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Home sales skyrocket to record levels in December, demand remains strong in Central Kentucky

Home sales surged in December, jumping 19 percent over 2018, to bring 2019 to a close as the highest year on record for real estate transactions. With 1,054 sales in the last month of the year, versus 887 in 2018, total sales for 2019 ended at 14,153, up 7 percent over the 13,278 sold last year. Single-family home sales saw an increase in sales of over 19 percent for the month, with 994 total sales...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens ‘Reveal’ exhibit, showcasing large format paintings by Bob Leo Jones

The Kentucky Artisan Center has announced the fifth “Reveal” exhibit, showcasing large-format paintings by Bob Leo Jones of Louisville. This exhibit will run Jan. 19 through April 30 in the Center’s lobby. Jones is an abstract artist working in acrylics on large-scale canvas and Masonite. He started creating large-scale paintings in 2015, and his works are free-flowing rather than linear. When...

State Rep. Russ Meyer announces he will not seek re-election representing 39th House District

State Rep. Russ Meyer, a former Nicholasville mayor and city commissioner who has been a member of the General Assembly since first being elected in 2014, announced Wednesday that he would not seek another term representing the 39th House District. “This wasn’t an easy decision, but after talking and praying with my family, it was the right one,” Meyer said. “Serving the community I love for...

LBAR’s November housing report: Central Kentucky real estate stays hot when the weather gets cold

The increase in demand for homes in Central Kentucky has largely contributed to the lack of housing inventory that has plagued the local market for many months. New listings were down in November by 2 percent compared to last year, but year-to-date the number of new listings is up 5 percent. The inventory issues are caused with the increase in sales throughout the year and the number of homes available...

KCTCS to invest $2.7 million to close workforce gaps; BCTC hires Gary Robinson as project coordinator

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is investing $2.7 million during the next three years to close workforce gaps by promoting apprenticeship opportunities. Bluegrass Community and Technical College has hired Gary Robinson as a full-time project coordinator to oversee the program in Central Kentucky. Gary Robinson Robinson has been an active leader in industry and education for over...

Kentucky Department of Aviation commissions study to evaluate needs through Bluegrass region

The Kentucky Department of Aviation is preparing a report that could drive long-term decisions about meeting aviation needs in Central Kentucky and supporting economic development in the Commonwealth. The Lexington Regional Aviation System Plan (LRASP) will supplement the 2017 Kentucky State Aviation System Plan and provide a regional growth strategy for the airport system in Central Kentucky. “The...

LBAR’s October housing report: Cooler months heat up for Bluegrass real estate sales

Homes in Central Kentucky sold much quicker in October this year than in 2018. Days on market throughout the region fell 20 percent, with homes selling in an average of 41 days in 2019 versus 51 in October last year. More than 61 percent of all transactions occurred in less than one month with only 8 percent taking longer than four months. With homes selling so rapidly, and total sales surging, the...

Central Kentucky sees huge increase in home sales for September; buyer demand shrinks inventory

The start of the fall season has produced a robust real estate industry with the number of transactions in September skyrocketing. Sales were up 17 percent compared to last year, with total transactions for the month reaching 1,180, compared to 1,010 in 2018. September marks three consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Single-family home sales matched overall sales, rising 17 percent overall,...

Home sales continue to climb going into fall buying season; Central Kentucky’s August sales up 4%

The weather was hot in August and so was the real estate market in Central Kentucky. Sales were up 4 percent compared to last year, with total transactions in August reaching 1,389, compared to 1,339 in 2018. Single family home sales jumped 5 percent overall, 1,311 in August versus 1,252 in 2018. Condos/townhome sales dropped to 78 in August from 87 last year, a decrease of 10 percent. Year-to-date,...

Paper recycling service may return to Central Ky. communities as City of Lexington issues RFP

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Efforts to re-establish paper recycling in a dozen Central Kentucky counties has taken a step forward with the announcement last week that the City of Lexington has posted a request for proposals, or RFP, to businesses that may want to provide the service. Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials forced the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend...

Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Beef Bash 2019 moves to Central Kentucky, to be held Sept. 26 at C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Beef Bash 2019, a unique field day for Kentucky beef cattle producers, will take place Sept. 26 at the University of Kentucky C. Oran Little Research Farm in Versailles. The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Kentucky Beef Integrated Resource Management Program and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association will host the event. Since 2008, the bash...

Central Kentucky government and community leaders set for annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in July 24-25

Central Kentucky business, government and community leaders are gearing up for the Bluegrass Region’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 24-259. The two-day visit offers the opportunity for leaders to advocate for federal issues important to the regional economy. Attendees on the trip are diverse and represent various sectors of the local economy such as...

National Weather Service reports three tornadoes touch down in central, southern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The National Weather Service in Louisville has confirmed three tornadoes touched down Monday night in central and southern Kentucky. 
The strongest was shortly before 11 p.m. CST in Adair County, an EF-1, based on the scale that ranks tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (catastrophic), with top winds estimated between 100 and 105 miles per hour.    Damage in Adair County...

Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship to lead Central Kentucky regional business innovation hub

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the KY Innovation office has selected Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) as the leader of a regional hub to serve, attract and develop more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses. ACE will spearhead the second of KY Innovation’s newly formed Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) partnerships, part of KY Innovation’s 120-county...

AT&T contributes $10,000 to Voices of Hope to support students living with addiction

AT&T and Voices of Hope are working together to support Central Kentucky students in recovery from drug addiction, by providing college scholarships funded in part by AT&T’s $10,000 contribution. The Voices of Hope “Living Proof” scholarship is a $1,000 award for a student in long-term recovery who is currently enrolled at a trade school, college or university in Central Kentucky. The...

Lineup announced for Lexington’s 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival March 17

Eight performance groups will be taking the Irish festival stage on Saturday, March 17, as part of the Lexington’s 39th Annual Alltech St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. The lineup features dancers and musicians from across Central Kentucky. In 2018, the festival returns to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza at 120 N. Limestone in downtown Lexington. It’s part of an all-day celebration...

Harrison Co. Judge-Executive Alex Barnett uses common sense approach toward life, leadership

Editor’s note: This story is the latest in a series about the county judge-executives in the Bluegrass region. By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to Kyforward Every time Alex Barnett sees his kindergarten teacher, she reminds him of a simple truth: “You always wanted to be a man of the dirt,” she says. Alex Barnett Barnett chuckles, nods and straightens his tie. Even as he sits in a comfortable...

Economic Empowerment Project offers those who qualify free assistance this tax season

  Eligible taxpayers can receive valuable help this tax season through the Central Kentucky Economic Empowerment Project, which is providing free tax preparation assistance at 17 sites across Central Kentucky. IRS-certified volunteers will not only help families and individuals file their returns but also help ensure they receive the tax credits for which they qualify.   In addition, some...