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Veteran public defender and current public advocate Ed Monahan, 61, has been reappointed by Gov. Steve Beshear for a four-year term.

Monahan has led the statewide public defender program since 2008, and his reappointment came after a unanimous recommendation by the Public Advocacy Commission, the Department of Public Advocacy’s governing board.

Jerry Cox, a Mt. Vernon criminal defense lawyer and chair of the commission, praised Monahan’s work in his first term.

“We are fortunate that Ed is willing to lead this effort over the next four years,” Cox said in a statement.

Monahan also chairs the American Council of Chief Defenders and is a member of the American Bar Association Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, according to a press release.


East Main Street at the Kentucky Military History Museum will be reduced to one lane starting Monday as crews remove a concrete retaining wall.

The lane and sidewalk will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. during construction, which is expected to be complete within 60 days depending on weather, according to a press release from the Kentucky Historical Society.

Removing the retaining wall is part of a $2 million renovation at the museum, which is the former State Arsenal. The project is expected to be complete by 2013, the release says.


Envision Franklin County will hold its monthly meeting 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Paul Sawyier Public Library.


Carman, a contemporary Christian singer and evangelist who has been nominated for a Grammy and sold over 10 million records, will be performing at Grace Fellowship Church, 122 E. Broadway at 6 p.m. Sept. 29.

Carman is expanding a U.S. tour to include small cities in order to connect with people who can’t attend concerts in larger venues, according to a press release.

Admission to the concert is $20 for ages 10 and up, and a love offering will be collected.

For more information, call 875-7886. For tour dates, visit


Kentucky State University will host the annual homecoming parade Oct. 13. This year’s theme is the same as last year, “Uniting Generations, Securing Futures.”

The Homecoming Committee invites organizations to participate in the parade, which starts at 9:15 a.m. in the State Office Building parking lot on the corner of Clinton and High streets.

Parade units should be in the parking lot by 8 a.m. Participants should see a member of the parade committee upon arrival to be placed in the lineup.

The deadline for entry forms has been extended to Oct. 1. Organizations that do not pre-register will not be permitted to participate in the parade.

For more information, contact Annette Bruce at (502) 597-5948 or Kim Jones at (502) 597-5792 or Ron Banks at (502) 597-5998.


A “Spiritual Love Celebration” meeting will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Monday in the Roy A. Chappell Community Center on the Kentucky State University campus. This is a free, non-profit event.

The celebration, sponsored by the KSU Student Government Association and Sisters Unite, is set for Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 2 p.m. Any woman who would like to attend should contact Dana at (502) 234-3383 for details.


A Girl Scout parent information meeting will be held Thursday, 6 p.m. at Highland Christian Church, 265 Versailles Rd., at Lyons Drive.

For more information, contact Lynise Jackson at (800) 475-2621, ext. 214 or


Frankfort Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites presents Nature Programs in the Parks, a series of outdoor events.

Visit or call 502-227-4326 or 502-875-8575, or email for more information about this series or any nature programs.

All programs listed below take place at Fort Hill Park, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming dates are:

>A Full Moon Night Hike, 8-9:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

>Get Ready for Camping, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 9

>Campfire and Singing, 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11

>A Tree Scavenger Hunt and Leaf Printing, 2-3:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Cove Spring Park

>An Indian Soft Walk, 1-2:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3

>Native American Thanksgiving, 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 21

>Feed the Birds and Discover Secrets, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18

>Who’s Been Here? Tracks and Animal Signs, 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20


The Franklin County Community Council will meet in the community room on the first floor of the Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., at noon Monday.

The speaker will be Mike Rosenstein, director of the Thorn Hill Learning Center. The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch if desired. 

For more information, contact Paula Rutledge at 223-1795 or Terri Spellman at 875-8420.


Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church, 127 Greenhill Ave., will celebrate the 121st anniversary of its founding during today’s service.

Pastor Rodney Bennett, of Mayslick Baptist Church, will speak at the 11 a.m. service and Pastor Donald Townsend, of Polk Memorial Baptist Church, will speak at 3 p.m. Former members and friends are invited.


St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1800 Louisville Road, continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding with the Bishop Lindsey Davis speaking at the 11 a.m. worship service today. A reception will follow the service.

Then the community is invited to join in the culmination of the 50-year anniversary celebration Sept. 29-30.

On the 29th, there will be games for all ages, inflatable bouncers for children, face painting and music. A barbeque dinner will be served at 4 p.m. followed by live gospel music from The Polston Family from 5-7 p.m.

On the 30th, fellowship will begin at 9 a.m. for reunion time. A special worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m., led by Frankfort District Superintendent Rev. Jean Hawxhurst, with a reception to follow.


The Unitarian-Universalist Community of Frankfort will offer a 12-session study series on the origins of the New Testament beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at 859 E. Main St., suite H. Successive sessions will be held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

The public is invited and there is no charge for the DVD series, which is presented by Bart D. Ehrman, professor of religious studies at the University or North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The series will approach the New Testament from a historical perspective, looking at issues of belief and the inclusion or rejection of various elements of the document.

For more information, call John Seybold at 695-7438.

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