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Closure of three driver licensing offices — Lexington, Columbia, Florence — extended due to virus

Three Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) driver license offices that were closed last week due to cases of COVID-19 will remain closed longer than had been expected. The offices are KYTC Regional Driver Licensing offices at Lexington and Columbia and a smaller, temporary field office at Florence. Four other offices that were closed at the same time – in Jackson, Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and...

KYTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices around state due to COVID-19 cases

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....

Shelley Shearer: Avoiding cavities and COVID-19 this Halloween — here are 15 tips for trick-or-treaters

It’s been an unusual year. While we are all weary of the restrictions due to COVID-19, we still need to enter the holiday season with caution. If your community allows door-to-door trick or treating, here are 15 quick tips for maintaining children’s teeth and health. 1. Agree on a Plan To be safe, kids must agree to trick-or-treating with a small group of siblings or friends, stay at least six...

U.S. Navy veteran from Florence finishing up education at Louisville after three deployments

By Kyle Hurwitz University of Louisville The United States Navy celebrates its 245th birthday on Oct. 10. Charlie Mitchell, a senior communications major from Florence, is one of the University of of Louisville’s many U.S. Navy veteran students. Charlie Mitchell Mitchell served as a personnel specialist in the Navy from January 2009 to November 2016. That service included three deployments aboard...

KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Churchill Downs, Keeneland among leading horse racing organizations to launch safety coalition

KyForward staff The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations on Tuesday announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series of significant...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Sunrise Children’s Services announces closure of two facilities in effort to optimize program structures

Sunrise Children’s Services announced this week the closure of two programs, both of which will be effective in early March. The programs being closed are Morehead Center, a 12-bed residential treatment facility for females ages 12-18, and an office in Florence that supported community-based programs. The closures affect nearly 20 Sunrise jobs across both programs. “We are seeing shifts in funding...

Kroger already expanding distribution center in Florence and adding 250 full-time associates

Only nine months after opening, a Kroger distribution center in Florence will add 250 full-time associates as the company invests nearly $18 million at the facility to support its e-commerce and digital services. “The facility has been a great success for the company since it opened, and we are excited to expand and continue our growth with the support of Boone County and the state of Kentucky,”...

Victory Lane Quick Oil Change opens KY location, sponsors NASCAR driver with Bluegrass ties

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Victory Lane Quick Oil Change celebrated the opening of its first shop in the Greater Cincinnati market, with a ribbon-cutting at the location on U.S. 42 in Florence Thursday. Florence Mayor Diane Whalen presents a water tower bobblehead to Victory Lane franchisee Brian Schreiber at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting (provided photo). Executive Vice President James...

U.S. DOT awards Kentucky Transportation Cabinet $67 million for Boone County interchange upgrades

NKyTribune staff The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has received approval for a $67 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund upgrades to interchanges at Mt. Zion Road (KY 536) and Richwood Rd (KY 388). Click to enlarge The improvements will include the replacement of traditional diamond interchanges with double crossover diamond interchanges. The project also includes construction...

Federal judge sets trial date for state’s ban on most common type of second-trimester abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federal judge has ruled that a new law banning a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, or D&E, after roughly 11 weeks will not be enforced in Kentucky until after a trial is held in November. Judge McKinley The order from Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley set the trial for Nov. 13 after vacating the preliminary injunction hearing that had...

ABB Optical Group announces plans for new $27 million Northern Kentucky distribution center

ABB Optical Group, a distributor of optical products, has chosen Florence for its new distribution center and optical laboratory. The company plans to invest as much as $27 million in the project, which is expected to create up to 223 full-time jobs. “To better serve our customers, we are expanding our footprint in the central part of the United States,” said Brad Weinbrum, president of ABB Optical...

JSH’s KY: Five ideal Kentucky locations for
a semi-long-distance commute to Lexington

At one point or another in my meandering life, I’ve spent quality time in most of the Commonwealth’s cities. Over the years, I’ve found that certain areas are more advantageous than others when shlepping back and forth to my beloved Lexington. If one must live elsewhere while working in Lexington (but hey, who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington, anyway?) I list here for your...