Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton announced in late September that paper recycling from home carts will resume in Kentucky’s second-largest city in March, prompting a State Journal reader to ask for the most current recycling news in Frankfort and Franklin County.
A Frankfort Kroger shopper questioned whether the chain grocer actually recycles plastic shopping bags or if they end up in a landfill.
An observant reader noticed that a few streets in the area have been painted with white bottles with yellow and orange circles inside them and asked about their origin.
The number of coronavirus patients continues to strain many short-staffed Kentucky healthcare systems and several hospitals in the state are now requiring staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Food trucks have grown in popularity recently and a newspaper reader asked whether mobile food operations are subjected to the same inspections as brick-and-mortar restaurants.
A State Journal reader who has lived in the neighborhood subdivision for 11 years inquired about the “green stuff” covering the water that renders it unusable for those who want to go out on the lake.
A resident who lives near the intersection of Capital Avenue and Fourth Street recently questioned whether the city is considering installing a temporary four-way stop sign at the intersection, which becomes congested during rush hour and school start and stop times.
In an email, a State Journal reader questioned the legality of riding unlicensed vehicles, such as ATVs, mini-bikes and four-wheelers, on public city and county roads.
Although she couldn’t answer with absolute certainty, Franklin County Health Department Director Judy Mattingly listed a few reasons why there has been an escalation in the number of coronavirus cases locally even though the county boasts the second-highest vaccination rate in the state.
“I keep hearing that the delta variant (of COVID-19) is widespread and other comments that indicate every positive (test) is the delta variant,” a reader wrote in an email.
A State Journal reader, who had to maneuver around several large potholes in the parking lot and short driveway that connects Wendy’s and Frankfort Urgent Care, asked who was responsible for maintaining the pavement.
Glenns Creek Road (KY 1659) between mile marker 1 and 2 has been closed since spring when heavy rain and historic flooding of the Kentucky River caused a 500-foot slide.
A State Journal reader asked whether the number of vehicles outside of Capital Restorations & Automotive Services, an auto restoration and repair shop on West Second Street with Whitaker Motor Co. written in blue letters on the side, were legally allowed in the city.
Held annually, the Celebrity Waiters’ Dinner is the Franklin County Humane Society’s largest fundraising event. Well-known local folks volunteer as waiters and collect tips, which benefit the humane society.
A State Journal reader, who inquired about the lack of an upgrade to a section of sidewalk at the intersection of Capital Avenue and East Main Street as part of the TIGER Grant, said the portion of concrete “is in poor shape and has several areas of broken, crumbling and decaying concrete.”
A State Journal reader who noticed signs popping up at several Frankfort intersections asking residents to sell their diabetic test strips inquired as to whether it was a scam.
It was Memorial Day weekend eight years ago when the late C. Michael Davenport, a local Realtor and developer, first hoisted an 1,800 square-foot U.S. flag to fly over his Cardwell Lane property.
Earlier this month the Franklin County Health Department Board of Health announced its home health agency will close on June 30 due to expenses exceeding the revenue generated by the program.
The Frankfort Lions Club continues to collect used glasses, which are then delivered to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers throughout the year.
A State Journal reader inquired about whether Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization, still has a local chapter.
As part of an initiative to boost the community's economy during the coronavirus pandemic, in March the city gave away 4,000 $25 Shop Local Frankfort gift cards to folks who applied.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the wheels on Frankfort Transit buses — including the 35-foot Gillig that accommodates 32 passengers and two wheelchairs on the Fast Connect route and the trolley that stops at many capital city attractions — were going round and round.
Drivers leaving the Kroger East parking lot near the stop sign at the intersection with Brighton Park Boulevard must maneuver around three gigantic potholes that have formed in the departure lane on the access road between the grocer’s fuel station and the shopping center’s parking lot.
At the Louisville Road-Collins Lane intersection it was hard to miss the unsightly mess of clothes and furniture strewn around a charity collection bin at the former site of Saylor’s, a once-popular Frankfort restaurant. In fact, several State Journal readers commented about the eyesore.
Situated at the corner of Schenkel Lane and Teton Trail near the former Heck’s Department Store, the Franklin Center for Innovation (FCFI) is a new makerspace in Frankfort.
Gone are the spatula-shaped door handles and the whiff of Whoppers. Alfonso’s Taco Shop, a Mexican restaurant, opened its doors this week in the Hudson Hollow Road building that previously housed Burger King.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 7:18 p.m. on March 11 to add that the health department is starting free COVID testing on Wednesdays.
Historically, the probability for there being at least 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day in the Capital City is 13%, according to data compiled from 1981-2010 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.
Two State Journal readers inquired about why the double yellow lines on Wilkinson Street between the railroad trestle at Broadway and Wapping Street don’t extend the length of the street.
One Frankfort street that has taken a beating from the large trucks traveling to and from the site of the former Capital Plaza Tower during the construction of the Mayo-Underwood Building is Holmes Street — an artery that connects the city with U.S. 127 North.
Pedestrians in search of the crosswalks on Broadway should have no problem locating them. The city painted them brick red recently and an inquisitive State Journal reader wanted to know why.
As Gov. Andy Beshear and his family quarantine inside the “People’s House” after possibly being exposed to the coronavirus by a driver on Saturday, workers have been busy installing a security fence around the perimeter.
A reader asked The State Journal about a curious rise in Franklin County’s general reserve fund. Franklin County’s general fund has recently gone up by $1.4 million despite the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the community, including local government coffers.
With mowing season well upon us, a State Journal reader asked whose responsibility it is to mow the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the road.
Most notably known as the final resting place for frontierman Daniel Boone, the historic Frankfort Cemetery is also home to a monument dedicated to Confederate States of America soldiers.
In January, Kentucky State University put the finishing touches on the long-delayed Mary E. Sias Pedestrian Walkway, which connects the main campus above East Main Street to dormitories and athletic fields to the south.
Frankfort’s former sister city relationship had waned, and some local residents were looking for a new sister city that shared some common ground.
The deaths of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who was killed by a white policeman whose knee pinned his neck to the pavement for nearly 9 minutes, and Breonna Taylor, an African American Louisville EMT who was fatally shot eight times by narcotics detectives executing a “no-knock” warr…
Earlier this week, the Salato Wildlife Education Center, affectionately known as the Game Farm to locals, reopened to visitors after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, the Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County organized a virtual monetary drive to replace two major food donation drives it typically does during the month — one with the U.S. Postal Service and the second an Interfaith Food Drive with local churches.
After reading The State Journal’s account of the first positive COVID-19 patient in Franklin County being prescribed hydroxychloroquine during her stay at the local hospital, a curious reader asked whether Frankfort Regional Medical Center is continuing to use the anti-malarial drug.
The Kentucky Capital Development Corp. has been in the news often over the past several months, prompting one State Journal reader to ask what exactly the group does.
An 18-hole semi-private club near Interstate 64 in southeastern Franklin County, Duckers Lake Golf Resort last closed its doors in December 2017 after an agreement ended between Man O’ War Golf, which operated the course, and Whitaker Bank, which acquired the mortgaged course in early 2015.
On April 24, in order to minimize exposure to COVID-19, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. issued Administrative Order 2020-28, which extended the suspension of in-person court services until May 31.
Last year, the Frankfort City Commission voted 3-2 to prohibit all bicycles in city-owned Leslie Morris Park, home of the Fort Hill Civil War site.
A State Journal reader who is physically handicapped said she and her husband have been stopped twice trying to enter local stores together and inquired about the details of Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order limiting customers to one per household.