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Kentucky Department of Revenue sets maximum 2021-2022 homestead exemption at $40,500

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) has set the maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified individuals at $40,500 for the 2021 and 2022 tax periods. By statute, the amount of the homestead exemption is recalculated every two years to adjust for inflation. The 2021-2022 exemption reflects a $1,200 increase over the 2019–2020 exemption of $39,300. To qualify for the homestead...

WKCTC marks fourth year recognizing regional educators; nominations accepted online until Nov. 30

Being an educator was already a challenging career before COVID-19 was added to the mix. Recognizing pre-kindergarten through high school educators, administrators and staff members who have gone beyond their daily responsibilities is even more important as school employees continue to face challenges due to the pandemic. For the fourth year, West Kentucky Community and Technical College will host...

Fish and Wildlife offers virtual hunter education; exemption permit now free, limited time only

All of Kentucky’s hunter education requirements can now be fulfilled virtually, eliminating the need for in-person instruction. For those unable to complete the necessary requirements before going hunting, the department is now offering its one-year exemption permit at no cost, but only for a limited time. Hunter education, which covers the basics of hunting and provides valuable instruction on firearms...

Free pasture-finished beef production workshop offered online by UK, Virginia Tech and WVU

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef producers and consumers have a growing interest in forage-finished beef. The University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University are offering a free pasture-finished beef production online workshop Aug. 11-13 from 7-9 p.m. “Getting adequate growth to reach a ‘finished’ state and addressing market issues can be challenging for producers...

Input on Mayfield transportation study continues until Aug. 14; online site available for comments

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is continuing to offer Mayfield area residents an opportunity to comment on a city-wide planning study of transportation issues. Online comments on the Mayfield Small Urban Planning Study will be accepted through Aug. 14. The study is examining transportation safety and congestion issues within the Mayfield area. About 3/4ths of the way through the online public...

Murray State to host online Family Weekend event Sept. 11-12; parents may also visit campus

Murray State University will host an online Family Weekend event from Sept. 11-12, offering Racers and their families plenty of virtual activities in the name of Racer spirit. Family Weekend 2020, planned with social distancing and Racer Safe and Healthy Guidelines in mind, encourages students to share their college experience with their loved ones. Planned virtual activities include the following: •...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

Murray State summer orientation to be held online; sessions to include virtual campus tours

Murray State University has transitioned its 2020 Summer Orientation to an online, virtual-based format as a proactive and precautionary measure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Summer Orientation sessions will offer the opportunity for new Racers to schedule classes, participate in virtual campus tours, meet current students, faculty and staff, learn key information and take part in other special...

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...

EKU online nurse practitioner program wins UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award

Eastern Kentucky University’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program won the UPCEA South Region Program of Excellence Award for quality teaching and learning. The 100-percent online program, which was introduced in 2013, has built a reputation for academic rigor and student support. “Community is the foundation of a successful online program. Developers of Eastern Kentucky University’s...

Pew Research Center: About a quarter of U.S. adults say they are ‘almost constantly online

By Andrew Perrin and JingJing Jiang Pew Research Center As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online “almost constantly,” up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018. Overall, 77% of Americans go online on a daily basis. That figure includes the 26% who go online almost constantly,...

EKU to offer online bachelor’s of business administration beginning with Fall 2018 semester

Eastern Kentucky University will present a new option for online students in Fall 2018. Applications are now being accepted for the bachelor’s of business administration (BBA) degree with a general business concentration. EKU’s program is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It will provide a full degree program, not just a degree...

New online training course aims to increase quality in early childhood environments

  The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in partnership with Kentucky Educational Television, has released a free online training course that aims to help early childhood professionals prepare children across the Commonwealth for success in school. This course is the first free training offering to support the new STARS quality rating system to be launched later this year.   The course,...

Judy Clabes: Good journalism is alive, well
in a lot of the right places, all over the country

It was my distinct privilege once again to be invited, along with 50 or so journalism colleagues from around the country, to join in the judging of the Scripps Howard Awards sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation held recently at the prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.   For many years, as president and CEO of the foundation (the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Company),...