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Lexington radio station RADIOLEX transmits information on COVID-19 in more than 20 languages

RADIOLEX, Lexington’s community radio station, is connecting non-English speakers in the community with critical COVID-19 information through multilingual broadcasts on WLXL 95.7 FM, WLXU 93.9 FM and online at radiolex.us/covid. More than 185 languages are spoken in Lexington. RADIOLEX’s on-air broadcasts and website provide critical safety and public health information in more than 20...

Georgetown College alum Will Runyon helping others find hope in difficult times as hospital chaplain

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has proven difficult for all, but while the disease has proven devastating and incredibly worrying for everyone, it has shined a light on many local heroes who continue to work hard in the fight against this disease. Health care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, and so many other essential employees have worked diligently to be a beacon of hope during...

Explore the world from the comfort of your home — AAA introduces virtual travel events

While our new normal may mean trips postponed and plans deferred as travelers stay at home to protect personal and public health, AAA is offering a new way to explore the world from the comfort of your home with the click of a mouse, or the tap of a phone or tablet. AAA Travel’s Virtual Event series is a free online program, open to the public and a great escape from the realities of the COVID-19...

Kentucky by Heart: A most underrated tool of the small farmer or gardener — the trusty bucket

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I should have learned while growing up in Claryville that the most important tool for the gardener or small farmer could well be the common, relatively inexpensive bucket. It was right there in front of me. Steve and The Bucket (Photo provided) However, that observation hadn’t dawned on me until recently while doing some work in my yard and the fledgling spring...

EKU alumnus Hardy guiding work clothing manufacturer Carhartt in making protective equipment

William Hardy received a begging phone call on March 13 as COVID-19 began to overwhelm the healthcare system, specifically hospitals. The 1992 Eastern Kentucky University graduate from Irvine, Ky., by birth, current resident by choice, is now running supply chain management at the work clothing manufacturer Carhartt, having worked all the way from “management trainee” to senior vice president. “We...

With Kentuckians stuck at home, UK chef offers tips on turning those pantry staples into delicious meals

By Bob Perry and Danielle Donham University of Kentucky Many people have been trying their hand at baking and cooking new recipes in recent weeks, given all of the extra time spent at home. Baking bread has become one of the most popular quarantine activities for those looking to add new skills to their kitchen repertoire. That is, if you can find the ingredients at your grocery store. UKNow spoke...

Citizen Reporter: Northern Kentucky Photographer goes on ‘drive-by shoot’ to capture Class of 2020

By Tracy Donovan Jones Citizen reporter As we all work on adapting to the new normal throughout the time of COVID-19, we are also finding new ways of helping each other connect and deal with things that are out of our control. Amid the reality of how we are affected in our everyday lives, this pandemic is creating a gap for traditions for High School Seniors across Kentucky and the Nation. American...

Kentucky by Heart: Alice Hegan Rice’s classic ‘Mrs. Wiggs’ offers many lessons for today’s trying times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Last week, I pulled a book out of my collection of old Kentucky books that I had put off reading until I had more time. Well, in this coronavirus-stay-home-period, “more time” presented itself and I devoured the 138-page book in a few sittings. It’s a classic piece of Kentucky literature, published in 1901, called Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, and is written...

Former EKU Pres. Doug Whitlock, wife finally return to mainland on cruise ship impacted by COVID-19

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Former president of Eastern Kentucky University, Doug Whitlock and his wife Joanne, finally reached the Miami port Saturday after a roller-coaster cruise caused by the COVID-19 virus and a forced quarantine. Doug and Joanne Whitlock at Fin Del Mundo near Argentina Whitlock retired as president of EKU in 2013 after over four decades of service. Their beautiful cruise...

Kentucky local food partners to host virtual CSA Fair from April 16-30 in response to COVID-19 pandemic

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is partnering with Bluegrass Farm To Table, the Organic Association of Kentucky, and the Kentucky Horticulture Council to host the first-of-its-kind “Kentucky Virtual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair” from April 16-30. “The KDA and local food partners are teaming up to support Kentucky families who have lost access...

Nourish Lexington initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed Lexington families in need

Several Central Kentucky community organizations have announced the creation of Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish...

UK entomologist says urban pest control remains important for Kentuckians during COVID-19 pandemic

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomologists say it is important for Kentuckians to continue to manage urban pests during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the risks associated with COVID-19, they have released some tips for pest control professionals to help them practice effective pest management while maintaining social distancing guidelines. “In the face of...

Travel the state (indepth and fascinating) while social distancing with these Explore Kentucky videos

The Kentucky Department of Tourism is excited to announce the release of a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State. “During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry....

Kentucky by Heart: One man’s top 10 bucket list of books not to be missed — what are your favorites?

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My love of reading Kentucky-related books, particularly non-fiction, started as a child. Inspired by my father’s interest in showing our small family the people and places of the state, I devoured the biographies in the tiny Grant’s Lick Elementary School library dealing with the Commonwealth. I read books about Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Clay, Mary...

University of Kentucky digital media student completes second mural at Lexington restaurant

By Mark Mozingo University of Kentucky If you’ve picked up a meal from Carson’s Food and Drink in downtown Lexington recently, you may have seen some artwork by the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies student Ben Darlington, an inspiring example of UK’s town and gown relationship with the Bluegrass. This is the second work of art from UK the local restaurant has...

NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning, but Kentucky schools are embracing the challenge

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video conferencing (Photos...

Ethan’s Purpose: ‘There is no shame,’ say parents, whose nonprofit helps others after son’s suicide

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward “There is no shame in this. This was an opportunity to say, there is a problem out there and why are we not talking about it,” says Debbie Zegarra, co-founder of Northern Kentucky-based Ethan’s Purpose. Debbie’s son Ethan committed suicide in September 2018. Since then she has become an advocate for awareness, change, and counseling for kids. Debbie...

KET provides free learning-at-home toolkit for families, educators in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the urgent need for at-home learning resources while Kentucky schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KET has created an online toolkit for families and educators at KET.org/learnathome. The toolkit provides families free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Educators can also visit this site to find helpful tips for making learning from home successful...

Support, resilience could be bright lining to dark cloud hovering about small businesses in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Katie Startzman, owner of Native Bagel Company in Berea, is going to ride out the upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and come out stronger on the other side. She’s sure of it, because of the strength and support she is receiving from her peers, customers and local resources. Mae Suramek feels the same way, as she puts in the long hours to save...

Kentucky by Heart: Even the inconveniences brought on by coronavirus can be embraced in a positive way

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Okay, my Kentucky brethren, our personal mobility will likely be curtailed for the foreseeable future because that pesky little virus world traveler (COVID-19) has shown up uninvited. And now that the reality is here, we’re making some serious life adjustments, probably for a longer period than we’d like. Not to preach, ‘cause I don’t like people preaching...