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Here comes the sun: Solar moves in, and a Kentucky farm community wonders about its future

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the way, displaying the phrase “Industrial Solar” with a slash through the words. “Imagine...

Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller receives his golden ticket to Hollywood

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher Garrard County High School senior Alex Miller captured the nation’s attention with his recent American Idol audition. But for his hometown of Lancaster, the moment was years in the making. The 17-year-old Miller says his singing career began much like other country music artists, by singing in the church. According to his grandfather, G.B. Miller, Alex Miller and...

Billy Reed: In a world in which everything changes, I fervently hope the Harlem Globetrotters never do

The experts tell us that nothing will be quite the same when the Coronavirus pandemic is finally under control. I have no idea what that means for the basketball world, but I do hope there still will be a place for the Harlem Globetrotters. Going back to the 1940s, when they became nationally prominent, the Globetrotters have been unparalleled ambassadors for their sport, their African-American race,...

Florida hands Kentucky Senior Day spoiler as Gators use zone to snap Wildcats three-game win streak

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky coach John Calipari could have easily blamed his team’s 71-67 loss to Florida on an unexpected bye week, but said his team’s performance had everything to do with the Gators instead of the seven-day layoff. “It was their zone, their 3-2 zone press that took us out of sync,” Calipari said. “It wasn’t taking a couple of days off. I don’t believe that...

This week at the Capitol: General Assembly marks halfway point; deadline to introduce new bills passes

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2021 session reached one of the milestones Capitol observers eagerly await with this week’s arrival of the deadlines to introduce bills in the Senate and House. Now, with 881 bills filed for consideration, we have a fairly comprehensive view of the issues lawmakers may consider in the remaining weeks of the session. Legislation filed before the deadline included...

Is your office post-pandemic ready? Five questions to ask about function and design

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky From added health requirements to new employee expectations and flex work models, navigating when and how to fully reopen is no simple process. “When workers do return, they’ll expect more,” said Luckett & Farley’s Luke Kinne, who has helped numerous Kentucky businesses redesign their office environments. “Companies should take a deep look at the flexibility,...

Two Louisville-area high school students chosen as United States Senate Youth Program delegates

By Donna Melton Kentucky Teacher Shubh Gupta, a junior at duPont Manual High School (Jefferson County) and Alex Marion Young, a junior at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, were selected to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) during the 59th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 14-17. Gupta and Young were selected from among the state’s top student leaders...

Bill to give high school students a ‘do-over’ for this year passes out of House committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill to give high school students a chance to have a do-over for this school year because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, cleared its first legislative hurdle on Thursday. 
The Senate Education Committee gave unanimous approval to Senate Bill 128, sponsored by Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, to give a “mulligan” to students affected by virtual learning...

Highway fatalities increased in Kentucky last year by 5%, adding to year of ‘devastating loss’

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year according to preliminary numbers from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety (KOHS). Initial data indicates there were 778 fatalities in 2020, compared to 732 in 2019 – a five percent increase. “2020 was a year of devastating loss for Kentuckians, but what makes deaths even harder to accept is when they could have...

KET’s Social Studies Shorts and virtual Capitol tours offer new civic resources for students

In a typical year, hundreds of Kentucky students make the trek to Frankfort to visit the Kentucky State Capitol and learn about the state government. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Capitol has been closed to in-person tours since March 2020. Now, however, students can take a virtual tour of the Capitol — and learn about social studies and civics topics — thanks to a pair of new video resources...

Documentary on Covington Catholic student’s viral encounter at U.S. Capitol streams starting Friday

Special to KyForward Rush to Judgment, the documentary about then-Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann’s viral 2019 encounter at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., will be released via the streaming service Vimeo this Friday. Greater Cincinnati filmmakers Steve Oldfield and Ryan Anderson spent more than a year investigating the story and scored exclusives with Sandmann, his...

Adams applauds legislation that would make some voting law changes from 2020 election permanent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams is applauding legislation that would make permanent some of the changes implemented for the 2020 primary and general elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Caucus Chair Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and Rep. Jennifer Decker, R-Waddy, are each sponsoring similar legislation in their respective chambers. Secretary...

Kentucky’s Davion Mintz ‘still excited’ to be a Wildcat despite the team’s struggles this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Davion Mintz isn’t looking back. Although this season has been an adjustment on and off the court for the former Creighton guard, Mintz has no regrets about transferring to Kentucky and is “still excited” to be a Wildcat. “It’s the best decision I ever made still,” Mintz said. “I’ve been running my marathon and I’ve been chasing my dreams for years....

Georgia-based Herschend Enterprises becomes majority partner, operator of Kentucky Kingom

Herschend Enterprises has become a majority partner and operator of Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay amusement and water park located in Louisville. Georgia-based Herschend is the nation’s largest family-owned theme attractions and entertainment company. Herschend operates popular tourism attractions such as the Dollywood Parks & Resorts in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the Newport Aquarium...

Kentucky bourbon exports decline by 35 percent in 2020 as tariff’s result in unrelated trade disputes

Tariffs imposed on U.S. spirits as a result of unrelated trade disputes slashed exports of Kentucky Bourbon by 35% in 2020, with shipments to the European Union tumbling by nearly 50%, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Tuesday. The situation could deteriorate further in June when the EU expects to double tariffs on American Whiskey to 50%, KDA President Eric Gregory said. The EU had...

Bipartisan effort by Kentucky Lawmakers would focus aid to Louisville’s West End neighborhoods

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bipartisan effort from state lawmakers was announced on Tuesday to aid several neighborhoods in the West End of Louisville. During a press conference at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, was joined by Louisville Democratic Senators Morgan McGarvey and Gerald Neal, as well as Republican Julie Raque Adams, to...

Home-based childcare alternatives face obstacles, but could play an important role beyond pandemic

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Community advocates say home-based family child care could play a major role in closing gaps in access across Kentucky during the pandemic and beyond, but current zoning creates obstacles for individuals interested in opening licensed and regulated home child-care centers. In a recent survey conducted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, one in four current family child-care...

Northern Elementary welcomes K-2 students back to campus after nearly a year of remote learning

Almost 150 youngsters – some excited and eager, others subdued and a tad sleepy – returned to Northern Elementary’s campus early Monday after nearly a year of remote learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A half-dozen buses unloaded students at Northern Elementary, where a couple of volunteers from Bryan Station High School helped out on Day 1. (Photo from FCPS) “They’re thrilled for the kids...

Retired, respected Supreme Court Justice Donald Wintersheimer, 89, dies peacefully at Covington home

Donald C. Wintersheimer who grew up in Northern Kentucky and held a seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court for 24 years, died peacefully at his Covington home February 18. He was 89. Justice Wintersheimer earned a reputation as a gentleman and true scholar who lived a life dedicated to public service. Throughout his life, he was a hard worker, humble and kind and committed to justice for all. Visitation...

Governor reports 979 COVID cases, 21 deaths 6.72% positivity; 6th straight week of declining KY cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Sunday saw another drop in new COVID-19 cases, deaths, and the positivity rate, according to figures released by Gov. Andy Beshear’s office.

 The number of new cases reported to state public health officials on Sunday stood at 979, the second time in the past four days that number has been less than 1,000 and was the lowest since Thursday’s 963. This raises the...