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Local officers participate in ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign

The Frankfort Police Department is joining the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign, hoping to remind local motorists to buckle up.

Beginning May 19, officers will crack down on those who don’t wear their seat belts.

“We’ll be out in force — day and night — prepared to ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt,” Capt. Robert Warfel said.

In 2013, there were 1,161 motor vehicle collisions in Frankfort’s city limits — 142 resulting in injuries and 1 resulting in death.

Around 70 percent of 2013 crashes where the driver or passengers were not wearing seat belts resulted in injuries.

The campaign will run through Memorial Day.

No alcohol sales in city 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday

Though Kentucky passed legislation allowing the sale of alcohol on Election Day, it is not permitted during polling hours in the city of Frankfort.

The Legislature approved the sale of alcohol on Election Day last year, leaving South Carolina as the only state still prohibiting such sales.

However, the law in Kentucky allows cities the option of prohibiting such sales. City of Frankfort ordinances prohibit the sale of alcohol on Election Day during the hours when polls are open (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

City offices closed for Memorial Day

Frankfort city offices will be closed May 26 in observance of Memorial Day. 

There will be limited bus service, with the Saturday route running from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and J. A. R. C. will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community council to hear from ad director

The Franklin County Community Council will meet noon Monday in the Community Room on the First Floor of Paul Sawyier Public Library at 319 Wapping St.

The speaker will be Lloyd Lynch, advertising director with The State Journal. Agencies are welcome to bring flyers or brochures of their services or events for the handout table. 

The meeting is open to the public. Attendees may bring a sack lunch. For more information, contact Paula Rutledge at 502-223-1795 or council President Terri Spellman at 502-875-8420.

U.N. group presents update on Ukraine

“An Update on Ukraine” will be the topic of a slide program and discussion presented by Peg Harmon at the regular monthly meeting of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Paul Sawyier Library Community Room.

Harmon was a member of the U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine from 2000-2002. From 2003-2008, Harmon was director at the Thorn Hill Education Center.

The meeting, sponsored by the Frankfort Chapter of the United Nations Association, is free, and the public is invited to attend. More information on UNA-USA is at

Blue Grass Army Depot commander to speak in Lexington

Col. Lee Hudson, commander of the Blue Grass Army Depot, will address the Military Officers Association of America May 29 at its quarterly luncheon meeting at Logan’s Roadhouse, 140 Rojay Road in Lexington.

The depot, located near Richmond, provides conventional ammunition services, chemical defense equipment management and manufacturing capabilities for the Department of Defense. The facility employs more than 1,000 military and civilian workers.

The meeting is open to all military officers — active duty, reserve, and retired — and their guests. Those who want to attend should contact Pat Jones at 859-271-2606 or Lunch will be available for $9.99.

I-64 ramp closed for weekend

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the temporary closure of the entrance ramp from westbound U.S. 60 (Versailles Road) to westbound Interstate 64 for concrete pavement repairs.

The ramp will be closed until 5 a.m. on Monday. Motorists should follow the signed detour via westbound U.S. 60, Ky. 676 (East-West Connector) and U.S. 127 then reconnect with westbound I-64.

The ramp from eastbound U.S. 60 to westbound I-64 will remain open during this work.

This work is part of a $2.6 million project to resurface all lanes on Interstate 64 between the two Frankfort exits (mile points 53 to 58) and repair concrete pavement at three of the ramps at the I-64/U.S. 60 interchange (Exit 58). 

Contract crews are also cleaning the ditches along I-64 between mile points 53 and 58.  Asphalt resurfacing will begin later this month.

Interstate lane closures are restricted to weeknights from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following morning and on weekends from 7 p.m. on Friday until 7 a.m. on Monday. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 MPH in the work zone and double fines will be enforced.

H.G. Mays Corporation of Frankfort, Kentucky was awarded this contract with construction scheduled for completion by July 2014.

Parkinson’s group to hear from doctor

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Tuesday at Thorn Hill Education Center, 700 Leslie Ave. Participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. to share snacks and visit, and the guest speaker will begin at 6 p.m. 

Dr. Nicole Everman, who has an office at Lexington Neurology, will speak. She will discuss the progression of Parkinson’s and take questions.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Lane Lewis at 502-319-3921 or 502-223-0866.

Humane Society seeks new directors

The Franklin County Humane Society will elect four directors for two-year terms at its annual meeting June 30. Anyone may become a member for $25 and then become eligible to seek election to a seat on the board.

All potential candidates are asked to complete a nomination form listing their experience and skills. The form and a description of the duties of Board members are online at or copies may be picked up at the shelter, 1041 Kentucky Ave. Nominations will close June 2.

Guard plans artillery salute

The Kentucky National Guard will conduct an artillery salute at Boone National Guard Center at approximately 2:15 p.m. May 26. 

The salute is part of a groundbreaking ceremony for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial. 

Residents in the Juniper Hills subdivision adjacent to the Boone Center front gate adjacent to U.S. 127 may be affected, the guard announced in a press release. For more information, call 502-607-1562 or email

FIS planning committee meets Thursday

Frankfort Independent Schools’ Local Planning Committee will meet 6 p.m. Thursday at Second Street School.

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