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Hoping to curb speeding and implement more pedestrian safety measures on Capital Avenue — one of the city’s most iconic streets — the city commission last week requested that staff reach out to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to find out more information into what traffic calming …

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President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year and the Frankfort City Commission followed suit, voting unanimously last June to make the holiday, which marks the emancipation of African American slaves in the U.S., a paid day off for all city staff. But not every government …

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Earlier this month, six Franklin County Regional Jail inmates were sent to Frankfort Regional Medical Center for suspected fentanyl use. Four of the six were administered Narcan, a medicine used for the treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose emergency, prior to being transported t…

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Is the future of the city’s partnership with Kentucky Capital Development Corporation in jeopardy? Last week the city commission met to discuss the operational status and future plans for economic development as it pertains to the organization.

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When it comes to second chances there are very few local folks whose life story rivals that of Dale Robinson, who spent much of his two sons’ young lives incarcerated on drug charges and completely turned his life around after he was released.

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With all the dire news coming out of Kentucky State University in recent months, last week’s announcement of a partnership between the school and CHI Saint Joseph Health is a positive step in the right direction for students at the state’s only public HBCU (Historically Black College and Uni…

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Over the next 2½ weeks, 19 fourth graders and two teachers will be laid to rest. On May 24 an 18-year-old gunman — who we have chosen not to name — armed with an AR-15 barricaded himself inside their Uvalde, Texas, elementary school and began shooting and killing them before a team of border…

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Franklin County Schools is doing its best to retain teachers and staff members. At last week’s meeting the FCS board of education approved a tentative budget for the next fiscal year, which includes a 2% pay hike for all employees. This is the fifth time in the past six years that FCS staff …

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Franklin County Clerk Jeff Hancock has a message for local voters. “I want to lead the state. I want the largest voter turnout in the state of Kentucky right here in Franklin County. We’re always one, two or three, I wanna be one,” he said. And we couldn’t agree more.

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Now that the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic seems to be in the rearview mirror and folks can safely gather outside again, we are glad to see more residents, families and visitors being drawn to Frankfort and think the capital city needs more community and family-friendly events such as th…

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Perhaps nothing is more magical than watching someone’s dream come true. That is exactly what happened to University of Kentucky wide receiver and Western Hills graduate Wan’Dale Robinson last week when he was selected by the New York Giants with the 43rd pick in the NFL Draft.

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We can all agree that substance use disorder (SUD) is a problem here in Frankfort and across Kentucky and the country. And while many folks are helping to break the stigma of addiction, they are facing pushback from others who don’t seem to understand that recovery is possible and most of th…

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The Booe family has been handcrafting chocolates — including its world famous bourbon balls — for more than 103 years and counting. We can’t think of a business that better personifies the word “resilience,” which is why Rebecca Ruth Candy Tours and Museum were honored as the recipient of th…

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The primary election is approximately one month away and there are many key races that will affect Franklin Countians, perhaps the most important of which is the judge-executive seat, where three Democrats — incumbent Huston Wells, 3rd District Magistrate Michael Mueller and 1st District Con…

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Kentucky’s 2022-24 budget finds funding an 8% across-the-board raise for state employees this year — the first pay raise for state workers since fiscal year 2015 — with salary increases for fiscal year 2024 dependent on lawmakers in the next legislative session. State social workers, family …

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Seven years after accepting the job of superintendent of Frankfort Independent Schools, Houston Barber announced earlier this week that he is stepping down to accept a position as deputy superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, where he will assist in the planning, operation, supervi…

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With legislation to keep Kentucky State University financially afloat awaiting the governor’s signature, the proverbial ball is now in the state’s only public historically Black college’s court.

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April is teacher appreciation month and one local organization is raising money to fund a luncheon and show support for the approximately 640 who teach in Frankfort Independent Schools and Franklin County Schools and work tirelessly for students in our community.

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In a unanimous and unprecedented 4-0 vote following a public trial-type hearing elected leaders last week chose to remove one of their own from the city commission ranks. After deliberating for approximately 35 minutes, Mayor Layne Wilkerson, Mayor Pro Tem Katrisha Waldridge and Commissioner…

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While Kentucky State University still waits for official word from the Legislature as to whether it will receive a $23 million appropriation for the current fiscal year to remain afloat and continues to look for ways to slash $7 million from the next fiscal year’s budget, it’s also keeping a…

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After eight months of virtually being left in limbo, the Kentucky Capital Development Corp. now has enough board members to qualify as a quorum. On March 4, Mayor Layne Wilkerson announced three city appointments finally giving the local economic development organization a full board.

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It’s becoming a regular occurrence. For the third straight year, the Franklin County High School girls basketball team has punched their ticket to the 2022 Mingua Beef Jerky/KHSAA Girls’ Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament brackets aren’t the only ones being filled out this month. Frankfort is one of 16 cities vying for the title in the 7th annual Strongest Towns Contest.

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Many residents in the Frankfort and Franklin County community, like many areas across the country, suffer from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or drug addiction — which the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines as a mental disorder that affects a person’s brain and behavior leading…

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It’s no secret that we are all paying more for the items we use every day. Elected leaders on both sides of the aisle recently took actions to curb the sting of rising inflation, which is fueling higher consumer prices.

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The Frankfort Convention Center was closed and demolished by the state four years ago. However, in the past few weeks it has become increasingly apparent that Frankfort is still in need of a venue that can accommodate larger crowds.

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Nearly a week after Kentucky State University stakeholders attended Green and Gold Day at the state Capitol and just a day after the Frankfort City Commission drafted a yet-to-be-passed resolution in support of the institution, the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took the first st…

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Last week’s jury trial into alleged sexual abuse by a former Bondurant Middle School teacher is a perfect example of why those who are charged with crimes in the American judicial system should always be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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The Frankfort City Commission set a precedent late last month when it unanimously approved a resolution and memorandum of agreement (MOA) for a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) — the first of its kind — with Prescient Frankfort 1 LLC for a proposed senior living facility to be located at the…

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A story featured in Wednesday’s edition about a woman who was recently arrested for squatting in an unfinished East Frankfort house highlights a larger problem — linking those who are homeless with available resources in our community — especially in cold weather.

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After more than a month of conducting interviews for Frankfort police chief, the city commission in a unanimous vote announced Wednesday afternoon following an executive session that veteran officer Dustin “Dusty” Bowman would take the helm. His first day in the department’s top spot was Thu…

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After a nearly two-year wait, we are encouraged by the news that both Frankfort and Franklin County are once again collecting curbside glass recycling and hope to include paper to the list of recyclables later this year.

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Count us among those who are grateful that Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd stepped in and ordered a temporary injunction for an encroachment permit that would allow only right turns between Sonny’s BBQ and the newly constructed RaceTrac travel center on Versailles Road near Dun…

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While many University of Kentucky fans are sad that junior wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, consider us among those who are happy for the Frankfort native for making his childhood dream to play football at the professional level a reality.

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