A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Mary Quinn Ramer: Lexington boosts tourism by leveraging partnerships with signature industries

There are two trends dominating the tourism industry – technology and authenticity. Travelers have an amazing amount of resources at their fingertips when they book their trips, and they want to experience something different. That has worked in Lexington’s favor as people expand their searches beyond the standard tourist stops to immerse themselves in their destinations, complete with genuine...

Representing yourself in small claims cases, you can now eFile in Fayette, Kenton and Hardin counties

Citizens representing themselves in small claims cases in Kenton, Fayette, and Hardin counties may now skip trips to the courthouse to file documents and instead file them electronically. The Administrative Office of the Courts recently began offering eFiling for self-represented litigants in small claims cases in the three counties, with plans to take the program statewide this year. 

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National League of Junior Cotillions seeking participants for program in Fayette County

The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to establish its national program in Fayette County. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local chapter who will receive complete training and an exclusive...

Lexington Senior Center will hold health fair for seniors and their families on July 20

The Lexington Senior Center will be hosting a Senior Health Fair this Friday, July 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 45 vendors with services and products that benefit senior adults. “As we grow older, we face new, diverse and shifting life challenges. Pair that with an ever-changing community and it can be hard to navigate what services and opportunities are available,”...

Fayette County Extension Service will present fifth installment of Kentucky Proud Evenings July 23

Fayette County Cooperative Extension Service will present the fifth installment of the Kentucky Proud Evenings series Monday, July 23 with guest author Deirdre Scaggs discussing her book, “The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook.” The free monthly series celebrates The University Press of Kentucky’s 75th anniversary with author discussions and samples from Plate...

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recognizes human services employees

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has recognized several human services staff from across the state for their exemplary service to the commonwealth. The employees, part of the CHFS Department for Community Based Services, were honored at the Governor’s Mansion this week for leadership and accomplishments over the past year. CHFS Secretary Adam Meier told the honorees they...

Former Lexington-Fayette Councilman Myers named director of PACE Financing for Energize Kentucky

Former Lexington-Fayette Urban County Councilman George Myers has been tapped to serve as Director of PACE Financing for Energize Kentucky. Myers A non-profit organization, Energize Kentucky  helps commercial, office, industrial, agricultural, and multi-family building owners and developers secure financing to make energy-efficiency improvements to their buildings and projects. In April, the Lexington-Fayette...

Lexington’s Historic Courthouse restoration wins Kentucky Heritage Council preservation award

Lexington’s transformation of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street into a modern mixed-use office and event space earned one of the state’s most prestigious statewide historic preservation awards this week. The Historic Courthouse under renovation (file photo) The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the Courthouse “required innovative...

LBAR announces $215.6 million in Fayette County real estate sales in first quarter 2018

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in first quarter 2018 with 920 reported sales totaling $215,628,456. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. Residential sales decreased 12 percent from 1,050 sales reported in first quarter 2017 to 920 sales reported in first quarter...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

New commission will focus on the needs of Fayette County’s military veterans and their families

Mayor Jim Gray and Councilmember James Brown have announced the creation of a new city commission that will focus on the needs of Fayette County’s military veterans and their families. The Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will evaluate and recommend programs, policies and practices to the Urban County Council designed to improve veteran benefits, opportunities and recognition. “The men and women...

Lexington’s courthouse once again the centerpiece of downtown as Mayor Gray unveils restored dome

Courthouse dome interior Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo by Amy Wallot) It has been closed to the public for 60 years, home to rusting heating and air conditioning equipment, an elevator shaft, peeling paint and deteriorating plaster. No more. Today, Mayor Jim Gray reopened the restored dome of Lexington’s Historic Courthouse. And it’s gorgeous. “The dome tops off a courthouse that once again will be a...

New middle school in Fayette County moves one step closer as Squires Road land purchase approved

A new middle school in northeast Lexington moved one step closer to reality tonight when the Fayette County Board of Education voted unanimously to authorize the purchase of roughly 20 acres of land on Squires Road from the Kentucky American Water Company at a cost of $103,000 per acre. “Land is hard to come by here in Fayette County and we are thankful that the water company had the foresight to...

Lexington to join shelter providers in effort to count homeless in Fayette County as part of 2018 LexCount

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention will partner with community homeless shelter providers to conduct a count of homeless individuals and families in Fayette County as part of the 2018 LexCount. LexCount is a point-in-time snapshot of the homeless population in Lexington and Fayette County. The count includes people who are temporarily residing in emergency...

LBAR reports 5,328 sales in Fayette County in 2017 for a total of $1.2 billion, driving force in economy

Residential real estate sales by members of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) positively impacted the Fayette County economy in 2017 with 5,328 reported sales totaling $1,231,435,452. Sales continue to be a driving force in Fayette County economy. 

Residential sales decreased three percent from 5,501 sales reported in 2016 to 5,328 sales reported in 2017. The median sales...

Lexington Division of Waste Management announces amended holiday trash collection schedule

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Residents and businesses that normally receive curbside collections on Mondays and Fridays will be impacted by the holiday collection schedule. Monday customers will be serviced the Wednesday following the holiday, and Friday customers will be serviced the Wednesday preceding...

Sen. Reggie Thomas pre-files bill to allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any election

Senator Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, has pre-filed legislation that, if approved in the 2018 Regular Session, would allow in-person early voting three Saturdays preceding any primary, general, or special election. Reggie Thomas Bill Request 49 (BR 49) would allow qualified Kentucky voters in their county of residence to cast their ballot in-person any time between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,...

Wednesday is last day to register for Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters free toy program

There is less than a week left to sign-up for the Fraternal Order of Firefighters (FOF) Toy Program. Currently, sign-ups for the program are down. Lexington Firefighters want to remind Fayette County families there’s still time to sign their children up for this free Christmas Toy Program.  Sign-up information is as follows: Last day to sign up: November 22 (must sign-up in person) Eligibility:...

Department for Community Based Services opens newly renovated offices in Fayette County

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), officially opened its new Fayette County office Thursday. DCBS is the agency that provides child and adult protective services and determines eligibility for Medicaid, welfare assistance, child care assistance, food stamps and other programs. “Our priority is to provide quality...

After the Thanksgiving feast, recycle your cooking oil — free — at Gobble Grease Toss

Are you frying your Thanksgiving turkey this year or serving other fried goodies on your Thanksgiving table? Recycle your used cooking oil for free at the Gobble Grease Toss. The Gobble Grease Toss will be held Friday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Cooperative School, 166 Crestwood Dr. The cooking oil collected at the event will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green Biofuel and used...