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Kentucky by Heart: Construction worker Shaun Neal’s 27-year odyssey pays off with ‘Mama’s Song’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Construction worker Shaun Neal’s odyssey in search of completing his first book, a novel called Mama’s Song, ended successfully a few years ago after nearly three decades in process. He feels both elated and relieved. “It started in 1990, one year after my wife and I got married. I finished in 2017,” said the Nicholasville resident. “My wife . . . she...

Perryville’s Joni House honored by American Battlefield Trust for preservation work at historic site

Joni House, the manager of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, was honored for her preservation work by the American Battlefield Trust during its annual conference in Lexington. The Kentucky State Parks were also recognized with a State Preservation Leadership Award from the trust. Joni House received the Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award for her work at Perryville Battlefield State Historic...

Transylvania University to host Men’s Division III Golf Championships May 14 at Nicholasville’s Keene Trace

For the first time since 2012, the NCAA is bringing a men’s golf championship to Kentucky. The 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championships tee off on Tuesday, May 14, through Friday, May 17, at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville. Transylvania University, along with the Bluegrass Sports Commission, is playing host to the national championships for the first time in the history...

Chrysalis House to hold its annual R.J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit on May 18; register here

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton announced that the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk benefit Chrysalis House will be held Saturday, May 18, at R. J. Corman’s in Nicholasville. Walkers and runners may register online at the website or call (859) 977-2502. Online registration will be available until 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 15. ($20). Early packet pickup will be Thursday, May 16 (11 a.m.-5...

R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House on May 18 at the company’s Nicholasville campus

Chrysalis House Executive Director Lisa Minton announced Monday that the R. J. Corman 5K Run/Walk to benefit Chrysalis House will be held on May 18 at R. J. Corman’s in Nicholasville. “Chrysalis House appreciates the support of the R. J. Corman Railroad Group,” Minton said. “The course and facilities are second to none and we anticipate a great crowd for this family-friendly event! Chrysalis...

Nicholasville teens sentenced to federal prison for Snapchat cyberstalking; threatened school shooting

Kentucky Today Two Nicholasville teenagers sentenced to federal prison for using social media to harass and intimidate an acquaintance and threaten a shooting at a Jessamine County school.    
On Friday, U. S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves sentenced 18-year-old Tristan H. Kelly to 21 months and 19-year-old Cody T. Ritchey received 27 months after they each pleaded guilty in June to one count of...

‘Birdies for the Bluegrass’ during Barbasol PGA Championship to benefit Ky. Children’s Hospital

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. As part of the PGA Tour’s mission to positively impact local...

Citizens Commerce Bank Converts to state charter; DFI assumes regulatory authority

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) welcomed Citizens Commerce Bank as Kentucky’s 125th state-chartered bank effective June 1. Department of Financial Institutions’ Commissioner Charles Vice, center, delivers a new state charter to officials of Citizens Commerce. From left to right are: Jeff Ball, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender; DFI Division Director Marni Gibson; Eli Barber,...

Retired Marine, Winchester native who lost legs, sight in Iraq, to be guest at State of the Union Address

Retired Kentucky Marine Matthew Bradford in uniform while assigned to the Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Fort Bragg (KyForward file photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A retired Marine from Winchester, who lost both legs and was blinded in an explosion in Iraq 11 years ago, will be one of President Donald Trump’s special guests when he delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday evening. On...

Walker Montgomery to Perform at Kentucky Horse Park’s Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo slated for Nov. 17-18

Emerging country artist Walker Montgomery will perform on the first night of the Kentucky Horse Park’s Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo in the Alltech Arena on Friday, Nov. 17. Walker, 18, is an up-and-coming musician from Nicholasville, Ky. His love of music comes naturally; he is the son of multi-platinum selling country music star, John Michael Montgomery, and nephew of Eddie Montgomery of the band Montgomery...

Kentucky by Heart: Locating U.S. Air Force Academy in Nicholasville could have been real game-changer

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It sounds truly impressive: The United States Air Force Academy, Nicholasville, Kentucky. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder…” The city named is, of course, incorrect; the institution is actually at Colorado Springs, CO. But according to reports and a story from Byron Crawford in the Courier-Journal in 1987, a Jessamine County site near the Kentucky River,...

Long career in public service coming to a
close for Jessamine County’s Neal Cassity

By Bill Bowden KyForward correspondent   Jessamine County Judge/Executive Neal Cassity knows what it’s like to live with an unreliable water system. Growing up on a Jessamine County farm, he depended on a pump-driven cistern, as many families did at the time.   Neal Cassity “Sometimes you’d take a shower and get all soaped up, and the pump would quit. I can tell you, it’s hard to...

Katie Shoultz: An ‘Aussie’ time, naturally,
with Nicholasville horse trainer Dan James

Dan James and his horse Top Gun during a bridleless reining performance at the 2013 Road to the Horse event at the Horse Park. (Photo courtesy of Laura Donnell.)   Horseman Dan James is bringing a bit of the Outback to Kentucky. With a natural training approach, this native Australian wins the trust and respect of the horse and builds an unwavering relationship with them – the foundation...

Katie Shoultz: An 'Aussie' time, naturally, with Nicholasville horse trainer Dan James

Dan James and his horse Top Gun during a bridleless reining performance at the 2013 Road to the Horse event at the Horse Park. (Photo courtesy of Laura Donnell.)   Horseman Dan James is bringing a bit of the Outback to Kentucky. With a natural training approach, this native Australian wins the trust and respect of the horse and builds an unwavering relationship with them – the foundation...