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KentuckyWired fiber optic network increases internet speed 500 percent for State Police in Dry Ridge

State Police in Dry Ridge can respond to 911 calls more quickly and share information with other law enforcement agencies faster and more efficiently, thanks to a big increase in internet speed provided by the KentuckyWired high-speed fiber-optic network. Kentucky State Police Post #6 in Dry Ridge became the first State Police post to transition to the KentuckyWired network on Feb. 26, increasing their...

Kentucky state Rep. Savannah Maddox honored with Hazlitt Coalition National Freshman of the Year Award

Rep. Savannah Maddox of Dry Ridge has been honored with the Hazlitt Coalition National Freshman of the Year Award for her legislative accomplishments. “I would like to thank the Hazlitt Coalition for recognizing the hard work it takes to get critical pieces of legislation across the finish line,” Maddox said in response to receiving the award. “I am pleased I could make a positive impact during...

Grant County native Hayley Leach nearing end of reign as Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival queen

By Jaime Vaught Special to KyForward   The reigning queen of the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival has just completed a memorable spring semester in college and is ending her reign as Mountain Laurel Festival queen as well.   Hayley Leach, a junior-to-be political science major at the University of Kentucky, spent the semester working as an intern for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Leach...

For National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, KSP shares story of the vital role dispatchers play

April 8-14 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a time to recognize the efforts of more than 200,000 police and emergency service dispatchers throughout the U.S. The Kentucky State Police employs 187 telecommunicators at its 16 posts throughout the state. In 2017, they handled 519,474 calls. The following is a story about one of those calls. Quick thinking by a Kentucky State Police radio...