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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Americans have headed outdoors in record numbers during the pandemic

The constraints placed on indoor activities by the COVID-19 pandemic are driving people outdoors, in record numbers. Participation in traditional outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hunting, boating, tent and RV camping, hiking, and paddle sports has increased since 2019, according to a number of surveys. Other activities outside are on the rise too. For fitness and to help clear the mind of worry and...

KAHP announces latest phase in effort to promote vaccinations; will give away 20 vacation packages

Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP), the trade association representing all carriers offering health coverage in Kentucky, on Wednesday announced the seventh phase in the organization’s campaign to grow vaccine access and acceptance in the Commonwealth. Currently enrolled Medicaid members ages 21 and up receiving their first COVID-19 vaccination dose between Sept. 6 and Sept. 30 can visit...

Six from Northern Kentucky among latest graduating class of DOCJT Academy of Police Supervision

The Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) has announced 23 law enforcement officers from agencies across the commonwealth have graduated the Academy of Police Supervision (APS), including six from Northern Kentucky. APS, also called the sergeant’s academy, is a three-week, 122-hour training program targeted for newly promoted sergeants or officers who are on their agency’s promotion list...

Constance Alexander: Writer Julia Maddox introduces mamaw to ‘big city folks’ with ‘A Coalfield Christmas’

It happens all the time. Julia Maddox writes a screenplay that explores some aspect of rural life, shares it with a class at City College of New York where she is working on an MFA in Film, and gets the weirdest reactions. For example, there was the reading when all of her classmates kept mispronouncing one character’s name, apparently mystified by a “foreign” term. As she retells the story,...

Ky. Chamber tells legislators state has too many people without jobs, too many jobs without people

Kentucky’s critical workforce shortage was the focus of comments from the Kentucky Chamber to legislators at the State Fair during a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Workforce Investment. Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Ashli Watts told lawmakers Kentucky has too many people without jobs and too many jobs without people. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics...

Boone among latest Kentucky counties to transition driver’s licensing to Ky. Transportation Cabinet

Boone County is among eight counties that will make the transition in September to a new, secure driver-licensing model administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) giving Kentuckians more choices and modern services. The traditional issuance system of licenses and permits initiated at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out. It is being replaced by a network...

Kentucky Department of Revenue accepting applications for agriculture exemption numbers

The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is now accepting applications from eligible farmers for new agriculture exemption numbers designed to protect the sales and use tax exclusions available to the agricultural community. While the statutory provisions for agriculture sales and use tax exemptions have not changed, the new tax ID number requirement will ensure only those who have pre-qualified with...

Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky Venues partner to raise awareness of human trafficking at events

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and Kentucky Venues on Wednesday announced a new joint effort to raise awareness about human trafficking during large events, including the Kentucky State Fair. Kentucky Venues will partner with the Attorney General’s Office as part of the ‘Your Eyes Save Lives’ statewide human trafficking awareness campaign to train employees to recognize and report...

KDFWR stream improvement projects underway in Boone Co. as part of state mitigation program

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has started the design phase of three major stream improvement projects near the Ohio River in western Boone County. Two of the projects are adjacent to existing natural areas and parklands along Middle Creek near Boone Cliffs State Nature Preserve and the Dinsmore Homestead. A third project, which has been contracted through a turnkey provider,...

New Kentucky Southern Social bourbon weekend experience set for Omni Louisville Hotel Sept. 16-18

By Nicole Childress Building Kentucky Curious bourbon fans and collectors will love a new bourbon experience planned this September at the Omni Louisville Hotel. The inaugural Kentucky Southern Social event Sept. 16-18 is an immersive three-day experience featuring bourbon celebrity-hosted dinners and tastings, entertainment and a live auction of rare bourbon and whiskey. The Omni Louisville Hotel...

Constance Alexander: Exotic doll symbolizes one little girl’s power to speak up and speak out

Phyllis Martucci was a divorcee. The word alone throbbed with excitement but was seldom heard when I was ten years old and living in Metuchen, a small town in suburban New Jersey. Not only was Phyllis single again, but she was the recipient of something my mother called a “quickie divorce” in Reno. Such behavior was the realm of movie stars and jet setters, not territory much explored in my hometown...

At KY Refugee Ministries, two legislative leaders urge state become permanent home for Afghan refugees

Standing this afternoon in front of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries building with other supporters, state House and Senate Democratic Floor Leaders Joni Jenkins and Morgan McGarvey urged Governor Andy Beshear and the state’s eight-member Congressional delegation to offer Kentucky as a permanent home for Afghan refugees. At the press conference Today, the two General Assembly leaders will mail the...

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly, health departments working with national guard on at-home vaccinations

By Corrine Boyer Ohio Valley Resource On an overcast day in Louisville, two men dressed in scrubs get in a truck and leave the Jefferson County Health Department. A few minutes later, they arrive at an apartment complex. “We’re going to be in and out today,” Capt. Michael Hart with the Kentucky National Guard said as he stood in the apartment’s kitchen. It’s the home of Tony Leslie, who...

Sept. 11 Performance of The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat to feature four Kentucky authors

On September 11, The Long Run Massacre & Floyd’s Defeat will be presented by the Painted Stone Settlers at Shelbyville’s Red Orchard Park. The outdoor drama tells the story of Squire Boone’s Painted Stone Station in Shelby County and the real people who lived there in 1781, 240 years ago. This year four very special Kentucky authors will be part of the day’s lineup. These authors have...

Kentucky State Police using DNA project to solve Northern Kentucky cold case from 1989

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky State Police are using the DNA Doe Project, an initiative that uses genetic genealogy to identify John and Jane Does, to identify the victim and solve a 30-year-old cold case in northern Kentucky. The KSP and the DNA Doe Project are currently working on a case from 1989, in which human remains of a large male were found in a tobacco barn off KY State Highway...