Doctor's Passion for Music

Dr. Joseph P. "Jay" Zwischenberger has developed an artificial lung and is never without his harmonica.

By David Perry

Harry Mania

Central Kentucky celebrates the coming of the last in the series of Harry Potter Books. [Audio slideshow & Video]

By Herald-Leader

Old Growth Forest

By Janet Worne

Love on a Leash

Love on a Leash is a group of dedicated dog lovers who use their dogs to brighten someone’s day with trips to nursing homes, hospitals and schools to provide emotional support. They are trained in obedience classes and tested before becoming certified for therapeutic work. By Janet Worne

Bikes for Refugees

Donated bikes help refugees gain foothold in new world.. By Pablo Alcala

Festival of the Bluegrass

Bluegrass gospel group, The Lewis Family of Lincolnton, Ga., gave their performance before a thunderstorm scattered the crowd on Friday afternoon at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park. These photos of their performance are backed by their rendition of “I’m Just a Old Chunk of Coal”. By David Perry

Out of School

A local undocumented student talks about the struggles of maintaining good grades and his future in America.. By Pablo Alcala

VIDEO: The last "last day"

After 16 years at Morton Middle School, the last seven as principal, Jock Gum retires. View a video from his last school day. By David Stephenson

Kentucky Derby 133 and the Race for the Triple Crown

View our extensive multimedia coverage of the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby, including photo galleries, audio slideshows, videos and 360-degree panoramas.

Beaux Arts Ball 2007

From the evening of Saturday, April 7, 2007 to the early morning hours of Sunday, April 8, 2007, crowds gathered at the former Old Tarr Distillery on Manchester Street in Lexington, Kentucky for Beaux Arts Ball, sponsored by the Beaux Arts Foundation and the University of Kentucky's School of Architecture who hosted the yearly event to raise money for AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. Photos by Angela Baldridge

VIDEO: End of the Line

Watch as we look for the the end of the line made up of 1000 or so Maker's Mark commemorative bottle collectors camping out in the cold at Keeneland Thursday night, April 12. By David Stephenson

Women Making a Difference

March is National Women’s History Month. It’s a time to reflect on the remarkable women who have left their mark on History. Most of them manage to fly under the radar and escape notice. But they are out there, quietly making a difference in their own corner of the world. Here we salute three of the many. Photos by Janet Worne

Rosie the Riveter

As an actress for the Kentucky Humanities Council's Chautauqua program, flight instructor Angela Bartley plays Rosie the Riveter, a Kentucky native whose poster and film made her a famous icon of working women during WWII. On Saturday, March 10, 2007, Bartley performed at the University of Kentucky's Singletary Center for the Arts. Photos by Angela Baldridge

For Fish on Friday

Charlie's Fresh Seafood Market, a longtime fixture on the pointy corner of Winchester and Liberty roads, does a good business year-round. But, during the 40 days leading up to Easter, the Lenten season when many Catholics and others eschew red meat, the little shop starts to look like Toys R Us just before Christmas. Photos by David Stephenson

Highland Elementary: Beating the Odds

Hopkinsville's Highland Elementary was one of four Kentucky schools that made a huge gain last year under the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, jumping from 52.3 to 72.9. And it was one of few high-minority high-poverty schools that have been able to do it.   "We just did everything in our power to work with our kids and take ownership.   We were just hungry," said principal Sarah Newman. Photos by David Perry.

Pipes on Parade

James Nowlan, who has been playing bagpipes for over 60 years, leads the General Michael Collins Memorial Pipe Band with his military-style direction. He is currently coordinating practices with his and the William Sutherland Reid Pipes and Drums Band as they all prepare for their performance with the Irish Army Pipes and Drums in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lexington. Photos by Angela Baldridge.

North American Racing Academy

The first class of jockeys just completed their first semester in Chris McCarron’s North American Racing Academy in Lexington, and it’s been a rough ride so far. By David Stephenson/Staff

2006 Year in Review

View six multimedia slideshows from the photo staff of the Herald-leader of their work from 2006.

24 hours at the UK Children's Hospital

The hallways at Kentucky Children's Hospital are colorfully painted, and the walls are decorated with kids' art, some made by former patients. In many ways, it's a bright, fun place. But it's also a place of fear and hope and joy - and every emotion in between. By Charles Bertram/Staff

Remembering Homer

Nearly 350 people came Friday to pay their respects and remember Homer Ledford. By David Perry and Charles Bertram/Staff


Platoon One at Fire Station 20 wanted to give something back to the community so instead of giving gifts to each other, they pooled their money and purchased a computerized musical holiday light display By Charles Bertram/Staff

Santa Jack

On Christmas Eve 2005, WVLK-AM radio host Jack Pattie threw away his razor and began his transformation into becoming Santa Claus. A year later, the real-bearded Santa has become popular in the role of Santa. By Charles Bertram/Staff

Tobacco auctions cling to life

The past meets the present as buyers and sellers gather for the season's first tobacco auction at the Big Burley Tobacco Warehouse on Angliana Avenue. By Mark Cornelison/Staff

Sunrise at Haleakala

Between games at the Maui Invitational Tournament, wildcat fans were finding places to tour the Hawaiian Islands. One such popular place is the Haleakala National Park, where visitors flock to the summit of this ancient volcano to watch the sunrise. By David Stephenson/Staff


Denver Cornett's 1947 MG-TC

Nearly 60 years ago, Denver Cornett Jr. rolled a MG TC at Watkins Glen, N.Y., during the first postwar road race held in the United States. The car has been preserved and handed down: Cornett Jr. died Sunday leaving the automobile to his son, Dr. Denny Cornett, who talked about the heirloom and its history. By Charles Bertram/Staff

UK Basketball new practice facility tour

A tour of the new UK basketball practice facility under construction. By Mark Cornelison/Staff

Bugle Boys

Hear elk technician Will Bowling try to coax bull elk into a bugle or two at the Big Elk Mine in Perry County. By David Stephenson/Staff

The Battle of Perryville

More than 3,000 participants will portray Union and Confederate troops in three battles Saturday and Sunday at the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site about 10 miles west of Danville in Boyle County. By David Stephenson/Staff

A new playground for the primates

After years of planning, a new enclosure for Primate Rescue Center’s 11 chimpanzees is completed. The hoots and cries of excitement echoed through the valley near Jessamine Creek. Like children set loose on a new playground, 11 chimpanzees climbed and swung in a new enclosure that opened yesterday at the Primate Rescue Center, a refuge for abandoned apes and monkeys. By David Stephenson/Staff

Unfinished Journeys: Remembering Flight 5191

Many Kentuckians weren’t awake yet about 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, when Comair Flight 5191 ran out of runway, barely taking flight before hitting the ground, scraping the earth and exploding. Forty-nine passengers died.


Out of the Storm: Cheryl's Song

In the last year since fleeing New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Cheryl Tolbert has put her life back together after relocating to Lexington and has written a song, "Out of the Storm", praising what God can do in the most difficult times of life. By David Perry


Athens-Chilesburg Elementary Opens

Hear and see a virtual tour of Lexington's newest elementary school slated for opening Aug. 16. By David Perry

The Bluegrass Fair

The Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park is 10 days of scream-producing rides, mud-flinging motor sports and entertaining exhibits. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the annual summer event. We only wish we could provide the taste and smell of a funnel cake.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lexington Shakespeare Festival closes out its 2006 season with C.S. Lewis' beloved novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's the familiar story of four children from war-torn England who stumble upon the magical land of Narnia and discover they are destined to help the powerful lion Aslan defeat the wicked White Witch and rule as the Princes and Princesses of Narnia. By David Stephenson/Staff

The Mule Man

68-year-old Milford Lowe lives and farms on Pleasant Valley Road in Taylor County. He uses his mules to plow three different 5-acre tracts of tobacco close to his house. By Charles Bertram/Staff

"Much Ado About Nothing"

The Lexington Shakespeare Festival presents “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Arboretum this weekend, with a 1930s twist. Director Joe Ferrell has set the show in ‘30s Italy, and added music and dance of the era to spice up the show. By Matt Goins

Lexington Celebrates the Fourth

A record number compete in the 30th running of the Bluegrass 10,000, and thousands pour into downtown Lexington for afternoon festivities, parade, concerts, and finally the fireworks show.

Art Yard

The first and most unsettling thing you notice about Cecil and Bet Ison’s Rowan County yard is the baby dolls.

Lots of plastic dolls, or parts of dolls. By David Stephenson/Staff

Renaissance Flair

Scores of performers and reenactors decended on Eminence for Kentucky's newest Renaissance Festival. It's a place where 16th-century musketeers meet 11th century Vikings. By David Stephenson/Staff

Bonnaroo 2006

Bonnaroo is 80,000 people, sweating, dancing, smiling, smoking, singing, eating, relaxing, strumming, camping, celebrating, jamming, wandering and of course, waiting in line to use portable bathrooms.
Each June, the festival descends on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. And turns it into a three-day, no-sleep event featuring bands like
Radiohead, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and My Morning Jacket. By Mark Cornelison/Staff

2006 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Coverage

View our complete online visual coverage from Derby week, The Oaks, Derby Eve parties, Derby Day, and Barbaro's breakdown in the Preakness. Included are special audio slideshows and 360-degree panorama photos.

Off and Running

The Keeneland 2006 Spring Meet is out of the starting gate and rounding the first turn. Warm weather is here, flowers are blooming and hooves are pounding the track. By Janet Worne/Staff

Finding Alex

A retired Lexington police officer searches for answers about a loved one's death in post-Katrina New Orleans. By David Stephenson/Staff

Waghdan's Healing Journey

View a multimedia recap of the story of Waghdan Aljayashee, a 12-year-old Iraqi girl, who traveled across the world to have skin graft surgery at Shriners Hospital in Cincinnati. By Janet Worne/Staff

Life on the Edge

In Lexington, the hard-core music scene thrives in rental houses, dark basements and YMCA gyms — simply because it has nowhere else to go. Some fans take their affinity for the music to a different level, railing against drugs, tobacco, alcohol and promiscuous sex. They call it Straight Edge.

The Voice of Angels

Listen to the Kentuckians barbershop chorus as they prepare for a district competition.

Wildcat Roundup

As Kentucky's beloved Wildcats wrap up their 2005-2006 season and turn their attention toward the March tournaments, we take a moment to look back through rose-colored glasses at the sights and sounds of UK basketball. By Janet Worne/Staff

The Importance of Being Earnest

Actors Guild of Lexington presents Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. By David Stephenson/Staff

Valentines to Volunteers

These four Central Kentuckians - Jerry Belton, Regi Goffinet, Elise Holcomb and Joe Karius - represent the thousands of people who share their passions with others through volunteering. Here's our valentine to them and others who make our community a better place through their actions. By David Stephenson/Staff

Smarty's first foal

2004 Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones’ first foal was born at 12:10 on Jan. 10, 2005 to a mare named Shoppingwithbetty. The highly anticipated birth was at Stone Farm in Paris, owned by Arthur Hancock. The foal is owned by Hancock in partnership with Tom Tatham of Oak Cliff Stables. By David Stephenson/Staff

2005 Year in Review

See Multimedia presentations by each of the Herald-Leader staff photographers.

Mark Portwood

After an accident two years ago, Mark Portwood's recovery takes money, time, expertise and undying love. Hear and see more about Mark and his story through his and his parents' voices. By David Stephenson/Staff
A Journey Back (part one)
A Glimmer of Hope (part two)

Thoroughbreds of the sky

A multimedia presentation on the Lexington Racing Pigeon Club. By David Stephenson/Staff

Hurricane Katrina

Herald Leader Chief Photographer Charles Betram talks about his experience photographing members of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife law enforcement officers as they performed search and rescue missions for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. By Charles Bertram/Staff



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