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Gov. Beasher announces new 92 cases, one death on ‘wildfire’ coronavirus, urges social distancing

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that 92 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in Kentucky, marking the largest one-day increase in the Commonwealth amid the global pandemic. “This is why we have social distancing. This is a virus that spreads like wildfire,” Gov. Beshear said. “So, yes we are going to see more cases in Kentucky.” That brings the total...

Gov. Beshear reports 54 new coronavirus cases and three deaths; urges stay Healthy at Home

Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday said his administration is continuing strong efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). He said the state had 54 new cases and confirmed three new deaths. Sign at Marianne Theater in Bellevue The Governor reiterated his call to Kentuckians to stay Healthy at Home and said that the state is continuing to working to prepare an initial drive-through testing...

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Bowling Green, tests positive for COVID-19, third Congressman with positive test

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, announced on Sunday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). He is the first U.S. senator and third member of Congress known to have contracted the virus. Sen. Paul’s office released the following statement regarding his test result: Sen. Paul “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling...

Gov. Beshear orders ‘nonessential retail’ to close as coronavirus count exceeds 100 in Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky saw its positive coronavirus cases climb over 100 and Gov. Andy Beshear said nonessential businesses would have to shutter Monday night. 
Beshear said the number of positive cases has reached 103, 16 more than Saturday’s total of 87. 

“We expected this, this is the way this virus works,” he said Sunday afternoon during his regular press conference. 
Beshear...

New poll shows Kentuckians favor allowing sports betting at race tracks, Speedway and by mobile apps

Sports betting is a political winner in Kentucky. Two-thirds of voters support allowing sports betting in the Commonwealth, according to a new survey from Republican pollster Public Opinion Strategies. By a 66%-27% margin, voters support allowing sports betting at Kentucky horse race tracks, the Kentucky Speedway, and mobile betting through online apps. Support for sports betting extends across party...

Gov. Beshear’s message: Third KY coronavirus death; ring church bells; step up as good neighbor

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Saturday that the state has confirmed the third death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a 67-year-old male from Anderson County.  To show a small, yet significant message of compassion, empathy and renewal, Gov. Beshear said the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus. Beshear continued by telling Kentuckians...

KY’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, says we could be seeing ‘calm before the storm’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a video interview with the American Medical Association, Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said if a large part of the population gets sick and becomes critically ill in a short period of time, the health care industry will run out of supplies. 
“Most of us rely on a supply chain that often as short as a three-day, just in time, logistics supply...

Mayor Linda Gorton announces restrictions on walk-in visitors to City buildings, other COVID changes

Mayor Linda Gorton said government buildings will restrict access to walk-in visitors, effective Monday, March 23. Government services, including police, fire, garbage pick-up and recycling, will continue. The restriction will continue until further notice. Mayor Linda Gorton The City has made a number of changes related to the fall-out from COVID-19; * Police Headquarters will not be open for public...

Lexington Brewing & Distilling is producing hand sanitizer, providing free to organizations in need

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt around the world, including Central Kentucky. As the local community works to combat the spread of coronavirus, hand sanitizer remains in high demand. In an effort to help supplement the shortage, Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. is using its own alcohol supply to produce hand sanitizer and provide it free of charge. The first batch of 200 bottles will be...

Ashli Watts: State businesses are stepping up in the fight against COVID-19; we will get through this

I don’t think any of us could have imagined what has transpired over the last week. The coronavirus has not only plagued the world as a public health pandemic, but it has very quickly devastated our economy and upended our normal business and daily routines. Our new reality includes shocking statistics like more than 9,000 people filing for unemployment insurance benefits in Kentucky in a single...

Lindsey Wilson College students to take all classes online for remainder of spring semester

Lindsey Wilson College students will take all classes online for the remainder of the semester. According to Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr., college officials made the unprecedented decision in response to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control to discourage gatherings of 10 or more people. “While we have been hopeful to finish the semester in a face-to-face delivery...

UK women’s basketball standout Rhyne Howard one of four finalists for Citizen Naismith Trophy

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Friday its four finalists for the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy, recognizing the most outstanding women’s college basketball player of the year, and University of Kentucky sophomore star Rhyne Howard has been tabbed to the exclusive list. Howard is looking to become the first Kentucky player to win the prestigious award while she is believed to be the first to...

A bright spot: For 70 years, the arrival of Spring brings bright yellow jonquils to this scenic roadside

For the last 70 years, the arrival of spring has brought with it a bright spot for motorists along U.S. 641 near the Lyon-Caldwell county line.   For about two weeks each year, a half-mile section of U.S. 641 near the 4-mile marker in Lyon County is lined with bright yellow jonquils. The bulbs that create the colorful display were planted by Charles Brockmeyer Jr., with help from his friend and...

Lindsey Wilson College nursing program named among top 10 in Kentucky for achievements

Lindsey Wilson College’s nursing program has been named one of the top 10 nursing schools in Kentucky. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was recognized as one of the leading programs in the state by nurse.org. LWC Division of Nursing Chair Emiley Button says the ranking recognizes the talent and hard work of LWC’s faculty and students. “The nursing program is honored to be ranked among the...

Thomas Barrow Stephens joins Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors

Thomas Barrow Stephens has been joined the Bluegrass Community and Technical College Board of Directors. Stephens is an attorney and entrepreneur focused on new business development and government modernization. Stephens held various positions in government, and most recently he was the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Secretary. In addition, he served on numerous boards including the Kentucky Registry of...

Dustin Pugel: SB 150 would cushion the blow for unemployed workers and our economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing business closures and a drop in consumer spending that is resulting in major, widespread layoffs across every Kentucky community. The state could lose 67,000 jobs by the summer, according to one estimate that may prove conservative. Especially hard-hit industries like restaurants and retail make up 25% of all private-sector jobs in the state. As Kentuckians ride out...

Rep. Andy Barr updated Commerce Lexington on federal actions to help with COVID-19 impact

Earlier this week, U.S. Congressman Andy Barr updated a group of Commerce Lexington small business members on other federal actions to help with COVID-19 pressures on business.  Here is a brief summary of what’s happened so far:  • Cash flow: The Federal Reserve has taken steps to help support companies and banks providing financing for a wide range of economic activity. For companies, that...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Let’s go fishing which is best in Spring; we’re blessed with abundance of lakes and streams

We are blessed here in Kentucky with an abundance of streams and lakes, excellent fishing and no closed seasons. While the unofficial start to spring fishing begins with the new license year on March 1, we can fish year-round, weather permitting. Quality crappie is the name of the game at Taylorsville Lake, 3,050 acres in Spencer, Anderson and Nelson counties. (US Army Corps of Engineers photo) If...

In call with KY’s public school superintendents, Beshear and Brown ask schools close through 4-17

In a teleconference call with Kentucky’s public school superintendents, Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky schools continue their suspension of in-person classes through April 17 to help control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in communities across the state. All 172 Kentucky school districts, 53 area technology centers, Kentucky School for the Blind and Kentucky...

EKU’s A.J. Lewis named to watch list for Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award

Before the collegiate baseball season ended, Eastern Kentucky University’s A.J. Lewis was named to the watch list for the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award, which honors the nation’s top NCAA Division I catcher. Lewis was the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on the watch list. The award was previously known as the Johnny Bench Award. EKU has had a catcher on...