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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...

Registration now available for third Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit to be held virtually March 3

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Kentucky Proud brand is co-hosting the third annual Kentucky Local Food Systems Summit March 3, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. For the first time, this event will be virtual this year. This virtual event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST and brings together professionals and stakeholders for a half-day of presentations highlighting innovative...

Kentucky to recognize contributions of grocery workers during Supermarket Employees Day Feb. 22

Supermarket employees have played a major role in keeping our communities running and our families fed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their efforts, Kentucky will observe Supermarket Employee Day on Monday, February 22 with a proclamation from Gov. Andy Beshear. The Kentucky Retail Federation and Kentucky Grocers & Convenience Store Association are also encouraging mayors...

As effects of pandemic continue to stall economy, region’s economists weigh in on Biden recovery plan

President Joe Biden presents his economic recovery platform. (Photo by Adam Schultz, via Ohio Valley ReSource) By Alana Watson Ohio Valley Resource The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to cripple the economy in the Ohio Valley and President Joe Biden and Congressional Democrats are pursuing his plan for economic recovery. Biden’s economic priorities include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour,...

Pandemic anything but detrimental to housing market as sales soar and inventory remains critically low

One year ago, the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic was only just beginning to be understood. Just one month later, business shutdowns would start to cast doubt on the health of Kentucky’s (and the nation’s) economy as housing sales numbers plummeted. (Click for larger image) Like everyone else, Realtors wondered how long it would take their sector to recover. Those fears, however, were short-lived....

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce releases first report in quarterly series on state’s economy

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released the first of a new series of quarterly reports, “Kentucky’s Economic Recovery: A Quarterly Update of Workforce, Employment, State GDP, and Exports,” to track Kentucky’s economic recovery in partnership with the University of Kentucky Center for Business and Economic Research. In addition to causing a global health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has...

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture to offer backyard poultry webinar series beginning Feb. 11

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled increased interest in backyard poultry production. New flock owners may need to learn a few basics for their birds to thrive. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will offer a webinar series to help with the learning curve. “We recently launched a Facebook page to connect with our Kentucky...

Kentucky DOR preparing for ‘efficient and safe’ tax filing season; returns accepted beginning Feb. 12

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is in the process of finalizing its tax filing processes and procedures, striving to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS recently announced it will begin accepting electronic and paper federal individual income tax returns on Feb. 12. Kentucky will follow the same timeline and begin accepting and processing state returns on...

Elaborate exchange through national network of hospitals results in life-saving kidney transplant

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky For Mark Patton of Louisville, there was bad news, followed by more bad news. But then, a spark of hope. Mark had more than his share of health problems. In 1987, at the age of 25, he was diagnosed with Wegner’s Granulomatosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the blood vessels in the entire body. Patients with this disease have a higher risk of developing...

Kentucky schools face challenges when transitioning to online teaching during COVID-19 pandemic

By Anya Slepyan Special to KyForward Rebecca Potter has been a teacher in Letcher County for 29 years, but she’s never had a school year quite like this one. Like most teachers across the country, she has been teaching her students remotely, with the aid of educational software like Google Classroom. But that transition has not been an easy one. “Teaching has always been about adjusting on the...

KORE provides $1.5 million in grants to support expansion of four recovery community centers

The Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) has announced the award of four grants to support the establishment or expansion of four Recovery Community Centers. The grants total $1.5 million to be awarded over two years. New grant recipients include Recovery Café in Lexington, Achieving Recovery Together (ART) in Winchester, and Shepherd’s House in Nicholasville. Voices of Hope (VOH) Recovery Community...

With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...

Jefferson County elementary student’s book provides child’s perspective on dealing with pandemic

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Teacher When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Prisha Hedau had no plans of writing a book. The Lowe Elementary (Jefferson County) student was like many Kentuckians, tuning in to Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily press conferences to learn more about the ever-evolving world she was living in. The governor’s messages inspired Prisha to tell her own story. As an only child, it was hard...

Kentucky electoral college members gather at state Capitol to cast votes for Donald Trump, Mike Pence

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Just like every other state in America, Kentucky’s members of the electoral college met to cast their votes for President and Vice-President on Monday. Kentucky had eight electoral votes in the November General Election, one for the two U.S. Senators and one for each of the six Congressional seats in the state, as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Kentucky’s members...

Despite voting restoration, many Kentuckians among thousands in Ohio Valley still disenfranchised

By Alana Watson Ohio Valley Resource After more than a decade, Kentucky resident Guy Hamilton-Smith voted this year for the first time in the state. Even though he didn’t vote in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sending his ballot through the mail was still an emotional moment. “Not being able to vote for many years was like a really big reminder that in very important and meaningful ways,...

Economists forecast $17 million increase in Kentucky’s 2021 General Fund receipts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Kentucky’s economy, the Consensus Forecasting Group has raised its estimate on what state revenues will be over the next 18 months. The 10-member panel, which is independent of state government and consists of economists, met for three and a half hours Friday afternoon in Frankfort before coming up with their consensus. Greg...

Kentucky legislators say options are limited, COVID relief must come from Congress, not state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky legislative leaders say it’s up to Congress to help Kentucky’s struggling families and businesses get through financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think our options are certainly limited on the financial side,” said House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, speaking to reporters after a Legislative Research Committee meeting on Wednesday....

Constance Alexander: Will we witness the end of an error or beginning of the end? It’s time we spoke out

Even though I am the youngest of five children, I am the keeper of family history, including momentous events that predated my birth. For as long as I can remember, I listened to the stories told by my parents and older siblings about life before I was in the picture. As the “baby,” I learned to shut up, stay out of the way, and pay attention, which is how I learned about my family’s life during...

LaDonna Koebel: Employment and work-from-home scams prevalent during COVID-19 pandemic

Reports of scams to the Attorney General’s Office have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with dollar losses up as much as 8,000 percent compared to 2019. In August 2020, employment and work-from-home scams accounted for nearly half of the dollar losses reported to our office. Scammers are preying on the vulnerabilities created by the pandemic and know that employment scams are...

‘Everybody’ can watch UK Theatre and Dance productions on demand during 2020-2021 season

By Whitney Hale and Jennifer Sciantarelli University of Kentucky Following in the footsteps of many professional theatre and dance companies, University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance is finding new ways to connect with audiences this season. Each school year, the department typically produces a season of five to six productions at the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. But...