WEKU is joining the Richmond Register, The Downtown Richmond Association and the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Government in hosting an early debate among candidates for Richmond City Commission Monday evening, April 25.

Helping the Homeless, Focus of Lexington Awareness Campaign

Apr 25, 2016

A public awareness campaign on the best ways to help homeless persons is in the early stages of development in Lexington.  The campaign begins with a recommendation to not give cash to street corner solicitors.

Lexington Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Director Charlie Lanter says giving money can be a way of supporting a drug or alcohol addiction.  Lanter says such well-intended generosity can also serve to undermine existing agencies assisting the homeless.  “Giving them cash may actually be keeping them on the streets,” says Lanter.

Lexington Looking to Increase Recycling Fees

Apr 21, 2016

The city of Lexington is moving toward increasing fees for public and private entities using the recycling center.  The matter came before City Council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee Tuesday. 

Lexington Water Improvement Projects Under Review

Apr 20, 2016


Lexington city leaders appear ready to change prioritization for select water drainage projects.  The issue came before the city council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee Tuesday. 

Fayette PVA Adopting New Ag Classification Procedure

Apr 13, 2016

Fayette County’s Property Valuation Administrator is implementing a new agricultural classification taxation process.  David O’Neall detailed changes before the Lexington council Tuesday.  Current law allows property owners to receive property tax deferment for ten acres or more that’s used for agriculture.  O’Neall says requests must now come from current property owners.  “As properties sell, the new property owner will receive a letter from me saying, essentially, the ag classification is not transferable.  You’ll need to request it if you believe you qualify for it,” said O’Neall

UK Officials Want to Permanently Close Section of Rose Street

Apr 12, 2016


The University of Kentucky is asking Lexington officials to permanently close a portion of Rose Street.  Representatives made their case Tuesday at Lexington City Hall. 

Lexington City Leaders Eye More Park Cameras

Apr 11, 2016

Lexington’s city council is considering upgrading security at area parks.  It was a topic of discussion during last week’s committee meeting.


There are currently about 50 security cameras at Lexington Parks and Recreation facilities.  Police Lieutenant Mike Wright says cameras can have an effect on crime in any given area.  “It may lower the property crime at that location where the camera is, but citywide stats, it may just displace it to where the cameras aren’t,” said Wright.


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.

Chilton Named Lexington's New Fire Chief

Mar 24, 2016

The city of Lexington has a new fire chief.  The announcement came Thursday from Mayor Jim Gray. 

Kristin Chilton is Lexington’s first female fire chief. She has more than two decades of firefighting experience in the bluegrass.

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Fire investigators are continuing to comb through debris at the former Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington, searching for a cause for a massive weekend fire.  Governor Matt Bevin toured the scene Monday and talked to those impacted.

Lexington To Seek Proposals for Fiber Optic Network

Jan 22, 2016

Lexington is moving forward with plans to develop a much faster internet system throughout the urban community.  Members of the Council’s Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee were updated this week.  Chief Information Officer Aldona Valicenti says the aim is to get faster internet service out to neighborhoods.  “Businesses that will be part of doing, that’s the cost of doing business," said Valicenti. "The opportunity for individual citizens to have this capability in their home is really sort of at the heart of what we’re trying to do."

Lexington Mayor Urges Citizens to Stay Inside

Jan 22, 2016


Lexington officials are asking citizens to stay in today if at all possible.  Mayor Jim Gray says road crews have been preparing for this snowstorm for about a week.

The mayor says extra help to clear roads will be called in from several divisions along with private contractors.  

Citizens are being reminded not to park along marked snow emergency routes.  Emergency shelters will be open continuously through the weekend and the Catholic Action Center’s Compassionate Caravan will be out looking for people. 

Lexington Alpha League Offering Lessons in Leadership

Jan 20, 2016
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This week’s Martin Luther King Junior event in downtown Lexington included an appearance by participants of the Alpha League, a program that involves primarily lower income black males.

Just over a dozen finely dressed middle school young men stood upright against the wall outside Heritage Hall.  One-by-one each stepped forward to make an announcement.

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.

CentrePointe Project Questions Persist at Lexington City Hall

Jan 19, 2016

New developers took over downtown Lexington's CenterPointe project last August, but still no firm construction plan has been released.  The high profile venture came under scrutiny Tuesday at City Hall.  Council member Richard Moloney says he questions the city’s strategy at this point.  “The developers have already given us their recommendation," said Moloney. "I have decided, mayor, this is y’all’s hole."

Thousands Brave Biting Cold to Take Part in MLK Day Activities

Jan 18, 2016
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Frigid temperatures greeted citizens in the bluegrass who participated in Martin Luther King, Jr holiday activities on Monday.  The bitterly cold weather didn’t seem to diminish the number of marchers in downtown Lexington.

New Year Marks Spike In Gun Violence In Lexington

Jan 5, 2016

Lexington Police are investigating two fatal shootings and three other gun related incidents.  All of the cases occurred between January 1 and 3.  Police Spokeswoman Sergeant Ann Welch says some states are seeing an increase in violent crime.  “And while nationally that might be true, we are seeing more consistent statistics here in Lexington,” Welch said.  “But what we have seen is an increase in our shootings.”

Lexington Fire Chief to Retire

Dec 30, 2015

Lexington’s Fire Chief has announced his retirement, effective next month. Chief Keith Jackson is the first African American to lead firefighters in the state’s second largest city.

Keith Jackson has spent a quarter century in public safety from firefighter, to paramedic, to hazmat supervisor, to fire major, then chief. Mayor Jim Gray says Jackson leaves behind a division fully staffed and fully equipped. 

Lexington Bus Routes Revised

Dec 28, 2015


Lexington’s public transit system is making routes changes for 2016.  Some modifications will be implemented this weekend.

Lextran is expanding its Sunday service to include two way service on routes one through 13.  Two of the transit system’s busier routes, five along Nicholasville Road and eight along Versailles road will be enhanced through revisions to other routes. 

Council Members Updated on CentrePointe and City Hall Issues

Dec 10, 2015

Lexington Attorney Mason Miller says investors of the CentrePointe commercial development project say they are making progress.  Miller says they have met with construction companies and architects.  He responded to a few questions about CenterPointe this week during the Lexington council meeting.  Council Member Richard Moloney asked if building a new city hall in the nearby dug out block is still being discussed.  “Are we still the main tenant to make this project work for them? Asked Moloney.  “We’re the main tenant they would like to see in the project,” said Miller.

Lexington Council Investigates Changing Local Helicopter Law

Dec 9, 2015

A proposal to expand private helicopter landings in Fayette County is moving through the city council.  Council member Russ Hensley says the new regulation would allow one landing per day, per month, instead of three landings a month.  “It’s not gonna start raining helicopters by adjusting this to let it properly function,” said Hensley.

Lexington Council Committee Votes to Repeal Taxi Cab Ordinance

Dec 9, 2015

Lexington’s taxi cab ordinance could be on its way out.  After months of debate, the council’s Planning and Public Safety Committee voted 7-3 Tuesday to repeal local regulations.  The move comes as council works to help cab companies remain competitive amid the rise of transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft.  Ride sharing companies are only regulated at the state level.  Vice Mayor Steve Kay voted to repeal the taxi law. “If we could level the playing field someway and still have some regulation we’d like to do that, but that does not seem to be possible,” said Kay.


    Lexington leaders are investigating ways to reduce a growing deficit in the city’s street light program. Taxpayers could be asked to pitch in.


Active military members and veterans would play Lexington’s city owned golf courses for half price under a proposal before city council.  Council member Richard Moloney made the motion for the 50 percent discount for greens and cart fees.  Moloney says a recent national study ranked Lexington low in services to veterans.  “A few years ago we had a council member say we were one of the fattest cities in America," Moloney said.

Lexington Council Moving on ‘Safety Officer’ Program

Dec 2, 2015


Lexington police are proposing to bring back a “safety officer” program.  The matter got a hearing Tuesday before the Urban County Council.

Lexington Council Seeks Permission to Raise Hotel-Motel Tax

Dec 2, 2015

    The Lexington Council is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to grant the city the authority to raise its hotel-motel tax to help fund construction of a new convention center.  The request is one part of a funding package outlined during Tuesday’s work session.

Lexington Event Named Best New Rodeo by Cowboys

Nov 30, 2015


The Lexington Professional Rodeo has been recognized for its inaugural summertime event.  Additions are already being planned for year two at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Compressed Natural Gas Filling Station Coming to Lexington

Nov 23, 2015

Compressed natural gas is likely to be used in greater amounts in the Lexington area over time.  A CNG filling station project has been a topic recently at Lexington city hall.

Lexington Council Votes to Increase City Minimum Wage

Nov 20, 2015
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After some eight months of debate, Lexington’s city council has approved a minimum wage increase.  Council heard public comments Thursday night right up until the last minute. 

After hearing comments from more than 30 residents, followed by discussion among council members, a vote on the proposal to raise the minimum wage was taken.