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Donna Arnett: COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, effective and necessary to protect those around you

Nearly nine months since the word “coronavirus” entered our daily vocabulary, hope may be on the horizon in the form of multiple effective COVID-19 vaccines. It’s too early to declare the global pandemic done – and we must not let up on practicing basic public health measures like mask-wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing. But now is the time for everyone to prepare for the arrival...

Keven Moore: As Halloween approaches, is it a safety hazard to visit haunted houses during a pandemic?

Well, if 2020 hasn’t been scary enough for you, here comes Halloween during a pandemic. This is the season in which many of you are seeking out a haunted attraction to fuel that jolt of adrenalin while being scared out of our wits. However, how will COVID-19 come into play, and will many of our usual haunted attractions even be open this season? Will it minimize how scary they can be while visiting...

Ashland native Dylan Hanshaw assists in EKU’s creation of Student Assistance Fund for Eastern

Eastern Kentucky University student Dylan Hanshaw has always had a heart for service. The Ashland native logged more than 300 hours of community service before graduating from Boyd County High School in 2016. It is that drive to help others that led him to aid Dr. Lara Vance, director of the Student Success Center (SSC), in the creation of the Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE). A combined...

EKU’s Student Assistance Fund for Eastern crucial for students during COVID-19 pandemic

When Eastern Kentucky University established the Student Assistance Fund for Eastern (SAFE) last fall, a global pandemic on the scale of COVID-19 was only the stuff of horror novels. As the coronavirus began to impact the U.S. this past winter, devastating families, upending students’ lives and forcing EKU classes online for the rest of this semester, the fund suddenly took on even greater importance....