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Freshly pinned Frankfort Police Chief Chuck Adams isn’t likely to be the loudest person in the room. In fact, he has more of a quiet demeanor along with the uncanny ability to lead by example.

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Just a few weeks into summer break and already the “I’m boreds” have been flung in family rooms around Frankfort. Fortunately, there’s no need to fork over big bucks to entertain the kids this summer. There are several free local child-friendly options for families with kids of all ages.

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It is often said to really know someone you must walk a mile in his or her shoes. This is especially true of Franklin County’s annual Relay for Life, which is slated from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at Kentucky State University.

The Frankfort City Commission missed an opportunity Monday night to blend historic preservation with modern-day fun and recreation — a balancing act community leaders best get good at if Frankfort is to remain an economically viable community that attracts young families.

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While some may argue that access to computer tablets at the Franklin County Regional Jail is a privilege inmates shouldn’t be granted, we believe the benefits of the program, which launched in early May, outweigh the cons.

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Lost amid budgetary discussions, dollar figures and rebate chatter at Tuesday’s Frankfort Plant Board meeting was a $15,000 line item that is important in its own right. Board members agreed to set aside the funds to build water bottle filling stations in all Franklin County schools.

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Much like a melting, sticky Bomb Pop from the local ice cream truck or chasing blinking fireflies at dusk, the Downtown Frankfort Summer Concert Series on the Old Capitol lawn is a rite of summer in Frankfort.

Ready for an out-of-this-world experience this summer? Visit one of the community’s most valuable and underutilized resources — the Paul Sawyier Public Library, which is currently registering readers of all ages (including adults) for its summer reading program “A Universe of Stories.”

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An unusually late cold trough over the Rocky Mountains mixing with warm, moist air in the central plains has triggered violent storms and spawned tornadoes across a wide swath of the country. Unfortunately, neither the cold air mass nor the high-pressure system that has planted itself in the…

Those hoping to cool off from the brutal central Kentucky humidity by taking a dip at Juniper Hill Aquatic Center this summer are going to feel the burn — in the wallet. The city’s only public swimming pool opened its gates for the season Saturday with a 50-cent increase on single-day admiss…

Between Franklin County Schools being released for summer break today, two local high school graduations tomorrow and the first annual FrankFest set for Sunday, there is quite a lot going on this three-day weekend. Regardless of whether you mark Memorial Day with a family barbecue or are pla…

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The Frankfort City Commission got an earful and then some at Monday’s meeting over an issue that, as one commissioner noted, many in the community see in black and white rather than shades of gray — allowing mountain biking in Leslie Morris Park, home of Civil War battle site Fort Hill.

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Satisfied that a proposed new mural ordinance strikes a balance between historic preservation and artists’ and property owners’ freedom of speech, the Frankfort City Commission seems poised to pass the legislation at tonight’s meeting — ending a moratorium placed on downtown murals last month.

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is challenging Kentuckians to prove her prediction wrong. On Thursday, she projected that only about 12.5% — a remarkably low number — of the state’s registered voters will go to the polls for Tuesday’s primary election.

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The unexpected news that the City of Lexington, where nine affiliate counties, including Franklin and the City of Frankfort haul their recyclables, has suspended collection of paper products effective immediately was a surprise that came out of left field for most folks — including city and …

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What some characterize as an “invasive species,” Dollar General won’t be adding a fourth Franklin County location in Bridgeport after several concerns from local officials and opposition from a group of community planning supporters prompted the national chain to pull its application to buil…

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While speaking to Frankfort High School upperclassmen Wednesday, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Aaron Thompson, former interim president of Kentucky State University, made a key point — higher education is for everyone. However, he also cautioned students — most of who…

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The cola wars are fizzing up, leaving soda companies scrambling to come up with new gimmicks and new flavors to satiate the masses. We wish, however, that Ale-8-One, a Kentucky favorite with its ginger and citrus kick, wasn’t one of them. On Monday, the Winchester-based company announced the…

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The most exciting two minutes in sports stretched into the longest 22-minute wait for the official results after a historic objection was raised against apparent winner Maximum Security for veering into other horses’ lanes in the final turn before the homestretch of the 145th Run for the Roses.

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Earlier this week, the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to approve school calendars for the next two years. Under a new format, the former three-week fall and spring breaks will be divided into three one-week intersession increments with one week devoted to …

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The Frankfort City Commission, at its next meeting, should make a strong, unequivocal statement in support of economic development generally in this community and the Kentucky Capital Development Corp. specifically.

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When the final school bell rings letting kids out for summer break later this month, many low-income students facing food insecurity will go home to barren cupboards, according to a new report by Feeding America that found 13.6% of Franklin Countians lack reliable access to a sufficient quan…

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The majority of us — 84%, according to a AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report — recognize the dangers of cellphone distractions while driving, finding it “unacceptable” to text or email behind the wheel. Yet more than one-third of us still admit to having read or sent a text or email mes…

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For many folks in Franklin County there is an unrivaled annual tradition that happens this time of year. It’s not the Lillies for Fillies race or even the Run for the Roses. It is the Franklin County High School Future Farmers of America chapter’s “Drive Your Tractor to School Day.”

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When it comes to riling up Kentucky teachers, no one seems to do it better than Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, whose untoward comments of late rank right up there with the proverbial fingernails scratching down a chalkboard on the list of educators’ most unpleasant sounds.

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What a pleasure it was to see Hearts and Handrails, a grassroots campaign launched by a handful of Frankfort skateboarding friends, succeed on its first initiative of drawing attention to and getting repairs made at the worn and rickety Lakeview Park skate park.

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It is often said that we didn’t inherit the earth from our fathers but are borrowing it from our children. Perhaps no one knows that better than farmers — who work in acres, not hours.

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With visitors from across the globe expected in the capital city for next weekend’s Derby festivities, now is the perfect time for each of us to polish our little piece of Frankfort so we can collectively put our best foot forward when we roll out the welcome mat.

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Last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would sponsor legislation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco in every state from 18 to 21 years old — an idea we believe will go up in smoke.

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News that former Gov. and current state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, won’t seek re-election next year and will instead back state Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, for his seat was bittersweet.

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Word that Elkhorn Elementary music teacher Alicia Lyles is one of only eight elementary school educators across the state to be honored with a 2020 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award was, to put it bluntly, music to our ears.

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Somewhat lost in the excitement over fresh pavement at Friday’s Franklin County Fiscal Court meeting was the possibility of a three-lane East Main Street. The state is performing a preliminary engineering study to look at the feasibility of reducing the four-lane roadway, one of the main art…

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The countdown to the count has officially begun. In a little less than a year — 354 days, to be precise — the 2020 U.S. Census, which only occurs once every decade, will be underway. In an effort to raise awareness, as well as encourage and increase participation rates, the Frankfort Complet…

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In a perfect world, where the City of Frankfort and its municipal utility would be flush with cash and have no pressing obligations, we’d like to see a lawsuit over the utility’s autonomy from city government go all the way to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The community would benefit in the lo…

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Oftentimes with topics such as the hotly debated moratorium on murals in the city, there are no easy answers written or, in this case, painted on the wall. Folks seem to be viewing it as black or white issue when, in reality, there are innumerable shades of gray where a compromise could be reached.

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With all the issues currently facing Frankfort’s elected leaders — downtown redevelopment, the implementation of the TIGER grant and the hotly debated Tanglewood Reservoir project — the city commission has called an emergency meeting to halt work on, of all things, murals.

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