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News for August 21st

Area churches come together for prayer event ahead of school year

As Hardin County students prepare to return to some form of learning next week, and teachers find themselves facing unprecedented expectations, local churches have taken it upon themselves to have a prayer event for these educators. Children’s Minister at Northside Baptist Church Jennifer White says this event was created after seeing her friends who are teachers struggling to prepare for a whole new kind of school year.

There is also an event for Elizabethtown students and families at Southeast Christian parking lot at the same time, as well as an event for home school groups. That event will take place at Northside.

KHSAA: Fall sports move forward

For now, it looks as if high school sports will happen in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has decided to move forward with fall high school sports. The Board of Control met yesterday morning, deciding to go with their Option 1, which maintains their previous plan for fall sports. That means fall sports, such as Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, will start full practices next Monday, August 24th. Seasons start on September 7th, except for football. The football season will kickoff on September 11th.

State and local COVID numbers from Thursday

The state’s covid-19 positivity rate slightly decreased yesterday, but case numbers are still consistent. The state reported 726 new cases as of Thursday afternoon. The positivity rate now sits at 5.18%, which Governor Beshear said was a step in the right direction. Local numbers are as follows:

  • Nelson: 8 cases
  • Hardin: 5 cases
  • LaRue: 2 cases
  • Meade, Marion, Washington: 1 case each

The district has 215 patients on home isolation, and 7 are currently hospitalized.

Kentucky to participate in unemployment benefit; checks by early September

Unemployed Kentuckians will soon be getting some bonus unemployment aid back.

The State of Kentucky will be taking part in the federal government’s renewed unemployment benefits program. Governor Andy Beshear announced earlier this week that the state would use coronavirus aid from the federal government to meet their $100 contribution for the $400 weekly payout. Beshear said he expects the state’s application to the program to be accepted quickly, though the rollout could take several weeks due to computer software updates.

Those who qualify for the aid can expect the check in early September. 

Ft. Knox reopens in-person services

Thanks to a location change and extra precautions in place, in-person church services are being held once again at Fort Knox.

Colonel C.J. King.

These services are socially distanced, and masks are required.

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