Transylvania ranks among nation’s best liberal arts colleges for academics, value
[September 12, 2017] - U.S. News & World Report once again ranked Transylvania University among the nation’s top-100 liberal arts colleges for both academics and value. Released today, the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings included Transylvania in its top National Liberal Arts Colleges and Best Value Schools categories. These are two of several recent rankings that highlight the quality and value of a Transylvania education.
Midway University Announces Record Undergraduate & Graduate Enrollments
[September 11, 2017] - Midway University's fall enrollment figures are in. The overall headcount is 1,217 across all student populations and includes record enrollments in both traditional undergraduate and graduate student segments. For fall 2017, the University's incoming freshman class totals 204 new students, with total undergraduate enrollment at 482 (compared to 432 last fall), which is the highest traditional undergraduate enrollment in recent history.
RCHF donates $50,000 to local non-profits
[August 22, 2017] - The Realtor-Community Housing Foundation (RCHF) has donated $50,000 to local non-profits in the Bluegrass community. Lexington Habitat for Humanity received a $25,000 donation. $20,000 of the donation is for continued support of their Love Your Neighborhood program which focuses on revitalization in low-income neighborhoods through owner-occupied home repairs. The other $5,000 is for the Hands and Hearts homebuyer project specifically for support of the Women Build component. REACH, Inc. received a $25,000 donation for emergency repairs for existing homes for low to moderate income families, disabled or elderly homeowners in the 22-county jurisdiction of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR). Allowed repairs for this program are considered to be immediate repairs to essential systems of the house that enables the homeowner to continue to reside in the home. Both organizations align with the Realtor-Community Housing Foundation’s goal to empower families and strengthen neighborhoods by assisting homeowners in need to be able to stay in their homes.
New SpineScreen app helps parents detect signs of scoliosis in kids
[August 15, 2017] - Parents can now check their child’s spine for possible signs of scoliosis with the new app SpineScreen developed by Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, SpineScreen detects curves when the phone is moved along a child’s back, giving parents a quick, informal way to regularly monitor their child’s spine. Shriners Hospitals created the app as part of a broader initiative to highlight the importance of regular screenings and to educate parents on signs of scoliosis and treatment options.
Al Torstrick Insurance Agency, Inc. Awarded $5,000 for Arbor Youth Services, Inc. Through Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award
[August 2, 2017] - Al Torstrick Insurance Agency has earned a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The award includes $5,000 to use towards its community work with Arbor Youth Services, which is committed to providing safe alternatives for at-risk children, youth and their families through services and referrals that promote positive growth and development.
Powell Valley Millwork Begins Construction on Clay City Facility
[May 15, 2017] - Powell Valley Millwork recently began construction on a new building at their manufacturing facility located in Clay City, Kentucky. "We are eager to have this new building completed. Our market share is growing and we need more space to store work-in-process inventory," said Michael Thornberry, one of the owners of the company. "The new space will be just shy of 22,000 square feet and is adjoining two existing buildings which will allow us to process our material in a much more organized and efficient way. The addition will bring us to nearly 150,000 square feet under roof." A wholesale manufacturer producing mouldings and millwork using the hardwood species Poplar, Powell Valley supplies customers across North America in truckload quantities. In addition to the new building construction, Powell Valley has also acquired several pieces of equipment in recent months. "Increased volume and new programs require additional capabilities and procedures which means machinery and new technology," said Thornberry. "We are excited. There are more opportunities in front of us and we have the right components to succeed."
Midway University Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty at Honors Night Ceremony
[May 9, 2017] - In its annual Joy Edwards Hembree Honors Program on April 27, Midway University recognized several students, faculty members and campus organizations for their outstanding achievements in the classroom and extra-curricular activities. The event is named for the late Joy Edwards Hembree, a long-time Midway University Trustee who advocated for women and children. "The annual Honors event is an important reminder of our purpose and a celebration of our students' academic and social achievements," said Dr. Mary Elizabeth Stivers, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Midway University.
LexArts Announces University Open 2017
[May 4, 2017] - LexArts is pleased to announce the 2017 University Open. Now in its eleventh year, University Open is a juried competition and exhibition between fine arts majors attending Kentucky colleges and universities. The exhibit will be on display at ArtsPlace Gallery May 18 - July 1. LexArts will host a special opening reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30 -7PM. "University Open provides an exceptional opportunity for Kentucky's emerging artists to be critically judged amongst their regional peers," said Nan Plummer, President & CEO of LexArts. "It is exciting to see the wealth of talent that exists in this next generation of Kentucky artists." Students compete to be featured in the exhibit and for cash prizes. The Best of Show winner will be awarded $300, Second Prize is $200 and Third Prize is $100. Exhibiting artists and university representatives, along with the general public, are invited to the awards ceremony where they will also have the opportunity to meet the guest curator. LexArts is pleased to welcome Matt Collinsworth as this year's guest juror. Collinsworth grew up on White Oak Creek in Magoffin County, Kentucky, and now serves as the Director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead.
NAI Isaac Negotiates Sale of Three Lexington Condo Spaces
[April 21, 2017] - NAI Isaac Commercial Properties recently negotiated the sale of three suites totaling 3,000 SF located at 437 Lewis Hargett in Lexington. Al Isaac, President and Jamie Adams, CCIM, LEED AP, Senior Associate with NAI Isaac represented the Seller. NAI Isaac Commercial Properties is a Lexington, Kentucky-based firm specializing in the leasing, sale and management of commercial real estate in Central Kentucky. NAI Isaac features a staff of experienced professionals specializing in the property management, leasing, acquisition or disposition of office, retail, and industrial properties as well as development and investment opportunities.
CKRH Horse Named 2017 Horse of the Year
[April 7, 2017] - The herd of 29 horses at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, the facility at the Kentucky Horse Park that offers equine-assisted therapies and activities, is celebrating because one of their own received a national award. Chico, a 24-year-old Morgan cross, has been named the 2017 Horse of the Year by the American Hippotherapy Association in Fort Collins, Colorado. Chico was nominated by Lisa Harris, a licensed physical therapist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington. CKRH partners with the Cardinal Hill to allow physical, occupational and speech therapists to use hippotherapy as a treatment strategy in the plan of care for their patients. A therapy horse since 2000, Chico is one of the most seasoned and popular horses at CKRH. The bay gelding is a dependable asset for working with children and adults with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs. Chico provides excellent rhythm in his walk, which makes him well suited for hippotherapy. Rhythmic movement is key for a therapy horse because rhythm impacts many human functions including walking, speech, respiration, digestion and sleep.
Gray Construction Acquires Spencer Bristol Engineering
[April 3, 2017] - Nationally ranked design-build firm Gray Construction announced its acquisition of Spencer Bristol Engineering, a consulting design engineering firm based in Norcross, Ga. The similar values of the companies brought them together to complement each other’s business interests. Spencer Bristol Engineering will continue its work in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and process piping design engineering under the capable leadership of principals Morley Spencer and Doug Bristol. “Joining forces with Gray is simply a great opportunity that will provide us with more tools to better serve our customers and team members,” added Doug Bristol, principal of electrical engineering at Spencer Bristol. Spencer Bristol Engineering brings more than twenty years’ experience with customers such as Delta Air Lines, Pratt & Whitney, CSX, Lockheed Martin and the Georgia Board of Regents. The company is passionate about being customer-focused, not project-focused, already abiding by Gray’s second core value: We are customer and relationship-driven.
19th Hole at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Completes Makeover
[April 3, 2017] - Completing the final stage of a multiyear golf course improvement project, The 19th Hole at Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa is now open following a major makeover of the pre-existing golf lounge space. Guests will find a refreshed and modernized atmosphere with updated furnishings, new bar and the addition of an outdoor patio. “We are excited to bring an updated style to guests for socializing and relaxing before or after a round of golf or as another dining option for resort guests,” says Colin Gooch, PGA, Director of Golf. “The 19th Hole is more exciting and energetic than it was before, and the addition of outdoor seating adds to the new vibe.” The $200,000 remodel features new decor throughout the club, golf shop, and locker rooms including new furniture, carpet, and flooring. The golf shop has been brightened with new energy efficient lighting. Additionally, new carpet and wallpaper have been installed throughout the entire golf shop and The 19th Hole. Golfers will also enjoy new tables and chairs for the guest seating area inside or outside, and refreshed locker rooms. Open to the public as well as resort guests, The 19th Hole bar and grill serves casual fare and beverages. A spring menu is now available featuring local Kentucky fare. A new back bar design provides added functionality for service efficiency. Sports enthusiasts will find a prime spot for watching their favorite competitions. The updated entertainment technology brings several large screen TVs and surround sound to The 19th Hole enhancing the viewing experience of all kinds of sporting events.
SDGBlue, LLC Joins Crowe Horwath
[March 30, 2017] - Crowe will welcome the personnel and resources of SDGblue, LLC. Crowe is a public accounting, consulting and technology firm with a global risk consulting practice and offices around the world. Founded in 1991, SDGblue provides cybersecurity services and solutions to clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Its client base includes healthcare, finance, insurance, government, retail, manufacturing, utilities and publicly traded clients, among others. The Lexington, Kentucky, company has 35 professionals and has twice been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies with a three-year sales growth rate of 93 percent. Founder and CEO C. Glen Combs will join Crowe as a principal. Financial terms were not disclosed. “Cybersecurity risks are evolving rapidly, and our clients have been seeking our insight to position them to best manage those risks,” said Steve Strammello, leader of the Crowe Risk Consulting practice. “The SDGblue team is deeply specialized in cybersecurity risk management and will be of lasting value to our clients. I am also excited to welcome such a strong team that so closely shares the same values as Crowe.”
“By tapping into Crowe’s significant resources, we’ll be able to offer our clients a broader range of products, services and solutions,” said Combs. “We’re looking forward to joining Crowe, as it will also provide numerous opportunities for our people.”
ExecuTrain of Kentucky Going Green to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
[March 30, 2017] - In the first 2 months of 2017, page consumption for printed manuals was 19,434 sheets of paper; over the course of a year that would be approximately 116,604 sheets of paper. That’s the equivalent of 14 trees! Due to this staggering statistic, ExecuTrain of Kentucky is going green by reducing the amount of manuals printed. To kick off the initiative, a tree was planted at the ExecuTrain of Kentucky Lexington office in Lexington Green. Owners Ken and Crinda Francke (pictured to the right) participated in the planting. “It makes business sense to go green to help the environment and keep up with the changing needs of our clients,” says Crinda Francke, President & CEO of ExecuTrain of Kentucky. An in-house set of class manuals will be utilized during class with e-manuals available for purchase by request. This new initiative will begin April 1st.
NAI Isaac Releases Lexington CRE 2016 Year-End Market Report
[March 14, 2017] - The Lexington Kentucky commercial real estate market remained active during 2016 with notable vacancy decreases in Suburban and Central Business District (CBD) office sectors and vacancy increases in Retail and Industrial sectors. Suburban Office experienced the largest vacancy decrease with a decline of 23.4%, resulting in a vacancy rate of 10.51%. The CBD Office category experienced a 10% vacancy rate decrease, a positive indication for the downtown Lexington area. Leasing activity and market rental rates for all commercial sectors have remained steady throughout 2016. This report surveys Class A & B properties that are 10,000 square feet and larger. NAI Isaac compiled and analyzed data on approximately 528 commercial properties representing over 32 million square feet of office, retail and industrial premises. VIEW THE REPORT HERE
Midway Receives Funding from Toyota Mentoring Program
[March 2, 2017] - In late January, Midway University received a $15,670 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky (TMMK) to support its Providing Academic Transitions to Higher Education (PATH) Mentoring program. This is the third consecutive year that Midway has received the grant, bringing Toyota's total investment in the program to over $47,000. PATH mentors, all current Midway University students, assist underrepresented high school students (mentees) toward completion of post-secondary education. Implemented in 2012, the program has grown and now provides 42 student mentors to serve 110 mentees from Leestown Middle School, Dunbar High School, Woodford County Middle School and Woodford County High School.
Transylvania Launches Summer Academic Program for H.S. Students
[February 23, 2017] - Beginning this summer, Transylvania University will offer area high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their college careers in its new Summer Academic Program.Rising high school juniors and seniors can take courses on campus, taught by Transy faculty, that can earn them college credit and potentially count toward their high school curriculum requirements. They will learn alongside current and entering Transylvania students and will get all the benefits of being a Pioneer, including personal attention from professors and access to the library and its resources.
Students will pay approximately half the price of standard tuition rates, and those fees can be earned back in the form of a scholarship to Transylvania.
Remedy Intelligent Staffing Wins 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Award
[February 17, 2017] - Remedy Intelligent Staffing recently won Inavero's Best of Staffing Talent Award for providing superior service to job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs. On average, talent of winning agencies are 3.6 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the service provided compared to those placed by non-winning agencies. Award winners make up less than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence. “When a job-seeker works with one of our Remedy Intelligent Staffing Franchise Owners they get the benefit of the local knowledge and expertise of an independent business owner coupled with the strength of the national parent company. This award confirms what we’ve known for a long time that, when you want a high quality service, go to a franchised business” commented Steve Mills, President of Remedy Intelligent Staffing. "Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America," said Inavero's CEO Eric Gregg. "The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I'm proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com."
Tourism in Lexington Builds on Record Year
[February 8, 2017] - Following a record year in 2015 as a result of hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, Lexington still managed to increase room revenue and tax revenue in 2016. Total room revenue topped $182 million and total tax revenue collected rose to $12.5 million for the year. “Lexington continues to gain momentum as the destination for convention and leisure travel,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “Throughout the previous year, our sales team has worked diligently to discover new meetings and conventions to bring to Lexington. Of the 416 leads we distributed, 65 percent represent brand new lead opportunities.” Local pride and homegrown innovation continue to reshape and evolve Lexington's dining, bourbon and craft beer scenes, inspiring more visitors and garnering attention from national publications. Two initiatives were launched to increase the local impact of tourism. VisitLEX and Bluegrass Farm to Table added a new designation for the Beyond Grits dining guide to highlight restaurants that source food products directly from Kentucky farms. In all, 24 restaurants spent $890,539 in local farm spending in 2016.
FCPS Science & Technology Students Can Earn Legends Tickets
[February 7, 2017] - The Lexington Legends are stepping into the fields of science and technology through a new educational program. The Legends are working with the Instructional Technology Department of Fayette County Public Schools to provide an incentive for students in the Kentucky Department of Education’s Science and Technology Leadership Program (STLP) to participate in academic activities related to those studies. As students complete four key activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), their progress will be recorded on punch cards that will be distributed to students by STLP coordinators. The activities are listed under the four “C’s” of STEM: Critical thinking - Students must complete an hour of coding. Creativity - Students must create some type of innovative project using technology. Collaboration - Students must attend an STLP meeting or STEM Fair. Communication - Students must teach someone else something they have learned, either one-on-one or through a class presentation. When the completion of all four activities is recorded on their card, students may redeem the card at the Legends box office for two tickets to a home game.
CoreLife Eatery to Open in Lexington, Kentucky
[February 7, 2017] - After last month’s announcement that CoreLife Eatery signed a deal with restaurateur Joyce Lunsford to open as many as 51 restaurants in Michigan and Indiana, CoreLife Eatery has announced that the brand will open its doors in at least three new markets. Lexington, Kentucky as well as Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio will be the newest homes for CoreLife Eatery. The company recently announced that they will be expanding their footprint, bringing a good tasting and affordable healthy eating alternative to communities around the country. As part of that commitment, the executive team at CoreLife Eatery is pleased to announce that the active lifestyle restaurant will once again be expanding into at least three new cities with the announcement of its 18- restaurant deal with Jacqueline Mansfield of Miami, Florida. Mansfield will turn her focus to The Summit at Fritz Farm, the East Coast’s newest premier retail facility for 2017 located in Lexington, Kentucky. CoreLife Eatery will open its doors there at the end of July and will represent the most prime real estate location that a CoreLife Eatery is located to date. In November, CoreLife Eatery will open in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton, in front of the new Costco.
Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass Receives National Award
[February 6, 2017] - Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest honors: the Five-Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand. Recipients must demonstrate growth in student impact and superior fiscal performance. Achievement against these criteria is certified through JA USA and audited financial statements. As an organization, Junior Achievement understands that its effectiveness depends on how well JA Areas deliver the organization’s financial literacy, work-readiness, and entrepreneurship programs in local communities.
Hospice of the Bluegrass Changes Name to Bluegrass Navigators
[February 1, 2017] - Hospice of the Bluegrass is now Bluegrass Care Navigators, the company announced today. “Our organization was founded as Community Hospice of Lexington in 1978,” said Liz Fowler, CEO. “As we expanded our service regions to other parts of the state, we changed our name to Hospice of the Bluegrass in 1986,” Fowler added. “And that name has served us well, until now. Our company has grown to provide a wide range of services in addition to hospice care, including private nursing, case management, palliative care and grief care.” The Lexington-based nonprofit, which provides services throughout Kentucky, chose the name Bluegrass Care Navigators because it now guides and provides care to more people in more ways. “Care Navigators’ puts us in a role of being knowledgeable and helpful professionals,” explained Fowler. “When a patient or family member needs care, support and guidance for any serious illness, they don’t have to figure out which of our services is most appropriate. We can provide the information, assessment and resources to connect patients to the right care at the right time.” The company’s service line names will include Bluegrass Extra Care, Bluegrass Transitional Care, Bluegrass Palliative Care, Bluegrass Hospice Care and Bluegrass Grief Care.