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Derek Anderson, Nate Northington, and Ralph Hacker inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

Derek Anderson, Nate Northington, and Ralph Hacker inducted into Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame inducted six new members last night, with three of them being former University of Kentucky legends.

The Wildcats included? Former Kentucky basketball star Derek Anderson, UK football trailblazer Nate Northington, and Kentucky radio legend Ralph Hacker.

The 42nd KSOF class was officially introduced last night, with former Louisville football star Deion Branch, KSU legend William Exum, and U.S. Olympian Willis Augustus Lee.

Here were the former Wildcats last night:

Anderson, a Louisville native, won a national championship at Kentucky in 1996 before playing in the NBA for 11 years, winning a title with the Miami Heat in 2006.

Northington was an all-state high school football player before playing at Kentucky, where he became the first African-American ever to play in an SEC football game.

To round out the UK representatives, Hacker was a long-time radio color analyst and did play-by-play for the University of Kentucky.

Congratulations to the former Wildcats for their impressive achievement!


Photo: Little League

Bowling Green eliminated in the Little League World Series

Photo: Little League

Bowling Green’s Little League World Series dreams have unfortunately come to an end.

Following the team’s 6-1 loss to New England this afternoon, Bowling Green East has been eliminated from contention.

Bowling Green – who turned into Great Lakes for the LLWS – managed just two hits on the day, while New England ended game with eight total, led by three from Lucas Tanous.

New England’s Owen Pfeffer pitched a complete game, finishing with seven strikeouts, two hits, two walks, and zero earned runs.

As for Great Lakes, Jameson Napper and Luke Idlett made up the team’s two hits on the day.

Kentucky made its 10th LLWS appearance overall and its first since 2016, with the state’s record now moving to 14-20 all time in the event. Bowling Green East made its third trip to Williamsport, with all three of them coming in the past five years alone. Led by manager Rick Kelley, Bowling Green won two games in both 2015 and 2016.

The team had been a perfect 14-0 going into the weekend, including a 3-0 finish at Regionals.

Great Lakes lost on Friday afternoon to Minnesota in the double-elimination event.


The pictures of the gas line explosion in Lincoln County are nuts

Photo by Matt Wood

By now, you’ve probably heard about the natural gas pipeline explosion that happened early this morning in Lincoln County. The explosion killed a 58-year-old woman, injured at least five, and destroyed five residences in the Indian Camp Trailer Park in Moreland near the Boyle County line. If you haven’t seen the pictures and videos yet, stop what you’re doing and take a look:

NEW: These pictures are from a hazmat team on scene of the pipeline explosion in Lincoln County. You can see that massive pipeline in the pictures. Pure devastation.

Posted by Dalton Godbey on Thursday, August 1, 2019

This drone footage of the destruction from the Herald-Leader is chilling:

The fire was so intense it even showed up on the National Weather Service’s satellite:

The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation. Thank goodness more people weren’t hurt.


Photo via Reddit

Blue Arby’s near Kentucky’s campus closes

Photo via Reddit

If you’ve ever been around UK’s campus, you’ve seen the Blue Arby’s on Limestone across from campus. Built in 1994, the building has stood as an homage to the Wildcats, bucking the traditional Arby’s red for Kentucky blue…until now.

The Herald-Leader is reporting that the Blue Arby’s has closed, the second location to shutter its doors this year. Don’t worry; there are still nine Arby’s across Lexington, so plenty of places to get your curly fry fix. Given all the changes happening around Kentucky’s campus, it’s not really that surprising, and I don’t think I ever ate there, but looking at the pictures on the Herald-Leader’s website still made me a little sad.

Change happens, right?

[Herald-Leader]


See Kentucky’s Top Three Scorers at NBA2Lou Bourbon Signing in Lexington

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Three of the best players to ever suit up for the University of Kentucky are collaborating to promote the movement to bring the NBA to Louisville.

Dan Issel, Jack Givens and Kenny Walker — the only three men’s basketball players to ever score more than 2,000 points in a UK uniform — will be signing bourbon bottles Saturday, July 27 at the Liquor Barn in Hamburg from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The legendary trio is signing bottles of Yellowstone 18 from Limestone Distillery. The 100 proof single barrel bourbon whiskey is a limited release that promotes the NBA2Lou movement. If you can’t attend the event but would love to join the grassroots movement, get involved by becoming an ambassador at NBA2Lou.com.


University of Kentucky Dorms are Overbooked after Record Enrollment

Kentucky’s campus has quickly outgrown itself.

After investing millions of dollars into revitalizing campus with a new student center, science building and state of the art dormitories, UK is running out of room to house students. There are more than 5,240 freshmen currently enrolled for fall semester classes and a record 2,425 students returning to on-campus housing, leaving UK housing with at least 500 overbooked room assignments.

UK spokesperson Jay Blanton told LEX-18 the problem is only temporary.

“The value of a University of Kentucky degree is exemplified by our record first-year enrollment and record retention rates. More students, both first-year and returning, want to live in our on-campus housing because we know that decision results in higher grade point averages and great academic success. The result is a temporary capacity issue. With student success as our core value, our residence life and housing staff are developing solutions in partnership with our resident advisers. We will communicate a more specific plan this week and will be communicating directly with students and parents. We will honor our obligations and ensure that UK students who have a fall 2019 housing application to live on campus will receive an assignment.”

While UK works to find a permanent solution for each student before the beginning of the fall semester, they’re converting other residence hall rooms into dorms. Some study rooms and single rooms for resident advisors (RAs) are transforming into two-person dorm rooms. Those who will not receive the expected room accommodations will save just under $800 a semester and receive an additional $200 in flex money to spend on campus dining.

You’ll never believe this, but it’s made some prospective students BIG MAD.

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition on Change.org, “Kentucky’s RA’s Demand Better.” One disgruntled student has created an Instagram page titled, “uk_housing_sucks.” This page has filed 17 grievances with UK’s Housing authority. The images of the living conditions will haunt parents who are forced to send their child to live in such a desolate environment.

 

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If you could not sniff that sarcasm, you probably didn’t live in the Kirwin-Blanding Complex, Haggin-Donovan or the old North Campus complex that did not have air-conditioning.

The new dorms are immaculate. It’s a shame not every person will get to experience them right away. For those who drew the short straw, consider it the first (and likely the easiest) life lesson you’ll learn in college.

[LEX-18 and Courier-Journal]


Kentucky State Police need help defending the title

The “Best Looking Cruiser Contest” contest is back and the Kentucky State Police needs your votes so it can win the title for the second year in a row.

The KSP won last year’s title for best looking whip by edging out the fine men and women of the Georgia State Police in a Facebook poll. Kentucky had 29.9k likes to Georgia’s 29k likes, a narrow victory for the Bluegrass.

This year, the poll moved to its own website where you can see all 50 cruisers and place your vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.

Do so right here. It is very important and maybe it will get you out of a ticket one day, should you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law (which you shouldn’t).


Earthquake reported near the Kentucky/Tennessee border

Earthquake reported near the Kentucky/Tennessee border

Does the KSR curse carry over to seismic activities?

This morning, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was reported along the Kentucky/Tennessee border near, of all towns, Middlesboro, the site of yesterday’s radio show. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake happened at 11:23 a.m. about six miles west of New Tazewell, Tennessee, which is approximately 12.5 miles south of Middlesboro, Matt’s hometown.

Apparently, you’ll only notice a 3.0 magnitude earthquake if you’re sitting still or lying down. Hanging objects may sway a little. If you did feel something, you can report it here.

Even the ground’s got something to say about Matt potentially running for office.


Runaway pigs shut down traffic in Louisville

Runaway pigs shut down traffic in Louisville

A section of I-65 in Louisville shut down this morning due to runaway pigs on the I-64/I-71 ramp.

Yes, runaway pigs.

A semi carrying a load of pigs overturned, sending the adorable little animals into traffic. The interstate had to be closed in that area to round them all up. You can catch a glimpse of the scene in this screen grab from a TRIMARC camera, via Wave 3 News.

(Photo: WAVE 3 News)

If you were one of the many who were late for work due to the spill, how in the world did you explain that one to the boss?