Federal Sewer Tank Project Includes Plans for Area Amenities

Sep 16, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

The massive federally mandated sewer improvement program in Lexington includes construction of several large water storage tanks.  Plans for one such holding tank were discussed Tuesday at City Hall.  The tank will be built near the popular Legacy Trail.  Landscape Architect Gena Wirth says the goal is to try to keep the massive tank from standing out too much.  “You still see it," said Wirth. "It’s impossible to screen the tank entirely with vegetation.  But, the point is this is part of Lexington’s water quality infrastructure and a huge amount of investment is being put into it.

Hundreds of Miners In Lexington for Rescue Competition

Sep 16, 2015

Pennsylvania miners donned gas masks and worked a 75-minute rescue scenario during the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench, and Preshift Competition.

Woodland Art Fair Celebrates 40 Years in Downtown Lexington

Aug 14, 2015
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This weekend marks four decades of artists gathering at Lexington’s Woodland Park to show and sell their items.  The Woodland Art Fair will once again attract various artists from all over the country.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the fair signifies more than a weekend boost for the local economy.  “Events like this always give a shot to the local economy, but what I think they also do is add to the quality of life,” Gray said.  “So, when people know that they can have access to this sort of an event, they’re very comfortable in living in a place like Lexington.”

New Firm Steps Up to Take Over CentrePoint Project in Lexington

Aug 11, 2015


A New York based commercial real estate firm appears ready to take over downtown Lexington's high profile CentrePointe project.  But, it’s not a done deal.

Bridgeton Holdings is poised to invest millions to pump new life into the CentrePoint project.  The New York firm is listed as an owner, operator, and developer of commercial and residential real estate.  The new plan calls for $166 million to complete the high rise development, beyond what has already been spent.

'Play Ball' Month Declared in Lexington

Aug 10, 2015

Lexington is joining more than 130 communities nationwide in making the call to ‘play ball’ during August.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made it official Monday.  The mayor has declared August “Play Ball Month.”  It’s an initiative supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Major League Baseball, and Minor League Baseball.  Mayor Jim Gray, a former youth baseball player, says whether tossing a ball in the backyard or playing in an organized league, the sport has a positive effort on the community.

Lexington Officials Consider Final Needle Exchange Draft

Jul 30, 2015

Fayette County's Health Commissioner is among those reviewing the final draft of plans for a needle exchange program.  Dr.

Road Work Commonplace in Lexington this Summer

Jul 27, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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.



Lexington Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a pizza delivery man this past weekend.  The motive for the crime has not been determined.

Lexington Local Foods Initiative to Assist Low Income Families

Apr 1, 2015

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.

Record Breaking Snowstorm an Ancient Memory in Ky

Mar 16, 2015
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A little more than a week ago, central Kentuckians were digging out from an historic snowstorm.  This week is a whole different ballgame, or rather, 'day on the course.'

Lexington Opts to Suspend Yard Waste Collection for 6 Weeks

Jan 30, 2015

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.

Lexington Company Working on Device to Improve Oral Health in KY

Jan 20, 2015

Researchers at Innovative Diagnostics are working on a device that uses saliva to better determine oral health. 

The company is one of nine high tech firms in Kentucky named last week to split almost $3 million. The grants are part of the state's Small Business Innovation Research matching fund program. 


    Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky. 

The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.

Several Kentucky Post Offices to Feature Sunday Holiday Hours

Dec 10, 2014

Several Kentucky post offices this month will operate over the weekend. In an effort to help customers avoid long lines, the postal service will be open the next two Sundays.

Lexington's Blue Grass Station Branch off Lansdowne Drive will be open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. December 14th and the 21st .

High Winds Cause Kentucky Power Outages

Nov 24, 2014

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.

Lexington City Leaders Approve Funds for Aquatics Study

Nov 18, 2014

Lexington city leaders have approved spending $150,000 to review aquatic issues.  The study will address matters including the installation of splash pads and building an indoor swimming facility.

National Ice Cream Retailers Association Hold Meeting in Lexington

Nov 14, 2014
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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.

Manpower Services Not Yet Seeing Uptick in Seasonal Hiring

Oct 20, 2014


The holidays are fast approaching and that usually means an increase in seasonal employment.  One agency that links potential workers with employers is not yet seeing an increase in temporary hiring.

Four Country Concerts Causing Parking Adjustments

Oct 20, 2014
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

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

Southern Lawmakers Coming to Lexington in Summer 2016

Oct 14, 2014

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.  

Lexington Calling on Private Firm to Aid in Leaf Collection

Oct 14, 2014


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.

Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Breeder's Cup 2015

Oct 13, 2014

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.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Both candidates for Lexington mayor agree that employment must be a key focus of local government.

Incumbent Mayor Jim Gray and challenger Anthany Beatty took center stage Wednesday night at Transylvania University, in a debate sponsored by the school and the Lexington Forum. 

Here's the audio from our radio broadcast: 


And, here's the video from LEX-18 TV's telecast;

City of Lexington Likely to Deny Cable Television Transfer

Oct 8, 2014

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.

New Technologies Could Improve Lexington Traffic Flow

Oct 2, 2014

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.