Spraygrounds Growing in Lexington

May 29, 2018

Aquatic options for Lexington citizens continue to expand. A number of zero depth aquatic centers opened this past holiday weekend. A new spray ground is located at Castlewood Park. Another playground with water is scheduled to open this Saturday at Douglas Park.

study by the United Health Foundation ranks Kentucky 48th in its annual report on senior citizens. That’s a slight improvement over the state’s ranking last year.

Stu Johnson

Health officials across Kentucky are monitoring expanding hepatitis cases. That includes Fayette County Health Commissioner and former state epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh. 

Hepatitis A, which is a disease affecting the liver, has reached the outbreak category in at least ten Kentucky counties. Fayette County is not on that list currently, but Kraig Humbaugh believes Hep A cases will increase in Lexington. “We know there are cases in counties around the central Kentucky area and it’s probably just a matter of time until we see more cases here,” said Humbaugh.

The Memorial Day Weekend is sometimes thought of as the beginning of the summer recreational season.  In Kentucky, that includes a lot of boating on state waterways.  Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Mark Marraccini says the Commonwealth ranks behind only Alaska nationally in the number of navigable waterways.

Stu Johnson

A new Lexington task force is being formed to tackle issues of redevelopment, preservation, and displacement of residents.  A wide group of interests will be represented at the planned monthly meetings.

Lexington Council Discusses Budget Modifications

May 24, 2018
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are discussing modifications to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended budget for next year.  One issue brought up during Thursday’s Council Committee meeting was the need and cost of a new shelter for the city’s police dogs.

The Council on Postsecondary Education presidential search committee will continue its work Thursday to find a replacement for Bob King who is retiring this summer.  King took over the reins of the statewide university governing organization in 2009.

A veteran Kentucky political observer expects the fall congressional race between incumbent Andy Barr and first time candidate Amy McGrath to be competitive. 

Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, anticipates references to President Trump during the campaign. “The president will be a big factor in this race.  The president feeds the appetite for change because most democrats, almost all Democrats are unhappy with him and even a lot of Republicans are unhappy with him,” said Cross.

Cheri Lawson

Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky’s 6th congressional district last night. The crowd at a community potluck supper in Richmond cheered when Lexington Mayor Jim Gray conceded the race.

Stu Johnson

Former Lexington Council Member Linda Gorton was the clear cut winner in yesterday’s mayoral Primary Election.  Gorton and former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin will now compete in the fall for the top government job.

Gorton’s supporters showed their appreciation as she stepped down from the podium after her victory speech last night.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray returns to his city hall duties after falling short in his bid to secure a seat in Congress.  Former Marine Fighter Pilot Amy McGrath easily defeated Gray and five others in yesterday’s Primary. 

In addressing his supporters downtown last night, Gray urged them to get behind the democratic nominee.  “It was a spirited campaign and I know that Andy Barr is in for the fight of his life.  I am ready to help Amy and I want all of you to join me,” said Gray.

Sixth District Congressman Andy Barr easily defeated first time candidate Chuck Eddy in yesterday’s GOP Primary.  Now the three term congressman faces former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in the fall. 

Barr, a sixth generation Lexingtonian, believes the Republican agenda in Washington is looked upon favorably by many in central Kentucky. “And I don’t think any of our constituents are going to want abandon an agenda that has delivered a booming economy, the most prosperous economy in over two decades,” said Barr.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An English professor at Murray State University has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 1st Congressional District.

Paul Walker defeated Alonzo Pennington in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. He will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Comer in the November general election.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A high school math teacher has defeated the House majority floor leader of the Kentucky House of Representatives in an election that comes following a wave of education protests at state Capitols.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawyer and U.S. Navy veteran has won the Democratic nomination in Kentucky's 5th Congressional District.

Kenneth S. Stepp defeated former Elkhorn City councilman Scott Sykes on Tuesday. He will face 19-term Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers in the November general election. Rogers defeated Republican Gerardo Serrano in the Republican primary.

The Latest: Attorney Vickie Glisson wins GOP nod

May 22, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An attorney and former appointee of Gov. Matt Bevin has won the Republican nomination in Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District.

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson defeated two other candidates for the chance to face Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth in November.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former fighter pilot Amy McGrath vanquished Lexington's mayor in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a congressional seat in Kentucky, setting up a tougher mission against a Republican incumbent in a district seen as a pickup opportunity for her party.

Gorton won with 41% of the vote against Bastin's 25% of votes. Gorton and Bastin will vie for Lexington Mayor in November. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A gay man in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid to challenge a Republican county clerk who went to jail three years ago for denying him and others marriage licenses in the aftermath of an historic U.S. Supreme Court decision.

David Ermold was seeking the Democratic nomination for county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. He hoped to challenge Kim Davis, the religious conservative who said in 2015 "God's authority" prevented her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Congressman Andy Barr easily wins GOP primary in Kentucky's 6th District; faces tough re-election in November.

State officials announced Tuesday Eastern State Hospital’s Long Term Care facility will be shutting down, due to budget constraints.  The transition is expected to mean moving just over a dozen residents to other facilities or community settings.

The Lexington facility currently serves 14 residents with acquired brain injuries or geriatric residents with long term care needs.  Eastern State is managed by UK HealthCare and primarily serves patients with acute mental health needs.  The action only affects the long term care center and all other services will remain intact.  

Stu Johnson

Kentuckians are heading to the polls this afternoon, casting ballots on everything from city hall leadership to legislative representation in Frankfort. 

It isn’t just municipality and state government races that are getting voters’ attention though.   When asked about the state of politics, Geraldine Ritchey of Lexington, referring to the national political scene replied, quote, It’s kind of in a shambles, just waiting for the next shoe to drop.” 

Henderson is a small city of about 30,000 people on the Ohio River. 

For most of the last 50 years, the city has run on coal power. And the coal is locally sourced: all of it comes from Western Kentucky coal fields from within a 30 miles radius. 
Henderson Mayor Steve Austin is giving a tour around downtown. He remembers growing up beside the plant. 

Stu Johnson

Work is beginning this week on a road widening and interchange project along Lexington’s New Circle Road.  The project involves adding a lane in both directions from Georgetown Street to Boardwalk Avenue and reconstruction for a large portion of the Newtown Pike interchange.

Fayette County Health officials are alerting residents in one Lexington neighborhood about the discovery of a rabid bat.  The bat was found in a home in the Radcliffe/Marlboro community.  It was removed from the residence.

Officials with the health department have posted signs in the neighborhood alerting residents to the finding.  They are reminding residents to make sure their pets are up to date with rabies vaccinations. 

Associated Press

For the second time in three years, Thoroughbred horse racing trainer Bob Baffert has his eyes set on the Triple Crown.  Justify, held off the charging horses from behind Saturday in capturing the Preakness in Baltimore.  Now, it’s on to the Belmont on June ninth. 

Kentucky Thorougbred Association Director Chauncey Morris says Baffert does have a bit of history on his side. “One trainer, if they’ve done it, there is a chance that they could do it again.  Mr. Baffert is certainly a brilliant trainer,” said Morris.


Cheri Lawson

A local political race in a northeast Kentucky town is drawing attention well beyond the Appalachian community. A gay man who was refused a marriage license by the current county clerk is running for that very position. 


David Ermold hopes to win his Democratic primary race tomorrow, so he has a chance to unseat Kim Davis.  Davis is the woman who wouldn’t grant him and his now husband their marriage license three years ago.   Media attention is affecting all four candidates in the county race.

While six Democrats are seeking the nomination in the Sixth Congressional District, only two are competing in the Republican primary. Incumbent Andy Barr is seeking a fourth term while opponent Chuck Eddy is making his first run.

Chuck Eddy says Donald Trump’s move from entertainment and real estate to the White House got his attention. “I’ll be honest I watched “The Apprentice” and thought it was kind of funny, but then when he was in reality trying to do something, I was horrified,” said Eddy.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins is predicting a voter turnout just shy of 30% in the state’s second largest city for Tuesday’s Primary Election. His staff has been challenged in securing polling workers this spring.

Water Quality Director Charlie Martin says it’s unclear when Lexington residents will see an increase in their sanitary sewer fees. Martin recently update a council committee on water projects.