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Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky’s library collections offer a wealth of resources on state and local history

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column on Kentucky collections in the state’s local libraries. By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist The first place I go when I enter the doorway of a local library in the state is to where Kentucky books (ones by Kentucky authors and/or the subject of Kentucky) are located. I’ve noticed they’re found in a variety of places, depending on the...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky’s rich, and growing, selection of literary works a treat for any bibliophile

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist As a genuine Kentucky bibliophile, I’m always ready to share books with my readers written by the state’s authors and/or about the state. Some books, for whatever reason, may have gone under the radar. Here are some, along with my synopses, that have been released in the last couple of years. I’ve used as a source some parts of my book reviews for Kentucky...

Kentucky a pandemic hot spot in mid-January; deaths spiked, but COVID-19 hospital admissions fell

Kentucky was a pandemic hot spot in the week covered by the first White House Coronavirus Task Force report from the new Biden administration, issued Thursday for a reporting week that had ended nearly a week earlier. Perhaps the most striking figure in the report was that deaths from COVID-19 were up 35 percent from Jan. 16 to Jan. 22, compared to the previous week. That reflected the increasingly...

Appalachian residents share health care stories with launch of digital Medicaid storybook

Appalachians for Medicaid has released a collection of digital stories from Kentuckians and other Appalachians whose lives have been positively impacted by the Medicaid program. The online storybook features stories from people with Medicaid coverage, health care providers, and enrollment assisters living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia that have seen improvements in their lives and...

Kentucky, Florida tied at 243 donors each after first day of annual Big Blue Slam blood drive

With the overall series tied at six wins apiece, Kentucky and Florida continue a heated rivalry with this year’s Big Blue Slam. The two blood centers and fan bases are tied after the first day of the 2021 competition, with 243 donors each on Monday. Big Blue Slam is the annual blood battle between the Cats and the Gators to see which fans can donate the most blood. The annual competition week goes...

Gasoline demand takes big jump, but less immediate impact seen at pump; Kentucky prices up 3 cents

Gasoline demand has jumped from 7.53 million barrels per day to 8.11 million barrels per day, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) measurement. A jump in demand that large typically causes a comparable rise at the pump, due to a corresponding decrease in supply. But surprisingly, the recent increase in demand had little impact on gasoline supply and only minimal impact on...

Commonwealth Education Continuum members named ahead of upcoming meeting on Jan. 27

Dozens of state policy leaders are joining next week to kick off the first meeting of the Commonwealth Education Continuum, a new effort to help students successfully progress through each level of Kentucky’s education system and into the workforce. The group will meet at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 27 via livestream at https://youtu.be/LNQQEBg5V-Y. The agenda is available at http://cpe.ky.gov/aboutus/meetings. Gov....

Kentucky unemployment rate in December rises 0.3 percent; state jobless rate now at 6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2020 unemployment rate was 6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary December 2020 jobless rate was up 0.3 percentage points from November 2020 and up 1.7 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Enrollment for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Crisis Component open through March 31

Community Action Agencies across Kentucky are now accepting applications for the Crisis Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Open enrollment will run through March 31 or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at their local Community Action Agencies. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452. “Many...

UK offers numerous online beef education opportunities for Kentucky cattle producers

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has been offering online education for many years, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty in the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences are using a variety of methods to teach beef producers. “We’ve had to get really creative to reach producers in the past year,”...

Kentucky art contest increases pollinator awareness; children ages 5-18 encouraged to participate

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky’s youth to participate in the Kentucky Pollinator Stakeholders Art Contest. The contest is designed to educate the public on the benefits of pollinators and encourage behaviors that promote pollinator habitats across Kentucky. “In agriculture, we know the importance of pollinators,” Quarles said. “This contest will allow children from...

AAA: National gas price average rising to pre-pandemic levels despite plummeting demand

At $2.31, the national gas price average is at its highest in 10 months. Pump prices have increased, despite gas demand falling from 8.1 million barrels a day to 7.4 million barrels a day ― the lowest level recorded since the end of May 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest weekly report. Today’s national average is 6 cents more than last week, 16 cents more...

General Fund receipts in December increase by $1,258,755,431, second-highest monthly total ever

State Budget Director John Hicks reported Friday that December’s General Fund receipts reflected the second-highest monthly total ever, $1,258,755,431, a 16.1 percent increase compared to December of last year. Total revenues rose by $174.4 million over last December, with increases in all the major taxes: individual income, sales, business and property taxes. December is one of the three largest...

National gas price average holds steady for 12 days; Kentucky price drops 3 cents from last week

The new year has started, but the national gas price average remains unchanged, holding steady at $2.25 for the last 12 days. Meanwhile, after climbing over a dime during the past couple of weeks, the average gas price in Kentucky began edging back downward, although the average price has been stable the last couple of days. Pump price stability at the start of the year is credited to consistent crude...

BrightView acquires four Renew Recovery Centers in Kentucky; services continue without interruption

BrightView, a comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment provider with 28 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky, has acquired Renew Recovery Centers with locations in Louisville, Georgetown, London, and Crestview Hills. All four locations officially began operating as BrightView centers on Jan. 1, 2021. Originally opened in 2014 in London, Renew Recovery was founded to address the opioid epidemic...

Christmas for the Fishes replenishes habitat; donation program collects live Christmas trees

Recycle your real Christmas tree after the holiday season by donating it for use by Kentucky’s underwater inhabitants. Starting Dec. 26, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be accepting natural Christmas trees at more than two dozen drop-off locations across the state for its annual Christmas for the Fishes program. Tree collection will continue between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through...

Kentucky unemployment rate drops 1.7 percent in November; jobless rate now at 5.6 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary November 2020 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary November 2020 jobless rate was down 1.7 percentage points from October 2020 and up 1.3 percentage points from the 4.3 percent recorded for the state one year ago. The...

Keturah Herron: Castle Doctrine and no-knock warrants blatantly contradict each other

If someone pounded on your door and kicked it open in the dark of night, what would you do? When I learned of the Breonna Taylor case, I tried to put myself in the mind of Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend. As police broke through their door in the middle of the night on March 13, 2020, neither knew who was forcibly entering their home. Fearing for their safety, Walker – a licensed gun owner –...

Brown-Forman, RNDC partner with APRON to support Kentucky restaurant and bar workers

Brown-Forman Corporation, the largest American-owned spirit and wine company selling brands in more than 170 countries, and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), one of America’s largest family-owned distributors, is partnering with APRON, Inc., to provide support and relief to restaurant and bar workers impacted by the recent COVID-19 restrictions, in Brown-Forman’s home market of...

Three hospitals, including Baptist Health, administer first COVID vaccines in Kentucky, a ‘historic day’

Gov. Andy Beshear and UofL Health officials marked a historic moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) as the first vaccines shipped to Kentucky were administered Monday morning at UofL Hospital. Three Kentucky hospitals, UofL Hospital, Baptist Health Lexington and the Medical Center at Bowling Green, each received 975 doses Monday and began their vaccination plans. Seven Kentucky...