A plan to re-draw Lexington's Urban County Council Districts is on a path to formal passage, which would put 33,000 residents in a new district. The proposal will get a first reading at the council's meeting on Thursday and a second reading on October 27. If approved, 32 Fayette County precincts would switch to new council districts. The new boundaries are necessary because of population growth and shifts over the past ten years.
Information about Lexington city contracts, ordinance proposals, and other legislative documents will soon be just a few mouse clicks away. There's a lot of information that goes into preparing a docket or agenda for a Lexington council meeting and it normally takes Deputy Council Clerk Meredith Nelson several days to complete. But a new web-based program called Legistar is making it easier for Nelson and the general public to keep track of council proposals.
Thousands of race fans are brushing up on their handicapping and flipping through the Daily Racing Form for an October tradition in Lexington: the fall meet at Keeneland. Nine graded stakes races are slated for this weekend, including the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile and the Dixiana Breeder's Futurity.
Legislation that would require patients to get a doctor's prescription before buying common cold medicines failed in the Kentucky General Assembly earlier this year, but a federal official hopes lawmakers will re-examine the issue. Many cold medications contain pseudoephedrine, which is an ingredient used to make meth. Benjamin B. Tucker with the White House Office of Drug Control Policy says that's why his office supports the stricter measure.
A Medal of Honor recipient who served during the Vietnam War has seen a lot of changes over the past 40 years. Retired Army Command Sgt. Major Gary Littrell was awarded the military's highest honor in 1973 on the same day was eight other veterans, when President Nixon was dealing with the fallout of the Watergate investigation.
Organizers of a cigarette litter task force say a summer campaign targeting downtown Lexington and two major hospitals significantly reduced the number of cigarette butts on the ground. The task force was the first major project of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission. Commission member Jane Eller says the project involved a public education effort and installing more cigarette receptacles outside building entrances.
Lexington's Urban County Council members are reviewing a redistricting plan that will mean changes for thousands of constituents. The city undergoes redistricting every ten years based on data from the U.S. Census. Uneven population growth over the past ten years means that 33,104 Lexington citizens will soon be represented by a new council member.
UK President Eli Capilouto gave his first State of the University address Monday, praising recent achievements and looking toward the future. Capilouto touted the successes of students, faculty, and staff in his speech, saying the University of Kentucky is a place of opportunity. This year's freshman class is the most academically accomplished in the school's history, but Capilouto says UK must continue to challenge itself.
The Lexington Fayette County Health Department is consolidating its clinic services to one location. Beginning next Monday, October 3, the Public Health Clinic South on Regency Road will no longer provide clinical services such as immunizations, cancer screenings, and pregnancy tests. Those will still be offered at the Public Health Clinic North at 805 Newtown Circle.
As Lexington's Urban County Council continues to explore the broad issue of best management practices for the Fayette County Detention Center, interim jail director Ray Sabbatine says moving some duties to the Sheriff's office could save the city money.
As Keeneland heads into the final day of its annual September Yearling Sale, the thoroughbred auction company is looking at gross receipts in excess of $220 million, up at least 12 percent from last year. By day eight of the 13-day auction, Keeneland had already surpassed the gross receipts of last year. Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory attributes that to a stabilizing thoroughbred market and growing buyer confidence.
This month a central Kentucky organization celebrates its 10th anniversary. The group is Bluegrass PRIDE, which stands for Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel spoke with Amy Sohner, Executive Director of Bluegrass PRIDE about some of the work the accomplished over the past ten years.
In his 15th day on the job, new Fayette County Public Schools superintendent Tom Shelton spoke to some of the area's business leaders Thursday at an event hosted by Commerce Lexington. Shelton comes to Fayette County after serving as superintendent in Daviess County. Shelton says he's working on building a strong relationship with the Board of Education, and will have visited all 56 district schools by the end of the week.
The city of Lexington has ratified a three-year contract with local firefighters. The agreement reached with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 526 includes a two-year wage freeze and a two-year reduction in vacation and holiday leave time. For the first year of the contract, the union agreed to reduce city health insurance costs by $100 per firefighter per month.
An unconventional conference featuring speakers from a variety of backgrounds is returning to central Kentucky. It's called TEDxLex. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The non-profit organization started hosting groups of speakers in California back in 1984, and now there are TED events across the country.
Lexington’s Urban County Council is exploring the possibility of a local fireworks ordinance. This year state lawmakers passed legislation allowing for the sale of larger consumer fireworks such as bottle rockets and Roman candles. Council member Kevin Stinnett says his proposal would offer a solution to a major complaint he heard over the July 4th holiday.
A Lexington police officer whose doctor has restricted her to permanent light duty has been denied an occupational disability retirement. The Police and Fire Pension Board heard the appeal of Officer Jennifer Crabill last week. She has suffered various injuries in nearly ten years on the police force. Crabill was waiting to go back to full duty in July of last year when she went skydiving and rode a roller coaster at Cedar Point amusement park.
The Child Nutrition Director for Fayette County Public Schools says nearly half of the district's 38,000 students could qualify for free or reduced meals. Michelle Coker oversees applications for the program, which has added students each school year.
A Lexington police officer whose doctor has restricted her to permanent light duty has been denied an occupational disability retirement. The Police and Fire Pension Board heard the appeal of Officer Jennifer Crabill last week. She has suffered various injuries in nearly ten years on the police force.
We know where the problems are in Lexington's dilapidated sewer system, now the next step is to fix them. The city's Division of Water Quality is preparing to send a proposed course of action to the EPA in Washington. And officials are warning residents to expect major sewer construction for several years to come.
A new website is now online for Lexington's proposed Rupp Arena, Arts, and Entertainment District. The city launched RuppDistrict.com Thursday. It has details of the arena task force appointed by Mayor Jim Gray to investigate whether the home of UK basketball should be renovated or replaced.
A disability retirement request made by Lexington Fire Chief Bob Hendricks will remain pending for at least another month. The police and fire pension board voted Wednesday to have Hendricks' claim reviewed by a third medical expert. "Generally when there's some level of difference in the opinion of two doctors, then the board will elect to send someone out to a third doctor."
The daughter of University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart will work in the same department. UK’s Board of Trustees approved the position this afternoon. Unlike the president, provost, and other school administrators, executives, the director of athletics is not named in the university’s nepotism rules. Still, several trustees do not think Barnhart’s daughter should be allowed to work in his department.
The U.S. Attorney's office has made its first conviction in Kentucky in a case involving mephedrone. 59-year-old Ralph Justice and his son 32-year-old Adam Justice were sentenced Monday for conspiring to distribute mephedrone in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Two other defendants were sentenced on related charges.
Lexington residents can see details of a sanitary sewer proposal that will soon be sent to the EPA at public meetings hosted by the city's Division of Water Quality. A remedial measures plan to fix sewer overflows is due to the federal agency next month. Water Quality director Charlie Martin says future repairs will affect many parts of Lexington. "This is really kind of a briefing for interested parties to see how this may impact my neighborhood or where I live. As far as in the next 11 to 13 years am I likely to see a sewer line that's behind my house or in front of my house, is it going to be replaced or not?"
Names of the thousands of victims who were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks ten years ago were read aloud Friday at the University of Kentucky. The ROTC's Perishing Rifles held its annual memorial vigil on the campus' main lawn. Cadet Josh Lynch is commander of the group. "We're trying to get awareness out to the campus. Some people tend to forget or just to help them remember."
Thirteen historic sites across Kentucky are now being considered by the National Register of Historic Places after getting the seal of approval this week from the state historic preservation review board. Among the latest round of nominations are two districts in Mercer County. Review coordinator Marty Perry says each site's architecture and historical contributions are carefully analyzed.
The decision of whether to renovate Rupp Arena or build a new home for the Kentucky Wildcats is still far off, but members of the arena task force heard some initial thoughts today from the recently-chosen master planner. Gary Bates of the architecture firm Space Group is familiar with downtown Lexington. He once taught at UK’s College of Design. At today’s meeting of the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District Task Force, Bates said preserving Rupp Arena’s atmosphere is a top priority.
Being diagnosed with is a scary experience, but Suzi Shoemaker of Midway says a screening program at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center saved her life. In 2006 doctors discovered she had ovarian cancer. "I had the advantage of a team of people who could find out what was wrong and give me the best possible chance for survival at that initial point."
Researchers at the University of Kentucky have discovered an alloy that could possibly split water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar energy. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and supercomputer technology, Professors Madhu Menon and Michael Sheetz found that the alloy is a mixture of gallium nitride and a small amount of antimony. Menon says he thinks the technology could someday be accessible to everyone and available on the open market.