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Keven Moore: Ho, ho, ho, Santa Claus is on his way and doesn’t want to bring the virus along

A few days ago, our nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, declared that Santa Claus was exempt from COVID-19 because of all the good qualities that he possesses, as well as his innate immunity. But then we later we learn in the New York Post this past Monday that Santa visited a nursing home in Belgium and was responsible for spreading more than his good cheer with his visit...

Commentary: As pandemic continues, more emergency assistance needed for affordable homes

By Marilyn Harris, Tiffany Marthaler and Adrienne Bush Special to KyForward In times of natural disasters, providing housing for those in need is one of the first steps taken in rebuilding communities. We must ask our legislature, why in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent economic disaster, are long term housing strategies not playing a larger role in stimulating our economy and...

AAA: Majority of Kentuckians not traveling for Thanksgiving; virus keeping families at home

A new survey by AAA indicates that a large majority of Kentucky residents will not be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, and 36 percent of those staying home say it is because of COVID-19 concerns. “Given the recent surge in COVID-19 and the strong urging of public health officials for everyone to stay home for the holiday, the Thanksgiving travel landscape continues to change,” said Lori...

Speed Art Museum invites creative individuals to Community Connections Residency program

The Speed Art Museum is seeking creative individuals interested in participating in its first Community Connections Residency program. This community-based residency is designed to work in collaboration with the residents of the Russell neighborhood and the West End of Louisville. The Community Connections Residency is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant and will take place...

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority offers financial aid tips to students in high school

As high school seniors and their parents begin the college financial aid process, they may find themselves faced with unfamiliar terms. This short glossary from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) may help. “Understanding the language of student aid helps ensure that students and parents can take advantage of all the funding opportunities that are available for technical and...

Keven Moore: They seem like a fun Halloween tradition, but hayrides can be extremely dangerous

This past weekend, on a cool October night, an average everyday fall hayride turned into a Halloween nightmare. A tractor in Illinois near the town of Nauvoo was pulling a wagon full of hay bales, and people overturned, leaving one 32-year-old adult dead and 20 others injured. The accident happened when the 41-year-old driver of a John Deere Tractor that was pulling the double-axle trailer for the...

Fayette County Public Schools encourages teachers, families to monitor students’ state of mind

Given the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, Fayette County Public Schools encourages staff and families to be especially aware of their students’ state of mind. “There’s an added concern. One, the stress of having to manage school in a different way,” said Shericka Smith, district coordinator of Extended School Services, Social Work, and Mental Health Services. “But...

Keven Moore: Cycling has increased during COVID-19 pandemic, and so have the safety risks

As a pre-teen and teenager growing up in the 1970s before my first car, my bicycle was the most valued asset that I ever owned. It provided freedom from my boring life of only three channels on TV at home. It also allowed me to get to baseball practice, play at the park, go swimming at the local city pools, and ride to the arcade in the mall. It provided a way to deliver newspapers and visit friends...

Fish and Wildlife Resources cancels conservation camps; decision protects families from COVID-19

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will not offer its summer conservation camps this year due to the novel coronavirus. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience,” Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Rich Storm said. ”However, this is a necessary step we had to take to protect the health and safety of our campers, their families and our staff.” This decision was...

Kentucky 4-H encourages families with youngsters to visit the backyard, get hands dirty growing gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky With the COVID-19 pandemic upending most people’s sense of normal, Kentucky 4-H is encouraging families with young people to take to their backyards and get their hands dirty growing a garden. “Gardening can give young people something to look forward to, as they watch plants grow and develop. It also helps them get more physical activity and relieve stress,”...

KET provides free learning-at-home toolkit for families, educators in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the urgent need for at-home learning resources while Kentucky schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KET has created an online toolkit for families and educators at KET.org/learnathome. The toolkit provides families free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Educators can also visit this site to find helpful tips for making learning from home successful...

Advocates to rally at state capitol this week for policies benefitting children and families

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Advocates for children will gather in Frankfort this week to push for policies that benefit children and families. On Thursday, hundreds are expected to rally to urge legislators to consider boosting child-care assistance and enact a state-level refundable Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income families, among other reforms. Whitley County High School senior...

Free ‘Getting the Facts’ report from KHEAA will help Kentucky families with college search

Kentucky students and their families can get a free, personalized “Getting the Facts” report to help them choose the right college. The report is provided by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). “Getting the Facts” provides estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive. Students can get estimates for up to six...

Unlimited green fees — Kentucky State Parks golf trail cards available for 2019

Golfers can enjoy a full year of play at all 13 courses operated by Kentucky State Parks with trail cards that provide unlimited green fees. The trail cards are sold at all state park golf courses and are valid through Dec. 31, 2019. Cards start at $990 for senior players (62 and older) and are for unlimited play. An unlimited single card costs $1,100. For more information on the trail card, call...

FCPS Superintendent Search: Board seeks community, employee and family opinions

Below you will find the text of a message from Fayette County Board of Education Chairman John Price that was shared with families, employees and community members related to the search for the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent.     The most pressing task facing the Fayette County Board of Education, but one which we cannot do without your assistance and direction, is selecting...

Migrant children, families enriched by fun, academic activities; creates bonds

The youngest kids lined up for a caterpillar relay race. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Children’s smiles and laughter can transcend barriers, especially during a cookout and field-day games, which is how the district’s Migrant Education Program capped week three of summer school activities.   About 70 youngsters, along with many family members,...