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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Freshman Mariah Massengill scored a career-high 12 points off the bench in Friday's semifinals loss to UT Martin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The city of Lexington is launching a program intended to increase the use of public golf courses and reward the players. As a result, golfers are likely to see video cameras at some holes beginning this spring.
Lexington leaders are looking for ways to enhance management of the city's recycling center. Members of a council committee reviewed recommendations Tuesday following an internal audit of the Materials Recovery Facility.
Designs released February 10, 2014 show the renovations of Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center. This is a view of the renovated Rupp Arena from Triangle Park.
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Plans for the 310 million dollar Rupp Arena project were unveiled Monday. The "reinvention" of the 38-year-old facility will include construction of a new convention center. Funding for the massive Lexington development is still being finalized.
Governor Steve Beshear will join Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and University of Kentucky officials in revealing plans for the re-design of Rupp Arena Monday afternoon.
Efforts to come up with a new design plan date back almost three years to March of 2011 when Mayor Gray announced the appointment of a Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, a group of over 45 citizens. Gray asked the group to study Rupp Arena and the entire Lexington Center complex.
Lexington mayoral candidate Danny Mayer believes infrastructure and economic development strategies need to extend beyond downtown. The 38-year old joins incumbent Jim Gray and former Lexington police chief Anthany Beatty in this year’s race for mayor.
Lexington Mayoral Candidate Danny Mayer on his platform
Three technology specialists are working to offer suggestions on improving quality of life in Lexington neighborhoods. The bluegrass community was one of ten selected nationwide to participate in this year’s 'Code for America' project.
Kentucky State Police in Richmond continue to investigate a multiple fatality fire in Madison County. The residential fire came on the heels of another tragic fire in west Kentucky. Three people were killed in the house fire late Friday along Oakley Wells Road in rural Madison County.
Lexington's Turfland Mall is no longer a shopping center in the typical sense, but it appears to be moving toward once again playing an active role in the community. When it opened in 1967, Turfland was Lexington's first enclosed shopping mall.
Authorities found three bodies Saturday in the ruins of a burned home in rural Madison County. The identities of the three will not be confirmed until autopsies are conducted, which could take place Sunday, said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison. The three all appeared large enough to be adults, Cornelison said, but he could not determine their sex at the scene. Kentucky State Police and the state fire marshal's office had not confirmed the cause of the fire Saturday, but it appeared that it started from an effort to heat the house, Trooper Robert Purdy said.
Lexington city officials are considering more than a 15 hundred percent increase in fines for illegally parking in handicapped spots. Under the proposal passed by the Budget Committee Tuesday, the fine goes from 15 dollars to 250 dollars. Committee members had considered a range of fines, but instead, adopted an amendment by Vice Mayor Linda Gorton. “I think this needs to be a stiff enough fine that people won’t do it ever,” said Gorton.
These trailers serve as temporary homes for Davis Bottom residents displaced by Newtown Pike
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Construction moves forward on a road project that’s changing the face of a Lexington neighborhood. The Newtown Pike Extension Project is displacing many long-time residents of the Davis Bottom community. It’s a low-income neighborhood, but there’s a plan designed to preserve the community and provide its residents with better housing.