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Stuart Sanders: Scott County coach Billy Hicks’ 1000th basketball victory shows importance of sports

On January 24, Scott County boys’ basketball coach Billy Hicks logged his 1,000th win, making him the first Kentucky High School Athletic Association coach in Kentucky history to reach this mark. Billy Hicks Why is it important to celebrate Coach Hicks’ milestone? Moreover, why is sports history important? I recently spoke with Hicks at the unveiling of the latest Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile...

Georgetown, Scott Co. featured in newest episode of KET’s Downstream; preview party set for Dec. 9

Georgetown and Scott County have starring roles in an episode of KET’s production of “Downstream,” and everyone is invited to a Preview Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Country Boy Brewery & Taproom to celebrate. Hosted by Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, the party will include a screening of the episode, entitled “Georgetown KY – Elkhorn Creek, Bourbon Blending and Local...

Scott County graduate Ryan Wiggins serves as EKU student regent with a ‘passion for advocacy’

By Madison Harris Eastern Kentucky University “A passion for advocacy” inspires everything Ryan Wiggins does as Student Government Association president at Eastern Kentucky University. “I have always wanted to make a difference for my constituents,” he said. Wiggins has had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted to do for a long time. After graduating from Scott County High School in 2015 and...

Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Morales critical after shooting at I-75 rest stop, fugitive killed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Scott County sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Wednesday following an officer-involved shooting late Tuesday night that left one suspect dead, the Kentucky State Police said. 
The sheriff’s deputies and Georgetown police officers were helping federal agents from the U.S. Marshals capture a fugitive from another state, the state police said. The incident...

‘My Brother’s Burden Walk’ coming to Kentucky, as firefighter calls attention to plight of colleagues

According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is the leading cause of firefighter death in the United States. All but eight states now have presumptive cancer laws. In addition, the subject of first responder PTSD and suicide is not new but, as the years roll on, it continues taking the lives of our firefighters, law enforcement officials, and EMS workers. According to a report...

Kentucky eye bank: Coroner charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal donated eyeballs

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The Kentucky Lions Eye Bank wants to let potential donors know the Kentucky coroner being charged with receiving stolen property didn’t steal eye donations. The bank said they used Scott County Coroner John Goble’s services twice when commercial transportation was not feasible because of surgery time constraints, according to a release. The surgical transport tissue...

Explore Kentucky’s longest creek June 9 at inaugural Elkhorn Float Fest at Georgetown’s Peninsula Park

The inaugural Elkhorn Creek Float Fest takes place Sat., June 9, at Peninsula Park in Scott County. This new, kid-friendly event features a full day float from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kentucky’s longest creek and will be filmed by KET’s Downstream Production for a feature about Georgetown. This event takes place at beautiful Peninsula Park, which offers access to Elkhorn Creek. Tube rentals...

Bluegrass Tomorrow to recognize 2017 Vision Award winners February 6 at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort

Herb Miller of Columbia Gas, Scott County Judge Executive George Lusby, President John Marsden of Midway University, Larry Jones of Community Trust Bank, and KY Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, are among the honorees at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Awards Breakfast February 6 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort in Lexington. George Lusby The annual Vision Awards Breakfast is a time-honored...

David Webster: October is Energy Awareness Month and reduced usage helps bottom line of KY schools

As we kick off what has traditionally been Energy Awareness Month, it is important to note the impact lowered energy usage can have on not only the environment, but also on the finances of public entities. Nowhere is the impact clearer than in Kentucky’s schools. The Kentucky School Boards Association has worked with local school districts since 2010 to better manage the energy usage in their buildings....

Scott County Judge Lusby: At the end of the day, rich experiences more important than money

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward He grew up the poor boy from Second Street. Seven people in a four room house. An outdoor bathroom shared among them all. Walk a hundred yards and you’re out in the country. To make money, George Lusby delivered newspapers for seven years, from sixth grade to his senior year. Those were the earliest years for the Scott County Judge Executive. He remembers...

Covington Catholic bests Scott County in thriller for 59-51 Sweet Sixteen state title

The Covington Catholic Colonels held on for an overtime win Sunday to capture the school’s first KHSAA Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen State Title.” (Photo by Byran Burke)   By Bryan Burke KyForward Correspondent   In an epic, overtime thriller of a state-championship game, Covington Catholic outlasted Scott County, 59-51, to win the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen...

Covington Catholic bests Scott County
in thriller for 59-51 Sweet Sixteen state title

The Covington Catholic Colonels held on for an overtime win Sunday to capture the school’s first KHSAA Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen State Title.” (Photo by Byran Burke)   By Bryan Burke KyForward Correspondent   In an epic, overtime thriller of a state-championship game, Covington Catholic outlasted Scott County, 59-51, to win the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Basketball Sweet Sixteen...

Scott County residents receive $2K incentive grant to attend Georgetown College in 2014

Beginning with the 2014 entering class of freshmen at Georgetown College, every student who is a Scott County resident will automatically receive a $2,000 a year renewable grant.   This Scott County Grant will be in addition to any merit and talent-based scholarships the student may receive upon admission to Georgetown College.   “We are hopeful that this additional funding will assist...

Betsy Waters: A festive Fourth of July awaits you and your family in the Bluegrass region

  The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Many local communities have events planned that are ideal for children and adults alike. Check it out!   Downtown Lexington festivities   Lexington kicks off the day’s events with the Bluegrass 10,000. The wheelchair divisions hit the course at 7:20 a.m., with the foot race starting at 7:30 a.m. The Fun...

See KY: Unassuming Georgetown, Scott Co. has been surprising visitors since early days

Georgetown City Hall (Photo from Kentucky Tourism)   By Marty Rosen Special to KyForward   If the Bluegrass Region is the heart of Kentucky, then Georgetown and Scott County are the treasures that make it beat. When a team of explorers first mapped out the land in 1774, they were delighted at what they found. And this little unassuming part of the the state has been surprising visitors ever...