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AAA: Kentucky sees second-largest drop in gas prices in nation; demand plummets to 12-week low

As demand dropped for a second week, so did gasoline supply levels – down nearly 3 million barrels to 231 million barrels. Despite consistently decreasing week-over-week, supplies remain at a 3 million barrels year-over-year surplus. “Typically lower supply levels translate into higher pump prices. However, even with consistent declines in gasoline stocks, that’s just not the case right now,”...

National Preparedness Month a reminder to plan ahead for emergencies; make preparation a priority

September is National Preparedness Month. During the 30 days of observation, families and communities are reminded and encouraged to plan ahead so they can be ready when disasters or emergencies strike. Exactly how to prepare means different things for different people, businesses, industries and agencies. If we’ve learned anything in 2020, it’s how quickly things can change and the importance...

King of Kentucky Bourbon to release third edition this month; will produce approximately 1,900 bottles

King of Kentucky is returning this year with the release of its third edition. Hitting shelves in September, this will be the third release for the brand. With the majority of the volume being only available in Kentucky, this year the expression will also be available in limited quantities in select markets in Illinois and Ohio. The 2020 expression will be a 14-year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and...

September is quota hunt application month; options include deer, waterfowl and pheasant

Applications for public quota hunts on public lands for deer, waterfowl, and pheasants, and statewide for sandhill cranes, will be taken online through the end of September. This year, Kentucky will offer 38 quota deer hunts, pheasant hunts on three wildlife management areas (WMAs) and several waterfowl hunts on WMAs. The sandhill crane quota is for statewide hunting. The application period for these...

God’s Pantry Food Bank recognizes Hunger Action Month in September with several new initiatives

Every September, God’s Pantry Food Bank along with Feeding America and the network of food banks around the nation stand together to fight hunger. The month is known as Hunger Action Month, and it’s a month to spread the word, take action, and dedicate to finding a solution to this hunger crisis. This year with COVID-19, Hunger Action Month activities will look a little different, but the...

Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today: September is National Preparedness Month for emergencies

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year’s theme of Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today during September – National Preparedness Month. “The many challenges we’ve experienced in 2020 should remind every Kentuckian of the need to prepare for unexpected crises...

Starting dates for Kentucky high school fall sports pushed back to September due to pandemic

By Terry Boehmker KyForward sports reporter Starting dates for Kentucky high school football games and other fall sports competition were pushed back to September by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association on Tuesday. During a virtual meeting that drew thousands of viewers, the KHSAA Board of Control voted in favor of changing the starting dates following the recent spike in COVID-19 cases around...

The Mint Gaming Hall at Kentucky Downs to open in September — just in time for live horse racing meet

Kentucky Downs is betting big with the opening of a new 30,000 square-foot historical horse racing (HHR) gaming hall in early September — just in time for its famous live horse racing meet. The Mint Gaming Hall at Kentucky Downs will add more than 600 all-new historical horse racing terminals and other amenities that will include a new multi-media Center Bar with an adjacent entertainment stage and...

Kentucky Downs’ live meet in September to include $12 million in purses, 16 stakes over six days

With the addition of a sixth day of racing, Kentucky Downs’ 2020 live meet in September will offer about $12 million in purses, including 16 stakes. Non-stakes purses were reduced in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown but remain the highest in North America. The elite all-turf RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs runs Sept. 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 and 16. The stakes, including five with Grade 3 status, total...

Unemployment rates drop in 91 Kentucky counties during past year; Fayette, Oldham, Woodford top list

Unemployment rates rose in 18 Kentucky counties between September 2018 and September 2019, fell in 91 and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Fayette, Oldham, and Woodford counties all recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent each. It was followed...

Central Kentucky sees huge increase in home sales for September; buyer demand shrinks inventory

The start of the fall season has produced a robust real estate industry with the number of transactions in September skyrocketing. Sales were up 17 percent compared to last year, with total transactions for the month reaching 1,180, compared to 1,010 in 2018. September marks three consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Single-family home sales matched overall sales, rising 17 percent overall,...

DOI celebrating Life Insurance Awareness Month in September to increase Kentuckians’ awareness

The Kentucky Department of Insurance is currently celebrating Life Insurance Awareness Month, an industry-wide campaign to educate Kentuckians about the role of life insurance in a family’s overall financial stability. A 2016 survey by Life Happens and LIMRA indicated that one in three households would struggle to afford basic living expenses without a primary wage earner. The same study found that...

LG&E and KU push for being prepared, not scared; National Preparedness Month a reminder

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company are urging the public to use National Preparedness Month (September) as a reminder to plan for emergency situations before they strike. Preparedness is a never-ending effort for LG&E and KU, with crews and employees behind the scenes working around the clock to meet the needs of customers and immediately respond to emergencies. To...

September is quota hunt application month in Kentucky; options include deer, waterfowl, pheasant

Deer, waterfowl, pheasants and sandhill cranes are among the quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources this season at state wildlife management areas and other public lands. Hunters can apply for these quota hunts throughout September by going online to fw.ky.gov. Applications are not accepted over the phone; the minimum fee is $3 per application. Kentucky Fish and...

Be prepared, not scared: September is National Preparedness Month for emergency planning

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year’s theme of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM). This nationwide effort is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare...

God’s Pantry Food Bank, hunger relief agencies designate September as ‘Hunger Action Month’

Nearly 250,000 people in Central and Eastern Kentucky are food insecure, meaning they cannot afford enough nutritious food to regularly fuel a healthy lifestyle. Supplying food and resources through more than 400 food pantry and meal programs God’s Pantry Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger by providing assistance across its 50-county service area. The Food Bank cannot do it alone – they...

Be aware and prepared — Gov. Bevin proclaims September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Visit www.ready.gov for a host of ideas throughout National Preparedness Month. Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year, from...

Happel and Hammertime golf tourneys benefit UofL cancer center Sept. 12, 14

Funds raised from the tournaments will go toward a new cancer screening van.   Two golf tournaments in September will benefit the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center.   The seventh annual Don Happel Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Eagle Creek Golf Course in La Grange, and the fifth annual Hammertime Golf Scramble will be Monday, Sept....