Lexington/Richmond

11:24am

Mon June 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Looking at Splash Pads to Beat the Heat

Credit leitchfield.ky.gov

Over the past decade, some public pools in Lexington have closed while others were converted to water park-like aquatic centers.  Another option is under study now.  City General Services Commissioner Geoff Reed says "splash pads" are getting some attention.  "It's a concrete pad and water shoots out at various angles and people are really enjoying them in a lot of areas and several cities have gone to heavy use of splash pads.  They can be small, they can be large.  A lot of places have gone to them in lieu of maintaining pools," said Reed.

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3:26pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Council Looks to Speed Up Hiring of Jail Security Guards

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Members of Lexington's Council are looking to speed up the hiring process for jail security officers.  Lexington Mayor Jim Gray proposes hiring eight officers this summer and seven more the first of 2015.  

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4:52pm

Thu May 22, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Capilouto Letter Raises New Concerns About Rupp Project

Credit Charles Bertram / Lexington Herald-Leader

A letter from the University of Kentucky President to the Chair of the Lexington Center Corporation is causing new debate about Lexington's Rupp Arena project.   Lexington Center Board Chair Brent Rice has been deeply involved in moving the Rupp/Convention Center project forward. 

In the letter dated May 20th, UK President Eli Capilouto expresses significant concerns about how financing for the 350 million dollar project has been handled. 

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9:12pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Could Enlist Private Help in Leaf Collection Efforts

Credit lexingtonky.gov

Lexington city officials are planning revisions to its leaf collection program this year.  Members of a Council committee got an update last week. 

Acting Public Works Commissioner Charlie Martin says snow events caused a disruption in the vacuum collection effort this past winter.  "and this year, they didn't start 'til after Halloween, but by Christmas we had had several snows and you don't have time for leaf collection anymore because now you're dealing with snow and ice, so you have a very narrow window in which to operate," said Martin.

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10:20pm

Fri May 9, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Officials Look for Cause of Fire That Killed Thoroughbreds

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A barn fire near Keeneland in Lexington has taken the lives of eight Thoroughbred horses.   Joe Best of the Lexington Fire Department says the call came in just before one a.m. Friday morning. 

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10:48pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Park Barring Policy Gets Full City Hall Review

Credit lexingtonky.gov

A Lexington proposal to barr certain offenders from city parks sparked extended discussion Tuesday at city hall.  The barring procedure is just one suggestion contained in a parks task force report.  A council committee approved the policy change. 

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9:05am

Wed May 7, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lextran Budget Constraints Remain Despite Ridership Increase

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Officials with Lexington's mass transit system have detailed budget figures before city leaders.   The bus system has grown substantially in dollars and services.

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10:10pm

Sun May 4, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Strategy Renewed to Reopen Lexington's Historic Courthouse Building

Credit fayette-pva.com

    

The future of Lexington's historic 116-year-old courthouse remains in limbo.  The downtown landmark was shut down almost two years ago following concerns about lead, asbestos, and structural integrity. 

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5:30pm

Thu May 1, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Candidates for Lexington Mayor Face Off

Candidates for the 2014 Lexington mayoral election debated at the May 1 meeting of the Lexington Forum. L-R, Incumbent Jim Gray; challengers Danny Mayer & Anthany Beatty. Moderator Tom Martin is standing.
Credit John Hingsbergen

Lexington’s three candidates for Mayor faced off Thursday in a debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum. Incumbent Jim Gray was joined by challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.


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10:08am

Thu May 1, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Group to Set Affordable Housing Agenda

Credit cedarsinaipark.org

    A diverse group of government, business, and social representatives are developing more structure for the affordable housing cause in Lexington.  The panel met for the first time Wednesday.

Lexington's city council has decided to spend three million dollars for affordable housing over the next year, and a stakeholders group will work in the coming weeks to decide how to spend the money.  A yet-to-be named board would make the final allocations. 

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9:18am

Mon April 28, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Officials to Unveil Economic Development Plan for Madison County

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Madison County civic and government representatives will unveil an economic development plan today for the cities of Richmond and Berea. 

The theme for the two year economic improvement effort is rooted in collaboration among local governments, public schools, higher education institutions, businesses, and medical facilities.  The initiative is also aimed at increasing jobs by capitalizing on intellectural  assets, especially as it relates to entrepreneurs and commercialization of technology. 

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4:17pm

Wed April 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Looking to Better Ensure Safety in Lexington Parks

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City officials in Lexington are considering ways to enhance safety in neighborhood parks throughout the bluegrass community.  A number of recommendations are made in a just-released task force report. 

It comes on the heels of a fatal shooting this past weekend in Duncan Park.  Lexington Council member Chris Ford says the death of 21 year old Antonio Franklin Junior demonstrates a need for the initiative.  

"That is an example and an illustration of why we need to go forward as fast as we can with some of these recommendations," said Franklin.

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10:25am

Wed April 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Leaders Looking for New Job Training Agent

Credit kyem.ky.gov

Lexington city leaders are looking into new ways to coordinate workforce training services.  The Council's Social Services Committee discussed the matter at its Tuesday meeting.  These services have been carried out through the Bluegrass Area Development District.  The matter must still go before the full Council. 

The Bluegrass ADD was the focus of a scathing state audit earlier this year.  Committee Chair Chris Ford won approval to look for a new fiscal agent for the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board.  

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5:00pm

Mon April 21, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

New Transy Athletics Complex to Benefit On and Off-Campus Teams

Credit transy.edu

A new ten million dollar Athletics Complex at Transylvania University benefits both on and off campus sports teams.  A dedication is planned this Saturday afternoon at the fourth street facility in Lexington. 

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2:19am

Tue April 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Disappointed Fans Act Out Frustrations After UK Loss in NCAA Championship Game

Fans gathered outside bars on Lexington's South Limestone Street when they couldn't get in to watch the NCAA Championship game
Credit John Hingsbergen

The UK Wildcats will have to settle for second place this year.  Fans gathered wherever they could cluster around big screen TVs for the NCAA Men’s Championship game.


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6:20pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Instant Racing Proposals Surprise Family Foundation

Family Foundation of Kentucky Director Kent Ostrander
Credit southeastoutlook.org

The director of the Family Foundation says he's surprised at Keeneland and the Red Mile's decision to move forward with instant racing, since the matter remains in the courts.  

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5:15pm

Wed April 2, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Student Faces Charges for Armed Robbery, Burglary

Credit John Hingsbergen / WEKU News

An Eastern Kentucky University student is in custody on charges stemming from an armed robbery in a campus dormitory.  University police say they are unable to release some details since they are still investigating. 


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11:02pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

More Evidence of Sewer Improvements

Credit kentucky.com

Lexington residents will notice a lot more above ground water storage in the years ahead.  As part of a 600-million-dollar project to overhaul the city's sewer system, wet weather storage tanks will be constructed.

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5:43pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Affordable Housing Proposal Backed by Lexington Council Committee

Credit lexingtonhousingauthority.org

With an improving economy, Lexington city leaders are moving ahead with an affordable housing initiative in the Bluegrass community.  Lexington's city council has wrestled with an affordable housing question for years.

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9:35pm

Sat March 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Men Claim NCAA Basketball Berth After Defeating Belmont in OVC Tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Corey Walden scored 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half to help Eastern Kentucky upset top-seeded Belmont 79-73 Saturday night for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and an NCAA tournament berth.

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2:00pm

Sat March 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Men Vie for OVC Basketball Championship

Credit ekusports.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team will attempt to win the program's sixth Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, and earn the NCAA Tournament bid that comes with it, on Saturday against No. 1 seed Belmont University.

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1:59pm

Sat March 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

EKU Women's Bid for OVC Championship Ends in Semifinal Loss

Freshman Mariah Massengill scored a career-high 12 points off the bench in Friday's semifinals loss to UT Martin
Credit ekusports.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University's run in the Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball tournament came to a sudden end in the semifinals Friday afternoon. Regular season champion UT Martin picked up a 97-45 victory over the Lady Colonels, who were playing their third game in three days.

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1:53am

Sat March 8, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Judge Reinstates Lancaster Mayor Removed by City Council

Brenda Powers was removed from office Nov. 23 after a 6-0 vote by the city council.
Credit Lexington Herald-Leader, www.kentucky.com

LANCASTER, Ky. (AP) — The mayor of a central Kentucky city has been reinstated to office by a judge who found the city council lacked evidence of misconduct to justify her removal.

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6:36am

Wed March 5, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Council to Consider Simplifying 'Lexington' Brand

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A proposal to simplify the branding of the entity known as the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is being discussed at city hall. An ordinance to that effect is being proposed by council member Harry Clarke.

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11:13pm

Tue March 4, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Advocates Hope for Housing Trust as Answer to Prayer

Credit bixlex.com

Some supporters of affordable housing in Lexington are praying that city leaders act on establishing a trust fund.  A short prayer vigil, complete with song, took place in the city hall lobby Tuesday.  Members of the group “Building United Interfaith Lexington Through Directive Action" or BUILD have been involved in the housing initiative for six years. 

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6:03am

Mon March 3, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Trent Boulevard Housing Project Moving Forward

Credit kentucky.com

Plans are moving forward for a low income senior retirement complex in a southeast Lexington neighborhood.  The project appears to be meeting resident approval.


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7:30am

Wed February 26, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Still Seeking Affordable Housing Solution

Credit bixlex.com

Lexington's City Hall was the site of another discussion of affordable housing issues Tuesday.  Among council members and housing advocates alike, most all involved agree Kentucky's second largest city lacks enough affordable housing.

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12:06am

Wed February 26, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Finance Commissioner Reports Revenues Ahead of Schedule

Credit kentucky.com

Lexington city revenues are running ahead of expenses so far in the current fiscal year.  That’s good news for finance officials at city hall.  

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10:48pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Supporters of Teen Anti-Drug Contest Seeking Funds to 'Keep-It-Real'

Credit rapgenius.com

Supporters of a dormant teen-focused alcohol program are looking to the City of Lexington to help bring it back.

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8:35pm

Sun February 23, 2014
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington Officials Look to Increase City's Tree Canopy

Credit fayettealliance.com

Lexington officials are considering ways of increasing the number of trees in the urban area.  Last week, council members were briefed on a tree survey as they consider a targeted effort to grow the green canopy.

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