Area News

Pfizer vaccine offered to students 12 years of age and older

By Editor | May 18, 2021

The Bourbon County Health Department has the opportunity to offer a limited supply of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to children 12 years of age and older. If you would like to reserve a vaccine for your child, please call 987-1915. Vaccine will be offered this Thursday, May 20, 2021, 1:30 to 4:00, at the Bourbon…

Judge reverses city’s zone amendment for country club property

By Editor | May 14, 2021

From an Order entered on 5/12/2021 from Bourbon Circuit Court Clerk: “ORDER AND JUDGMENT For the reasons set forth herein, The City of Paris’ (Defendants) decisions were arbitrary when they denied the affected parties of administrative due process and did not support their findings with substantial evidence. Defendants were also arbitrary when they acted as…

Update: Main Street/US 68X project in Bourbon County

By Editor | May 12, 2021

Main and High Streets between milepoints 0.00 – 1.789 in Paris LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2021) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) advises motorists that this news release serves as an update for the Main Street/US 68X project in downtown Paris. Utility companies continued operations during winter months, and construction resumed in February. Pavement conditions are being…

Bourbon County High School from Paris, Kentucky selected to perform in 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

By Editor | April 15, 2021

NEW YORK, NY & Paris, KY – April 13, 2021 – Today, the Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels, was selected to perform in the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of Kentucky. This will mark the first Parade appearance by the band. Bourbon County High School Marching Colonels will join the celebration…

Annual Water System Flushing Program to Begin Soon

By Editor | April 6, 2021

Drinking Water Disinfection Will Temporarily Change in Some Areas LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 6, 2021) – Kentucky American Water will soon conduct its annual water system flushing program, which involves crews opening selected fire hydrants throughout the water distribution system and letting them flow for several minutes. Before, during, and, for a short period of time…

Fire disrupts downtown traffic

By Editor | March 30, 2021

A fire that begin in the Second Chance Tattoo Gallery downtown caused disruption to traffic in downtown Paris on Tuesday as Main St. had to be closed briefly for firefighters to work the fire. According the Paris Fire Chief Mike Duffy, it was an electrical fire in the rear of the structure and contained in…

Al Smith, who co-founded the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and left a broad legacy, dies at 94

By Editor | March 21, 2021

By Al Cross Albert Perrine Smith, Jr., a noted Kentucky journalist, public citizen and co-founder of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues (publisher of The Rural Blog), died peacefully Friday, March 19 at home in Sarasota, Florida. He was 94. Smith, who was born in Sarasota and grew up in Hendersonville, Tenn., once…

Kentucky Must Untie the Hands of Local Officials To Address our Tobacco Problem

By Editor | March 9, 2021

By Hal Skinner, M.D. Kentucky has a problem with tobacco use. We can’t deny it. Our smoking rates are among the very highest in the nation. Tobacco use kills more than 8,900 Kentuckians every year. That’s twice the number of COVID-19 deaths in the last 12 months; and smoking is a risk factor for severe…

Gov. Beshear Announces More Than 150 Vaccination Sites

By Editor | February 11, 2021

Six new regional vaccination sites, new mobile clinics, 10 Kroger and 15 Walmart stores, 125 pharmacies will now offer COVID-19 vaccines FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2021) – On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced six new regional vaccination sites across the commonwealth and said vaccines will now also be available at mobile clinics, 10 Kroger stores,…

In a time of trial, especially for them, Kentucky newspapers come through for their readers

By Editor | February 10, 2021

By Al Cross Director and professor, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, University of Kentucky In December, as the first coronavirus vaccines were being approved, the Commonwealth of Kentucky bought advertising in most Kentucky newspapers to get Kentuckians ready for the vaccination process. The $281,184 expense was a modest one, among billions of dollars…