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After two months of freebies, Lexington Parking Authority reinstates fees for street meters May 18

The Lexington Parking Authority announced Tuesday that after more than two months of free parking at the LEXPARK on-street meters, fees will begin again on Monday, May 18. Beginning on May 18 and running through Friday, May 29 (the last two weeks of May) all meter revenues collected will be donated to both God’s Pantry and the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund. This includes...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department offering free flu shots to community Oct. 10 at Fayette Mall

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is once again giving you the chance to fight the flu for free. The department’s annual free flu shot event will be held 1-7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Fayette Mall, near the interior entrance of Dillard’s. “An annual flu shot is the best way to fight the flu each fall and winter,” LFCHD spokesman Kevin Hall said. “The special clinic lets us test our...

Survey finds that student loan debt is the number one cause of financial hardship for Kentuckians

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new survey of nearly 400 Kentuckians finds that student loans are the number one cause of financial hardship for respondents. Other reasons for experiencing financial hardship include medical debt, rent, payday lending, credit cards and car payments. Student loans, medical debt and car payments are some of the reasons Kentuckians are feeling financially pinched....

BBB Trends: That magnetic strip isn’t going away so fast . . . in the meantime, vigilance is the key

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The strip is not going away. Yet. The shift to EMV chip technology for use in credit/debit cards to protect against identity theft is not happening overnight, as evidenced by the numerous reports of skimmer devices found at gas pumps and retail self-checkout lanes. Thieves have gotten crafty enough to use common electronic parts to put together skimmer devices...

Commentary: Accepting credit, debit cards keeps customers happy, helps grow business

By Renee Brewer Special to KyForward   As the owner of Wine + Market in downtown Lexington, I have built a successful business by adapting to my customers’ preferences and ensuring that they have a satisfying experience. That way, they continue to choose my wine shop instead of one of the many others in our city.   Over the past few years, my customers have increasingly preferred to pay...