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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...

Three Kentucky cities awarded AARP grants to create age-friendly infrastructure in their communities

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Three Kentucky cities are seeing their ideas to improve livability come to fruition. Danville, Louisville and Lexington were awarded more than $25,000 combined in grants from the 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant program. The money was to be used on quick action projects, which Rita Morrow, a volunteer with AARP Kentucky, explains are part of the organization’s...

Due to recent adverse weather conditions, Lexington adjusting leaf vacuum collection schedule

Because of recent adverse weather conditions and a heavy volume of leaves, Lexington’s leaf vacuum collection program is running a little behind schedule. To better serve local residents, the city has, as of today, adjusted the collection schedule for zones that haven’t already been started. • Zones B6, B8 and D2, which were scheduled to start on Nov. 29, will now start on Dec. 3. • Zones...

Startup Weekend — Lexington steps into ring for international entrepreneurial battle Nov. 16-18

From Nov. 16-18, 70 like-minded attendees will gather in Lexington for a 54-hour event that gives Lexingtonians a chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life. Startup Weekend is a global event where select cities around the world host a weekend for like-minded individuals to help their business ideas flourish. Attendees will gather at Awesome Inc to brainstorm business ideas, create a team,...

Health department confirm Hepatitis A in Lexington restaurant employee; get a vaccination

An employee of Frisch’s located at 1927 Harrodsburg Road has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of Hepatitis A. As a result, customers who ate at the restaurant from Oct. 10-28 may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus and are advised to get a hepatitis A vaccination. While it is relatively uncommon for restaurant customers to become infected with the Hepatitis A virus due to an infected...

Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship to lead Central Kentucky regional business innovation hub

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that the KY Innovation office has selected Awesome Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) as the leader of a regional hub to serve, attract and develop more innovative entrepreneurs and startup businesses. ACE will spearhead the second of KY Innovation’s newly formed Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs (RISE) partnerships, part of KY Innovation’s 120-county...

Kentucky Book Fair anchors week-long literary festival; more than 180 authors highlight iconic event

Kentucky Humanities will present the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Once held as a two-day event in Frankfort, the Kentucky Book Fair has found a new home in Lexington and expanded to a week-long festival (Nov. 12-17) with literary events for readers of all ages. The Kentucky Book Festival gives readers...

Applications open for Alltech Young Scientist; Kentucky-based grad students encouraged to apply

Since its inception in 2005, the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) has had participation of over 60,000 students from more than 70 countries and has awarded $1 million in prizes. It is considered one of the world’s most prestigious agriscience competitions for university students and has discovered some of the best and brightest upcoming researchers from universities around the world. Applications are...

Lexington residents asked to place leaves between sidewalk and street for vacuum collection Nov. 5

Lexington’s vacuum leaf collection program will begin on Monday, Nov. 5. The vacuum pickup is offered once a year for single-family homes that receive city waste collection service. Residents should prepare leaves before collection begins in their neighborhood. Rake leaves into the area between the sidewalk and street. If your sidewalk is next to the curb or if you have no sidewalk, place the leaves...

Bravo’s Top Chef kicks off season 16 December 6 with two weeks of premiers in the Bluegrass State

Bravo’s “Top Chef” heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale...

Author Silas House to discuss novel, documentary during Kentucky Book Festival Literacy Lunch

Kentucky Humanities will present the Kentucky Book Festival Literary Luncheon on November 13 at noon at ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington. This year’s event features Kentucky author, playwright, music journalist, columnist, and activist Silas House, whose newest novel, Southernmost, was released in mid-2018 to wide critical acclaim. The afternoon will include readings from Southernmost interspersed...

Country star Dustin Collins to headline second annual Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo on Nov. 17

The Kentucky Horse Park is excited to announce Billboard charting artist Dustin Collins will headline the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo at the Alltech Arena in his home state of Kentucky on Nov. 17. “Part of what makes the Bluegrass Rockin’ Rodeo unique is the music,” said Laura Prewitt, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park. “We’re delighted to have such a talented performer as Dustin...

Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery becomes 39th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that the historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington is the newest and 39th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Located in the heart of Lexington’s vibrant Distillery District, the restored Pepper distillery began production in December 2017 after more than...

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...

Kentucky Arts Council, Waveland State Historic Site partner to bring folk, traditional artists to Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council will partner with Waveland State Historic Site in September, bringing folk and traditional artists to the Waveland Art Fair in Lexington. The annual fair, Sept. 8-9 at the Waveland Museum located at 225 Waveland Museum Lane in Lexington, features several Kentucky makers of art and craft. The arts council will add to that programming with an area for folk artists to demonstrate...

Lexington horse farm sees success from pasture renovations guided by UK College of Agriculture

By: Katie Pratt UK College of Agriculture A Kentucky Thoroughbred horse farm is reaping the benefits of healthier mares and foals due to pasture renovations they made over the past year with guidance from personnel in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Horses graze on pasture at Mill Ridge Farm. Photo by Jimmy Henning, UK extension forage specialist. In 2017, Mill...

More than 300 new students welcomed as Class of 2022 arrives at Transylvania University

Transylvania University welcomes students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world today as more than 300 new Pioneers arrive on campus. Kentucky students make up a majority of the incoming class, with nearly 80 percent coming from the Commonwealth. Students from Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan make up another 13 percent of the first-year class, with 10 other states also...

Lexington to serve as stop on 100-mile walk to raise awareness of firefighter cancer, PTSD and suicide

The Kentucky Fire Commission will serve as one stop on a six-day walk that began Sunday to help raise awareness about the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States. The Kentucky Fire Commission will host participants of the My Brother’s Burden walk at noon on Friday at its offices in Lexington, at 118 James Court. The day prior, the group will be at the Scott County Fire Department,...

Playwrights, screenwriters to gather at Lexington’s Carnegie Center for Kentucky Playwrights Workshop

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, a non-profit devoted to helping and promoting playwrights and playwriting in Kentucky, is sponsoring a playwrights and screenwriting conference September 6-8 at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington. Featured speakers are screenwriter Jesse Harris and playwright Charles Edward Pogue. Harris, who writes for the NetFlix show Jessica Jones, will give...