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Two more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Harrison County, bringing total to five in county, eight in Ky.

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), both in Harrison County, Tuesday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to eight. All eight are in isolation. “As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this....

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...

Clinicians suspected Kentucky’s first case of coronavirus, but patient didn’t qualify for testing

Crystal Miller, head of the health department serving Harrison County, at a press conference Saturday. Others, L to R: Gov. Andy Beshear; Health Commissioner Steven Stack; Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett; Cynthiana Mayor James Smith; and Mark Newman, head of UK HealthCare. (Photo from KHN) By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky found its first case of the new coronavirus,...

NKU history students partnering with five Kentucky counties to research history of bourbon journey

Northern Kentucky University history students are working with five Kentucky counties to research the history of the Commonwealth’s original bourbon journey.  In his book, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, acclaimed author Fred Minnick noted that given “all the facts we have, Jacob Spears is bourbon’s most probable creator.” Spears, whose distillery was located...

Cynthiana’s E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions plans $6.8 million expansion, to create 100 new jobs

E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of commercial truck bodies, will invest more than $6.85 million and create 100 jobs with an expansion at its Harrison County facility. E-Z Pack’s parent company, Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings LLC (CSTH), is negotiating to purchase the 350,000-square-foot facility where it has operated the past dozen years, as the company currently leases...

Harrison County’s Gracie Furnish named eastern region vice president of National FFA

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Gracie Furnish of Harrison County on her election as Eastern Region vice president at the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis. “Gracie is one of six officers who will lead FFA at the national level,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As an FFA kid myself, I know being elected a national FFA officer is a high honor that very few members...

Kentucky by Heart: Harrison County’s friendly Cynthiana has always been a community of interest

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I figure I’ve passed through the town of Cynthiana, Kentucky, in Harrison County, a couple of thousand times in my life. For all the years attending college at Eastern, in Richmond, I drove back and forth on Highway 27 through the town. I also drove the same highway to my parents in northern Kentucky from homes in Winchester and Lexington for nearly four decades. Additionally,...

With a different ball on a different court, Chris Turley plays it forward in a big way

Chris Turley, a beneficiary of the Career Track program, went on to become director of the program, a part of Bluegrass Area Development District. He recently was named director of BGADD’s Workforce Services.   By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward   It was a simple setup on a college campus sidewalk: a single table, a single man named Tony Mattingly, a single program called...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Streams are finally low, clear and smallmouth bass are hungry

David Baker, stream biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds two smallmouth bass collected from the South Fork of Licking River in Harrison County during population sampling. September and October are fantastic months to fish for smallmouth bass in Kentucky streams. After a wet spring and summer, streams across the state are in the best shape since spring.   By...

2012 Review: Hemp, and death of advocate Gatewood Galbraith, drew national audience

One of Kentucky’s most colorful characters, perennial gubernatorial candidate and advocate for legalized hemp, Gatewood Galbraith, died in 2012 – but the issue he fought for came to life, at least in the “industrial hemp” form. On the national level, hemp/marijuana proponents won their battles on the ballots in several states, creating some “smoke” of mini-momentum, as other states...