As a part of something much bigger than themselves, Frankfort-area students will join young people across the globe for a Climate Change Strike at midday Friday to protest business and government inaction on climate change and urge countries to commit to tougher climate targets and faster tr…
Over the weekend we used this space to “critique” Frankfort’s latest painting project — the Louisville Road bridge over Lafayette Drive — with its eye-catching sky blue color and its cursive welcome message. And while we remain steadfast in our belief that the bridge, which looks as though i…
Until it was milled and paved earlier this year, Lafayette Drive — a short, steep street that connects Louisville Road (U.S. 60) with Shelby Street and the state Capitol — was a bumpy, pothole-pocked mess and a source of constant frustration for motorists. Now, even though the road is a smoo…
Touting her experience and expertise, Frankfort Plant Board Chair Anna Marie Pavlik Rosen took the extraordinary step this week of publicly asking the city commission to reappoint her and colleague Walt Baldwin for four-year terms on the municipal utility's board of directors.
Downtown Frankfort Inc. is rolling out the welcome mat to potential business owners looking to locate to here. During its Wednesday meeting, Terri Bradshaw, president of the Kentucky Capital Development Corp., announced she is in the process of drafting recruitment letters to businesses — bo…
The first round of “a minor disagreement among friends” turned legal battle — the "friends" in this case being Gov. Matt Bevin and lame duck Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton — was won by Bevin. But the saga continues.
Forget Kentucky Derby dresses and fancy hats. If Churchill Downs receives state approval to add live winter racing events in 2020, track-goers will be bundled in down coats and beanie hats.
Like opposite sides of the coin used in Thursday night’s 100th NFL season opener, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Attorney General Andy Beshear don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues. But when it comes to public education, the two gubernatorial candidates couldn’t be more d…
Two shooting deaths in less than 48 hours would be big news in any metropolitan city, but for our small community, two homicides in two days is unprecedented. Although law enforcement officials state that the deaths were unrelated, they are linked by gun violence — which, for most residents,…
Since the passage of Kentucky’s tobacco-free schools law, the number of school districts with tobacco-free policies has more than doubled, according to new data from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
An uneventful six years since Frankfort was one of the early adopters of so-called fairness ordinances reminds us of something we’ve long believed about our community: that Frankfort is an accepting place.
Easily the most underappreciated holiday, Labor Day is often forgotten until we are reminded that it affords us a three-day weekend, which is a far cry from its humble roots.
With the primary election more than eight months away, banker Rodney Williams on Wednesday became the first to declare his candidacy in Frankfort's 2020 mayoral race. And while the former city commissioner’s early announcement may have come as a surprise to many, perhaps it shouldn’t have.
Just days after a successful first-of-its-kind bourbon festival drew hundreds of visitors to Frankfort, the fate of another community event that also had its first go around this year seems up in the air.
Last weekend’s Bourbon on the Banks provided a jolt the local tourism industry needed. In fact, just about everybody we spoke with about Saturday’s event was astounded by the number of new faces they saw in downtown Frankfort.
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Andy Beshear is hoping to win the office by, among other ways, rolling the dice in support of expanded gaming — including legalizing casinos and sports wagering. With the issue likely to come up during next year’s General Assembly session, many believe tha…
It is our hope that the Frankfort Plant Board’s decision this week to discontinue a social media and cable TV campaign advocating for a 7-million-gallon replacement for the nearly 140-year-old reservoir near Tanglewood leads to a final compromise in the debate over the future of water storag…
After weeks of sweaty practices in the steamy August heat, football season officially kickoffs this weekend, and we’ve got all the local high school and college teams covered in our 2019 Football Preview included in Friday’s edition.
With more than 1,500 plug-in electric vehicles on Kentucky roads, the Frankfort Plant Board is hoping to catch up with other nearby cities that offer charging stations and reward environmentally conscious motorists by building three such facilities in the capital city.
Local football fans, friends and family were relieved, like we were, to learn that former Western Hills High School standout and current Nebraska Cornhusker Wan’Dale Robinson won’t be charged with possession of marijuana after receiving a citation from a community service officer who reporte…
At least one city commissioner remained skeptical about converting East Main Street from Capital Avenue to Spaghetti Junction (the intersection of U.S. 60 and U.S. 460-Versailles Road) from its current four lanes to three following a presentation by Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) off…
In a ranking of the best 45 Kentucky cities for middle-class families released this week, 19 towns rated higher than Frankfort, which placed well down the list in 20th.
When it comes to buildings, the state is known for coming up with bland names that lack context and don’t exactly roll off the tongue. Recent local additions such as The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office Building and The 300 Building immediately leap to mind.
Jake Banta’s appointment to take the reins at the Franklin County Regional Jail following the abrupt retirement announcement from Jailer Rick Rogers capped off a news-filled week at the county’s only corrections facility.
The dawn of a new school year is the beginning of the next chapter — a fresh start as crisp and clean as the first page in a notebook. To coincide with students returning to the classroom this week, we at your hometown newspaper are rolling out our revamped weekly features lineup.
Franklin County Schools will open for the school year Wednesday, and motorists should be on the lookout for the flashing red lights and extended stop signs on school buses and for children burdened with overloaded backpacks near the road.
Kentucky placed 10th best in the nation in a recent QuoteWizard study of the country’s best and worst driving states. However, when the research team took a closer look at the 50 largest cities in the Bluegrass State, Frankfort didn’t fare well.
With two pieces of prime property officially on the market, Frankfort — with a positive push by the state — is inching closer to getting the public real estate into private hands and back on the city and county tax rolls, which, according to Finance and Administration Secretary William Landr…
With downtown Frankfort on its way to creating an entertainment destination center (EDC), which would allow open alcoholic beverages within certain downtown parameters at specific times, two nearby communities are thirsting to follow suit.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had an eventful weekend. After being heckled by Democrats at the state’s annual political grilling event, Fancy Farm, on Saturday, the 77-year-old fractured his shoulder in a fall on the patio at his Louisville home Sunday.
With hopes of keeping hoops and football games family friendly, University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Thursday the school will not be expanding alcohol sales to general seating areas this year, even though a new Southeastern Conference policy allows it to do so.
For nearly a week now something has been fishy with the water for dozens of customers in the Peaks Mill Water District, and officials are pinning the tail on the early July warehouse fire at Jim Beam that destroyed 45,000 barrels of bourbon and contaminated local waterways.
We’d prefer less acrimony in their deliberations, but count us as encouraged with ongoing efforts by Frankfort Plant Board directors to find a compromise solution on the controversial Tanglewood water reservoir.
Decked out in new outfits and loaded down with school supplies, many students across Kentucky will be heading back to the classroom over the next two weeks to a critical teacher shortage, state education officials warn.
It’s no secret that most Kentuckians associate Frankfort with the politicians who whirl in and out of here for 30 to 60 days each year. But those who call the capital city home know that buried beneath the cover of state government is a quaint, interesting town. And others are starting to ta…
Perhaps no one knows the ins and outs of the capital city better than Downtown Frankfort Inc. Director Kelly Everman, which makes her the perfect choice to execute the master plan for the community's central business and cultural district.
Kentucky smokers, regardless of whether they are puffing a traditional cigarette or the latest electronic version, would and should have to pay the same tax rate under legislation filed for the 2020 General Assembly by two state lawmakers on Tuesday. So would users of smokeless tobacco.
While long miles are ahead in the quest for a new animal shelter, the Frankfort City Commission’s unanimous approval Monday of a free long-term lease of land to the Franklin County Humane Society was a step — or pawprint, as the case may be — in the right direction.
With summer travel season in full swing and more motorists taking to the highways, Kentucky State Police and troopers in five nearby states are collaborating on education and enforcement of the Move Over Law next week.
In a yearlong debate fraught with emotion and distrust, we’ve been reluctant to pick sides as the Frankfort Plant Board has butted heads with city commissioners, planners and Tanglewood residents over the best option for replacing a decrepit water reservoir.
Envelope, please. After three weeks of voting, the results of this year’s Frankfort’s Faves People’s Choice Awards have been tabulated and the top three winners on each ballot are announced in a special section in Thursday’s edition.
It is often said that to teach is to learn twice. A handful of Franklin County educators participating in the second annual Teachers Academy did just that earlier this week.
Nearly five months after its decision to name the Old Pinsly Trail the Bourbon Road Rail Trail, the city commission backpedaled last week to change its blunder — opting instead for the simple Thorobred Trail.
It happened mere minutes after Rose Lavelle sliced and diced her way through the Netherlands’ defenders and sent a dazzling left kick into the net, cementing the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday. The crowd of nearly 58,000 began chanting “equal pay,” a two-word…
With the hope that a ban on paper recycling is only temporary, the City of Frankfort is offering residents, for a limited time, an opportunity to upgrade to larger trash carts at a deeply discounted price.
On Tuesday, Kentuckians woke to the news that Democrat Amy McGrath will challenge 34-year U.S. senator and current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in next year’s election.