Charlotte Henson, producer and president of Pioneer Playhouse, dies at 93

BY: - February 16, 2024

Charlotte Hutchison Henson, the matriarch of the historic Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, has died. She was 93. Charlotte Henson, with her late husband, Col. Eben Henson, brought Broadway to the Bluegrass by establishing what is now Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater. It has attracted hundreds of young actors over the years, including John Travolta, Lee Majors, […]

Bill would save Kentucky consumers money, help independent pharmacies survive, says sponsor

BY: - February 12, 2024

Four years after leading the effort to cut corporate middlemen out of the prescription drug business for Kentucky’s Medicaid program, Sen. Max Wise now is taking aim at those same companies’ role in private health insurance. Noting his Senate Bill 50, enacted in 2020, resulted in millions of dollars in savings to Kentucky Medicaid, Wise, […]

Lexington seeking public artwork to commemorate its 250th birthday next year

BY: - February 5, 2024

In honor of the 250th anniversary of its founding next year, Lexington is seeking proposals for an outdoor work of art to be placed in the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. “Lexington has a long history with the arts, and a new work of art in the heart of downtown for our city’s 250th anniversary […]

Unafraid of death, former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll reflects on his long political life

BY: - November 23, 2023

FRANKFORT — At age 92, former Kentucky Gov. Julian Carroll sits in a recliner at his Franklin County home, talking about his glory years in politics and the six-page program-in-progress on a nearby stand. The program is entitled “Julian Morton Carroll: A Lifetime of Public Service.” It contains a portrait of him, his bio and […]

Author, historian Jill Lepore will deliver Clements lecture at UK library Tuesday

BY: - September 11, 2023

University of Kentucky Libraries will welcome essayist, author and professor of history Jill Lepore for the 2023 Earle C. Clements Lecture-Symposium on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Drawing from her book, “The Deadline: Essays,” Lepore will reflect on the relationship between America’s past and its fractious present, exploring such difficult questions as “Why does impeachment no longer work?” and […]

Segregated Lexington: Then and what now?

BY: - July 31, 2023

LEXINGTON — On Friday, May 17, 1907, the Lexington Leader ran an ad promoting a new subdivision. “Mentelle Park is the only perfectly appointed and finished residence park ever attempted in Lexington,” it proclaimed.  The joys of the park were extolled:  “model macadam roads … streets curbed with Bedford stone … splendid forest and shade […]

Navy Seaman 1st Class Elmer P. Lawrence comes home from Pearl Harbor

BY: - July 21, 2023

For decades, Elmer P. Lawrence was unaccounted for after dying at Pearl Harbor. Now, he’ll be buried this weekend 13 minutes from his hometown.  The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which works to identify soldiers lost, announced in June that its scientists had identified Lawrence in 2021 and would send him home for burial.  Navy Seaman […]

Legislative hearing on Medicaid dental expansion canceled

BY: - July 13, 2023

A public hearing on Gov. Andy Beshear’s plan to have Medicaid cover more dental, vision and hearing services for adults scheduled Friday, July 14, has been canceled. The hearing by the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee was to have been held at 1 p.m. in Frankfort for comments on Beshear’s plan that expands Medicaid to pay […]

Resistance was everywhere in Kentucky. Enslavers advertised it daily.

BY: - July 4, 2023

LEXINGTON — Throughout the late spring of this year a group of nine University of Kentucky students did work that no one had ever done before.  They scrolled through digital copies of early Kentucky newspapers, looking for advertisements seeking the return of people who had fled slavery, to record and preserve them. “Ran away last […]

Echoing history, reliance upon travel rises for abortion care post-Dobbs

BY: - June 22, 2023

Editor’s note: This report is part of a special States Newsroom series on abortion access one year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down the federal right to abortion. When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Dobbs decision one year ago, people of childbearing age in states across the country suddenly faced what seemed […]

Kentucky politicians mark Juneteenth as Beshear calls on legislature to make it a state holiday

BY: - June 19, 2023

Kentucky leaders on both sides of the political spectrum celebrated Juneteenth by discussing African American history and calling the holiday a mark of progress toward equality.  Gov. Andy Beshear signed a proclamation recognizing Monday as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Kentucky in the Capitol Rotunda.  Those who joined Beshear included Senate Minority Floor Leader Gerald […]


Bearing flowers and tradition, the next generation takes on the duty of Decoration Day

BY: - May 29, 2023

This story was first published in The Daily Yonder on May 21, 2021 and is is republished here under a Creative Commons license. While their friends are cannonballing into the city pool this weekend, my sons will spend the day in an Eastern Kentucky cemetery, placing flowers on the graves of relatives they never knew. […]