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Holiday closings

The following offices will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

  • City Hall
  • County offices
  • Frankfort Plant Board
  • Kentucky State University 
  • All courts
  • State offices
  • Health Department
  • Paul Sawyier Public Library
  • Peaks Mill Water District
  • Cooperative Extension
  • Franklin County Public Schools
  • Frankfort Independent Schools

Note: There will be limited city bus service. The Saturday route will run 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Demand Response Services will run 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 502-875-8565.

Fields running for City Commission

David Fields has filed to run for the Frankfort City Commission in 2014. 

Fields wrote in a statement Friday that, if elected, he would aim to increase economic development and would work closely with Franklin County officials on projects benefiting everyone. He also wants to increase city services without increasing taxes.

“Better jobs, better services, cooperation and improved roads and bridges,” Fields wrote. “Who can argue with that?”

He’s an elementary education major at Kentucky State University and is head coach of the Franklin County High School boys tennis team. 

Fields, 32, stated he would be one of the youngest commissioners ever. 

“But that’s not a bad thing,” he wrote. “(Current Commissioner) Katie Hedden was my age when she was elected to office and we all know what a fantastic job she is doing.” 

Fields wrote he would listen to residents and “not brush their opinions off like they don’t matter.” 

“The people deserve their say and that’s the only way this city can thrive,” he wrote. “It’s time to put Frankfort first and not let our personal opinions stand in the way of progress. ”

Adell Kemper running for Fiscal Court

Adell Kemper has filed to run for a seat on Franklin County Fiscal Court. 

Kemper will be challenging Michael Turner and Marshall T. Flynn for the First Magisterial District in the May 2014 Democratic Primary. A release from Kemper states she is running because Magistrate Jill Robinson, who has represented the First District for nearly 20 years, has decided not to seek re-election. 

Kemper has a political science degree and is retired from state government, where she worked a majority of the time for the Legislature. 

“Her experience and education gives her firsthand knowledge of the ins and outs of the political arena,” the release states, adding that she plans to work closely with her fellow magistrates and the judge-executive to promote and develop the county. 

Kemper is president of Altrusa of Frankfort, which her release states is the city’s oldest non-profit organization. She’s also a board member and volunteer at ACCESS Soup Kitchen and Men’s Shelter and an active member of First Baptist Church on St. Clair St. 

In addition, she’s a volleyball official who works high school and college matches and USA Tournaments across the nation.

Residents can become members of and follow Kemper’s campaign at www.facebook.com/adell.kemper.9.

Editor’s Note: The State Journal publishes news briefs from press releases submitted by candidates who have filed for office.

Snow days to be made up soon

Snow days can mean a fun and unexpected break for school kids — until the time comes to make them up.

Franklin County Public Schools students will make up the first of four snow days Tuesday, a day that was originally scheduled as a professional development day for teachers.

Snow days will also be made up Feb. 14 and April 25. Friday’s snow day — the fourth for the school district — will be tacked onto the end of the school year. The last day for students, originally scheduled for Friday, May 23, will now be Tuesday, May 27.

“Hopefully we won’t get anymore,” Superintendent Chrissy Jones said. “Six more weeks we should be out of this — I’m hoping and praying.”

Frankfort Independent Schools Superintendent Rich Crowe said his district’s three unexpected days off — two of which were necessary because of burst pipes at Second Street School after recent cold weather — will be made up in the coming weeks.

An early-release day scheduled for Feb. 20 will now be a full school day, and school will be in session for two days of spring break, March 17 and 18.

Art, essay contest celebrating Governor’s Mansion centennial

Kentucky public, private and home school students are invited to enter the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest. 

First-place winners in each age group will receive a $100 prize, join the first lady for lunch at the mansion and have their work publicly displayed at there. 

Prize-winning entries will become sole property of the mansion as part of its permanent collection. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. March 14.

Students in grades K-12 may use any medium to create art reflecting one of the contest’s themes. 

They must submit digital images of their work. Students in grades 4-12 may choose one of three writing prompts for the essay contest.  

Complete contest information, rules, judging criteria and an official entry form are available online at governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/contest/Pages/default.aspx.

The contest is sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee and the state Department of Education. 

All centennial events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to the nonprofit Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation. 

Heating assistance available

Cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm.

Blue Grass Community Action Partnership begin offering help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Jan. 13. The program operates on a first come, first serve basis until March 31 or until federal funds are exhausted.  

Last year, more than 511 Franklin County residents received financial assistance and emergency services from the program.

For information about eligibility criteria and an application, contact Blue Grass Community Action Partnership at 502-695-5615 or visit 73 C. Michael Davenport Blvd. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. 

The program is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Parkinson’s Support Group to meet

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday at Thorn Hill Education Center, 700 Leslie Ave.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with snacks and a discussion will begin at 6 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring any information about Parkinson’s disease that they would like to share. Organizers hope to share a DVD from a symposium last year.

The support group is open to anyone with Parkinson’s disease, their partners, caregivers, family and friends. For more information, contact Lane Lewis at 502-319-3921 or 502-223-0866.

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