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A back-and-forth legal dispute over sign height, zoning and ample parking coupled with the 2008 recession set back the building of Frankfort’s Cracker Barrel 14 years. And while that is water under the bridge, we are guessing it won’t take nearly that long for locals to voice their opinion o…

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What started with the singing of the complete lyrics of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Sunday’s Patriots Day/Second Amendment Rally on the back Capitol lawn escalated when several attendees suspended Gov. Andy Beshear in effigy holding a sign reading “Sic Semper Tyrannis” — translated as "Thu…

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Back in February when we launched our weekly Ask the Candidates series questioning those vying for Frankfort mayor and city commission seats about their positions on important issues, we had no way of knowing what a valuable feature it would become for Frankfort voters. Many of you have told us so.

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This year’s senior class has had to deal with more than their fair share of cancelations and postponements due to the global health pandemic. Uncertainty in the time of COVID-19 has forced area school districts, seniors and parents to be flexible in order to facilitate time-honored tradition…

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During the past two months of uncertainty, one thing has become abundantly clear: It takes a united community doing what is being asked of it to weather a global health pandemic. Fortunately, Franklin County is doing much better than neighboring counties, the state and the nation when it com…

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Those looking to cool off this summer will need to go with the flow or pool their private resources after state Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack doused cold water on the idea that public swimming pools will be able to open on time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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While we respect and are firm believers in peaceful protests, which are enshrined in the same constitutional amendment that allows us to publish this newspaper, what occurred at the Capitol during Gov. Andy Beshear’s daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday evening was unnecessarily disruptive.

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In the midst of largest and most challenging global health pandemic of our time, it is not only fitting but also more important than ever that we recognize and thank the team at the Franklin County Health Department. This week marks the 25th annual National Public Health Week, which is celeb…

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It was toward the end of March, in the midst of businesses, schools and churches being shuttered, when Gov. Andy Beshear lighted the Governor’s Mansion green in honor of the Kentuckians who lost their battle with coronavirus. Since then, every evening that a COVID-19 patient in the state die…

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We hope that the stalemate reached by the Franklin County Fiscal Court last week in regards to hiring an expert in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to guide local leaders through the murky waters of financing public infrastructure on Parcels B and C is indeed just the product of miscommunicatio…

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With the weather warming and cabin fever setting in for many folks, the decision to close city park facilities was a difficult but necessary one for Mayor Bill May and the Frankfort-Franklin Emergency Management team.

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In case you missed it, the first positive Franklin County coronavirus patient and her husband performed an incredible service to our community by sharing their experience with our readers. Former State Journal editor and current owner of Staxx BBQ Dan Liebman caught up with the couple after …

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Though there are still a few details to finalize, a compromise between the city, the Frankfort Plant Board and neighbors in Tanglewood means construction will begin soon on a sorely needed replacement for the city’s 135-year-old water storage tanks.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still…

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On the first floor of the Capitol, Gov. Andy Beshear has been holding daily press conferences urging the public to practice social distancing, avoid large crowds and practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has already claimed the lives of two Kentuckians. He has…

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Perhaps it is because we live in a flood-prone area and we know the importance of banding together in times of uncertainty. But Frankfort and Franklin County residents always seem to lend a hand and lift up one another, which is why we aren’t as surprised as we are pleased that both local sc…

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While the first Saturday in September doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, we are relieved that the Kentucky Derby will maintain its track record of 146 consecutive years without cancellation despite having to be postponed until Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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When it comes to securing funding for a new animal shelter, it looks like Franklin County Humane Society officials are barking up the right tree. On Monday night, less than a month after the Frankfort City Commission passed a resolution promising $1 million for the project, the Franklin Coun…

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Question: What began arriving in mailboxes on Saturday, takes less than 10 minutes to complete and may be the single most important questionnaire you fill out in the next 10 years?

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If a basketball team only hit 16 of its 309 shots from the field — an agonizing shooting percentage of 5.2% — fans would likely be livid not just at the players but at the coach. And yet, of the 309 flights on state aircraft taken by former Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton over a …

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Wednesday’s opening round of the Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Girls Sweet 16 Tournament was a low-scoring, back-and-forth affair and while the Franklin County High School girls basketball team came up just short in a 40-37 loss to Anderson County, this team certainly has nothing to hang their hea…

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Have you ever noticed when you pay attention to something and all of the sudden you are seeing it “everywhere”? There is actually a name for this. It’s called the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, or Frequency Bias, and we’ve experienced it twice in the past week.

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It’s the rematch that the Lady Flyers basketball team has worked an entire year for — Scott County vs. Franklin County Friday night at Eastern Kentucky University with the 11th Region Tournament title and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line.

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The American South is quickly becoming known for its expanding waistlines nearly as much as its comfort cuisine. Unfortunately, a balanced diet doesn’t equate to a Kentucky Fried Chicken leg in each hand and the proof is not just in the banana pudding with those little Nilla wafers but also …

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March came in like a lion for many Tennesseans after a line of severe storms spawned tornadoes that touched down early Tuesday, killing at least 22 and demolishing dozens of roads, bridges, utilities, businesses and residences near Nashville.

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The health of the U.S. economy will likely be a decisive issue in this year’s election with 1 in 3 American adults stating it influences their voting choices. However, the condition of the country’s economy is dependent on the 50 states and Washington, D.C., that comprise it. As the states g…

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Despite a judicial stumble in which the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a crime victims’ rights question posed to voters for an amendment to the state constitution during the 2018 election was too vague, we continue to support the measure known as Marsy’s Law.

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Like it or not, after nearly a decade of debating the pros and cons, two-way traffic on West Main Street will finally come to fruition in just a few months after the city commission voted 4-1 Monday evening to approve the conversion of one of downtown’s main thoroughfares.

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Everyone has heard the old saying “actions speak louder than words.” But perhaps no one personifies those words better than the Rev. Ron Moore, associate minister at First Corinthian Baptist Church, and his family.

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Though it is the state’s official motto — embroidered on the flag and written on the great seal of Kentucky — the words “united we stand, divided we fall” may have fallen on deaf ears for the estimated 3.4% of Kentuckians who are LGBTQ.

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In an age where everything from meals to furniture can be ordered and delivered to our doors by touching a few buttons on a cellphone and without ever leaving the comfort of the couch, Tuesday’s announcement that two Frankfort locations of national chains will be going out of business may no…

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On Monday, WalletHub, an economic and finance website, compared the 50 seats of state government in the United States and found that despite sharing some of the same characteristics, not all state capitals are equal. For instance, 17 capitals are the largest cities in their states, but that …

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