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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....