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Lexington’s Living Arts and Science Center names Lori Halligan as executive director

The Living Arts and Science Center (LASC) has named Lori Halligan as its executive director. Halligan, who begins serving in the director role on May 28, joins the 51-year-old local organization following an extensive regional search. “Our board has great confidence in Lori’s proven nonprofit leadership skills to successfully further our unique mission,” LASC board president Joseph Coleman said. Halligan...

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference to be held at Lexington’s Hilton Hotel June 3-6

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The 35th Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference is June 3-6 in the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington. The biannual conference is a focal point for researchers and extension specialists to exchange information and discuss current research and future needs for forest genetics and tree breeding. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Forest Health Research...

Lex’s recycling center expected to reopen Monday; closed since Thursday due to broken conveyor belt

The city’s recycling center is expected to reopen on Monday after having been shut down on Thursday and part of Friday after a gearbox motor on the facility’s main conveyor belt broke.  Barry Prater, who manages the recycling center, said that the broken gearbox motor has been repaired and that a limited amount of processing had been performed by mid-afternoon Friday. Prather said he expected...

Nearly 12,000 students headed to Rupp Arena for STLP State Championship on Thursday

Nearly 12,000 students, educators, volunteers, community members, and parents are expected to converge on Lexington for Kentucky’s annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship on Thursday. P-12 students from across the state will show what they know and can do with technology in arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and demonstrate many career-ready...

James E. Pepper Distillery honors family history while producing award-winning whiskies

The popularity of American whiskey is at an all-time high and craft distilleries continue to spring up across the country, but few of them have a story to tell like that of James E. Pepper Distillery located in Lexington. The Pepper story spans generations and that distilling tradition is once again honored today with award-winning whiskies and a rebuilt historic distillery to produce them. The Pepper...

Fayette County Public Schools seeks presenters for Innovations for Learning Conference in June

Fayette County Public Schools is looking for innovative teachers, administrators, and education professionals who love learning to present at the 2019 Innovations for Learning Conference, set for June 7 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. IFL is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on...

Florence Williams, author of ‘The Nature Fix,’ to speak at UK; natural world affects mood, health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky When journalist and author Florence Williams moved with her outdoor-loving family from Colorado to Washington, D.C., she quickly discovered that urban living can take its toll on a person. Williams subsequently plunged into a two-year search for answers on how the natural world affects people and learned that, yes, being in nature can improve mood and health,...

International Museum of the Horse hosts community History Harvests for African American equestrians

The International Museum of the Horse is pleased to announce two upcoming opportunities to preserve the legacy of African Americans in the equine industry. History Harvests will be held on April 13 from 9 a.m. until noon, and on May 18 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The events will take place at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center, at 300 East 3rd Street in Lexington. The events provide opportunities...

CLARK Material Handling announces fourth expansion in three years at Lexington campus

Global forklift manufacturer CLARK Material Handling Co. has announced the third expansion in four years to its Lexington headquarters, a $4.6 million investment that will create 40 jobs. “The expansion of our Lexington manufacturing footprint is an important step to position CLARK for the future,” said Dennis Lawrence, CLARK’s president and CEO. “We are proud of the fact that upon completion...

Women Leading Kentucky accepting nomination for the 2019 Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award

Women Leading Kentucky is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. Named for Kentucky’s first and only female governor, the award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community and professional lives. 2018 MLK Leadership Award winners Elizabeth Griffin McCoy, of Planters Bank Hopkinsville,...

DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation to present Soulfull Enterprise training event March 5-6

DV8 Kitchen Vocational Training Foundation, Inc., a non-profit service organization of DV8 Kitchen, will present Soulfull Enterprise, a two-day workshop offered to small, medium and large businesses along with non-profit organizations and individuals. The two-day workshop will provide information to organizations on providing employment by offering a second chance to people in the early stages of recovery...

Lexington receives record $1.8 million federal homeless assistance grant for permanent housing

Mayor Linda Gorton announced this week that Lexington is the recipient of a $1.8 million federal grant designed to help community organizations reduce and end homelessness. This funding is critical to many permanent housing projects in Lexington. Linda Gorton“Ending homelessness is essential to ensure that all people have the opportunity to live healthy, productive lives,” Gorton said. “This...

21 C Museum Hotel in Lexington earns prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for third consecutive year

AAA has announced that 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Lexington has earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award, the third consecutive year the hotel has earned the distinction. “Travelers can expect elegance, comfort and style while staying at a Four Diamond hotel in the heart of downtown Lexington,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, public and government affairs manager, AAA Blue Grass. 21c Museum Hotel...

PSC sets public meetings in LG&E and KU rate cases; both companies requesting rate increases

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings in Louisville and Lexington to present information and receive comments on the requests for rate increases by the Kentucky Utilities Co. (KU) and the Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (LG&E). “These meetings will allow the public to learn about the PSC’s ratemaking process and to present their views directly to members of the...

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference returning May 19-21, special rates available now for Kentuckians

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19) returns May 19–21 in Lexington to welcome everyday heroes united by the search for inspiration, motivation and ONE meaningful idea. ONE19 is a unique global conference that transcends culture and industry, presenting innovation-driven solutions for business, health and wellness, brewing and distilling, agriculture and everyday life. Keynote speakers who will...

CDC findings: Pregnant women urged to get flu shots to reduce risk of hospitalization

To the list of do’s and don’ts for pregnancy, add another “do” — get a flu shot. “I advise all pregnant women in any trimester to get the influenza vaccine (flu shot) because it is safe and flu in pregnancy can be deadly,” said Dr. Bradley Youkilis, OB-GYN with Baptist Health Medical Group Women’s Care Lexington. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released findings...

This camping couple — and UK fans — likes life on the road and celebrated a stop at the Citrus Bowl

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today ORLANDO, Fla. (KT) — Patrick Webb was tired of a normal routine. 
Following a 13-year career at Valvoline, Webb, formerly of Lexington, packed his bags and left for the Virgin Islands to start a new life.   
“I loved it, but just wanted a change and wanted out of that lifestyle,” he said. “I sold everything, my house, my car and saved money for a year and...

2018 was good year for investment in Kentucky — $5.3B in 374 individual projects, 14,500 full-time jobs

Companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky this year, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. From those investments spanning 374 individual projects, businesses plan to create more than 14,500 full-time jobs in the coming years. The state’s 2018 performance brings the Bevin...

Lexington adjusts leaf vacuum collection schedule a second time due to weather conditions

Due to continued adverse weather conditions and a heavy volume of wet leaves, the city’s leaf vacuum collection program is adjusting its collection schedule a second time. The city is divided into 36 collection zones. Fourteen zones have been completed. Thirteen zones are in process. The remaining zones are being delayed to allow crews to focus on active areas with an emphasis on zones that have...

Lexington Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton names members of Transition Team to ensure smooth transition

Mayor-Elect Linda Gorton has named the members of her Transition Team, who will work with members of Mayor Jim Gray’s administration to ensure a smooth transition. “We want this transition to be seamless, and to put citizens first,” Gorton said. “There should be no interruption in the services the city provides citizens, and progress should continue uninterrupted on long-range projects.” Linda...