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AAA urges motorists to take every precaution to avoid car breakdowns in summertime heat

When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA emergency roadside service, so AAA is urging motorists to take every precaution in an effort to avoid a true emergency. Because of the pandemic-related shut down, many vehicles have been sitting idle for a prolonged period of time, which can lead to car trouble in itself. Now, the heat of the summer is upon us, when all drivers...

As July 4 approaches, KYTC reminds Kentucky motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Independence Day, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” Unfortunately, this summertime celebration creates dangerous road conditions when drivers choose to drive while impaired. “If you are under the influence of any substance and choose to get behind the wheel,...

Operation Dry Water in effect this weekend; conservation officers watching for impaired boaters

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will join law enforcement agencies across the nation for Operation Dry Water during the July 4 holiday weekend. Operation Dry Water is a national campaign designed to educate the public about the danger of boating while impaired. Kentucky will increase its law enforcement presence around the state’s lakes and rivers...

Kentucky sees largest jump at pump in the nation; significant increase in gas demand last week

Demand for gasoline across the the country is signaling that Americans are filling up more, according to AAA. For Kentuckians, that’s also meant higher prices at the pump. In the past week, the average gas price for unleaded in Kentucky has jumped 9 cents to land at $2.10. That’s the biggest leap of any state in the nation, week over week. It also lands Kentucky the number five spot on the leaderboard...

Lexington Parks and Recreation planning events to celebrate summer, including July 4 fireworks

Summer’s in full swing, and Lexington’s Parks and Recreation is planning several events to celebrate the season. Celebrating our patriotism Lexington is celebrating the Fourth with a twist on some favorites, the fireworks and a virtual Bluegrass 10,000, and with something new. Beginning at 10 p.m. on July 4, Lexington will light up the sky with a spectacular high-flying fireworks display designed...

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...

Mike Farrell: Reflect not only on the precious blessings of liberty but also on the price paid

The words still echo somewhere in the back of my head, almost a half-century since I first heard them: Freedom isn’t free, freedom isn’t free, you gotta pay a price, you gotta sacrifice for your liberty. As we celebrate Independence Day, the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it is important to reflect not only on the blessings of liberty but also on the price of that liberty....