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Roads closed for Christmas parade

The following downtown streets will be closed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for the Christmas parade:

  • High Street
  • Mero Street (from High to Ann)
  • Ann Street
  • Broadway (from High to Washington)
  • Washington Street (from Broadway to Main)
  • Main Street (from Main to High)

Streets will reopen at approximately 11:30 a.m. or as soon as the parade ends.

Longtime bus driver running for Fifth District magistrate

Vicky J. Parker, who said she retired a year ago after 25 years driving a school bus for Franklin County Public Schools, has filed to run for Fifth District county magistrate in the May Democratic primary. 

Parker would face incumbent Magistrate Huston Wells if he decides to run for re-election. Wells, also a Democrat, has said he is strongly considering running for judge-executive. 

Parker, who now works part-time in Buffalo Trace Distillery’s visitors’ center, said she has nothing but respect for Wells, and said she can’t say he’s done a bad job on Fiscal Court. She said she just wants to offer residents a choice when it comes time to vote. 

“I will work hard for my district,” Parker said, adding she cares about how her tax dollars are spent. 

PlanGraphics building likely stays unsold

The PlanGraphics building fetched a $350,000 bid at auction Thursday, but auctioneer Don Erler said that amount is likely too low to sell it.

The structure — which sports the recognizable clock tower at the downtown end of the Capital Avenue bridge — had a $200,000 minimum bid, but also an undisclosed price that bidders had to reach to walk away with it.

“They’re not going to sell it at that price,” Erler said of the owners, noting that a $350,000 bid would fetch less than $20 per square foot for the 20,000-square-foot structure. 

Larry Shapin — part of Capital View Development LLC, which owns the building — said owners bought the building for $2.8 million around the time it was finished in 1996.

Tom Mueller, of Louisville, another member of Capital View Development, gave the $350,000 bid in an attempt to the buy out the other owners. He said there would have to be a vote among the owners to sell at that price. 

“I just hope most of them are tired of it,” he said after the auction. 

Erler said he’d speak with the owners about the bid and provide The State Journal with their decision later, but added he got a counter offer right after the auction to buy the property.

John C. Antenucci, PlanGraphics’ founder, wrote in an email that the sale would likely not impact the company’s operations. Erler said the technology company is seeking to continue renting a portion of the building from the new owner. 

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