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God’s Pantry Food Bank to host Basket Brigade packing Thanksgiving boxes on Nov. 13-14

Every November, two weeks before Thanksgiving, hundreds of participants will come together for Basket Brigade and assemble thousands of Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed to families through the Sharing Thanksgiving program. This year Basket Brigade will look a little different, but the goal is the same — making sure families have a meal on their table for the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the...

White House virus task force puts more than half of Kentucky counties in ‘red’ or ‘yellow’ danger zone

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The latest weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force report on Kentucky showed an increase in both red and yellow zones last week, with the number of counties in the red zone increasing by 54 percent. Twenty counties, up from 13, were in the task force’s “red zone” for places where new cases of the virus numbered more than 1 per 1,000 residents...

Report says Kentucky should tighten limits on gatherings, close bars where positive tests are up

A report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended that Gov. Andy Beshear should close bars in all counties with rising percentages of positive tests for the coronavirus, limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, decrease indoor restaurant capacity to 25 percent and “increase outdoor dining opportunities.” The recommendations were in a previously unpublicized...

2020 Census Quilt — representing Ky’s 120 counties — to be showcased at libraries throughout state

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has announced a collaboration with the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA) and the U.S. Census Bureau to showcase the 2020 U.S. Census Quilt. In partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, KEHA created a unique quilt featuring a square from each of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The quilt will travel across the Commonwealth to highlight...

Unemployment rates drop in 91 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham, Woodford top list

Unemployment rates rose in 18 Kentucky counties between September 2018 and September 2019, fell in 91 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette, Oldham, and Woodford counties all recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS announces $259.3 million in sales in May

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,281 reported sales totaling $259,263,788 during the month of May. According to 2018 LBAR President John Groft, “Inventory and days on market both continue to skim along at historic lows, while buyer demand is creating competitive purchase offer situations that...

LBAR announces $215.6 million in Fayette County real estate sales in first quarter 2018

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in first quarter 2018 with 920 reported sales totaling $215,628,456. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. Residential sales decreased 12 percent from 1,050 sales reported in first quarter 2017 to 920 sales reported in first quarter...

United Way’s Back on Track Program gives $4,000 grants to business owners, students

Changes to United Way’s Back on Track program now make it easier for business owners and students to access $4,000 for expanding their business or paying for the cost of getting a post-secondary education. In just six months, participants of this program can access $4,000 along with the money they save – it’s simple and risk free, but you have to be able to save money you earn and attend financial...