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Stu Johnson

On the day after Mayor Jim Gray announced a "conditional yes" by the Lexington Cemetery Board to accept two Confederate statues urban county council members offered their reactions. 

All their public remarks yesterday indicated satisfaction for how the matter is being handled.

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Brian Burkhart

  

Texas was hit by Harvey.

Florida has Irma.

Could Jose be next and what about after that?

Better still, what does all this extreme weather mean? It it related to global climate change?

 


Stu Johnson

Part 1 of a two-part series

Almost a year ago, the opening of a re-routed stretch of Kentucky Highway 52 changed the dynamics in the rural community of Paint Lick. 

Some might say the by-pass wiped the town that hugs the Madison-Garrard County line off the map. 

A county government leader, a local entrepreneur, and a number of residents view the disconnect as a plus, not a hindrance.


Stu

The Lexington Cemetery Board has given a "conditional yes” to accepting two Confederate statues now on the grounds of the Historic Old Courthouse.

The cemetery's governing board gave its response Monday after Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and others stated their case.


As Lexington updates its five-year Comprehensive Plan, much of the focus is on how to accommodate growth without expanding into the green space surrounding the city. Today, Tom Martin talks with Todd Johnson, executive vice president Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky.

We begin with a call from the Listener Comment line, listener Dave, “I’d like to comment on your Eastern Standard on the eclipse. The last 20 minutes was very instructive." 


Stu Johnson

An Eastern Kentucky University football game against the University of Kentucky is a significant event for players, coaches, and fans of the Richmond-based school.


Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Mayor will go before the nine-member board of the Lexington Cemetery Monday afternoon.

Jim Gray will ask for approval to relocate two Confederate statues from the Old Courthouse grounds to the facility on Main Street, just west of downtown.

Since the first interment there in 1849, many people with historical significance have been laid to rest in this cemetery,  including Confederate general John Hunt Morgan and lawyer, politician, and soldier John Breckinridge. 

Speaking just a few feet from the grave of John Hunt Morgan, General Manager Mark Durbin says there are over 73,000 persons buried in the cemetery’s 170 acres.


Nicole Erwin/ Ohio Valley ReSource

Jacob Goodman drove toward a soybean field in western Kentucky in hopes of seeing something different. Most of the 2,500 acres of soybeans his family farms here in Fulton County haven’t been looking so good, but trees that line Running Slough River protect this plot.


Fall Yearling Sale Getting Underway at Keeneland

Sep 11, 2017
keeneland.com

For almost three-quarters of a century Keeneland has been auctioning off horses in the fall. 

The September yearling sales is regarded globally as the premiere sales event.


Stu Johnson

Following a massive fire in January of 2016, Blue Grass Stockyards officials have cut the ribbon for a new facility in Lexington. 


EKU Football Colonels Face UK

Sep 8, 2017
kentucky.com

For the second time in two years, but only the fifth time ever, Eastern Kentucky University battles the University of Kentucky on the football field. 

The two teams, separated by just 27 miles, meet up Saturday in Lexington.  


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Eastern Kentucky University has issued a safety alert following an overnight incident involving a firearm.

University police report that, just before 1:00 Friday morning, an individual reported that a vehicle with four persons inside pulled up near him and “verbally argued” with him before displaying a firearm.


Stu Johnson

The president of Berea College says the Madison County private school receives $12 to $18 million each year from maturing bequests. 

President Lyle Roelofs addressed  Lexington Rotarians Thursday afternoon.  


kentucky.com

Lexington's Planning Commission has voted to keep the combined city/county community’s urban service boundary as is. 

The seven-to-four vote Thursday followed a nine-month review process.


Stu Johnson

Lexington’s new fire training tower opened officially this week with a Wednesday ribbon-cutting, attended by Mayor Jim Gray, former Mayor Teresa Isaac, members of council and past and present fire officials.  


Rebecca Kiger

It’s been nearly one month since President Trump told a group of reporters he was declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency.

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency,”  the president said at his golf resort in New Jersey on August 10.  


Mary Meehan

A new program designed to support students who are single parents has begun on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

WEKU’s Mary Meehan reports that Scholar House is about much more than housing.


Cheri Lawson

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky among the three states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose.

While there’s no easy answer,  officials who run a Northern Kentucky jail believe they have a program that could be part of the solution, using medication-assisted treatment.


DACA Supporters Rally in Lexington

Sep 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

As in many communities across Kentucky and the nation, supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took to the streets of Lexington last night. 

The outcry comes in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday to phase DACA out in six months.


Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition Takes Shape

Sep 6, 2017
transportation.ky.gov

More than 30 organizations representing interests from manufacturing to farming and engineering are coming together to form a new Kentucky Infrastructure Coalition. 

The aim of the group is to prevent the decline of the state’s multifaceted infrastructure system.


Lexington Leader Eyes Public Pension Reform

Sep 5, 2017
wkyt.com

Work at the state level to address public pension problems is also being watched closed at the local government level.  

Council Member Susan Lamb broached the topic last week during the weekly work session. 


MSHA

A rash of fatal coal mining accidents in the Ohio Valley region pushed the nation’s total number of mining deaths to a level not seen since 2015, sparking concern among safety advocates.

Already this year 12 miners have died on the job in the U.S., compared to eight fatalities in all of 2016. 


Lexington Code of Ordinances Under Review

Sep 5, 2017
dhbc.ky.gov

Lexington's council is in the midst of revising its code of ordinances in the areas of neglected housing and nuisances. 

Lexington Code Enforcement Director Ken Armstrong briefed the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee on changes last week.


Brian Burkhart

Last month, Eastern Kentucky University’s president kicked off the 2017-18 academic year with his annual address reviewing where the school is, where it’s been and where it’s headed.  

Dr. Michael Benson joins us for this week's show to respond to your questions or comments. 


Citizens Weigh In on Lexington's Service Boundary

Sep 1, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Planning Commission is preparing to weigh in on goals and objectives for the update of the community’s comprehensive plan. 

Before making that decision, the panel heard from the public Thursday afternoon at city hall.


Copley/Hendren on Labor Day Music Festivals

Sep 1, 2017
Jacob Hand

It’s time for our weekly chat featuring arts and cultural activities with Rich Copley and Harriett Hendren of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

As the Labor Day weekend gets started, they have information about music festivals among other events.


Stu Johnson

Two young boys have been honored for their heroics in pulling a two year old family member out of a Lexington swimming pool earlier this year.

Meritorious Civilian Citations were given to eight -year -old Chase Covey and his nine -year -old cousin Parker Everhard. 


kentucky.com

A group of 20 Lexington firefighters originally planning to help with hurricane and flood relief efforts in Texas has been told to hold on. 

The team did not head out for College Station Texas yesterday as planned. 

Fire Chief Kristin Chilton says a similar situation occurred with a group of firefighters 12 years ago.

“It happened back in 2005 with Katrina, originally they were going right into New Orleans. 

Stu Johnson

A new Central Sector Roll Call facility for Lexington Police is twice the size of its former home not more than a block away. 

The mayor, several council members, and public safety officials participated in a ribbon cutting Wednesday at the Industry Road site.


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