Memoirs: Forgy Dies, Maya Angelou Ward, Army Bounties, Student Loan Settlement, Capitol Riot, More
Larry Forgy dies at 82
Larry Forgy, a Kentucky political legend, has died aged 82 in a British hospital after being in poor health for some time. Her sister, Senator Alice Forgy Kerr, announced her death on Facebook.
Forgy was a strong figure on the political scene for over 35 years and had a gift for speaking out. He served in former Governor Louie Nunn’s cabinet from 1967 to 1971, when he was still in his twenties. He served as budget director and chief adviser to Nunn.
He ran for governor three times in the Republican primary and most recently was the Republican candidate in 1995, losing the race to Paul Patton.
He was a partner in the law firms Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Louisville and Stoll, Keenon & Park in Lexington; board member of Front, Brown & Todd in Lexington and the Sheffer Law Firm in Louisville. He later died the Frankfurt law firm of L. Forgy & Associates.
He was chairman of the Kentucky campaigns for former President Ronald Reagans and a member of the Republican National Committee.
Neighborhood Maya Angelou
The U.S. Mint said this week that it began shipping quarters featuring poet Maya Angelou, the first coins in its American Women’s Quarters program.
Angelou, American author, poet and civil rights activist, rose to prominence with the publication of I know why the caged bird sings in 1969. Angelou, who died in 2014 at age 86, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 by President Barack Obama.
The Mint program will issue 20 quarters over the next four years to honor women and their accomplishments in shaping the nation’s history.
Additional honorees in 2022 will be physicist and first female astronaut Sally Ride, and Wilma Mankiller, the Cherokee Nation’s first female principal chief. Also honored this year will be Nina Otero-Warren, leader of New Mexico’s suffrage movement and first female superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, and Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star in Hollywood.
Army changes signing bonuses
The US Army is adjusting its enlistment signing bonus to a maximum of $50,000 for top recruits who join for six years, according to National News.
The pandemic, closed schools and the competitive job market have challenged Army recruiting over the past year, so the Army hopes to attract recruits with the additional bonus, up from 40,000 $.
The annual recruitment target fluctuates depending on the number of members who decide to leave. The Army wants to maintain its full strength at 485,000. The Army expects its target to be about the same as last year – 57,500.
Thousands of people will benefit from the student loan settlement
A $1.85 billion settlement between 39 state attorneys general and Navient Corporation and its subsidiaries over their student loan service means thousands of Kentucky students will benefit.
Kentucky will receive approximately $1.2 million in restitution to 4,659 Kentucky borrowers.
The settlement resolves allegations of consumer protection law violations related to misleading student loan service policies. This means Navient will write off the remaining balance of more than $43 million for 2,155 Kentuckians.
Two Kentucky men sentenced in Capitol riot
Dalton Ray Crase, 22, and Troy Dylan Williams, 26, who lived in Lexington when they were arrested last year on charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, have been sentenced in federal court from DC.
Both expressed remorse for their actions.
Each was sentenced to three years probation, 15 days in detention, 60 hours of community service and $500 in restitution. They entered the Capitol but did not assault any officers.
Dawson Springs resumes school on Tuesday
For the first time since the December 10 tornado, school is due to resume Tuesday in Dawson Springs.
This action was approved this week by the Dawson Springs School Board, according to a report from the Madisonville Messenger.
School will start five minutes earlier each day and last 15 minutes longer.
Board of Education President Vicki Allen said the extended school day will allow the system to end the school year on May 20, which was the original school calendar date. Allen noted that the state legislature could provide some relief that would allow the school system to make changes to its plan.