Lexington Mayor Jim Gray

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.

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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
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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. 

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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.  

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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.


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
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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


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
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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

    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

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. 

Lexington Mayor Offers $345 Million Spending Plan

Apr 5, 2016
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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the $345 million budget he’s recommending is a sign of a healthy and growing city. 

Before Gray even got into the nuts and bolts of his spending plan, he told his council audience there’s good give-and-take.  “We have lively debates and compromise,” Gray said. “We just do it Lexington style.  Like I said earlier, respectfully.”

Lexington Mayor to Unveil Budget Plan

Apr 5, 2016


The first week of April in the bluegrass brings a budget recommendation from the mayor of Kentucky’s second largest city.  As At least one Lexington council member isn’t expecting any major surprises from Mayor Jim Gray.

Lexington Mayor Spells Out City Gains in State of City Speech

Jan 19, 2016
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    Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the Bluegrass community is “firing on all cylinders.”  Gray offered his annual State of the City speech before a large group of business and civic leaders Tuesday.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray Considering U.S. Senate Run

Jan 8, 2016


Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is reportedly considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Rand Paul.  The news received a mixed reaction Friday in the state capitol.

Mayor Jim Gray Denies KKK Affiliation

Nov 2, 2015

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray issued a statement on Monday strongly denying that he has any ties to the Ku Klux Klan after an anonymous hacker released his name as one of several U-S elected officials with alleged ties to the hate group.

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The city of Lexington is preparing to celebrate the 100th birthday of Douglas Park.  Organizers hope the centennial celebration will bring more people to the west end grounds.

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    For the first time in more than 75 years, the University of Kentucky is hosting a Thursday night football game.  The nationally televised contest is expected to impact thousands of area residents.

UK football is normally only played on Saturdays. But On Thursday October 15, the Wildcats will host the Auburn Tigers in an evening game.  Mayor Jim Gray says asking for those affected for their patience. “A lot of patience," added Gray. "Chief (Barnard) said a little bit of patience, I would say a lot of patience.” 

Citation Boulevard Extension Opens

Sep 22, 2015
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    The extension of two and a half miles of Citation Boulevard in Lexington means more to area residents than additional pavement. The new path is expected to impact traffic as well as business.

This stretch of Citation Boulevard links Leestown and Georgetown Roads.  Traffic Engineer Director Dowell Hoskins-Squier says the divided four lane roadway should ease northwest Lexington congestion.  “Any roadway connections are a good thing, so the more connectivity we have the better," she said. "And this will provide additional connections to the interstate."