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Plan your next ‘Safe-cation’ with 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide; features travel tips, stories

Gov. Andy Beshear, along with leadership from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, has announced the unveiling of the 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic now within reach, state officials are preparing to welcome visitors back to the commonwealth as vaccinations are distributed nationally. In response to the nation’s ongoing battle with the COVID-19,...

Petition filed with state House asks for impeachment of Gov. Beshear for actions related to pandemic

Staff report Four “citizens of the Commonwealth” have filed a petition with the Kentucky House of Representatives asking for the impeachment of Governor Andy Beshear over the handling of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The House has set up a committee to consider the petition, as required by law. Gov. Andy Beshear K.R.S. § 63.030 provides: (1) Any person may, by written petition...

FCPS Board meets for first time since passing of Manny Caulk, begins search for replacement

Fayette County Board of Education members met for the first time Monday to discuss the process of selecting a leader to replace Superintendent Manny Caulk, who passed away in December. During a work session prior to its regularly scheduled monthly planning meeting, the board affirmed a commitment to collaborate with stakeholders and work as a team to find the best candidate to shepherd the district...

Henry Clay grad Marques Warrick earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor for fourth time

KyForward staff Henry Clay High School graduate Marques Warrick has established himself as one of the best freshmen in the Horizon League this season. Warrick, now a starting guard at Northern Kentucky University, earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. It marked the fourth time this season the Lexington native has been selected for the weekly award. Northern Kentucky guard Marques...

UK players say support, criticism from decision to kneel during national anthem not distraction

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Olivier Sarr knew there would be opinions after the Kentucky Wildcats kneeled during the national anthem in Gainesville. “We understood that our gesture would have consequences,” Sarr said Monday. “We just want people to understand. We knew that some people would be mad about what we did, but we just want people to understand that it’s a peaceful way to protest...

Kentucky shines with 45 schools on list of winner for 2020 Healthy School Program

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Judged by population, Kentucky ought to have eight schools on the list of award winners in the 2020 Healthy Schools Program. Instead, it has 45. This disproportionate success is due primarily to the Baptist Health School Wellness Initiative, offered by the Delta Rural Network Center at Baptist Health Madisonville. Forty-one of Kentucky’s 45 Healthy Schools winners are...

Governor reports 3,232 new COVID cases, 25 deaths, 12.45% positivity; 119 counties in red zone

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a sharp drop in new cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky on Sunday, but the number of deaths rose, as did the state’s positivity rate. 

 There were 3,232 new cases of the coronavirus reported to state officials. That is 1,008 less than the 4,240 reported on Saturday and raises the total number of cases in Kentucky since the first one was reported last March 6 to...

Billy Reed: Still reeling from mob at Capitol and thinking of those who make a difference

Here at the start, I must admit that I am still reeling at what I saw happen Wednesday afternoon in our nation’s Capitol building. I will never get over the sight of Americans fighting other Americans for control of our revered temple of freedom. It was sad beyond belief. But it also renewed my resolve to use any forum I have to speak to my fellow Americans, especially the young people, about the...

After a ‘dark day’ in the nation’s Capitol, lawmakers and residents who were there take stock

By Jeff Young, Alana Watson, Liam Niemeyer and Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley Resource Owensboro, Kentucky, pastor Brian Gibson spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that combined religion with support for President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the election. “How many of you all believe that the people we elected are going to do what’s right tomorrow?” Gibson asked...

Brooks has ‘fun’ in return to court as UK rolls to 76-58 victory over Florida in Gainesville on Saturday

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks just wanted to have fun in his return to the court Saturday and it showed. Brooks had a blast and so did his teammates as the Wildcats (4-6, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-58 victory over Florida on Saturday in Gainesville. Keion Brooks dunks in the Wildcats’ win at Florida on Saturday. Brooks finished...

Ky. author and retired NKU professor Stephen Leigh’s new sci-fi book to hit shelves in February

By Natalie Hamren NKyTribune reporter Retired Northern Kentucky University professor and current author Stephen Leigh is releasing a new book, Amid the Crowd of Stars, about cultural conflict and infection in February.  When he was writing the novel, he didn’t know how his book would parallel the current COVID-19 pandemic. “I kind of realized toward the end of writing this thing that, to some...

Beshear reports 4,750 new cases, 13 deaths, gives update on unemployment and vaccines

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the third-highest ever report of new COVID-19 cases, surpassed only by the Jan. 7 and Jan. 6 reports. The Governor has reported 15,403 new COVID-19 cases in just three days. He reported 4,750 new cases and 13 deaths and a positivity rate of 11.9%. Fayette County reported 302 cases. “We are at a really tough point once again in our war against COVID-19. We have successfully...

UK’s Brooks cleared to play Saturday at Florida; suffered foot injury during preseason workouts

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today University of Kentucky forward Keion Brooks’ last game was at Florida a year ago. Brooks will return to the lineup when the Wildcats take on the Gators on Saturday in Gainesville. Brooks, who suffered a foot injury during preseason workouts, was cleared to play on Thursday. Brooks missed the first nine games and is the team’s lone returning experienced scholarship...

With veto-proof power, House Republicans keep foot on gas in early days of General Assembly session

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Armed with veto-proof power, Republican lawmakers were off and running on their top priorities Thursday. The third full day of the legislative session saw 10 bills – five in each chamber – being fast-tracked before Gov. Andy Beshear could give his State of the Commonwealth address later in the evening. It was a lightning-fast day when the House zipped through...

Beshear unveils ‘Better Kentucky Budget’ during virtual State of the Commonwealth address

The State of the Commonwealth is stronger and more prepared than most to defeat COVID-19 and sprint into the future, Gov. Andy Beshear declared in a speech to a joint meeting of the General Assembly Thursday, while thanking Kentuckians for the many sacrifices made during the pandemic. The Governor delivered his combined State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address in a virtual speech recorded in his...

Al Cross: McConnell’s speech was a turning point, as he stands up for the truth

On one of the most dramatic days in American history, Kentucky’s senior senator saw he would lose control of the Senate; fled the chamber under attack from a mob incited by a president whom he had enabled, but who probably cost him that control; and gave a speech concluding their political divorce. Mitch McConnell’s remarks, which you should read, might have been the big news of the day if not...

Fauci ‘the Einstein of epidemic diseases,’ writes Kentucky State professor who studied under him

By Narayanan Rajendran Kentucky State University The physicist Albert Einstein wrote a letter in 1939 to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that the U.S. should develop its own atomic research. That information, followed by FDR’s Manhattan Project, has changed U.S. history forever because FDR took the advice seriously. If Adolf Hitler would have developed the atomic bomb first, history would...

Gov. Beshear reports highest-ever daily cases — 5,742 — 34 deaths; need ‘centralized effort’

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the highest-ever daily report of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth and the highest positivity rate — 11.7% — since May 5. He reported 5,742 new cases and 34 deaths. Kenton County reported 216 cases and one death, an 80-year-old woman, Boone reported 199 and Campbell 101. “Today’s numbers show how critically important a centralized effort and response is...

Events at Capitol: Mitch McConnell’s remarks to Senate before/after mob; Gov. Beshear’s remarks

A civics lesson U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks yesterday regarding the Electoral College certification of vote in presidential election. In the joint convening of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate before the Capitol was overtaken by a pro-Trump mob: “We are debating a step that has never been taken in American history: Whether Congress should overrule...

LaRue County’s Savannah Boone named Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year

By Jim Gaines Kentucky Teacher Savannah Boone, an instructor at LaRue County High School, is Kentucky’s 2020 Special Education Teacher of the Year. As the winner, Boone will receive a scholarship to attend the Special Education Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. in summer 2021, a plaque and $500. Jessica Tipton of Madison Central High School (Madison County) and Amber Ervin of Old Kentucky Home...