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Today it’s 50 years: Men walked on face of the Moon and UK professors, grads were part of Apollo team

By Jenny Wells University of Kentucky Today marks 50 years since human beings first landed and walked on the surface of the moon. Nearly 650 million people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped down from the lunar module and left their footprints on the lunar surface. It was described by “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite as “the greatest adventure”...

UK agricultural meteorologist warns of livestock heat dangers across Kentucky through the weekend

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect highs to...

UK’s Western Kentucky summer forage tour to feature Ohio County farm revitalization in progress

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Participants who attend the University of Kentucky’s summer forage tour will see a farm revitalization in progress in Ohio County. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the D and D Farm in Horse Branch. Farm owners Bub and Lakayah Daugherty purchased the cattle operation in 2013 but quickly ran into productivity issues with unreliable sources for forages...

A&W Restaurants to locate global headquarters in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream

The new global headquarters for A&W Restaurants, Inc. — which is celebrating the centennial of its founding this year — will likely be the first company to locate in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream Research Campus. Linda Gorton“We’ve put a strong plan in place to attract new business and help local businesses grow at Coldstream,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It’s great...

UK volleyball chosen preseason favorite to repeat as SEC champion; Wildcats posted 26-5 mark in 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Defending Southeastern Conference champion Kentucky has been picked to win the 2019 SEC volleyball title, according to the SEC preseason coaches’ poll. The Wildcats, who finished 26-5 overall and 18-0 in the SEC last season, received 11 of the 13 first-place votes and 143 points in the preseason poll. Florida received two-first place votes and 132 points to finish second. Tennessee...

Visitation, funeral set for Jared Lorenzen, 38, at Northern Kentucky’s St. Pius Church on Wednesday

Jared Raymond Lorenzen, 38, of Ft. Thomas, KY, passed away on July 3, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. He was a graduate of Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky where he played football and was a star quarterback. Jared Lorenzen Jared was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray and Mary “Biz” Barth, Charyn Lonneman, and John and Emily Hermes; and his...

Several buildings at UK to remain closed through weekend after faulty transformer causes small fire

Four buildings near the center of the University of Kentucky campus will be closed until Monday after a damaged transformer caused a fire in one of the structures Thursday morning, resulting in a power outage impacting several facilities. About 10 a.m. Thursday morning, a transformer in Bowman Hall caught fire, causing a power outage in that facility, as well as a number of buildings along Rose Street....

UK alum Brian Barr spreading smiles around the world, working for SmileDirect Club

By Olivia Ramirez University of Kentucky Those who know Brian Barr, know him as the guy who gets the job done, the guy people rely on and the guy you go to when you want to have a good time. He has a big personality and loves to make people laugh and smile. As a student at the University of Kentucky, Barr met countless people who can vouch for his positive, friendly demeanor. He earned two degrees...

Thirteen former UK players to play in Las Vegas Summer League, tips off today

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When the Las Vegas Summer League tips off today, 13 former Kentucky players will be part of the event.   The league will feature all 30 NBA teams, including a pair of International squads. Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) and Wenyen Gabriel (Sacramento Kings) are currently playing in the California League. Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) is playing in the Salt Lake City...

United States Pony Club members get college scholarships for outstanding achievements

Six exceptional Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients were chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements for each opportunity. The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition,...

Sports community saddened by the loss of former Highlands, UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter When word got out that Jared Lorenzen passed away on Wednesday, John Messmer got calls from family and friends because he was one of Lorenzen’s coaches and teachers at Highlands High School. “He was very much a competitor,” Messmer said. “He was all about team play and doing whatever he could to put his team in  position to be successful.” Jared...

UK graduate Elizabeth Woodward selected president of Kentucky Society of CPAs

Elizabeth Woodward has been selected president of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and began her one-year term on July 1. Woodward was recognized as the new president on June 14 at the organization’s Leadership Luncheon and Annual Members Meeting at The Olmsted in Louisville. Elizabeth Woodward Woodward obtained her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting...

Former UK guard Tyler Herro makes impressive start, scores 18 in first NBA Summer League Game

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyler Herro was impressive in his professional debut. The former University of Kentucky guard scored 18 points and knocked down five 3-pointers on 10 attempts to lead the Miami Heat to a 106-79 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA Summer League game. Herro wasn’t afraid to take shots, a trait that impressed Miami’s summer league coaching staff. Tyler Herro scored...

Former Highlands, UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen hospitalized with serious medical issues

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Jared Lorenzen, a record-setting quarterback for Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky, was admitted to the hospital Friday with serious medical issues and placed in an intensive care unit. Jared Lorenzen A statement released by his family reads: “Jared is battling an infection, kidney and heart issues. He is fighting with everything he has...

As a result of wild springtime weather, horse owners need to think about future hay supplies now

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Wild weather in the Midwest has left livestock producers on the hunt for hay very early in the year. As a result, horse owners may not have as easy a time finding it when they need it later this year. “With the weather conditions across the Midwest and western U.S., the hay crop may be less than what is normal,” said Bob Coleman, University of Kentucky College...

Fort Thomas resident McKenna Miller earns Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship from Pony Club

Six exceptional Pony Club members — including Fort Thomas resident McKenna Miller — were awarded college scholarships through the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients were chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements...

Allen named dean of Campbellsville’s School of Education; Flanagan to chair graduate programs

Campbellsville University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donna Hedgepath has announced Dr. Lisa Allen as dean of the university’s School of Education, and Dr. Valerie Flanagan as the chair of the school’s graduate programs. Both become effective July 1. Allen was first employed by the university in 2011 as an assistant professor of education. She has served as interim dean for...

Rural hospitals remain at risk of closure; Medicare won’t pay hospital rates for scaled-down services

Rural hospital closures are a growing trend, and federal policies don’t support a model that would include a scaled-back version of services. But that’s what many rural hospitals need to do in order to ensure their future, Mary Meehan reports for Ohio Valley ReSource, a public-radio partnership that covers Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, especially their Appalachian areas. “The reality...

UK to host Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day on July 23 at Princeton Research and Education Farm

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day is set for July 23 at the UK Research and Education Center Farm in Princeton. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CDT. Tours begin at 7:50 a.m. and will offer producers more in-depth, educational options related to grain crops and tobacco production. UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists...

Duane Curry appointed deputy commissioner of Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction

Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Gail Russell has announced the appointment of Duane Curry as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, effective immediately. Curry, who replaces former Deputy Commissioner Tim House, has served as Director of the Division of Building Code Enforcement since his appointment to HBC in January 2016. As Director, Curry was...