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Lexington Habitat for Humanity to celebrate another family’s completed home on Saturday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity will celebrate completed the construction of Joshua Muhonja and Charlotte Bihango’s new home on Saturday, July 13, from 2-3p.m. at 1805 Russell Cave Road in Lexington. The couple will share their new home with six of their children, who are all excited to have a yard where they can play soccer together. “Joshua and Charlotte understand that owning their home creates...

Georgetown Middle School teacher Erin Elizabeth Ball named Kentucky’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

Erin Elizabeth Ball, a language arts teacher at Georgetown Middle School in Scott County, is the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Ball has four years of teaching experience in Scott County Schools. Valvoline Inc™ and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) made the announcement May 20 at a ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Secretary of Education and Workforce Development Derrick...

Nine teachers are named semifinalists for 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year; winners on May 20

Nine outstanding educators from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline™ announced. Last year’s winners Winners of the Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year Awards, in addition to the overall 2020 Kentucky...

Valvoline names 24 Teacher Achievement Awards finalists to compete for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2020 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in May. “Valvoline is pleased to once again honor and recognize 24 of Kentucky’s most outstanding teachers....

This camping couple — and UK fans — likes life on the road and celebrated a stop at the Citrus Bowl

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ORLANDO, Fla. (KT) — Patrick Webb was tired of a normal routine. 
Following a 13-year career at Valvoline, Webb, formerly of Lexington, packed his bags and left for the Virgin Islands to start a new life.   
“I loved it, but just wanted a change and wanted out of that lifestyle,” he said. “I sold everything, my house, my car and saved money for a year and...

Two dozen Valvoline volunteers work their magic at Breckinridge Elementary for ‘JA in a Day’

Breckinridge Elementary welcomed some two dozen Valvoline employees for the pilot of “JA in a Day,” organized by Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass. In classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade, the volunteers led interactive lessons on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and business ownership. “It’s an exciting trial run to see how it goes,” Callie Miracle, JA’s program manager,...

Paul Laurence Dunbar music instructor Tiffany Marsh named state’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year

Tiffany Marsh, a vocal music teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar, is Kentucky’s 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. She was among three finalists for the overall statewide honor, which went to a special education teacher in Oldham County. Tiffany MarshCo-sponsors Valvoline and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcements during a May 15 ceremony at the Berry Mansion in Frankfort. Lt....

KY Department of Education, Valvoline seeking nominations for 2019 Kentucky Teacher Awards

The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc., sponsors of the Kentucky Teacher Awards, have opened the nomination process for the 2019 awards. Nominations may be submitted electronically at kentuckytoy.com and are due by Feb. 15. Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers,...

Cooper High School’s Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year; Furman takes elementary title

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcement Tuesday at a ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Director Mardi Montgomery; Commissioner of Education Stephen...

Bevin, Gray join celebration as Valvoline opens new $35 million world headquarters building in Lexington

Gov. Matt Bevin and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Thursday joined Valvoline Inc. executives and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new headquarters, a $35 million office on Valvoline Way off Palumbo Drive. “Kentucky is a premier location in America for corporate investment, and Valvoline’s decision to locate their world headquarters here stands as further proof of that,”...

Valvoline hosting dedication of its new $35 million world headquarters in Lexington Thursday

Valvoline Inc. will host a dedication of its new $35 million, 162,400-square-foot world headquarters at 11 a.m. EDT May 11. The ceremony makes official what is essentially the birth of a 150-year-old company and further roots Valvoline as a vital and important corporate citizen of Lexington and Kentucky. As a brand of premium lubricants, Valvoline has been headquartered in Lexington for more than...

Nine of state’s best educators named semifinalists for 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year award

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline has announced. Winners of the Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year Awards, in addition to the overall 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, will be announced...

Ashland to trim 800 jobs by end of the year through voluntary severance, job elimination

(Photo from Ashland)   Covington-based Ashland Inc. announced late Wednesday that 800 employees would leave the company by the end of 2014 either through voluntary severance packages or by job elimination.   The job cuts represent 8 percent of the company’s 15,000 employees around the globe. The announcement was part of Ashland’s second quarter preliminary financial report.   “Despite...