Lexington parks and recreation is moving forward with plans for new "spray grounds" this summer at Masterson Station and Jacobson parks. Similar facilities will be constructed near existing Douglass and Castlewood pools in 2018. All will be free. Committee member James Brown said how these changes are used could drive future decisions about aquatics.
President Donald Trump’s action to temporarily ban refugees and other immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries continues to prompt public response.
Piano music greeted those who filled Christ Church Cathedral Tuesday night, creating the feel more of a unifying rally than a protest. But Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes elicited a strong response urging attendees to denounce hate and fear.
Kentucky lawmakers are expected to consider legislation to formalize a performance-based funding structure for the state university system. But, there remains some “angst”, as one school president said, about future funding consequences.
Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents has approved borrowing up to $75 million for new construction and
renovation work at the Richmond campus.
EKU Vice President for Finance and Administration Barry Poynter said the projects will include a new student recreation/wellness center, a pedestrian walkway over the Eastern By-Pass, and renovation of the current student center building.
Workforce training is high on the list of priorities at Lexington's City Hall as Mayor Jim Gray made clear in his recent "State of the City" address.
Elodie Dickinson has been serving in the role of workforce development manager for just a few months. She said her responsibilities include connecting people needing jobs to educational institutions and other agencies that provide training. Dickinson said her office will be evaluating a new city-financed job training grant program.
Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverages is fielding hundreds of calls each week concerning local alcohol laws as as more cities and counties put the sale of alcohol to a vote.
Kentuckians participated in 11 local wet-dry elections in 2015. Last year that number jumped to 43. It’s attributed in large part to legislative action last year, giving localities greater autonomy to take the choice to voters.
State agriculture officials believe President Donald J. Trump’s pick to serve as United State Secretary of Agriculture will benefit Kentucky farmers. The new president selected former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to head the federal agency.
Travelers along Lexington’s busy Red Mile Road are being reminded of a civil rights leader who is remembered for his community-wide message. The recognition comes through renaming a street “Harry Sykes Way”.
Communities across Kentucky are celebrating America’s best-known civil rights leader this weekend. That includes Monday morning and evening events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Eastern Kentucky’s Letcher County.
Tax reform is likely to be next on the agenda for Kentucky lawmakers.
Senate President Pro Tem David Givens said Gov. Bevin Is putting the groundwork in place. “The vast majority of the leadership and the credibility of the governor has to be put behind the effort. And I sense Governor Bevin is positioning to do that,” said Givens.
Much of the attention on day one of the short session focused on the House, where Republicans
have control for the first time in almost a century. Jamestown Representative Jeff Hoover was sworn as the new House Speaker. “I am humbled and honored to stand here today and accept your election as Speaker of the House of Representatives on this House Floor,” Hoover said.
AIDS Volunteers Inc, of Lexington, has secured a $100,000 grant from the Elton John Foundation. A large portion of the money will be used to purchase a mobile outreach vehicle that will provide HIV and Hepatitis C testing in Eastern and Central Kentucky.
A Lexington-based organization is about to begin its second decade distributing care packages to servicemen and women overseas. The number of deliveries from Military Missions Incorporated this year is significantly up from a year ago.
For 10 years, volunteers in Lexington have packed up items such as baby wipes, snacks, personal care products, socks and greeting cards.
Volunteer Karen Weaver says, by year’s end, some 6000 packages will have gone out, about 1000 more than last year.