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WKU recruit Dayvion McKnight named Kentucky Mr. Basketball; averaged 20 points, 8.1 rebounds

Western Kentucky University signee Dayvion McKnight received the state’s top high school hoops honor Sunday, as the guard was named 2020 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. McKnight received the award, given to the state’s top senior, from the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation during a virtual ceremony on Sunday. McKnight, a 6-foot-2 guard from Collins High School in Shelbyville, is the ninth Kentucky...

Kentucky by Heart: Alice Hegan Rice’s classic ‘Mrs. Wiggs’ offers many lessons for today’s trying times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Last week, I pulled a book out of my collection of old Kentucky books that I had put off reading until I had more time. Well, in this coronavirus-stay-home-period, “more time” presented itself and I devoured the 138-page book in a few sittings. It’s a classic piece of Kentucky literature, published in 1901, called Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, and is written...

Baptist Health chief compliance officer Don Riggs to retire, Marea Aspillaga named replacement

Donald R. “Don” Riggs, chief compliance officer for Baptist Health, has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 27 years with the health system. For the past six years, the 58-year-old has headed the health system’s Compliance team, which he helped form in 2013. The Compliance team is responsible for ensuring that the system’s hospitals, medical group and affiliated organizations...

New ‘Voices From the Past’ theatrical production Sept. 8 to bring historic Science Hill School to life

A newly created living history theatrical production, “Voices From the Past,” sponsored by Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in partnership with the Shelby County Community Theatre, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8, at Historic Science Hill. A photo of Science Hill School dating from the late 19th to early 20th century (Photo from Wakefield-Scearce Gallery) A fundraiser for the theater, the...

Chris Lewis: Alternatives to incarceration work, it’s time for common sense justice reform

My name is Chris Lewis and I’ve been in recovery since August 11, 2013. For so many years I knew something was wrong with me, even as a kid, but I couldn’t put the puzzle together. I had loving parents but they faced their own challenges. I grew up thinking my childhood was “normal” in spite of the fact that I was routinely beaten and experienced sexual abuse. As a child, I acted out and...

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...

Kentucky by Heart: Inspired by movie, Jessica Collins sets out to provide all children ‘A Place to Sleep’

“You’re never too young to make a difference,” said Jessica Collins, 19, a nursing student at Western Kentucky University. She means those words now, and she meant them at age ten when she gave roots to a program that donates beds to children who lack such a basic resource. The project is called “A Place to Sleep,” and since 2010, about 1500 bed sets have gone to deserving young people, mostly...

Re-enactment of 1781 Long Run Massacre recalls chapter in Shelbyville’s frontier history

The Long Run Massacre Re-Enactment will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville. Performed by the Painted Stone Settlers, this annual event recalls the 1781 Indian attack on evacuating settlers as well as the ambush of an aid party that followed, leaving many dead or wounded. The juried re-enactors take their name from an outpost built two and a half miles north of present-day...