At gasoline stations in Richmond and Louisville, a gallon of gasoline exceeds four-dollars. And, for the rest of the Commonwealth, Gas-Buddy-dot-com says prices are trending upwards Triple-A of the Bluegras says the statewide average for gas prices stands at three dollar 90 cents. Spokesman Christopher Oakford says we saw similar price hikes last spring, when a civil war erupted in Libya….but then he says prices dropped last summer.
"This is CentrePointe’s time," architect Rick Ekhoff told the Courthouse Area Design Review Board Wednesday as he provided updates of the proposed downtown Lexington skyscraper. CentrePointe was first launched by the Webb Companies several years ago but financing fell through and the project never developed strong public support. Ekhoff says the hotel, retail, and residential concept is now poised for success.
Police said Tuesday that they have arrested a man on two counts of murder and other felony charges stemming from the disappearance and apparent deaths of two people who were reported missing in June 2010. Daniel R. Keene, 26, of Richmond was booked into the Madison County jail late Monday night by Richmond police. He is charged in the deaths of Sonsaray "Sonsi" Warford and Charles DeMarcus "Chew" Walker, Richmond police Maj. Bob Mott said.
A group that supports the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund is rallying tonight in Lexington. The organization hopes to sway city leaders to get behind the idea. BUILD, or Building a United Interfaith Lexington Through Direct Action, a group comprised of 17 area congregations, has been pushing for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund for years now. The trust funds are dedicated sources of revenue meant to help low and moderate income citizens attain affordable housing. Pastor Adam Jones is with BUILD.
By Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader and Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader
The blackened remains of several sofas littered sidewalks in the area of University and State streets, and Lexington police cruisers sat near every intersection for several blocks as fans celebrated UK's Sunday win. But aside from a few furniture fatalities, downtown streets were mostly filled with blue-clad fans honking, whooping and hollering, apparently saving their full fanaticism for the after-party Saturday, when — they are convinced — Kentucky will beat Louisville.
Tax money collected by Lexington is coming in right on target. Still, local officials hope the improving economy will also improve city revenues. Lexington Revenue Department Director Bill Omara says they’re not as optimistic as they were a few months ago. “We had hoped that the acceleration of recovery would be more pronounced..and through the holiday season we were very hopeful that that would continue..it seems to have slacked off a little bit or mitigated some,” said Omara.
Before the home of the UK mens’ basketball team can get a complete makeover, city leaders need to figure how to pay for the project. Brent Rice, chairman of the Rupp Arena task force, discussed possibilities Friday morning at a Commerce Lexington event. “I’m gonna stick my neck how here, but I really think this project is doable,” Rice told the crowd.
This Saturday representatives from Keep Lexington Beautiful will be keeping an eye out for litter, illegal signs, and graffiti as they tour the city. It’s part of their annual Community Appearance Index process. Once a year, Keep Lexington Beautiful members get in cars with city employees, Bluegrass PRIDE staff, and community volunteers to rank the city’s cleanliness. Patricia Knight, KLB chair, says there’s a system.
Police officers in Lexington are using an online tool to keep track of crime trends across the city, and the information is also available to the public. RAIDS Online is a free service that pinpoints where crimes occurred on a map. Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts says users can narrow the search to a specific type of crime or to a specific neighborhood.
Steve Crook lives less than a block from The Community Inn, an overnight homeless shelter at 824 Winchester Road, and he said the shelter has created continuous problems for neighbors and nearby businesses. "The number one issue is folks get there hours before the place opens. They can't get inside, so they loiter on the sidewalks. They go to the bathroom in the street. Children can't go outside and play," said Crook.
Proposals to revitalize Lexington’s Distillery District were discussed at a public meeting Wednesday night at the McConnell Springs Education Center. A team of landscape architects and engineers discussed a number of structural, and aesthetic changes that could be introduced to the area comprising Manchester Street, Oliver Lewis Way and Forbes Road.
An ordinance to crack down on copper thefts goes before the Urban County Council on Thursday. It would require scrap-metal dealers to register with the Division of Police and obtain a $500 seller's permit. Dealers also would have to file daily reports with police, and hold copper and magnesium for three business days after purchasing it so police would have time to investigate. Materials suspected of being stolen could be held longer.
A program in Fayette County designed to preserve rural land could one day be supported by a special tax. Now, those funds come from Lexington’s general fund. When it set up its Purchase of Development Rights, or P-D-R, program, city lawyer David Barberee told council member Kevin Stinnett, voters could have set aside a portion of the Hotel-Motel Tax for the program.
Differing strategies to prevent youth violence are being weighed by Lexington’s city leaders. A nine month study by the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety produced several recommendations. It suggests spending 150 thousand dollars to hire 150 more teens in the city’s summer youth employment program over two years. It would begin in 2013. City, business, and volunteer support would go to expand park programs this summer. Urban County Council member Chris Ford offered the report Tuesday at city hall. He says youth suggestions are being sought.
Glee co-star Jane Lynch Has Posed For The NOH8 Campaign
Credit Adam Bouska
Photographers will be in Lexington for a unique of photo shoot Tuesday night. It’s part of the national NOH8 campaign; a social media phenomenon spawned by people opposed to California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative which prohibited same-sex couples from marrying. Craig Cammack, with Lexington Fairness, says his organization was able to get the group to come to Kentucky because of its desire to get more Kentucky cities to pass fairness ordinances.
Rupp Arena's Matt Johnson, Sheila Barr Kenny and Paul Hooper, from left, have helped create a comprehensive social media presence for the venue that has earned national recognition.
In 2008, Rupp Arena marketers faced a thorny problem: How could they keep pace with an increasingly sophisticated concert market? Back then, the nation was in the throes of the golden age of blogging. What would come next? And how would Rupp market itself to the changing social media climate? In retrospect, the answers seem obvious: Facebook. Twitter. And others, including Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Vimeo and Eventful.
Natural gas is in good supply these days. Distributors in Kentucky like Columbia Natural Gas built up their supply last summer. And, the relatively warm winter means less natural gas was consumed. Still, Columbia Gas spokeswoman Lisa Smith says the average consumer won’t see a big drop in the monthly rate.
Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities are expanding this year. Lexington’s St. Paddy’s Day revelers will have one more day this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Events begin at the CentrePointe block at 1 PM Saturday. Highlights include the Alltech St. Patrick’s Day parade at 3 and plenty of traditional food and music. Organizer Liza Hendley-Betz says Sunday will be largely dedicated to the Rose of Tralee personality competition for young women of Irish descent.
The barber shop near the corner of Euclid and Woodland Avenues in Lexington is like most barber shops, offering men’s haircuts, beard trimming, straight razor shaves. But the atmosphere owner Ryan Lykins has created is a lot like a sports bar. Lykins and his wife Cassandra own Kentucky Wildcuts Barber Shop, a business they opened about three years ago.“We thought about naming it just Wildcuts. And we thought well if we can put the Kentucky in front, they won’t think it’s just crazy haircuts; they’ll know it’s a play off the university.”
New street addresses could soon be assigned to a Lexington neighborhood along Richmond Avenue. It’s in an ordinance okayed by an Urban County Council committee. It prohibits addresses that are out of sequence or include fractions. Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says any confusion could slow the response of firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel.
Lexington - The Magoffin and Morgan county public school systems each received $500,000 insurance payments following the devastating March 2 tornadoes. The insurance payments came from Chartis, the insurance firm for the Kentucky Schools Boards Insurance Trust. The presentation took place Tuesday in Lexington at the Kentucky League of Cities office, according to a press release from the insurance firm.
Lexington’s Fraternal Order of Police has taken its case for hiring more officers before city leaders. The emotional debate Tuesday included comments on escalating pension costs, and a collective bargaining impasse. FOP President Mike Sweeney says a look at crime statistics should be cause for alarm. “Several months ago the FOP began noticing a very disturbing trend…a trend that there’s a significant rise in crime in Fayette County and a continuous decline in the number of police officers..protecting the city…and this has led to some very alarming statistics,” said Sweeney. The FOP says crime went up 20 percent from 2007 to 2011. But Urban County Council member Doug Martin says a great deal of city resources go to support police salaries and pensions.
The ex-wife of murderer Steve Nunn is one of several people connected to the case that rocked Kentucky who have talked with ABC for its Revenge for Real news series, which has scheduled a segment called "The Governor's Son" for 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Others who have spoken with ABC include the mother of victim Amanda Ross, and Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.
Members from the destroyed West Liberty United Methodist, First Baptist, Broadway First Church of God, Church of Christ and Christian churches were in attendance Sunday.
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For decades, Rose W. May has been the musical heart and soul of the West Liberty United Methodist Church. A retired Morgan County English teacher, she has played graduations, baptisms, weddings and funerals. The March 2 tornado that ripped through town took her church, her house and her grand piano. It even took her sheet music. But it couldn't take her songs. Sunday, as members of several churches destroyed by the tornado gathered in an auditorium at Morehead State University's West Liberty campus, Rose May was there, pouring out the old hymns like balm on wounded souls.
Aerial view of Southland property along Richmond Rd - from Bing.com
A local mega-church’s plan to fill in most of a pond along Richmond Road got the approval of the Lexington Planning Commission Thursday, despite a recommendation from the city’s planning department to postpone that part of the project.vSouthland Christian Church is building a new campus at the site of the former Lexington Mall.
Lexington city leaders are working to silence loud truck engine brakes within the urban area. Council member Tom Blues says they’re considering a proposal that restricts the use of ‘engine brakes’ to highways, like New Circle Road, with limited access. Blues says it would impact tractor-trailers coming off the interstate. “Any trucks coming off the ramps into the city would not be able to use them and the reason is they make so much noise that they annoy so many people,” said Blues.
Lexington city leaders are moving ahead with a new taxi cab ordinance. Although significant changes were proposed, the final version remains in line with the current law. The issue was discussed earlier this week at city hall. Jim Browder is the director of Lexington’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “And not being able to get a taxi extremely early in the morning to catch early flights is a challenge sometimes…but late at night is more concerning..when individuals get stuck out at the airport,” said Browder. A proposal to lower the minimum taxi cab requirement from 25 vehicles to ten was rejected. The biggest change is to require two independent inspections each year.
It’s been 12 months since embattled Lexington fire chief Robert Hendricks has reported for duty, but he still wants a job with the city. Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Gray, says the chief filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “Robert Hendricks has claimed that he’s covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It’s a federal law. Under that law, the city would be required to determine whether there’s an appropriate position for him.”
City officials have reached a contract agreement with Greater Cincinnati Water Works to provide billing and collection services for Lexington's sewer, landfill, and water quality fees. Those fees are currently tacked on to monthly water bills, but Kentucky American Water decided last fall to end its long-standing billing contract with the city. That means that about 115,000 accounts will start receiving a separate bill for the Lexington fees beginning in September.
Certain Lexington area residents may be given options in the future when it comes to sheltering during severe weather. Very few structures stand in the way of tornadoes. But, certain residents are more at risk when severe weather blows through a community. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council member Bill Farmer asked that the issue be reviewed in committee.