Construction of MetroNet’s new fiber optic network will make Lexington nation’s largest gigabit city

Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday announced an agreement with MetroNet to build a fiber-optic network in Lexington, making good on his promise to give citizens a new choice in television providers, and to transform Lexington into a gigabit city with ultrafast internet access that will attract high tech businesses and good jobs. Indiana-based MetroNet plans to start building its fiber-optic network in January...

City of Lexington Waste Management adjusts trash collection schedule for holiday season

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Residents and businesses whose regular curbside waste collection day falls on a holiday will be serviced on Wednesday instead. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Thursday and Friday customers will be serviced the...

AARP Kentucky announces Bowling Green, Lexington winners of the Community Challenge

AARP Kentucky announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Parks and Recreation. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to...

New UK Cooperative Service program teaches about the risks of overuse of phosphorus on lawns

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists show up at the front door, easels and flyers in hand, it’s obvious they’re serious about their subject matter and they’re happy to share their knowledge with the neighborhood. A new UK Cooperative Extension Service program, No P On My Lawn, takes information directly to neighborhoods in Fayette County and surrounding...

Lexington to open cooling centers in three locations to help residents battle against the heat wave

Shillito pool With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 100 degrees this week, Lexington officials plan to open multiple cooling centers. The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Saturday, July 22. Rooms at Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway...

Lexington officials seeking public input on future of city’s five public golf courses through survey

Fore! The City needs to hear what you think about Lexington’s five golf courses. Lexington is asking citizens to fill out a survey to help chart the future of Lakeside, Tates Creek, Meadowbrook, Gay Brewer at Picadome and Kearney Hill golf courses. Those who respond to the survey will have an opportunity to win one of 10 free rounds of golf for two people, including a golf cart. The survey is found...

Local businesses, community organizations invited to Summer Youth Job Training Program breakfast

The Summer Youth Job Training Program will host an informational breakfast for local businesses and community-based organizations on Monday, March 27, from 9 – 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Building, 101 E. Vine Street. Community stakeholders will learn how they can partner with the city of Lexington to provide career opportunities to Lexington youth at no cost to them. All Lexington-based businesses...

Lexington’s city vacuum leaf collection set to begin Nov. 9; will continue through December

Lexington’s 2016 vacuum leaf collection program will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and is scheduled to continue through Thursday, Dec. 22. The vacuum pickup is offered once a year for single-family homes that receive city waste collection service. Vacuuming will occur Mondays – Saturdays. To find your scheduled week and sign up for text reminders, use the interactive map at www.lexingtonky.gov/leaves....

Careful strategic planning for natural or man-made disasters no accident

As we watched certain disasters unfold on our television screens, thanks to Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole, we also saw early warnings for evacuations, teams of officials move citizens to safety or sweep in for dramatic rescues, others ramp up services to those displaced – and then comes the aftermath challenge of putting things back together. None of this response to natural (or man-made) disasters...

Kentucky Supreme Court invalidates minimum wage measures passed by Lexington, Louisville

The Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday voted to invalidate Louisville’s higher minimum wage ordinance, which means a similar measure adopted by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government last November was also struck down. Lexington’s measure would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years. The first increase, which took effect in July, increased hourly wages to $8.20,...

Challenge Accepted: Students at three elementary schools getting an important lesson in recycling

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Students at William Wells Brown, Harrison, and Arlington elementaries have accepted the Recycle Challenge – vowing to spread the word and encourage their families, friends, and neighbors to get on board to save landfill space, energy, and nature. “It is a big issue here, and this certainly gave us a push,” said Kim Sword, the STEM lab teacher at William...

Central Kentucky heroes unite to support cancer research through Free to Breathe 5K run/walk

Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, united in the belief that surviving lung cancer should be the expectation, not the exception. These everyday superheroes will be meeting at the Central Kentucky Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on Sunday, Nov. 6 at LFUCG Coldstream Park. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy...

Lexington Area MPO seeking public input on Transportation Improvement Program

The Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public input on the FY 2017 – FY 2020 Transportation Improvement Program. The MPO is the transportation planning agency for Fayette and Jessamine County and a small portion of Scott County. The TIP is a list of transportation programs and projects that transportation funds will be allocated to during the next four years. Projects...

Bluegrass Sustainable Business Summit provides tools & tips to increase sustainability, cut costs

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and Bluegrass Greensource present the first annual Bluegrass Sustainable Business Summit, a one-day sustainable learning summit uniting regional experts offering tools, tips, and resources to increase sustainability and improve businesses’ bottom line, on Wednesday, June 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. This year’s workshop topics include sustainable development,...

Summer Youth Job Training Program opportunity for businesses to give back to local youth

Lexington businesses, nonprofits and community groups have an outstanding opportunity to partner with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to offer valuable job training experience for local youth. The Summer Youth Job Training Program is a public-private partnership that provides real-world job experience to students ages 14 – 17 by pairing them up to work for local employers. LFUCG compensates...

Fayette County coroner offers expert advice on how to stay safe during summer months

As the Fayette County Coroner, Gary Ginn is exposed to many fatalities and the flawed decisions people make that can lead to death or serious injury. His experience has led him to develop a series of tips to help citizens avoid hazardous and harmful behavior. Because the summer months bring about a specific set of seasonal risks, Ginn is sharing his expert knowledge to help keep children and families...

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

An officer in the new Safety City needs to unscramble a traffic tie-up as the third-graders pull into the garage area. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   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....

‘Livable Lexington’ project promotes quality of life, economic development, social equity

Lexingtonians will soon be asked to ponder an important question: What would make the city more livable?   Is it affordable housing? Access to transportation? Opportunities for employment and civic participation? Adequate health services?   How about all of the above … and then some?   These are just a few of the features identified by the Livable Lexington project as “essential”...

Much Ado About Nothing: Lexington’s first snowfall fairly uneventful, was ‘good practice’

Lexington had its first brush with snow this season on Tuesday morning and came through relatively pain-free.   City crews were out early Tuesday, checking bridges and overpasses although the snow wasn’t sticking to the roadways, said Albert Miller, acting director of the the city’s Division of Streets and Roads.   “We had three trucks out at 4 a.m. just in case, and Water Quality had...

Friends of the Dog Parks to give checkto Urban County Council for park upgrades

The Friends of the Dog Parks, whose primary mission is to raise funds for Lexington’s five dog parks, will present a check to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council tonight, June 20, in the amount of $23,202.   These funds will be used for improvements such as new water fountains at the Masterson Station and Coldstream Parks. It will also fund a new gate at the Coldstream Park and will...