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KYTC reaches milestone of 50,000 REAL ID-compliant licenses; pace of applications increasing

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has reached the 50,000 mark in number of REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards issued. Applicants increasingly are choosing the more secure credential ahead of a federal deadline for having verified identification for access to certain installations and activities. REAL ID licenses and IDs are issued only at KYTC Regional Driver Licensing...

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road to present awards this Saturday in ‘drive-in ceremony’

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road (GSKWR) has designed a new, innovative “drive-in ceremony” to recognize 100 young women from 66 Kentucky counties with two of Girl Scouts highest levels of achievement – the Bronze Award and Silver Award. Girl Scouting’s highest awards program represents girls’ dedication to making a difference for people in areas such as social services, healthcare,...

VisitLEX launches new website in redesigned space to offer personalized experience for visitors

As Kentucky restarts tourism efforts, VisitLEX has launched its new website in a redesigned space that offers a personalized experience for every visitor. The site serves multiple travel audiences and includes a variety of information from attractions, restaurants and a calendar of events to hotels, special event venues and inspirational articles written by locals. “Every part of the new VisitLEX.com...

LexArts partners with New Vista to issue call for artists to commission large-scale mural in Lexington

LexArts, in partnership with New Vista, has announced a call for artists to commission a large-scale mural for one of New Vista’s office locations at 201 Mechanic Street in Lexington. Through a statewide Request for Qualifications, three artists will be paid $500 to create a proposal specific to the New Vista location. One artist will be awarded $10,000 to realize their proposal. The deadline...

Kentucky airports receive $94.5M in infrastructure grants; CVG awarded $45 million for repairs

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the Trump administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories. “This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth...

Wreaths Across America kicks off campaign for Camp Nelson National Cemetery with mobile exhibit

Wreaths Across America for Camp Nelson National Cemetery has announced the kickoff of its 2020 wreath campaign, highlighted with a visit by the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE), a large truck-mounted display unit. Continuing to “Remember, Honor, Teach” in 2020, the group welcomes the MEE to its first visit to Kentucky. The MEE will visit Lexington and Lawrenceburg for...

Dr. Tom Shelton joins Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship as Executive Director

Dr. Tom Shelton, who has held leadership positions in national and Kentucky educational institutions, has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship. Prior to joining the Center, Shelton served as the Director of External Relations and Partnerships for the National Center for Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C. He will continue to...

First lottery game ever based on horse racing results — Win Place Show — launched statewide

Win Place Show, the first lottery game ever to be based on live horse racing, is now on sale by the Kentucky Lottery. The game revolves around Kentucky’s signature thoroughbred industry, featuring races from across the country. For each drawing, players are randomly assigned three racehorse names and numbers on their ticket for the featured race that day. Results are based on the official results...

God’s Pantry Food Bank introduces ‘More Than Just a Meal’ to continue fight against hunger

Taste of the Bluegrass would be nothing without the fabulous food and beverage makers that provide their sweet and savory offerings year after year. They have made Lexington’s longest-running tasting event possible for 40 years. While COVID-19 caused the plans to change this year, there is still a way to impact the God’s Pantry Food Bank mission of fighting hunger while also supporting the business...

Lexington native Mirlen Hernandez awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Mirlen Hernandez, a junior majoring in strategic communication and theatre at Morehead State University, was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. This grant program allows a student in need of financial support the opportunity to study and intern abroad. “I have never traveled out of state in the 21 years I’ve been alive,...

‘Alone, but not lonely’ – Patient receives new liver at UK’s Transplant Center during pandemic

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Major surgeries and extended hospital stays are harrowing enough under normal circumstances. Factor in the stress and uncertainty of a global pandemic and the resulting restrictions on hospital visitation policies, and you can get an idea what Diana Lindsey faced back in April when she received a liver transplant at UK HealthCare’s Transplant Center. Six years...

UK volleyball standouts Skinner, Stumler navigate challenging circumstances during pandemic

By Tim Letcher University of Kentucky The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people around the world do everything. And that includes college student-athletes, who had to stop in the middle of their regular schedules and adjust to the new way of the world. University of Kentucky volleyball senior Avery Skinner said that the changes that happened in the spring left herself, and the team, with...

UK graduate Cameo Kendrick elected NEA-Aspiring Educators chair to lead 40,000-member group

The National Education Association’s Aspiring Educators elected a new leader, Cameo Kendrick of Lexington, at its annual conference, which took place just prior to NEA’s Annual Meeting & Representative Assembly. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kendrick completed her degree in middle school English and social studies. During her two-year term as chair, Kendrick will work full-time...

UK campus earns gold designation from American College of Sports Medicine for health initiatives

By Beth Goins, Ryan Girves, and Meg Mills University of Kentucky Concrete walking paths meander through the University of Kentucky landscape, while bike racks dot the architecture of building fronts. Passing through campus, one might see people zooming along on skateboards, rollerblades or bikes, or jogging past pedestrians. At the impressive new student center, tall windows in one section reveal a...

AAA: Gasoline prices remain mostly steady, despite demand at highest level in four nearly months

Gasoline demand increased on the week to the highest level (8.7 million barrels per day) since March as stocks decreased, but the combination still wasn’t enough to significantly impact gas price averages in Kentucky or across the country. On the week, the national gas price average only increased a couple of pennies to land at $2.20. That is 10 cents more than last month and nearly 60 cents less...

Beshear furthers commitment to supporting innovators, small businesses across Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has taken another step in growing Kentucky’s startup ecosystem, announcing KY Innovation – the commonwealth’s office for entrepreneurial and small business support – and authorized an additional $2.6 million in funding to six public-private partnerships focusing on key regions throughout the state. Known as the Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) program,...

UK plant virologist known as ‘Veggie Man’ zooms to Kenya, helps to bridge cultures from Lexington

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky “Connection” is arguably Professor Michael Goodin’s favorite word. Whether it’s through his University of Kentucky coffee class, his research into plant diseases, his passion for food or his blog, The Green Orange Café, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment plant virologist is always looking for the connection that links everything or everyone. It...

Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington opens; expands access to REAL ID-compliant licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced the opening of a new Regional Driver Licensing Office in Lexington to further expand access to REAL ID-compliant licenses and identification cards for Kentucky residents. The office is the latest in a network of regional offices operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). Unlike other KYTC regional driver licensing offices that operate alongside local Circuit...

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...

Internationally respected veterinarian Dr. Stuart Brown joins Keeneland as Equine Safety Director

Keeneland officials have announced that Dr. Stuart E. Brown II, who cared for an international clientele during his nearly 30-year career with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, will join Keeneland full time as Equine Safety Director. “Dr. Stuart Brown is uniquely talented for the position of Equine Safety Director and to be a leader in enhancing safety practices at Keeneland and throughout...