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Friday, March 20th, 2015

Small group of volunteers doing big things

Rebecca Webb couldn’t push aside a deep need to help young people before and after they are snared in a web of violence. “That stayed on my heart,” Webb said. “I couldn’t let it go or it wouldn’t let me go.” A retired registered nurse, Webb said she was studying how to start her own […]

Friday, March 20th, 2015

First 13th Amendment matter of politics, not humanity

In an effort to pacify Southern states that were showing serious signs of seceding from the Union, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed the first 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1861 that would have made slavery binding and permanent in many states. Now referred to as the Corwin Amendment because […]

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Conn. school founder wants to make things happen in Kentucky

Steve Perry, principal and founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., has been in demand as a speaker for several years, mainly because the public school he founded in 2005 boasts of sending all of its graduates to a four-year college or university. But he also has his share of critics, mainly teachers […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Ex-felons shouldn’t be made to pay their whole lives long

Floyd Carr, a carpentry contractor in Richmond, has been turned down for work 75 times in the 18 years he’s been out of prison. “It happens every day,” he said. “I went to Winchester Friday and put in an application. But the company said it was drug and felony free.” Carr, the owner of Carr’s […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Festival’s final two films are of historic events; one has been re-scheduled

Since Feb. 1, One World Film Festival has been presenting films which are chosen to challenge how we think about cultural, social, ethnic, political and gender issues. The non-profit organization has been doing that since it was formed in 1998. This year, only two showings remain, both at the Kentucky Theatre, both this week, and, […]

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Lift Conference is crash course on college, future for students, parents

I visited with a group of high school students recently, trying to get them to focus on their futures. Failing to focus is not an option. Afterward, their advisor became emotional when he talked about a couple of seniors who had not ­applied to any colleges or for any grants or scholarships, and they were […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

If film starts dialogue about black gay issues, it succeeds

Only three members of Bluegrass Black Pride walked as a gay contingent in the Roots and Heritage Parade last year in Lexington, but Thomas Tolliver put it on his list of 2014 highlights. The group has been making concerted efforts to raise the visibility of black gays and lesbians locally. “The white gay community has […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Story of UK’s black football trailblazers subject of CBS film

By the time I entered the University of Kentucky as a freshman in 1969, the football team had been integrated and UK had become the first Southeastern Conference team to have black players. Nate Northington from Louisville and Greg Page from Middlesboro were the first black players awarded football scholarships at UK after a concerted […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Women make educating Kenyan girls their mission

Carolyn Witt Jones and Jo Robertson were only casual acquaintances before their mission trip to Kenya in 2011. “Carolyn was going alone, and I didn’t know her very well,” Robertson said. “I wanted to go on safari. So I said I will go with you if you will go on a safari with me.” Both […]

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Agency’s fundraiser helps refugees re-settle in Lexington

With the help of an interpreter, Joel Rosales, a refugee from Cuba, explained how he came to paint a chair, one of about 16 that will be auctioned to benefit the Kentucky Refugee Ministries in Lexington. During one of the classes refugees are required to attend to help their transition to America, Rosales said his […]