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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...

Chicago native Johnnie Johnson named Transylvania’s vice president for admissions

Transylvania University has named Johnnie Johnson as its vice president for admissions effective immediately. Johnson has served as the interim vice president for enrollment since July 2019. “Over the last year, Transylvania has been fortunate to have Johnnie Johnson at the helm of its student recruitment efforts,” said President John N. Williams. “His experience in admissions at Transylvania,...

Gas price increases slow nationally as demand dips; Kentucky prices at pumps only a penny higher

After weeks of watching prices tick upward with the reopening of the economy, the rate at which gas prices are increasing across the country is slowing. Thirty states only saw an increase of a penny or two over the past week, including Kentucky, causing the national average to push more expensive by just three cents to $2.13 since last Monday. In Kentucky, the average for regular unleaded inched up...

Transylvania names national expert as new VP for strategic initiatives and enrollment management

Sarah Coen, a national expert on enrollment and student success, has been named as Transylvania University’s new vice president for strategic initiatives and enrollment management. Coen, who served as dean of enrollment at Transylvania from 1999-2006, returns to the university after working for the last 10 years as senior vice president at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a national higher education consulting...

Art Inc. Kentucky awarded $75,000 for series of new art installations honoring Lexington’s East End

Community Ventures, via its artist incubator – Art Inc. Kentucky – received a significant federal grant award for a series of new art installations honoring Lexington’s historic East End. The National Endowment for the Arts announced over $84 million in awards to organizations across the country, including several Kentucky arts-based organizations. A total of 1,144 grants were awarded...

Gasoline demand steadily increasing as pump prices climb, but costs remain mostly steady in Kentucky

Just like Americans across the country, Kentuckians are filling up at the pump more and more. Despite the increased demand, the Bluegrass saw only modest increases in the average gas price during the past week. That’s not been the story everywhere, however. The slow, but steady, rise in demand has pushed the national pump price more expensive by 13 percent since mid-May. Today’s national average...

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announces leaders of citizens group established to address racial equality

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton on Monday announced Roszalyn Akins, educator, Executive Director of BMW Academy and civic leader, and Dr. Gerald Smith, University of Kentucky History professor and Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, will co-chair a group she is appointing to recommend changes concerning racial equality. “Everyone is impatient for change, including me,” Gorton said. “While I understand...

UPS partners with Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana to end epilepsy in nationwide walk

Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is partnering with UPS in the fight to end epilepsy through the nationwide Walk to END EPILEPSY initiative benefiting Kentucky and Southern Indiana. “UPS strives to be a good corporate citizen and is honored to be a partner of the Walk to END EPILEPSY,” said Justin Heckel, UPS Public Affairs. “Among our 32,000 UPS employees in Kentucky, statistically speaking,...

Bluegrass Care Navigators marks anniversary of Bright Path; specialized medical care for children

Bluegrass Care Navigators is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its pediatric palliative care program, Bright Path. Since its launch in June 2019, more than 30 families have benefitted from this program dedicated to children. Bright Path offers specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults who are living with a serious illness. The goal of Bright Path is to provide...

UK volleyball coach excited about athletic ability of incoming recruiting class — ranked No. 1 nationally

University of Kentucky volleyball head coach Craig Skinner and his staff have assembled the nation’s top recruiting class, according to PrepVolleyball. The Wildcats nabbed four of the nation’s top 27 recruits, a recruiting haul that Skinner believes can do big things in Lexington. “There is a great amount of respect for our class coming in by some of the volleyball media,” Skinner...

Lexington receives grant to help young people avoid homelessness as they leave foster care

The City of Lexington has received a $46,000 federal grant to help young people who are transitioning out of foster care avoid homelessness. “Often times we think of homelessness as being centered around adults and senior citizens, however, this grant allows us to bring to the forefront the issues centered around youth transitioning out of foster care who are at risk of homelessness,” said Austin...

Lexington to host Reforest the Bluegrass at Home event; begins this Friday, runs through end of month

For 20 years, hundreds of people came together each spring to plant tree seedlings by taking part in Reforest the Bluegrass. This year, the City of Lexington is working with community partners to provide trees people can plant at home. The need to physically distance from others this spring hasn’t allowed for a traditional event but has created the opportunity for a different, more personal one....

Lexington joins other Kentucky cities, will not open public pools this summer due to COVID-19 risk

(Photo from City of Lexington) Lexington’s public pools will not open this summer because of the health risks of COVID-19, Mayor Linda Gorton said. Lexington is following broad guidance from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and the CDC. Other Kentucky cities, including Covington and Paducah, have also closed their pools this summer. “Protecting the health of our citizens and our employees has to come...

Former Louisville field hockey player Hannah Boyle went from the turf to a career at the racetrack

By Lori Harmon University of Louisville The first Saturday in May is traditionally Derby Day – except for this year, when, like so many other events, the annual Run for the Roses was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place at Churchill Downs, which is located a mile away from the University of Louisville and brings viewers from around...

UK Colleges of Nursing, Agriculture launch ‘Heart-2-Heart’ letter writing campaign to support workers

By Parry Barrows University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Colleges of Nursing and Agriculture, Food, and Environment are partnering to launch “Heart-2-Heart,” a letter-writing campaign to show compassion and support to healthcare workers battling COVID-19. “Day-in and day-out, health care workers risk their own lives to provide care to patients fighting COVID-19. The weight of that...