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God’s Pantry Food Bank to host Basket Brigade packing Thanksgiving boxes on Nov. 13-14

Every November, two weeks before Thanksgiving, hundreds of participants will come together for Basket Brigade and assemble thousands of Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed to families through the Sharing Thanksgiving program. This year Basket Brigade will look a little different, but the goal is the same — making sure families have a meal on their table for the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the...

Public invited to give input on foster care system in virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21

The public is invited to virtual town hall meetings Oct. 13-21 to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Local Citizen Foster Care Review Boards statewide are hosting the four regional meetings. Registration is required to attend. The meetings are among the reforms called for in House Bill 1, which was passed in 2018 to address issues...

New hunting access areas open for public use; Eastern Kentucky properties add 56,000 acres

Hunters now have an additional 56,000 acres open for public hunting under new hunting access area agreements in Eastern Kentucky. The new areas include locations in Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, McCreary, Perry and Pike counties. New hunting access areas (HAA) consist of land previously not open to the public and additions to existing access areas. New areas and changes to existing ones...

Beshear awards four grants of $2.3 million to improve infrastructure in Eastern Kentucky counties

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced $2,356,381 in grant funding for four infrastructure projects that will improve utility services in Eastern Kentucky communities. The grant funding is through the Department for Local Government (DLG). Those receiving funds, from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Regional Development Agency Assistance Program (RDAAP), are Floyd County, Harlan County, Johnson...

White House virus task force puts more than half of Kentucky counties in ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ danger zone

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The latest weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force report on Kentucky showed an increase in both red and yellow zones last week, with the number of counties in the red zone increasing by 54 percent. Twenty counties, up from 13, were in the task force’s “red zone” for places where new cases of the virus numbered more than 1 per 1,000 residents...

UK Cooperative Extension offices develop ‘Day Camp in a Bag’ idea for Carroll, Gallatin and Owen counties

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension offices are usually busy places in the summer, buzzing with young people learning lots of life skills in day camps that cover cooking, gardening, sewing and a plethora of other activities. The COVID-19 pandemic has quashed all that, but extension educators believe if there’s a will, there’s a way. In a three-county...

As COVID-19 cases surge in Southeastern Kentucky, public-health and local officials join forces

Like much of the nation, stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus in Appalachia isn’t just a public-health effort, but also involves convincing its citizens that it isn’t a political issue, Chris Kenning reports for the Louisville Courier-Journal. Kenning went to Bell and Harlan counties in the southeast corner of Kentucky, which recently recorded some of the state’s highest increases...

Report says Kentucky should tighten limits on gatherings, close bars where positive tests are up

A report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Gov. Andy Beshear should close bars in all counties with rising percentages of positive tests for the coronavirus, limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, decrease indoor restaurant capacity to 25 percent and “increase outdoor dining opportunities.” The recommendations were in a previously unpublicized...

UK study shows promise for drone fungicide applications; cost effectiveness examined

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Drones are an effective way to apply fungicides to corn facing disease pressure, according to a University of Kentucky study. The study, which was conducted during the 2019 growing season, looked at the cost effectiveness and feasibility of drone-applied fungicides to corn in Adair, Taylor and Green counties. Most corn fungicides are applied aerially in Kentucky...

Murray State, development organizations partner to disburse River Counties Business Stimulus Fund

Murray State University has joined the application review committee of the River Counties Business Stimulus Fund, which helps support small businesses across the Four Rivers Region covering Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties in Western Kentucky. The fund was established by the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative (CEDIK) and the West Kentucky Alliance...

Ozone season is officially here, outdoor burning restricted in several Kentucky counties

Ozone season has begun and for some Kentucky counties that means taking extra care to learn before you burn. From May 1 through Sept. 30, open burning in Boone, Boyd, Bullitt, Campbell, Jefferson, Kenton, Lawrence, and Oldham counties is restricted to protect air quality. This is especially important this year as Kentucky fights through the Coronavirus pandemic. Ground-level ozone is a summertime health...

KSBDC, Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service offices to advise businesses during pandemic

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky If there’s a direct pipeline in Kentucky’s counties for the transmission of research-based, pertinent information to the people who need it, it’s Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Recognizing the ties extension agents have to their communities, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center is working closely with county extension offices during...

Latest models for Kentucky COVID-19 impact vary; estimates how counties will deal with disease

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News Projections of COVID-19’s impact on Kentucky continue to vary, but one model has begun to estimate how individual counties will deal with the disease. Those projections rely on data that is even more scant than the earlier models, but they are being updated frequently and are intended to be a guide to local and state officials in planning for the expected surge...

Secretary of State says counties using electronic ballot machines should move to paper ballots

Secretary of State Michael Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible. Michael Adams Adams spoke in favor in House...