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These birds don’t have wings, but they’re landing in Lexington and on the UK campus in August

By Lisa S. Cleveland University of Kentucky Bird e-scooters are landing at the University of Kentucky and in the City of Lexington in August. The electric scooter company will soon begin releasing its e-scooters at bike racks throughout campus. Bird was recently chosen as the university’s preferred e-scooter vendor, which means the company will deploy and rebalance e-scooters on campus to make them...

Lexington completes 22 miles of uninterrupted trails linking urban core to Bluegrass; more to come in fall

Trails are bustin’ out all over Lexington’s downtown, as construction this summer on Town Branch Commons, the Legacy Trail, and Town Branch Trail completes 22 miles of uninterrupted trails. “The trail plans we’ve been working on for decades are really coming together this summer,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “There will be new, exciting opportunities to get outside, and get some exercise.” The...

City of Lexington joins ribbon campaign to support area nurses, health care workers on front lines

By Parry Barrows University of Kentucky The City of Lexington is joining the Kentucky Nurses Association’s Apricot Ribbon Campaign to honor and celebrate Lexington’s nurses and other health care workers on the front lines. “It’s the International Year of the Nurse, and what a challenging year nurses and all healthcare experts and frontline workers are having with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said...

Lexington reaching out to local businesses for help with production of personal protective equipment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and Ray Daniels, chair of the Commerce Lexington Board, issued a call to action on Monday to local businesses that can help produce the supplies the city and state will desperately need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton is asking businesses to help provide needed medical supplies for the city and state. During...

City of Lexington government remains open, focuses on basic service to citizens during pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, City of Lexington government will stay open to focus on basic services, and to care for citizens and employees, Mayor Linda Gorton said. “Our state is at a tipping point,” Gorton said. “Experts have said that,for Kentucky, the next few weeks are critical in the battle against COVID-19. Since Lexington, Louisville and Northern Kentucky are the largest concentrations...

Coronavirus Response Fund launched to provide relief across Central and Appalachia Kentucky

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) and Blue Grass Community Foundation (BGCF) have joined forces to launch a Coronavirus Response Fund to help provide critical support to vulnerable populations across Central and Appalachia Kentucky who may be adversely affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Working closely with the City of Lexington — nonprofit and community leaders are uniting to streamline fundraising...

United Way joins forces with Blue Grass Community Foundation, Lexington for COVID-19 Response Fund

Kentuckians are strong, resilient and ready to do what is needed to help create and maintain a safe and healthy community. But the fact is, many friends and family members will experience hardships as a result of the shut-downs and closures during the COVID-19 response. Even though we are living apart, we can unite to help make a difference. To help serve more individuals and families across the Bluegrass...

Lexington looks to raise awareness of water quality, beautify community with storm drain design contest

The City of Lexington is launching a storm drain design contest. Participants of all ages are encouraged to design and paint a storm drain to help bring attention to local waterways and how residents can protect them. Proposed designs will be accepted on a rolling basis through Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. After the design is approved, artwork must be completed by Sunday, April 26. Materials will be...

Lexington preparing for forecasted winter weather; drivers urged to use caution during a.m. commute

With a rain/snow mix expected in the evening hours combined with temperatures expected below freezing, the City is urging drivers to use extra caution on their morning commute. The City will be responding to calls for emergency treatment on roadways, bridges, hills and overpasses to ensure safe travel. As winter weather approaches, the City of Lexington is prepared. “Kentucky weather is oftentimes...

Truck-a-Palooza offers up-close look at Lexington city trucks on Nov. 16; more than 20 trucks featured

The City of Lexington is hosting a free touch-a-tuck event on Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Truck-a-Palooza will feature more than 20 trucks from the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works plus crafts, games and giveaways. “Truck-a-Palooza offers the public a rare opportunity to examine the vehicles our seven divisions use daily,” said Environmental...

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to host naloxone training, provide free kits November 19

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is hosting a free community training on naloxone, which will include providing free kits containing the overdose-reversing medication. The classes are scheduled for 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room at the health department’s main building, 650 Newtown Pike. Participants must complete a...

Brenda Cowan Elementary School’s Abdulrahman Alyafi named Lexington’s 2019 Junior Fire Chief

The City of Lexington has a new Junior Fire Chief in Abdulrahman (Abdul) Alyafi, a fifth-grade student at Brenda Cowan Elementary School who was given the honorary title Tuesday by Fire Chief Kristin Chilton at a ceremony held at Brenda Cowan Elementary. “Lexington firefighters take great pride in serving the City of Lexington, and we are excited for Abdul to join our ranks,” said Chilton. Abdul...

Lexington Fire Department hosts Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival kickoff at Masterson Station Park

The Lexington Fire Department hosted its annual Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival Sunday at Masterson Station Park. The event is scheduled each year to coincide with Fire Prevention Month, which is always held in October. This year’s festival featured free food, fire safety activities, fire truck rides, kids’ combat challenge, petting zoo, health screenings, and more. The festival theme “Not...

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...

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...