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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...

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...