Economic Impact of Equestrian Facilities

Equestrian Facilities, Economic Impact by Esther Zunker, 08.04.16, If you live among the rolling hills of Lexington and its surrounding areas, you may have heard some facts and figures over the years about the economic impact of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. An official study completed in 2013 revealed the local equine industry was valued at […]

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USDA Considers Organic Hemp Certification

USDA opens door to organic certification for industrial hemp Staff Report, 8.30.16, The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued instructions on August 23 to allow the organic certification of industrial hemp produced in the United States, clearing the way for Kentucky farmers who have been working to prepare themselves for the USDA’s recent move. As […]

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Ashland Has First Hemp Harvest in 130 Years

Ashland celebrates 1st hemp harvest in 130 years Staff Report, 8.30.16, For the first time in more than 100 years, hemp was harvested at Lexington’s historic Ashland Estate. Under the direction of the Kentucky-based industrial hemp processing company United Hemp Industries, with help from the University of Kentucky Hemp Research team, a 20-by-20-foot plot […]

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Blue Grass Stockyards Officially Under Construction

Blue Grass Stockyards begins construction on Iron Works Pike by Beth Musgrave, 9.2.16, Less than a year after a devastating fire destroyed the storied Blue Grass Stockyards in Lexington, work has started on a new state-of-the-art building on Iron Works Pike in north Fayette County near the Scott County line. “The entire Blue Grass […]

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Move of Peoples Bank building suspended

Fate of Lexington’s Peoples Bank building uncertain after move suspended by Beth Musgrave, 9.14.16, The effort to move and save a mid-20th-century bank building on South Broadway in Lexington has been suspended after a dispute with the moving contractor and a missed moving deadline, leaving the future of the project in doubt. Laurel Catto […]

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Construction on Town Branch Commons Will Start in 2018

Town Branch Commons in downtown Lexington to begin construction in 2018 by Beth Musgrave, 8.30.16, Construction will begin in 2018 on more than 3.8 miles of downtown Lexington trails that will connect two major trail systems, Lexington officials said Tuesday. The plan is for entire trail system to be completed in 2020. The city […]

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Tom Eblen: Lexington Shouldn’t Expand Urban Growth Boundary

After recession, builders want more room to grow. Lexington should say no. by Tom Eblen, 8.30.16, After years of recession-induced silence, the drumbeat is sure to start again: builders, developers and land speculators will want to expand the Urban Service Boundary. Don’t do it, Lexington, and not just for the obvious reason. Central Kentucky’s […]

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Prep Work Continues on Properties Up for Redevelopment on Midland

Dozens of trees removed from downtown lot as prelude to development by Janet Patton, 8.30.16, Former Lexington vice mayor Mike Scanlon said he had more than 40 trees cut down on a 2.7-acre lot at Midland Avenue and Short Street last week as a prelude to developing the property, but he has no definite […]

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Keeneland Teaches 5th Graders about Equine Industry

Keeneland tours teach 5th-graders about Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry Staff Report, 8.25.26, Keeneland this week is hosting 2,800 fifth-graders from 31 area public and private schools to spread the word about the track’s history and the importance of the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. Now in its sixth year, the program has given more than […]

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EPA Fines Lexington for Missing Records

EPA fines Lexington $16,000 for missing safety records by Beth Musgrave, 8.18.16, The city of Lexington must pay federal environmental regulators $16,800 for failing to keep paperwork of employee training and other safety records at the West Hickman Wastewater Treatment Plant. In 2013, an inspector with the Environmental Protect Agency made an unannounced visit […]

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