Archives for November 2020

First Female University President Dies

Mary L. Smith, the first female president of Kentucky State University, has died at the age of 84, the university said.Smith died at her home Saturday, the historically Black university said.Smith served as Kentucky State’s president from 1991 to 1998. Before that she was special assistant to the president and an education professor. She also served as interim president and vice president for academic affairs.

AAA Safety Tips

As rain and snow return to the area Monday and Tuesday, AAA advises drivers to brush up on their winter driving skills.AAA spokesperson Jenifer Moore says drivers should get their cars checked before driving this winter to avoid repairs down the road.She also says drivers should have an emergency kit, which includes:Fully charged mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car chargerBottled waterFirst-aid kitNon-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers.

Reverse Christmas Parade

Lexington’s Reverse Christmas Parade, presented by Baird, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. The reverse parade will be held on Midland Ave between Winchester Road and Main Street. Guests will remain in their vehicles as they drive down Midland to experience floats, music, and of course, Santa!

Pantry Market Solar Panels

The Pantry Market in downtown Hazard is nearing the completion of its solar panel installation.Owner Susan Brotherton says she saw an opportunity to further her business by implementing solar panels.Being the first business in Hazard to do so, Brotherton says she hopes other businesses throughout the county will follow.

Court Of Appeals Decision

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a temporary restraining order allowing religious and private schools to re-open for in-person education today in spite of an executive order from the governor’s office.An executive order issued by the governor halting in-person classes at all schools in the Commonwealth from November 23 through December 13 led to a lawsuit filed on November 20 by Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy which resulted in a temporary restraining order against the order for religious and private schools.In the Sunday ruling, the three-judge panel determined the ruling applies all public and private secondary schools in Kentucky regardless of religion.

Project Warm Feet

The Battle of Richmond Visitors Center is collecting new, pre-packaged socks to be distributed to the less fortunate in the community for its ‘Project Warm Feet.’Socks are needed for men, women and children. Athletic-type socks are preferred, according to program organizers. Socks are a common clothing item that many take for granted.Since the program began in 2014, the center has collected more than 6,000 pairs of socks.Donations can be dropped-off at the center located at 101 Battlefield Memorial Highway (US 25 & 421 split) just south of Richmond thrugh December 21st.

Salvation Army Serves Meals

Even though the hundreds of people who would normally come have a meal aren’t able to, the Salvation Army knows there is still a big need.“There always is, and that wasn’t going to change this year. And once again as more recommendations and guidance had been coming out it’s been pushing away from large family gatherings,” said Major William Garrett with the Salvation Army.Volunteers spent the morning packing hundreds of meals, and other volunteers spent the day delivering them.Garrett says around 500 meals were delivered. There are also several hundred families who came through the parking lot to pick up food.

Grayson Fire Department Festivities

For the fourth year in a row, the Grayson Fire Department is hoping to make the season brighter for its community with a big Christmas light display at their station.They say they’ve spent close to $50,000 on the display, which they’ve gotten through fundraising.The light display can be seen every night through New Year’s Eve from 6 to 11 p.m.Last winter, firefighters dressed as Buddy the Elf and the Grinch would go around town starting pillow fights with random people.

Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now it’s time to start checking off your Christmas list.Black Friday shopping has begun, but the pandemic has brought some changes to the normally busy day at the stores.Several stores, including the JCPenny in Pikeville, opened at 5 a.m. The retailer, along with several others, have offered their Black Friday sales for the last week, and even longer, hoping to limit store traffic.

KY Religious Schools Court Victory

In a ruling Wednesday night, a federal judge said that Gov. Andy Beshear cannot halt in-person instruction at religious schools in order to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.U.S. District Court Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove granted a preliminary injunction preventing the governor from enforcing his guidelines that would stop in-person instruction in private, religious schools after Thanksgiving.Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined the lawsuit brought by Danville Christian Academy and several other religious schools.