In 2017, the City of Frankfort applied for and, in 2018, was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation grant from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
On behalf of Yes Arts, the Franklin County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) and the Franklin County Health Department (FCHD), we would like to thank the community for its extraordinary support and engagement during the recent substance abuse prevention summit. More than 300 people at…
The Capital Pride Kentucky Festival, a celebration of love and diversity, has now been held here in Frankfort for three years. I've attended all of them and taken numerous photos to post on Facebook.
Earlier this year Kentucky’s legislature approved changes to Kentucky’s net metering law, undermining access to solar power for many Kentuckians.
I have two words of political advice for Frankfort City Commission newcomer Katrisha Waldridge, whom I personally like and voted for and think of as being a good person: "Chill out."
Signs of change are everywhere in Frankfort: road construction, building renovation and new traffic patterns. Growth signals change, and change can be uncomfortable, especially as Frankfort is moving into previously uncharted areas of growth in our downtown.
I am very fortunate in that one of my great passions in life, acting, is my job. I was drawn to the theater as a kid and spent years on stage before launching a film career that continues today.
Recently I went to a presentation on community solar energy by a speaker from North Carolina State University who has received funds for consulting with co-ops and municipal electrical utilities in the Southeast. He had spoken with Frankfort Plant Board General Manager Gary Zheng earlier in …
In what may be the single most important victory for open government in recent memory, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion Thursday in which it repudiated the Legislative Research Commission’s argument that it, and not the courts, are the final arbiter of access to records of the LR…
A diagnosis of cancer or other long-term medical conditions can be life changing, not only for the patient but for their family. Some family members will take on caregiving roles as a result. If you find yourself caring for a loved one, rest assured that you can provide good care for them wh…
Families in nearly every neighborhood of our country have suffered because of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. For years, the situation just seemed to get worse as addiction hurt more families.
Over the past few months, Kentucky’s severely overcrowded jails have been in the spotlight. While other states have enacted significant criminal justice reforms, reducing their prison and jail populations without compromising public safety, the trajectory in Kentucky is in the opposite direction.
Many may be confused by the insurance-related articles following the Sept. 17 Frankfort Plant Board meeting, ("Tensions high as FPB considers insurance claim," Sept. 18, and "Fallout from FPB vote continues, Sept. 19).
In response to The State Journal's recent editorial (“Rosen pleads case for FPB reappointment to commissioners who might not get a say,” Sept. 13) which stated, “Touting her experience and expertise, Frankfort Plant Board Chair Anna Marie Pavlik Rosen took the extraordinary step this week of…
As farmers who raise high-quality fresh, organic vegetables, we want anyone who wants to eat this food to be able to get it; we don’t want our high-quality food to be a luxury.
City and county leaders and the now-defunct Parcel B committee all jumped at the state’s takeover and issuance of the Requests for Proposal (RFP) package for Parcel B, the YMCA property, etc.
Hunger is a reality for nearly 700,000 Kentuckians, including 1 in 5 children. They live in every single county and legislative district in the Bluegrass State.
September is an important month for the Frankfort Plant Board as its longest-serving board members, Anna Marie Pavlik Rosen and Walt Baldwin, reach the end of their first terms.
Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees.
The Kentucky auditor of public accounts released a special examination evaluating the transparency, administration and compliance with Senate Bill 2 (2017 Regular Session) of the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS), the Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky (TRS) and the Judicial Form Retire…
Kentucky’s 5-star school accountability system is scheduled to go live at the end of September or early October. It will offer parents across the commonwealth a new and more transparent way to understand how their children’s schools are performing.
The longest economic recovery on record and a state unemployment rate of 4.3% sounds like a strong foundation for Kentuckians’ prosperity. But a close look at the numbers shows an economy where many Kentucky communities still lack jobs, especially quality jobs families need to thrive.
It is deeply disturbing that a public agency — whose compliance with state transparency laws is found by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to fall “drastically short” — concludes its response to the auditor’s examination with the statement that it “compl[ies] with all governing statute…
In reporting on the Downtown Frankfort Inc. presentation at the Aug. 27 meeting of Franklin County Fiscal Court (DFI drops FrankFest, returns check to county, Aug. 28), it is important to understand the context of the issue.
Most of you all know me as president/executive director of the Grand Theatre with its ticket office at 312 W. Main St. Over the last 10 years I have spent several thousand hours walking to the Grand on Main Street from my Washington Street office.
The Hong Kong crisis is something the world has seen time and again: authoritarian rulers seeking to repress the innate human desire for freedom, self-expression and self-government.
A few days before my two elementary schoolers bounded up the steps of the bus for their first day back to school, the Consensus Forecasting Group (CFG) — the official Kentucky body charged with forecasting revenue estimates that form the basis of the next state budget — met for the first tim…
Too many Kentuckians are getting caught in vicious billing cycles for medical visits. When patients inadvertently visit a physician who is out of their insurance network, they can get stuck with really high and even excessive bills.
In her op-ed ("Don't determine vote by false labeling, Aug. 14), Phyllis Sower assures us that President Donald Trump is not a racist. She must be right, because she says she has “not seen or heard any proof to support such a claim.” She must be right because one of our two major parties, th…
In 2016, the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued a scathing opinion to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in an open records dispute involving access to child fatality or near fatality records maintained by the Cabinet.
Semple Elementary first-grade teacher Christina Carter read a story to her class about a child who faced stressful events every day, making it hard to focus at school. After the story, she gave her students a prompt — if Ms. Carter only knew.
As the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association (TNAi) and its vice president, Glenn Goldstein, ("Tanglewood maligned," Aug. 7) continue to quibble over the height of the single 7-million-gallon reservoir and how it will negatively affect their property values, they seem oblivious to the potentia…
It’s not often that a company returns money to its customers when it realizes a savings. But because the Frankfort Plant Board is a public utility, it is not beholden to corporate shareholders. As a municipal utility, you and I — its customers — are its owners. And that’s why when you get yo…
School safety has garnered much attention in recent years. The passage of Senate Bill 1, the “School Safety Bill,” in our state demonstrates the type of positive legislation that can occur when parties work together.
In full disclosure for anyone who is reading this column and does not know who I am, I am the president of the Tanglewood Neighborhood Association (TNAi). I have held that position since August 2017. So, I have been front and center in the FPB’s reservoir project debate for nearly two years.
A letter to the editor in The State Journal ("No gray area when it comes to racism and the president," Aug. 3-4) inspired the thoughts that follow. The author, while claiming not to be writing about politics, urged readers to vote Democratic for the sole reason, the author asserts, that the …
Not sure how this poorly reasoned open records decision slipped passed the attorney general’s crack management review team, but I’ve rarely seen a more legally unsupportable resolution of an open records dispute.
I am a chemical engineer and worked as a project engineer for 3M Co. designing chemical manufacturing plants. This included designing storage tanks. Our city is now stuck in a controversy about a water storage tank, the Tanglewood reservoir.
I ask the people of Frankfort to show our solidarity with the young people of Hong Kong. These brave people are fighting to change a corrupted government.
For some time now a few citizens of Frankfort have joined the Frankfort Plant Board in maligning residents of Tanglewood, where I live, over the reservoir controversy.
In four days, the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate filed, heard, debated and ultimately passed HB1. While this bill is supposed to solve the mess created by both chambers at the end of the regular legislative session, it violates the law and manages to exacerbate KRS’ funding issues.
I am writing in response to Paula Moore’s guest column ("Community leaders, Humane Society must commit to new shelter," July 18).