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Gov. Beshear announces six new regional vaccination sites and other vaccine options

Gov. Andy Beshear announced six new regional vaccination sites across the Commonwealth and said vaccines will now also be available at mobile clinics, 10 Kroger stores, 15 Walmart stores and 125 pharmacies, including Walgreens and Good Neighbor independent pharmacies. In total, there are more than 150 vaccination sites in Kentucky, in addition to local health department vaccination programs. “We...

Bluegrass Care Navigators takes Camp Hope, a bereavement program for kids, virtual and it worked

BlueGrass Care Navigators had to adjust its Camp Hope sessions this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative bereavement counselors — and the kids — adapted in ways that made the virtual camp a success. Camp Hope was held virtually in October to help children cope with the grief of losing a loved one in a safe and positive setting. While this was a new experience for our young...

BBB research: Employment scams in COVID-19 pandemic hitting those already suffering financially

In the wake of COVID-19 business shutdowns, a Better Business Bureau study shows that employment scams continue to be the No. 1 riskiest scam to job seekers. The most common “scam job” offer? According to 65 percent of respondents, the “job” was related to reshipment of packages, often involving stolen goods. Titles used include “warehouse redistribution coordinator” or similar positions....

Walmart’s 6th Anniversary of Veterans Welcome Home Commitment includes 4,500+ hires in KY

Walmart celebrates the 6th anniversary of its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment with the announcement of more than 226,000 veteran hires since its launch in 2013, including 4,534 in Kentucky. The Veterans Welcome Home Commitment guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran. “Veterans bring their strong value systems and capable leadership to our business,” said Retired...

Community comes together to make sure kids have beds; over 100 volunteers get involved

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Children in Franklin will soon have a comfortable place to sleep thanks to efforts from their community. Several organizations and groups in this south-central Kentucky town have worked for the past six months to build beds for local children in need. During the Franklin-Simpson Middle School health fair in November, two boys told Christy Ramey they did not have...

Beth Underwood: When it comes to return policies, I’m taken aback by what some people… take back

There’s a WalMart bag in the back seat of my SUV. Inside the bag, there’s a brand new pair of warm and fuzzy slipper socks, reminding me of what happens when I prematurely toss a receipt. At this point, the socks have been rendered useless. I couldn’t exchange them because apparently, they didn’t have my size, to begin with. And now that they’ve been marked clearance for the season, the value...

2018 was good year for investment in Kentucky — $5.3B in 374 individual projects, 14,500 full-time jobs

Companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky this year, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. From those investments spanning 374 individual projects, businesses plan to create more than 14,500 full-time jobs in the coming years. The state’s 2018 performance brings the Bevin...

Kentucky Proud ‘Meet-Up’ will connect produce growers and buyers at KSU on Nov. 8

Produce growers and buyers will get together to look for opportunities to work together during the Kentucky Proud Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up on Nov. 8 at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm near Frankfort. “The meet-up gives growers of all sizes the chance to pitch their products to buyers and form mutually beneficial business partnerships,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Kentucky Proud Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up set for Nov. 8, will help farmers find markets for products

Produce growers and buyers will get together to look for opportunities to work together during the Kentucky Proud Produce Grower-Buyer Meet-Up on Nov. 8 at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm near Frankfort. “The meet-up gives growers of all sizes the chance to pitch their products to buyers and form mutually beneficial business partnerships,” Agriculture Commissioner...

Walmart becomes presenting sponsor of the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, coming July 14

Kentucky Speedway and the makers of Quaker State motor oil (“Quaker State”) have announced that Walmart will be the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. The newly announced relationship will promote savings to consumers both regionally and nationwide around this summer’s annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race on July 14, 2018. Walmart’s involvement...

NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 coming up on July 14 — and KyForward is offering you some free tickets

NASCAR Weekend is coming up at Sparta’s Kentucky Speedway — and we’ve teamed up with the Speedway to offer you some free tickets for the Quaker State 400 on Saturday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Quaker State 400 presented by WALMART is recognized as one of the best battles on the NASCAR circuit. It returns for the seventh time to the Speedway this year. As they say, “The Best...

Walmart wants to give entrepreneurs a big break; apply now to make your case during ‘Open Call’

Often times, the best ideas are right in our own backyard. So, why not you? Attention entrepreneurs, Walmart is looking to serve up the big break you’ve been looking for during Walmart’s Open Call  scheduled for June 13, in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can apply now for a chance to secure a seat at a table with one of the company’s buyers by visiting the website; the deadline is May 4. “Walmart’s...

Michael J. Schmitt: PSC Chairman explains process for consideration of rate increase requests

Many Kentuckians may be unaware of the role of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in their daily lives Paraphrasing our mission statement, the PSC fosters the safe, reliable service of utilities to customers at a price that is both reasonable and also allows for the financial stability of the regulated utilities.This includes rates and service for a myriad of utilities, including electricity, natural...

Walmart to award grants to 10 Kentucky nonprofits during ‘Day of Giving’ Nov. 20 at state capitol

Walmart will host a “Day of Giving” at the Kentucky State Capitol at 1:30 p.m. Monday, awarding 10 nonprofits a Walmart Foundation Kentucky State Giving Grant. The Walmart Day of Giving, featuring local elected officials, will award grants totaling $503,000 to following organizations: • Purchase Area Development District – $108,000 • Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland – $80,000 •...

Walmart stores across Kentucky to host free health screening event Saturday

Walmart stores across the Commonwealth will be among 4,700 locations across the country to host Walmart Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 23. This free health screening event provides local residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information like: • Blood glucose • Blood pressure • Body mass index • Low-cost immunizations • In select locations, customers can also take advantage...

Walmart opens first Kentucky training academy facility in Lexington for hands-on instruction

Walmart opened its first training academy in Kentucky Tuesday in Lexington at 2350 Grey Lag Way. The Walmart Academy is a dedicated facility located within a Walmart Supercenter where hourly supervisors and department managers will receive two weeks of hands-on training spanning both the classroom and the sales floor. “This academy in Lexington is the 47th to be opened across the country and the...

Walmart hires more than 2,500 Kentucky veterans through Veterans Welcome Home Commitment

Walmart announced it has hired 2,582 veterans in Kentucky since launching its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013. The program has resulted in a total of 130,828 veteran hires nationwide, 15,176 of whom have been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility. On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible,...

Operation Homefront will provide holiday meals to military families, including 200 at Fort Knox

Operation Homefront and Walmart will distribute holiday meals to military families through the national nonprofit’s annual Holiday Meals for Military program. This year, holiday meals will be distributed at 25 events across the nation from Dec. 5 through Dec. 18. Walmart is contributing in-kind donations worth $215,000. Additionally, Walmart transportation and logistics will help deliver the food...

United Way of Bluegrass, Walmart partner with Safeway Moving to ‘Fill the Truck’

United Way of the Bluegrass is joining forces with a local Walmart and moving company for the second year to “Fill the Truck” with new toys and coats to benefit local children in need this holiday season.   Volunteers will be collecting new toys, coats and outerwear for the next two Saturdays. Customers can conveniently pick up a new toy or coat while shopping, then drop donations in the...

United Way of Bluegrass, Walmart partner with Safeway Moving to 'Fill the Truck'

United Way of the Bluegrass is joining forces with a local Walmart and moving company for the second year to “Fill the Truck” with new toys and coats to benefit local children in need this holiday season.   Volunteers will be collecting new toys, coats and outerwear for the next two Saturdays. Customers can conveniently pick up a new toy or coat while shopping, then drop donations in the...