The story behind east Kentucky’s herd of free-roaming horses

Free-roaming horses in eastern Kentucky interact with visitors who come to see them and often feed them.

For more than 30 years horses have been roaming the hills and mountains of eastern Kentucky. And it’s not just a few either.

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The unlikely scoring machine from Phelps High School

Ervin Stepp from little Phelps High School in Pike County holds the national prep two-year scoring record with a 50.3 average. In 1979 he averaged 53 points per game.

March in Kentucky means its basketball frenzy time. Even for those who don’t eat and breathe the sport, there’s no escaping it. For hoops it’s not a matter of choice.

When it comes to high school hoops, most are familiar with legends King Kelly Coleman and Richie Farmer from the mountains of eastern Kentucky, but there’s another legend who for some reason hasn’t attained the status he probably deserves.

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Kentucky’s national parks serve as beacons for tourists

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist.

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist.

Kentucky is proud of its 38 State Parks, but it also likes to pump up its relationship with a handful of significant national park attractions that have become beacons while drawing visitors here.

Of course most Kentuckians are aware that Mammoth Cave (270.758.2180) in Edmonson County is one of the state’s biggest draws.

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The 1972 Olympic Games will never be forgotten

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Kentuckian Kenny Davis was captain of the U.S. Olympic mens’ basketball team in 1972.

When the men’s Olympic basketball team takes the court in Rio this month few of its players, and perhaps even fewer of the fans, will remember what took place 44 years ago at the 1972 Games in Munich, Germany.

There has never been such an Olympics, before or since. Swimmer Mark Spitz won an unheard of seven gold medals, gymnast Olga Korbut from Russia burst onto the world scene, and the U.S. men’s basketball team lost to the Russians in the most controversial game ever played.

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The underappreciated and lost legacy of Blanton Collier

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist.

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist.

Who would have thought when the Cleveland Browns won the NFL title back in 1964 that it would be another 52 years before the city would claim another major professional sports championship?

Though it might have seemed like 100 years to some, it took the Cleveland Cavaliers to rid Cleveland, sometimes called the “mistake on the lake,” of the jinx.

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My round-about connection to The Babe

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist. I can’t let a baseball season go by without telling of my connection to Babe Ruth. No, I didn’t actually know him . . . never met him . . . never saw him play. But in a round-about way I really did have [...]

There are many quality places to eat in Kentucky

In the 1930s, 40’s, and well into the 50’s dining out was considered a luxury, something done on special occasions. But as lifestyles began to change so did the restaurant business. The Bluebird Café in Stanford, Ky. With more women stepping out of the kitchen and into the workforce, local eateries emerged as did chain restaurants, both recognizing that we were becoming a society on the move. […]

Frankfort: It’s about more than just politics

Gary West is an author and News Journal columnist. It’s a good thing that Frankfort is much more than politics. If it was just all of the chit-chat that comes out of our state’s capital city, I’m not sure many would want to visit. For sure this city of 27,000 permanent residents is [...]