A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Earth Day is April 22, here are seven ways you can enjoy the great outdoors Kentucky-style

By Hayley Robb Building Kentucky Enjoying the great outdoors and connecting with nature has been a way to find comfort during a difficult past year, making Earth Day especially important in 2021. Kentucky is filled with beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outside, so we’ve put together some ideas for places and spaces in the Commonwealth to celebrate Mother Nature this year. 1. Take Exercise Outside Joggers...

Lexington Traditional Magnet School opens door for students who want to dance, dance, dance

For 13-year-old Zaria Forrester, dance has been a passion since she was a toddler. “I love it – any forms – jazz and ballet especially,” she said. “To learn to dance is just awesome and amazing. If you have the chance, I say go for it!” Kate Hadfield-Antonetti That’s why this seventh grader is excited about the new program at Lexington Traditional Magnet School. Dance is now part of...

Lexington Catholic’s Ben Johnson, Franklin County’s Brooklynn Miles named Ky’s Mr. and Ms. Basketball

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter For the first time in the history of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation Mr. and Miss Basketball Award, both honorees in a single season hail from the 11th Region. Ben Johnson of Lexington Catholic High School was named Mr. Basketball and Brooklynn Miles of Franklin County High School was selected as Miss Basketball. Ben Johnson (Photo from Lexington Catholic...

Small Business Optimism Index rises, but finding right candidates for jobs is a challenge

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index rose 2.4 points in March to 98.2. March’s reading is the first return to the average historical reading since last November. The NFIB Uncertainty Index increased six points to 81, which was primarily driven by owners being more uncertain about whether it is a good time to expand their business and make capital...

Billy Reed: In mourning for a building up for sale and full of memories — The Courier-Journal building

I suppose most of us have some buildings we are nostalgic about. It could be houses that we’ve made homes. Or school buildings where we were educated and made lifelong friends. Or arenas and theaters where we had a lot of fun. For me, one of those buildings is located at Sixth and Broadway in downtown Louisville. For many years, it was home to the Bingham family’s high-quality media enterprises...

Captain Don Sanders: A new Captain’s very first trip with the ‘Kiddie Crew’ and the Delta Queen

The wharfboat wreckage broke the racing water’s surface and beckoned the DELTA QUEEN like the steel teeth of an angry gator. The DELTA QUEEN blew a departure salute at 25 minutes past noon to the small crowd of well-wishers clustered on the cobblestones of the Cincinnati Public Landing. Monday, May the 8th, 1972, was a raw, windy day when the DELTA QUEEN blew a departure salute at 25 minutes past...

Natalie Deering: Get your daily GEM vitamins to improve your mental health — and get outdoors

When was the last time you touched a tree, smelled a beautiful flower, or rubbed your bare feet in the grass, dirt, or sand? The answer may surprise you when you take a moment to reflect on that question. Due to daily responsibilities like work and school, we typically spend an average of 90% of our time indoors surrounded by concrete walls, carpet floors, and fluorescent lighting (yuck). But being...

Julie Kirkpatrick: Why I took the vax and ask that you please take the vax too (we need to get back to hugs)

This has been a long and hard haul with COVID for everyone, I know. With the arrival of the vaccines, I see light at the end of this long tunnel. I was very excited to get an appointment and a follow up to receive the vaccine and without a doubt would have taken any vaccine they offered. I know there is still skepticism and resistance to getting the vax and wanted to take a minute to let you know why...

Kentucky Supreme Court to consider cases involving executive powers, including bills passed this year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Two separate cases involving Gov. Andy Beshear’s powers to issue executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be heard by the Kentucky Supreme Court. 
One case involves three bills passed by the General Assembly this year, which the governor vetoed and whose veto was overridden. 
House Bill 1 states in part that any business, for-profit or not-for-profit...

University of Louisville receives $8.6 million from CDC for COVID-19 wastewater research project

The University of Louisville has received $8.6 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to back research that could help health departments use wastewater to monitor the rate of COVID-19 infection. UofL researchers already are testing wastewater to determine whether coronavirus infection exists in different neighborhoods around Jefferson County. This new work goes one step further,...

Landslides follow historic flooding as clear and present risk to Appalachian Communities

By Katie Myers Ohio Valley Resource Elaine Tanner lives with her life partner, Jimmy Hall, at the head of Mill Creek in Letcher County. Jimmy is a sixth-generation Letcher Countian, and the land is his family land. Together, they like to roll around on their property on their ATV. But lately, Tanner’s spent more time searching for signs of damage than having fun. That’s what she was doing on Thursday...

Centre Initiative for Wellness and Athletic Excellence includes new $50 million, 135,000 square-foot facility

The largest, most comprehensive construction project to date at Centre College will create a 135,000-square-foot facility devoted to wellness and athletic excellence. It will benefit the entire campus community and set a new standard for holistic education at top-ranked residential liberal arts colleges across the nation. Designed in partnership with Cincinnati-based architects MSA Sport, the $50 million...

A threat may lurk in your aquarium in moss balls which harbor prohibited invasive zebra mussels

Freshwater mussel expert Monte McGregor held a vial up to the light inside the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Center for Mollusk Conservation, and he didn’t need a microscope to know what was in it. Three small shells in the vial carried the markings of a well-known and unwanted invasive species. “That’s classic zebra mussel with all the stripes there,” said McGregor, lead malacologist...

Ryan Quarles meets with Lexington small business owners, chefs for first ‘Restaurant Roundtables’

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles met with several Lexington small business owners and chefs today for the first stop in his “Restaurant Roundtables” series to thank Kentucky small business owners and chefs for sourcing food from Kentucky farms and hear firsthand about the challenges they faced during the coronavirus pandemic. Ryan Quarles speaks to Lexington business owners...

Kentucky tops South Central Region for Economic Development Projects per capita in 2020; NKY strong

Though the past year brought no shortage of obstacles for businesses across the globe, private-sector companies continued to announce job-creating projects in the Commonwealth as Team Kentucky works to build a stronger economy for the long-term. As evidence, Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup rankings for 2020 positioned Kentucky atop the South Central region, and third nationally,...

Beshear says most restrictions go aways with 2.5m Kyians vaccinated; 270 cases, 7 deaths Monday

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge: When 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will remove most capacity restrictions. When the goal is met, the Governor said he will lift capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons....

Community Venture’s The Met opens first commercial business, Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon

THE MET welcomes its first commercial business with the opening of Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon this weekend. The full-service hair salon’s grand opening includee a special ribbon cutting ceremony by Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton.   Carolyn Dunn, owner of Carolyn’s Crown & Glory Hair Salon, says this opening is the realization of a long-standing dream. “I’ve been a hair...

Been dreaming about travel and now ready to go — AAA reports over 70% actively planning a trip

A record 69.3% of travelers ― the highest number since the pandemic began ― say they are “ready” to travel, a sign of increased travel optimism as the vaccine rolls out across the country, according to a nationwide Destination Analysts survey conducted April 2-4, 2021. The vast majority, or 77.7%, of those surveyed are also now actively dreaming about and planning travel, the highest number...

160-year-old Historic Black Main Street Baptist Church running out of options; were promised parking

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The historic Main Street Baptist Church in downtown Lexington is considering every option, including a heartbreaking one, because of a difficult parking dispute that dates back almost 40 years. 
The nearly 160-year-old Black church, the city and Town Branch Park leaders are trying to work out a problematic parking situation that the church has lost in the construction...

BBB: Spring cleaning should include closets, basements, garages — and PASSWORDS

New season, new password. Springtime traditionally inspires people to clean out their closets. But this year, there are areas that require cleanup that may be overlooked — such as digital devices. Many people are still working from home, making the recent focus on cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information as critical as ever. BBB reminds everyone that when it’s time to clean out physical...