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Deaton seeks seat as Third District magistrate 

Fred Deaton, who retired in September from the Frankfort Police Department after 34 years there, is running for Third District magistrate. 

He’ll face incumbent Don Sturgeon in the May Franklin County Democratic primary. 

In a press release, Deaton wrote that he wants to promote neighborhood watch and safety programs; boost tourism, arts and entertainment; bring diverse groups and personalities together; and create a Third Magisterial District advisory board consisting of a representative from each precinct within the district. 

He added he intends to “preserve and enhance local businesses while working toward creating opportunities and resources to bring desired economic growth to Franklin County.” 

Deaton began as a Frankfort Police patrol officer in 1979 and completed his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Kentucky State University while working full-time at the department.

He wrote that before he retired as major, his duties included community and media relations and stints overseeing  both the patrol and investigative divisions. 

He’s a member of First United Methodist Church, the Franklin County Council on Family Abuse, the county humane society, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and the local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. 

Kring running for re-election

Franklin County Second District Magistrate Phillip Kring is running for re-election.

He’ll face Fred Goins, a former Frankfort city manager and county deputy judge-executive, in the May Democratic primary.

“I consider myself a full-time magistrate, available to people of my district every day,” Kring wrote in a press release. “I have taken this position seriously and in so doing have tried to obtain all the training and knowledge I can to be effective for the people I serve.” 

“If given the opportunity I will continue to fight to protect the personal and property rights from government interference,” Kring added. 

Kring, 64, is past president of the Frankfort Board of Realtors and was 1989 Realtor of the Year. He now devotes much time to real estate investments and appraisals, according to his release. 

He’s also a member of the Franklin County Home Health board, the Hospice of the Bluegrass Advisory Board and the External Advisory Board. He also serves on the Riverfront Development Committee and is a member of the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Frankfort Inc. In the past he was a board member and treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters. 

Kring has also coached youth softball, baseball and basketball. 

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

acoUstiKats to perform at the Grand

The Grand Theatre will introduce its recently purchased digital projector to the public with a special evening of entertainment Friday and film showings Saturday and Sunday.

The University of Kentucky’s acoUstiKats vocal group — which appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and includes two Frankfort natives — will perform 7 p.m. Friday. 

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Grand Theatre will present “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the critically acclaimed Coen Brothers film that portrays the early 1960s Greenwich Village music scene. The film also will be shown 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Admission for all three events is $8. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by visiting the Grand office at 312 W. Main St. 

‘Spay Days’ at humane society

The Franklin County Humane Society is offering reduced rates for spay and neuter surgeries during the month of February. Surgeries will take place Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

The cost is $10 for male cats, $15 for female cats, $20 for male dogs and $25 for female dogs. Proof of a rabies shot is required; rabies shots are available for $5 on site.

Limited space is available, and pet owners must come in to the humane society, 1041 Kentucky Ave., to prepay and register. The shelter is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

FCHS students win at Gov.’s Cup

The following members of the Franklin County High School Academic Team won awards during the District 42 Governor’s Cup competition, held over the past few days. 

All students will advance to regionals in February.

The team won district runner up overall in the competition. The quick recall team was also runner up.

Winners were:

>Future Problem Solving Team: Jennifer Lee, Madeline Greer, Lily Baker and Margaret Whitworth, first place

>Jacob Bruce: second place in social studies

>Matt Engler: fifth place in math

>Evan Gabhart: third place in math; fourth place in science

>Madeleine Hendrix: first place in arts and humanities; tied for fourth place in language arts

>Sydney Hendrix: fourth place in arts and humanities

>Denise Robson: second place in language arts; third place in arts and humanities

>Sydney Rose: second place in composition; tied for fourth place in language arts

>Katelyn Taylor: fourth place in composition

FCHS English teacher Sherri Smith coaches the team, assisted by faculty members Carrie Williams, Jay Wilder and Jennifer Donnelly.

Pipeline opponents hosting Feb. 6 meeting

Opponents of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will meet 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Alton Christian Church, at 1686 Old Frankfort Road in Lawrenceburg. 

Attendees will discuss possible new routes the companies involved are seeking for the natural gas liquids pipeline. They will also discuss ongoing efforts to stop similar pipelines from using eminent domain. 

For more information, call 502-223-7936, email or visit and 

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