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East Jessamine moves forward from ‘what ifs’ of 2019, features new backfield talent on offense

(KyForward is previewing the upcoming football season for many high school programs in Central Kentucky. The season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.) By Chad Hensley Special to KyForward Many high school football teams look back on past seasons and think about the “what ifs” in close losses. East Jessamine might be wondering about those “what ifs” from last year, but head coach Mike Bowlin is...

Kentucky American Water awards 2020 Ripple Effect Scholarships to three high school seniors

Kentucky American Water has awarded Ripple Effect Scholarships to three Kentucky high school seniors for their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to the environment, marking the 18th year the company has offered the scholarship program. The 2020 recipients are Fiona Farrer from Lafayette High School, Reka Gal from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and Sydney Glenn from Scott County High...

EKU’s Jackie Alexander: A unique journey from Army officer in Iraq to college basketball coach

Jackie Alexander was raised 30 miles south of Eastern Kentucky University’s campus, along the Dix River in a small, close-knit community called Brodhead. Population at the last census: 1,211. “There’s something special about growing up where everyone knows everyone,” she said. Alexander became a basketball star at nearby Rockcastle County High School. As a senior in 2010, she led...

First Lady Glenna Bevin announces Allie Viney as winner of 2019 Kentucky Derby Poster Contest

First Lady Glenna Bevin has announced the winning entry, as well as the second- and third-place finishers, in her annual Kentucky Derby Poster Contest. This year’s first-place winner, Allie Viney, is a 10th-grader at Scott County High School. Viney will receive a $500 scholarship from Derby Celebration, Inc., and her poster will be on permanent display at the State Capitol. A copy of her artwork...

Navy cryptologic technician, a Georgetown native, teaching a new generation of information warriors

By M. Dawn Scott Special to KyForward A 2013 Scott County High School graduate and Georgetown native is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Seaman Alashia McKinney works as a cryptologic technician (technical) and operates out of the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station. Alashia McKinney...

Talented and big dreamers, BCTC students accepted to Columbia, Carnegie Mellon

Bluegrass Community and Technical College students have lots of talent and big dreams that will take them far, as illustrated by James Nguyen and Caleb Kinmon. James NguyenWhile a student at Scott County High School, Nguyen participated in the BCTC Informatics Academy, a program funded by a generous donation of JP Morgan Chase. Nguyen graduates from high school in May and will attend the highly competitive...

Yates Elementary in Fayette Co. scores two soccer goals donated by Scott Co. Lady Cards

Lady Cardinals turned out in force to deliver the goals to Yates Elementary. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Thanks to generosity stretching across county lines, students at Yates Elementary will enjoy playing soccer at recess and after school with regulation-size metal goals.   The Lady Cardinals team from Scott County High School, coached by Andrea...