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Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean sweep July 27; starts at Clays Ferry Boat Dock

The 2019 Kentucky River Clean Sweep will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.     Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. Register for the event at www.riversweep2019.eventbrite.com. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided for volunteers. Door prizes will be awarded.   Volunteers should gather at the Clays...

Court of Appeals sends open records fight over Lexington surveillance cameras back to lower court

The Court of Appeals on Friday required a lower court to again review the case involving Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s (“LFUCG”) refusal to release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued two years ago by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents....

Social media campaign encourages roadway users – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians – to get around safely

The City of Lexington is launching a social media campaign to encourage all roadway users – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – to get around safely. The light-hearted videos show roadway users engaged in dangerous behaviors getting a pie in their face. The scenario is then played again to show people practicing safe behaviors. The videos encourage drivers to yield to pedestrians and look both...

Lexington temporarily suspends paper recycling; market suffering from ‘overabundance of material’

Changes in the global marketplace for recycled materials are forcing the Lexington Recycle Center to temporarily suspend recycling of paper products. The change will go into effect immediately. “Outlets for paper products are accepting only limited amounts due to an overabundance of material in domestic markets,” said Nancy Albright, Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality and Public...

School-wide waste audit leads Millcreek Elementary students to take lead in school’s recycling program

This past August, after conducting a school-wide waste audit, Millcreek Elementary students realized they had an issue with contamination in their recycling. Items that are not recyclable in Lexington kept finding their way into each classroom’s blue recycling bins. Students look for contaminates as they empty recycling bins.(Photo provided) “Though their contamination rate was relatively low,...

City of Lexington announces final public meeting for review of hazard mitigation plan set for March 7

Lexington Emergency Management will host the final public meeting for the 2018 Update to the LFUCG Hazard Mitigation Plan at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The meeting will be held at the Public Safety Operations Center located at 115 Cisco Road in Lexington. The hazard mitigation planning process is required under federal law to help communities better prepare for natural and hazardous-materials...

City of Lexington seeking neighborhood volunteers to coordinate Great American Cleanup event

Know of an area in your neighborhood that could use some TLC and want to help improve Lexington’s environment? If so, consider coordinating a Great American Cleanup event. Through the Great American Cleanup, Keep Lexington Beautiful encourages organizations, churches, schools, businesses, clubs, and individuals to pick up litter in a neighborhood, park, roadway, greenway or stream. Last year, Lexington...

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 11, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Building, 101 E. Vine Street. Employers will learn about the program, and how they can partner with the City to provide career opportunities for Lexington youth at no cost. All Lexington-based businesses and organizations...

Lexington Mayor-elect Linda Gorton names additional members of leadership team, CAO staff

Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton today named part of her leadership team, including CAO staff and members of the Mayor’s Staff. “These names represent solid experience, practical know-how, creativity, and outside-the-box thinking,” Gorton said. “They’re people from inside and outside government who will do great things for our City.” Linda Gorton Chief Administrative Officer Sally Hamilton and...

City inviting residents to attend ‘Home Reimagined’ event Nov. 3 at Lexington Senior Center

The City’s Aging and Disability Services Division is hosting a new, free event on housing needs and home modifications for Fayette County residents of any age. “Home Reimagined” will take place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. – noon at the Lexington Senior Center and pre-registration is not required. The event will feature several booths with information on a range of housing information from...

City officials join MetroNet to celebrate activation of company’s fiber optic network in Lexington

MetroNet today celebrated the official activation of its 100% fiber optic internet, TV and phone services in the City of Lexington at a grand opening ceremony at the company’s new retail location on West Tiverton Way. John Cinelli, the company’s president, was joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and members of the MetroNet executive team as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially activate the...

City of Lexington, partners invite public to join in walks for inclusion, healing in Cheapside Aug. 10-12

The public is invited to join the City of Lexington and community partners for four storytelling walks that will feature the painful and under-told history related to Cheapside while celebrating wonderful contributions made by African-Americans. Two additional walks will celebrate a wide range of Lexingtonians who contribute to making the city a great place on a daily basis. In the fall of 2017, two...

City of Lexington, Fayette Circuit Court launch assistance program to help homeless obtain IDs

The City is partnering with the Fayette Circuit Court Clerk’s office to launch a new program that offers assistance to local homeless citizens in need of official IDs. The Homeless ID Assistance Program will provide funding that will cover the cost of obtaining state-issued identification cards for homeless citizens who cannot otherwise afford them. The program is the first of its kind in the state,...

Gods Pantry Food Bank, City of Lexington helping citizens restock food lost during power outage

God’s Pantry Food Bank and the City of Lexington are reaching out to citizens who may need help restocking the fridge after the power outage. “Filling up a refrigerator is expensive,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank for helping us help those who can’t afford to replace the basics.” People can stock up on God’s Pantry’s fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and...

City of Lexington releases special edition digital publication celebrating Bluegrass 10,000

Downtown Lexington’s only 10k beats the heat … and the results are in. (Click for full publication) The Bluegrass 10,000 is one of Lexington’s oldest races and enjoys many repeat participants, some who have run the race for 10, 20, 30, and some 40 years! Lexington Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Lexington Partnership want to celebrate all those who complete the race with this special edition...

City of Lexington’s Partners for Youth announces summer ‘I DO’ youth program list

Partners for Youth Has announced the 2018 “I DO” Summer Program list. During Fayette County summer break, parents can take advantage of enrolling their children in over 60 free and affordable positive youth programs. A complete, detailed list is available in both English and Spanish on the Partners for Youth website. Partners for Youth has also released their list of the 2018 Grassroots Grant...

Lexington gearing up for city-related cycling events throughout May to celebrate of National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and Lexington is geared up to celebrate. The city is offering several events for bike riders of all ages and skill levels to promote bicycling and the many health, environmental, economic and social benefits that result from riding bikes. “Lexington is a city filled with bike lovers, and we only want that number to keep growing,” said Scott Thompson, bike and pedestrian...

City of Lexington to host Summer Youth Job Training Program breakfast March 12 at Phoenix Building

The Summer Youth Job Training Program will host an informational breakfast for local businesses and community-based organizations on Monday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 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...

UK to swap land with city of Lexington; city gets some acreage near Coldstream, UK gets city streets

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a proposal for a potentially historic land swap with the city of Lexington that would create jobs and economic development, provide additional internship and career opportunities for UK students, and increase safety in and around the campus. The land swap would involve UK conveying two parcels of...

Mixture of snow, freezing drizzle may affect Tuesday commute in Bluegrass region

A mixture of snow and freezing drizzle that is expected to arrive in the Bluegrass overnight may make for a messy commute in the morning. Accumulations are not expected, but there may be enough to create slick roads.      The Divisions of Streets & Roads and Water Quality have been pre-treating bridges, hills and busy roads ahead of possible perception. Additional salt trucks are prepared to...