A newly announced public / private partnership will soon provide one local disabled veteran and his or her family with a brand new place to live. The Lexington Home Builders Association will construct a house in the Equestrian View neighborhood in downtown's historic East End. It'll be paid for through a Hope VI federal grant administered by the Lexington Housing Authority.
Penal reform in Kentucky has levied an unexpected cost. As predicted, the state is saving money by moving more non-violent offenders out of state prisons. However, many of those costs may be paid by local governments. House Bill 463, approved by the legislature this year, seeks to drastically cut state costs. It does so by reducing the number of people housed in state prison by diverting many into drug treatment. Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson, who opposed the legislation, believes state lawmakers didn’t fully consider the consequences of the law.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has declared Thursday November 10th, 2011 Len Press Day to honor the founding director of Kentucky Educational Television on this, his 90th birthday. "Len Press has done so much for our city and for our state. His contribution in the establishment and the creation, he was right there at the beginning of Kentucky Educational Television. And, what a lifetime of achievement that represents alone. Kentucky without Len Press just would not be Kentucky."
The city of Lexington plans to close a more than 30 year old landfill by the end year. Division of Environmental Policy spokesman Mark York says there is simply no more room in the Haley Pike landfill. "That was actually the site of a city municipal landfill for years and we stopped sending city trash there back in 1995. And since 1995 we've only allowed construction and demolition debris material to be put in the landfill there."
The war on drugs has gotten much tougher for law-enforcement agencies in Jessamine County to fight as “synthetic” drug-like products, which are not marketed for human consumption and are sold over the counter at many convenience stores and other retail outlets, are proving to be just as harmful as the real thing. Nicholasville Police Chief Barry Waldrop and officer Billy King brought their concerns over a local store before the Nicholasville City Commission during its monthly workshop Monday evening.
The University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research has begun work on a facility that could someday lead to changes in where and how the U.S. fuels transportation needs. Center director Rodney Andrews says the $5.7 million building will serve as a process development unit.
It’s one last day of campaigning for incumbent Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Republican Senate President David Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith. Ernie Yanarella, chair of the University of Kentucky political science department, says Galbraith may receive more votes than first anticipated. But he doesn’t expect Galbraith to finish better than third.
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure launched an investigation Monday into the "prescribing practices" of a doctor at a walk-in pain management clinic on North Broadway in Lexington. Doug Wilson, an investigator with the board, said the investigation stems from numerous grievances about Lexington Algiatry, a small office tucked into the corner of an L-shaped shopping center directly across from Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Elizabethtown City Council on Monday heard the first reading of an ordinance that would place new regulations on package liquor stores and retail beer licenses and another that bans the sale of alcohol in sexually oriented businesses.
A federal judge in Lexington is considering whether a Croatian woman who fought in the Yugoslav Wars should be extradited to Bosnia. Azra Basic, 52, walked into U.S. District Court Monday in a teal green inmate uniform, more than seven months after she was arrested in connection with war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. Officials in Bosnia want the woman -- who served in the Croatian Army and eventually moved to Powell County, Kentucky -- returned to Europe to face the charges.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers Monday announced $1 million in ARC grants to support the Appalachian Rural Development Philanthropy Initiative. Beshear joined Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl and other community leaders in Somerset for Monday’s announcement.
An interstate drug pipeline responsible for bringing tens of thousands of prescription pills into Pike County was broken up with the arrest of three people, Operation UNITE officials announced Friday. “We delivered a major hit with these arrests,” said Dan Smoot, deputy director of Operation UNITE. “This network was responsible for distributing more than 50,000 Oxycodone pills within Pike County during the past 12 months. It was definitely a multi-million dollar operation.”
The renovated Lyric Theatre is now officially Lexington's first city-owned building to earn LEED Gold certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. To achieve Gold certification, Lyric architects installed a roof that reduces stormwater runoff and absorbs pollutants, a rainwater collection system, and large windows that make more use of natural light. First District Councilman Chris Ford said the Lyric sets a high bar.
A proposed update of Woodford County's comprehensive plan is causing some controversy among residents who feel the changes could strip the area of agricultural protections. Required by law to be updated every five years, the Woodford County comprehensive plan lays out community transportation and land-use priorities for lawmakers to consult when making decisions about development. This year's update removes protections for what's called the "agricultural-equine preserve district" north of Versailles. Brian Trougott is the chairman of the committee that suggested the changes.
Eastern Kentucky University music professor Richard Crosby does not fear the steam-grilled patty, fragrant with onions, marbleized with cheese. In fact, he eats from the White Castle menu 300 days a year. Crosby's essay about his unusual dietary preference recently earned him induction — along with nine other slider enthusiasts — into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame. The company established the hall of fame in 2001. Since then, 8,810 people have applied, and 80 have been given the thumbs-up of slider distinction.
The traffic nightmare is mostly over for Lexington drivers who take Tates Creek Road for their daily commute. Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, a 12-inch pipe ruptured at the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Gainesway Drive. It sent gushing water across several lanes of one of Lexington's major traffic arteries near New Circle Road. Police diverted motorists for seven hours while crews made repairs.
Larger envelopes for absentee ballots mean it costs more to mail in the ballots - a situation that has a Georgetown man asking questions. "It says on the outer envelope 'Place stamp here,' but it costs $1.08 to mail an absentee ballot," said Jerry Richardson.
The heat and dryness of this past summer were hard on corn and soybeans in central Kentucky and in much of the nation. The fall harvest is about 80 percent complete. The corn and soybeans harvested mostly are of good quality, but the yield is less than average. Corn, which is between 15 and 20 bushels per acre less than during an average year, still is doing better than some farmers anticipated, said Matt Adams, a Hardin County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.
Kids might be suiting up for trick-or-treating tonight, but Lexington firefighters are already thinking about Christmas. The Fire Department's annual toy drive is already underway. 2011 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and organizers are hoping they can meet the increased need. Last year, the department handed out toys to around 3000 children. Lexington firefighter John Durr says that number could be much higher this time around.
It's back to the drawing board for the developer looking to fill Lexington's vacant CentrePointe block. Dudley Webb has taken Chicago architect Jeanne Gang off the project. Back in July, many Lexingtonians hailed Jeanne Gang's futuristic designs for CentrePointe as a step forward for the city, with a few, like Robert Maras, calling it "the greatest thing, I think, that's ever happened to Lexington."
A prominent Corbin businessman owes an Indiana casino over $155,000 in gambling debts, and a court has ordered that he surrender his stake in a local property development company in order to satisfy that debt. For the second time since 2010, Jimmy Vance is on the losing end of a court battle over loans he was given by casinos in the Hoosier state. In 2010, he lost an appeal against Ceasars Indiana, a riverboat casino docked on the Ohio River in Harrison County, Ind., near Louisville, and was ordered to pay $75,000 in blackjack losses to the casino.
Upon entering Patti A. Clay Hospital in Richmond, visitors today may have met a gas-masked attendant. The Richmond hospital was taking part in an emergency response drill. The drill, which involved first responders throughout Madison County, rehearsed their response to an accident at the Bluegrass Army Depot. As part of the exercise, hospital spokeswoman Jill Williams says they treated three victims of nerve gas.
Lexington residents will likely have another bill to keep track of starting next spring. Kentucky American Water informed local government officials this month that its billing contract with the city will not be renewed. The water company handles the calculation and collection of Lexington's sanitary sewer fee, the water quality fee, and the landfill fee, and includes those items on a single customer water bill. The fees generate about $65 million annually. Lexington pays Kentucky American $1.6 million a year for the service, but the company has canceled its contract.
A large group of city employees, many in public safety, came to city hall Tuesday upset about proposed health insurance rates. Many went home feeling better, even without seeing a doctor. One week ago, health consultants and the mayor’s office revealed health insurance options. In an effort to bring stability to a what has been a heavily government subsidized health insurance program, city employees were asked to pay much more. In some case, individual and family monthly premiums for high benefit insurance would double.
Harrodsburg police officers have started handing out tickets fort loud mufflers and loud stereos. The action came after several citizen complaints about the loud noises at all hours of the day and night.
Some residents vented their ongoing frustrations Monday night during what at times was a raucous Danville City Commission meeting. The tone was set when local attorney Mark Morgan, who was listed as a speaker on the agenda, once again leveled accusations of selective code enforcement initiated against him by former Interim City Manager John W.D. Bowling and Mayor Bernie Hunstad.
Want to own a piece of transportation history? The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new owner for an 82-year-old, 456-foot, three-span steel bridge. The bridge, over the north folk of the Kentucky River in Perry County on Ky. 80, is set to be replaced next year. Through a new program, the cabinet is willing to give the 1929 bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, to a new owner rather than demolish it.
A Fayette Circuit Court jury ruled Monday that Lexington's Cambridge Place Nursing Home should pay more than $1 million in damages to a resident who fell and was found severely injured in an equipment storage room.
Tensions have died down and the streets have calmed, but Lexington police have not received the cooperation needed to solve a string of shootings that injured or killed almost a dozen people this month — and inspired police to start a task force to crack down on violence.
Seated at his portable desk, 4-year-old Zach Pickard takes a pencil and carefully writes out a "Z" in perfect block lettering. He follows with an A, C and H. He scowls at the H and begins to erase some bits where it is not absolutely straight. "He is a perfectionist," said his mother, Tina Pickard. It has been nearly two years since we last saw Zach, who has progeria, the rapid-aging disease that is one of the rarest maladies on Earth.