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Longtime Kentucky editor, ‘Humble Reporter’ Bill Mardis, dies at 89; worked until his death Feb. 2

Few people have been identified with a rural daily newspaper as Bill Mardis, editor emeritus of the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset who died this week at 89, not long after writing his last stories for the paper. Mardis was working at Somerset’s WTLO when CJ Publisher George “Jop” Joplin III invited Mardis to join him in 1964 as The Somerset Commonwealth and The Somerset Journal,...

Top-ranked Lexington Christian prepares for Metcalfe County in Class 2A state quarterfinals on Friday night

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A hot start and timely defensive stops in the second half enabled Lexington Christian to knock off defending Class 2A state champion Somerset by a 42-35 score for the district title last week. Now, the top-ranked Eagles (8-1) will face Metcalfe County (6-2) in the regional championship game on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., but the game will be played...

Lexington Christian (7-1) faces defending Class 2A state champion Somerset (6-2) in playoff showdown

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The question for Lexington Christian is simple, but the answer will be anything but easy. Can Lexington Christian knock off defending Class 2A state champion Somerset for a second time this season when the two teams meet Friday night in Lexington? The Eagles (7-1) defeated the Briar Jumpers (6-2) by a score of 28-21 in the regular-season meeting for the right...

Frederick Douglass to meet Lexington Christian in mythical city championship showdown on Friday

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An improbable meeting between Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian is set to take place on Friday for what many are hailing as the mythical city championship in Lexington. A tweet by William Warfield on the PrepSpin Twitter account on Oct. 1 saying he would love to see the “dream match” was a precursor to the game finally being scheduled — thanks...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Motivated, talented and experienced, Lexington Christian focuses on Class 2A state championship

(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 Somerset captured the Class 2A state championship last season, but the Briar Jumpers nearly didn’t make it out of the second round of the playoffs. Just ask the players and coaches at Lexington Christian Academy. Lexington...

Campbellsville University to offer State Registered Nurse Aide classes beginning on April 20

Those interested in helping in the medical field have a new and rapid opportunity, as Campbellsville University is teaming with the Commonwealth of Kentucky to ready a host of front-line support. The university is offering a second two-week State Registered Nurse Aide (SRNA) intensive course beginning April 20, when students can take the course that is needed for the nursing program. The tuition for...

New study shows Campbellsville University’s total economic impact nearly $200 million

Campbellsville University has a total economic impact from its operations on the main campus and in its Louisville, Harrodsburg and Somerset regional centers of almost $200 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a new study recently completed by Younger Associates of Jackson, Tenn. The $199,868,340 is a measure of the total dollar value that flows through the operations of Campbellsville...

Children’s Environmental Health Summit to spotlight efforts protecting Kentucky’s youngest population

The Kentucky Department for Public Heath (DPH), in collaboration with the Kentucky Population Health Institute, is hosting the fourth annual Children’s Environmental Health Summit on Oct. 10 (National Children’s Environmental Health Day) at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. This free event will provide an overview of issues impacting children’s health in Kentucky and spotlight ongoing...

Regional university partnership offers new options for students in Southeastern Kentucky

EKU President Michael Benson and Somerset Community College President Carey Castle sign a memorandum of agreement. (EKU photo) By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s regional public universities have now joined forces to offer classes at the new University Center of Southern Kentucky, located on the campus of Somerset Community College. The University Center of Southern Kentucky, or UCSK,...

KentuckyWired construction utilizing Kentuckians as 80 percent of work performed by local labor

When the KentuckyWired broadband project began building its 3,350-mile network of high-speed fiber optic cable, the Commonwealth ensured that at least 60 percent of work-hours used for construction would be from local labor, and included that requirement in the state’s contract with its builder. Three years into the project that promise has not only been kept, but exceeded. The latest report from...

Leadership Kentucky announces new board members; Teresa Trimble Hail named 2019 Chair

Leadership Kentucky (LKY), one of the oldest and most prestigious statewide leadership development programs in the United States, announced its new 2019 Board Chair and the appointment of several new members to the 2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. LKY board members are responsible for continuing the mission and values of the organization, as well as executing the organization’s strategic...

Opportunity Zones workshop set for Tuesday in Somerset; state officials to share latest information

Opportunity Zones are expected to have a great impact on the future of economic development in Kentucky. A workshop has been scheduled for Tuesday in Somerset to help community and business leaders and others take advantage of this new economic development tool. Representatives from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Department for Local Government will be present to provide an update...

Public invited to offer input on Kentucky’s foster care system at regional forum Oct. 26 in Somerset

The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday, Oct. 26, in Somerset to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. ET in the community room of the Pulaski County School District Central Office at 925 N. Main St....

Tommy Turner: With deer season upon us, we must remain extra vigilant when traveling state’s roadways

Deer season is upon us and that means Kentucky drivers must be particularly aware of their surroundings while traveling along Kentucky’s streets and highways. As an avid outdoorsman, I know how critical it is to pay attention to deer crossing the road during this time of year. The deer population, in general, has been growing all over the country for years. Urban expansion, more people moving to...

See KY: Expansive lake, gorgeous scenery are just part of appeal of Lake Cumberland area

Lake Cumberland at Sunset (Photo from Kentuckytourism.com)   By Marty Rosen Special to KyForward   Some folks come to Somerset and Pulaski County in Kentucky because the sparkling waters of Lake Cumberland are known as the “Houseboat Capital of the World” – a place where friends and family can fish, play and find cozy anchorages under sunny (or starry) skies.   And it’s worth...