Articles by JackieBentley

American Pharoah Returns to Louisville’s Churchill Downs

Louisville, Ky., – With his date with racing history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on the near horizon, Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness (GI) winner American Pharoah returned to Churchill Downs on Monday to prepare for the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile stepped off a van around 2:30 p.m. (all times EDT) at the track that has been his training center since his arrival for the Kentucky Derby on April 27.  American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2 and…


Louisville-based Kentucky Fried Chicken Celebrates 75 Years

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Seventy-five years ago a feisty 65-year-old chicken salesman (once a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, an amateur obstetrician, a political candidate and a ferryboat entrepreneur, among other professions) set out to give his neighbors the best fried chicken out there. A decade later that secret recipe and his finger lickin’ good® fried chicken made Colonel Sanders one of the most recognizable men in the world. “One of things that kept me going in those days was the conviction that my Kentucky Fried Chicken® was good—good for the restaurant owner and…


Louisville’s Annual Walk MS Set for May 30th

Louisville, Ky., – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Kentucky-Southeast Indiana Chapter is hosting its annual Walk MS Louisville on Saturday May 30, 2015. The event will kick at Waterfront Park – Festival Plaza at 8AM with 15 different vendors and 2000 participants in a festival like atmosphere. The Walk officially begins at 10AM.   Krispy Kreme will dip donuts in fresh chocolate with sprinkles and Jason’s Deli will provide water and fruit.  Bounce houses, face painting and games are also available free of charge to the public.  Lunch will be served free to all participants immediately following the walk courtesy of…


Thousands of Louisville High School Seniors Sign on to College

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Nearly 1,500 college-bound seniors in Louisville have been recognized for their commitment to go to college and earn a degree. The students were honored at a celebration Monday at the KFC Yum! Center. Jefferson County Public Schools, the KFC Yum! Center and 55,000 Degrees – Louisville’s education movement – joined forces to host College Signing Day. “It’s always exciting when you see people gather around when a high school athlete signs on for college,” said Mayor Greg Fischer, chairman of 55,000 Degrees. “But this event recognizes that every college decision is exciting! These students are not only…


Second Disaster Recovery Center To Open In Louisville

Louisville, Ky., – A second disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Monday, May 18, in Jefferson County. The new Jefferson center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT) weekdays and Saturday. It is located at 205 W. Wellington Ave. (Beechmont Community Center) in Louisville. The other Louisville center is located at 8501 Preston Highway and has the same hours of operation. Specialists from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance…


Kentucky Humane Society Partners with Active Heroes to Help Dogs & Veterans

Louisville, Ky., – Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) has announced a new dog training program that matches veterans and active military personnel with at-risk shelter dogs. KHS is partnering with Active Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing military suicides, on this new initiative. The Patriot Rehabilitation of Untrained Dogs (PROUD) program will train participants how to provide behavioral rehabilitation to shelter dogs that are considered difficult to adopt because of behavioral issues. These issues may include extreme shyness and fear, lack of manners, overstimulation, hyperactivity or barrier reactivity—meaning they bark, growl or lunge while in a kennel but not when they are…


Three Louisville Schools Awarded Thousands of Dollars In Grant Money

MCLEAN, Va., May 18, 2015 — Five student teams from middle and high schools around the country have won the third annual Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge and will be awarded $25,000 each for their schools’ nonprofit of choice engaged in hunger relief, and $20,000 in technology products for their school.  Lead2Feed is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free service learning program which aims to solve world hunger by teaching leadership skills to students. Since its inception in 2012, nearly a million students in 3,500 schools and clubs participated across all 50 states donating more than 22,000 volunteer hours and…


Superhero Night Headlines Louisville Bats 10-Game Homestand

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will host their first ever Superhero Night on Saturday, May 23 against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats will wear special superhero-themed jerseys to be auctioned the following week with proceeds benefiting Dare to Care. Over 20 superheroes will be available in costume on Superhero Night for meet-and-greet and photo opportunities. Fans dressed in costume as superheroes will receive $3 off a field reserved ticket when buying at the ticket windows. The Bats will open their homestand with three games against the Norfolk Tides on Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20. On that Monday, the Senior PGA…


Mayor Fischer announces $12 million plan to build affordable housing in Louisville

LOUISVILLE – With a pledge to begin tackling Louisville’s affordable housing crisis, Mayor Greg Fischer today proposed a $12 million initiative called Louisville Creating Affordable Residences for Economic Success, or Louisville CARES, which would create 1,500 housing units over two years, construction jobs throughout the community and security and stability for many Louisville families. “Having decent, safe and affordable housing is the most basic need for families,” Fischer said.  “Yet, in Louisville, that home is out of reach for too many of our families, too many of our citizens and too many of our children. Louisville CARES is a down…


Louisville Teacher Garners National Recognition

Louisville, Ky., – Kitty Head, an instructor with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Adult & Continuing Education, received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award last month during the Commission on Adult Basic Education Conference in Denver. The award recognizes Head as an avid student advocate who reaches students on a personal level to better understand their needs and guide them to the skills and training necessary to reach their individual goals. Head teaches science, social studies, math, and language arts. Information on the JCPS Adult & Continuing Education Program is available at http://adulted4u.com/. Here is the commission’s biography…