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Safe Ride KY offers $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving during Independence Day

The Safe Ride KY coalition has announced that it is offering Kentuckians $10,000 worth of free rides to prevent impaired driving and complement the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety’s enforcement efforts during Independence Day. Individuals can claim $10 in ride credits by downloading the Lyft app on their phones, entering promo code SAFERIDEKY4TH19, and ordering a safe ride home. The credit will...

AAA: Record-breaking 48.9 million Americans expected to travel this Fourth of July

Nearly 49 million Americans will celebrate the red, white and blue with an Independence Day getaway this year — more than ever recorded since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2000. Overall travel volume for the holiday is expected to rise 4.1 percent over last year, with an additional 1.9 million people planning road trips and other vacations to celebrate America’s birthday. For the record-high...

Division of Fire Prevention reminding Kentuckians to practice fireworks safety ahead of July 4th holiday

The Kentucky Division of Fire Prevention encourages Kentuckians to attend community events instead of celebrating with fireworks at home during this year’s Independence Day festivities. “Let the professionals entertain your family,” said Mike Haney, state fire marshal and director of fire prevention for the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. “By celebrating at a public...

Lexington Legends 2018 promotional schedule includes discounts, free kids tickets and more

Lexington Legends fans can look forward once again to a summer of fun, stachetastic new promotions at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 2018 season. The 70-game home schedule begins Thursday, April 5. The Legends, Class A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, have planned a wide variety of promotions, theme nights and discounts throughout the season and much more for fans in Central Kentucky.  A full...

Lyn Hacker: A reminder that ‘a little touch of camaraderie’ can make a big difference

I was reading on a friend’s Facebook page the other day about a situation she ran into at a big box store, where she was talking on her cell phone while walking and shopping. She noticed, and moved out of the way, of an elderly lady who was passing, and then continued on, talking and shopping at the same time. The elderly lady came back at her, yelling at her loudly in the store about being on her...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Campbellsville marks Fourth of July with state’s largest holiday celebration

Since 1976, Campbellsville has hosted the state’s largest 4th of July celebration highlighting the great freedoms of the United States of America. City leaders call the event, which attracts up to 40,000 from all parts of Kentucky, a homecoming. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue....

BBB Trends: Happy 4th — and remember you have a right to fair treatment by businesses

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau This Fourth of July, Uncle Sam and the Better Business Bureau have a couple of reminders: First, have a safe, happy holiday and enjoy your Independence Day activities.    Second, scammers may not take time off, but you deserve a day away from worry.   Keep your Fourth of July holiday safe and scam-free with these tips:   1 Never give out your personal information...

National Fire Protection Association urges leaving fireworks to the professionals on Fourth of July

Independence Day and fireworks go hand in hand, but fireworks shouldn’t go in consumers’ hands. That’s the message the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reinforcing this Fourth of July. Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers. “Each year, thousands of people are injured from using consumer...

AAA: Independence day will be historic, 44.2 million people expected to travel; here are some tips

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever. “Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence...

Lexington’s 4th of July Festival begins Friday with Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social

Celebrate our nation’s Independence Day in downtown Lexington with a four-day weekend full of fun events for the whole family. The Fifth Third Bank Presents Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival kicks off Friday, July 1 at noon with the Great American Pie Contest and culminates the evening of July 4 with fireworks outside Commonwealth Stadium. All events are free and open to the public, except...

Leave It to the Pros: Fire Marshal advises it’s better to celebrate July 4th at community events

The Kentucky Division of Fire Prevention and the state fire marshal encourage Kentuckians to attend community celebrations instead of celebrating with fireworks at home. “Using fireworks at home risks injury and property damage and may also violate local ordinances,” said state Fire Marshal Mike Haney. “I recommend that families attend local festivities instead of celebrating with fireworks at...

Army recruiter John Dow’s ‘full-circle’ service experience made him the man that he is today

From left, Dennis, John and Steven Dow before John was deployed in April 2002 (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   John Dow’s mother asked him an important question as he neared the end of high school: How did he plan to pay for college?   His family would not be paying for it, so Dow found a solution. At 17, he enlisted in the Army Reserve on Jan. 7, 1999.   At...