There are more than a few traffic cones positioned along Lexington area streets this summer. Traffic delays may frustrate motorists now, but the benefits will be visible in October when the city welcomes the Breeders Cup.
Lexington city leaders are looking at ways to ease traffic jams at two major office areas near the city's unique double cross-over diamond interchange. Afternoon congestion is a major issue at the Beaumont and Corporate Drive complexes on Harrodsburg Road. Traffic Engineering Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier isn't sure there will be a 'fix all' solution. "It's not gonna be a simple fix," says Hoskins-squirt.
In the coming fiscal year, Lexington city leaders are considering spending more than $757,000 on emergency shelter programs. The city's homelessness services director says that figure doesn't cover Lexington's ongoing need.
The arrest of 30 year old Antonio Lewis in connection with the April 19 slaying of a Lexington pizza delivery worker is calming some fears among area Muslims. The body of Salahuddin Jitmoud was found with knife wounds in the breezeway of a Lexington apartment complex. University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association President Layla Suleiman says the way Jitmoud was killed prompted concern. "I think that, just the way he died and the way he was murdered, it made us think like it just seemed very personal," said Suleiman.
A new program in Fayette County aims to help place healthy produce on the tables of more low income families. As WEKU'S Jonese Franklin reports, funding for the initiative comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Due to a reduction in demand, Lexington officials are implementing a winter waste collection schedule. For six weeks, yard waste will not be picked up during regular runs. The special winter schedule begins on February 9th and runs until March 20th. Lauren Monahan is with the city's Division of Waste Management. "It's really nice because it allows us to allocate our resources to enhance the trash and recycling collection, especially as the bad winter weather is ahead of us," said Monahan.
Strong winds Monday wreaked havoc on power lines across many sections of Kentucky. An official with Kentucky Utilities says the central portion of the state seems to have borne the brunt of the blustery conditions.
Even with temperatures taking a big dip this week, some folks still have a taste for ice cream. The cold treat was the main topic of conversation for hundreds of people this week in downtown Lexington.
Four concerts over two days in downtown Lexington during Halloween weekend are expected to challenge parking and traffic. Country star Garth Brooks will play two shows at Rupp Arena on Friday, October 31st and two more on Saturday, November first.
Lexington officials are hoping to address a potential public safety issue by removing hundreds of dead or dying ash trees. The trees, like those in many other states, are succumbing to damage caused by the emerald ash borer. Lexington Division of Environmental Policy Director Susan Plueger says more staff is needed to help remove the trees. "We need equipment. We need a tree crew working throughout the winter on these issues. Right now, our tree crew is in streets and roads, the only one that we currently have and they have other duties related to snow removal, pot holes, other activ
For the first time since 1988, Lexington will play host to lawmakers and other government officials from 15 southern states. The formal announcement was made this morning (yesterday) that the Southern Legislative Conference will be held in the city in July of 2016.
As this week's rainfall has knocked many leaves off of trees, Lexington leaders Tuesday got a briefing on this year's leaf collection efforts. As in past years, vacuum trucks will roll through Lexington neighborhoods. Streets and Roads Director Rob Allen says a new interactive map is now available so residents can know when to expect leaf pickups. "Citizens will now know their subzone in a more accurate start time for collection, so the leaves don't sit on the grass, kill the grass, turn to mud, blow in their neighbors yard," said Allen.
The Breeders’ Cup will take place in 2015 at Lexington, Kentucky’s Keeneland Race Course - the spot where this prestigious international thoroughbred racing event was conceived - but before now, has never been held.
The horse racing will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st of next year. But planning is now underway to begin the party well before October 30th.
Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup/Keeneland Host Committee and he spoke with Tom Martin.
Lexington city leaders remain at odds with its cable TV carrier over a franchise agreement. The Lexington Council is expected to vote Thursday night on resolutions denying the transfer of the local franchise from Time Warner to Comcast, and from Comcast to Charter Communications. The vote comes as city officials are hearing customer concerns on service and cost.
A Lexington city council committee has unanimously approved adding electronic cigarettes to the existing indoor smoking ban. Carol Riker with the University of Kentucky College of Nursing told council Tuesday that e-cigarette aerosols contain toxic gases and tiny particles.
Vice Mayor Linda Gorton brought the issue to the committee. "It's a matter of not making it illegal to sell or buy or use the e-cigarettes, it's just don't use them inside where everybody else breathes the air," said Gorton.
Lexington Division of Traffic Engineering Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier
Officials tasked with managing Lexington's traffic flow are met with daily challenges. The city's new director of traffic engineering is utilizing innovative communication technologies to help get motorists from one spot to another.
Mid September marks a key point in the flu shot season across Kentucky. So, health officials are urging all central Kentuckians over six months old to get vaccinated. Lois Davis, Fayette County Health Department Public Health Nursing Manager says her agency has administered about three thousand shots during each of the last few years. "It's stayed about the same, I think because of there are more opportunities in the community to get flu shots. Most of the pharmacies, they are offering flu shots and plus when you go to the grocery stores, those pharmacies are offering flu shots, which
Lexington city officials are initiating a pilot program on substance abuse and violence intervention. The aim is to advance communication among police, treatment officials, and families directly impacted by drugs and violence. Social Services Commissioner Beth Mills says five subcommittees will delve into issues like victim services and gun violence. "Each subcommittee will come up with projects for the community and then we will also do post incident review of drug overdoses, deaths from gun violence, so that law enforcement is talking to the treatment community who's talking to the gr
A trade school associated with the Home Builders Association of Lexington officially opens Monday. About 28 students will participate in heating, ventilation, air conditioning or carpentry classes at the Building Institute of Central Kentucky.
Lexington city leaders are hoping to use workforce related data to design a new job placement strategy.
Business and Education Network Director Billie Peavler updated Urban County Council members this week. Peavler says a report detailing workforce needs for 11 industries is expected later this year. "This is really about identifying what our current labor pool is, what our future needs of our employers are and building that pipeline for that. Attracting, retaining, and developing a skilled, educated, and talented workforce," said Peavler.
Lexington is proceeding with a new program to provide permanent housing for the city's homeless. The $200,000 "Housing First" project is being coordinated through the new Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention.
The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky.
University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record. Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.