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Fayette’s Driver’s License Office moving
to new facility; ribbon cutting planned

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Fayette County residents will soon benefit from a new Driver’s License Office designed to better serve the public. The Driver’s License Office at 162 W. Main St. is moving from its current location in Lexington to the Village East Shopping …

Two workshops scheduled for public to give input in Armstrong Mill West Small Area Plan

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  A series of workshops for residents and other stakeholders will take place to discuss the Armstrong Mill West Small Area Plan on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 11, both from 6-8 p.m. at the Gainesway Community Center at …

Local government officials urge state lawmakers to boost enhanced 911 funding

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  Local government officials across the state plan to ask the 2015 General Assembly to increase the wireless fee for enhanced 911 service as more Kentuckians move from wireline to wireless phones.   Local governments say they want state lawmakers …

What will make Lexington more livable, age-friendly? Survey seeks senior citizens’ ideas

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A survey that begins circulating today will give Lexington’s senior citizens a chance to tell officials what the city can do to be more livable – and age-friendly.   The Livable Lexington survey is spearheaded by the Lexington’s Senior Services …

Lexington police purchase body armor vests with LEPP grant from Homeland Security

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has been awarded a state Law Enforcement Protection Program grant for $13,750 to purchase body armor vests.   LEPP grants went to 30 law enforcement agencies for a total awarded of $170,832. The grants are administered …

Child care providers whose clients receive aid may need to join state quality rating system

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The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced proposed changes that will improve access to high-quality child care for children who qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program.   Under a new proposed regulation, child care providers who give subsidized …

Joint Resolution 19 puts Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week in October

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Designating the third week of October as Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Appreciation Week, more than a dozen legislators and retired teachers turned out in Frankfort to witness or ceremonially sign the bill known as House Joint Resolution 19.   Gov. Steve …

Initial phase of Mountain Parkway expansion set to begin west of Magoffin Co.’s Salyersville

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More than 50 years after the Mountain Parkway opened, Gov. Steve Beshear and Eastern Kentucky leaders marked the beginning of the Mountain Parkway Expansion – a 46-mile transformational construction project to improve mobility, safety and economic development in the Appalachian …

Virtual solar energy story map tours state projects as part of Energy Awareness month

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  In celebration of October as Energy Awareness month, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence has released the virtual solar energy story map. For those unfamiliar with a story map, a story map uses geography to present information …

Five state cities recognized as ‘Enterprise Cities’ by the Kentucky League of Cities

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  Five cities from across the Commonwealth have been recognized as Enterprise Cities award winners by the Kentucky League of Cities.   Since 1999, the awards have been given to municipalities that have demonstrated “entrepreneurship, innovation and excellence in local …

Newly created task force ready to tackle bullying in schools; first meeting scheduled

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The Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force will hold its first meeting Oct. 22, beginning its work to study bullying in schools and recommend practices and policies to help foster safer, harassment-free school environments.   The meeting will be at …

Candidates’ forum Oct. 30 part of domestic violence awareness efforts in Lexington area

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As Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues in October, Lexington’s Domestic Violence Prevention Board continues to reach out to citizens and professionals.   A candidates’ forum on Thursday, Oct. 30, will focus on interpersonal and family violence. It will be held …

Traffic Report: Oct. 20-24
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   Special Notes:   Expect heavy traffic during the month of October on Versailles Road, Man o’ War Boulevard and New Circle Road for Keeneland’s Fall Meet, which continues …

Lexington third-graders drive 3 mph in newly revamped and reopened two-acre Safety City

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Third-graders from Mary Todd Elementary in Lexington happily took to the streets to christen the revitalized Safety City, a two-acre site on Red Mile Place designed for practical and experiential learning. …

Lexington Fire Department hopes to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day, needs your help

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  The Lexington Fire Department Firefighter Safety Initiative 2014 is this Sunday, Oct. 19. The campaign slogan this year is “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,” and the goal is to make Oct. 19 a wreck-free day.   …

State commission for deaf, Lexington library partner to place first free videophone locally

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The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Lexington Public Library have partnered to offer a free public videophone access station for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. A public demonstration and reception will be …

Lexington gets 2016 legislative conference and a potential $2M boost to local economy

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  The city of Lexington has been selected to host the 70th annual Southern Legislative Conference, the nation’s largest regional meeting of state officials, in 2016. As a result, an estimated $2 million will be pumped into the local economy …

Kentucky Tonight appearance by McConnell, Grimes available for viewing on KET’s website

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  U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes appeared together on KET’s Kentucky Tonight hosted by Bill Goodman last night. The program represents the only platform in which both candidates will meet face to face …

Lexington’s Emergency Management office reminds about outdoor warning sirens

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After last Tuesday’s severe weather outbreak that affected much of Fayette County and Central Kentucky and the possibility of more severe weather this week, the Lexington Division of Emergency Management wants to remind residents about the purpose of the outdoor …

Lawmakers consider if ‘pedal while you drink’ should be legal in Kentucky for ‘party bikes’

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  State lawmakers were asked to amend a law to allow passengers to consume alcohol on human-powered four-wheeled bicycles, although the driver steering and braking couldn’t drink.   Often called “party bikes,” these 15-seat quadricycles have become popular in metropolitan …