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Governor announces 12 communities selected for more than $692,000 to improve recreational trails

Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his selection of 12 projects totaling $692,058 to receive funding from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), all of which will upgrade parks and recreational spaces across Kentucky. Communities selected for funding are Carroll County, Franklin County, Garrard County, Harlan County, Hart County, Henderson County, Martin County, Perry County, Shelby County, Madisonville,...

Franklin County girls basketball seeks to repeat as 11th Region champions, earn trip to Rupp Arena

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The Franklin County girls basketball team is looking for a repeat performance in 2020-21 and another trip to Rupp Arena. But will a talented Scott County squad be the primary roadblock for the Lady Flyers on the journey to the Sweet 16? Or will Paul Laurence Dunbar emerge as the top challenger to Franklin County this season in the 11th Region? Franklin County...

Lexington Catholic, Scott County, Frederick Douglass to battle for 11th Region boys hoops championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The start of the delayed 2020-21 boys basketball season finally tips off Monday, and the 11th Region is stocked with talented teams. Lexington Catholic, Scott County and Frederick Douglass all appear primed to contend for the 11th Region championship. Henry Clay could face a major rebuilding season after losing 11th Region Player of the Year Marques Warrick,...

Unbeaten Boyle County tops Franklin County in overtime to capture Class 4A state championship

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter An incredible defensive effort on a fourth-down play in overtime denied Franklin County’s bid for the Class 4A state championship. Boyle County capped on undefeated season with a 31-28 overtime victory over upset-minded Franklin County in the Class 4A state championship contest at Kroger Field in Lexington on Friday night. Franklin County had a chance...

Franklin County snaps Johnson Central 25-game win streak, advances to Class 4A state title contest

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The relentless, physical and disciplined brand of football played by Franklin County was on full display last Friday as the Flyers toughed out a 20-12 win at Johnson Central to advance to the program’s first state title game. Johnson Central (10-1) entered Friday as the defending Class 4A state champion with a 25-game winning streak, but Franklin County (9-1)...

Franklin County (8-1) faces defending state champion Johnson Central (10-0) in Class 4A semifinals

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A 41-year drought ended on Saturday night when Franklin County posted a 48-14 win over Allen County-Scottsville to capture the school’s first regional championship since 1979. The Franklin County community is excited about a football program that is one win away from playing for a Class 4A state title. But to advance to Lexington, the Flyers (8-1) must go...

Lexington Christian (7-1) faces defending Class 2A state champion Somerset (6-2) in playoff showdown

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The question for Lexington Christian is simple, but the answer will be anything but easy. Can Lexington Christian knock off defending Class 2A state champion Somerset for a second time this season when the two teams meet Friday night in Lexington? The Eagles (7-1) defeated the Briar Jumpers (6-2) by a score of 28-21 in the regular-season meeting for the right...

Louisville Central (4-0) meets Franklin County (3-0) for district regular-season crown on Friday night

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter A pair of unbeaten teams will battle for the Class 4A District 4 regular-season crown on Friday night in Frankfort as Franklin County plays host to Louisville Central. Franklin County (3-0) is 14-1 since the beginning of the 2019 campaign, with its only loss coming in the postseason district finals against Central by a score of 18-7 in a game that Flyers fans...

Prep football notebook: Lexington Christian stuns LexCath in thriller; Pikeville wins showdown with Belfry

By Chad Hensley KyForward sports reporter The 2020 version of the gridiron Holy War in Lexington was a hard-fought battle between two outstanding programs and was decided by a last-second field goal Friday night. Lexington Christian kicker Andrew Dobbs drilled a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 23-20 win at Lexington Catholic. The Eagles (2-0) rallied from a 20-7 deficit in the...

Apply soon for youth-mentor and mobility impaired waterfowl quota hunts at state fish hatcheries

Online applications are being taken Nov. 1-15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts will be available each Saturday and Sunday in January 2020. Hunts will be conducted at the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Rowan County and the Peter W. Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery in Franklin County. “There are five blinds at Minor Clark...

Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses in Woodford County catch fire, one completely destroyed

KyForward staff State and national news organizations are reporting a major fire at two Jim Beam bourbon barrel warehouses on McCracken Pike in Woodford County near the Franklin County line. Image captured from WKYT video Officials are reporting that the fire started in one warehouse and spread to the other. Cause was apparently a lightning strike at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bluegrass Emergency Response...

Transportation Cabinet in final stages of testing new driver’s license system; to pilot in Woodford, Franklin

The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months. A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available...

Health officials investigating two new hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is investigating two recent hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County. DPH declared a hepatitis A outbreak last year. Since August of 2017 more than 2,275 outbreak-associated cases of acute hepatitis A have been reported in 94 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Hepatitis A has been a contributing factor in 16 deaths...

Sen. Whitney Westerfield plans to appeal circuit court ruling on Marsy’s Law to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today State Sen. Whitney Westerfield said he will appeal a Franklin County judge’s ruling that orders election officials in Kentucky not to certify results of a referendum on whether to change the state’s constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday that the measure, known as “Marsy’s Law,” was not worded...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

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...

Kentucky Angels: Public health nurses deployed to Florida after hurricane return home early

A group of public health nurses from Kentucky, who became known as “The Kentucky Angels” after helping victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida, returned home Friday. The team, which consisted of 10 nurses and two administrative staff members, spent more than a week helping displaced residents in the Orlando and Naples areas. Four nurses from Northern Kentucky were among the Kentucky Angels. They...

Kentucky American Water to purchase Ridgewood Wastewater System in Franklin County

Kentucky American Water has signed an agreement indicating the intent to purchase the wastewater assets of Classic Construction, Inc., that serve Franklin County’s Ridgewood subdivision and areas adjacent to the neighborhood, and to assume providing wastewater services to that community once the transaction is completed later this year, pending approval by the Kentucky Public Service Commission....