Archives for July 2020

Cairo Bridge Shut Down For Maintenance

A bridge connecting Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo, Illinois, will close Saturday for extensive maintenance, meaning a long detour for those traveling between the cities, officials said.The U.S. 51 Ohio River “Cairo” Bridge is scheduled to remain closed for about a month so that crews can work along a nearly 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) section of the Kentucky approach levee and perform critical work on the bridge deck, a statement from the Kentucky Cabinet for Transportation said.

More Seed Information

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, Dr. Ryan Quarles, announced on Friday that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has created a web page for sharing updated information about recent incidents where Kentuckians have received unsolicited seeds from foreign countries.Kentuckians are encouraged to visit kyagr.com/foreignseeds to stay current on the latest information on the unsolicited seeds.

COVID-19 Cases Leveling Off

Gov. Andy Beshear reported an increase in coronavirus cases in Kentucky on Thursday but said the outbreak might be leveling off after the state was hit by a surge earlier this month.Kentucky posted 659 new virus cases, up from 619 reported Wednesday, the governor said. Total statewide cases surpassed 29,300 since the pandemic began.The state’s positivity rate – reflecting the average number of tests coming back positive for COVID-19 – was down, Beshear said Thursday.

Breathitt County Schools Restart Plan

The Breathitt County School District is looking to start school on Monday, August 24th.Officials are still looking into providing two options for students and parents.Option number one is in-person learning. Students will attend classes four days a week in-person and one virtual day. All schools will have symptom screenings for students and staff. Students in grades 1-12 will be required to wear masks in common areas where social distancing is not possible.There is also an option being presented for remote learning.

Finishing Ferry Repairs

Repairs on a ferry between Kentucky and Missouri are nearing completion, and the service will likely remain closed until sometime today, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.The Dorena-Hickman Ferry in western Kentucky needed engine repairs and is awaiting tests on the engines by a factory representative. The tests were expected to be finished sometime later this morning.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Limits Visitors

In a news release Appalachian Regional Healthcare has announced that beginning Friday, July 31, there will be no regular visitation permitted at ARH hospitals.The change comes due to a steady increase in COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution.There are three exceptions to the rule. Patients at the end of life are permitted to have two visitors, pediatric patients under 18 years of age are permitted one responsible adult and maternity patients are allowed one designated support person for labor, delivery and duration of the mother’s hospital stay. This one designated person is deemed the support person throughout the mother’s stay.

Stopping Human Trafficking

The United Way Worldwide will make a renewed push to stop human trafficking.Louisville is one of four cities to participate in the new program.The collaboration will work to identify the needs and gaps at the community level for housing, services, training and policy.One of the main goals will be to expand the Truckers Against Trafficking Program which aims to help UPS drivers spot signs of trafficking and how to report them.

KY Unemployment Security Breach

State technology workers are trying to determine the cause of another security breach in Kentucky’s unemployment system, state officials said Wednesday.The problem was discovered Monday after a claimant saw another person’s information while navigating his own unemployment application, the Labor Cabinet said.The claimant saw the other person’s employer and health information, it said.“At no time was the other individual’s name, Social Security number or other personally identifying information available,” the cabinet said.

Pikeville Post Office

The Pikeville Main Street Post Office located at 104 Main Street inside the Federal Courthouse will close temporarily beginning August 15.Postal Service officials say extensive repairs are necessary due to damage caused by a water leak. The Post Office will shut down at noon on Friday, August 15 and repairs could take several weeks.Customers may pick up post office box mail and obtain other services at the Pike Main Post Office at 281 Thompson Road. Hours at the main post office are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Bowling Green Police Chief

A Kentucky city has named one of its own to succeed a retiring police chief.Bowling Green Deputy Police Chief Lt. Col. Michael Delaney won approval from city commissioners on Tuesday, the Daily News reported.Delaney has been with the department 22 years. He succeeds Chief Doug Hawkins, who is stepping down this week.After the commissioners’ unanimous vote, Hawkins pinned the chief’s badge on Delaney’s uniform.