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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...

An ‘Evening with Poe’ returns for 10th season at Frazier History Museum in Louisville

The Frazier History Museum in Louisville is celebrating its 10th season of “An Evening with Poe,” a beloved annual performance series inspired by the haunting tales of Edgar Allan Poe. The series opened Thursday and runds until Nov. 4. For the most up-to-date calendar and info, visit fraziermuseum.org/poe. Introduced in 2010, An Evening with Poe is an annual, week-long series of theatrical...

Bevin calls for Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to end use of reformulated gas

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his strong endorsement for ending the mandated use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Louisville and the surrounding counties, noting that improvements in automobile technology and cleaner gasoline from refineries have resulted in the Commonwealth’s citizens paying far too much for too little benefit. “Today, I call on Mayor [Greg] Fischer to direct the Louisville Metro Air...

Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative launched Tuesday during convening at Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) launched Tuesday during a convening at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The launch brought together healthcare professionals and other stakeholders dedicated to decreasing the maternal mortality rate, decreasing rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the commonwealth amidst the opioid crisis...

Officials join area business leaders to celebrate groundbreaking of new airport in Gallatin County

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin joined federal, state and local officials, along with area business leaders, on Tuesday to officially break ground on the newest general aviation airport in Sparta, not far from Kentucky Speedway. The event in Gallatin County celebrated the construction launch to build Kentucky’s 58th general aviation airport and the first local airport to serve the business...

Louisville’s Galt House Hotel now accepting submissions for 2020 ‘Artist in Residence’ program

The Galt House Hotel in Louisville is now accepting submissions for its next “Artist in Residence,” a search that will culminate in the selection of an artist in April 2020. This is the second year for the hotel’s innovative program, which in 2019 has featured Louisville-based abstract artist Gibbs Rounsavall. It is the only Artist in Residence program at a hotel in the region. The Artist in...

City of Louisville celebrates opening of city’s first HUD Envision Center at Family Scholar House

The City of Louisville and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have officially opened the doors of Jefferson County’s very first HUD EnVision Center at Family Scholar House, located on the Frank & Paula Harshaw Riverport Scholar House Campus at 3311 Cathe Dykstra Way. HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Mayor Greg Fischer, and Family Scholar...

Kentuckians pledge to strengthen communities through Americorps during swearing-in ceremony

Hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers pledged to make Kentucky “Safer, Smarter and Healthier,” during a swearing-in ceremony at Fourth Street Live! in Louisville on Monday. AmeriCorps is a national service program administered by Serve Kentucky, an agency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), with funding provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)...

Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes participates in 100th naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took part in her 100th naturalization ceremony since taking office in Louisville Friday. She welcomed 98 new citizens from 31 countries. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans. Grimes spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment...

USA Cares partners with Kentucky Opera for blanket and coat drive to benefit to veterans in Louisville

Now through Veterans Day, USA Cares and Kentucky Opera are hosting a donation drive focused on providing warm clothing and blankets to local disabled and homeless veterans. “USA Cares is proud to partner with our friends at Kentucky Opera to help support homeless veterans in our community,” said Trace Chesser, USA Cares’ President/CEO. “USA Cares strives to reach out to veterans and military...

Kentucky launches partnership with nation’s largest evidence-based reentry employment provider

The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced the opening of the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) — a program that provides immediate, comprehensive employment services to people returning home from prison. CEO began offering reentry services in the Louisville metro area on Aug. 12. The program focuses outreach on those with the highest likelihood of returning to prison and...

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...

UPS to Create 1,000 Jobs in Louisville with $750M in Projects, including new maintenance hangar

Alongside a 747-8F, the largest aircraft in UPS Airlines’ fleet, Gov. Matt Bevin today joined company executives in Louisville to unveil $750 million in projects to further support the shipping giant’s Worldport air hub and create 1,000 jobs across the coming years. File photos “UPS is a great corporate citizen and a significant economic driver for the commonwealth. We are thrilled to see the...

Algal bloom recreational public health advisory issued, blooms found at locations on the Ohio River

The Kentucky Division of Water and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) have issued a harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health advisory for the Ohio River from the McAlpine Dam near Louisville to the Greenup Dam near Greenup. An advisory is also being issued for Briggs Lake near Russellville. A HAB recreational public health advisory means algal toxins have been found at various...

New study shows Campbellsville University’s total economic impact nearly $200 million

Campbellsville University has a total economic impact from its operations on the main campus and in its Louisville, Harrodsburg and Somerset regional centers of almost $200 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a new study recently completed by Younger Associates of Jackson, Tenn. The $199,868,340 is a measure of the total dollar value that flows through the operations of Campbellsville...