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Constance Alexander: Reminiscing on Memorial Days gone by, longing for simpler times, the good ‘ol days

The first Memorial Day I can remember I was three. My sister Pamela’s Girl Scout Troop was supposed to march in the parade and they wanted to do something special to make the group stand out. It was Pamela’s idea that I be enlisted to represent their emblem, the wild rose. The girls swaddled me in pink crepe paper from my knees clear up to my chin and made me sit in a wagon they pulled all the...

National Center for Women & Information Technology honors three local award winners

The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati recognized local award winners for receiving accolades from The National Center for Women & Information Technology. INTERalliance Leadership Council members Ayushe Nagpal and Mina Ryumae were recipients of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award, and Board Member Jillian Maher received the 2021 Kentucky Affiliate Educator Award. Ayushe Nagpal...

Council on Postsecondary Education caps tuition at near-historic lows in effort increase affordability

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has capped tuition increases near historic lows for the next two years, limiting the cost increase to students while also providing financial flexibility for public colleges and universities. The move allows universities to raise tuition up to 3% through 2023 – an average increase of 1.5% each year. However, campuses may not increase rates more than...

Motorists to see relief in southeast as Colonial Pipeline restart eases strain on gasoline supply

Motorists in the southeast can expect to see fuel flowing at local pumps in the coming days. The Colonial Pipeline announced this week the restart of pipeline operations. While it will take several days for operations to get back to normal, this news will help to ease the supply strain seen on the East Coast – especially in southern Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee. These areas are...

Transportation Cabinet seeking public input on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) invites the public to review and offer comments on a draft plan for the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for fiscal years 2021 through 2024. The cabinet will until June 8 for inspection and comment. Any individual, agency or organization may submit comments. “Transportation in Kentucky means more than roads and bridges,” Kentucky Transportation...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Built nearly a century ago, Herrington Lake is Kentucky’s oldest major reservoir

Herrington Lake is about 25 miles south of Lexington and forms the boundary between Mercer, Garrard, and Boyle counties. The lake was impounded from the Dix River, a tributary to the Kentucky River. The dam is about three miles above the confluence of the Dix River and Kentucky River at High Bridge. Herrington Lake (Image from Google Maps) Herrington Lake is open to the public for recreation but is...

Emergency regulations for historical racing on hold; KHRC must consider Family Foundation complaint

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Action on Tuesday by a legislative committee on emergency administrative regulations proposed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for historic horseracing machines has been postponed after the Commission temporarily withdrew them. The action was taken after The Family Foundation said it was not an appropriate use of emergency regulations by the Commission that defied...

Department of Revenue reminding Kentuckians of upcoming May 17 income tax return filing deadline

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) reminds taxpayers that the 2020 state individual income tax filing deadline is coming up on Monday, May 17. At the direction of Gov. Andy Beshear and in accordance with Senate Bill 321, the individual income tax filing deadline was extended by one month in response to continued disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This postponement followed the income...

Constance Alexander: Murray Art Guild workshop taps into participants’ creativity, one dab at a time

When Debi Henry Danielson announces, “I start with rules, but I like to break them,” participants in the workshop she is conducting at the Murray Art Guild chuckle and nod in agreement. “Whoo-hoo,” one of them cheers. A participant in the printmaking workshop shows off her work (Photo provided) This is the kick-off session of WATCHing ArtWork, a creative partnership between Murray Art Guild...

‘Hillbilly activist’ and healthcare pioneer Eula Hall dies at 93; founded Mud Creek Clinic

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Eula Hall, a self-described “hillbilly activist” and a healthcare pioneer in the eastern Kentucky mountains for decades, died Saturday morning. She was 93. 
Nearly 50 years ago, Hall founded the Mud Creek Clinic in Floyd County with $1,400 in donations in 1973. It is now known as the Eula Hall Health Center and is operated by Big Sandy Health Care. She worked until...

April revenue reports signal record-breaking gains in sales, motor vehicle taxes, record rainy day fund

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Although April state revenue won’t officially be announced until Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear says preliminary data shows the month had record-breaking gains in sales and motor vehicle usage taxes. 
According to the governor, sales tax receipts in April were $486.5 million, an all-time monthly high, and 40% higher than last April, when the COVID-19 pandemic began taking...

KY well represented on new national group overseeing throughbred racing safety, other issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is well represented on both the board of directors and standing committees of a new national organization overseeing safety and other issues being faced by the thoroughbred horse racing industry. 
The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority was created following the passage of legislation that was co-sponsored by two members of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: How to take care of those mounted fish, game bird and deer trophies

If you have hunted and/or fished for long you’ve probably visited a taxidermist a time or two, maybe more. Mounted fish, game birds and deer are reminders of happy times in the woods and on the waters, shared with friends and family. Mounts adorn the walls of our dens at home, vacation cabins, or empty bedrooms where fishing and hunting gear is stored. Mounted Wildlife (Photo by Art Lander, Jr.) Good...

‘Solid economic recovery’ boosts Kentucky’s economic outlook with major credit rating agency

Gov. Andy Beshear announced one of the big three credit rating agencies, Fitch Ratings, improved the state’s financial outlook to stable, reflecting the commonwealth’s solid economic recovery from the pandemic. In the periodic rating report issued Tuesday, analysts wrote that the rating “reflects the commonwealth’s solid ability to control revenues and expenditures to maintain fiscal balance,...

Kentuckian Ernie West, Korean War hero and recipient of Medal of Honor, dies at 89

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today WURTLAND, Ky. (KT) – Ernie West, a bona fide war hero who fought in Korea with valor so exceptional that he was singled out for the nation’s highest military honor, died Saturday. He was 89. West was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1954 one year after he rescued several other wounded soldiers under heavy fire that wounded him and ultimately cost him one eye. “The...