A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

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...

City of Lexington activates OHPI weather plan due to extreme cold forecast through Dec. 14

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Weather Plan has been activated due to the forecast of extreme cold temperatures in Lexington. This plan will remain in effect through Dec. 14, 2017. The plan is activated anytime the temperature is expected to fall below 32 degrees so that people experiencing homelessness in Lexington have warm, secure shelter. The plan includes expanded shelter...

Lexington named newest member of US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities Program

US Ignite, Inc. has announced that the City of Lexington, partnered with the University of Kentucky, is the newest participant in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program US Ignite is a nonprofit that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Funded by the National Science...

ACLU says it will defend Maharrey in fight against City of Lexington over security camera documents

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky today announced that it would represent community activist Michael Maharrey, who was sued by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). LPD denied Maharrey’s request citing a statute that exempts certain documents relating to homeland...

Kentucky American Public Works Association honors Lexington with three awards

The City of Lexington was honored by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Public Works Association for three of its public works projects. SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM UPGRADE PROJECT: The Blue Sky Wastewater Treatment Plant acquisition and closure project won in the sanitary sewer services category. The project by the city’s Division of Water Quality included Lexington’s acquisition of the bankrupt Blue...

Lexington Fire Chief Jackson retiring effective Jan. 9; Mayor Gray names Hoskins interim chief

Lexington Fire Chief Keith Jackson, the first African American to lead Lexington’s firefighters, has announced his plan to retire Jan. 9, Mayor Jim Gray has announced. Gray, who appointed Jackson Chief in 2012, said he will be missed. “Keith has been a strong partner in our work to strengthen our firefighting force. He leaves behind a Division that is fully staffed and fully equipped.” Jackson...

Lexington’s vacuum leaf collection program begins Wednesday, continues through mid-December

Lexington’s 2015 vacuum leaf collection program begins on Wednesday and will continue through Friday, December 18. The vacuum pickup is offered for city-served, single-family homes once a year. You can find your scheduled vacuum dates using the interactive map found here. Residents who receive city waste collection services should rake their leaves into the area between the sidewalk and the street...

In ‘important development,’ private group expresses interest in Lexington’s Centrepointe

The city of Lexington released a statement regarding the Centrepointe development in downtown Lexington. It follows:   In the spirit of cooperation and with the goal of a successful development, the city and the Centrepointe development team have been in conversation.   An interested private development partner approached the Centrepointe development team early this week and has asked for...

Lexington business community looks back
at 2013, honors members, volunteers, leaders

About 1,000 business professionals, community and regional leaders, and elected officials were on hand for the 2014 Commerce Lexington Inc. annual dinner – an event that provides a look back at 2013, highlights key goals, and recognizes Commerce Lexington’s most involved members, volunteers and community leaders.   “In 2013, our own economic development division, along with the...

‘Peace Corps for Geeks’ in Lexington to focus on more effective, interactive city government

Three fellows from Code for America – the “Peace Corps for Geeks” – arrived in Lexington today to begin a 10-month partnership focused on improving neighborhood quality of life through more effective and interactive city government.   Winning a highly competitive selection process, Lexington is one of just 10 governments nationwide to get the opportunity to participate in Code...

Building a movement for play: Nonprofit KaBoom! pegs Lexington a ‘Playful City USA’

Lexington is one of 217 cities and towns named a 2013 Playful City USA community.   National nonprofit KaBOOM! recognized Lexington for its “outstanding dedication to play.” Lexington Parks & Recreation has an agreement with the local school district to house the Extended School Program in schools across the county. Children and families not only have access to recreational facilities...