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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Covid-19 Summary for Wednesday, September 30

Visit the Governor’s Facebook page to watch today’s news conference.

Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

“Let’s start the way we always start. It’s by remembering we are going to get through this pandemic and we are going to get through it together,” the Governor said. “There is a better world on the other side of this. For every challenge we face, it’s our job to build that better world and take advantage of the possibilities and the potential that lay in front of us.”

‘The Fast 4 at 4’

Gov. Beshear on Wednesday highlighted a variety of issues of importance to Kentuckians and the commonwealth.

Support for Eastern Kentucky
Today, Gov. Beshear announced a $7 million grant to support behavioral health services in the Appalachian region.

The Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities, a CHFS agency, received the grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in response to natural disasters, including severe flooding and mudslides, which affected the area in 2019. Services supported by the grant will help adults and school-age children.

“This is a recognition of trauma, of how the world around us can impact our mental and emotional health,” the Governor said. “One of the things we can learn from this crisis that we should have learned before is that these services are critical to our overall health. We’re not healthy Kentuckians unless we are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. And we now have more tools than ever to ensure those around us are getting the help that they need. And let’s remember it’s never wrong to ask for help when you need it.”

For more information and to view the full news release, click here.

Business Expands in Leitchfield
Today, Gov. Beshear announced Busche Industries Co., doing business as Xtreme Fabrication, plans to expand its existing Leitchfield facility with 25 high-paying jobs in the coming years.

“This expansion is a major step forward in creating good-paying jobs and opportunities for the skilled workforce in Grayson County, especially after the recent loss of a major manufacturer in the region,” the Governor said. “Xtreme Fabrication has been a great part of the community over the past 13 years, and the company’s increased presence will help move Leitchfield and the surrounding area forward. I want to thank the Busche family for their commitment to the commonwealth as we work to build a better Kentucky for everyone.”

Xtreme plans to expand in response to its growing customer base with a 7,200-square-foot addition to the existing facility on Salt River Road in Leitchfield. The project would include the purchase and installation of a CNC plasma-cutting machine and traditional CNC machining equipment, and would allow the company to diversify its business and enter markets it does not currently serve.

For more information and to view the full news release, click here.

Gov. Beshear continued to encourage all Kentuckians to make a plan to vote, either by mail, in person during early voting or in person on Election Day.

“This year in Kentucky, there are more options to vote than ever, which means there are fewer excuses to not vote than ever,” said Gov. Beshear.

The deadline to register online to vote in the 2020 General Election is 4 p.m. local time on Oct. 5. Kentucky residents can register by visiting the state’s Online Voter Registration webpage.

The Governor shared a video of First Lady Britainy Beshear delivering her absentee ballot to a drop box.

“There are more ways than ever to vote this year,” she said. “It was so easy to drop off my absentee ballot.”

In addition, more than 190,000 Kentuckians have had their voting rights restored because of the executive order Gov. Beshear signed days after taking office. These Kentuckians, convicted of non-violent and non-sexual felonies, who have repaid their debts to society through completed sentences, can participate fully in our democracy. Visit to check your eligibility.

Mask Up Kentucky!
Gov. Beshear continues to stress the importance of everyone wearing face coverings, calling it the single most important action all of us can take to fight COVID-19.

“We’ve got a lot of kids who went back to in-person classes this week,” said Gov. Beshear. “Our kids can wear their masks. We as adults complain about it, but our kids can do it. I can tell you, my kids are willing to do it if it means they get to be back in school. Let’s make sure we are wearing masks in our community.”

He also encouraged Kentuckians to spread the word on social media using #MaskUpKY and #MaskUpKentucky hashtags. Starting next week, Kentuckians who use the hashtags will receive a #TeamKY mask if their post is featured as part of the Governor’s daily 4 p.m. news conference.

Freedom Award

Gov. Beshear on Wednesday welcomed to the Capitol executives with office equipment and solutions giant Lexmark International and members of the military.

“Today, we have an exciting recognition to announce. It is my great honor as the Governor of Kentucky to congratulate Lexmark International as one of this year’s recipients of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award,” the Governor said. “This award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their sustained support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.”

Among those present were Kentucky Adjutant Gen. Hal Lamberton, Col. (R) Phil Miller and Harry Wiley from the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as President and CEO of Lexmark Allen Waugerman, Brig. Gen. David Jenkins, Carl Sullivan and Patrick Brewer from Lexmark International.

“The Kentucky National Guard and Reserves are indispensable assets, and its soldiers are proud members of communities throughout Kentucky. They are our neighbors. They are the people that – outside of COVID – we sit in the bleachers with on Friday and in the pews with on Sunday,” said Gov. Beshear. “Lexmark has a long history of success and innovation in the Bluegrass, and that clearly extends to the company’s enlightened leadership, which supports its workers and all of our people with a strong military.”

Lexmark has also been named a Military Friendly Ò Employer for the fifth consecutive year, receiving the esteemed Gold designation for 2021. Lexmark’s scores exceeded the Military Friendly standard in all measured categories.

“The active, personal engagement of Lexmark President and CEO Allen Waugerman communicates a philosophy of support at every level, creating a culture that values, respects and considers itself accountable for the readiness and well-being of its Reservist employees,” said Col. (R) Miller, Kentucky state chairman of the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “I’d like to point out, that in addition to offering National Guard and Reserve members supplemental pay for their time away for military service, the Lexmark leadership team stays in contact and provides mentorship to employees who deploy overseas and they even go the extra mile to check on service member families to make sure they being taken care of.”

“We are honored to receive the Freedom Award from the Secretary of Defense,” said Waugerman. “Lexmark takes great pride in the communities where we live and work and we recognize the sacrifice that our veterans, guardsmen and their families make to support us.”

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Case Information

As of 4 p.m. Sept. 30, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 68,840 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,004 of which were newly reported Wednesday. One hundred and fifty-four of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 28 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 4 months old.

“Today’s report is a little tough. It’s the first time since March 6 that we’ve had over 1,000 cases in two consecutive days,” the Governor said. “One thousand four cases is a problem and that means we have to be more vigilant.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported four new deaths Wednesday, raising the total to 1,174 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Wednesday include an 86-year-old man from Bullitt County; a 70-year-old man from Christian County; an 87-year-old man from Fayette County; and a 74-year-old man from Jefferson County.

“We have a number of others that are still going through our process, and sadly we are waiting to get information back, but I think we will see in the coming days that this can impact even younger adults,” the Governor said.

Gov. Beshear urged people to look over and take to heart updated guidance on 10 Steps to Fight COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, there have been at least 1,459,816 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.07%, and at least 11,840 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

Information about COVID-19 and schools also is being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.

Unemployment Insurance Claims

Gov. Beshear on Wednesday presented and update on the Lost Wages Assistance program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which provides an additional $400 per week for those who qualify.

“Our first three weeks of payments are already out, already to those individuals. The fourth payment went out last night. The fifth should go out on Oct. 1 and the sixth is going out, if everything goes as planned, on Oct. 5,” the Governor said.

He also said Ernst & Young is continuing to help the state with letters of determination, a final step that has held up some payments.

Brighton Center’s Junior Board Hosting 2nd Annual Bourbon Fundraiser

Brighton Center's Junior Board and New Riff are joining forces to raise money for a great cause.

Brighton Center’s Junior Board is hosting its second annual exclusive single barrel bourbon sale fundraiser in a special partnership with New Riff Distilling. Each purchase of a $75 single barrel bourbon bottle includes Brighton Center’s logo custom etched on the bottle. 

If purchased before Monday, October 5 you will be entered for a chance to be a member of the exclusive 10-person selection team, who will choose the barrel the bourbon is bottled from on October 15. Bourbon will be available for pickup only at Brighton Center by the end of November, just in time for the holidays. 

This is a great opportunity to give a gift that also pays it forward to ensure individuals in the community have access to food, employment, job training, housing, youth services, financial education and coaching, quality child care, and recovery services.

Limited availability. Must be 21+ to purchase and enter raffle, selection team winners will be called after October 6, 2020. This is a pre-sale, Bourbon will be available for pick-up by the end of November. Bottles will be available for purchase until sold out.

“As a member of the Junior Board, I am proud of this unique fundraiser the group came up with as a way to support the amazing work happening at Brighton Center. This year has been uniquely challenging and although we are sad we can’t host our FriendsGiving event at New Riff, we are excited to still provide this fun way to support our community as we have seen first-hand the need for services offered at Brighton Center,” shares Alex Cardosi.

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The Barracks Project, Covington Partners each awarded $3,000 by 'Give Where You Live NKY'

Covington Partners received $3,000 from Give Where You Live NKY.

Nearly 30 Give Where You Live NKY neighbors gathered on Zoom last week to give $6,000 to two local charities in a process that took less than an hour. In the end, members voted to give this quarter’s prizes to The Barracks Project, based in Newport, and Covington Partners, based in Covington. 

The grants continue a year of quarterly meetings in 2020 that will bring upwards of $25,000 in giving by community members. 

“Our members have again shown their responsiveness to Northern Kentucky needs,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “These organizations both serve extremely vulnerable populations in our community- populations that get hit twice as hard in times of crisis. We thank our Give Where You Live NKY members, who are the collective engine behind these gifts to our nonprofits.” 

The Barracks Project received $3,000 from Give Where you Live NKY.

Give Where You Live NKY is a joint initiative presented by Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky and Mueller Financial, Inc., and its format lends itself to busy community members who are looking for an easy way to give back to nonprofits that serve Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties. 

“It was amazing to see the generous spirit of our Give Where You Live NKY members on full display, despite the challenging times we all face,” said Mueller Financial Partner and Give Where You Live NKY Cofounder Woody Mueller. “Give Where You Live NKY understands that the needs of our community do not stop, and we were are proud to have awarded these funds to Covington Partners and the Barracks Project.” 

The remaining 2020 Give Where You Live NKY meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10. Meetings for 2021 will be announced at the December 10 meeting. 

The Barracks Project received $3,000 from Give Where you Live NKY.

“We thank Give Where You Live NKY and its members for choosing The Barracks Project for this award,” said Founder and President Felicia Huesman. “This gift will have a substantial impact, as it puts more doors in frames, and more strong roofs overhead for Northern Kentucky's vulnerable veterans. As we approach colder months, gifts like this become even more imperative for the health and safety of our community's veterans. Thank you to all those who contribute and volunteer to make our mission success possible, and to continue to support the lives that fought for ours.” 

The giving circle runs on a tight schedule at each meeting. Participating members nominate a nonprofit of their choice, and three names are randomly selected and briefly discussed by the group. The members then vote on their favorite of the three organizations, and each member contributes $100 for the grant to the winning organization. All takes place in under an hour, just four times per year. 

“Covington Partners is grateful for the support from Give Where You Live NKY,” said Executive Director Stacie Strotman. “We are continuing to find ways to provide high-quality programming virtually as needed and eliminate the digital divide that will have long lasting effects for our most vulnerable populations. Support from the local community is the most effective way to ensure our vision of all students realizing the promise of their full potential becomes a reality.” 

The format of Give Where You Live NKY also provides a way to connect funds to nonprofits without the need for nonprofits to expend financial resources and staff time on fundraising. The previous winners of Give Where You Live grants were The Scheben Care Center in Florence; The Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, which has campus sites across Northern Kentucky; Lucky Tales Rescue in Fort Thomas; Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Covington; Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center in Florence; Family Nurturing Center in Florence; and, GO Pantry in Florence. 

The community can get involved by reaching out to Tess Brown at or 859.620.8221, or by visiting

About Horizon Community Funds 

Horizon Community Funds of Northern Kentucky is a qualified public charitable 501(c)3 organization established as a community foundation in 2017 by Northern Kentucky leaders. Its mission is to unite resources to raise the quality of life for all people in the Northern Kentucky community. Learn more at

Blue Marble Books Welcomes New Manager, Celebrates Exemplary Staff

Never has there been a more important time for our communities to support each other.

Never has there been a more important time for our communities to support each other. In these troubling times, we have been reminded of our humanity. Blue Marble Books wants our community members to know that we are here to support them. 

Like the rest of the world, Blue Marble Books has changed. Not just to follow social distancing guidelines, but also learning how to carry on in a virtual world. What has truly made Blue Marble Books stand out for over forty years has been our staff and our ability to connect with customers. We thought it would be a good time to reintroduce our staff and introduce our new manager, Caroline Stine. 

Get to know the hard-working book lovers behind every call, email, and mask:

Tina Moore was the founder and owner of Blue Marble Books.

TINA MOORE was the founder and owner of Blue Marble Books, resident children's literature expert, and friend of a great many authors and illustrators of children’s books. Tina continued to share her expertise with staff and customers until her passing in December 2016. Tina had served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Children's Booksellers (ABC) and was a founding member of the trade organization. 

She was recognized for her contributions to area literacy by winning the Silver Gertie Award (1989) and being named one of the Women of the Year in Northern Kentucky (1991). She was a founder of the Kentucky Blue Grass Awards program. Tina planted the roots of one of the most beloved independent bookstores in all of Kentucky. We continue to nurture her legacy in hopes we can continue to make as big of an impact in our community as she did.

Peter Moore

PETER MOORE was a not-so-silent partner for about 25 years, until he became an active manager of the store in 2004. While a full-time professor of mathematics at NKU during those 25 years, Peter kept up with children's books, connected with authors and illustrators, met the store's visitors, and attended children's literature festivals with Tina. 

After Tina’s passing, Peter took up ownership of the store and continues carrying on Tina’s passion. Peter can guide you in any book suggestion and genuinely enjoys meeting with every customer. With the teacher still planted in his heart (and not going anywhere), you can expect that he will sit down to read and talk to our young customers quite often, and may occasionally include a math problem.

Caroline Stine

CAROLINE STINE, originally from Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, and a ‘02 graduate of Highlands High School, has spent her artistic career as an actor, director and costume designer working in Indianapolis, Indiana; Arezzo, Italy; and Boulder, Colorado, before circling back and returning to Cincinnati to produce and direct devised physical theatre. She obtained her BA in Theatre and English at Butler University and her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. 

She is the artistic director and creator of InBocca Performance, a company that specializes in bleeding edge devised theatre in the heart of Cincinnati. Her work has been performed in all sorts of bizarre places from old lagering tunnels, the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Boulder Fringe, and the museums of Russia.

While Caroline has spent most of her career working in theatre, she has also spent large chunks of it working with books! While living in Indianapolis, Caroline managed Big Hat Books, an independent bookstore. She has also had a long and storied career with Barnes and Noble, both in Cincinnati and in Boulder, CO. 

Her favorite children's book of ALL TIME is: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood. Caroline is thrilled and excited to be starting this new adventure with Blue Marble Books!


BETSY has been a friend of Blue Marble Books for almost 40 years. 

While working as an elementary librarian, she began working with Tina to update her school’s collection. Betsy started working part-time at the store in 2001 after her district put their librarians back in the classroom. She missed working with books. Working at the store allowed her to still be around new books and the people who read, wrote, and illustrated them. She retired from teaching in 2014 and now volunteers in her district’s elementary libraries by maintaining their online card catalogs and processing their books. 

For Betsy, when providing suggestions for customers, it’s always about the child. What is the last book they read? What are their interests? She still has the true passion of a librarian.


CHRIS moved to Fort Thomas with her family in 1982. 

Often, she walked up the Avenue with her children to the original Blue Marble Books to revel in what one customer described as "organized chaos." Beginning in 1984, she sold Cabbage Patch doll clothes at the store, dressed windows and teddy bears, sewn curtains, beanbags, monkeys, and helped in setting up the Great Green Room, a re-creation of the room featured in the book Goodnight Moon. 

Chris is responsible for most of the beautiful displays in our store. She will try to find the perfect book that will capture your children's imagination and that will put them under the same spell cast on her children and countless others who have visited Blue Marble Books.


HOLLY has taught writing since 1973. 

She directed the writing certification program at Principia College and taught writing classes for both the University of Cincinnati and Writer's Digest University. She has degrees in English, Education, and Psychology. She won a National Society of Arts and Letters honor award for her first play. Two of her books were published by F&W, Writer’s Digest’s parent company. Holly started working at Blue Marble Books early in 2015. Her first love has always been children’s literature—everything from picture books to young adult, and she has collected more than 6,000 hardcover books. Which she has mostly read. In recent years, she’s also become an award-winning artist. Holly writes all of our book reviews and is the perfect source for any suggestion you may require. 


TESSA has been visiting Blue Marble Books since she was a kid. She became a regular at the store as an ambitious young reader. In 2017, she was offered the job to manage returns. Since then, her responsibilities have only grown. Tessa runs our social media pages and sometimes you can spot her running the cash register as well. Tessa has received one national Scholastic's Gold Key (the top 1% of the nation), one state Gold Key, two state Silver Keys, and several state Honorable Mentions for her poetry and short stories. 

She is a Visual Communication Design major and Creative Writing minor at NKU planning to graduate in 2022. She is also the art editor for NKU’s literary magazine Loch Norse, and often MCs their open mic nights. She has designed their logo and their new posters. In hopes to someday work in design for book layouts and covers, she hopes she can help you find a book with both an imaginative cover and a captivating story.

Newport, CRG Residential Hosts Ribbon Cutting for 'Academy on 4th' Apartment Dedication

The $37 million project was developed on the site of the former 4th Street School in Newport.

NEWPORT, KY – Officials from the city of Newport joined representatives of CRG Residential Wednesday in cutting the ribbon and formally dedicating Academy on 4th, the $37 million 202-unit market rate apartment building developed on the site of the former Fourth Street Elementary School.

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"This building is absolutely gorgeous," said Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso. "We thank and welcome CRG Residential and all of the new Newport residents who are now living in the Academy on 4th."This project is yet another example of the investment, economic development and new residents is are coming to our great city."

Carmel, Ind.-based CRG began collaborating on the project with the City of Newport in 2015. Birge & Held of Indianapolis served as the project's construction manager. The project, located within walking distance of downtown Cincinnati via the Purple People and Taylor-Southgate bridges, is located along Fourth Street between Monmouth and Saratoga streets.

"The name Academy on 4th is a nod to the academic nature of this property for the Newport community," said CRG Vice President of Development David George. "With 202 residential units and 3,000 SF of retail space, the mixed-use development is centered around a courtyard that includes a resort-style pool and an outdoor kitchen. The interior includes a 206-space parking garage, an amenity center, building offices, and an electronic parcel delivery system."

City Manager Tom Fromme said that the Academy on 4th will join a growing residential boom that includes the construction of more than 700 apartments in the city’s downtown.

“A vibrant downtown neighborhood depends on people living in the urban core,” Fromme said. “The spectacular Academy on 4th brings new resident, investment, attention and excitement to Newport and continues the amazing transformation of our city into one of the best places in Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky and the entire Midwest to live, work, visit and call home.”

CRG is now beginning on the second phase of the project, a rehabilitation of the nearby historic Southgate Street School, which until the mid-1950s served African American students and is now the Newport History Museum.

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According to Mayor Peluso, The Newport Academy opened on the site in 1799 and was one of the earliest schools west of Pittsburgh. The school, also known as the Newport Seminary, operated until 1850 when a new public school was built on the site. In the 1930s, Fourth Street Elementary was built as part of the Works Progress Administration, or WPA.

Before demolishing the building, CRG donated many of the materials that were inside the school to local charities and worked with the city to preserve portions of an historic stone wall that was part of Fourth Street Elementary. The wall was used to build a fireplace in the building's courtyard.

Deli boards were made out of the school's chalkboards. Newport Historic Preservation Officer Scott Clark presented boards to the developers, who also received a key to the city from Mayor Peluso and the Newport Board of Commissioners.

Other organizations and individuals involved in supporting the project include the City of Newport Board of Commissioners, the Newport Independent Schools Board of Education, The Catalytic Development Funding Corp. of Northern Kentucky and Southbank Partners.

Highlands Bluebirds Girls Golf Duo Headed Back to State

Toole Finishes Runner-up in Region Tournament

Highlands junior KJ Toole (left) and senior Ellie Rowland (right) celebrate after qualifying for state for the second year in a row in the 8th Region Tournament Tuesday. (Img: Twitter)

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The dynamic Highlands Bluebirds girls golf duo needed a good performance Tuesday to receive one more performance together donning the Blue and White.

Highlands senior Ellie Rowland and junior KJ Toole more than lived up to the preseason expectations of a return trip to state with top seven finishes in the Region 8 Tournament at Eagle Creek Country Club in Dry Ridge. Toole finished tournament runner-up by a stroke with a 74. Grant County sophomore Maddi Hudson earned medalist honors shooting 73. The third-place finishers scored 81.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Covid-19 Summary for Tuesday, September 29: Second-Highest Total Cases Since March

Kentucky records second-highest daily total of new cases. Visit the Governor’s Facebook page to watch today’s news conference.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2020) – Gov. Andy Beshear on Tuesday updated Kentuckians on the state’s continuing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) and said the state has reported the second-highest daily total of new cases.

“I said yesterday I believe we’re at the start of a new escalation. We’re certainly seeing that in today’s numbers. That means we’ve got to work harder. This is a war and we’ve won many battles, but we can’t walk away from the battlefield,” the Governor said. “I really need your help. Right now, moving into the fall, has the potential to be the most dangerous time we have seen in Kentucky. But it doesn’t have to be, because we know there is a vaccine in our future, we just have to get to the point where we can prove that it’s effective and deploy it to enough people. Are we willing to do what it takes to protect one another until that point in time? I think the answer is yes, but we’ve got to prove it.”

‘The Fast 4 at 4’

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman on Tuesday highlighted a variety of issues of importance to Kentuckians and the commonwealth.

Business Expands to Mount Vernon
Lt. Gov. Coleman on Tuesday highlighted Chapin International Inc., a manufacturer of metal compressed air sprayers that plans to locate a production operation in Mount Vernon. The nearly $5.5 million investment will create up to 100 full-time jobs in the coming years.

“The location will manufacture and distribute metal compressed air sprayers for industrial use, agriculture, home and garden and other applications,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “This is a great project located in Rockcastle County, and one that came together incredibly quickly.”

Chapin plans to relocate segments of existing operations in New York and Ohio to a 175,000-square-foot building in the Rockcastle Business Park. The new location will position the company to better serve customers throughout North America.

“Kentucky’s logistical advantages and ideal geographic location were major factors in our ability to bring Chapin to the commonwealth,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “We are at the center of a 34-state distribution area in the eastern U.S., with existing infrastructure necessary for companies to ship products to customers as quickly as possible.”

For more details and to view the full news release, click here.

Lt. Gov. Coleman encouraged all Kentuckians to make a plan to vote, either by mail, in person during early voting or in person on Election Day. On Tuesday, she showed that she was taking this advice herself.

“As a former civics teacher, teaching students about the democratic process and elections was one of my favorite topics,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “As we all know, record turnout is expected all across the country for the 2020 General Election.”

The deadline to register online to vote in the 2020 General Election is 4 p.m. local time on Oct. 5. Kentucky residents can register by visiting the state’s Online Voter Registration webpage.

In addition, more than 170,000 Kentuckians have had their voting rights restored because of the executive order Gov. Beshear signed days after taking office. These Kentuckians, convicted of non-violent and non-sexual felonies, who have repaid their debts to society through completed sentences, can participate fully in our democracy. Visit to check your eligibility. is the place to find information, like how to request your absentee ballot,” Lt. Gov. Coleman said. “Voting absentee is the safest way to vote this year because of COVID-19. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call your county clerk’s office to request your absentee ballot.”

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Lt. Gov. Coleman provided great news on the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to secure the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for Kentucky’s frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19.

“Two weeks ago, Gov. Beshear and I visited the Department for Public Health warehouse to show the success in securing PPE for frontline workers and other Kentuckians. PPE is a vital part of protecting Kentuckians during this pandemic,” the Lieutenant Governor said. “As of this week, our Department for Public Health warehouse has completed the stockpile. There is enough PPE for a 120-day surge.”

Lt. Gov. Coleman noted that she, Gov. Beshear and others have spared no effort from the start of the pandemic as they worked to secure more PPE.

“He will tell you: He was not sure this day would come,” she said.

The Lieutenant Governor offered thanks and praise for the many companies and countless individuals who have made this effort one of the state’s success stories in the battle against COVID-19.

Mask Up Kentucky!
Lt. Gov. Coleman also stressed the continued importance of everyone wearing face coverings, calling it the single most important thing all of us can do to fight COVID-19.

“Even our youngest learners are willing to be leaders and to do their part wearing masks in school,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman.

She also encouraged Kentuckians to spread the word on social media using #MaskUpKY and #MaskUpKentucky hashtags. Starting next week, Kentuckians who use the hashtags will receive a #TeamKY mask if their post is featured as part of the Governor’s daily 4 p.m. news conference.

Case Information

As of 4 p.m. Sept. 29, Gov. Beshear said there were at least 67,856 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 1,018 of which were newly reported Tuesday. One hundred and fifty-seven of the newly reported cases were from children ages 18 and younger, of which 27 were children ages 5 and under. The youngest was only 2 months old.

“Today we are reporting our second-highest total of new COVID-19 cases that we have had since March 6,” the Governor said. “We need you to wear a facial covering. This ought to be a wake-up call. We can’t let this thing get out of control again because we’re tired. We know the steps that it takes.”

Unfortunately, Gov. Beshear reported 8 new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 1,170 Kentuckians lost to the virus.

The deaths reported Tuesday include a 93-year-old woman from Bell County; an 86-year-old man from Bullitt County; a 77-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman from Floyd County; a 71-year-old woman from Henderson County; a 68-year-old man from Hickman County; and two women, ages 86 and 87, from Kenton County.

“When we have 1,018 cases it means we’re going to lose more people moving forward. It’s far too many,” said Gov. Beshear.

As of Tuesday, there have been at least 1,446,385 coronavirus tests performed in Kentucky. The positivity rate was 4.24%, and at least 11,792 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.

For additional information, including up-to-date lists of positive cases and deaths, as well as breakdowns of coronavirus infections by county, race and ethnicity, click here. To see all recent daily reports, click here.

Information about COVID-19 and schools is also being made available. To view the reports, click here for K-12 and here for colleges and universities.

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Dr. Stack Update

Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, offered insights Tuesday into the state of the pandemic and efforts to reopen schools.

Dr. Stack highlighted the state’s new online portal for school COVID-19 reporting.

“The K-12 cases dashboard is a tool for the public,” Dr. Stack said. “For those of you who have children in K-12 schools, you should be able to go to this dashboard, find your school by name and see the data that they’ve reported.”

Dr. Stack also announced a change to the state’s recommendations for schools about what modes of instruction they should employ depending on the positivity rate of the county. Previously, if a school was in the “red zone,” the guidance was that they needed to get back to the “yellow zone” before reopening to in-person instruction.

“The color-coding system to guide schools as to what precautions they should take in a given week is intended to identify when the disease is particularly active in your community – the entire community – so the whole community can come together to do what needs to be done to improve the situation,” Dr. Stack said. “The one change we made today is that if your county goes to red, you no longer have to go all the way back down to yellow to consider resuming in-person instruction.”

Driver’s Licenses

Today, Gov. Beshear announced that he will extend a renewal option for Kentuckians with driver’s licenses that are due to expire.

“This renewed executive order allows people to renew their driver’s license by a drop box or by mail,” the Governor said. “You still have to renew it by one of those fashions through February 2021. Now it doesn’t automatically extend, so make sure that either by that drop box or by mail you get this done.”

Levee Begins To Make Way for Next Phase of Redevelopment


More changes at the Levee - learn more about its next phase of redevelopment.

By Jessie Eden

The Newport on the Levee kicked off some demolition projects on Tuesday for its next phase of redevelopment. 

The area being demolished in the photo shows the steps which lead up on the right hand side from Brio to the main level. In recent renderings, the new design for this area shows a more direct entrance to parking for vehicles from the circle drive, a concierge station and a covered outdoor area above. 

A recent rendering from Newport on the Levee.

In the past few weeks, North American Properties, which now manages the Levee property, has released additional information on some of the changes at the Levee. A recent panel discussion outlined some of those changes in detail and the Levee's newly formed focus on becoming a community hub for the area and its focus on connectivity.

To learn more about some of the upcoming projects, programs and plans for the holidays, click here.

Shayna Hubers' Appeal Denied, Kentucky Supreme Court States No Error Found

Kentucky Supreme Court rules to deny Shayna Hubers appeal.

By Jessie Eden

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in an unanimous decision on Friday, September 25, to deny Shayna Hubers' appeal.

The appeal came about after Hubers' April 2015 trial where it was discovered that a felon had served on the jury. Hubers' moved for a new trial and in August 2018 after a 16-day retrial, the jury once again convicted Hubers and she was sentenced to life in accordance with the jury's recommendations. 

Hubers once again appealed the decision, raising questions on the jury selection and a motion to change venues due to pre-trial publicity as well as questioning the quality of some evidence presented.

According to court documents, Hubers brought up these points as a part of her appeal and stating that the court erred in the following;

- refusing to strike six jurors for cause

- refusing to grant a change of venue

- improperly admitting evidence of Hubers’s lack of remorse

- disallowing two defense exhibits

- excluding text and Facebook messages from Poston regarding his drug use

- allowing victim impact evidence during the guilt phase

- permitting the testimony of one witness 

- declaring another witness unavailable and allowing that witness to submit a videotaped testimony. 

After these items were reviewed, the Kentucky Supreme Court denied her appeal citing that the court did not err in judgement on these items.

When asked about the case, Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass stated; "We are coming up on the eight year anniversary of Ryan Poston’s senseless murder. Ryan’s family has endured eight years of sleepless nights, holidays with an empty chair at their table and the constant anxiety that comes with two murder trials and the subsequent appeals. Today, with the opinion by the Kentucky Supreme Court, the burden that comes with the legal process has been lifted. Now, they can focus on the true challenge that is before them, learning to live life without their son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend."

St. Elizabeth Opens State-of-the-Art Cancer Center

St. E unveils new 250,000 square-foot cancer facility.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare — a healthcare system with more than 115 primary care and specialty offices in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio — will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 29, to commemorate the opening of its new 250,000-square-foot Cancer Center that will meet the needs of patients in both the region and nation.

Kentucky faces the highest rates of overall cancer incidence and death in the United States. The Commonwealth also leads the nation in lung cancer incidence and death and colorectal cancer incidence.

With the ability to treat nearly 500 patients in a day, St. Elizabeth’s six-story facility will lead the way in providing personalized care and treatment in the region.

“We know our community needs enhanced cancer care now. This day could not come any sooner. The opening of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center will be a momentous occasion for our community as we work together to fight cancer,” said Garren Colvin, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth

Healthcare. “Many Kentuckians rely on St. Elizabeth for quality treatment across the healthcare continuum. Now, we will be able to provide even greater access to more individuals facing a cancer diagnosis, right here in our region and nation.”

St. Elizabeth CEO Garren Colvin

The St. Elizabeth Cancer Center will offer cancer detection, diagnosis and care — all under one roof. With an emphasis on precision medicine and genomic health, screening education and prevention, clinical research and advanced, innovative technology, St. Elizabeth will provide a seamless experience for patients undergoing treatment. St. Elizabeth is also a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, consulting with

Mayo Clinic cancer specialists and providing patients access to second opinions at no extra cost. In addition, as a member of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate and Research Networks, patients will also have access to additional clinical programs.

“As a cancer survivor myself, I know all too well how important it is to have a multidisciplinary approach to care,” said Dr. Doug Flora, executive medical director of St. Elizabeth Oncology Services. “Our new Cancer

Center leverages the best healthcare practices to provide an advanced and personalized experience to our patients. With everything our patients need under one roof, they will spend less time worrying about where their next appointment is and more time on what matters most — healing.”

The Cancer Center has been intentionally designed to provide a leading caregiving experience for patients and includes design elements that help slow the spread of germs, especially important in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key elements of the Cancer Center include:

+ doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology: 
This more than 8,400-square-foot space on the first floor of the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center complements St. Elizabeth’s personalized medical care and offers a calming space for patients. Offerings within the facility include counseling and support groups, a demonstration kitchen, patient and family resource center, art and music therapy, massage, acupuncture, meditation and more.

+ Real-time locating system (RTLS): 
Through sensors located in badges received upon check-in, this system enables a better, faster experience that eliminates the need for waiting rooms, while managing the flow of patients and associates throughout the hospital.

To staff the Cancer Center, St. Elizabeth currently employs 60 specialized clinicians. Over the next several years, the system plans to hire additional medical oncologists, surgeons and ancillary support members. 
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Celebrate with St. Elizabeth through its grand opening events from Oct. 5-9, including:

+ A tour of the facility, hosted by Dr. Doug Flora, on Facebook Live

+ Yoga therapy to learn breathing and relaxation techniques, on Facebook Live

+ A donation from Northern Kentucky-area Skyline Chilis based on purchases made on Oct. 9

St. Elizabeth associates contributed $1.5 million in support of the St. Elizabeth Foundation Cancer Center campaign, with more than 70% of associates donating. Overall, with a generous community and partners, St. Elizabeth Foundation exceeded its $35 million campaign goal.

St. Elizabeth worked with Turner Construction as the construction manager for the Cancer Center. Champlin Architecture acted as local designer and HGA Architects were lead designers.

For more information about the Cancer Center, visit

In Other Words: Six Word Memoirs Reveal True Us

 In Other Words: Six Word Memoirs Reveal True Us

By Chuck Keller

As the story goes, someone challenged Earnest Hemingway, a master of brevity, to write a short story in six words. His response - “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” - started a bit of a trend. There is now a website that presents that same challenge. They have published millions online and have produced a few books. 

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The first is titled Not Quite What I Was Planning, a wonderful examination and revelation of life. They are thoughtful, funny, reflective, philosophical, and irreverent and cover all of the phases of being human.

I used it in class as a summary technique. It forced students to be concise and it provided insight to what they understood. It can be a bit challenging at first because it’s muscle you haven’t flexed before. But once you get the hang of it, you can’t stop.

Recently, the New York Times ran a piece where they asked readers to express the pandemic in six words. I shared it and asked people to share their six word summaries or memoirs of the pandemic to date.

Here are a few of their responses; 

Italian wine, cheese, and pajamas rule!

Avoid the news, seek out nature. 

Isolated and yet even more connected.

Be like Dory. Just keep swimming. 

Boy, do I miss my family. 

Introverts excel at self isolation. 

Good thing I like my own company. 

I learned who was truly selfless. 

Dogs have never been more important. 

Thank goodness the outdoors is still open. 

Distanced and masked; unwitting Zoom expert. 

Working from home - the new normal. 

Sometimes I crave human touch. 

Will I have a business tomorrow? 

People rise to the occasions. Or don’t. 

Get up. Go Work. Dead streets. 

Wish I could change the world. 

Just one more slice of cheese. 

What the heck day is it?

I’ve never been so married. 

I am quarantine quarreling with myself. 

Wearing a mask isn’t that hard. 

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And here are my six word takes on the pandemic:

Got this. Already walked through fire. 

Accept change - it’s that or die. 

It’s just right now, not forever. 

These brief observations offer some insight as they capture the moment. Now it’s your turn. 

This is a fun activity to do with friends, family, and co-workers. I’d like to read your six word take on the pandemic. 

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Another Region Championship for Highlands Golf

Bluebirds Claim Crown by Narrowest of Margins

The Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team won the 8th Region crown Monday at Pendleton Hills Golf Course in Butler. Team members, from left, are senior Justin Gabbard, junior Jack Schneider, eighth grader Hank Shick, senior Luke Muller and sophomore Joel Craft. (Img: Twitter)

By G. Michael Graham

The 10th tournament championship of the season for the Highlands Bluebirds boys golf team came in the one circled on every team's calendars.

That came in the 8th Region championships Monday at Pendleton Hills Golf Course in Butler on a dreary day. Highlands edged Grant County, 323-324 in 18 holes.

"We tell them every time, 'Every shot matters," said Bert Richey, Highlands Head Coach. "In golf, you can't hide. Every player is equally important."

Highlands won its second region championship in three years. But unlike two years ago, only the region champion advances to the state tournament. The Bluebirds have gone to state as a team three times in the past four years. They finished region runner-up in 2017.

The Bluebirds saw seniors Justin Gabbard and Luke Muller go out strong at second and third with scores of 78 and 80 respectively. Grant County's Tyler Mitts earned medalist honors shooting a 75 on the par 72 course. Gabbard managed three birdies (one under par) and Muller had one.

Gabbard and Muller have participated in five region tournaments. They had a similar experience of bad weather in the region tournament as eighth graders in 2016. Richey said it rained hard forming pools of water on the greens among other things.

"Playing in the rain like that, you always know that everyone else has to play in the same condition so you have to come out and change your mindset to grind it out," Muller said. "You know it's going to be tough and you know it's not going to be the same. You know the scores are going to be higher pretty much no matter what. (Monday) was probably the toughest conditions I've ever played in on the back nine. The scores showed it. It was great to come out on top even with the high scores."

Highlands sophomore Joel Craft tied for fourth shooting 81. Craft had one birdie. Muller, Gabbard and Craft also helped the Bluebirds to the region championship two years ago and an eighth place finish at state.

Richey could not say enough about junior Jack Schneider. Schneider finished seventh shooting 84 in his first region tournament ever.

"(That) is absolutely amazing," Richey said. "It's not the lowest score. But that's the best round he's played all year."

Schneider recorded two birdies. He edged the fourth Grant County scorer in Brennen Gordon, who tied for eighth with an 85 with Owen County's Joe Hamilton.

"You just had to keep playing. Keep hitting the ball. Don't worry about what you used to do or what the shot was before," Schneider said. "You just have to keep getting the ball closer and closer to the hole. You had to stay strong in the mind and don't let a bad shot get to you. We all had a great time playing (Monday)."

Highlands eighth grader Hank Shick participated in his second region tournament shooting 92 to finish tied with two others for 19th out of 69 golfers.

The state tournament takes place at the Bowling Green Country Club next week. Highlands played in a tournament there Sept. 12.