A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

WKCTC’s Robot Extreme Challenge draws 32 teams and nearly 200 students for annual competition

Nearly 200 students competed for top honors at the fourth annual Robot Extreme Challenge (RCX) held at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. With 32 teams participating in the competition, the most to compete in an RCX tournament at the college, the day’s events were divided into a morning competition for elementary and high school student and an afternoon competition for middle school...

Constance Alexander: ADA accessibility protections threatened by United States House Resolution 620

A recent Forbes quote of the day, by designer and entrepreneur Kendra Scott, declared, “Dream big and be disruptive. If you are doing the same thing as everyone else, you’ve already failed.” Such was the impetus behind the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became the law of the land in 1990. Before then, the civil rights of people with disabilities were routinely overlooked while the...

Department for Community Based Services celebrates opening of new Calloway County offices

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) officially opened its new Calloway County office Friday with a reception and tour of the facility. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality and timely services...

Constance Alexander: ‘Music Alive’ program offers hope to Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers alike

More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and more than 15 million are providing unpaid care for them. Total up the cost, and it is estimated that the 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care and assistance to those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia contribute a whopping $230.1 billion to the nation. If those numbers are not enough to get your attention, get a load of this: •...

Constance Alexander: Marshall County native Gilliard Ross provides vivid images of Murray’s past

According to the nursery rhyme that begins, “Monday’s child is fair of face,” the baby born on Friday is “loving and giving.” And while Mother Goose’s predictions have been wrong countless times, she was absolutely right when it came to Gillard Ross, born in Marshall County Ky., nearly one hundred years ago on Friday, April 12, 1918. Better known to people in Calloway County as Popeye,...

Constance Alexander: With broad appeal, Murray celebrates positive resources for all age groups

In 1988, Murray was still celebrating its designation by Rand-McNally as the #1 retirement community in America, and I was getting married and moving here. As a native northeasterner far from retirement age, I had reservations about my new Kentucky home. Soon after settling in, however, I realized that Murray and Calloway County offered benefits that were not confined to any one age group. Over the...

TranspARTation grants awarded to 10 Kentucky schools to send students to events

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded TranspARTation grants to 10 Kentucky schools that will use the funding to send students to arts events and performances at venues across the state.   TranspARTation grants provide funding to Kentucky classrooms for transportation to and from live arts events. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...