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Frankfort Regional Medical Center is hosting a community chili cook-off Oct. 6 at the hospital as a fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Pink Connection, an organization that provides support for breast cancer patients by reducing and eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment. Tickets will be sold for $1 each to sample individual chili, or $5 for six tickets.

The chili cook-off is being held in conjunction with the hospital’s Pink Poker Motorcycle Run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The hospital is still looking for individuals or organizations to enter chili into the competition. There is no entry fee for the competition. To enter the competition or get more information, call 502-226-7500 or visit

Stosberg appoints campaign strategists

Republican nominee Don Stosberg has appointed a campaign committee to advise him on strategy and issues in his race for state representative in the 57th district of Kentucky, which includes 37 precincts in Franklin County. Members of the committee include John Antenucci, Larry Epley, Judi Penrod, Ron Cicerello, George Fowler, Ida Palmer-Ball and Mike Grugin.


Happy Jack’s Farm is hosting its first Great Pumpkin Festival Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Kids can choose their pumpkins from the Happy Jack harvest, feed goats or get their faces painted. Admission is free

Take a run at the farm in the Pumpkin Patch Run during the festival. Register in advance at Cool Comfort Shoes in Frankfort or enter the day of the race at the farm. A donation of $10 to the Leukemia Society is requested. A donation of $20 or more nets a race T-shirt.

Chef Ouita Michel, of Holly Hill Inn in Midway, will introduce her Taco Loco cart. Nat Henton, of Woodford County, will prepare prawns from his Big Shrimpin’ harvest for a shrimp boil lunch. For $15, Nat will serve up enough shrimp and vegetables for two. Kid-friendly food will be available, as well as pumpkin treats like beignets and cookies by The Midway School Bakery in Midway.

Happy Jack’s Farm is located at 966 Hickman Road. Call 859-695-7518 for more information.


On Thursday, Hospice of the Bluegrass will conduct a group for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The group meets from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Hospice Community Building, 643 Teton Trail. Contact Peggy Williams for more information at 502-223-1744 or 800-926-1302.


State Journal Staff Report

Kentucky State University has received $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen academics and management.

KSU is one of 97 historically black colleges and universities to receive one of the grants last week, which total $227.9 million.

Spokeswoman Felicia Lewis said the university would use the grant money to improve the delivery of student services for degree completion, enhance student development, promote fiscal stability and improve institutional management.

“HBCUs have made enduring, even staggering contributions to American life despite the steep financial challenges many have faced,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release.

“The grants will help these important institutions continue to provide their students with the quality education they need to compete in the global economy.”

The five-year grants will go toward curriculum reform; counseling and student service programs; establishing teacher education programs; buying property for construction, renovations or additions; and funding faculty and staff development.

Funds may also be used to buy, rent or lease scientific or laboratory equipment and the development of academic instruction in disciplines in which African Americans are underrepresented.

The grants range from $250,000 to $6.6 million.


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

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  • The ‘sad’ part is that Kentucky State’s graduation and retention rates ARE terrible. No amount of money from grants will lessen the empire building, uncaring, hostile administration that is in charge now. KSU graduates and employees are not willing to accept such low numbers, even when they are compared to others. 1713, the article was about KSU, not WKU. 1530 was commenting only on KSU. If WKU numbers are not favorable, just state that – do not imply that because KSU’s numbers are a smidgen better in one area (according to you) that KSU should be satisfied. KSU should and must strive to have better results. It is a disgrace at KSU that remedial classes are growing, buildings are in disrepair and the president has been given a $250,000 bonus by the regents. IT IS SAD! KSU, whether the rest of Kentucky knows it or not, wants to excel, not just be a little better than our counterparts. It is impossible to excel when self-serving administrators are put in charge. (Governor Beshear, CPE and KSU Board of Regents – how can we get this administration OUT?) The main administration building’s elevators do not go to all floors. If someone is in a wheelchair, or on crutches, comes to the first floor Visiting Center, then decides to go to the other floors, they must go outside, go around the building and enter the third floor. If Sias and her administration are going to use the funds for “renovations or additions” I hope someone will address this appalling insult to those who are physically challenged. The dorms are crumbling and the health center is leaking, but a massive archway at the entrance was constructed – why? Too many monuments to the president and very little given to the needs of the university and the taxpayers of Kentucky.

  • 1530, your post is a "sad indictment" of KSU, for sure. KSU's graduation rate for 2004-2010 was 25%, which compares favorably with the other non-major state universities, like for instance, Western KY University at 21%. Considering that a much higher percentage of KSU's students are minorities who come from economically disadvantaged homes, is it such a "sad indictment" that its graduation rate is better than other state universities like WKU? What are you really trying to say? Maybe you should get your facts straight before making your sad indictments.

  • Finally, it is about time that someone decided to help the Historical Black Colleges and Universities improve graduation and retention rates. It is a "sad" indictment how many students attend Kentucky State University and never graduate. I just have to question whether unsatisfactory academic progress is due to incompetent professors, or is it all about earning the paycheck? Our family has a history of maintaining academic achievement at Kentucky State University (formerly KSC), some of my family who have passed away. In an environment that is conducive to learning, many underlying factors can attribute to academic failure. Just throwing thos students out who were not successful is consistent with the "band-aid syndrome", when in reality if the students have a system that "reaches out" to make a difference, success not failure would be the norm. Judith La Rone Perkins, Jeffersontown, KY. 40299