Stu Johnson

Residents living near the University of Kentucky Tuesday evening learned more about a planned land-street swap between Lexington government and UK.  The hour plus meeting included lots of questions from citizens and answers from UK and city officials.

Lexington Homelessness on the Decline

Mar 6, 2018

Greater Lexington has seen a significant decline in the number of homeless persons.  According to the annual homeless count in January, Lexington homelessness reached its lowest level since 2005.  

Stu Johnson

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has named a veteran law enforcement officer to head the Division of Police.  A packed city hall lobby welcomed the news that Lawrence Weathers will be the city’s new police chief.

Mayor Jim Gray noted the community support before offering his formal remarks. “I will tell you something right out of the gate Lawrence, before we even talk that, this is by far the largest crowd that we have ever had in this room,” said Gray to an applauding audience.

Seven File to Run for Lexington Mayor

Jan 30, 2018

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

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. 



The weekend power failure at Atlanta’s airport has effected Delta airline travelers at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport.  

Depending on the day of the week, Spokeswoman Amy Caudill says anywhere from six to nine Atlanta connected Delta planes daily use Lexington airport runways.  She advises travelers to check their scheduled flights into Atlanta and those going to a final destination.

Lexington Leaders Look for New Tourism Strategies

Dec 11, 2017

Lexington is developing new ways to draw tourists to the central Kentucky community. The council recently got briefed on a Destination Development Plan.

Lexington Council Approves New Cable Franchise

Dec 8, 2017

Lexington’s council has given final approval to a new ten year utility franchise.  Last night’s action paves the way for MetroNet to begin work on a high speed fiber optic network in the Fayette County community.  

WEKU file photo

About a dozen refugees have seasonal jobs with the Lexington government.  

Workforce Development Manager Elodie Dickinson told council members this week that refugees have helped with leaf collection in the streets and roads department.  She says it’s part of a pilot program designed to build job skills. “To try to help them gain some work experience and gain some work referrals, references.  So, that they can move to a different position maybe with another seasonal position within the city or a permanent position,” said Dickinson.

Stu Johnson

A number of recommendations for improving accessibility to buildings in Lexington were brought before council members yesterday.  Much of the emphasis was on pre-construction planning.

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.

Stu Johnson

Lexington Council Member Jennifer Scutchfield has decided to resign her position on the governmental body to take a job with the State Board of Elections.

Scutchfield made the announcement Tuesday afternoon during the council work session.

“I do think this is a good time for me.  It’s a good opportunity for me.  Somebody is going to have to file to run by January 20, so this is a good time to open that up,” said Scutchfield.

Scutchfield, an attorney who represents the Seventh Council District, is in her third two year term. 


A serious plumbing issue is causing problems for one of Lexington’s transitional houses for homeless men.

An official with the Lexington Rescue Mission says the residents will not go without housing this week.

Lexington Council Discusses Bike Lane Development

Nov 20, 2017

Lexington council members have discussed the timing and location for the development of new bike lanes in Fayette County. 

The matter came before the Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee last week.

Stu Johnson

Lexington’s council has given final approval to a plan to move two statues depicting two Confederate generals to the Lexington Cemetery.  

A busy agenda Thursday night also included a final vote to maintain the current urban services boundary.


Lexington’s council is expected to vote Thursday night on a road-swap strategy involving both city-maintained and state-maintained roadways.

It’s a modified plan that came about following vocal opposition from some Lexington residents.


Stu Johnson

An official with the federal government wants the mayor of Lexington to remove a rainbow-colored crosswalk, saying the agency is concerned that the crossing is a safety hazard.


A statewide advocacy group for abused and neglected children is seeking to greatly increase its number of volunteers to help young people find safe permanent homes. 

The call is going out from the organization of Kentucky Court Appointed Special Advocates. 

Kentucky CASA estimates more than 21,000 vulnerable children in the Commonwealth could benefit from volunteers each year as they seek a permanent solution, navigating the juvenile court system.  Across the state, there are 831 court appointed special advocates serving 2,831 children.   


A Veterans organization, just a year in the making, is hoping to expand its activities over the next three years.

Veterans Resources United in Central and Southeast Kentucky serves some 43 counties.  Lexington has observed its first Week of Valor event that culminates tomorrow with a Veterans parade.  


Lexington Police, Firefighters Searching for Missing Teen

Nov 10, 2017
Lexington Police

UPDATE Saturday 11/11/17 - 12:07 pm

Lexington Police have confirmed by Twitter that 17-year-Old Broghan Lorentz has been found safe in Knoxville, TN. 

They thank all who participated in the search. 

Original Friday post:

Lexington police and fire continue to search the Veterans Park area for a missing 17-year-old boy. 

As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, Brohgan Lorentz has been spotted twice since he went missing overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. 


Members of a downtown Lexington church with a history that predates the Civil War continue to have concerns about how a major park project could impact their worship activities.  


The differing opinions about how Lexington should grow in the years ahead became evident in two close votes at City Hall Tuesday. 

As part of the government leaders made a key decision regarding the county’s comprehensive plan.


Lexington’s council is expected to move Tuesday onto it’s docket the goals and objectives for the 2018 comprehensive plan.  It’s this document that will help coordinate growth over the next five years.


As Lexington council members discuss future growth plans, the uncertainty about future pension costs to local governments is being raised. 

City Hall officials are waiting to see what action state lawmakers take in reforming employee pensions.


Suggestions for expanding pedestrian and bicycle travel in Fayette and Jessamine counties have been offered to Lexington’s council. 

They’re contained in a draft of the master pedestrian and bike plan.

Lexington Council Gets 'On the Table' Results

Oct 23, 2017

In mid-March, more than 10,000 Lexington area residents participated in a kind of “sound off” event. 

Last week members of a Lexington council committee got an overview of “On the Table” comments.

JR Zerkowski

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says two Civil War-era Confederate statues are being moved in a respectful way to a final and appropriate resting place, the Lexington Cemetery.

The mayor made his remarks Friday following an appearance at the Kentucky Humanities office where he spoke about the upcoming Kentucky Book Fair.    

Stu Johnson

The movement of two Confederate statues in Lexington this week attracted a lot of attention from various sectors of the community and beyond. 

Today the bronze likenesses of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge sit in storage, awaiting relocation while efforts continue to finalize their placement in the Lexington Cemetery. 


Stu Johnson

Negotiations continue between local government and Lexington cemetery to finalize the relocation of two statues representing Confederate Civil War figures.

Interest in a resolution was heightened with this week’s removal of the two images from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse.