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CASA of Lexington to plant pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention

April is national child abuse prevention month. This Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington gather at the Raising Cane’s located at 2555 Nicholasville Road in Lexington to bring awareness to the issue of child abuse. A proclamation will be presented in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month and CASA of Lexington will be joined by community leaders and representatives...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 72 Kentucky counties in past year, drop in 37 others

Unemployment rates fell in 37 Kentucky counties between January 2018 and January 2019, rose in 72, and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Oldham...

FCPS announces new elementary school to be named after fallen Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan

Fayette County’s newest elementary school will be named in honor of Lexington Fire Department Lt. Brenda Cowan, who was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago this month, following a unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education this evening. “It is absolutely fitting that we should name our newest school for a courageous woman like Lt. Cowan, who gave her life in service to our community,”...

UK, Ky. Forage and Grassland Council conference to take fresh approach to alfalfa and stored forages

The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host the 38th Annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference. The daylong event will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A producer cutting alfalfa (Photo courtesy of Chris Teutsch) “Our goal is to help producers improve the efficiency and...

God’s Pantry Food Bank expands ‘Sharing Thanksgiving’ distribution beyond Fayette County

With support provided by Kentucky Bank, God’s Pantry Food Bank is expanding the community-wide Thanksgiving distribution, Sharing Thanksgiving, beyond Fayette County. In this 25th year the program will help residents who have been referred by community agencies in Fayette, Laurel, Rowan and Floyd counties. This year more than 4,000 Fayette County families requested assistance and were selected to...

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...

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...