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Central Kentucky native Mike Inman inducted into Hall of Fame for National Association of Realtors

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors has announced that Mike Inman has been inducted into the National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame. He joins an elite group across the country to earn such an honor as only a fraction of all realtors nationwide receive this honor and recognition. The National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame recognizes dedicated members who go above and beyond...

New LG&E and KU projects give ‘baaaaack’ to Earth; utilities incorporate sheep, pollinator habitats

Nestled in the rolling hills of Mercer County, E.W. Brown Generating Station is home to four different types of energy-generating resources, including a nearly 100-year-old hydroelectric facility and the first, and largest, existing universal solar facility in the Commonwealth. Now, the station’s landscape is getting two new earth-friendly additions – a flock of 25 Shetland sheep and the incorporation...

After enduring hard times growing up, family now defines former Mercer County star Trevon Faulkner

Family. In its simplest of definitions, a family is a group consisting of parents and children, sometimes also including grandparents or other close relatives. What’s missing from that overly-simplified definition is the importance of the bonds and support that develop between members of a family. For Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball player and former Mercer County High School star...

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over the country face constant overcrowding, and though the problem is usually blamed on jail construction delays or outdated jails, judges share some of the blame.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...