It is not every day that a community comes together to honor the lifetime accomplishments of one of its own. But that is exactly what Frankfort’s three service organizations, state and local officials as well as family and friends plan to do next week for C.M. “Hank” Hancock, a former representative in the Kentucky House, co-founder of the Kentucky River Authority, longtime civic and business leader and tireless advocate for responsible transportation and construction practices.
The special celebration will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Thorn Hill Education Center, 700 Leslie Ave., with a luncheon and program to follow.
Hancock served two decades as the 57th District representative in the state legislature from 1974-94 — all of which he spent involved in transportation matters and most of which he held leadership roles.
In 1994 he became the fifth person inducted into the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame, which was launched in 1990 to “formally recognize people whose professional contributions have significantly improved the safety, quality and efficiency of the commonwealth’s transportation systems.”
According to the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame website, “Hancock has supported transportation during his entire legislative tenure, even though strong positions favoring additional funding for transportation have often been controversial. He also has been a frontrunner to assure that road funds are spent for road-fund purposes. Hancock firmly advocates that those involved in transportation should be interested in moving persons and goods without regard to mode, although this has not been a popular belief with the Legislature.”
In addition to his interest in transportation, Hancock, as a Democratic representative from Frankfort, also fought for rights of state employees and veterans.
Former Kentucky House leader Rocky Adkins and longtime friend Russ Hatter, as well as city and county government officials, will be among those honoring Hancock for his contributions to Frankfort and Franklin County.
It is our hope that the community turns out to show its appreciation for Hancock’s countless years of service and dedication. We can think of no one more deserving to be honored and thank Hancock for all he has done for our city, county and state.
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