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Fans don’t let fans drive drunk on Super Bowl Sunday; pass keys to a sober driver before party

Football fans across the country are gearing up to celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LIV this Sunday. For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder urging football...

KYTC offers scholarships for civil engineering students; program includes tuition assistance, summer work

For more than 70 years, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has paved the way for Kentucky’s youth to pursue a rewarding engineering career by offering two scholarship programs to help pay for tuition while providing employment. KYTC will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-21 school year to prospective and current college students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology...

KYTC encourages residents to give peace of mind as gifts by registering an emergency contact

As boxes get wrapped and online orders ship to gift to loved ones this holiday season, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) encourages residents to give the free, year-long gift of peace of mind by registering an emergency contact. Emergency Notice is an online emergency contact registry accessible to law enforcement officials to know who you would like to be notified in case of a serious emergency....

KYTC invites students to partner in annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest to promote litter-free Kentucky

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Jim Gray has invited Kentucky students to submit original artwork for the agency’s annual Adopt-a-Highway art contest following the theme Adopt-a-Highway: Keeping Kentucky Beautiful. The artwork promotes a litter-free message to residents and winners can prizes. “This longstanding tradition engages our youngest citizens early in life to promote a cleaner...

Al Cross: Start of new governorship always leans to theatrics, but — really — it’s a new day in Frankfort

The start of a new governorship necessarily involves theatrics, which help signify the importance of a historic event, establish comity after an election and signal the shift from politics to governing. But theatrics can have meaning that signals the substance and the politics to come. Tuesday’s inauguration of Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman had all those things. It repeatedly...

Rocky Adkins, Jim Gray among newest additions to Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s administration

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov.-elect Andy Beshear named more top members of his incoming administration, including two well-known Kentuckians, during a Capitol press conference on Monday. House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, who ran against Beshear in the Democratic primary, has been named Senior Advisor and former Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will lead the Transportation Cabinet. “You could claim we...

Beshear names state’s teachers as grand marshals of his parade; also names co-chairs of inauguration

Kentucky teachers will serve as grand marshals in Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s inauguration parade on Dec. 10 and Covington Mayor Joe Meyer has been named one of the honorary co-chairs of the Team Kentucky inauguration. The vote from teachers, who expressed anger over Gov. Matt Bevin’s action on their pension and were offended by some off-handed comments, was a large reason Beshear will replace...

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...

Rural Blog: This is how former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary

The victory of former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District was based in part on a strategy of appealing to rural voters, especially through rural newspapers. That was the idea of campaign manager Mark Nickolas, who had quit political work more than a decade ago and “had never worked in a campaign in the digital era,” reports Michael...

It will be a Barr-McGrath match-up in November; Linda Gorton prevails as Lexington mayor

Staff Report In one of the most-watched primary election races Tuesday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray lost by a surprising margin to political newcomer and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. Republican incumbent Andy Barr won handily over challenger Chuck Eddy and will face McGrath in the fall. Gray conceded the race to McGrath...

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...

Kentucky Equine Education Project welcomes Elisabeth Jensen as new executive vice president

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has tapped lifelong horse enthusiast and Race for Education co-founder Elisabeth Jensen as its new executive vice president. Joe Clabes, KEEP’s executive director since April 2015, is leaving KEEP to become a senior consultant and strategist with the business-management consulting firm Loch Harbour Group and to pursue other business opportunities in...

Construction of MetroNet’s new fiber optic network will make Lexington nation’s largest gigabit city

Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday announced an agreement with MetroNet to build a fiber-optic network in Lexington, making good on his promise to give citizens a new choice in television providers, and to transform Lexington into a gigabit city with ultrafast internet access that will attract high tech businesses and good jobs. Indiana-based MetroNet plans to start building its fiber-optic network in January...

Lexington Fire Department’s Station Six celebrates 100 years of service to the city

Mayor Jim Gray, Fire Chief Kristin Chilton, and the rest of the Lexington Fire Department celebrated 100 years of service at Fire Station number Six today. “I was assigned to station 6 as a firefighter and again as a lieutenant and captain,” said Chilton. “I’m very proud to have served here, and to be a small part of the service this station has given to this community.” “The...

Eight business owners graduate from Lexington Minority and Women Contractor training program

Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills training to minority and women business owners who have at least 50 percent ownership in a contracting business. Eight business owners recently graduated from the Lexington Minority and Women Contractor Training Program. The 10-week program provided skills...

Kentucky Horse Park kicks off celebration of the life of Man o’ War on 100th anniversary of birth

The Kentucky Horse Park, along with state and local officials, Wednesday launched a season-long celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, who was foaled on March 29, 1917. Man o’ War went on to become one of the foremost racehorses of all time, as well as one of the most famous Kentuckians. The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, will honor the...

Trump routs Clinton in Kentucky, keys Republican wins in Congressional races, state House

Spurred by a decisive win by Donald Trump in the presidential race Tuesday, Kentucky Republicans swept to historic wins in the 2016 election. Trump was declared the winner in the presidential race over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely an hour after the polls closed in western Kentucky. He was drawing 62 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent for Clinton. Kentucky’s results...

Kentucky Supreme Court invalidates minimum wage measures passed by Lexington, Louisville

The Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday voted to invalidate Louisville’s higher minimum wage ordinance, which means a similar measure adopted by the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government last November was also struck down. Lexington’s measure would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over three years. The first increase, which took effect in July, increased hourly wages to $8.20,...

Election, U.S. Senate Part II: Incumbent Rand Paul on why he should remain your U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Rand Paul as Part II. Jim Gray’s response appeared yesterday. RAND PAUL Dr. Rand Paul is a nationally recognized voice in the fight...

Election, U.S. Senate Part I: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on why he should be Kentucky’s U.S. Senator

KyForward invited both candidates for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky to make his case for why he deserves your vote on November 8. We are offering their responses as a public service to the voters of Kentucky. The responses are offered in alphabetical order, with Jim Gray as Part I. Rand Paul’s response will appear tomorrow. JIM GRAY I am a seventh-generation Kentuckian, and I was born in Glasgow....