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Beshear reports worst week yet with 1,177 new cass, 4 deaths Sunday; urges caution and vigilance

Gov. Andy Beshear implored Kentuckians, especially those in red zone counties, to follow the recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, with a continued escalation in cases that includes Kentucky’s highest test positivity rate in more than half a year and the highest number of cases in a week by almost 500 cases. He reported 1,177 new cases on Sunday and 4 deaths. Fayette County reported 99...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton to light CASA Angel Tree on Nov. 10 in 9:30 a.m. ceremony

A very special tree-lighting ceremony is coming to Lexington and Facebook Live. The CASA Angel Tree represents the holiday wishes of dozens of abused and neglected children in Fayette County. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton will light up the tree in the lobby of the Chase Bank Building during a Facebook Live event on Nov. 10, kicking off the 2020 CASA Angel Tree giving season. Linda Gorton Sponsors cannot...

Voting today; expect lines at the polling places as sizable numbers are expected to turn out

Despite a large number of voters in Kentucky who have taken advantage of absentee balloting or early in-person voting, a sizeable number are still expected to turn out Tuesday on Election Day itself. Expanded absentee and early in-person voting occurred for the first time this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and an agreement on executive orders, put together by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and...

Governor reports biggest number of cases ever for a Sunday; red-zone Fayette reports 163

Gov. Andy Beshear reported more new cases of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) recorded in Kentucky this week than any other since the beginning of the pandemic and 163 of those cases are in Fayette County, a red zone county. “If you’re not alarmed by these record numbers of COVID-19 cases, you should be,” said Beshear. “I know we’re tired, but if we do not get the spread of this disease...

Donnie Piercey named 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year during first virtual ceremony in program history

Donnie Piercey, a fifth-grade teacher at Stonewall Elementary School in Fayette County, is the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year. “I’m never someone who cries. Now I’ve got tears here,” Piercey said from his home during the virtual presentation. “I don’t know what to say. My kids are cheering for me downstairs right now.” Piercey said he has had many...

Lexington Public Library creates Homeschool Materials and Resource eReading room

Libraries have long embraced the digital age and are continually adding innovations and conveniences to serve the members of their community. Another excellent example is the eReading Room. Lexington Public Library has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating a specialized eReading Room of Homeschool Materials and Resources ebooks and audiobooks. With a library card, Lexington and...

Beshear reports 973 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths; state on track for highest week of cases; roundup

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday reported 973 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 66,036 cases and 1,154 deaths. Of the newly reported cases, 132 were from children age 18 and younger. The youngest was just 2 months old. Fayette County reported 108 cases. “Folks, right now we are on pace to have the single-highest week in terms of positive cases that we’ve ever...

God’s Pantry Food Bank recognizes Hunger Action Month in September with several new initiatives

Every September, God’s Pantry Food Bank along with Feeding America and the network of food banks around the nation stand together to fight hunger. The month is known as Hunger Action Month, and it’s a month to spread the word, take action, and dedicate to finding a solution to this hunger crisis. This year with COVID-19, Hunger Action Month activities will look a little different, but the...

Real estate sales spike to record high in July despite low inventory in Central Kentucky region

Despite record-low levels of homes for sale in the Central Kentucky region, real estate sales spiked to a new record high. Sales hit 1,583 in July, up 13 percent year-over-year when sales tallied 1,405, and up the same percent from the previous month. The monthly total was up 11 percent when compared to the previous sales record from June 2017 when sales topped out at 1,428. July’s total marks two...

Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington opens; expands access to REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the opening of a new Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington to further expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards for Kentucky residents. The office is the latest in a network of regional offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Unlike other KYTC regional driver licensing offices that operate alongside local Circuit...

Gov. Beshear announces three additional individuals in Kentucky test positive for Novel Coronavirus

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.  Governor Beshear Gives a Corona Virus Update – 03.08.2020 Gov. Beshear confirmed...

For past 25 years, UK Extension Homemakers have spread ‘Joy of Giving’ during Christmas season

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Before the tables were arranged, before the cookies were spread, before the doors were opened, residents of Pine Meadows Post Acute were lined up in the hallways, happy anticipation lighting their faces. Inside the activities hall, Fayette County Cooperative Extension Homemakers were preparing for the annual Joy of Giving, their county-wide gifting project...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Microloans, financial guidance set Ky. domestic violence survivors on path to financial independence

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one survivor in Fayette County recalls how a microloan helped her get back on her feet after leaving an abusive marriage. Twenty-six-year-old Stacy says she initially used Facebook to reach out to the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence for financial guidance. “I started a microloan because I had...

League of Women Voters of Lexington sponsors annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest for teenagers

The League of Women Voters of Lexington has invited all Fayette County ninth grade through 12th grade social studies/history teachers to encourage their students to participate in the annual Jay Ogden Essay Contest. Invitations went to public and private schools, as well as to homeschooling associations. This year’s prompt encourages students to develop their understanding of why U.S. eligible young...

KDA connects farmers to Kentucky schools in October, holds high school culinary competition

School districts throughout Kentucky will hold special events to celebrate Farm to School Month in October and raise awareness of the advantages of serving local foods to Kentucky school children. “Farm to school helps Kentucky students get access to fresh, nutritious local foods that will help them to grow up strong and healthy,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “At the same time,...

Find adventure in Fayette County on Sept. 8 through citizen-led events at Nature Hop in Lexington

The public is invited to enjoy the natural areas of Fayette County through citizen-led events by participating in Lexington’s second Nature Hop. All Nature Hop activities are free, being supported in part by the city’s Division of Environmental Services. This year’s Nature Hop will take place on Sept. 8. Events will start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. The staggered times are...

Former girls’ camp Trail’s End added to National Register of Historic Places; facility closed in 1935

Trail’s End, a former girls’ camp in southern Fayette County, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 26. The 59-acre tract is owned by Floracliff Nature Sanctuary and encompasses the former camp lodge, the surrounding forest used for camp activities, as well as remnants of additional camp facilities. Established in 1913 by Mary DeWitt Snyder, Trail’s End Camp was one of...

PSC investigates nearly 1,000 damages to gas pipelines in past year, issues more than 400 citations

A year after taking over enforcement of the state’s call-before-you-dig statute as it relates to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued more than 400 citations for violations of the law. The PSC assumed responsibility for enforcing the law on July 14, 2018. Since then, the PSC has received nearly 1,000 reports of excavation-caused damage to...

Lexington offering Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day at Bluegrass Transfer Station

The City of Lexington is partnering with the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day for non-hazardous household waste. The event will be held Saturday, July 13, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may dispose of up to one pickup truck load of non-hazardous household...