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Collmus joins Wrona as Kentucky Downs announcer; debut set for track’s Labor Day card on Sept. 7

Kentucky Downs’ six-date live race meet in September will feature two of the world’s most prominent announcers in Michael Wrona and new addition Larry Collmus, the voice of NBC’s Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup broadcasts. “I’m excited about calling the races at Kentucky Downs and looking forward to getting back in action,” said Collmus, who was the New York Racing Association announcer...

Former EKU basketball player Willie Cruz now NBA athletic performance coach for Houston Rockets

Like most kids who grow up playing basketball, Willie Cruz dreamed of reaching the NBA. He made it. Only not as a player. Cruz, a former Eastern Kentucky University basketball player, is now the athletic performance coach for the Houston Rockets. Cruz was born on the shores of Lake Ontario, in the “Flower City” – Rochester, New York. Willie Cruz, a former EKU basketball player, is now...

Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart honored with AD of the Year award by Sports Business Journal

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mitch Barnhart was in the spotlight in the Big Apple this week. The University of Kentucky Athletics Director was named AD of the Year by the Sports Business Journal on Wednesday night. Barnhart was among five finalists for the award during a ceremony by the organization in New York. Mitch Barnhart and Mark Stoops celebrate after the Wildcats defeated South Carolina last...

UK researchers partner with national group to help Community Supported Agriculture operations thrive

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers are part of a national group working to increase opportunities and the economic viability of Community Supported Agriculture operations. A CSA is a subscription-based program in which consumers buy “shares” in a farm’s output throughout a growing season. Tim Woods, and Jairus Rossi, faculty in the UK College of Agriculture,...

Beshear fighting temporary injunction request seeking to halt nation’s health care system

Attorney General Andy Beshear is fighting a request for a temporary injunction filed this week by a group of states seeking to halt the nation’s health care system while an ongoing lawsuit on the issue plays out in federal court. Beshear Beshear and a group of state attorneys general are intervening in the lawsuit – Texas et al. v. United States et al. – that claims the ACA is unconstitutional...

Lexington playwright Leah Nanako Winkler now in New York, enjoying success on the theatre scene

By William McCann KyForward Contributor Leah Nanako Winkler, formerly of Lexington but a playwright now living in New York, is on the verge of joining an exclusive ‘club’ of talented Kentucky playwrights to have success on the New York theatre scene. Indeed, New York in recent years has had a heavy dose of “Kentucky” influence with plays by living Kentucky playwrights with productions on and...