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State expands crisis services for Kentuckians at risk of suicide; Pathways CMHC gains accreditation

The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) has announced an additional Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) has been added to the list of accredited agencies serving as National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call centers within the state. Gov. Andy Beshear Pathways, Inc., a CMHC which serves Bath, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Menifee,...

God’s Pantry Food Bank to host Basket Brigade packing Thanksgiving boxes on Nov. 13-14

Every November, two weeks before Thanksgiving, hundreds of participants will come together for Basket Brigade and assemble thousands of Thanksgiving boxes that will be distributed to families through the Sharing Thanksgiving program. This year Basket Brigade will look a little different, but the goal is the same — making sure families have a meal on their table for the holiday. Due to COVID-19, the...

UK nursing researcher awarded $2.5 million to address health issues in rural Kentucky

By Hilary Brown University of Kentucky Kentucky is known for basketball, bluegrass music and bourbon. It ranks #12 in the country for natural beauty and is known all over the world for thoroughbred racehorses. But Kentucky also ranks highly among things it would rather not be known for, including high rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Gia Mudd-Martin, Ph.D., a researcher in the University...

McConnell congratulates ‘Angels in Adoption,’ Chris and Angie Thomas of Louisville and son, Rowan

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Chris and Angie Thomas, of Louisville to the U.S. Capitol to congratulate them on being recognized as 2019 Angels in Adoption. Senator McConnell recommended the Thomas family for the honor. The Thomas family — children, Henry, Ned, Rowan and Burke. (Photo provided) Chris and Angie were matched with their son, Rowan, from Ethiopia in 2016. Unfortunately,...

Kentucky Department of Education Summer Food Service Program seeks sponsors statewide

Kentucky Teacher Sponsors are being sought for the 2019 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Children enjoy their lunch during a kickoff event for the Summer Food Service Program at Calvary Elementary School (Marion County). In 2018, 166 sponsors served nearly 3 million meals to children age 18 and younger at 2,600 meal sites in Kentucky. Photo by Mike Marsee While sponsors are being accepted in all...

Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS announces $259.3 million in sales in May

Real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Bluegrass economy with 1,281 reported sales totaling $259,263,788 during the month of May. According to 2018 LBAR President John Groft, “Inventory and days on market both continue to skim along at historic lows, while buyer demand is creating competitive purchase offer situations that...

LBAR announces $215.6 million in Fayette County real estate sales in first quarter 2018

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in first quarter 2018 with 920 reported sales totaling $215,628,456. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. Residential sales decreased 12 percent from 1,050 sales reported in first quarter 2017 to 920 sales reported in first quarter...