Lexington Mayor Jim Gray

Seven File to Run for Lexington Mayor

Jan 30, 2018
fayettealliance.com

Seven people are vying to serve as Lexington’s next mayor.  Tuesday’s filing deadline brought a number of last minute filers to the Fayette County Clerk’s office. 

Among them are former Lexington Mayor Teresa Issac and former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin.  Also in the crowded field are current Urban County Council Kevin Stinnett and former Lexington Council Member Linda Gorton. 

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has offered his eighth ‘State of the City’ address to city, civic, and business leaders Tuesday.  The two term mayor spent much time recapping his seven years in office.

Gray talked about going from financial straits to budget surpluses, expanding the convention center and building an eye-catching park in the heart of downtown. 

 

Stu Johnson

This April will mark half a century since the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  In keeping with a decades old observance, hundreds Monday morning marched through the center of downtown Lexington to honor King’s legacy.

As always on the third Monday in January, people representing various organizations marched together preparing for what some say is a pivotal year. 
 

“The next year in 2018 is really critical.  2017 seemed like a very long year, thanks to our president,” said Kentucky Dream Coalition Organizer Milton-Meza Delossantos.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has appointed a local attorney from a political family to fill the seventh district seat on the Urban County Council.  Preston Worley participated in an oath of office ceremony Thursday morning at city hall.

The 33 year old will fulfill the unexpired term of Jennifer Scutchfield, who resigned this month to take a job with the State Board of Elections.  It’s a first time in office for Worley who says he plans to seek a full council term. 

 

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has announced he will seek the Sixth District congressional seat currently held by Republican Andy Barr. 

The mayor, in his second term leading Lexington government, joins three other Democrats in the May primary race.  Those candidates are state Senator Reggie Thomas, retired Marine Colonel Amy McGrath, and retired state engineer Geoff Young. 

Stu Johnson

Lexington firefighters now have the use of a new custom built fire truck to respond to specialized emergencies.  Mayor Jim Gray and fire officials unveiled the $826,000 Rescue 1 vehicle this afternoon at the main fire station downtown.

Lexington Police Chief to Retire in Early 2018

Nov 30, 2017
lexingtonky.gov

Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard is retiring in early 2018.  The Lexington law enforcement veteran made his decision known in a letter to Mayor Jim Gray.

In his letter to the Mayor, Barnard thanked Gray and the council for their backing, which has allowed his officers to put in place, what he termed, “an innovative and strategic vision” that has brought about significant advancements in public safety. 

Good Giving Challenge Underway in Central Kentucky

Nov 29, 2017
Stu Johnson

For the seventh year, the Good Giving Challenge fundraising competition is underway. Well over a hundred non-profit organizations benefit from the month long campaign coordinated by the Bluegrass Community Foundation.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touched on a number of topics in his annual address to Rotarians Thursday. 

That included numerous updates on high profile projects.


Stu Johnson

On the day after Mayor Jim Gray announced a "conditional yes" by the Lexington Cemetery Board to accept two Confederate statues urban county council members offered their reactions. 

All their public remarks yesterday indicated satisfaction for how the matter is being handled.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is asking the board at a local cemetery to consider placement of two Confederate statues on its historic burial grounds. 

A letter dated August 24 making such a request went to the General Manager of Lexington Cemetery Mark Durbin.


Lexington Cable Subscribers Air Complaints

Aug 25, 2017
Stu Johnson

For about an hour and a half Thursday evening, a roomful of Lexington cable subscribers aired their complaints to representatives of Charter Communications, the provider of Spectrum services. 

Many of the concerns raised at Lexington’s performance evaluation centered on customer service.


Lexington Council Votes to Move Confederate Statues

Aug 18, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington's council has voted to proceed with plans to move two Confederate statues from a historic downtown site.

Next steps include asking the Kentucky Military History Commission for permission to relocate the statues. 


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.  


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.


Lexington Council Passes $358 Million Budget

Jun 23, 2017
kentucky.com

Lexington’s council has overwhelmingly approved a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. 

The $358 million spending plan includes funding for 30 additional police officers.  Mayor Jim Gray says it’s the city’s biggest investment ever in public safety.


Stu Johnson

Lexington’s new rainbow-striped crosswalks continue to be a topic of conversation at City Hall.  

Mayor Jim Gray opened Thursday night’s meeting with comments about the four downtown crossings.


Stu Johnson

A grant of $10,000 will be used to expand Lexington’s financial literacy program for residents with limited English proficiency.

The grant to GLOBAL LEX comes through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.   

GLOBAL LEX serves immigrants, refugees, visitors, and others.


Stu Johnson

One of Lexington’s longstanding corporate entities is celebrating its new global headquarters.  The ribbon cutting for the $35 million Valvoline world headquarters took place Thursday.

The four-story building with lots of glass carries a V shape as the global base for the lubricant and chemical company. 

Valvoline has had its corporate headquarters in Lexington for 37 years.  The new structure off Richmond Road will house the majority of Valvoline’s 650 or so Lexington employees. 

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center will remain the home of The Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour for at least another five years. 

The contract was inked Friday during a ceremony at the historic theatre.

After ten years at the Kentucky Theater, Woodsongs continued its run as a multimedia celebration of grassroots music at the Lyric in 2013. 

Founder and folksinger Michael Jonathon says the facility on Elm Tree Lane is uniquely-designed as a national level production venue. 

Stu Johnson

Lexington city officials along with a non-profit agency serving homeless people are implementing new strategies to reduce street corner panhandling.  The launch of a new job centered service was unveiled Tuesday.

Gun Violence in Lexington on Eastern Standard

Mar 29, 2017

In recent years, Lexington’s headlines have been filled with the results of gun violence.

On this week's Eastern Standard, we will be talking about gun violence, live from Lexington City Hall with Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Mark Barnard. We will also have Laura Hatfield, Executive Director of Partners for Youth on the show as trends show many gun-related homicides involve young adults.

Grant Helps Lexington Homeless With Rent

Nov 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington area realtors are joining city officials in helping homeless persons move into permanent housing.  A national grant of $15,000 is making it possible.

The grant from the National Association of Realtors’ was awarded to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors for deposits and first month’s rent for up to 15 households.

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A motion to remove Lexington’s minimum wage ordinance from the books failed in a Tuesday council meeting.  It took two votes before the matter was addressed at the work session.

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled last week that Lexington and Louisville’s minimum wage increases were invalid. A motion seeking to repeal the minimum wage statute ultimately failed on a 5-9 vote. 

Lexington Mayor Seeks Input on Gun Violence

Oct 19, 2016
Stu Johnson

Lexington city leaders are asking police how local government can help to reduce gun violence.  The issue came up for discussion at Tuesday’s council work session in reaction to the shooting death of Lexington Lafayette High School Sophomore Trinity Gay.  She died after being hit in an exchange of gunfire in a restaurant parking lot.  

Police Chief Mark Barnard says some of the best help could come from citizens who have information about those involved in violent crimes.

Groundbreaking Ceremony to Give Blue Grass Stockyards a New Home

Sep 2, 2016
Blue Grass Stockyards via Kentucky.com

A Friday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony in Lexington could be the beginning of a new era for the Blue Grass Stockyards.  

It was seven months ago when a three-alarm fire destroyed the long time historic home of facility off Forbes Road.  Now, government, agriculture, and others in business are celebrating the start of construction for a new stockyards off Iron Works Pike. 

Lexington Establishing Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Aug 31, 2016
kentucky.com

    

The city of Lexington is about to launch a search for someone to head up diversity and inclusion efforts in local government.  A description of the position and responsibilities were offered to city leaders Tuesday.

Lexington Charles Young Center Earns Historic Designation

Aug 17, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

    

A Lexington community center, known for its cultural significance, especially among African Americans, now holds new historical prominence.  The Charles Young Center is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

The community center in Lexington’s East End opened in 1935.  It carries the name of Charles Young who born in Mays Lick Kentucky and the third African American to graduate from West Point. 

Mayor’s Fall U.S. Senate Bid Not Likely to Impact City Hall

May 23, 2016
lexingtonky.gov

    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s Primary win in the U.S. Senate race will likely mean a heavy dose of speaking engagements across the Commonwealth the next five months.  Lexington’s vice mayor doesn’t expect that to impact his work at city hall substantially.

 

Chinese Lexmark Investment Not Expected to Change Workforce

Apr 20, 2016
afr.com

The planned purchase of Lexmark by Chinese investors is not expected to impact the local workforce. The $3.6 billion purchase is expected to be final by the end of 2016.

Lexmark officials say the anticipated acquisition by Apex Technology, PAG Asia Capitol, and Legend Capital Management will result in few, if any, new job losses at the Newtown Pike facility.  The layoffs of 143 workers earlier this spring are being called a “restructuring” separate from this week’s announcement. 

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