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Webb defends CentrePointe work, says ‘everybody takes pot shots at you’

Dudley Webb, the man most closely associated with the divisive CentrePointe development project in downtown Lexington, defended himself and his work in detail Thursday morning during an interview hosted by Lexington Forum. “To date, we have spent $28 million. I … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Historic Pepper Distillery set to restart, produce whiskey under iconic brand name

After a hiatus of nearly 60 years, whiskey is set to again begin flowing at the historic James E. Pepper Distillery under the iconic brand name. Owner Amir Peay and his Georgetown Trading Co. — which has owned the Pepper … Continue reading

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Keeneland Spring Meet posts increases in wagering and overall attendance

Keeneland’s recently concluded 2016 Spring Meet recorded increases in overall attendance as well as on-track and all-sources wagering, as compared to last spring’s event. The track recorded its fourth-highest Spring Meet attendance, which totaled 262,197 for the 16-day season, a … Continue reading

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Biotech company Hera BioLabs plans new Lexington headquarters

Hera BioLabs, a biotech startup that provides genetically specialized products and services for scientists and pharmaceutical researchers, will establish its headquarters in Lexington this summer, with an investment estimated at $1.8 million. The company, which was established in 2015 as … Continue reading

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Coba Cocina closed

After three years of operation at its multimillion-dollar, golden-domed building on Richmond Road, Coba Cocina, along with its complimentary concepts CoCoh! Confectioner and Cobar Cantina, has closed its doors. Lee Greer, president of Greer Companies, which owns the restaurant, described … Continue reading

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Alltech moves to acquire Irish ag equipment manufacturer Keenan

Alltech has reached an agreement to add the Irish farming solutions company Keenan to its mix, which will serve as the Nicholasville, Kentucky-based firm’s 14th acquisition globally since 2011. “As an Irishman, I am delighted to welcome Keenan to our … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Lexmark agrees to be acquired by China’s Apex Technology

Lexmark International Inc., the beleaguered Lexington-based maker of printers and management software, announced Tuesday evening it has agreed to be acquired by a group of investors headed by China-based Apex Technology and PAG Asian Capital. “What we are announcing this evening … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Lexmark to be acquired by China’s Apex Technology

Lexmark International Inc., the beleaguered Lexington-based maker of printers and management software, announced Tuesday evening it has agreed to be acquired by a group of investors headed by China-based Apex Technology and PAG Asian Capital. “What we are announcing this evening … Continue reading

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Anti-domestic violence group gets grant to extend financial empowerment program at BCTC

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) will expand the reach of its financial empowerment and domestic violence services to Kentucky Community and Technical College students, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The grant will support … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Airport, United Airlines announce new flights to New York City region

Blue Grass Airport and United Airlines announced Tuesday that the airline will begin offering daily direct service to the New York City region beginning this summer. Airport officials said bookings are available immediately for service from the Lexington airport to … Continue reading

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BREAKING: CentrePointe deadline extended yet again

Another week, another deadline extension for CentrePointe, the long delayed but apparently back under construction development that so far has produced little more than a city block-wide crater in the heart of downtown Lexington. “We have extended the CentrePointe’s building … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Lexington projects again win Knight Cities Challenge funding

Lexington community projects once again are set to receive a financial windfall thanks to the city’s historical connection to the Knight media empire. This year’s Knight Cities Challenge winners include a plan to enhance programming at the Lexington Public Library … Continue reading

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Grounds for improvement: Local firm looks to collect half-ton of used coffee for Earth Day composting

Local landscape architecture and civil engineering firm CARMAN has set its sights on composting a half-ton of coffee grounds by Earth Day, which will be held this year on April 22. Recycling used coffee is not a new concept for … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Mayor Gray unveils proposed budget, with focus on safety, growth, recreation

Mayor Jim Gray on Tuesday unveiled his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, with few surprises as the focus continues to be aimed at increasing public safety, economic growth and quality of life, including $7 million in support for … Continue reading

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Windstream rolls out 1-gigabit internet service for some in Lexington

Roughly 3,000 Windstream residential and small-business customers in Lexington now can tap into the city’s first 1-gigabit internet service. The significantly faster service, which equals roughly 1,000 megabits per second, will allow users to download up to 100 songs in … Continue reading

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CENTREPOINTE DEADLINE: City responds, points to new April 14 deadline; Webb Cos. work continues

The fight over the fate of CentrePointe, the long-delayed development project that has left a city block-wide crater in the heart of downtown, goes on — for a couple more weeks at least. After weeks of silence about whether it planned … Continue reading

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CENTREPOINTE DEADLINE: City silent as line in sand is crossed; Webb Cos. says work continues

The city’s threatened deadline to take action at the long-delayed CentrePointe development has arrived, but the only activity Wednesday at the city block-wide crater in the heart of the city was being done by The Webb Cos. “I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Big things brewing: Legislation poised to pass, West Sixth announces downtown tap room, Country Boy to break ground on Georgetown facility

Lexington’s top microbreweries are heralding state legislation to expand production limits under a bill that passed both chambers, and two — West Sixth and Country Boy — are wasting no time, with the former announcing a new tap room for downtown … Continue reading

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Senate cuts $60 million for Lexington Convention Center expansion from its budget

Prior to passing its own iteration of the proposed state budget last week, the Kentucky Senate voted to delete $60 million in bond funding for the expansion and renovation of the Lexington Convention Center. The amendment that removed the Convention … Continue reading

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Lexmark begins laying off 140 at Lexington headquarters

Lexmark International Inc., the beleaguered Lexington-based maker of printers and management software, has told city officials it is laying off more than 140 people at its Lexington headquarters. The company filed notice with the city under the Worker Adjustment and … Continue reading

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Kentucky unemployment rate at 5.8 percent in February

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February came in at 5.8 percent, remaining steady from the same revised rate in January but a half-point above last February’s rate of 5.3 percent, according to the state’s Office of Employment and … Continue reading

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Hemp industry group hosts gathering at UK

With Kentucky farmers set to begin planting under the state’s third year of hemp pilot research projects, a main industry association is hosting its second annual gathering of experts, farmers and backers at the University of Kentucky. The Kentucky Hemp … Continue reading

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Commonwealth of Hemp: Kentucky continues to sow seeds of industrial crop’s resurgence

Select Kentucky farmers will be growing more hemp in 2016 than at any time since the federal government effectively banned the crop in the 1930s, along with its hallucinogenic cousin, marijuana. This year, 144 farmers and 10 universities across the … Continue reading

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Lexington Cabela’s opens tomorrow

Cabela’s will officially open the doors to its new 72,000-square-foot Lexington store on Wednesday in the new Hamburg Place II retail development, near Interstate 75 and Man o’ War Boulevard. The store, which specializes in hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, … Continue reading

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Ale-8-One partners with Cracker Barrel for nationwide rollout

Ale-8-One, the ginger-citrus soft drink manufactured in Winchester, Kentucky, is partnering with the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, bringing the regionally beloved beverage to a nationwide audience. “Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores are unique and genuinely reminiscent of simpler times, making … Continue reading

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UK prof get $1 million grant to explore rare earth element recovery from coal

Kentucky’s coalfields may have more to give in the future than coal. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a grant of nearly $1 million to University of Kentucky professor and Department of Mining Engineering chair Rick Honaker to develop … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT NEWS: The Macho Nacho closes after 3 months

The Macho Nacho, the Tex-Mex dining spot in Chevy Chase that opened in December on the city’s rising Euclid Avenue corridor, has shut its doors, owner Aaron Rothke confirmed Monday. “The Macho Nacho is now closed,” Rothke told Business Lexington. … Continue reading

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Downtown Lexington Corporation seeks ideas for public sand sculpture at Triangle Park

The Downtown Lexington Corporation is seeking input from the public about ideas for a temporary public art installation: a sculpture to be carved from more than 20 tons of sand that will grace Triangle Park for about three weeks. DLC … Continue reading

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Toyota donates pint-sized electric cars to Safety City

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) has donated ten child-sized electric cars to a local program that gives elementary school kids an early education in safe driving skills. Safety City, developed as a partnership between Eastern Kentucky University and the Lexington … Continue reading

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BREAKING: CentrePointe back to work? Activity at site as Webb slams city, media in public statement

CentrePointe is once again an active worksite, all no thanks to unfair treatment from the city and biased reporting on the issue. That is the message from R. Dudley Webb, chairman of The Webb Cos., who on Wednesday released a … Continue reading

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Castle & Key to grace label on spirits made at historic Old Taylor Distillery

Spirits produced at the reborn operation at the historic Old Taylor Distillery in Millville will bear the name Castle & Key. The company — founded by partners Will Arvin and Wesley Murry along with master distiller Marianne Barnes — plans … Continue reading

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Lexington Legends announce SAL All-Star Game partnerships, community events

Paul Miller Ford has signed on as presenting sponsor for this year’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be hosted this year by the Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on June 21. The Legends have also announced some … Continue reading

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NOW: Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel officially opens

Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel, an 88-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum, has officially opened its doors. Located in the Fayette National Bank Building on the corner of Main and Upper streets, the downtown Lexington site is the Louisville-based hotel … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Bluegrass Stockyards to rebuild in Fayette, state offers incentives

Bluegrass Stockyards, a lynchpin livestock operation for the southeastern U.S., will stay in Fayette County, officials announced Friday. The company’s sprawling 70-year-old facility on the city’s northwest side was destroyed Jan. 30 in the largest fire to hit Lexington in … Continue reading

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Lexmark plans to cut, shift 550 jobs worldwide as part of 2016 restructuring

Lexmark has announced that it will be eliminating 550 jobs worldwide over the next 12 months and shifting some positions to low-cost countries as part of a restructuring plan for 2016. The restructuring is aimed at saving the company $67 … Continue reading

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Uncle Maddio’s pizza restaurant to open on Friday

The fast-casual pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio’s will open the doors to its first Lexington location, at 630 Euclid Avenue, on Friday, February 26, with a weekend of special promotions and giveaways planned to celebrate the event. The new restaurant, which … Continue reading

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Lear steps down as managing director of Stoll Keenon Ogden

Bill Lear, managing director of Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC, has announced his decision to step down from the firm’s top leadership role to focus on his law practice and civic engagement responsibilities. P. Douglas Barr has been elected by the … Continue reading

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Lockbox, the much anticipated 21C restaurant and bar, officially opens its doors

Lockbox, the much anticipated downtown restaurant and bar located inside Lexington’s 21C Museum Hotel, has officially opened its doors to the public. The attached 88-room boutique hotel and contemporary art museum are slated to open in the coming weeks. Under … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Stockyards fire called accident sparked by worker on roof

The three-alarm blaze that destroyed Bluegrass Stockyards and several adjoining businesses Jan. 30 was an accident sparked by a construction worker using a circular saw to cut metal roofing, fire officials said Friday. “Our investigation is continuing, but we are … Continue reading

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BREAKING: CentrePointe’s new developers pull out after city balks at government center plan

Lexington’s seemingly snake-bit CentrePointe development is back to square one, just one day after consultants hired by the city to help find viable options for a new city hall released a report that listed the downtown project among its top three … Continue reading

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Fasig-Tipton winter sale posts overall declines; last of Scat Daddy progeny provides bright spot

The last chance to buy a mare at public auction in Lexington ahead of the 2016 breeding season has come and gone. Fasig-Tipton concluded its two-day Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale on Tuesday with declines in economic indicators and fewer horses … Continue reading

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New plan to fund Convention Center looks to city for $10 million

Lexington’s Urban County Council is expected to vote next week on a revised financing plan for the Convention Center overhaul — one that now calls for a $10 million investment from the city and an extra half-percent bump in the … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Stockyards destroyed; cause of blaze and future of operation remain unknown

Days after a three-alarm fire destroyed the 70-year-old Bluegrass Stockyards and several adjacent businesses, government and business leaders looked to the future even as local and federal investigators continued to pick through the still-smoldering ruins in search of a cause. … Continue reading

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Property tax base in Fayette County on track to top $24 billion in 2016

For the first time in a decade, Fayette County has experienced 13 consecutive months of year-over-year increases in the number of homes sold, according to a 2015 annual report recently released by Fayette County property valuation administrator David O’Neill. Residential … Continue reading

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Kentucky American files for water rate increase

Kentucky American Water filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission at the end of January, seeking to increase rates for water service. Kentucky American cited roughly $79 million spent on water system improvements in recent years as the … Continue reading

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Gov. Bevin to deliver budget address, arts groups and others bracing for cuts

Newly elected Gov. Matt Bevin is set to unveil his two-year budget proposal Tuesday evening, and some in the arts community aren’t waiting to hear specifics before rallying the troops. Bevin will unveil his proposal in Frankfort before a joint … Continue reading

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Mayor Jim Gray will run for U.S. Senate

Mayor Jim Gray announced on Tuesday that he has filed to run for the United States Senate, looking to unseat current Republican U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul. Gray, who will run as a Democrat, emphasized the need to … Continue reading

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Lucky’s Market set to open on South Broadway, adding local option for organic foods

Lucky’s Market, which bills itself as a natural and organic grocery store, will officially open the doors of its first Lexington location Jan. 27. The store is located at 1030 S. Broadway in the South Broadway Marketplace off Virginia Avenue. … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Joella’s Hot Chicken postpones Chevy Chase opening, meal giveaway

UPDATE: Citing lost training time due to inclement weather, Joella’s Hot Chicken has postponed opening and giveaway at its new Chevy Chase site until Jan. 28. Correct story follows. === Joella’s Hot Chicken, the Louisville-based restaurant chain moving into the high-profile … Continue reading

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Beshear rejoins Stites and Harbison in Lexington

Former governor Steve Beshear has rejoined the Lexington office of law firm Stites and Harbison. Beshear first joined the firm in 1987 and supervised its Lexington office until he began his first term as the governor of Kentucky in 2007. … Continue reading

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UK to host Economic Outlook Conference on Feb. 2

The University of Kentucky will host its 27th Annual Economic Outlook Conference in downtown Lexington on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The event will feature speaker Mark E. Schweitzer, senior vice president of external outreach and regional analytics for the Federal Reserve … Continue reading

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Keeneland’s January sale concludes with steady numbers, continued focus on quality

Keeneland concluded its January Horses of All Ages Sale on Friday with relatively steady numbers that reflected the same quality-focused buying that has been the trend in recent years. The January sale is not considered a signpost for the state … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Airport, Allegiant airline announce new flights to D.C. and Savannah, Georgia

Blue Grass Airport and Allegiant airline announced Tuesday that the low-cost carrier will begin offering direct service to Washington, D.C. and Savannah, Georgia, beginning this summer. “We are tremendously excited and grateful that Allegiant is adding more nonstop destinations for … Continue reading

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Five Lexington finalists make the cut in Knight Cities Challenge

Five Lexington-based proposals have made the cut as finalists for the second annual Knight Cities Challenge, a competition that provides $5 million in funding to be shared among the top project ideas aimed at improving any of 26 Knight Foundation … Continue reading

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Big Ass introduces new line of smart home tech products at CES

Big Ass Solutions is moving beyond its trademark fans with the launch of a new division, called Haiku Home, and an expanded residential product line, which it presented at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week. … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge raises more than $1.3 million for area nonprofits

Lexington’s fifth annual GoodGiving Guide Challenge charity fundraising drive raised more than $1.3 million for 115 nonprofits serving central and eastern Kentucky. The online and phone-in donation program is an initiative of the Blue Grass Community Foundation with help from … Continue reading

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CLARK Material Handling plans $4.8 million Lexington expansion

CLARK Material Handling has announced plans for a $4.8 million expansion of its Lexington facility, in a move that is expected to create 30 full-time jobs and increase the company’s Lexington production by more than 200 percent. Clark has purchased … Continue reading

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Whayne Supply Company breaks ground for new Lexington facility

Whayne Supply Company broke ground in December on a new Lexington facility in December, marking the company’s intent to grow and expand its operations in the region. The proposed 89,000-square-foot facility, to be located at Jaggie Fox Way and Citation … Continue reading

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Lexington artist refashioning historic grain elevator as business incubator

Lexington artist and designer Erika Strecker, renowned for her metalwork sculpture, is forging another path as a developer of one of the city’s highest-profile gateways. Now, a couple years after turning her former studio and gallery into the commercial space … Continue reading

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Kentucky employment tops pre-recession peak

Employment in Kentucky has surpassed its peak numbers from just prior to the recession, although the state’s job growth rate lags behind the United States as a whole, according to a report released by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “Kentucky … Continue reading

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Blue & Co. to merge with Cincy-based Fleming, Brockschmidt & Durkin

Blue & Co., LLC, based in Carmel, Indiana, has announced plans to merge with the Cincinnati-based accounting firm of Fleming, Brockschmidt & Durkin (FB&D), effective January 1. The combined staff for the firm will include more than 362 professionals in … Continue reading

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Fayette Alliance leader moving to UK Healthcare post

The Fayette Alliance has announced that founding Executive Director Knox van Nagell is joining UK Healthcare next month. The move caps a decade of work for van Nagell in building the Fayette Alliance, which promotes sustainable growth in Lexington and … Continue reading

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J. Render’s BBQ plans jump from food truck to brick-and-mortar

Lexington’s hot but roiling barbecue scene will welcome a new spot this spring, but one sporting a locally well-known name: J. Render’s BBQ Southern Table & Bar. Gwyn and Ren Everly, who have operated their popular J. Render’s BBQ food … Continue reading

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City brokers meeting with new CentrePointe developers, consultants weighing city hall plans

An attorney for the City of Lexington and consultants hired to study potential sites for a new city hall met late last week in New York City with the development team that has taken over the long-stalled CentrePointe project in … Continue reading

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The Macho Nacho opens in Chevy Chase

The Macho Nacho celebrated its grand opening in Chevy Chase on Monday, bringing a new Tex-Mex dining option to the city’s rising Euclid Avenue corridor. CEO and owner Aaron Rothke said the restaurant, located on the busy corner of Euclid … Continue reading

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Dean Dorton merges with Barr Anderson & Roberts

Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC has announced plans to merge with Lexington-based CPA and advisory firm of Barr Anderson & Roberts, PSC, effective January 1. The new firm will operate as Dean Dorton. “Barr Anderson & Roberts has had tremendous … Continue reading

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Lexington’s East End, North Limestone neighborhoods picked for economic revitalization project

Lexington has been chosen to be part of an intensive revitalization effort, joining six other U.S. cities that will receive a year or more of expert assistance aimed at boosting the economic viability of entire neighborhoods. The National Main Street … Continue reading

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Unemployment rate falls in Kentucky, Fayette County

The unemployment rate in Kentucky fell to 4.3 percent in October, with Fayette County’s falling to 3.1 percent, the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported. The agency, part of the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, said unemployment rates … Continue reading

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Windstream launches pay-TV service Kinetic in Lexington, bringing competition to Time Warner Cable

Lexington residents have a new option and Time Warner Cable has new competition in the local pay-TV market starting today with the launch of Windstream’s Kinetic service. “We’re extremely excited to make Kinetic available to the Lexington community following our … Continue reading

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Demand for lightweight manufacturing workers on the rise in Kentucky

The demand for workers in lightweight manufacturing-related fields in Kentucky has doubled since the end of 2014, although actual lightweighting-related employment remained relatively flat between 2014 and 2015, according to a recent report released by the Louisville-based public-private partnership Lightweight … Continue reading

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As a la lucie closes, owner’s next concept gets a $40,000 Kickstarter boost

Chef Lucie Slone Meyers has raised more than $40,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to fund her next local restaurant enterprise, The Red Light, planned for the corner of North Limestone and Loudon avenues. The month-long Kickstarter campaign, which drew to … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Billy’s Bar-B-Q closes, site bought by Joella’s Hot Chicken

Billy’s Bar-B-Q, a Lexington institution for more than 37 years, has abruptly closed its doors, selling it’s high-profile Chevy Chase location to Louisville-based Joella’s Hot Chicken. The deal closed Monday morning, according to commercial business broker Mark Sievers, who aided … Continue reading

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UK Markey Cancer Foundation names new president and CEO

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation has hired Michael Delzotti as its new president and chief executive officer, beginning in early December. The Foundation, which serves as the fundraising arm for the UK Markey Cancer Center, underwent a nationwide search … Continue reading

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Lexington Center seeks future expansion and remembers its “Gamechanger” past

The Lexington Center Corporation’s board of directors has voted this month to pursue an expansion and replacement plan for the Lexington Convention Center. The new plan includes a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall, along with larger and enhanced ballrooms and meeting space … Continue reading

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LG&E and KU explore solar offerings for commercial and industrial clients

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities jointly issued a request for information (RFI) aimed at contractors who specialize in solar generation design and construction, in an effort to explore possible new solar options for industrial and business customers. The … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: Lexington passes minimum wage hike; Mayor Gray vows to sign it

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted Thursday night to raise the minimum wage, a decision that goes far beyond local monetary policy, engaging in a key partisan proxy tug-of-war ahead of next year’s national elections. The council voted 9-6 to … Continue reading

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Town Branch Commons project get another $2.7M in federal funding; Gov. Beshear delivers latest news bolstering linear urban park plan

The Town Branch Commons project has received another $2.7 million in federal funding, marking the latest boost to an ambitious plan to recover Lexington’s founding waterway and create a state-of-the-art linear urban parkway. Gov. Steve Beshear appeared Wednesday afternoon in … Continue reading

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Link-Belt cuts ribbon on new $5.5 million training center

As Link-Belt Construction Equipment nears completion of its new Training and Quality Assurance Center, company employees joined officials from Japan-based parent company Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) today for a dedication and ribbon-cutting at the new 30,000-square-foot, $5.5 million facility. “Link-Belt’s … Continue reading

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Valvoline breaks ground on new $35 million Lexington headquarters

Valvoline, the Lexington-based global motor oil and lubricant company, broke ground Monday on a new $35 million headquarters on the city’s southeast side. City officials joined with business and community leaders to celebrate the ground-breaking at the company’s campus near … Continue reading

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November Thoroughbred auctions reflect industry’s trend toward stability

Central Kentucky’s two biggest breeding stock sales for 2015 posted solid numbers in November, indicating that the Thoroughbred sales industry is maintaining the steady growth signaled at the yearling auctions this summer and fall. Fasig-Tipton conducted its one-day sale Nov. … Continue reading

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Yamaguchi’s announces plans to close at the end of November

Yamaguchi’s Sake and Tapas, which billed itself as Lexington’s first and only Japanese sake bar specializing in tapas-style Japanese delicacies, will be closing its doors at the end of November. “Our lease is up and we have decided to close … Continue reading

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Kroger looks north, announces plan to buy Mariano’s parent Roundy’s in $800M deal

Kroger Co., the Cincinnati-based grocery giant, announced Wednesday plans to acquire Wisconsin-based rival Roundy’s Inc. for $3.60 per share or about 65 percent above Tuesday’s closing price, in a the deal valued at about $800 million. “We are delighted to … Continue reading

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University of Kentucky dining hall to welcome La Madeleine Country French Café

University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff soon will have a new place to pick up a baguette, cafe au lait and more. La Madeleine Country French Café has announced it will open its latest site Nov. 16 in new … Continue reading

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BrewFest craft beer event returns for third year on November 21

Kentuckians For the Commonwealth will be hosting its third annual BrewFest craft beer event at the Grand Reserve from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 21. More than 13 Kentucky breweries are slotted to participate in this year’s event, … Continue reading

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American Water exec Nick Rowe returns to head up Kentucky American

Nick Rowe, senior vice president of American Water’s Central Division, will be returning to his role as president of Kentucky American Water on November 11. Rowe will be replacing Cheryl Norton, who was recently named as president of Missouri American … Continue reading

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Mayor Gray, other U.S. leaders absent from ‘real’ Anonymous KKK list

Days after appearing on a list in an unattributed Internet posting that accused several high-ranking U.S. politicians of ties to the Ku Klux Klan, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray’s name was nowhere to be found Thursday evening in what appears to … Continue reading

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Minimum wage measure heads to vote

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council is expected Thursday to consider a measure to raise the minimum wage, pushing further into the simmering national debate over economics, inequality and the role of government. The council is set to vote on a … Continue reading

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Dinsmore’s latest merger opens new West Coast connections for local clients

As of Nov. 1, the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl has merged with Leventhal Law, a litigation-focused firm based in San Diego, California. The move is the latest in a series of acquisitions that have expanded Dinsmore’s reach to … Continue reading

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City and Lextran net $7.7 million in federal grants for transportation improvements

Lexington has been awarded $7.7 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds, including $1.2 million to LexTran for safety and air quality improvements and $6.5 million for seven transportation projects spread around the city, according to a release … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Mayor Gray denies KKK ties after explosive, unattributed posting by hacker; other named officials follow suit

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray responded forcefully and unequivocally Monday morning after he and several other high-profile U.S. officials were tied to the Ku Klux Klan in an explosive but unattributed posting by a hacker. “This allegation is false, insulting and … Continue reading

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Natasha’s Bistro & Bar closes, new ownership possible

Natasha’s Bistro & Bar on Esplanade Alley officially ceased operations Nov. 2 and canceled all upcoming musical performances. The owners made the announcement Oct. 30 via email, imploring patrons to come out for “A Last Waltz” and enjoy what could … Continue reading

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Lexington Mayor Gray denies explosive claim by Anonymous hackers of KKK ties

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, responding to an explosive but unattributed allegation by a shadowy hacker group, forcefully denied Monday morning having any affiliation with white supremacy groups. “This allegation is false, insulting and ridiculous,” Gray said in a statement. “I … Continue reading

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Town Branch Commons park plan get $3.2M boost from grant funding

Town Branch Commons, an ambitious plan to recover Lexington’s founding waterway and create a state-of-the-art linear urban parkway, received a $3.2 million boost from grant funding. Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen appeared Monday with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Jeff Fugate, president … Continue reading

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Flying this weekend? Blue Grass Airport advises early arrival

Anticipating a record number of passengers on Sunday and Monday following this weekend’s much anticipated Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland, Blue Grass Airport is urging departing passengers to arrive two hours before their planned departure time. The airport is … Continue reading

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Restaurant reboot: After four decades, a new Upstart Crow takes flight

At the Upstart Crow, the recently opened restaurant and bar on the corner of Short Street and Limestone, not everything old is new again. The antique Rothschild mahogany bar, for instance, is the same one that was used at the … Continue reading

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HopCat craft beer bar and restaurant now open in downtown Lexington

With roughly 300 customers waiting in line, HopCat officially opened the doors to its seventh location on Saturday, in the Square in downtown Lexington. With a special beer list created to mark the occasion and a promotional giveaway of a … Continue reading

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Lexmark posts Q3 loss, lowers outlook amid talk of possible sale

Just days after acknowledging that it is seeking “strategic alternatives” including a possible sale, Lexington-based technology company Lexmark International Inc. reported a negative third quarter result and cut its forecast. The company reported a loss of $15.2 million, or about … Continue reading

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Lexmark for sale? Company says it’s looking at ‘alternatives’

Lexmark International Inc. said Friday it is considering “strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value,” basically confirming media reports that the Lexington-based printer and services technology giant was seeking to sell itself. In a news release, Lexmark said its board of … Continue reading

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UK announces largest ever single gift, $23 million to create honors college

The University of Kentucky announced Thursday the largest single gift in the school’s history, $23 million that will build a dedicated honors college. The extraordinarily large donation comes from the foundation run by Thomas W. Lewis, a 1971 UK graduate … Continue reading

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Lexington Young Professionals Association honors emerging leaders

The Lexington Young Professionals Association highlighted 10 emerging local leaders Tuesday night during it annual banquet. The association honors the work of young leaders in the areas of business, leadership, community engagement and philanthropy. This year’s honorees were Amanda Ralston, president … Continue reading

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BHG opens MEATS barbecue market at Lansdowne Shoppes

The Bluegrass Hospitality Group has jumped into the local barbecue scene with its newest concept, MEATS BBQ MKT, which opened this week in the Lansdowne Shoppes on Tates Creek Road. The restaurant group, which also owns Malone’s steakhouse, Sal’s Chophouse, … Continue reading

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First U.S.-produced Lexus rolls off line at Toyota’s Georgetown plant

The first Lexus produced in the United States has rolled off the assembly line at Toyota’s massive automobile plant in Georgetown. Company officials and plant workers celebrated Monday as the first ES 350 was unveiled at the the sprawling Toyota … Continue reading

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Distillery District to use $140K stormwater management grant for permeable pavers

Lexington’s Distillery District has secured a grant of more than $140,000 from the Lexington-Fayette Department of Environmental Quality & Public Works to aid stormwater management in the thriving entertainment area that has sprung up along Manchester Street and near Town … Continue reading

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Willie’s Locally Known relocates to Southland Drive

Willie’s Locally Known, a popular mainstay on Lexington’s live music scene, has pulled up its stakes on Broadway and is moving its barbecue restaurant and music venue to Southland Drive. “We were really proud to be a part of all … Continue reading

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UPDATE: City considers paying Cincinnati firm nearly $200K to aid search for new government center

Lexington’s search for a new city hall moved a step forward Tuesday as Mayor Jim Gray was expected to consider a council panel’s recommendation that the city pay nearly $200,000 to a Cincinnati-based consulting group for help weighing site locations. … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Community Foundation wins $675,000 grant to boost collaborative neighborhood efforts

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has been awarded a grant of $675,000 by the Kresge Foundation to help foster collaborations among groups and individuals working to revitalize Lexington’s north and east sides. The money, which will be spread out over … Continue reading

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21c Lexington now booking rooms for April 2016

Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016, is now accepting online reservations for hotel stays beginning April 15 of next year. The hotel’s introductory offers include five packages, including a “Brewgrass Package” that highlights … Continue reading

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Lyric Theatre names Donald Mason as executive director

Donald Mason has been named as the new executive director for Lexington’s Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center. Mason has served as interim director of the theater since March, shortly after the previous director, Rasheedah El-Amin, resigned to pursue other … Continue reading

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Keeneland September yearling sale wraps with strong numbers

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, one of the largest public sales of young Thoroughbreds in the United States, finished Sept. 26 with strong numbers. The 12-day auction ended with total receipts of $281,496,100, up from last year’s gross sales of $279,960,500 … Continue reading

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Comer tells hemp backers: Kentucky will be ‘epicenter’ of industrial production, processing

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told a gathering in Lexington that industrial hemp is poised for exponential growth, with thousands of jobs from field work to possessing to sales expected to follow. “We’re going to be making things that range … Continue reading

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Jobless rate falls in 112 Kentucky counties

Unemployment rates dropped in 112 Kentucky counties between August 2014 and August 2015, according to preliminary numbers released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the state’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The Office of Employment … Continue reading

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Knight Foundation kicks off its second Knight Cities Challenge

With the launch of its second Knight Cities Challenge, the Knight Foundation is looking for more great ideas to boost Lexington and 25 other communities, with a grant pool of $5 million to fund innovative projects aimed at civic improvement. … Continue reading

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Valvoline to become independent company after split from Ashland Inc.

Covington-based chemical company Ashland Inc. announced Tuesday that it plans to spin off its Valvoline oil unit, which has been centered in Lexington for decades, in a move to create two separate publicly traded companies. “We believe that separating into … Continue reading

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Fundraisers aim for $50 million in private support to build Town Branch Commons

The plan for a linear downtown park that will follow Lexington’s historic Town Branch Creek is moving forward, with the Urban County Council giving the go-ahead for a $50 million private fundraising campaign to fund the project. The Blue Grass … Continue reading

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Buyers, sellers come full circle in Book 1 of Keeneland September sale

The Thoroughbred auction ring is a place of cycles. Mares walk through in the winter, go to a new home, and two years later, their yearlings step in. Sometimes, the cycle can move people from one side of a sale … Continue reading

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EXCLUSIVE: CentrePointe stirs, city weighs 2 proposals to aid planning for new city hall

In the wake of ownership change at the long stalled CentrePointe project, the City of Lexington is weighing proposals from two consulting groups vying to help decide where a new city hall should be built. “We issued an RFP on … Continue reading

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Lexington hosts leaders at regional broadband conference

Lexington is playing host to government, business and technology leaders from across a 12-state region as the Broadband Communities economic development conference gets under way downtown. The roaming conference, which previously has been held in Virginia, suburban Chicago and Massachusetts, … Continue reading

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GOP candidate for governor Bevin pivots from Kim Davis fight to talk about economic issues

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin spoke Thursday afternoon to a gathering of Lexington business leaders about a range of economic issues facing the Commonwealth, from the pension crisis and coal to local-option sales taxes and social security. The talk … Continue reading

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Tempur Sealy International names new chairman, president and CEO

Lexington-based Tempur Sealy International Inc. has named Scott L. Thompson as the bedding company’s new chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Thompson formerly led Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. as chairman, president and chief executive officer, prior to … Continue reading

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Woodford Forward partners with Bullhorn Creative to present development panel discussion

Woodford Forward, an development advocacy group that promotes urban redevelopment and agricultural farmland use, is partnering with Lexington-based Bullhorn Creative for the second in a series of panel discussions. The program, “Physical Education Part II — A Discussion on Urban … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Catering announces move to Distillery District

Bluegrass Catering announced Friday it is moving to a larger space in the growing Distillery District. Judy and Jill Bakehorn said in a statement the company will move into 11,000-square-feet of space it purchased at the rear of 903 Manchester … Continue reading

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Kentucky wins $400,000 grant to boost small-business exports

Kentucky is set to receive a $400,000 grant to help the Commonwealth’s small businesses expand international trade. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development announced the awarding of the State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) grant, which is administered by U.S. Small … Continue reading

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City opens Global Lex center to engage local multicultural community

Global Lex, Lexington’s new global engagement center, has opened on Versailles Road, with the mission of serving the needs of Lexington’s diverse citizenry while aiding multicultural communication and understanding, as well as economic development and artistic diversity, within the community. … Continue reading

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Lexington-based Webb Cos. affiliate Traxx sells 33 gas station-based stores

The Traxx Cos., a Lexington-based subsidiary of the Webb Cos., has announce it will sell all 33 of its convenience store marts that are paired with Shell Oil Co. gas stations. The announcement, by company president and CEO Jay Hall, … Continue reading

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Kroger to close Romany Road store next month

Grocery giant Kroger Co. announced Friday that it will close its Romany Road store next month. Company spokesman Tim McGurk said the store’s last day will Sept. 12. He said the decision was not made lightly and that all of … Continue reading

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UK Venture Studio offers real-world start-up lessons for would-be entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Kentucky will have a new launchpad for learning the basics of business start-ups with the opening of the UK Venture Studio. The studio, run by UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, will eventually be … Continue reading

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Gatton College launches new evening business certification programs

For professionals who want to learn more about business but aren’t ready to commit to an MBA program yet, UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has announced two new evening certification programs for this school year. The 10-week Certificate … Continue reading

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UK student newspaper drops to twice-weekly print schedule

The University of Kentucky’s student-run newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, has reduced its print schedule from five days per week to two. The Kernel’s website reported that the new schedule, which will print issues on Mondays and Thursdays, will give the … Continue reading

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Distillery District disaster averted

In the Distillery District, good intentions — and $85,000 worth of asphalt — apparently paved the way to an agreement that avoids a disastrous revocation of liquor licenses in the young but thriving entertainment district. “This was us trying to … Continue reading

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UK partners up on $6 million NSF project to develop atmospheric drones

University of Kentucky researchers are teaming up with colleagues at three other universities to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, that will measure atmospheric data for use in improving agriculture and weather forecasting. The research will focus on creating … Continue reading

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City: New CentrePointe owners invest millions, seek city hall as anchor tenant

CentrePointe’s new owners are proposing to redesign the moribund project, with plans for the city to be an anchor tenant in a new city hall, officials said Tuesday. City officials said Bridgeton Holdings will invest millions of dollars and take … Continue reading

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UK Gatton College opens first wing of $65 million expanded and renovated facility

Students, faculty and staff at the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics will see the first fruits of the school’s $65 million privately financed renovation and expansion project this semester, as the new addition and the renovated Commerce Wing … Continue reading

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Old Buster’s site to be reborn as Manchester Music Hall

The former site of Buster’s Billiards & Backroom, a popular Manchester Street concert venue that closed in December, is being reborn as Manchester Music Hall. Owners Adam Hatton, Mitch Potter and Adam Short say they plan to renovate the space … Continue reading

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‘Neat’ bourbon documentary gains state, local support

“Neat,” a new documentary about all things bourbon, is gaining key support as the production nears completion. “We’ve been finding that bourbon is about more than the liquid in the glass -­ it’s about why you open a bottle, who … Continue reading

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BREAKING: CentrePointe ‘agreement in principle’ reached to develop project

City officials late Friday afternoon announced a new “agreement in principle” regarding CentrePointe, the controversial and chronically delayed development that has left a city block-size hole in the heart of downtown Lexington. “The developers have reached an agreement in principle … Continue reading

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Centrepointe deadline winds down; city and developer mum

Centrepointe, the controversial and chronically delayed development that has left a city block-size hole in the heart of downtown Lexington, remains in limbo as a city-imposed deadline to work out a new financial plan is set to pass, city officials … Continue reading

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Ed Lane, council member and Lane Report founder, dies

Edwin Green Lane III, a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council member and founder of The Lane Report business magazine, died Sunday of cancer, according to a statement from the magazine. The statement noted that Lane had been suffering from cancer for … Continue reading

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Country Boy Brewing plans major expansion with Georgetown facility

Lexington-based Country Boy Brewing has announced plans for a major expansion. Country Boy co-founder Daniel Harrison said the craft brewing company will build a 20,000-square-foot facility in Georgetown that will hosue a 50 barrel brewhouse. “Being from Scott County and … Continue reading

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Red Mile gets instant video game-style gambling terminals

The Red Mile horse racing track welcomed its first shipment of “historical racing terminals,” video game-style stations that allow gamblers to place bets on previously run races. “This is a big moment in the evolution of horse racing and in … Continue reading

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Ashland Inc. to build $35 million office for Valvoline unit

Ashland Inc., a Covington-based chemical company, plans to build a $35 million office building on Lexington’s southeast side. The company said the 145,000-square-foot building will house its Valvoline oil unit, which has been centered in the city for decades. The … Continue reading

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Belcan Corp. to add 100 jobs, expand Lexington operations

Mayor Jim Gray and Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen joined Tuesday afternoon with executives of Cincinnati-based engineering firm Belcan Corp. and others to announce that the company is bringing 100 new jobs to the city and expanding its Lexington Vine Center … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Community Foundation ranked fifth nationally for active grantmaking

Blue Grass Community Foundation has been named as the fifth most active community foundation grantmaker in the United States in 2014, according to a national report released recently by CF insights. “We are thrilled but not completely surprised to learn … Continue reading

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A&W Restaurant bets on food, service and ‘hip nostalgia’

Lexington-based chain A&W Restaurants is preparing to open the fourth version of its new concept A&W Burgers-Chicken-Floats next month along East Main Street. The storied, 96-year-old restaurant chain is seeking to relaunch its brand in a fight for the “better … Continue reading

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Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship serves up a world-class tournament

From July 27 to Aug. 2, the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex at the University of Kentucky will host the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championship, a professional tournament that is part of the United States Tennis Association’s Pro Circuit, with many … Continue reading

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Kentucky Bank completes Madison Bank acquisition

Kentucky Bancshares, Inc., the holding company of Kentucky Bank, has completed its acquisition of Madison Bank. Madison Bank, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary bank of Madison Financial Corporation of Richmond, Kentucky, has been merged into Kentucky Bank, and its three former … Continue reading

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Alltech expands brewing with purchase of operations in N. Ireland and England

Alltech, the Nicholasville-based global nutritional giant, announced Tuesday a major expansion of its brewery division into the European market. The company said Tuesday it had purchased The Station Works Brewery in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, and Cumberland Breweries Ltd. … Continue reading

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Lexmark to cut 500 jobs; earnings fall in Q2

Lexmark International Inc. announced plans Tuesday to cut 500 jobs worldwide after reporting lower earnings for the second quarter. The Lexington-based printer and software company said it took in $891 million in the quarter, down from $894 million during the … Continue reading

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Kroger looks to fill 1,000 part-time jobs with tri-state hiring fair

Kroger will host a hiring fair at 98 store locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois on Saturday, July 25, with the intent of filling 1,000 permanent part-time positions. Hiring fair sites in Lexington will include 12 store locations, including: Tates … Continue reading

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UK names Cassis as VP for research

Lisa Cassis has been named the University of Kentucky’s vice president for research. Cassis, a long-time UK professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, has served as the university’s interim vice president for research since June … Continue reading

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New restaurant news: Sage Rabbit opens in Chevy Chase, marking return of chef John Foster

Starting tomorrow at lunchtime, longtime chef and culinary professor John Foster will mark his return to restaurants with the opening of The Sage Rabbit in Chevy Chase. “We’re definitely excited,” Foster said Thursday morning. “We got our liquor license yesterday, … Continue reading

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Amazon announces plan to add another 200 full-time Lexington jobs

Less than six months after announcing plans to add 100 full-time jobs at its Lexington fulfillment centers, retail giant Amazon said Wednesday it has 200 addition positions to fill. “It’s all due to customer demand,” said Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey. … Continue reading

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Bed bugs take a bite out of hotel revenue, UK study shows

Bed bugs have always been a costly risk for the hospitality industry, but researchers at the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have now put a price on reported hotel encounters with the vexing vermin. Based on … Continue reading

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Ale-8-One celebrates 89th birthday with updated packaging

Ale-8-One, the regionally beloved ginger-citrus soft drink manufactured in Winchester, Kentucky, is celebrating its 89th birthday with updated packaging aimed at broadening its appeal. Fielding Rogers, the company’s 34-year-old fourth-generation owner and CEO, said the time was right to refresh … Continue reading

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Mark Boison appointed to lead Fifth Third’s Lexington market

Mark Boison has been named to lead the Lexington market for Fifth Third Bank. He will replace Michael Ash, who will be moving into the role of president and CEO (Kentucky) for Fifth Third, a position currently held by Tom … Continue reading

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Fazoli’s acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners

The private equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners has acquired Lexington-based Fazoli’s Group, Inc., franchisor and operator of 213 Fazoli’s restaurants nationwide. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Fazoli’s has consistently outperformed its competitors and will be a very strong … Continue reading

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Buddha Lounge brings serious sushi to downtown Lexington

Buddha Lounge, a chic and metropolitan sushi bar and restaurant operated by former San Franciscan Nick Lagagsorn, will open for lunch only beginning July 9. Lagagsorn said the new restaurant _ at 109 North Mill between Main and Short streets … Continue reading

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Governor, mayor highlight award honoring Kentucky’s economic development

Gov. Steve Beshear came to Lexington on Monday, joining with Mayor Jim Gray along with area civic and business leaders to celebrate Kentucky being honored for economic growth. Site Selection magazine, an Atlanta-based publication that focuses on corporate real estate … Continue reading

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Aetna moves to acquire Louisville-based Humana in $37 billion deal

Hartford, Connecticut-based Aetna Inc. has announced its intent to acquire Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal that would significantly boost the combined company’s revenue and its presence in the Medicare business, if approved by regulators. The deal, which values … Continue reading

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Sen. McConnell talks business, trade and politics at Commerce Lexington luncheon

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke Wednesday afternoon at Commerce Lexington’s Public Policy Luncheon series, the first visit with the group for the longtime Kentucky legislator since ascending to the role of Senate majority leader. In a wide-ranging talk before about … Continue reading

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Kroger approves two-for-one stock split

The Kroger Co. has announced a two-for-one stock split to take effect in July, along with a 13.5 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend. The company also announced its intent to launch a $500 million share repurchase program. The … Continue reading

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R.J. Corman Railroad to buy short line spanning Carolinas

Nicholasville-based R.J. Corman Railroad Co. announced plans to buy an 80-mile stretch of railroad spanning North and South Carolina. The company said it will pay $13.9 million for the short line located in the eastern part of both states, running … Continue reading

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Community Bank Shares changes name, stock symbol

Community Bank Shares of Indiana Inc., which has operations in several Kentucky counties, has changed it’s name and NASDAQ symbol, the company announced. Officials said the company’s new name is Your Community Bankshares Inc. and that the new ticker symbol … Continue reading

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Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge names 2015 winners

With 134 commuting trips on two wheels during the month of May, Marcus Rugger was named as the first-place winner of the 2015 Bike Lexington Commuter Challenge. The annual competition, sponsored by Pedal Power, challenged both new and seasoned Fayette … Continue reading

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Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge to open this week in Distillery District

After two years of building interest in their locally made ice cream on the mobile food scene, owners Mike and Toa Green will open the doors this Friday afternoon to the new home of Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream … Continue reading

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Grimes adds voice to rally pushing for hike in Lexington’s minimum wage

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes helped lead a rally late Tuesday morning in downtown Lexington for supporters of a push to raise the minimum wage in the city. The gathering was organized ahead of a meeting by the Lexington-Fayette … Continue reading

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Fifth Third to sell 100 branch locations in network reorganization

Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp said Monday it will sell about 100 of its more than 1,300 branch locations plus dozens of other properties as part of a major network reorganization. The move comes against the backdrop of a declining use … Continue reading

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Lexington Pasta Garage Cafe debuts on Delaware Avenue

Fresh business. Fresh area. Fresh concept. Fresh pasta. Lexington Pasta — purveyors of locally made gourmet pasta — is marking the grand opening of Lexington Pasta Garage Cafe, a combined manufacturing facility and retail lunch counter on the rapidly awakening … Continue reading

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Odeith mural blasted away in contracting mishap

By the time the social media storm kicked up, it was too late. The stunning Odeith-Eith mural along North Limestone — a psychedelic mashup of racing Thoroughbreds and stylized graffiti lettering — was all but gone, blasted away by a … Continue reading

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Minimum wage debate gets governor’s push, local hearing

The debate over raising the minimum wage has taken on new urgency this week with the governor granting some state workers at least $10.10 per hour and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council holding a public meeting on a similar ordinance. … Continue reading

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Local game developer Super Soul nets gold prize in Oculus VR Jam competition

Your next Kentucky camping trip may be as easy as slipping on a headset, thanks to a new virtual reality game being developed by Lexington-based video game development company Super Soul. The game, Daydream Blue, immerses the player in a … Continue reading

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EPA grant to help pay for historic Fayette County Courthouse cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government a $200,000 grant to help clean up the historic Fayette County Courthouse. The grant, part of the EPA Brownfields Program, will pay for the cleanup of contaminants at … Continue reading

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Breeders’ Cup Festival Week kickoff highlights plans to roll out cultural red carpet

Fresh off the first Triple Crown win in more than a generation, leaders of a clearly energized Thoroughbred industry joined Monday morning with Lexington’s civic and community leaders to announce details of a week of events surrounding the city’s first … Continue reading

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American Founders Bank sells Lexington branches

American Founders Bank Inc. has sold three Lexington branches to City National Bank of West Virginia, City National’s parent company has announced. City Holding Company said City National will pay premiums on deposits and loan balances totaling about $6.4 million. … Continue reading

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National Avenue area becomes ‘Warehouse Block’

The National Avenue area, the burgeoning urban corridor east of downtown near the popular Kenwick and Mentelle neighborhoods, is being rebranded as “Warehouse Block,” complete with signs and a stylized logo. Walker Properties, which has developed much of the former … Continue reading

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Michler’s opens ‘neighborhood oasis’ Kentucky Native Cafe

Something new has sprouted at Michler’s Florist, Greenhouse and Garden Design, the 113-year-old Lexington nursery on East Maxwell Street. Kentucky Native Cafe is Michler’s new dining spot, offering craft beer, salads and small plates in a verdant outdoor setting. “This … Continue reading

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Sumitomo breaks ground on expanded Lexington facility

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc. broke ground Monday on a new 440,000-square-foot facility in Lexington. The company, which supplies wire harnesses, components and electronics to the automotive industry, will almost double its Lexington footprint with the opening of the new … Continue reading

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Dozens of Lorillard Lofts unit sold at auction

More than two dozen units in a debt-ridden Lexington lofts project have been sold at a court-ordered auction to satisfy loans made by a bank to a local developer. Lorillard Lofts, named for the tobacco processing company that operated in … Continue reading

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Charter to buy Time Warner Cable in deal valued at nearly $79B

Charter Communications Inc. announced Tuesday a plan to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., in a deal that values the Lexington area’s dominant cable television and high-speed Internet provider at $78.7 billion. At the same time, Charter announced an amended deal … Continue reading

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BB&T contributes $2.5 million for study of capitalism at Gatton

BB&T has provided $2.5 million to fund the BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism at the University of Kentucky’s expanded and renovated Gatton College of Business and Economics, scheduled to open in fall 2016. The program will offer financial … Continue reading

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Kroger set to open its largest Kentucky store in Versailles in July

The largest Kroger store in the state of Kentucky is scheduled to open in Versailles on July 16. The 133,000-square-foot MarketPlace Kroger store, which will be located at 212 Kroger Way, will offer expanded varieties of apparel, housewares and bed … Continue reading

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Alltech’s annual conference puts spotlight on speakers, craft beer and spirits

Alltech’s annual conference is underway in downtown Lexington, bringing together employees and others for a week of events, networking and inspiring talks from top speakers, including retired U.S. Gen. Colin Powell and University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. Pearse … Continue reading

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National Provisions expands with European-style grocery

Andrea Sims and Krim Boughalem, the owners of Table Three Ten and National Boulangerie, have expanded their National Provisions operation yet again with their fourth phase: the opening of a grocery in the adjoining space on the corner of Walton … Continue reading

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Herald-Leader publisher: ‘Target goal’ reached in round of buyouts

An unknown number of employees have agreed to leave the Lexington Herald-Leader as part of a round of buyouts, newspaper officials said Tuesday. “We achieved our target goal through our voluntary separation plan,” said Rufus M. Friday, president and publisher … Continue reading

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Blaze Pizza coming to South Limestone in July

The fast-growing national pizza concept Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza is set to light up its ovens for the first time in Lexington in mid-July. The Louisville-based franchise group Millennial Restaurant Group is scheduled to open its eighth Blaze Pizza location on … Continue reading

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New cafe in National Avenue area to serve up broth, raw foods

A new cafe opening in the burgeoning National Avenue area east of downtown will add trendy broth and raw foods choices to region’s growing culinary options. Caldo is set to open May 26 inside the local holistic health facility Centered, … Continue reading

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YMCA Beaumont rededicated and renamed to honor Gatton

The YMCA of Central Kentucky’s Beaumont facility in Lexington now bears a name familiar to business, community and philanthropic circles: The Carol Martin Gatton Beaumont YMCA. City, university and community leaders gathered Tuesday morning to help the Christian-based organization rededicate … Continue reading

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Council approves establishment of downtown management district

By a vote of 12-2 with one abstention, the City Council approved the formation of Lexington’s first downtown management district earlier this month, which will collect fees from downtown property owners to fund enhanced services and maintenance within the district’s … Continue reading

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Great American Fitness Challenge at the Horse Park urges everyone to ‘get in the game’

The Kentucky Horse Park’s renowned steeplechase course, usually reserved for elite equines, will become the exercise playground of fitness enthusiasts from across the region next month, for an event that local organizers hope will put Lexington on the map as … Continue reading

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Restaurant news: The Macho Nacho, Tex-Mex delivery, coming to Chevy Chase

It’s not just what’s going into the spot at the corner of High Street and Euclid Avenue this fall, says first-time restaurateur Aaron Rothke, but what will be coming out. The Macho Nacho, which Rothke describes as a modern American … Continue reading

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HealthSouth completes Cardinal Hill purchase

HealthSouth Corp.’s purchase of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington has been completed, officials said. The previously announced deal makes Cardinal Hill the Birmingham, Alabama-based corporation’s third Kentucky facility, after rehabilitation hospitals in Edgewood and Elizabethtown. “HealthSouth plans to continue … Continue reading

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Economic impact of Kentucky tourism topped $13 billion in 2014

Kentucky tourism generated an economic impact of roughly $13.1 billion in 2014, according to survey results released this week by the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. Tourism spending increased in all nine of the state’s tourism regions, with the … Continue reading

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New downtown Lexington sushi bar readies for summer opening

Former San Franciscan Nick Lagagsorn is transforming a mundane former office space on North Mill into a chic and metropolitan sushi bar and restaurant, Buddha Lounge, expected to open by July. After years of working in San Francisco’s restaurant industry, … Continue reading

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Lexmark announces earnings for quarter; CEO Rooke points to gains in ‘core revenue’

Lexmark International Inc. on Tuesday announced a slight decline in year-to-year revenue for the first quarter even as it delivered results at the top end of its projections. The Lexington-based printer and software company reported revenue of $855 million, as … Continue reading

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Bank marks opening of 2nd Lexington branch

First Security Bank recently held a ceremony marking the opening its Wellington Banking Center. Officially opened in early January, the Wellington Banking Center is at 345 Ruccio Way, just west of Nicholasville Road near Fayette Mall. The Owensboro-based bank also … Continue reading

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Alltech to buy Canadian firm, create $1.6B company

Nicholasville-based Alltech announced Thursday it has reached an agreement acquire Canadian animal nutrition firm Ridley Inc. in a deal that would create a company with $1.6 billion in combined revenue. Alltech spokeswoman Susanna Elliott said Ridley’s board of directors agree … Continue reading

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Downtown movie theater complex to begin construction this summer

A 12-screen downtown movie theater complex in the works for the corner of High and Broadway since early 2014 is moving forward, with construction set to begin this summer. The 90,000-square-foot Krikorian Premiere Theatres complex, which will replace what is … Continue reading

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Report: 9 indicted in whiskey thefts; may be tied to Pappy Van Winkle robbery

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Courier-Journal reports that a Franklin County grand jury indicted nine people Tuesday in connection with Kentucky whiskey thefts dating back to 2008, possibly including the notorious heist of 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. … Continue reading

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UK HealthCare officially opens outpatient center at former Turfland Mall site

UK HealthCare marked the official opening of its new outpatient center, UK HealthCare at Turfland, at the former Turfland Mall site on Harrodsburg Road Monday. The 85,000-square-foot facility, located on the previous site of the mall’s anchor department store Dillard’s, … Continue reading

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Noodles and Company opens second Lexington location

Noodles and Company opened its second Lexington location on Tuesday, at the corner of Limestone and Euclid Avenue, near the University of Kentucky campus. The Colorado-based fast-casual restaurant, which specializes in globally inspired pasta dishes, was launched in the Denver … Continue reading

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U.S. tourism agency films in Lexington to promote area in United Kingdom

Brand USA, a federally created agency that promotes U.S. tourism overseas, hit the Lexington area to create videos targeted to attract British travelers. The group, which is funded through private donations that “unlock” matching funds from a fee on certain … Continue reading

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‘Seinfeld’ inspiration Peterman talks about life and business at EMERGE conference

Local retail entrepreneur and “Seinfeld” inspiration John Peterman talked about his life in business Wednesday at Lexington Center during Commerce Lexington’s second annual EMERGE conference. Peterman, taking the stage in his trademark duster and wide-brim hat (which he quickly abandoned), … Continue reading

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BCTC breaks ground on new Georgetown campus

The Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) broke ground Monday on a new 78,000-square-foot campus in Georgetown, Kentucky. The new campus in Lanes Run Business Park will house the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Center for high-skills jobs training, in addition to … Continue reading

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Gatton team takes second in SEC MBA Case Competition

A group of MBA students from the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics took second place at the 2015 Southeastern Conference MBA Case Competition, held in Columbia, South Carolina, over the weekend. Fourteen SEC schools competed in … Continue reading

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Mayor offers $324M budget plan with jobs, Old Courthouse upgrade in focus

Mayor Jim Gray unveiled a $324 million spending plan Tuesday that includes $22 million for the Old Courthouse Building, among other infrastructure and capital projects. Gray delivered his plan for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins July 1, before the Lexington … Continue reading

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North Limestone group wins $550K Knight grant for food hub plan

The nonprofit community organization behind the popular Night Market events has been awarded more than half a million dollars by the Knight Foundation to develop a permanent site to serve as a food hub and small-business incubator. The North Limestone … Continue reading

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Bluegrass Farm to Table gets grant to fund more local produce for low-income buyers

Bluegrass Farm to Table has been awarded a $47,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to get more healthy fruits and vegetables into the hands of low-income residents. Through the Bluegrass Double Dollars program, participants in the state’s Supplemental … Continue reading

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Update: National Avenue corridor getting key new tenant

The blossoming National Avenue corridor is about to welcome a key new tenant, with plans to turn the high-profile corner of Walton Avenue and Winchester Road into a showpiece gateway into the area. Locals’ is a bar and restaurant concept … Continue reading

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Bacardi buys Angel’s Envy bourbon

Bacardi Limited is moving into the bourbon market. The Bermuda-based family-owned company, which is the world’s largest privately held spirits company, has acquired Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brand and its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co, the makers of Angel’s Envy Port Finished … Continue reading

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Alltech opens brewing and distilling academy

Higher learning in Lexington takes on a sly, literal twist with the opening of Alltech Brewing and Distilling Academy. The academy opened this week as part of Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., a division of the Nicholasville-based nutrition company. … Continue reading

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Lexmark honored with supply chain innovation award

Lexmark International has been named as the winner of the Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award, presented by the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics at the college’s annual Supply Chain Forum. The award recognizes operational excellence in … Continue reading

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UK agriculture study finds big impact beyond the fields

Record cash receipts over the past couple of years attest to the growth of Kentucky’s agriculture economy, with its overall impact to the state’s wider economy following suit. Now a new study from the University of Kentucky that takes a … Continue reading

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Grammar Gourmet: The writing on the wall

You may not care for Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees infielder who is rejoining his team after a yearlong suspension for using steroids. But his recent apology letter to fans rocked. In an era of tweets and Instagram, he … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Playbook’ covers the X’s and O’s in creating a successful career

The job market for recent college graduates and millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) has “never been more competitive, unstructured and difficult to navigate,” states career expert James M. Citrin in his new book, “The Career Playbook: Essential Advice … Continue reading

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Salad shop opening doors in The Square

Quick on the heels of the announcement that a craft beer bar is setting up shop at The Square in downtown Lexington comes news of another tenant moving in. Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, which bills itself as a “fast casual” salad … Continue reading

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Lexington Angler to close; inventory on sale

The Lexington Angler is shutting its doors, cutting bait after about three and a half years at its downtown Lexington location. Owner Gene Slusher said Wednesday that the store would be closing soon but that no firm date has been … Continue reading

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Craft beer bar HopCat set to open at the Square this summer

A new restaurant, taphouse and brewery will bring its showcase of up to 140 craft beers from around the state and the world to the Square in downtown Lexington this summer. The craft beer bar HopCat will open its $3 … Continue reading

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Lexmark to buy software-maker Kofax for $1B

Lexmark International Inc. announced Tuesday it is buying California-based software-maker Kofax Ltd. in a deal valued at $1 billion. Lexmark CEO Paul Rooke said acquisition would “bring tremendous scale and strength” to the company’s enterprise software business, nearly doubling its … Continue reading

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Louisville Slugger on deck for purchase by Wilson

Louisville Slugger, the venerable maker of baseball bats and the official bat of Major League Baseball, is being purchased by sporting goods giant Wilson, officials from both companies have announced. Wilson, the Chicago-headquartered division of Finnish-based Amer Sports Corp., is … Continue reading

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Clinics scheduled to make the move to new UK HealthCare Turfland facility

UK Sports Medicine, Sports Rehabilitation and Radiology, previously located on Perimeter Drive, are scheduled to relocate by March 30 to UK HealthCare’s newly renovated outpatient center at the former Dillard’s site at Turfland Mall. The clinics will be closed from … Continue reading

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Commerce Lexington announces fall trip to Croatia

Commerce Lexington has selected Croatia as the destination for its annual international trip, to be held this year Nov. 6 to 14. The nine-day trip will feature excursions to the cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb and the Dalmatian Coast. The … Continue reading

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Firm’s Helix Garage facade chosen for global design competition

Lexington architecture firm Pohl Rosa Pohl is a finalist in a worldwide design competition for its work on the new Helix Garage facade on Main Street. The Architizer A+Awards honor architecture and design in a variety of categories. The Helix … Continue reading

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City begins discussions on proposal to raise minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council began discussions Tuesday on a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, up from the current state mandated low wage of $7.25 per hour. The proposal is being backed by council member … Continue reading

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City launches public-private plan to ‘Green Up for Breeders’ Cup’

Lexington officials are looking to the business community to help spruce up several key corridors into the city ahead the Breeders’ Cup at the end of October. Mayor Jim Gray and members of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission made their … Continue reading

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Lexington Clinic breaks ground on new Beaumont facility

Lexington Clinic has officially broken ground for the construction of its 11,800-square-foot Beaumont facility, to be located on Lakecrest Circle. The new location, called Lexington Clinic Beaumont, will combine two existing Lexington Clinic offices: Lexington Clinic Palomar Family Health Centre … Continue reading

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Next phase for UK Chandler Hospital approved by Board

The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved the next phase of the fit-out for UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital’s Pavilion A, along with a renovation of Samaritan Hospital’s emergency department. The plan for Chandler Hospital includes an additional … Continue reading

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New Kroger on Euclid Avenue gets company

The new Kroger supermarket on Euclid Avenue is about to get some company in the form of a nearby commercial development. Equity Management is planning to build a 9,600-square-foot development at Euclid and Marquis Avenue that will house retail and … Continue reading

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Hurst office supplies breaks ground on new location

Hurst, the office supply and furniture specialists with a more than 90-year history in Central Kentucky, celebrated the groundbreaking of its latest location. Mayor Jim Gray and other city officials were among those who attended Monday’s christening of the new … Continue reading

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West Sixth releases new seasonal Belgian Blonde in cans, draft

West Sixth Brewing Co. this week launched canned sales of its Belgian Blonde, the first beer in its new seasonal series. Known in the West Sixth taproom as the Bryan Ave Belgian Blonde, the beer is light in color, with … Continue reading

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LexArts kicks off annual fundraising drive

LexArts kicked off its annual fundraising drive Tuesday during a gala event at the Kentucky Theatre. The organization, Lexington’s United Arts Fund and community arts group, is raising money to benefit the city’s arts and cultural institutions. The 2015 Fund … Continue reading

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Officials work to bring fiber-optics, faster Internet to Lexington

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is leading a push to bring a fiber-optic network to the city that would vastly increase Internet speeds for businesses and residents. As part of the effort, the city has sent out a request for private … Continue reading

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State approves funding for new UK research facility

The University of Kentucky’s $265 million multidisciplinary research building has moved one step closer to fruition, as the state General Assembly and Gov. Steve Beshear approved $132.5 million in state bonds for the project. The other half of the required … Continue reading

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Divisive ‘Beer Bill’ passes, sent to Gov. Beshear

The Kentucky Senate voted 23-13 Wednesday to send high-profile “Beer Bill” legislation to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk. The move was immediately praised by Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs & Growth, or KY KEG, which helped to push for its passage. House Bill … Continue reading

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‘Beer Bill’ distribution rules fight heads to full Senate

High-profile “Beer Bill” legislation that would force Belgium-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell its two Kentucky distributorships is headed for a full Senate hearing, after a successful committee vote Tuesday morning. The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee … Continue reading

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Breeders’ Cup tickets to go on sale March 4

Tickets for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships are set to go on sale to the general public at noon March 4. Because of strong demand, race organizers are opening ticket sales three months earlier than usual for the event, … Continue reading

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Tiffany & Co., Brown-Forman and UPS honored by EPA for climate leadership

Tiffany & Company, Brown-Forman Corporation and UPS have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as winners of the EPA’s 2015 Climate Leadership Awards. UPS was one of six organizations honored with the agency’s Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management Goal … Continue reading

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Golden chicken bones, Tomato Fest poster top local advertising awards

Necklaces made of gold-plated chicken bones took top honors as AAF Lexington, the local affiliate of the American Advertising Federation, honored the best in local advertising with its Addy Awards. Kentucky for Kentucky’s innovative spot produced a lot of attention … Continue reading

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Jockey Club buys controlling interest in Blood-Horse magazine

In a deal announced Friday, the Jockey Club has purchased a controlling interest in Blood-Horse magazine and related properties. Jockey Club Chairman Ogden Mills Phipps and Peter S. Willmott, chairman of The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, announced the deal, … Continue reading

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Maker’s Mark readies Rupp bottles to help fund UK student-athlete center

Maker’s Mark will produce commemorative bottles of its bourbon featuring legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp as part of a fundraising effort to expand the school’s support center for student-athletes. UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced the initiative … Continue reading

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Transylvania University names new dean

Transylvania University has named a new dean and vice president of academic affairs. Laura Koppes Bryan currently serves as dean of the University of Baltimore’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences. “We are very excited to have Dr. Bryan … Continue reading

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Artist’s barrel-based sculpture to adorn bridge linking Distillery District, downtown

A series of illuminated, abstract sculpture based on charred bourbon barrels soon will mark one of Lexington’s major gateways: Oliver Lewis Way Bridge linking the city’s burgeoning Distillery District with downtown. Colorado-based artist Christopher Weed’s “Origins” beat out more than … Continue reading

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JMI Sports taps MLB exec Archey to head UK marketing effort

Paul Archey, who led the creation of the World Baseball Classic while heading international operations for Major League Baseball, will take the helm of JMI Sports’ new marketing partnership effort with the University of Kentucky. Archey, a native of Greenup, … Continue reading

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Amazon to add more than 100 full-time jobs in Lexington

Amazon announced Thursday it plans to add more than 100 full-time jobs at its Lexington fulfillment centers. “The new jobs Amazon is providing will improve the lives of many families in Lexington and in the central Kentucky region,” Mayor Jim … Continue reading

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Top Hurst Office Suppliers administrator Gormley dies at 61

Thomas R. Gormley Jr., a longtime president and chief operating officer of Hurst Office Suppliers Inc., has died, officials announced. Gormley died Monday of unspecified causes. He was 61. Hope Hurst Lanham, the third-generation CEO of the Lexington-based company, announced … Continue reading

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Snowstorm cleanup keeps many from getting back to business

Schools and many businesses throughout Lexington closed up shop Tuesday as the region worked to dig its way out after a daylong snowstorm dumped 10 inches of snow across a wide area. The storm forced flight cancellations at Blue Grass … Continue reading

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Crave Lexington announces dates, move to new venue

The Crave Lexington Food & Music Festival is returning this summer, but in a new, larger home. Festival officials announced Tuesday that the event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23, at the fairgrounds at Masterson Station … Continue reading

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Chevy Chase Inn set to change ownership in March

  The Chevy Chase Inn, Euclid Avenue’s historic neighborhood bar, is scheduled to change hands on March 2, but the new owners will be familiar faces within the business district. Kevin Heathcoat and Will Pieratt, owners of Bourbon n’ Toulouse, … Continue reading

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Kentucky Crafted honored by tourism group, adds musical acts

The Kentucky Arts Council is highlighting a new honor and details about musical acts set for its premier arts event, Kentucky Crafted: The Market. The annual spring show focuses on fine arts, crafts, literature food and music. This year’s event … Continue reading

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Alltech buys firm focused on livestock production, efficiency

Nicholasville-based animal nutrition leader Alltech announced the purchase of United Kingdom-based firm E-CO2 Project Limited, which provides environmental assessments and mitigation programs for livestock operations. “The acquisition of E-CO2 underscores Alltech’s long-term commitment to strong, sustainable global agriculture, as well … Continue reading

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City adds parking spaces to Upper Street across from CentrePointe

Businesses on South Upper Street will get some mild relief from construction woes Wednesday when the Lexington Parking Authority installs a temporary loading zone and metered spaces in the right lane of the 100 block, adjacent to the CentrePointe project. … Continue reading

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Department of Revenue places temporary hold on electronic tax returns

The Kentucky Department of Revenue expects today to lift the temporary hold on the processing of electronic returns that it put into effect Friday in response to the detection of fraudulent returns filed through TurboTax in Kentucky and other states. … Continue reading

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Kentucky exports at all-time high

Kentucky-made products are being sold around the world at a record pace. Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced that Kentucky companies exported a state-record $27.5 billion in 2014. It’s the fourth-straight year Kentucky has broken the previous mark. See full story: … Continue reading

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LexArts board chairman leaving post early

LexArts board chairman John Long announced Monday that he will step down from the arts advocacy and fundraising organization several months before his term expires. In a letter to staff, Long said other commitments had left him without the proper … Continue reading

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Dickinson Wright law firm opens Lexington office

The national law firm Dickinson Wright is expanding into Lexington with a new Vine Street office. The Detroit-based general practice firm operates in 13 states and has a growing presence regionally, including offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and Columbus, Ohio. “With … Continue reading

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Dupree Catering merges with Azur

Dupree Catering has joined culinary forces with the catering arm of Azur Food Group, the restaurant company that owns Azur Restaurant and Patio in Beaumont Centre and Brasabana Cuban Cuisine on Lane Allen Road. The merged catering company, which operates … Continue reading

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State: Unemployment rate fell in all counties for 2014

The rate of unemployment fell in all 120 of Kentucky’s counties during 2014, state agency officials said Thursday. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reported that the latest numbers on the state’s jobless continue a positive trend toward a … Continue reading

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Blue Grass Airport breaks record for passengers in 2014

Blue Grass Airport officials said Wednesday more than 1.2 million passengers used the airfield in 2014, a record for the Lexington facility. Officials said the total was a 9.5 percent increase over 2013’s tally and the first record-setting figure since … Continue reading

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Lexmark posts $25.6 million quarterly loss

Lexmark International Inc. announced Tuesday it posted a loss of $25.6 million in fourth quarter of 2014, or 42 cents per share, despite solid growth in key areas. The Lexington-based imaging company reported total revenue for the quarter at $1.02 … Continue reading

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Traditional Bank announces changes at top

Traditional Bank has announced several leadership position changes in the wake of former CEO Bill Bramblet’s retirement. The bank’s board of directors named William Alverson as CEO and Andy Baker as president. Traditional Bank operates 13 sites in Bourbon, Clark, … Continue reading

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Smiley Pete honored with state press association awards

The Kentucky Press Association has announced it’s annual news and advertising awards, with Smiley Pete Publications winning top honors in several categories. The Chevy Chaser magazine was awarded a first place general excellence award in advertising and a second place … Continue reading

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Exclusive interview: Fark.com’s Drew Curtis enters race to become Kentucky governor

Drew Curtis, the Versailles-based Internet entrepreneur and technologist who founded the news aggregation site Fark.com more than a dozen years ago, has announced a surprise, independent candidacy to become Kentucky’s next governor. In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Business Lexington, … Continue reading

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Wendell Ford, former Kentucky governor and U.S. senator, dies at 90

Wendell H. Ford — a legendary figure in Kentucky Democratic politics — died Thursday morning in Owensboro, according to multiple sources. He was 90. The former Kentucky governor and four-term U.S. senator was praised by leaders from both major parties. … Continue reading

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Bluegrass real estate sales top $1.8 billion in 2014

Overall real estate sales activity in Lexington and the surrounding Bluegrass region remained steady in 2014, with a very slight decrease in residential sales, according to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR). LBAR members reported 10,741 real estate sales closed … Continue reading

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Business Lexington hires new editor

M. David Nichols has been named as the new editor for Business Lexington magazine. Nichols is a veteran journalist with nearly two decades of experience. A native of Northwest Indiana and Indiana University graduate, he worked the majority of his … Continue reading

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Demand cools toward end of chilly Keeneland January sale

Keeneland concluded its January Horses of All Ages sale on Jan. 15 with solid demand for its top-level stock and slightly reduced enthusiasm overall. The four-day auction, which included broodmares, broodmare prospects, racing prospects, yearlings and stallion prospects, finished with … Continue reading

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Keeneland to acquire Turf Catering

Keeneland Race Course is acquiring the family-owned Turf Catering company. Run by the Wolken family since 1929, Turf catering has been the exclusive caterer for Keeneland since 1936. Although the leadership of the catering company is changing, Keeneland plans to keep … Continue reading

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Final Sale: Vespa Lexington to Close Soon

After six years of being in business, Vespa Lexington is closing on January 15. The strong sales dropped significantly in the last few years. Also, the market for the fuel-efficient scooters is struggling with the most recent drop in gas … Continue reading

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Toyota Partners with BHDP Architecture to Design New Sustainable Facilities

Toyota has selected Cincinnati-based BHDP architecture to design the new facilities located in Georgetown, Ky. and York Township, Mich. In order to increase investment in engineering and product development, the automaker will expand its technical center in Michigan to introduce … Continue reading

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21c Museum Hotel Brings on Local Partners for Lexington Project

Some well-known local names in business, real estate and athletics have joined the effort underway to bring a 21c Museum Hotel to Lexington. The Louisville-based boutique hotel group announced that it has enlisted several local partners for its Lexington project, … Continue reading

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Lexmark acquires Claron Technology for $37 million

Lexmark has acquired Toronto-based software provider Claron Technology, Inc. for a cash purchase price of roughly $37 million. Claron specializes in software used for medical-image viewing, distribution, sharing and collaboration. The company’s image-viewing platform provides Web-based access to medical images … Continue reading

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Manufacturing jobs surge in post-recession Kentucky

While Kentucky’s job growth has lagged behind the national average since the bottom of the most recent recession, job growth in Lexington has exceeded the national average, according to an analysis of recent state and county-level employment data released by … Continue reading

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Lexington gears up for 2015 Breeders’ Cup

When autumn descends on central Kentucky next year, there will be a whole new level of excitement among residents and visitors alike. Not only will the Keeneland fall meet offer its usual horseracing thrills, but the Breeders’ Cup World Championships … Continue reading

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Solar facility planned by LG&E and KU gets state approval

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a request by Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company to construct what will be the state’s largest solar photovoltaic facility at E.W. Brown Generating Station in Mercer County. The 10-megawatt … Continue reading

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Mayor Gray names Mark Barnard as Lexington’s police chief

Mayor Jim Gray has named Mark Barnard to be Lexington’s next police chief. Barnard, who is currently assistant chief, has been on Lexington’s police force for 28 years, serving in a variety of roles within the division. “Public safety is … Continue reading

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Face to Face with Nathan Mick | Leveling the data field for small-town economic development

Nathan Mick doesn’t sound like the kind of man who sits still often. With a year-end itinerary that spans at least five states and a different continent, the vice president of business development and governmental relations for StateBook International is … Continue reading

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Bingham McCutchen acquired by Philadelphia-based firm Morgan Lewis

Less than two years after cutting the ribbon on its Global Services Center at Lexington’s Coldstream Research Campus, the law firm of Bingham McCutchen has been acquired by the Philadelphia-based firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Morgan Lewis announced the … Continue reading

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Popular Distillery District Venue Buster’s Shuttered

Buster’s Billards & Backroom, a Manchester Street bar and concert venue, has closed its doors, maybe for good. The popular midsize venue played host to a wide variety of local, regional and national acts over the past several years. “Finances … Continue reading

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UK HealthCare unveils new cardiovascular unit

UK HealthCare has completed its new 64-bed cardiovascular inpatient unit, one of the largest cardiovascular intensive care units in the nation, on the 8th floor of Albert B. Chandler Hospital’s Pavilion A. “This new unit doubles our capacity to treat … Continue reading

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Ag department calls for applications for 2015 industrial hemp pilot projects

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from Kentucky farmers and processors for 2015 industrial hemp pilot projects. Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said his department is looking to conduct a wide scope of projects next year. “The first round … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge Nears $1M Mark

Just three weeks in to the six-week campaign to benefit 155 area nonprofits, the GoodGiving Guide Challenge is almost half way to its 2014 goal of $2,000,000. The current total is just under $940,000. Organizers Smiley Pete Publishing and Blue … Continue reading

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Awesome Inc. gets $50,000 grant to boost tech startups

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, some early-stage Kentucky startup ventures will get a business boost through Awesome Inc. this year, in the form of office space, mentoring assistance, free legal help and additional … Continue reading

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Bluegrass start-ups created 272 jobs, raised $57 million last year, survey shows

Early-stage companies created 272 new full-time and part-time jobs in the Bluegrass region and raised more than $57 million in capital funds in the last fiscal year, according to a survey released by the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation … Continue reading

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Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale closes with continued momentum, records

Keeneland closed its November Breeding Stock Sale on Nov. 14 with a continuation of the momentum generated at the one-day Fasig-Tipton sale earlier in the month. Keeneland’s 11-day auction included broodmares and broodmare prospects, as well as a collection of … Continue reading

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Newk’s Eatery to open in Fayette Mall

Newk’s Eatery, a fast-casual restaurant serving gourmet pizza, salads and sandwiches, will open its second location in the Lexington market on Monday at Fayette Mall. The restaurant chain opened its first store in Lexington on Friday on Richmond Road, as … Continue reading

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LBAR home sales rise 6 percent in October

According to the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR), Lexington’s housing market is showing strong activity in its sales figures for October. LBAR reported a six percent increase in residential sales over October 2013, while the median sales price increased by … Continue reading

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Kynect launches open enrollment with 1,100 sign-ups in first weekend

Kentucky’s health benefit exchange, kynect, launched its second annual open-enrollment period on Saturday, with 1,183 renewals and new health-plan enrollments on the first weekend, according to statistics released by the governor’s office. More than 32,000 unique visitors logged onto the … Continue reading

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Booming Bourbon Industry Giving Agriculture Sector a Boost

Lexington, KY – It’s a great time to be in the bourbon business, according to a new economic impact study that shows the industry booming over the last two years, nearly doubling in workforce size. And you don’t have to … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge Looking to Turn More Bankers’ Dollars into $8 on Thursday

Lexington, KY – Last year the first Bankers’ Challenge associated with the GoodGiving Guide Challenge promised $.50 for each dollar given until the matching fund was exhausted, turning a $30,000 pool into $90,000. But something different happened, according to GoodGiving … Continue reading

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Indiana Tollway Bankruptcy Casts Doubt on Funding Northern Kentucky Bridge Replacement

The failure of an Indiana Tollway connecting the northern part of the Hoosier State with Chicago could hike up the costs to replace the Brent Spence Bridge connecting northern Kentucky with Cincinnati, according to an article in the Kentucky Enquirer.

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Shelton Announces Resignation as Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent

Lexington, KY – Tom Shelton has announced he will resign from the top spot of at Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) at year’s end to take a new job. According to a release from the school system, Shelton, who’s held … Continue reading

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Abramson to Take White House Post, Luallen Named Lt. Governor

Lexington, KY – Governor Steve Beshear announced this morning that effective Nov. 13, Lieutenant Governor and former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will leave Kentucky for a role in the White House as a special assistant to the President Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Gray Cruises to Re-election

Lexington, KY – Mayor Jim Gray easily avoided the first term downfall that had brought Lexington’s previous two mayors’ time in office to a close as he defeated former Lexington Division of Police Chief Anthany Beatty by more than 30 … Continue reading

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KU to Seek 9.6 Percent Rate Increase

Lexington, KY – Kentucky Utilities (KU) and its sister company Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) will seek permission from the Public Service Commission to raise $153 million to help pay for a new natural gas generator at its Cane … Continue reading

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Bullish Thoroughbred Market Sees Owners Hanging on to Top Mares

Lexington, KY – When the Fasig-Tipton November sale wrapped up on Monday evening, the buzz around the auction ring was almost as focused on the horses that didn’t change hands as the ones that did. Overall, the sale’s numbers were … Continue reading

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GoodGiving Guide Challenge Nears $300K Mark in Second Day

Lexington, KY – The fourth annual GoodGiving Guide Challenge was just shy of hitting the $300,000 mark a little more than 24 hours after its launch. The Challenge, a partnership of Business Lexington parent company Smiley Pete Publishing and the … Continue reading

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Local Artists Selected to Create Murals on and in New Euclid Ave. Kroger

Lexington, KY – LexArts and the Kroger Company have announced that Lexington artists John Lackey, Liz Swanson and Aaron and Jared Scales have been commissioned to create large scale mural art to adorn the new Euclid Avenue Kroger, which is … Continue reading

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Village Host Pizza to Close, Rebrand

Lexington, KY – Near its four-year mark in business, Village Host Pizza owner Evan Trommer has decided to close the Old Vine restaurant that has proven to be a popular lunch spot so he can reopen under a different brand … Continue reading

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Former UK President Joins Louisville Software Company

Lee T. Todd, Jr. former president of the University of Kentucky has joined Louisville software company FacilityOne according to Louisville’s Business First. Todd stayed on as a faculty member at UK after retiring as president in 2011, but has recently … Continue reading

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State Names First ‘Build-Ready’ Site

Robards, KY  – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined community leaders to announce that Henderson County is home to the first industrial site to be officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program. Build-Ready, launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development … Continue reading

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Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale Breaks Records

Lexington, KY – In perhaps another demonstration of the Thoroughbred bloodstock market’s resurgence, Fasig-Tipton achieved record figures for another year at its October Yearling Sale, which ran Oct. 20 – 22. The auction wrapped up with total sales of $30,006,200 … Continue reading

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