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Spider bite: Experienced Richmond stings No. 10 Kentucky in Rupp Arena with 76-64 upset

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky head coach John Calipari can finally forget about Evansville. Now he has another loss that will haunt him for the rest of the season. 
Slightly more than a year after the Purple Aces stunned Kentucky by a 67-64 score at Rupp Arena, Calipari’s squad suffered another early-season setback at home, this time to Richmond, which had never beaten a Top-10 opponent...

Kentucky (1-0) meets Richmond (1-0) in Bluegrass Showcase finale on Sunday at Rupp Arena

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky After opening its season with an easy 81-45 win over Morehead State on Wednesday, Kentucky returns to action on Sunday, facing Richmond in the final game of the Bluegrass Showcase at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game can be seen on the SEC Network. In Wednesday’s opener, it was Kentucky’s talented freshman class that carried the load. Brandon...

EKU to meet Western Carolina in inaugural Opportunity Bowl on Nov. 21 at Roy Kidd Stadium

Eastern Kentucky University will host the inaugural Opportunity Bowl in memory of Dr. Sheila Pressley on Nov. 21, Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan has announced. The Opportunity Bowl will feature EKU and Western Carolina. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium. The Opportunity Bowl will air live on ESPN3. Pressley, who passed away in January of 2020, was the dean...

Kentucky Proud brings cheese for a cause into Kroger; partial proceeds to benefit local food banks

A new initiative to help food-insecure families across the state is bringing Kentucky Proud artisan cheese products to select Kroger grocery stores. Kentucky Cheese Cares lets consumers join the fight against hunger by purchasing award-winning Kentucky specialty cheese products at participating Kroger locations. Fifty cents from each unit sold will be used to distribute Kentucky dairy products through...

KYTC regional driver licensing office opens in Richmond, will issue REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday announced the opening of a new Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) regional driver licensing office in Richmond. While some services require an in person visit, Kentuckians are encouraged to use mail or drop-in options to renew or apply for standard credentials if they are able: Those whose licenses, permits or ID cards were lost or expired – or will expire – any...

Gas demand low, national average decreases for first time since April; Kentucky prices rise by 3 cents

As COVID-19 case numbers surpass 4 million, demand for gasoline is weakening across the nation. That’s made for lower prices in many areas of the country, but not here in the Bluegrass. The latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) demand reading measures at 8.5 million barrels per day, which is about 11 percent less than a year ago. The lower demand contributed to a cheaper national average...

Richmond course set to host mini-PGA Tour event this week; three-day tournament begins Tuesday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Professional golf is returning to the Bluegrass this week in Richmond. The Bull at Boone’s Trace will play host to an “Unbridled Tour” event presented by Republic Bank Tuesday to Thursday. The three-day tournament will be the first state sporting event since COVID-19 shutdown sporting events regionally and nationally in March. “A mini-tour event offers the perfect...

Brad Calipari returns to Rupp Arena, but this time to play against Kentucky in Detroit Mercy uniform

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Brad Calipari will play against his dad for the first time next season. Calipari, a graduate senior at Detroit Mercy, will make a return trip to Rupp Arena, this time as a player when the Titans meet Kentucky on Nov. 13 in Lexington. The contest is part of the Bluegrass Showcase, featuring the University of Richmond and Hartford. Brad Calipari (left) will play against...

EKU announces two-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton

Eastern Kentucky University Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan has announced a two-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach A.W. Hamilton. The extension will keep the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in Richmond through at least the 2023-24 season. “In two short years, A.W. has done a phenomenal job returning our men’s basketball program...

Richmond guitarist Parker Hastings to perform this Saturday (Dec. 21) at Kentucky Artisan Center

The Kentucky Artisan Center adds to the holiday season this Saturday (Dec. 21) with a performance by guitarist Parker Hastings of Richmond. Hastings will perform a variety of songs in his distinctive fingerpicking style from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center. Hastings is grateful for the deep heritage of country, folk and bluegrass music in Central Kentucky. He began playing guitar at age six and at...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Richmond soldier died in Iraq in non-combat incident; Gov. Bevin asks flags lowered on day of his interment

Gov. Matt Bevin today recognized the sacrifice of a Kentucky soldier who died in Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, died April 20 in Ninawa Province, Iraq, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. “Our hearts are broken for the family of this young Kentucky soldier,”...

Trump in Richmond to support Congressman Andy Barr; Joe Biden rallied for Amy McGrath Friday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – President Donald Trump urged his supporters to re-elect U.S. Rep. Andy Barr in the November midterm elections on Saturday at a raucous campaign rally and underscored the reason why. 
“The election of Andy is a really important thing,” Trump told the crowd of 6,100 in Alumni Coliseum on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University. “It could...

Trump, Biden coming to Kentucky for candidates Barr, McGrath in hotly contested congressional race

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s heated Sixth District Congressional race, which has already been receiving some national attention, will soon be getting even more. 
The campaigns of Republican incumbent Andy Barr and Democratic challenger Amy McGrath both announced some high-profile people who will be coming to Kentucky next week on back-to-back days to stump on behalf of their candidate. 
Former...

Madison Community Band celebrates 10th anniversary, unveils a celebratory logo for 2018-19

The Madison Community Band, based in Richmond, is preparing to kick off its 2018–19 season while observing the band’s 10th anniversary. More than 50 members of the community band and its friends recently gathered at Central Bank Richmond’s Community Room on Aug. 17 to celebrate the Madison Community Band’s 10th anniversary and to unveil a celebratory logo designed by longtime supporter, FMB...

Five officers to be honored at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24

Five Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24 at the memorial monument site in Richmond. The name of Louisville Metro police officer Nicholas Rodman, who died in the line of duty March 29, 2017, will be added to the memorial. Additionally, Louisville police officer James Harrison, Clarkson...

EKU redesigns Master’s of Business Administration degree program, launch set for this fall

Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Business, in the spirit of continuous improvement, has redesigned its Master’s of Business Administration degree program. The redesigned program, two years in the making, launches this fall and features a number of changes that grew out of “extensive research” conducted with business executives, faculty, current MBA students, and undergraduate business...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Constance Alexander: Conflict and compromise come alive on Western Kentucky History Day

For the fourth year in a row, students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Western Kentucky made the past come alive on History Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, brought approximately seventy-five youngsters to Murray State University’s Crisp Center in Paducah last week, where they competed for opportunities to showcase their history projects at a statewide...

Dominion Senior Living celebrates grand opening of first Kentucky community in Richmond

Dominion Senior Living recently held the grand opening of its new personal care and memory care community, Dominion Senior Living of Richmond. The senior living community hosted a ribbon cutting and open house at the community, located at 200 Meridian Way. The free public event featured door prizes and delicious Kentucky-themed refreshments for guests to enjoy. Representatives from Dominion Senior...