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Campbellsville University welcomes largest incoming freshman class (677) in history of institution

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University As of Sept. 7, Campbellsville University’s fall freshman class reached a total of 677. The total includes those students taking classes at main campus, regional centers and sites and online. “We are very pleased to welcome the single, largest incoming freshman class in Campbellsville University history,” said Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for...

Beshear, six other governors unite in efforts to form plan on reopening Midwest region economy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear is one of seven governors of both parties who have announced they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region, which has been decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic. Beshear is joining with his counterparts Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Mike DeWine from Ohio, Wisconsin’s Tony Evers, Tim Walz of Minnesota, J.B....

Former EKU softball player Stacye Toups now on front lines of COVID-19 battle in Spain

It’s only been two weeks, but Stacye Toups has already seen 15 people die from coronavirus complications. She had to call the families of five of those patients. Toups is exhausted, both physically and mentally. Supplies are running low. And she knows there are many more weeks like this to come. Welcome to the life of a basic needs doctor at a nursing home in Madrid, Spain — the hardest-hit...

Newton’s Attic provides remote learning STEM project kits, online lessons for home-bound students

Newton’s Attic, a local nonprofit, has developed mail-order project kits paired with both live and pre-recorded online lessons which can be followed at home in order to serve students and families whose schedules have been disrupted by school shutdowns in recent weeks. The first project available to the public was a laser-cut tabletop catapult. Kits are available online for order, and the recorded...

Kentucky, Indiana prices increase slightly as holiday travel week begins; Ohio gas prices hold steady

More than 100 million Americans are taking to the roadways to travel for the holidays, but that hasn’t had a large impact on gas prices. At the start of the work week, only about a dozen states including Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan are seeing more expensive gas prices with increases of less than a dime. Ohio gas prices are holding steady on the week to week. “AAA forecasts that 104 million Americans...

Kentucky by Heart: A ‘Kentucky-fied’ trip through a beautiful part of our state into a beautiful part of Ohio

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist It’s not often in this column that I talk about a trip taken outside the state of Kentucky. This time, however, I will, because the trip my spouse and I took to Ohio recently on Veterans Day included a good portion of Kentucky geography on the itinerary, and the destination area reminded me a lot of our state, too. Suzanne enjoys learning about Native-Americans...

GRADD CCC Regional Network offering $3,000 in mini-grants for prevention of child abuse, neglect

The GRADD Community Collaboration for Children (CCC) Regional Network is currently offering a total of $3,000 in mini-grants to enhance and promote programs aimed at preventing and building awareness of child abuse and neglect. Organizations within Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties are eligible to apply. Projects must encompass one of the following goals: 1) focus...

Rural hospitals remain at risk of closure; Medicare won’t pay hospital rates for scaled-down services

Rural hospital closures are a growing trend, and federal policies don’t support a model that would include a scaled-back version of services. But that’s what many rural hospitals need to do in order to ensure their future, Mary Meehan reports for Ohio Valley ReSource, a public-radio partnership that covers Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, especially their Appalachian areas. “The reality...

More than 300 new students welcomed as Class of 2022 arrives at Transylvania University

Transylvania University welcomes students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world today as more than 300 new Pioneers arrive on campus. Kentucky students make up a majority of the incoming class, with nearly 80 percent coming from the Commonwealth. Students from Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan make up another 13 percent of the first-year class, with 10 other states also...

Hundreds of Kentuckians among retirees from across region rallying to save pensions in Columbus

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Hundreds of Kentuckians are in Columbus, Ohio this Thursday fighting to preserve their pensions. They’re joining thousands of other retirees to rally at the Statehouse, a day before a congressional committee meets to discuss how to solve a pension crisis. The retirement of the baby boomer generation, the recession and corporate bankruptcies are testing the...

Will Eastern KY capture a share of the enormous wealth to be transferred in the next generation?

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Eastern Kentucky and the United States of America are in the midst of the greatest “transfer of wealth” (TOW) in the nation’s history. Research estimates that $72 trillion will transfer from one generation to another in the next decade, 2017 through 2026, representing a TOW opportunity of over $7.7 trillion. TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from...

Wiedemann appointed Chief Executive Officer for AAA Club Alliance

AAA Club Alliance has announced the appointment of Thomas C. Wiedemann as Chief Executive Officer. Wiedemann replaces Bernhard “Berni” Koch, who had been with the organization since 2002 and had served as CEO since 2012. AAA Club Alliance, Inc. is the third-largest AAA club in the national AAA federation and serves more than six million members in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,...

Five decades later, 85-year-old Floridian returns to Eastern Kentucky University to receive degree

Just how big was Roy Davidson’s smile when he crossed the Eastern Kentucky University commencement stage to receive his diploma on May 11? You might say it was 54 years wide. That’s how much time had elapsed since Davidson, now 85, had last set foot on the Richmond campus. In fact, if a personal tragedy hadn’t curtailed his pursuit of a degree just a few credit hours short in 1964, his diploma...

Gov. Bevin requests presidential disaster declaration for 35 Kentucky counties impacted by flooding

Governor Matt Bevin has sent a letter to President Donald Trump, requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 35 Kentucky counties that were impacted during a severe weather event beginning on Feb. 21. The weather pattern produced torrential rain that resulted in flooding, landslides and mudslides, along with intense thunderstorms that led to flash flooding and tornadoes. Photo courtesy of Chuck...

Great Oak Funding announces second fund, available to small to mid-sized businesses in the region

Great Oak Funding, a private lending firm with offices in Cincinnati and Dayton, and operating in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, has announced a second fund available to small to mid-size businesses. Financing is available to existing companies with a proven track record of success. The purpose of the fund is to help existing companies grow and expand through short-term financing. Alexander “The new...

Tobacco’s Toll: New push aims to curb the other addiction problem in country’s sickest states

By Mary Meehan Special to KyForward Hundreds of kids scurrying to buses are oblivious to a sign above them declaring Bourbon County High School “100 percent Tobacco Free.” But upstairs in the library, sophomore and anti-smoking advocate Jacob Steward unfurls a six-foot scroll with earth-toned papers trapped between clear sheets of laminate. He begins reading the anti-smoking slogans he’ll post...

Fans, handicappers, make the trip from Kentucky and throughout the region for Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – Kentucky was well-represented with owners, jockeys and trainers at the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar and some fans from the region also made their way out to California for horse racing’s big day. A group made the trip to Del Mar California for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Pictured (l to r) Joyce Clark of Louisville, Blaine Morris...