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ASHLAND, Ky. — Destination Ashland had its first meeting since the economic shutdown in March. The team built to revitalize downtown Ashland has been on hold since COVID-19 spread across the United States. The team came together after the presentation downtown revitalization expert Roger Brooks gave to the city in November. The group held its first meeting to remind members of their goals and plans for this year, and they are hoping to go in front of the city commission on July 23 to present the plan they’ve been developing. The plan will include different programs and events that will bring citizens downtown. “Everything was on hold because of all this stuff,” said team member Blake Gillum. “All (of the) stuff we were trying to work on and plan wasn’t allowed (because of the pandemic). There was no reason to meet because we weren’t allowed to have it.”

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FRANKFORT, Ky. — Highlighting his commitment to protecting all Kentuckians, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday Kentuckians must wear face coverings in many situations if the state is going to stop the increase of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) cases and continue to reopen the economy safely. The executive order takes effect at 5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 10.  “The No. 1 thing a mask can do is protect the health and the life of yourself and those around you,” the governor said. “It can make sure we don’t lose more people than we should, it can keep our cases down and it can help us to continue to reopen our economy.”

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President's Report

August 7, 2020

Custard's First Stand (In Ashland) Hello there, from the desk of the Alliance. Our week started on Saturday with a masked & socially distant ribbon cutting at Whit’s Custard Shop on Winchester Ave. It’s located in the old Nobles shoe store building. If you have not been yet, you've got to try it out. From the moment you walk in and see the old, Nobles mosaic floor you'll know you are in historic Ashland. You can treat yourself to a delicious cup of frozen custard and a coffee from the full coffee shop… they even have a lunch menu that has something for everyone! Whit’s ribbon cutting builds on what is happening here in Ashland. Even in a pandemic people are investing their time and money to start their own businesses. This ribbon cutting also represents how the Alliance is changing with the times. We live streamed the ribbon cutting on Saturday morning. Within 8 hours, 1,000 people had watched the video. Over 1,400 have as of this morning. That is eyes and ears all looking at what this community has to offer.