Jones of Louisville. This exhibit will run Jan. 19 through April 30 in the Center’s lobby. Jones is an abstract artist working in acrylics on large-scale canvas and Masonite. He started creating large-scale paintings in 2015, and his works are free-flowing rather than linear. When...

UK Wildcats looking forward to rivalry game against in-state foe Louisville, coming off two losses

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Nate Sestina isn’t looking back. The Kentucky senior is looking forward to his first taste of the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry set for Saturday. “We have a team full of guys that are ready to play and the game coming up is huge for us,” Sestina said. “It’s an in-state rivalry, it’s a big, another big toughness game for us. The tension around...

Spalding adopts ‘test-optional’ undergraduate admissions policy; ACT, SAT scores no longer required

Spalding University has announced that it has changed its undergraduate admissions policy by making it optional instead of required for students to include ACT and SAT test scores when they apply. The change, which was approved this month by Spalding’s Undergraduate Admissions Committee, makes Spalding the first four-year nonprofit university in Louisville to adopt a test-optional policy for undergraduate...

Spalding’s Kathleen Driskell elected board chair of major national creative writing education association

Kathleen Driskell, Chair of the Spalding University School of Creative and Professional Writing and an award-winning poet, was recently elected as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is the nation’s foremost advocacy and professional organization for college and university writing programs and...

UK’s Rhyne Howard scores 26 points, but Louisville wins 67-66 at Rupp Arena on Sunday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor and Louisville coach Jeff Walz was shocked after he watched Howard’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fall short in the Cardinals’ 67-66 win over Kentucky Sunday at Rupp Arena. “It wouldn’t have surprised me if it had gone in,” Walz said. “… it’s fun to watch her play (and) Rhyne Howard was the best player on the floor...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes J. Graham Brown School with 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented students from J. Graham Brown School the 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award on Wednesday. In 2016, Grimes created the Georgia Davis Powers Award, honoring the late state Senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. The award is presented to schools with 100 percent of eligible students registered...

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...

Dr. Karen Krigger named Foundation Endowed Chair in Urban Health Policy at Louisville

Dr. Karen Krigger has been named the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Endowed Chair for Urban Health Policy at the University of Louisville. She was recommended by Dr. Toni Ganzel, dean of the UofL School of Medicine. Krigger, M.D., MEd, FAAFP, AAHIVM(S), is the Director of Health Equity at the UofL School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and also a professor with the Department...

Bowden carries UK past Louisville, 45-13, puts exclamation point on turnaround with four TDs

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden Jr. may not be a serious contender for the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award, but there’s no doubt he is Kentucky’s most valuable player. The Kentucky receiver-turned-quarterback rushed for 284 yards and four touchdowns, including a 60-yard dash to the end zone to open the second half, to lead the Wildcats to a 45-13 win over rival Louisville in the Governor’s...

Les Fugate named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation

Les Fugate has been named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation, effective Dec. 9. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront, who is retiring from Brown-Forman on Dec. 31. In this role, Fugate will establish and strengthen relationships with key industry and government officials and trade organizations in all 50 states. As part of the largest American-owned spirits company,...

Coach Mark Stoops says Cats aren’t hiding from rivalry hype in leadup to Saturday’s season finale

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stakes will be high when Kentucky and Louisville meet Saturday in the season finale for both teams. In addition to bragging rights, the Wildcats and Cardinals are seeking better position positioning, considering both teams have already clinched bowl eligibility. Kentucky is seeking its fourth consecutive seven-win season, while Louisville is eyeing its eighth victory...

Kentucky Lottery sales dip from a year ago this time; no large jackpots main culprit in 2019

The Kentucky Lottery Corporation’s board of directors announced sales for the first four months of the fiscal year were lower than the same period last year – with the main culprit being a near-world record $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot that occurred in October 2018. Sales from July through October of this year were $353.3 million, which is $12.8 million (3.5 percent) less than the same period...

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...

Mark Stoops, Wildcats have no plans to change their routine going into final two weeks of the season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky won’t change its routine going into the final two weeks of the regular season. 
”It’s much the same,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “Get back to us, get back to having a great week of preparation, continue to work and improve and just to see how good we can be and how much we can improve.” 
The Wildcats (5-5,...

Louisville-based nonprofit Elderserve names Patty Belden to succeed retiring CEO Julie Guenther

ElderServe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving senior citizens in the Louisville area, has announced that its board of directors has selected Patty Belden as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer. On November 16, Belden, who currently serves as the organization’s Chief Development Officer, will succeed current CEO, Julie Guenthner. Following a thorough review and comprehensive...

Educators Wanda Clouse, Lynn Riedling selected for 12th class of Louis B. Nunn Ky. Teacher Hall of Fame

Two members of the 12th class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame have been selected. The statewide selection committee has chosen Wanda Carol Clouse of Barbourville and Lynn Riedling of Louisville for induction at the 2020 induction ceremony next spring on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green; details will be announced later. The Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky...

Department of Agriculture to host first Hemp Summit Dec. 4 at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host a Kentucky Hemp Summit on Dec. 4 for those interested in learning more about the hemp industry, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “We decided to host a Kentucky Hemp Summit so that Kentuckians can learn more about this crop that connects the Commonwealth’s past to its future,” Quarles said. “The Summit will feature...

Venture Connectors’ Nov. 6 lunch to feature panel on Portland revitalization efforts led by Gill Holland

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Venture Connectors will feature a panel of influential local leaders and successful business owners, who will share an update on revitalization efforts in Louisville’s historic Portland neighborhood. Panelists will include Mike Mays, co-Founder and president of Heine Brothers’ Coffee; Sherry Hurley, founder of Farm to Fork Catering; and Terra Leavell, president and CEO...

Churchill Downs Incorporated commits $50,000 to Volunteers of America to help women in recovery

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) and Derby City Gaming have announced a $50,000 donation to benefit Volunteers of America (VOA). The funds will be instrumental in building out VOA’s services in Manchester, Kentucky for women in treatment and recovery for substance use disorders. Churchill Downs staff spent the morning volunteering at VOA’s Shelby Street Campus in Louisville and meeting with some...