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At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Grimes takes part in naturalization ceremony with Kentucky’s 141 newest citizens

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week took part in her 80th naturalization ceremony since taking office, welcoming 141 new citizens from 46 countries. The ceremony occurred just before Mother’s Day weekend at the Woman’s Club of Louisville. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans at the federal courthouse. Grimes spoke...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...

Teachers gather in Frankfort for march on Capitol for voice on state budget as lawmakers convene

Staff report Traffic jams in Frankfort early this morning, long lines of cars at Interstate off-ramps, the Capitol parking garage already filled and crowds already gathered around the Kentucky Education Association building — all signs of a major gathering of teachers for protests as lawmakers address a state budget. A rally and march of the state’s teachers will start at KEA headquarters...

Once Frankfort’s tallest building, Capitol Tower Plaza comes tumbling down Sunday with implosion

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In a matter of seconds, what once was Frankfort’s tallest building is now a pile of rubble. The Capital Tower Plaza, a 27-story, 330-foot building that was 46 years old, came tumbling down after being imploded on Sunday. Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum called it a milestone for the city of Frankfort, Franklin County and the state. The Capital...

The Week in Frankfort: Public pensions, dyslexia, terrorism, pawn shops, sex trafficking and more

The most-anticipated bill of the General Assembly’s 2018 session was unveiled this week with the introduction of a public pension reform bill in the Senate. The proposal is different in significant ways than the one that was unveiled last fall. Perhaps most significantly, the new plan does not call for moving public employees into a defined contribution 401 (k) –style system. Though some policymakers...

Frankfort this week: Marsy’s Law clears Senate; others followed on rare diseases, organ donors, pets

The General Assembly’s 2018 session passed one of its early milestones this week as the first bill to clear a chamber this year was approved by the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday.   The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3, brought back an issue lawmakers have considered before: adding language to the state constitution that specifies certain rights that should be afforded to crime victims. These rights...

TOPY America to invest $37 million in phase-one upgrades at Franklin County facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience...

Join a few thousand of your friends at Saturday’s annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Memories are waiting to be made with a few thousand friends at the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort on Saturday. “Glenna and I hope to see you there,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. The family-friendly event has a long, festive tradition beginning on the first Saturday in May way back in 1935 when then-Gov. A. B. “Happy” Chandler...

Dominion Senior Living breaks ground for new 84-resident faith-based, personal-care home in Frankfort

Rendering of Exterior Front of the building. Courtesy of Dominion Living of Frankfort) Community leaders and clergy joined company officials from Knoxville-based Dominion Senior Living to break ground last week on the company’s second faith-based, personal care home community in Kentucky, Dominion Senior Living of Frankfort. The ceremony involved a prayerful dedication led by Dr. Tony Crisp, senior...

Open Invitation: Governor says everyone is welcome at Downtown Derby Celebration Saturday

Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. in downtown Frankfort. “Glenna and I are honored to welcome everyone to the 2016 Derby Celebration,” said Bevin. “This year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ will be the highlight of a fun-filled weekend in the Commonwealth. We are thrilled...

EatKentucky: Frankfort’s well-named Cliffside Diner a classic, unspoiled small town place

By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward Cliffside Diner is certainly well named. Built on a strip of land between a real live cliff below all the Kentucky Capitol goings-on and a road that hugs the meandering Kentucky River, Cliffside has been serving traditional diner fare for decades. The current Cliffside is a reboot of the old diner, which went out of business several years ago. This is Cliffside...

Old Time Kentucky: ‘Little Toad’ Marshall may have been the biggest scoundrel in state political history

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist It’s been a while since a Frankfort mob threatened to heave a politician into the Kentucky River or run one out of town with rocks and brickbats. Apparently, the last time was 1795, when the city’s “vituperative, vitriolic little toad who seemed to enjoy making people mad” came home. The object of the rowdies’ disaffection was freshman U.S. Sen. Humphrey...

Dr. Mary Sias announces retirement from KSU, after a 10-year tenure as president

Dr. Mary Evans Sias has announced that she will retire, effective June 30, 2014, after serving 10 years as president of Kentucky State University.   Dr. Mary Evans Sias “The last 10 years at Kentucky State have been truly the most rewarding of my 36-year career in higher education. I am proud of the work that the board, a great administrative cabinet, and outstanding faculty and staff have done...

Injured farmer gets helping hand from FFA chapter; members learn value of giving back

Western Hills High School student Jenny Carr has become quite proficient at grading tobacco, thanks to her involvement helping an injured farmer strip his tobacco. (Photo by Tim Thornberry)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   ‘Tis the season for giving, and in the agriculture community, perhaps no organization does it better than the FFA – Future Farmers of America.   The...

Robert Treadway: As we celebrate MLK, remember also those who marched with him

On March 5, 1964, a cold rainy day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., led a peaceful march on the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort. The Kentucky General Assembly was in session at the time and was considering a civil rights bill that would have effectively ended segregation in private accommodations in Kentucky.   I know the weather that day because my friend Calvert McCann, who marched with Dr. King in...

JSH’s KY: Five ideal Kentucky locations for
a semi-long-distance commute to Lexington

At one point or another in my meandering life, I’ve spent quality time in most of the Commonwealth’s cities. Over the years, I’ve found that certain areas are more advantageous than others when shlepping back and forth to my beloved Lexington. If one must live elsewhere while working in Lexington (but hey, who wouldn’t want to live in Lexington, anyway?) I list here for your...