Like many Americans, it seems Kentuckians have a preferred way to vote based on their political party affiliation. State Democrats are outpacing their GOP brethren in the number of absentee ballots cast, and Republicans are leading Dems in in-person early voting.
As a whole the United States may be a racially diverse country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there is evidence of “the melting pot” everywhere.
Frankfort’s yards and intersections are crammed with campaign signs vying for voters’ eyes, ballots are being signed and sent in the mail and this week social-distanced folks started lining up for early in-person voting in the Franklin County Election Headquarters at the former Frankfort Pla…
Though bone-jarringly bumpy right now, East Main Street hill will receive a fresh surface and new traffic pattern, which gives local motorists, cyclists and pedestrians something to cheer about.
The outgoing Frankfort City Commission’s effort to muzzle one of its own raises interesting legal, and even constitutional, questions that should be reason for the city to proceed carefully.
The Frankfort City Commission, which dumped a popular city manager less than six months before a new commission takes office, shouldn’t compound the mistake by hiring a permanent replacement.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to do adapt. From wearing face masks in public and distance learning to ordering restaurant takeout and working remotely, in the past six months we’ve had to adjust our daily routines around the threat of the virus.
Sunday’s Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Franklin County Women and Family Shelter is a perfect example of how both big and small local businesses and volunteers can work together for the betterment of the community.
While many in the community are debating whether Mayor Bill May’s hiring of a public relations firm at $5,000 per month has been worth the expense, a somewhat buried but bigger concern is the mayor's use of his private email account and text messages on a personal device to conduct city business.
Some health experts are predicting a double whammy this fall as COVID-19 continues to spread and speeds toward the intersection of cold and flu season.
Those who don’t think change is possible should take a trip downtown. After continual resurfacing every few years, traffic now flows in both directions on two-way West Main Street and the city is awash in color, compliments of numerous recently installed murals around town — something that s…
It’s been 14 years since the Kentucky legislature gave the Transportation Cabinet special permission to speed up the issuance of “Unbridled Spirit” license plates to replace what many Kentuckians dubbed the “Mr. Smiley” or “Teletubbies” license plate — a design that depicted a smiling, risin…
With a career spanning 2½ decades, Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carmen Inman has been an integral part of the local business community. Late last month, she announced her mid-October retirement in a letter to chamber board Chair Paola Roe.
With the state surpassing 50,000 COVID-19 cases this week and many Kentucky schools starting in-person classes at the end of the month, Gov. Andy Beshear hinted Wednesday that he expects to extend the mandate requiring people to wear facial coverings in public.
In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has canceled everything from classes to concerts, we are grateful for the continuity of one tradition that has been uninterrupted for the past 145 years — the Kentucky Derby.
We believe Frankfort Mayor Bill May was well-intentioned in his June decision to hire a Louisville public relations firm to advise him during COVID-19.
Amid an outcry over mail delays and warnings of political inference in November’s general election, roughly two dozen local residents rallied in front of the Frankfort branch of the U.S. Postal Service on Saturday to show their support for the government agency.
In this digital age when technology becomes obsolete faster than former Western Hills football standout and current University of Nebraska wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson can run the 40-yard dash, it’s not often that a decision made four years ago has a significant effect today. But that is …
Since May, we have taken the Franklin County Fiscal Court to task six times for a variety of reasons, from its indecisiveness to its lack of vision for building the local economy.
Monday evening’s “without cause” firing of City Manager Keith Parker in a 3-2 vote by elected leaders sent ripples through the community, raising the question of whether Frankfort can continue to function with a city manager form of government.
It’s been eight years since Charlie Semones, a 6-year-old Early Learning Village kindergartner, died after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Excel Court in the Silver Lake neighborhood. Charlie was not wearing a bike helmet at the time of the accident.
Though hard to believe, it has been more than a year since Bryant’s Pic-Pac — a downtown grocery staple on West Second Street — shut its doors for good. In the time since, the store, which provided many Frankfort residents without transportation a walkable option for grocery needs, has sat v…
The temperature isn’t the only thing that has risen in July — so too has the number of Franklin Countians testing positive for the coronavirus.
As Frankfort navigates the most fragile economy in nearly a century, a lack of land to accommodate new manufacturing jobs is a crisis that must be addressed by elected leadership — especially the Franklin County Fiscal Court.
A week after announcing that a 4- to 5-foot fence will be installed around the Governor’s Mansion, the Capital Planning Advisory Board discussed a nearly $50 million upgrade to the Capitol on Wednesday.
It seems the only thing the Franklin County Fiscal Court can agree on is not agreeing. Over the last several months we have noticed increasing dissension among the court members, and Thursday evening’s meeting was no different. They were at it again — this time over Judge-Executive Huston We…
This week’s news that a security fence will be built around the Governor’s Mansion is both troubling — due to the fact that there is even a need for one — and reassuring — because it will provide the first family the privacy and safety they deserve.
Parents and guardians of Franklin County Schools and Frankfort Independent Schools students have an important decision to make in the coming days — send their children back to school for in-person instruction or sign up for virtual learning to avoid the classroom altogether.
Debra Graner was one of more than 140,000 nonviolent felony offenders who had her voting rights restored when Gov. Andy Beshear followed through on his campaign pledge shortly after taking office.
After a months-long community debate over whether the old Blanton-Crutcher Farm on Duncan Road should be rezoned from agricultural to industrial, historic preservationists and neighbors of the old Blanton-Crutcher Farm proclaimed victory last week when the Franklin County Fiscal Court denied…
On this Independence Day weekend, we’re reminded of the words of this country’s first president, George Washington: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is power. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.”
Like many news organizations across the country, The State Journal performed a vital public service for the community by publishing coronavirus-related stories free online. For the past 90 days, we have permitted non-subscribers to read this content without paying for it, despite facing sign…
If it has been a while since you have tuned in to Gov. Andy Beshear’s press briefings on COVID-19, you may not recognize the backdrop and may be wondering where the updates are taking place.
Recent Franklin County Fiscal Court decisions regarding economic growth and development have left us scratching our heads as to the court’s intent.
As the writer of Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one … If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up! … Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
It’s hard to believe that it was just a week ago that we used this space to advocate for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol rotunda.
June in the capital city means it’s time to vote for Frankfort’s Faves, a readers choice awards contest sponsored by The State Journal.
It seems every time racial tensions reach a boiling point, Kentuckians engage in an age-old debate over whether the statue honoring Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederacy, should be removed from the Capitol Rotunda — a space it shares with a sculpture of President Abraham Lin…
For the past few months, we have gotten to know where city commissioner and mayoral candidates stand on a variety of community issues through our Ask the Candidates feature. Over the next two-plus weeks leading up to the June 23 primary election, The State Journal will be questioning candida…
Following a week in which racial tensions and violence boiled over in many cities across the country, triggered by the deaths of African Americans at the hands of police officers, we're reminded of — and grateful for — this community's tradition of peaceful protests.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Last week the Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education unanimously approved HERO pay — a temporary $8 per hour pay increase — for its food service workers for a 7½-week period.
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.
Starting May 11 Kentuckians will be asked to wear a face mask in public following a directive by Gov. Andy Beshear earlier this week.