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$1 million private gift creates memorial fund for Ky. State Fair World Championship Horse Show

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has received an endowment gift of $1 million from William Blacklaw of Oregon City, Oregon, which will be used to establish the “Barbara Blacklaw Memorial Fund” to benefit the Kentucky State Fair World Championship Horse Show. The endowment will be invested in an interest-bearing account. Accrued interest on the...

PSC Names Karen Wilson as legislative director; veteran of state government to advise commissioners

Karen Wilson, a 22-year employee of Kentucky state government, has joined the staff of the Kentucky Public Service Commission as its legislative liaison and executive advisor to the commissioners. Wilson most recently served a policy advisor in the Department of Energy Policy in the Energy and Environment Cabinet. She previously held several other posts in EEC and also worked in the Governor’s Office...

Shelby County to celebrate beginning of cycling season with Parks Pedal Party fundraiser June 2

Avid bikers and outdoor enthusiasts can now explore Shelby County via 12 cycling routes that cover 346 miles of gently rolling hills, picturesque parks and paved country roads. The grand kickoff of the Shelby County Bike Trails takes place on Sat., June 2 with the Parks Pedal Party, including an “In the Park” ride at Clear Creek Park that’s perfect for families and children, as well...

Gov. Bevin appoints Leathers as commissioner for Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment by Gov. Matt Bevin. Leathers replaces Beth Kuhn, who will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing...

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

Kentucky great-grandmother among finalists to be Eye of the Hunter’s ‘Extreme Huntress’

Marty Mason, 64, of Shelby County did not start hunting until she was 45. (Photo provided)   Special to KyForward   A Shelby County great-grandmother is among 10 finalists in Eye of the Hunter’s international competition to become its “Extreme Huntress 2014” and appear on the reality show on NBC Sports.   Marty Mason, 64, of Bagdad, did not begin hunting until age 45, but her pursuits...