Lexington Officials Celebrate New Fire Station

Jul 6, 2017
Stu Johnson

A ribbon-cutting Thursday at Lexington’s newest fire station brought the mayor, most of the city council, and public safety workers together for the ceremony. 

Fire station two off Eastland Drive will likely continue to be one of the busiest in town.

By Mary Meehan

Protestors in Lexington Thursday encouraged Senator Mitch McConnell to vote "no" on the health care bill he’s pushing towards a vote, as a planned sit-in turned out to be a polite stand-around.

Our Revolution Central Kentucky organizer Kristen Pack said she had been contacted by the Lexington police before the protest and knew the group would not be allowed in the lobby. 

But, ultimately, after some subdued sidewalk negotiations, groups of two or three, passing a handful of mostly smiling Lexington police were allowed to speak with McConnell staffers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3500 drivers died in 2015 as a result of distracted driving.

On this week’s EST, we’ll discuss this apparently growing phenomenon.  Are you seeing distracted driving in Kentucky? Maybe experiencing it yourself?

During this season of much outdoor activity, state and county health officials are reminding the public about the dangers of rabies exposure from wild animals.  

In light of a recent incident at a Harlan County camp, they’re focusing specifically on bats.

In addition to the annual celebrations of Independence Day, July 4th, 2017 will be remembered for the passing of a highly-recognized Former Kentucky Chief Justice.

Justice John Palmore died Tuesday, about a month shy of his 100thbirthday.

The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors sees a persistent need for more housing units in the Fayette County area. 

Lexington Finance Commissioner Bill O’Mara told members of the council’s budget committee last week home foreclosures have been declining.

The Food and Drug Administration’s first proposed regulation related to smokeless tobacco is getting attention from agriculture and health officials in Kentucky. 

A comment period on the federal proposal ends next Monday.

While AG Beshear Speaks, Gov. Bevin Will Skip Fancy Farm

Jul 5, 2017
Tom Eblen

A public clash between Kentucky's two most powerful politicians will have to wait another year.

A spokesman for Matt Bevin says the Republican governor will skip the annual "political speaking" at the Fancy Farm picnic.  

Today, Tom Martin continues his discussions with various stakeholders in the updating of Lexington's Five Year Comprehensive Plan.  Here's a portion of his conversation with Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance.

Glynis Board/Ohio Valley ReSource

If you’ve ever enjoyed a Budget Saver twin popsicle on a hot summer day, you can thank the employees of the Ziegenfelder frozen treat factory in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Floor operator Sonny Baxter keeps the line of popsicles going in the cherry-scented worksite.

Mayor Jim Gray Friday morning admitted he’s disappointed in California’s decision not to exempt Lexington from it's travel ban.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra a week ago extended a ban on state-supported travel to Kentucky and three other states. 


Stu Johnson

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday along Eastern Avenue in downtown Lexington celebrated an affordable housing mark for the Urban League.  

Officials celebrated the 49th and 50th family rental units built or renovated by the Urban League.  

Jesse Wright

While President Trump is wrapping up a week of energy talks in Washington highlighting the benefits of coal, health and industry experts met in Morgantown, West Virginia, to discuss the resurgence of black lung disease among miners.

Copley/Hendren on Fireworks, Other Weekend, Holiday Events

Jun 30, 2017
Matt Goins Herald-Leader

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

With the long 4th of July holiday weekend ahead, today they’re thinking about fireworks.  

Stu Johnson

The head of Lexington’s public school system says the district is definitely heading in the right direction.  Fayette School Superintendent Manny Caulk offered his first “State of the Schools Address” Thursday.

Firefighters from Kentucky’s Division of Forestry are heading west to help battle wildfires in Arizona.

The 15 crew members left Wednesday and are expected to arrive Friday to assist in fighting fires near the city of San Carlos.


The Division of Forestry firefighters left out of London Wednesday as part of a 20-person crew.  Firefighters with the Daniel Boone National Forest and Cumberland Gap National Park are also making the trek west. 

AP via Lexington Herald-Leader/

The state of California has denied Lexington’s request to be exempted from a travel ban to Kentucky.  Mayor Jim Gray received a letter from the California Attorney General Thursday.

The fiscal year for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government ends Friday with revenues down in three areas. 

Members of the council’s budget committee were briefed on end-of-year financials earlier this week.  

Lexington has been taking in less than expected amounts in payroll withholdings, business net profits, and franchise fees. 

Stu Johnson

Five years after the last Ichthus music festival was held near Wilmore, a similar event is planned on the Servant Heart Farm property.  

It is not a re-creation of Ichthus, but, a brand new contemporary Christian music event.

The first River Rock music festival is scheduled for September 15th and 16th on the old Ichthus grounds.

Mary Meehan - Ohio Valley ReSource

The young man with dimples and an easy smile Jake Parsons stood in front of an audience of folks in folding shares, and talked a little about his life, and how, as someone living with a disability, he’s able to do what he does.

“I’m 24 years old. I am a member of the Kentucky Star Wars Collectors Club, I have two jobs and I am a registered voter and I vote in almost every election,” he said. 

Jeff Young/Ohio Valley ReSource


Political leaders in West Virginia and Kentucky are joining a coalition of states threatening to sue California over a program the state is pushing that would drop investments in coal.

John Hingsbergen

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is our guest for this week's special edition of Eastern Standard.

Gov. Beshear joins us to discuss his new book, People Over Politics and the issues of politics and civic life he raises in the book.

Stu Johnson

Lexington police are using a new four-legged officer to enhance public safety while playing a homeland security role as well. 

Tilly, a two-year-old Labrado mix, is a Vapor Wake

Such dogs can detect small amounts of explosives on stationary and moving objects, including persons.

A program aimed at making energy-saving improvements easier to finance is getting attention at Lexington City Hall. 

A council committee Tuesday began the process of setting up an Energy Project Assessment District.  

Attorney Jonathon Miller made a presentation to the council’s budget committee. 

Stu Johnson

An additional $1.4 million in federal, state, and private sector funding is helping to expand a fresh produce program for Kentucky’s low income families. 

An expansion of the three-year-old Double Dollars program, announced Tuesday, makes it possible for families in 22 counties to double their purchasing power at participating farmers markets and retail stores statewide.  

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is joining the mayor of Kentucky’s largest city in asking the state of California to exempt them from a ban on travel to Kentucky.

As WEKU’s John Hingsbergen reports, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer sent his letter Monday.  

State Releases Highway Project Priority List

Jun 27, 2017

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is releasing a list of statewide projects to help in the development of the next highway plan. 

Regional transportation leaders are being asked to help prioritize road projects.

Stu Johnson

Private funding of more than $5 million dollars has been pledged toward a much talked about downtown Lexington park project. 

A ceremony held Monday at the site of the planned Town Branch Park celebrated the private giving so far.

John Hingsbergen

Attendance for Lexington’s Tenth Annual Pride Festival exceeded expectations.  Organizers of Saturday’s event are estimating a crowd of about 30,000 compared to last year’s 25,000.

HopAlong Farms in Howard, Ohio

The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the last five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast.

But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.