Lexington Kentuky – Kentucky http://ken-tucky.com/ Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:57:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://ken-tucky.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png Lexington Kentuky – Kentucky http://ken-tucky.com/ 32 32 Toppin expects better days for him and Kentucky https://ken-tucky.com/toppin-expects-better-days-for-him-and-kentucky/ https://ken-tucky.com/toppin-expects-better-days-for-him-and-kentucky/#respond Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:35:00 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/toppin-expects-better-days-for-him-and-kentucky/

Kentucky basketball – players, coaches and support staff – moved an hour west to Bardstown on Tuesday to host the first in a series of youth camps. About 70 boys and girls attended the opening session at Thomas Nelson High School.

During a question-and-answer period, the kids asked British coach John Calipari to name the tallest player on the team, the strongest player and ultimately the best player.

It got interesting when a kid asked who the better dunker was.

“Jacob Toppin,” Calipari said before adding, “He thinks he’s better than his brother.”

It was saying something since Obi Toppin was the national player of the year in 2019-2020.

When asked a direct question in a post-game interview: did he really think he was better than his brother? – Jacob Toppin gave a straightforward answer.

“Yes, I do,” he said. “I think I have the confidence in myself that I can be better than him. At the moment, I probably am not. But I can definitely be better than my brother.

Toppin admitted there was a difference of opinion within the family. “He probably thinks he’s better than me,” he conceded. “So it’s a competition between us.”

Obi Toppin averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in his famous second season of 2019-20.

After being transferred to Kentucky from Rhode Island, Jacob Toppin averaged 5.2 points and 3.5 rebounds.

He suggested that these modest numbers were just a prelude.

“I’m excited for this,” he said of the better-than-big-brother conversation. “I like the challenge. It’s not pressure because for me, myself, I feel like I’m going to have a year in small groups.

Toppin spoke of working diligently this offseason to improve significantly in 2021-2022. He seemed to prioritize better shot beyond the arc. He made four of 13 three-pointers (30.8%) in his debut season in the UK. He claimed to be a better shot than Obi, who had 41.7% of his three-pointers playing two seasons for Dayton.

Why didn’t Jacob Toppin shoot better last season?

“A little was mental,” he said. “Mentally, I wasn’t there. “

Toppin has said he intends to be more present next season, literally and figuratively.

“I really think I grew, like an inch,” he said. Last season, the UK coincidentally classified him at 6ft 9in the same height shown for Obi.

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Calipari took note, Toppin said.

“I came back and Cal looked at me,” said the player. “He’s, like, whoa, did you grow up?”

Toppin also intends to add bulk. The UK has listed its weight at 194 pounds. The New York Knicks say Obi Toppin’s weight is 220.

“This offseason, I plan to gain at least 10 pounds because I need 10 pounds of muscle,” he said. “Then we’ll see how it goes.”

As for the Kentucky squad for next season, Toppin echoed previous player comments on the player mesh. This process was aided by the easing of restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s definitely different,” he said. “Last year we didn’t do anything together. I think that was one of the problems.

“And this year we’re already at (Wildcat Coal) Lodge.

Toppin spoke of a gathering place at the team’s dormitory that includes a ping-pong table, pool table, and big-screen TV.

Toppin conceded that even with COVID-19’s hindsight, a Kentucky team with so many new players will need time to regroup.

“It’s definitely going to take us a while to make that connection (and) build that trust in each other to play better,” he said. “But I think we’ll be good. We’re all getting along great right now, so as time goes by, as we play more together, we’ll have that connection. “

Among the newcomers, freshman Daimion Collins made a positive first impression.

“He plays like Isaiah (Jackson),” Toppin said. “I don’t know if everyone has noticed it. . . . He blocks the shots. He dunk the ball. He’s going to be a great player for us.

Toppin also almost predicted a noticeable improvement in shooting.

“We have a lot more shooters,” he said. “Even the freshmen, they shoot the ball really well. . . . So it’s going to be different. We will be able to space the floor further.

Returning to the kid’s question about Kentucky’s best dunker, Toppin smiled as he said he noticed Calipari had stopped before answering. Toppin saw this as the British coach showing off his playful sense of humor.

“Everyone knows I’m the best dunker,” he said. “He was just playing with me. I know he’s laughing at me. I know I’m the best dunker, and everyone knows I’m the best dunker.

“So I wasn’t really worried about it.”

Jerry Tipton has covered Kentucky basketball from the 1981-82 season to the present day. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame.
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Due to the NCAA-mandated recruiting hiatus that had been in effect for over a year, most newcomers to Kentucky basketball were forced to choose the UK without being seen, in s’ relying only on Zoom conference calls and virtual tours.

Of the Wildcats’ six new players, five saw campus for the first time as they moved into the Wildcat Coal Lodge over Memorial Day weekend.

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Move-in day therefore also served as an official visit for the three freshmen and the three transfers. Transfer to Iowa CJ Fredrick returned inside the Rupp Arena for the first time since 2018, when he was named Sweet 16 Most Valuable Player after leading Covington Catholic to a state championship in 2018.

“We had a great time [Sunday] at home with our guys and their families, “head coach John calipari tweeted. “To our new parents, I want to thank you for entrusting me and our staff with your sons. No matter how horny you are, it’s never easy to drop your boy off in a new place. We will take great care of them! “is there

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky’s 2020-21 list didn’t arrive in Lexington until the end of June. With extremely limited training and social events, last season’s squad missed a golden opportunity to develop chemistry both on and off the pitch, which proved disastrous for a British side comprising 10 newcomers in all.

This time around, all seven of Kentucky‘s newcomers are already on campus as of June 1, with the exception of graduate transfer Davidson. Kellan Grady, who is expected to arrive in Lexington later this week, as the Wildcats prepare to redeem last season’s 9-16 disaster, the program’s first losing season in over 30 years.

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Lafayette and Sayre win district championships https://ken-tucky.com/lafayette-and-sayre-win-district-championships/ https://ken-tucky.com/lafayette-and-sayre-win-district-championships/#respond Tue, 01 Jun 2021 03:57:23 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/lafayette-and-sayre-win-district-championships/

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – This week the playoffs have arrived for the Kentucky high school baseball and softball teams. A welcome sight since their entire season was canceled last season due to the pandemic.

Here in Lexington, several tournaments take place across the city. The 43rd District softball tournament kicked off Monday between LCA and Dunbar.

While softball tournaments are just beginning, baseball tournaments are coming to an end. Sayre faced Frederick Douglass for the 42nd District Championship earlier in the day. Then Lafayette faced LCA for the 43rd district championship in a nightcap.

Bryan Kennedy of ABC 36 provides highlights from the day’s games.


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Bryan Kennedy is from Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY, where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Audiovisual Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his Masters in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While in the UK, Bryan was the general manager of the campus television station. He also did sports, anchor, production and even weather reporting for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari’s first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports journalist. Prior to coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter for WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. It anchored over four hours of news each day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. In the south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending just over two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He’s extremely excited to cover central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send article ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com

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City’s door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination campaign brings information to Lexingtonians https://ken-tucky.com/citys-door-to-door-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-brings-information-to-lexingtonians/ https://ken-tucky.com/citys-door-to-door-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-brings-information-to-lexingtonians/#respond Sun, 30 May 2021 18:19:00 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/citys-door-to-door-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-brings-information-to-lexingtonians/

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The city of Lexington is stepping up efforts to encourage Lexingtonians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with a new city-run door-to-door operation.

Community outreach organizers with Lex Do This! The campaign went door-to-door this weekend with information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

About 600 households were affected this weekend, according to the city.

“We kind of simplify the message by bringing it directly to people,” said community outreach organizer Laurent Vesely. “We just want to make things as easy as possible for people who might be busy, who might need the most recent information, who might be skeptical. We want Lexington to be a model city so that we can get community immunity. “

About 60% of Lexington’s adult population has been vaccinated, but Mayor Linda Gorton has said she wants that number to rise to at least 70%.

“This is an effort to get those last 10% or so of people vaccinated so that we can feel very comfortable being healthy,” Gorton said. “Sometimes people just need the information.”

As vaccination rates statewide begin to decline, the city of Lexington is using the old-fashioned method of prospecting to reinvent its approach.

The vaccination campaign focuses on underserved communities in its first few weeks.

“Throughout the pandemic, we continued to focus on underserved neighborhoods to make sure those neighbors had access to COVID-19 testing first, and now COVID-19 vaccine,” Gorton said.

The flyers distributed included information in Spanish and English about the COVID-19 vaccine and where to get the vaccine.

A mobile vaccination clinic at Centro de San Juan Diego will be held on June 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The City of Lexington is also looking for volunteers to help knock on doors during the month of July.

For more information on how you can help, you can call 859-258-3100 or email qwelch@lexingtonky.gov.

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UK outlook unclear as Calipari awaits transfer decisions https://ken-tucky.com/uk-outlook-unclear-as-calipari-awaits-transfer-decisions/ https://ken-tucky.com/uk-outlook-unclear-as-calipari-awaits-transfer-decisions/#respond Sun, 30 May 2021 00:19:00 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/uk-outlook-unclear-as-calipari-awaits-transfer-decisions/ The look of the Wildcats roster depends on the return of graduating guard Davion Mintz and transfer eligibility Sahvir Wheeler.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Calipari is awaiting a crucial transfer eligibility decision before knowing who will be there to help the Wildcats bounce back from the coach’s losing first season at Lexington.

As has been the case since Calipari arrived in Kentucky in 2009, the Wildcats have undergone their annual makeover. This spring’s revenue included multiple signings from players from an overloaded NCAA transfer portal.

The look of the Wildcats roster depends on the return of graduating guard Davion Mintz and transfer eligibility Sahvir Wheeler.

“I’m excited about what we’re doing and where he’s at and the type of team we’ve put together,” Calipari said Friday at a virtual press conference. “But it’s a lot of work to do. Now we must have this summer. Summer was important to us, I never realized how important it was.

“Sometimes you get to where, well, when I start training them, I train them. Well I’ve always said I don’t have a magic wand and last year kind of proved it, would you say?

Like almost all programs, the pandemic created protocols that kept Kentucky’s highly prized recruits separate until the fall practice. The young Wildcats struggled to develop a chemistry or identity, culminating in a 9-16 finish that left them out of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013 and with just their second losing record since 1927.

The usual exodus of players to the NBA Draft began during the offseason. Kentucky also had to deal with the tragic death of first-year guard Terrence Clarke, passed away on April 22 following a car accident in Los Angeles. Clarke was one of five players who decided to go pro.

Isaiah Jackson announced on Friday that he would stay in the NBA Draft. Mintz left open the possibility of returning to school after being assessed.

Guard Devin Askew and forward Cam’ron Fletcher were also transferred, leaving the Wildcats to fill those voids through the transfer portal with some immediately eligible thanks to the NCAA’s one-time transfer exception.

Last season, Kentucky took former West Virginia forward Oscar Tshiebwe 6-9, who averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game after leading the Mountaineers in goals, rebounds and blockages in the first year. The Wildcats also added former Georgia guard Wheeler, last season Southeastern Conference assist leader CJ Fredrick, Iowa perimeter threat, and Davidson goalie Kellan Grady. .

Add to that recent signing TyTy Washington, a Top 12 prospect, and Calipari has suggested Kentucky could have up to six guards next season. As Mintz ponders his options, SEC chairmen may soon decide to drop the rule requiring intra-conference transfers to be absent for a season. If so, Wheeler could become eligible immediately.

“The whole country gives these young people the opportunity to transfer everywhere and in all leagues,” Calipari said. “I can’t imagine we could do anything different, but I’m not in this room to talk about it or vote on it.”

Sophomore forward Keion Brooks Jr. also has until 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday to decide whether to make the draft, although Calipari has hinted he is expecting him back on campus next month.

No matter how things turn out, Calipari isn’t planning any new moves and eagerly anticipates the earlier look that wasn’t possible last summer. And with any luck, better results.

“For all of us, going through that makes you stronger, really gets you to assess everything and go through everything, which isn’t bad at all,” added Calipari, whose coaching and recruiting methods have been criticized on social networks and sports radios. “But I would have preferred not to have experienced what I have just experienced.

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Lexington bar owners optimistic as COVID-19 restrictions relax https://ken-tucky.com/lexington-bar-owners-optimistic-as-covid-19-restrictions-relax/ https://ken-tucky.com/lexington-bar-owners-optimistic-as-covid-19-restrictions-relax/#respond Sat, 29 May 2021 02:36:00 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/lexington-bar-owners-optimistic-as-covid-19-restrictions-relax/

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Rain and cold may keep some people indoors on Friday night, but bad weather doesn’t seem to appease the spirits of downtown bar owners.

It’s the first night of the curfew lifted and bar owners will use the extra two and a half hours to serve customers.

“Don’t have that feeling of being in a hurry. You just need to drink responsibly and have a good time, ”said Sean Ebbitt, owner of Bluegrass Tavern.

Since last summer, there have been capacity restrictions and a curfew at all bars across the state. Most recently, the last call was at midnight and everyone had to be away by 1:00 am.

“General excitement. Glad the restrictions are coming to an end. They feel like we’re almost done and we can sort of take over the business as we wish, ”Ebbitt said.

Now, bars can be used until 2:30 am. In addition to that, bar seating will be allowed again. And the capacity will be increased to 75% for gatherings and businesses of less than 1,000 people.

“We are ready to go. Let’s do this. Back to making money. Let’s go back to our old ways, ”Ebbitt said.

Ebbitt says now is the perfect time with Thursday night live events set to begin in July.

“It will be a big impact for all businesses in this strip in a positive way. I think it’s going to attract a lot of downtown people who haven’t been downtown for a long time. It’ll show them that you can have fun, it’s a safe environment, and you can just have fun, ”Ebbitt said.

And if you don’t feel comfortable joining the downtown crowds, there are plenty of places, like Bluegrass Tavern, that still offer alternatives. Ebbitt says they do private bourbon tastings there and have finished their outdoor patio to have seats spaced out on a little drier days.

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Jackson decides on future plans, chooses to stay in NBA Draft https://ken-tucky.com/jackson-decides-on-future-plans-chooses-to-stay-in-nba-draft/ https://ken-tucky.com/jackson-decides-on-future-plans-chooses-to-stay-in-nba-draft/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 18:16:16 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/jackson-decides-on-future-plans-chooses-to-stay-in-nba-draft/

By KEITH TAYLOR, Kentucky today

LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) – Isaiah Jackson has decided to stay in the NBA Draft.

The University of Kentucky freshman forward will forfeit his last three years of eligibility after declaring himself for the draft, leaving the option of returning two months later. Jackson is considered a possible lottery pick in the July 29 draft.

“The journey is not over, but it’s time to take the next path,” he said. “I will be signing with CAA and forfeiting my remaining college eligibility to fully prepare for my professional career.”

Kentucky coach John Calipari backed Jackson’s decision to enter the draft.

“I am happy for Isaiah and his family,” Calipari said. “Seeing his growth this season was amazing. Its metrics are off the charts. Anyone writing Isaiah will get an incredible defender who can hold multiple positions and protect the rim.

“Offensively, we saw his game really start to take off at the end of the season. The team that catches Isaiah is going to be surprised as he is only starting to scratch the surface on who he’s going to be as a player. I can’t wait to see what he does at this next level. We wish him good luck.

As a rookie last season, Jackson averaged 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while appearing in 25 games. He blocked 65 shots and averaged 2.6 rejections per fight.

Former Kentucky players Brandon Boston Jr. and Olivier Sarr have also declared themselves for the draft, while Davion Mintz has until July 7 to make a final decision on his future.

Keith Taylor is sports writer for Kentucky Today. Contact him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @ keithtaylor21.

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Kentucky’s ties to Baptist Kids agency threatened by gay rights https://ken-tucky.com/kentuckys-ties-to-baptist-kids-agency-threatened-by-gay-rights/ https://ken-tucky.com/kentuckys-ties-to-baptist-kids-agency-threatened-by-gay-rights/#respond Fri, 28 May 2021 04:57:00 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/kentuckys-ties-to-baptist-kids-agency-threatened-by-gay-rights/

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A cultural clash between religious beliefs and gay rights has jeopardized Kentucky’s long-standing relationship with a Baptist Church-affiliated foster and adoption agency that serves some of the state’s most vulnerable children .

The deadlock revolves around a clause in a new contract with the state that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and which Sunrise Children’s Services refuses to sign.

It’s another turn in a larger struggle in states and courts over religious freedom and LGBTQ rights, including whether companies can refuse to provide services for same-sex marriages. An upcoming US Supreme Court ruling in a Pennsylvania case could be decisive in Kentucky shock; it examines the refusal of Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia to work with same-sex couples as adoptive parents.

In the Kentucky contract, Sunrise officials fear the disputed clause may force them to violate deeply held religious principles by sponsoring same-sex couples as adoptive or adoptive parents. Supporters of the provision see it as an essential safeguard against discrimination.

Child welfare advocates fear the loss of Sunrise – which also offers residential treatment programs – would strain a state system struggling to keep up with demand. Kentucky consistently has some of the worst child abuse rates in the country.

“You can’t avoid losing such a great child protection service provider … and not anticipate some degree of disruption,” said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

The state has set June 30 as the deadline for signing Sunrise. If he refuses, the state has threatened to stop placing children at the agency. Formerly known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, Sunrise’s history dates back to the care of Civil War orphans. It contracted with the state for over 50 years, becoming one of Kentucky’s largest service providers for abused or neglected children.

Sunrise supporters say the agency is the target of a political correctness campaign. Critics say allowing exceptions to the inclusive LGBTQ clause would punish discrimination.

“If Sunrise doesn’t want to respect this, that’s fine. They shouldn’t have access to state money, state contracts or children in state care, ”said Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, an advocacy group. Louisville-based gay rights.

Hartman said he feared LGBTQ children in Sunrise care would be “locked in”, hiding their sexual orientation for fear of “indoctrination and proselytism.”

A long-standing federal lawsuit alleged Sunrise imposed religious indoctrination on children. Sunrise attorney John Sheller calls this a “scandalous charge”.

Sheller said Sunrise “willingly and willingly accepts” LGBTQ youth and does not place children in conversion therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Sunrise’s goal is to find good homes for children and to deal with mental health, addiction or other issues they face, he says.

When same-sex couples contact Sunrise to become foster parents, the agency offers to help refer them to other childcare agencies that are “better suited,” Sheller said. He was aware of a handful of such cases.

“There is clearly a tension between LGBT issues and traditional Christian values,” Sheller said. “And it doesn’t have to be a winner. There is room for both principles to survive and thrive in our pluralistic society, and we can accommodate both. “

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services says it hopes for a “positive resolution.” Sunrise President Dale Suttles wants the relationship to continue.

“Sunrise would act on a contract today that allows them to care for needy and abused Kentucky children while protecting their deeply held religious beliefs,” said Todd Gray, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

Like many other states, Kentucky contracts with private agencies like Sunrise for some of its child welfare services. Overall, about 5,000 of the 9,100 children in Kentucky care are in foster homes or other state-run placements. About 4,000 people receive care through private agencies.

Sunrise, which only operates in Kentucky, says it currently cares for nearly 800 children. The state reimburses Sunrise for around 65% of its costs, with private donations covering the rest.

The state insists it is bound by an Obama-era federal rule to include the contractual clause that Sunrise opposes. The rule included sexual orientation as a protected class under anti-discrimination provisions.

“It would be a mistake not to place the children in wonderful couples who want to be gay foster parents,” Democratic Governor Andy Beshear said this week. “People make wonderful foster parents in all types of couples, and we should not eliminate or discriminate against any of them.”

Sunrise argues that the federal rule was struck down under former President Donald Trump, giving the state leeway to exclude the clause. Sheller said the agency is “open to any reasonable process” as long as it “is not obligated by this language to violate its principles of faith.”

“The state’s position is that it will try to force Sunrise to sign the same model contract it uses with secular suppliers,” Sheller said. “And Sunrise cannot and will not sign this contract until July 1 or any other date.”

Sunrise is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, made up of nearly 2,400 churches with a total membership of approximately 600,000. Faith considers homosexuality to be a sin.

If Sunrise loses its state contract, it will have to change models and raise new capital to continue its services, said Suttles, the agency’s chairman.

“We know that many children need help who are not in state custody,” he added.

The dispute had political fallout. Kentucky House Republicans and GOP officials have urged the Beshear administration to maintain ties with Sunrise. Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the administration was forcing Sunrise to “choose between continuing to serve the children of Kentucky or giving up her religious beliefs.”

Meanwhile, other contracting agencies with the state welcome LGBTQ people as foster or adoptive parents.

“Gay and lesbian families want to grow their families, just like heterosexual families,” said Grace Akers, CEO of St. Joseph Children’s Home in Louisville.

She applauded the Beshear administration for taking a stand that she believes will benefit children.

“There are kids in Kentucky who don’t just get over their trauma, but they work through who they are as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender,” Akers said. “And for us to celebrate these kids, I just think that’s critical.”

If it cuts ties with Sunrise, the state must be prepared to fill in the gaps if it loses foster parents in the agency’s network, said Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates. Her biggest concern is to ensure a smooth transition for children who need the “intense and specialized treatment” that Sunrise now offers.

Brooks said he was confident the state could transfer children to other agencies, but added that “the challenge cannot and should not be minimized.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – With football months away from the football season, ESPN has announced the first three weeks of its 2021 college football roster.

The Wildcats kick off the 2021 season on September 4 against the ULM Warhawks, the first of three straight home games to open the tough selection. The game will air on the SEC network at noon ET. Missouri arrives in Lexington on September 11 for the first conference game of the year on the SEC network at 7:30 p.m. ET before Chattanooga finishes its homestand on September 18. The UK contest against the Mocs will air on ESPN + / SECN + (Digital) at 12 noon ET.

The UK recently announced plans to open Kroger Field to full capacity for football matches this fall, starting with the UK’s season opener against ULM on September 4. Fans can also expect many other popular activities and traditions to return. Based on updated guidance from local and national authorities and current information available, the UK intends to return to its traditional gaming environment for the 2021 campaign.

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the highly anticipated 2021 season can visitUKFootballTix.com for ticket prices and more information. Ticket packages start at just $ 199, offering significant savings off the price of single game tickets. Fans can work with a personal ticketing consultant to compare and purchase available seat locations by requesting a call or contacting the UK sales office at (800) 928-2287 (option 1). Fans should also stay tuned to Kentucky Athletics on social media for more information on upcoming Select-a-Seat events at Kroger Field.

Kentucky’s popular football mini-packs – which offer tickets to some home games – went on sale May 27 at 9 a.m.

Fans will be able to purchase a 3-game mini-pack that includes two Southeastern Conference games. This option offers flexible game selection and pricing that allows fans to customize a plan to better suit their needs. The price depends on the games and the locations selected. All mini-packs will include the SEC home opener against Missouri on September 11, and fans can also select games from each of the following groupings to create a personalized experience:

  • The SEC Opening Game vs. Missouri – Included in All Mini-Packs
  • Select one: Florida, LSU or Tennessee
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Construction resumes as Lexington economy recovers – Lexington-Fayette, Ky. https://ken-tucky.com/construction-resumes-as-lexington-economy-recovers-lexington-fayette-ky/ https://ken-tucky.com/construction-resumes-as-lexington-economy-recovers-lexington-fayette-ky/#respond Thu, 27 May 2021 00:02:21 +0000 https://ken-tucky.com/construction-resumes-as-lexington-economy-recovers-lexington-fayette-ky/

Lexington, Ky (LEX 18) – Construction has begun on a 260-unit residential complex on the Coldstream research campus at the University of Kentucky.

The complex is called Fifteen 51 and is slated to open in 2022. According to a press release from the University of Kentucky, “The apartment complex offers Coldstream tech workers the opportunity to live, work, play and innovate. , all on the research campus. ”

British officials are also hoping that the addition of residential apartments, townhouses and other amenities will help attract more businesses to the area.

“Fifteen 51 activates Coldstream 24/7, making it an even more attractive place for technology organizations and their employees,” said George Ward, executive director of Coldstream Research Campus.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton was groundbreaking on Wednesday. The city played an important role in carrying out the construction of the complex. Basically, the city agreed to change the zoning of the Coldstream research campus to allow up to 15% of the land for residential or commercial use. Before the change, residential apartments were not allowed in the area.

Now that the complex is under construction, Gorton wants more businesses to locate in the area.

“The city has 250 acres of land for economic development in or near the cold stream and is focused on attracting high-tech businesses,” said Mayor Gorton. “This new residential village will make Coldstream even more attractive to these businesses.”

And this is not the only construction project that excites Gorton. Construction is underway across Lexington and the mayor says it’s a good thing.

“We’re under construction, and that’s a good sign,” Gorton said.

“Someone told me awhile ago, what’s going on with all the cranes? And I said the cranes were good, ”Gorton said. “They represent an investment in the community. They represent new projects and growth, which is great for our community.

Gorton said it was also a sign of an economic recovery. The first months of the pandemic have seen ups and downs for the city. However, the city survived and the mayor attributed the region’s economic success to the mixture of different industries present in the region.

“These things have strengthened our economy and allowed people to continue to build, develop and strengthen our economy during the pandemic,” Gorton said.

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