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Kentucky by Heart: Mercer County native Matthew Jouett was prolific artist renowned for portraiture

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist In the realm of visual arts, Kentucky has a celebrated history of noted painters. Names like John James Audubon, Ray Harm, Paul Sawyier, and Frank Duveneck are ones that may quickly come to mind. But there is one individual, Matthew Jouett, who may surpass all mentioned if you agree with the opinion of folks at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, in Woodford County. Matthew...

Rural Blog: Report shows how one judge’s practices contribute to jail overcrowding in two Ky. counties

Rural jails all over the country face constant overcrowding, and though the problem is usually blamed on jail construction delays or outdated jails, judges share some of the blame. A recent study of the criminal justice system in Kentucky’s Boyle and Mercer counties found that one circuit judge was largely responsible for overcrowding at the Boyle County Detention Center because of “‘discriminatory’...

First African-American extension agent to be honored at M. L. King Day celebration in Harrodsburg

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward A century ago in Mercer County, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension welcomed its first African-American agriculture agent, Ananias Lorenzo Garvin. During this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, the county and UK Cooperative Extension will recognize his contributions throughout his long career as an educator. Garvin was hired as an emergency...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a true Kentucky landmark

Yearning for simpler times? Travel back in history to a more simple time at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1805, the village sites on 3,000 acres in Mercer County. It’s become an overnight tourist destination. Let’s learn more about the history of the Shakers at this true Kentucky landmark. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not...

Injured farmer gets helping hand from FFA chapter; members learn value of giving back

Western Hills High School student Jenny Carr has become quite proficient at grading tobacco, thanks to her involvement helping an injured farmer strip his tobacco. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   ‘Tis the season for giving, and in the agriculture community, perhaps no organization does it better than the FFA – Future Farmers of America.   The...

See KY: History, hospitality and good eats await in Harrodsburg and Mercer County

Old Fort Harrod State Park (Photo from Kentuckytourism.com)   By Marty Rosen Special to KyForward   On a sunny autumn day – when the Kentucky air is as crisp as a ripe apple and children are scampering around the grounds of Old Fort Harrod State Park – it’s hard to fathom that Harrodsburg (then called Harrodstown) was once the only, fragile English-speaking outpost to be found in the...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Telephone wires may be handy perch for birds but not ‘natural’ one

By Deborah Larkin KyForward columnist   Each day as I drive to work through Boyle, Mercer, Jessamine and Fayette counties I have the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the Bluegrass. One of the species that I see regularly, especially in the winter months, is the red tail hawk. I used to see these birds perched in the trees while they scanned the pastures for signs of prey (rabbits...