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To say this basketball season has been a special one for Frankfort High School coach Chris O’Bryan and his family would be an understatement. In a span of less than two months, the second-year coach has witnessed his wife, Jacqueline Coleman, sworn in as the 58th lieutenant governor, paced t…

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On Monday, the superintendents of both local school districts asked the Frankfort City Commission for $1.5 million to upgrade the athletic fields at the three area high schools to synthetic turf. While the debate over whether to finance the project played out on the front page, we couldn’t h…

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A total of 34 candidates are vying for three local and three state legislative offices and with the Jan. 10 filing deadline for the May primary election in the rearview mirror, now is the perfect time to lay a few general ground rules for what we will and won’t accept in the form of election…

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The Taj Mahal of pedways — the Mary E. Sias Pedestrian Walkway, which connects Kentucky State University’s main campus above East Main Street to dormitories and athletic fields to the south — was crowned with its final touch earlier this week, a KSU sign matching the one near the campus entrance. 

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The new Republican secretary of state’s effort to curb voter fraud by requiring official photo identification before gaining access to the voting booth would make it more difficult for Kentuckians to vote in elections — particularly for the elderly, minorities and disabled populations.

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It’s no accident that Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American elected to the office, is neck-and-neck with Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles in The State Journal’s informal poll asking which of the GOP constitutional officers has the brightest political future in Kentucky.

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Monday marked a major milestone for Kentucky women. It was 100 years ago that the state legislature ratified the 19th Amendment, which eventually led to full voting rights for all women when the ratification to the U.S. Constitution was completed on Aug. 18, 1920.

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For the state with the worst animal protection laws in the country for 12 years running, according to annual reports published by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), a particularly gruesome animal cruelty case in Floyd County stresses the need for stiffer legislation.

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Bill May’s health ultimately forced his hand, ending — or at least suspending — three decades of faithful elected service to his hometown. Frankfort’s mayor, who was diagnosed with cancer in March, chose wisely to focus on his physical well-being rather than the rigors of a 2020 political ca…

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Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897. Its message rings true more than a century later.

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Each year we publish thousands of pages of stories of local, state and national interest, but our annual Christmas Greetings section, which will be included in Friday’s edition and contains letters written to Santa Claus from area youngsters, is one of our favorites.

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In case you haven’t noticed, the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor has been quietly undergoing a facelift recently. The new Mayo-Underwood Building at the corner of Mero Street opened two months ago and the pedestrian overpass to Bellepoint is slated to be reconnected soon.

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Like thousands of others, Frankfort’s Debra Graner braved Tuesday’s brisk December cold to witness the inauguration of Gov. Andy Beshear. And though she campaigned for him — going door-to-door and making endless phone calls — she wasn’t able to vote for him or anyone else because of a past felony.

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Last week’s closure of downtown convenience store Brothers’ Little Mart combined with the shuttering of Pic-Pac earlier this year has helped make portions of Frankfort a food desert, which is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a neighborhood that “lacks healthy food sources.”

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Perhaps lost amid Tuesday’s extensive inauguration day coverage was the story about Jennifer Yue Barber, a Frankfort native who was tapped Monday by President Donald Trump to hold the rank of ambassador as a representative of the U.S. on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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Perhaps it’s fitting that Gov. Matt Bevin had a few words of unsolicited advice for his political archnemesis Gov.-elect Andy Beshear. After all, the two have been barbs in each other’s sides for the last four years, so we really shouldn’t expect it to end now that the votes have been counte…

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Like the majority of the country’s capital cities, Frankfort is stereotypically viewed by many outsiders as a place for big government and crooked politicians. But those of us who call Franklin County home know better, and Tuesday, with all the eyes of the commonwealth upon us for the inaugu…

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It is no secret that one of the most crucial keys to success is to show up — which is exactly what students at Western Hills High School did on Statewide High Attendance Day in September. 

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We said it was a “no-brainer” back in April after the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented its plans for paving and implementing a new traffic pattern on East Main Street at a Franklin County Fiscal Court meeting. In August — despite taking some flak from readers who disagreed — we reit…

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Rookie City Commissioner Eric Whisman this week raised an intriguing possibility — that there may be millions in untapped tax revenue owed to the city by two privately owned state-leased buildings in Frankfort that, in his opinion, don’t qualify as being tax-exempt but are currently listed as such.

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When Franklin County High School administration moved the undefeated football team’s second-round playoff matchup against Louisville Central — a game in which the Flyers had earned home field advantage — to Falling Springs Park in Versailles last week for the safety of the players due to the…

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For today’s kindergartners, being prepared for school is more than just knowing the ABCs and 1, 2, 3s. According to the latest results from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, the number of Frankfort Independent Schools kindergartners who are ready for school shot up 36 percentage poin…

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Though Gov. Matt Bevin has refused to concede the gubernatorial general election to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear and has requested a recanvass, fellow Republicans U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have faced the reality that the unpopular governor’s stint h…

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To say Kelly Everman, executive director of Downtown Frankfort Inc., has left her stamp on the capital city would be an understatement. During her tenure, she has led the charge on numerous projects from legalizing Sunday alcohol sales and organizing events such as the Downtown Summer Concer…

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It’s been 100 years since the last Kentuckians who fought in World War I came home. Veterans Day — which is celebrated on Monday — gives us an opportunity to thank those who have served America in our military.

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