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Constance Alexander: The wide world of sports is the most thrilling when it involves the home team

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are most keenly felt when it’s the hometown team we root for. Take, for instance, the time that Murray State University beat Vanderbilt in the first round game of the Western Region in the 2010 NCAA tournament. With 12.4 seconds left and a timeout with 4.2 seconds to play, Jermaine Beal’s two free throws gave Vandy the lead. According to the account...

Rep. James Comer, KACo President-elect Elbert Bennett talk impact of national legislation on Ky.

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-KY, visited the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) this week, to discuss national legislation and how it could impact Kentucky’s counties. One of his constituents and KACo’s next president, Caldwell County Magistrate Elbert Bennett spoke with the congressman about the federal Farm Bill’s local impact, how hemp is creating opportunities in the state and...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky’s weak non-conference football schedule highlights need for solid rivalry

Except for its annual rivalry showdown with U of L, UK’s non-conference football schedule hasn’t been very attractive in years. But, to be fair, Kentucky isn’t the only school guilty of having a weak non-league, four-game schedule overall. As you know, SEC and ACC schools, looking for near-guarantee victories, will usually feature three cupcakes and one attractive non-conference showdown like...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s Snell receives preseason recognition from college football yearbooks

Benny Snell Jr. is the latest Kentucky football standout who has become one of Southeastern Conference’s glamour boys. After a record-setting performance last year in leading UK to a 7-6 mark and an appearance in the Music City Bowl, you’ll find the junior running back from Westerville, Ohio, appearing on regional covers for all three 2018 college football yearbooks in Athlon Sports, Lindy’s...

Former U of L, Murray State football player Zeke Pike, once destined for greatness, arrested again

NKyTribune staff Former University of Louisville and Murray State football player Ezekiel “Zeke” Pike, who was dismissed from three different college football programs due to problems away from the field, is in trouble with the law again. Zeke Pike (80) converted from quarterback to tight end at Louisville in 2013. Pike caught one pass in limited playing time during the 2013 campaign. (Photo...

Constance Alexander: When in the wrong hands, words become deadly weapons

In 1948, when New Yorker magazine published Shirley Jackson’s now-classic story, “The Lottery,” scores of readers canceled their subscriptions. Irate letters to the editors and phone calls raised a tumult. Even Jackson’s parents added their own note of discord. “Dad and I did not care at all for your story,” her mother wrote. “It does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what...

Constance Alexander: Pink is for girls, blue is for boys … or is it? The discussion continues

  After a day of too many deadlines and not enough coffee, I was tempted to skip a campus event intriguingly titled “Loosening the Gender Girdle.” In the end, however, the promise of dessert lured me to Murray State University’s Curris Center Ballroom to meet Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker and award-winning activist. I was one of a diverse group of 80 people who showed up, and while I came...

EKU is chosen fourth in 2014 preseason OVC football ranking, Murray State ranked sixth

Jacksonville State was voted the preseason favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference for football. (Photo provided)   While Jacksonville State was the favorite, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University both show potental in the preseason – at least according to the voters.   Jacksonville State has been picked the preseason favorite in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference football...

Everyday Heroes: Dale Faughn believes age
not a big deal – ‘it’s the way we perceive age’

This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Dale Faughn retired from the Caldwell County school system in 2011 after more than 60 years service as a teacher.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   It doesn’t occur to the energetic Dale Faughn that only a young person might arise from bed at 3:30 a.m. and jog three miles—all...

Murray State players Payne and Williams receive All-Ohio Valley Conference honors

Murray State’s Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams have earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors in voting by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.   EKU’s Cameron Payne was named All-OVC Freshman of the Year. (Photo by Tab Brockman for Murray State) Payne was named the OVC Freshman of the Year and All-OVC First Team while Williams was named All-OVC Second...