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Real estate market remains optimistic amid onset of coronavirus; spring housing market may be delayed

The impact on Central Kentucky real estate through March was minimal, however, the region may see a delayed spring market as the crisis takes its toll on the economy. In March, real estate sales posted a 4 percent increase in total sales over last year, with 1,133 transactions in 2020 compared to 1,088 in 2019. For the first quarter of the year, total sales ended up 10 percent over the same period...

Kentucky voter registration flatlines in March; Adams encourages online voter registration

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that Kentucky saw a flatline in voter registration in March, with the state holding a total of 3,469,912 registrants as of March 31. This is a 0.01 percent increase since Feb. 29, or only 504 additional voters. Michael G. Adams Democratic registrants represent just more than 48 percent of the electorate with 1,679,132 registered voters. Democratic registration...

Kentucky unemployment rate rises 1.6 percent in March; jobless rate 5.8 percent in wake of COVID-19

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary March 2020 unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC). The preliminary March 2020 jobless rate was up 1.6 percentage points from February 2020 and up 1.6 percentage points from the 4.2 percent recorded for the state in March 2019. The...

March General Fund receipts increase 6.8 percent over last year; Road Fund receipts up 6.0 percent

State Budget Director John Hicks reported that March’s General Fund receipts grew 6.8 percent compared to March of last year, an increase of $56.0 million. Total revenues for the month were $876.1 million, compared to $820.1 million during March 2019. Receipts have now grown 3.9 percent for the first nine months of FY20. The revenue estimate for FY20 approved by the Consensus Forecasting Group in...

Home sales remain at record levels in February; market uncertainty may affect spring sales

Real estate sales tallied the highest February numbers ever recorded in 2020. At 881 transactions, this year saw a 9 percent gain over the 805 home sales in February 2019. For the year, sales are up 14 percent after a record setting January. With 1,733 total residential sales year-to-date, 2020 is off to a great start. Single-family home sales saw an increase in sales of 8 percent, with 819 total...

Problem Gambling Awareness Month joins Kentucky Lottery, state council in outreach effort

Given that 78 percent of adult Kentuckians gamble, and with further gambling expansion in Kentucky being considered, it is increasingly important to raise public awareness that gambling can be an addictive or problematic behavior. And if gambling is out of control, individuals need to know that help is available by calling or texting Kentucky’s problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). Gov....

City of Lexington reminding residents to be prepared during Severe Storm Preparedness Month in March

The one thing Kentucky residents can be sure of is that the weather is ever-changing and unpredictable. It’s particularly true in the Spring when the seasons change, and severe storms can be at their worst. That’s why Lexington Emergency Management designates the entire month of March as Severe Storms Preparedness Month. “As we’ve experienced over the past several weeks, Kentucky weather can...

Austin Griffiths: March is Social Work Month, an annual opportunity to spotlight those helping others

It’s finally March in Kentucky, and we all know what that means. Nope, sorry, we’re not talking about basketball. March is Social Work Month—an annual opportunity to spotlight those who are dedicated to helping others to reach their full potential. The theme in 2019 “Elevate Social Work” is an appropriate way to recognize this honorable profession. Social work is often portrayed inaccurately...

Constance Alexander: March is almost here, spring’s at the door, so a poem to celebrate good days galore

The outlook’s not brilliant on Main Street today, With too many topics and too much to say. This calls for a poem with a rhyme and a beat, And couplets that tempt you to tap both your feet. It soon will be spring and March first’s almost here, So Dairy Queen opens. That should raise a cheer. In spite of the weather, we stick to our mission And line up for ice cream, a cherished tradition. Blizzard...

2015 Shop & Share Day to be held Saturday, March 28, pushed back to avoid weather

  Kentuckians are encouraged to participate in the seventh annual Shop and Share day, a one-day goods drive to benefit Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence shelters across the state. The drive will be held at Kentucky Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   In past years, Shop and Share has been held the Saturday before Super...