Robert Calfee, of Park City, stopped by his favorite retailer, Zack Express, on Sunday to check a stack of lottery tickets he’d accumulated. He said most of the tickets scanned “not a winner” until they came across the one, he’d purchased for Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, according to a press release received in email from Jennifer Cunningham, communications specialist with the Kentucky lottery.

ASHLAND Boyd County is just one of 67 counties in Robert Duncan Jr.’s district, but alarming numbers keep it firmly on his radar.

Providing a positive male role model for kids is always on Simon Vanderpool’s mind. That’s why the special education teacher at Harrison Elementary in Fayette County decided to start a new program, Books Barbers and Ballers, aimed at helping kids practice their reading skills.

In late September, police accused a truck driver of having a cellphone mounted on his dash playing a video that was distracting him when his tractor-trailer struck a jeep killing a Bedford man and seriously injuring his passenger.

State Budget Director John Chilton said Kentucky's tax collections in September decreased nearly $13 million from last year.

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Kentucky has the third highest rate of youth obesity in the nation. According to data released Thursday, 93,600 young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, a rate of 20.8%.

The opioid crisis has caused plenty of questions, but very few answers have been found so far. On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Senator Rand Paul joined local leaders in the war against opioids in a round-table discussion of what possible solutions can be found on all levels.

In September I announced aggressive changes to Western Kentucky University’s scholarship program, which will nearly double the percentage of our incoming freshman class receiving some type of institutional award.

The man accused of fatally shooting a fellow immigrant, then enlisting his cousin and estranged girlfriend to help burn the body has been sentenced to life in prison.

Fans of Madison County history enjoyed a blast from the past Sunday afternoon. At Union City Park in northwest Madison County, nearly 60 people gathered to witness the unveiling of a memorial marker for Andrew Tribble, one of the nation's great vaudeville performers.

With around 622,360 people in Kentucky labeled as food insecure -- lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food -- 18.6% of those are ages 50 to 59, making the commonwealth the highest ranked for food insecurity in this age range in the nation, according to a Feeding America Report.

Homecoming is always a great time of year for Eastern Kentucky University. I've spent most of my adult life on university campuses, and homecoming is special to me for this reason: it's a chance to remember and visit the places and people that transformed and shaped our lives and the lives of others.

Judge Debra Lambert, who has been chosen as one of EKU's Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award winners for 2019, humbly recognizes that many supportive people have helped and taught her.

Cincinnati-based Hollaender Manufacturing Company revealed Wednesday the company will set up an operation in a warehouse complex off University Drive in Somerset to manufacture its line of Speed-Rail® mechanical fittings. The railing manufacturer will invest $667,000 and plans to create 16 full-time, high-paying jobs.

Affordable housing for those with below-median incomes has been a lifetime mission for Eastern Kentucky University alumnus Rick McQuady. When he accepted the position of Kentucky Housing Corporation's Internal Auditor in 1985, thus began a decades-long career of making fair, safe, affordable housing a reality for more Kentucky families.

Sometimes our children and her students may have thought my wife had eyes in the back of her head. The doctors, though, only found those two on her face. They also found cataracts.

To his wife Hilda, Horace was a boozer who drank like a fish, but not the same thing. To his more understanding and humane friends, however, he was only a social drinker although, perhaps, more social than others. In any event, when he ambled into his favorite liquor store, one day, he fell back aghast at seeing his picture hanging on the wall, with an official state notice labeling him as an "Excessive Drinker" barring further sales of gifts of liquor to him.

Among the writing scrawled on the worn, frayed guitar case is the statement: "When I die, I'll go to heaven because I spent my time in hell VIETNAM-1966-67-68."

Many of us were told when we were young that children are to be seen and not heard.

Abortion. It is a nasty word. One definition in Webster's states, “Something regarded as horrifically or disgustingly bad.” A word rife with hatred and even violence. A taboo subject.

Middle of this week may see the hottest temperatures ever recorded in October. It follows the driest September on record, and maybe the hottest.

Nearly 800 Madison County fourth-graders took a walk in the Berea Pinnacles Friday morning and left that afternoon with knowledge and experience on the many different ways to create art.

Any discussion of mental health and suicide in America would not be complete without taking a close look at the mental health of young people. "Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death among middle and high school students in our nation," said Christi Sexton, LPCA. Sexton, who has 14 years of experience as a school counselor, is currently an intermediate and middle school counselor at Model Laboratory School in Richmond.

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK — Fourth-grade students at South Green Elementary spent most of the day Friday at Mammoth Cave National Park learning about the transfer of energy by taking part in a variety of activities, as well as taking a tour of the cave.

Given that suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in Kentucky, it's no wonder Katelyn Arvin is such a passionate advocate for quality mental health care. She shared some common warning signs of suicide and ways to help prevent suicide. "My biggest comment on mental health in general is that we as a culture have to learn how to respond to folks that are feeling this way without making them feel stigmatized," she said.

For many of my family and friends, Friday’s autumn evenings are devoted to high school football. Some are involved on the fields; some watch the game from the stands; some follow live play-by-play accounts on radio or TV.

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