Area News

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…

Downtown Paris Decorated for Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Editor | April 6, 2021

Paris, Ky. (April 5, 2021) – If you have driven downtown Paris recently, you may have noticed some extra splashes of color on the lampposts and in front of the courthouse. The blue pinwheels and Main Street banners will be up all April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. CASA of Lexington put up the decorations…

COVID and vaccination update for Bourbon County

By Editor | April 2, 2021

FROM THE BOURBON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: COVID 19 update (April 1) Again today, we received no new COVID 19 cases and released 5 that have completed their isolation period. Please continue to get vaccinated so we can continue this good news.  Register today for a vaccine at www.bourboncohd.org if you’re 18 or older. Bourbon County…

City To Explore Sidewalk Replacement

By Editor | April 1, 2021

WARREN TAYLOR | Citizen Staff Paris City Manager Daron Jordan and City Attorney Bryan Beauman briefed the City Commission about a proposed sidewalk repair/replacement program on Tuesday, March 23. The program would be modeled after a similar one implemented in Midway, Kentucky. “I think that the way it operates best for Paris, adopting the Midway…

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…

Gov. Beshear Announces 6% Increase in State’s Vaccine Supply

By Editor | February 9, 2021

Governor warns Kentuckians of dangerous snow and ice storm; some vaccine appointments postponed FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 9, 2021) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced the federal government increased Kentucky’s vaccine supply for the third time in three weeks, this time by six percent, for a total increase of 28%. “The White House announced that…