Lexington Division of Waste Management announces amended holiday trash collection schedule

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside collections on Mondays and Fridays will be impacted by the holiday collection schedule. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Friday customers will be serviced the Wednesday preceding...

Sen. Reggie Thomas pre-files bill to allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any election

Senator Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved in the 2018 Regular Session, would allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any primary, general, or special election. Reggie Thomas Bill Request 49 (BR 49) would allow qualified Kentucky voters in their county of residence to cast their ballot in-person any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,...

Wednesday is last day to register for Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters free toy program

There is less than a week left to sign-up for the Fraternal Order of Firefighters (FOF) Toy Program. Currently, sign-ups for the program are down. Lexington Firefighters want to remind Fayette County families there’s still time to sign their children up for this free Christmas Toy Program.  Sign-up information is as follows: Last day to sign up: November 22 (must sign-up in person) Eligibility:...

Department for Community Based Services opens newly renovated offices in Fayette County

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), officially opened its new Fayette County office Thursday. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality...

After the Thanksgiving feast, recycle your cooking oil — free — at Gobble Grease Toss

Are you frying your Thanksgiving turkey this year or serving other fried goodies on your Thanksgiving table? Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss. The Gobble Grease Toss will be held Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr. The cooking oil collected at the event will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green Biofuel and used...

Lexington firefighters in need of building to serve as ‘North Pole’ collection center for annual toy drive

The Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters needs your help to make the holidays brighter for our city’s kids. The 2017 Lexington Fire Department Toy Drive starts next week, and firefighters are in need of a building to use as the “North Pole”, or collection center. “We need a large building to store and distribute the toys,” said Firefighter Todd Houston, who is the president of the...

City of Lexington, Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer free trash disposal July 15

The City of Lexington is partnering with the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day for non-hazardous household waste. The event will be held Saturday, July 15 from 6 a. m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may dispose of up to one pickup truck load of household waste. Bulky...

Needle-exchange program will ‘do good things for Lexington,’ Leach says; launches Sept. 4

  The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s needle-exchange program will be held 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays at 650 Newtown Pike starting tomorrow, Sept. 4. The free, anonymous and confidential program is designed to reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis in Lexington. Used needles must be brought in to receive clean needles.   The Bluegrass Region, which covers 17 counties including Fayette...

State funding made available to extend Lexington’s popular Town Branch Trail

Lexington area runners, walkers, bicyclists and proponents of alternative transportation got some long-awaited news today: The popular Town Branch Trail will be extended by nearly 1½ miles.   Gov. Steve Beshear, in announcing funding for the project, also said funding would be made available for the design of another segment of the paved, shared-use trail, which eventually will connect downtown...

Public input sought as Lexington officials update city’s five-year comprehensive plan

  (Photo from lexingtonky.gov) Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s Division of Planning is seeking input from the public as they update Lexington’s five-year comprehensive plan.   The purpose of the comprehensive plan is to provide guidance for growth and development in Fayette County. The 2013 plan focuses on job creation, neighborhoods, and growing the community within...

Seventeen districts in Kentucky apply to state to be Districts of Innovation, a school re-think

A total of 17 Kentucky public school districts have submitted applications to the Kentucky Department of Education to become Districts of Innovation.   The Districts of Innovation legislation, House Bill 37 (2012), provides Kentucky public school districts the opportunity to apply for an exemption from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions in an effort to improve student...

Agriculture responsible for $2.4 billion a year, one in nine jobs in Fayette Co., report shows

Fayette County agriculture accounts for one in nine jobs and $2.4 billion in annual revenue, according to a report by University of Kentucky College of Agriculture researchers.   (Photo by Matt Barton, UK College of Agriculture) The study is one of the first to include businesses that are totally dedicated to agriculture, such as veterinary clinics, farm associations, agriculture-specific media...

Join me on a trip through our homeland

    KyForward is happy to welcome Jeffrey Scott Holland to its family of writers and reporters who care about Kentucky. This is the first of his regular contributions to KyForward.   Please allow me to introduce myself.   Hello, Kentucky! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be working with the good folks here at KyForward, and I look forward to comparing notes with you about...

Join me on a trip through our homeland

    KyForward is happy to welcome Jeffery Scott Holland to its family of writers and reporters who care about Kentucky. This is the first of his regular contributions to KyForward.   Please allow me to introduce myself.   Hello, Kentucky! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be working with the good folks here at KyForward, and I look forward to comparing notes with you about...

HIV/AIDS coalition brings Fayette County agencies, community together to fight disease

  In an effort to fill gaps in care and minimize effects of funding cuts, several local agencies recently joined forces to create a coalition to focus on HIV and AIDS issues in Fayette County.   The HIV Community Coalition met for the second time ever Wednesday and includes the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, the Hope Center, AIDS Volunteers Inc., Volunteers of America, the state...

Fayette County Board of educationto vote on superintendent candidates

  Five candidates to become the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent will move forward to the school board next week for consideration, after a unanimous vote Wednesday night by the district’s superintendent screening committee.   The six-person Superintendent Screening Committee, representing employees and parents of the school district, spent countless hours reviewing the...

Fayette County Board of education
to vote on superintendent candidates

  Five candidates to become the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent will move forward to the school board next week for consideration, after a unanimous vote Wednesday night by the district’s superintendent screening committee.   The six-person Superintendent Screening Committee, representing employees and parents of the school district, spent countless hours reviewing the...