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State Tournament Memories: Farmer recalls highlights of his record-setting Sweet 16 career

By Mike Fields Special to KyForward Richie Farmer clearly recalls how his record-setting Sweet Sixteen career began in Rupp Arena 33 years ago this week. Clay County had a big lead on Owensboro in their first-round game when Farmer, an eighth-grader, took the floor with 1:08 remaining. Then, with the clock ticking away, “I got the ball in the middle of the floor against their press, coming down on...

Billy Reed: Special New Year’s wishes for some — and peace, happiness for everyone else

This is the time of year when lazy columnists get one out of the way by making New Year’s wishes for various friends, enemies, news sources, and other assorted characters who may pop into mind. So here we go: For the Cincinnati Bengals, at least one win in the NFL playoffs. For Marty Brennaman, legendary voice of the Cincinnati Reds, a supply of Advil to help him through what promises to be a headache...

Kentucky gets D+ in State Integrity investigation; toughened laws but gaps in oversight remain

By Ryan Alessi Center for Public Integrity A month after starting to investigate Kentucky’s Agriculture Department, state Auditor Adam Edelen called a meeting for his team for an update on the transgressions of ex-Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer. Auditors took turns sharing revelations at that February 2012 get-together about how Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball hero, ordered his...

Rifles, knives from former Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer’s administration up for auction

(Photo from KDA)   The state will auction dozens of high-quality collector’s items left over from a 2008 agriculture conference during Richie Farmer’s tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner.   The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will sell 13 Remington rifles and 16 Case knives in an auction May 5 at KDFWR headquarters, 1 Sportsman’s Lane west of Frankfort. Proceeds...

State auditor takes ‘watchdog’ role seriously as he travels Kentucky keeping public trust

By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   One of the fastest-rising stars of Kentucky politics is Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen, considered in many circles to be a possible candidate for governor in 2015. In an interview from his mother’s Hebron, Ky. home, Edelen acknowledges the buzz, but says he has yet to make a decision.   If he were to run, Edelen would seek to succeed Gov....

‘After much soul-searching,’ Richie Farmer reaches plea deal with federal prosecutors

Staff report   Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball standout Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the government corruption case against him, according to defense attorney Guthrie True.   “Today a motion for a change of plea has been filed on behalf of Richie Farmer in the United States District Court. Richie has entered into...

Richie Farmer indicted by federal grand jury; former ag commissioner charged last month

A federal indictment was unsealed today charging former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer with misusing and misappropriating money and property belonging to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) during his tenure.   Richie Farmer (KyForward file photo) The indictment, filed Friday, April 19, charges Farmer, 43, with four counts of misappropriating property and funds of the...

Ethics findings against Farmer will help move agriculture department forward, Comer says

Staff report   The 42 charges of ethics violations against former state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer are the result of more than a year’s worth of cooperation between the ethics commission and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, current commissioner James Comer said.   James Comer (KyForward file photo) “This department has invited a level of scrutiny never before...

Ag Commissioner James Comer ending first year in office as it began – full steam ahead

James Comer is nearing the end of his first year as Commissioner of Agriculture. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Just one year ago, James Comer was preparing to be sworn in as the state’s new agriculture commissioner after a long campaign.   But Comer, a lifelong farmer and 11-year veteran of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, was no stranger...