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Lexington doctor accused of showing up to perform surgery while intoxicated

Plastic surgeon Theodore Gerstle, of Lexington Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, got to Baptist Health Lexington around noon to perform a surgery, but it was reported to hospital staff that he was intoxicated, hospital spokesman Ruth Ann Childers said. Per policy, the chief medical officer went to speak with Gerstle, who then walked from the facility. Hospital staff then called police to report what happened.

Fayette County

Song, prayer set the stage for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

A mass choir featuring members from Lexington-area churches sang “Total Praise” during a community worship celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sunday evening at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), on Short Street in Lexington. The assembly also heard from The Rev. William Lee, recently retired after 39 years of ministry at Loudon Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Roanoke, Va.

Fayette County

Lexington schools dismiss early to avoid winter storm

Time-lapse footage from Maxwell Elementary shows the flurry of activity that happens when schools close early over weather concerns. Fayette County's 54 schools, three technical schools and 10 other academic programs dismissed two hours early Friday while many students in surrounding districts got the entire day off. Meteorologists initially called for anywhere from 1 to 8 inches of snow, depending on location and temperatures. Freezing rain also was possible.