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Governor updates Kentuckians on winter weather as state prepares for third storm in eight days

Gov. Andy Beshear said road crews are continuing to work around the clock to clear roads as the state prepares for its third winter storm in eight days, expected to start this evening. “We have now made it through two winter storms, with a third on the way. I’m happy to be able to say we had a relatively quiet night, but let me stress that – even with a bit of a break in the weather – it’s...

Winter storm has state on high alert, with more on the way; officals urge limiting travel when possible

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today State officials are urging Kentuckians to limit travel as much as possible due to the current winter storm as well as one that is forecast for Wednesday into Thursday. During a Monday morning press briefing, Gov. Andy Beshear said, “The roads are already dangerous in places. So, if you have to be out, I hope you are taking extra time, I hope you have reduced speed and...

FBI warns of hostile gatherings at state capitals; Beshear closes Capitol grounds on Sunday

Staff Report The FBI has warned every state governor about the potential for demonstrations at state capitals across the nation, in the wake of violence at the nation’s Capitol and the coming inauguration of President-Elect Joseph Biden. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced heightened security measures around the Kentucky State Capitol grounds in Frankfort and, in interviews on national TV, has decried...

Kentucky National Guard will deploy to Washington D.C., state Capitol on inauguration day

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard is sending 270 members to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. The soldiers and airmen will assist in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protest. These Guardsmen will begin leaving the state in the next several days, and will be...

Kentucky National Guard troops remain in Louisville for second night to provide community support

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops remain deployed in Louisville for a second consecutive night on Sunday. Called out on Saturday at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Guard says they will continue to provide support in and around Louisville to help provide safety and protection to residents and property. More than 400 KNG members...

Gov. Beshear sends National Guard to Louisville to quell violence; reports 247 COVID cases, 13 deaths

Gov. Andy Beshear said that as the state continues to address the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), outside groups are poised to create violence against peaceful demonstrators and law enforcement, in the demonstrations related to the death of Breonna Taylor.   The Governor issued a video message and signed a letter to deploy approximately 350 Kentucky National Guardsmen to help provide safety and...

Kentucky records 185 new coronavirus cases, four new deaths; Louisville field hospital progressing

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There were 185 new cases of coronavirus reported in Kentucky on Saturday, along with four deaths, making the totals 1,840 and 94 respectively. During his daily press briefing at the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear said the four victims were from Boone, Daviess, Jefferson, and Pulaski counties. “These are 94 families, including four additional families today, that have lost...

EKU aviation alumnus Matthew Singer named 2019 Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year

Many professionals strive for years in the workplace before their efforts are fully recognized. That’s why Eastern Kentucky University aviation alumnus Matthew Singer was surprised to learn that after just two years managing the London-Corbin Airport, the Kentucky Aviation Association named him Kentucky Airport Manager of the Year for 2019. “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Singer. “Getting...

Kentucky National Guardsman Sgt. Daniel Keller receives Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan

Kentucky Today A special operations Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard received the Air Force Cross for combat valor during a ceremony here Friday in recognition of his actions on a battlefield in Afghanistan. Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, presented the Air Force Cross to Staff Sgt. Daniel P. Keller, a combat controller in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics...

Grimes leads Election Integrity Task Force post-election meeting to evaluate Ky’s voting process

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Tuesday led the Election Integrity Task Force (“EITF”) in post-election discussions concerning Kentucky’s Primary Election that occurred on May 21. Created by Grimes in 2012, the Task Force meets prior to election day and after to discuss any irregularities and continues to coordinate efforts to protect the elections. The Task Force is...

Guardsmen who fell during Vietnam era to highlight Memorial Day ceremony at Frankfort monument

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky National Guard will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the Guard Memorial on the grounds of the Boone National Guard Center here. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the return to the Bluegrass from Vietnam following a 12-month tour of duty for the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery. This year’s ceremony will highlight Guardsmen who...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Governor activates Kentucky National Guard to aid victims of flooding from heavy rains across the state

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky National Guard troops have been activated in response to continued flooding conditions resulting from heavy rain throughout Kentucky. Since Feb. 6, the state has experienced prolonged episodes of storms which have produced heavy rain, strong and gusting wind, flooding and flash flooding, landslides and mudslides across the state, according to Kentucky Emergency...

Brig. General Benjamin Adams, an aviator, retires from Kentucky National Guard after 40-year career

Kentucky Today A 40-year veteran took his final flight Saturday during a celebration of his retirement from the Army. 
Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams arrived via helicopter for his retirement as the assistant adjutant general for the Kentucky National Guard at the Army Aviation Support Facility within Boone National Guard Center, according to the State-Journal. Brigadier General Benjamin Adams speaks...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

Benjamin F. Adams III appointed as commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brig. Gen. Benjamin F. Adams III as the new Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. He will replace retired Brig. Gen. Norman E. Arflack who has been confirmed to serve as a U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Brig. Gen. Adams’ military service and exemplary record make him an ideal fit to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs,”...

KY National Guard unit, 613th Engineer Facility Detachment, departs for Middle East for year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A small Kentucky National Guard unit was joined by family, friends and Guard leadership last week as they departed for a year-long deployment to the Middle East. Around 20 members of the Springfield-based 613th Engineer Facility Detachment heard from Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Kentucky’s adjutant general. 
“The infrastructure you will build up will help stabilize the...

Mitch McConnell: Kentuckians’ generosity eases burden in wake of devastating hurricanes

Several powerful hurricanes have recently devastated the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Already, Congress has responded by providing funding to begin the recovery. We also passed legislation authorizing federal agencies that are critical to the relief efforts. Recently, the Trump administration requested a new round of supplemental funding, and the Senate remains...

Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Rural Blog: Rural areas, small towns bracing for major influx of solar-eclipse viewers in three weeks

As the historic Aug. 21 solar eclipse draws near, towns along the path of totality are bracing for tens of thousands of visitors. “Whatever the biggest event in town is, they are going to get at least twice as many people — and usually more than that,”eclipse chaser and crowd consultant Kate Russo told Deborah Netburn of the Los Angeles Times. “This is not just a science event....