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KCTCS colleges extend remote learning, postpone graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 outbreak

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) are committed to maintaining the health and safety of their students, faculty and staff. That’s why all colleges will continue to offer online/remote classes through the last day of instruction, which is May 2, and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4–10. Additionally, employees...

Murray State students stay up late for Up ‘til Dawn event, raise more than $50,000 for St. Jude

Murray State University students participated in the Up ‘til Dawn event on Feb. 22, raising more than $50,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 100 students came to Racer Arena in John W. Carr Hall to stay up from midnight to 6 a.m. to honor and acknowledge St. Jude Research Hospital patients who have had sleepless nights. Each student was asked to raise $100 to qualify...

KHIP: Nearly 8 in 10 Kentucky adults believe schools should help students access health services

Kentucky adults continue to support schools as a resource for helping families get health care services for their children, according to the Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Eight in 10 said schools should play a more active role in this effort, an opinion that has held steady over the last decade. KHIP, an annual telephone poll of Kentucky adults about health and health policy issues, is sponsored jointly...

Alison Lundergan Grimes recognizes J. Graham Brown School with 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes presented students from J. Graham Brown School the 2019 Georgia Davis Powers Award on Wednesday. In 2016, Grimes created the Georgia Davis Powers Award, honoring the late state Senator Georgia Davis Powers, the first African-American and woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. The award is presented to schools with 100 percent of eligible students registered...

BCTC holds ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate opening of food pantry, career closet for students

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of The Heart of BCTC, a food pantry and career closet for students. The Heart of BCTC was born from the dream of a BCTC graduate and the hard work of staff and faculty who believe in Helping Everyone Attain Resources Together (HEART). Many college students across the nation, and in Central Kentucky,...

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized “Getting the Facts” report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting the Facts” provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six...

Lt. Gov. Hampton presents 2019 LGEC champion trophy to Trigg County High School students

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton presented the champion trophy for the 2019 Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) to first-place team G-CAN at Trigg County High School last week. The team, comprised of students Grace Knight and Cade Bleidt, was advised by teacher Lori Ricks. Each student won $15,000 in scholarships to be used at any in-state post-secondary school or program. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 20–26 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month, and this year Kentucky Safe Schools Week is focusing on kindness, unity and empathy. Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for Oct. 20–26. This year’s theme is “Our Safety Story!” and the Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and...

EKU launches ‘Make No Little Plans’ fundraising campaign; three pledges total nearly $5 million

Eastern Kentucky University’s public phase of its comprehensive fundraising campaign launched at a gala at the University Center for the Arts on Sept. 27 with three new pledges totaling nearly $5 million. Entitled “Make No Little Plans — The Campaign for EKU,” the goal was announced as $50 million by EKU Foundation Board Chair and campaign chair Maribeth Berman. Berman announced that $39 million...

Murray State Department of Music will host 13th Fall Fanfare concert Sept. 21 in Lovett Auditorium

The Murray State University Department of Music will host the 13th annual Fall Fanfare concert on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. The annual event raises money to fund scholarships for music students and features the Murray State orchestra, choirs, percussion ensemble, flute quartet, concert band, jazz combos, marching band and more. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, while children...

Commentary: Fayette Co. Schools failing to improve student performance despite spending, tax increases

By Dan Rose and Ron Vissing Special to KyForward The Fayette County public school system (FCPS) is failing to improve student performance despite years of higher spending and taxes. Yet the system continues to increase taxes and spending every year with no accountability to taxpayers or the public at large. Again, for 2019-20, FCPS has indicated it intends to take advantage of the automatic 4 percent...

Mini farm at Elliott County High School helps bring agriculture back to Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A mini farm at Elliott County High School is teaching students business and entrepreneurship skills they can use in their future careers and showing residents how they can use agriculture to improve their lives. The mini farm is a project of Gary Selby, the high school’s agriculture teacher, and Keith Center, an agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative...

JA Miss Business workshop connects local high school students with professional women

Dozens of high school students learned more about themselves and how best to design their life path at the second annual JA Miss Business, a workshop hosted by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. This daylong event encourages young women to seek meaningful and dynamic leadership careers and to embrace mentorships and professional development activities. “We really want them to know that no matter...

Aaron Thompson: Setbacks are inevitable, but on this Martin Luther King Day, let us celebrate progress

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would have just celebrated his 90th birthday. Inevitably, I find myself wondering how Dr. King would rate America’s progress in achieving social and racial justice. The election of our first black president in 2008 was a watershed event that reminded us of just how far we’ve come since the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which abolished Jim Crow laws that...

Unlimited green fees — Kentucky State Parks golf trail cards available for 2019

Golfers can enjoy a full year of play at all 13 courses operated by Kentucky State Parks with trail cards that provide unlimited green fees. The trail cards are sold at all state park golf courses and are valid through Dec. 31, 2019. Cards start at $990 for senior players (62 and older) and are for unlimited play. An unlimited single card costs $1,100. For more information on the trail card, call...

As school begins, Better Business Bureau is offering tips to protect students from ID theft

Classes are beginning for many students across the Bluegrass this week. Whether they are in elementary school or in college, Better Business Bureau serving Central and Eastern Kentucky is warning parents that a student can be a prime target for identity theft. “Children are especially good targets for ID theft because they have zero credit history and no questionable banking transactions in their...

Kentucky implements new immunization requirements for students in upcoming school year

As students prepare to head back to school this month, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is reminding parents and caregivers to make sure children and teens are up-to-date on their vaccines. Kentucky’s vaccine requirements for school entry, which is modeled after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include new requirements for Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines. “We encourage...

Kentucky students honored for posters, essays that show how foods get ‘From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate’

Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that show how foods get “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony last week at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Each winner received a $100 check from Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, a meal featuring foods from Kentucky Proud producers, and tickets to the Lexington Legends baseball...

UK student musicians produce, record, and release CD Songs Without Words

At the encouragement of their trombone professor, a group of four UK School of Music students and recent graduates transcribed, performed and produced the CD Songs Without Words, which was released earlier this summer. (Photo provided)   At the encouragement of their trombone professor, a group of four University of Kentucky School of Music students and recent graduates transcribed, performed...

Congressman Barr announces Congressional Art Competition for high school students

Congressman Andy Barr announced the Congressional Art Competition which is open to all high school students in the Sixth District.   The overall winner will have his or her work displayed in the United States Capitol for the next year. It will represent the Sixth Congressional District of Kentucky among hundreds of pieces from other congressional districts throughout the country.   The winner...