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 Fourth Council District, is in her second 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

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.

Lexington Council Exploring New City Hall Project

Oct 19, 2017

The Lexington council is once again looking into the feasibility of constructing a new City Hall in the downtown area. 

Council approved a motion during Tuesday's work session to seek requests for proposals on such a project.


Lexington council’s examination of comprehensive plan issues includes debate about the future location of social service facilities. 

The matter got a lengthy review Tuesday during another discussion of recommended goals and objectives for the plan intended to help determine future growth.

Josh Mers

Two statues of Confederate Civil War figures have been removed from the grounds of the historic Old Courthouse in downtown Lexington. 

Pension, Tax Reforms Discussed at Equine Conference

Oct 17, 2017

Legislative efforts to resolve Kentucky's public pension problems got attention at Monday’s Kentucky Equine Education Project Conference in Lexington. 

A panel discussion on equine taxation and legislation included comments from Jay Ingle, an attorney who’s worked for horse-related clients for years. 



The Lexington Fayette Urban County Council last night approved a resolution giving Spectrum Cable and its parent company Charter Communications a month to respond to a list of service complaints or face fines. 

Council Member Bill Farmer says, despite a public forum in August, complaints have continued, citing intermittent broadband service, problems with channel accessibility, and unexplained charges.  

Stu Johnson

Lexington's council has voted to join a global initiative to embrace the value of compassion.

The Lexington Fayette community will sign on to the "Charter for Compassion."

Changes in Store for Lexington Public Golf

Oct 11, 2017

Lexington government officials are implementing a number of changes in golf operations for its five public courses. 

The modifications are aimed at reducing an annual loss of about $1 million.

CEO Named for New Lexington Downtown Partnership

Oct 11, 2017

A new organization proposed to focus on economic development and marketing of Lexington’s downtown has its first chief executive officer. 

The appointment comes following the expected merger of two long-standing downtown groups.


The Lexington Urban County Council is expected to give Spectrum cable a month to make improvements in various services or face the possibility of fines.

After a closed session Tuesday, council voted to put a resolution on its Thursday agenda to give legal notice to provider of cable TV and broadband services. 

Fayette County Health Department

The Lexington Health Department is changing the look of restaurant inspection placards found posted at eating establishments. 

Currently, the scores posted in green ink signify a passing grade and red used for a failing inspection.

The chair of a Lexington’Urban County Council committee says it’s not always dollars that lure commercial enterprises to local areas.

Economic development incentives got a going-over last week at Lexington City Hall. 


A Lexington City Hall discussion this week on comprehensive planning got into a larger discussion about growth issues. 

Budget committee members reviewed goals and objectives in the proposed comprehensive plan.