Austin, Ky – Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese is the stuff of legend for many cheese lovers in the region. Kenny Mattingly started making cheese 11 years ago in rural Barren County, and after some tough times, his business caught the wave of interest in locally-produced food. Kevin Willis visited the Mattingly farm to learn more about the story behind the cheese.
Ft. Knox, Ky – A ceremony at Ft. Knox Friday honored victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks eight years ago. The anniversary is especially meaningful for PFC Todd Blanco, who has just graduated from basic training at Ft. Knox. Blanco says he always wanted to join the army, but instead stayed home to raise a family. His children went on to join the military, and now--at the age of 40--Blanco is joining them. Lisa Autry reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – Some WKU karst researchers are playing a key role in improving the water quality in some Chinese provinces. Dr. Chris Groves is the Director of the Hoffman Institute at WKU. He says many of the water research projects conducted in Southcentral Kentucky can be helpful to researchers in China. Dan Modlin has this report.
Bowling Green – Kentucky's graduation rate is improving, but still, some 6500 students quit school last year, entering an uncertain job market without a high school diploma. Dropout prevention is the focus of a summit in Frankfort later this week hosted by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear. Lisa Autry reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – The Carol Martin Gatton Academy for Math and Science in Kentucky is now in its third year on the campus of WKU. Some of the best high school juniors and seniors take classes alongside WKU undergraduates, and engage in research projects with school faculty. After they graduate from Gatton, students can attend college anywhere. Kevin Willis has this report on the decision facing Gatton graduates: should they stay on at WKU, or pursue higher education elsewhere?
Bowling Green, Ky – Erich Kunzel's recordings have been played thousands of times at WKU Public Radio. The prolific conductor of the Cincinnati Pops passed away recently at the age of 74. WKU Public Radio Music Director Lee Stott has this remembrance of the man and his musical legend.
Hopkinsville, Ky – The annual Trail of Tears Pow-Wow is being held in Hopkinsville this weekend. In this report, Dan Modlin tells us about the event in western Kentucky, and we hear from retired WKU History Professor Robert Haynes, who talks about the history behind the Trail of Tears and forced Native American resettlement.
Bowling Green, Ky – President Obama addressed many of the nation's elementary and high school students Tuesday, in something billed as a sort of back-to-school pep talk for young people. Some conservative parents say they're worried the President wants to push a political agenda during the address. Joe Corcoran reports.
Bowling Green, Ky – The WKU Hilltoppers football team will face many challenges this season--possibly none bigger than opening up on the road at the University of Tennessee. Dan Modlin has this preview of the team, and coach and player comments about the season opener.
Bowling Green, Ky – Dan Modlin brings us a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a minor-league baseball play-by-play announcer. We meet Tom Gauthier, the announcer for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, and Keith Elkins of the Lexington Legends. According to them, one of the hardest things to do is identify the different types of pitches being thrown during the game.