The new director of the Kentucky Horse Park hopes the 1,200 acre attraction will become self-sustaining over time. Jamie Link came on board in mid-November, replacing long time director John Nicholson. Link wants to see a review of the park's rates. "We'll be looking at all aspects of that from admissions to food services, to gift shop offerings, to all of those things; the campground rates and things,” said Link. “Just to make sure that we're still a good value, but we're also looking at the market and being a good operation for the taxpayers of Kentucky."
Discussions are underway regarding proposed changes in the process of disposing chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot.
The contractor is suggesting the elimination of a rinsing technique to reduce the chance of the processed nerve agent congealing.
Project Manager Jeff Brubaker says rusty pipes are another concern. "Water has been shown to react with GB agent and result in a very acidic material which could be corrosive to the internal piping systems," said Brubaker.
Fayette County Health Providers have seen a big increase this year in cases of shigellosis. The gastrointestinal illness is a highly contagious form of diarrhea that is easily transmitted by person to person contact.
Members of the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly will be asked to toughen safety standards for girl's high school fast pitch softball. The proposed measure would require the pitcher, plus players at first and third base to wear protective masks.
After weeks of little activity, crews began Monday building two big cranes at the Centre Point project site in downtown Lexington. Developer Dudley Webb says the cranes, one 260 feet tall, the other 300 feet, will be up for some time. "The big booms that swing are over the project site and they'll use those to load the concrete up into the site,” said Webb. “And those will be up through completion of the project."
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Winter doesn’t start officially until this weekend but we’ve already had some tastes of the wind and the cold to come. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we ask the question What’s the Forecast: Winter Weather in the Commonwealth.
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Leonard wrote, “Just wanted to inform you, incase you were not aware, that your station is missing from the NPR App from the list of stations. I would prefer listening through the app instead of finding the website because once the phone goes into standby mode, the website will stop streaming while the NPR App on iPhone will continue to stream whatever is planing. Please fix this by adding your station to the NPR App to make for an easy listening experience.”
LaShana Harris is a mother, a lawyer, a business professional, and an award winning entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Babylocity, a Frankfort-based company that is developing innovative baby products for on-the-go moms.
Tom Martin talked with LaShana about the challenges and the rewards of having an idea for a business and then shaping and preparing that idea for the marketplace.
One of Kentucky's best known farm organizations is launching an effort to keep adequate water in the hands of farmers. The Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group held its inaugural meeting last week.
Kentucky Christmas tree growers can face a variety of challenges, both on the farm and in the marketplace. In addition to weather, weeds, and threats of disease, the state's soil is suitable for only certain types of Christmas trees. Marla Jackson, Office Manager at Hutton and Lloyd Tree Farm says customers also tend to want taller trees. "The larger tree, the eight to 10 to 12 foot is now pretty much, there's about as many people buying the larger trees as there are the small trees," said Jackson.
Thousands of wreaths will be placed on gravestones Saturday at four state veterans' cemeteries. The nationwide observance, part of the Wreaths Across America program, will coincide with a noontime ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
State public health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu illnesses are now widespread. That means increased flu-like activity or outbreaks are found in at least half of the regions in the state.
Lexington's Council is examining combining health, pharmacy, and fitness services for city workers. Currently, employees utilize a health clinic and pharmacy situated off Leestown Road. Council member George Meyers believes a comprehensive center could save tax dollars and improve employee health. "And the more opportunities and reasons that we have for families to go work out, the more they're gonna do that, the healthier they are gonna be and the less it's gonna cost us, the taxpayer, in the long run," said Meyers.
For several weeks, mid-morning and mid-afternoon travel along a section of Lexington's New Circle Road is expected to be impacted by blasting operations. The weekday blasting will take place as part of a major reconstruction project for more than two miles between Versailles and Leestown Roads.
Clockwise from left: Kenya Stump, Chris Woolery, John Hingsbergen, Bobby Clark.
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In 2013, renewable sources of energy accounted for about 10% of total U.S. energy consumption and 13% of electricity generation. On this week’s Eastern Standard, we will be discussing sustainable energy initiatives in Kentucky and what alternative energy sources the state can support.
The distribution of the Lexington Herald Leader's Community News publication is being scrutinized by city leaders.
The city council could move to specify how the paper is delivered.
Community News is a supplemental newspaper delivered to residents who do not subscribe to the Herald Leader. Kif Skidmore represents the paper. "There is a first amendment right of free speech to distribute the publication such as the Community News as there is any kind of newspaper and even commercial publications," said Skidmore.
A ground breaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the new $26 million home of Lexington's mass transit system. The new building will house maintenance facilities as well as administration.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the new site is expected to greatly enhance efficiencies of the bus service. "We'll have seven bays here, where we had two before,” said Gray. “So there's a likelihood that the turn, the cycle turn on maintenance will be faster."
The 54,000 square foot complex will sit on property once used by General Electric for its glass plant.