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UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at 'party with a purpose'

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

UWBG announces Big Bold Goal to improve lives of families at ‘party with a purpose’

Kentucky basketball great Derek Anderson sign ed autographs during Tuesday’s kickoff celebration of the United Way of the Bluegrass Big Bold Goal at Fifth Third Pavilion in downtown Lexington. (Photo by Judy Clabes)   United Way of the Bluegrass announced its Big Bold Goal at a public event in downtown Lexington Tuesday that included participation of dozens of partners that will help make...

Statewide blizzard means snow, ice removal throughout day and record colds tomorrow

Kentuckians were urged by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to stay off the roads if possible to allow crews to continue removing snow and ice now that the snow has stopped falling in Central Kentucky. But, the cold may be getting worse.   AccuWeather.com is predicting temperatures in the mid-Atlantic region tomorrow to rival record lows set in the 1800s. Much of the area could be in the single digits...

Black History Convocation at the Lyric to be about passing the torch to future generations

(Photo provided) In celebration of Black History Month, the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center will host its second annual Black History Convocation on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.   The keynote speaker is Andrea James, former Lexington 1st District council member, and the first African-American woman elected to serve on Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council.   The convocation is designed...

Lexington Mayor Gray: The state of our
city is strong and getting even stronger

Excerpts of Mayor Jim Gray’s report to the city:   We are here today to talk about the state of our city … I am proud to report that the state of our city is strong and getting even stronger.   We’re stronger focusing on our city’s top goals …Create Jobs … Run Government Efficiently … Build a Great American City.   I dial back to these goals routinely … they’re...

New BEAM-Kentucky export program gets $200,000 from JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Today, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation awarded $200,000 to create the BEAM-Kentucky Export Promotion Program. BEAM, the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement, is a regional economic growth partnership between Louisville and Lexington that encompasses 22 counties.   The newly launched, BEAM-Kentucky Export Promotion program will offer grants up to $4,500 for the purpose of connecting small businesses...

Lexington’s first-in-state smoking ban paves the way for more than one-third of Ky. towns

More than one-third of Kentuckians are now protected by smoke-free workplace laws since Lexington became the first in the state to enact anti-smoking legislation 10 years ago.     In 2003, Lexington was not only the first in a tobacco state like Kentucky, but was also one of very few in the Midwestern and Southern United States.   Now, over half of the country has some form of smoking...

10th anniversary of Lexington smoke-free
law, first in state, celebrated at Applebee’s

On Monday, July 1, Lexington celebrates its 10th year smoke-free in restaurants and public places at where else but a restaurant – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar.   Mike Scanlon, CEO of Thomas and King, Inc. which owns Applebee’s, hosts Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, State Rep. Susan Westrom, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy Director...