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Hemp projects to be discussed Monday

With the U.S. farm bill signed into law last week, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is preparing university-affiliated pilot projects to research industrial hemp production.

Comer said in a press release that more details on the projects would be available at an event in Knott County Monday with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul.

Comer’s staff has been working with Attorney General Jack Conway and his staff to ensure that the pilot programs comply with the federal farm bill, according to the release.

Conway also has been asked to ensure hemp seeds for the projects can be imported from abroad, and the two constitutional officers said they would seek a waiver from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue commercial industrial hemp production.

Comer said the pilot projects would be placed in diverse areas throughout Kentucky.

Courthouse offices closing for dedication ceremony

The Franklin County Courthouse will be running on an altered schedule Tuesday because of a planned dedication ceremony.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

The office of the circuit court clerk, including driver’s licensing, will close at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Franklin Circuit Clerk Sally Jump said the office will hold an open house for the public after the ceremony.

The clerk’s office will reopen for business at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

‘Spay Days’ at the 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 Monday and Feb. 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.

City hosting blood drive March 12

The City of Frankfort will host a community blood drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 at 103 Bridge St.

Donors will be eligible for door prizes. For more information, contact Lisa Agee at 502-875-8500. 

Parkinson’s group to view symposium

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

Participants will watch the DVDs from the October Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease held in Louisville. The group will share snacks starting at 5:30 p.m. and begin viewing the symposium at 6 p.m. If Franklin County Public Schools are closed for inclement weather, the group will not meet.

The support group is open to those with Parkinson’s disease as well as caregivers, family and friends. Contact Lane Lewis at 502-319-3921 or 502-223-0866 for more information.

Public retirees to meet Tuesday

The Bluegrass West Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will meet 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 4075, 104 E. Second St. 

The speaker will be Dr. Steven Filaido, who is board certified in heart disease and interventional cardiology.

All state, county, city, and Kentucky State Police Retirement System retirees, and those who are eligible to retire, may attend.

For more information, visit or follow the group’s Facebook page.

Civil rights leader to speak at KSU

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., will speak 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kentucky State University’s Bradford Hall as part of a convocation celebrating black history month.

Lewis was involved in the 1960s civil rights movement, from organizing sit-ins at segregated lunch counters as a student at Fisk University to serving as a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in 1963.  He has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Memories of the 1974 tornado

April 3 marks the 40th anniversary of a deadly and destructive tornado strike on Frankfort and Franklin County. The State Journal staff is working on a commemorative issue and would like to publish your memories and photos from the day.

Send your submissions to News Editor Katheran Wasson and they may be included in our March 30 special edition. Please keep your stories to 200 words or less.

The deadline is Tuesday, March 4.

>Mail or drop off responses to The State Journal, Attn: Katheran Wasson, 1216 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort, KY 40601.

>Email responses to

Please include your full name, address and phone number. The address and phone number are for verification purposes only and will not be published.

If you would like your photos returned by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Otherwise, photos will be available for pick up at The State Journal office during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through April 30.

African Americans in STEM event Saturday

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Kentucky State University School of Education are sponsoring an African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math event 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hathaway Hall Auditorium.

The event is free and open to all area youth, parents, KSU faculty, staff, students and community members. Registration starts at 9 a.m.



Published here are the corrected versions of briefs that ran in Sunday's edition. The following corrections were made:

>A brief in Sunday’s edition of The State Journal incorrectly listed the date of an event at Kentucky State University featuring U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Lewis will speak at 11 a.m. Wednesday at KSU’s Bradford Hall as part of a convocation celebrating Black History Month.

>A City Commission meeting notice was incorrectly printed in the Sunday edition of The State Journal. There is no city commission meeting tonight.

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