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Friday, April 18th, 2014

Abused and neglected children need you as their advocate

Last year, the best interests of 171 abused and neglected children in the Fayette County Family Court was overseen by 60 volunteers with the Court Appointed Special Advocate of Lexington program. With a strong advocate on their side, many of those children were able to leave foster care sooner and find a stable home where […]

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Our intolerance of terrorism should extend to crime as well

The screams, the blank stares and the chaos were played over and over again last year as TV cameras allowed us to witness the results of hatred. According to police reports, two young brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, fashioned two pressure-cooker bombs and placed them near the finish line where Boston Marathon runners would cross […]

Friday, April 11th, 2014

An advocate for the poor, Jack Burch will be missed

Jack Burch, the former head of the Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas counties for 34 years, died Wednesday of lung cancer. He was 68. “This is a very sad day,” said Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and former superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools. “Jack […]

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Fair Housing Council celebrates 20 years, but its work still continues

A landlord in Calloway County refused to allow a woman to apply for his rental property because he learned she had a domestic violence protection order against another individual. The landlord said the situation would bring danger to his neighborhood. His refusal was a violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and the U.S. Fair […]

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Multiple forums offer chances to get to know candidates

It is always amazing to me that as few as one-fourth of Kentucky’s eligible voters cast ballots in some elections. As much grumbling as I’ve heard and as much Facebook ­complaining as I’ve seen about our elected officials, it would seem voters would roll out in greater numbers. Instead, we get a paltry number like […]

Friday, April 4th, 2014

April is the month to ‘Commit to Prevent’ child abuse

Once, when I was a single mother, I dressed my 16-month-old daughter in the prettiest outfit she owned and sat her on the couch while I finished dressing. It was our normal routine. When I returned to the living room, my normally obedient child had demonstrated her artistic abilities by smearing Royal Crown hair dressing […]

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Nathaniel Mission gets new address, new goals

Things are changing in Davis Bottom, but one thing remains constant: the Nathaniel United Methodist Mission, which has served the needy and overshadowed residents of that neighborhood since the 1930s, will adapt. As of today, most of the mission’s keepsakes and worldly goods will be boxed and moved from its DeRoode Street location to 1109 […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Moveable Feast among charities that could lose city funding

There is good and bad news coming from Moveable Feast Lexington headquarters. The good news is that the agency has contracted with the Kentucky Department of Health, HIV branch, to offer private in-home counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS. Executive Director Terry Mullins said his agency is one of the first in Kentucky to offer the […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters getting back in stride

When Alan Stein walked into the offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass two-and-a-half years ago, the non-profit’s few remaining employees were preparing to pack their personal items and leave. “Mike Scanlon called me and said I need your help,” Stein recalled. “Big Brothers and Big Sisters is in big trouble.” Stein, president […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

One-time deposit for housing a good step forward

Giving credit where it is due, I want to join the chorus of folks who are giving kudos to Mayor Jim Gray for taking a big step toward bringing affordable housing in Lexington closer to reality. Tuesday, Gray proposed divvying up an expected $13 million surplus so that $3.5 million could be used as a […]