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Beshear reports 1,440 cases, 42 deaths, another decrease in positivity; visits Lex vaccination site

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state’s positivity rate declined again to 6.95%, the lowest rate since Nov. 6. He reported 1,440 cases and 42 deaths. “It looks like we’re going to have fewer cases than last week which would give us five straight weeks of declining cases. The positivity rate also continues to decline,” said Gov. Beshear. “This says you’re doing the right things and we’re...

Addiction during the pandemic: Remaining in treatment while staying safe from COVID-19

By Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource Since 2012, the 2nd Chance Center for Addiction Treatment has served people in Lexington. The office sits on a busy street on the city’s north side. Similar to the heavy traffic that passes by, clients seeking treatment for substance and opioid use disorders steadily stream in and out of the building. But in 2020, the clinic had to limit that flow of patients...

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...

EKU’s King named OVC Player of the Week; No. 17 Lindsey Wilson women upset No. 4 Thomas More

Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Monday. Tre King King did a lot of scoring, and a little bit of everything else, in EKU’s 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. He finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two...

Girl Scouts in Lexington, Northern Kentucky use ingenuity for safe, social-distant cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season earlier this year with safety in mind and using new digital tools: Girl Scout Digital Cookie and Smart Cookies Mobile App platform. Now, Kentucky Girl Scouts announces its participation in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub, for facilitation of contact-free cookie...

Kentucky Nonprofit Network elects Marian Guinn, Dr. OJ Oleka as newest members for board of directors

Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN), the state association of nonprofit organizations, has elected two new members to its board of directors: Marian Guinn, President of MG Coaching & Consulting; and Dr. OJ Oleka, President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). Marian Guinn Guinn, a resident of Lexington, is a leadership coach, trainer and strategy consultant....

Henry Clay grad Marques Warrick earns Horizon League Freshman of the Week honor for fourth time

KyForward staff Henry Clay High School graduate Marques Warrick has established himself as one of the best freshmen in the Horizon League this season. Warrick, now a starting guard at Northern Kentucky University, earned Horizon League Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. It marked the fourth time this season the Lexington native has been selected for the weekly award. Northern Kentucky guard Marques...

Lexington’s Alex Otte named National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, herself a survivor

Lexington native Alex Otte, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, has been named National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Otte’s family turned to MADD in 2010, when she was 13 years old, after she was severely injured by an intoxicated boat operator on Lake Herrington in Danville.   Otte was on a jet ski when a drunk boat operator slammed into her at nearly 70 mph, causing a severe...

CHI Saint Joseph Health opens outpatient surgery center in Lexington on Harrodsburg Road

CHI Saint Joseph Health is expanding options for outpatient care and increasing surgical capacity with the opening of an outpatient surgery center in the Saint Joseph Office Park on Harrodsburg Road. The new surgery center opened Jan. 4. “We are excited to announce and open this new option for outpatient surgical services for patients in Lexington and Central Kentucky,” said Bruce Tassin, CEO,...

PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour returns to Lexington on Feb. 19-20 at Rupp Arena

For the fourth time in as many years, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will buck into Lexington and Rupp Arena. America’s Original Extreme Sport is set to storm into the Bluegrass State on Feb. 19-20 with the PBR Lexington Invitational. For two nights only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate...

Lexington, Louisville band together against proposed rate hike by Kentucky Utilities, LG&E,

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The state’s two largest cities are joining together to intervene before the Kentucky Public Service Commission in a rate hike request sought by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. KU, which serves 77 counties across Kentucky including Lexington, is seeking an increase of 10.7 percent for Lexington consumers. Kentucky’s two largest cities are saying...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Netflix film has deep Kentucky connections, most ‘takes place’ in Lexington

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky New Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is encouraging a new generation of chess enthusiasts – and putting eyes on Kentucky. The show’s ties to the Commonwealth are plentiful. Its leading lady, Beth Harmon, makes waves at the Kentucky State chess championship and has trouble relating to others at her Lexington school – plus its author has a storied history...

UK College of Education alumna’s star-studded classroom brightens Zoom sessions for students

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky A school year like no other became the perfect chance for Whitney Walker to take her social studies classroom to the next level at Lafayette High School in Lexington. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Walker’s classroom had been a marvel. Nearly every inch was covered with souvenirs, maps, retro toys, puppets, folk art, kitsch and political...

Henry Clay graduate Marques Warrick earns Horizon League weekly honor for second time

KyForward staff Northern Kentucky University’s Marques Warrick has been selected as the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second straight Monday. In the eight-year existence of the award, Warrick is the first player to claim the honor in each of the first two weeks of a season. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. Henry Clay High School graduate and current NKU standout...

International Museum of the Horse launches ‘African American Horse Stories’ collaborative history website

The International Museum of the Horse at the Kentucky Horse Park has announced the launch of the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a new website designed to increase awareness, education, and access to African American history. The site builds upon information discovered for the museum’s permanent exhibit, Black Horsemen of the Kentucky Turf. Through a collaborative effort...

Senate Democrats re-elect McGarvey, Parrett in leadership positions; Thomas newly elected

Senators Morgan McGarvey of Louisville and Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown were re-elected to serve in Senate Minority Leadership positions by their Democratic Senate colleagues. Sen. Reggie Thomas of Lexington is newly elected to leadership and will become Minority Caucus Chair. He replaces outgoing Sen. Johnny Ray Turner of Prestonsburg. Sen. Reggie Thomas (left), Sen. Morgan McGarvey (center) and...

Transylvania names Shawn Lyons vice president for advancement; begins duties on Dec. 1

Shawn Lyons, a longtime development and alumni engagement expert, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for advancement. Lyons, who most recently served as a vice president at Centre College, brings more than three decades of experience and leadership to Kentucky’s oldest university. “I am delighted to join the Transylvania community. I believe in the transformative power...

Closure of three driver licensing offices — Lexington, Columbia, Florence — extended due to virus

Three Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) driver license offices that were closed last week due to cases of COVID-19 will remain closed longer than had been expected. The offices are KYTC Regional Driver Licensing offices at Lexington and Columbia and a smaller, temporary field office at Florence. Four other offices that were closed at the same time – in Jackson, Catlettsburg, Bowling Green and...

Dr. George Wright: Extending grace to loved ones, to ourselves during this holiday season

“Release the need to hate, to harbor division, and the enticement of revenge. Release all bitterness. Hold only love, only peace in your heart, knowing that the battle of good to overcome evil is already won.” — John Lewis, former civil rights activist and congressman UK campus from downtown view. (Photo by Mark Cornelison) Soon, members of our community will return to families and loved ones,...

KYTC temporarily closes seven driver licensing offices around state due to COVID-19 cases

Three regional driver licensing offices and four smaller field offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) have been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 cases. Each office will be thoroughly sanitized in keeping with KYTC Heathy at Work guidelines, and all are expected to be reopened next week. The affected KYTC Regional Driver Licensing Offices are in Lexington, Jackson and Columbia....