The Frankfort State Journal en Potatoes from I-64 Spill Donated to Charity <p><a href="">Nearly 500 pounds of potatoes</a> were distributed among several Franklin County shelters and food pantries Saturday after an accident on I-64 Tuesday involving a semi carrying 40,000 potatoes left local emergency crews with about 50 bags of spuds to get rid of.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 21:10:13 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 19433 at Potatoes from I-64 Spill Donated to Charity Man Arrested for Stealing TVs <p><a href="">A Frankfort man charged with stealing</a> flat screen TVs from stores in three counties was arrested Wednesday. A tip led the Franklin County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office to arrest Seth Witherby, 34, for shoplifting in Anderson, Scott and Franklin counties, Sheriff Pat Melton says. His accomplice is still at large. &ldquo;They were going into department stores, and walking out the front door with flat screen TVs,&rdquo; Melton said. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:35:13 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 17655 at Lawmakers Expect Beshear to Push for Gambling <p><a href="">After Tuesday&rsquo;s convincing win</a>, local state lawmakers expect Gov. Steve Beshear to again push for expanding gambling and explore modernizing the state&rsquo;s tax structure during his second term. Beshear, a Democrat, unofficially beat Republican challenger David Williams by 20 points Tuesday, garnering 464,635 votes to Williams&rsquo; 295,434. Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith got 74,923 votes, or 9 percent. Statewide, 28 percent of registered voters went to the polls. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 23:01:17 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 16039 at New App from Deptartment of Education <p><a href="">That ringing iPhone can now notify Kentucky parents</a> of a changing grade in science class or an absence excuse note that never made it into the teacher&rsquo;s hands. Detailed information about public school kids&rsquo; grades, attendance and homework assignments is now available instantly from any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with a free app provided by the state Department of Education. The information that&rsquo;s available isn&rsquo;t new &ndash; it&rsquo;s just taking a new form. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:59:35 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 15073 at Civilian Employee of the Year <p><a href="">Kentucky State Police named Frankfort</a> worker Bruce Olin &ldquo;Civilian Employee of the Year&rdquo; Monday in a ceremony at Capital Plaza Hotel. Olin, who was a state trooper for 33 years, now works as a program coordinator in public affairs at KSP headquarters in Frankfort. He also serves as state coordinator for the D.A.R.E. program. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:04:15 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 14079 at Civilian Employee of the Year Protestors Celebrate 7 Months of Sit-In <p><a href="">After staging a sit-in for about seven months</a> at Gov. Steve Beshear&rsquo;s office to protest mountaintop removal, some 20 people celebrated at Frankfort&#39;s Kentucky Coffeetree Café Thursday night. Organizers also brainstormed ideas on how to keep the protest of the controversial mining technique moving forward, said Andy McDonald, a participant and supporter of the sit-ins. The protesters are also looking at other forms of civil disobedience besides a sit-in. Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:03:32 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 12591 at Kentucky Highway Safety Director Fired <p><a href="">The director of Kentucky&#39;s Office of Highway Safety </a>has been fired after an investigation found improper acceptance of gifts, timesheet violations and racial harassment in the agency. The termination letter obtained by The State Journal Thursday under the Kentucky Open Records Act, did not give a reason for the firing of Director Boyd Sigler on July 22. But a report from the Transportation Cabinet&#39;s Office of Inspector General states that Sigler &quot;accepted free passes to events at the Kentucky Motor Speedway, an organization under contract with (the cabinet) with specific oversight provided by&quot; his office. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 14:14:55 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 9981 at Gasoline Tax goes up July 1st <p><a href="">On July 1, the state gas tax</a> will increase 1.9 cents from 19.5 to 21.4 cents per gallon. The gas tax is tied to the average wholesale price of gasoline, which increased according to a survey in April, said Greg Harkenrider, acting deputy executive director for the Governor&rsquo;s Office for Policy Research. Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Transportation Cabinet, said the gas tax increase will generate about $57 million in additional revenue. The money will go into the state road fund that pays for road construction and repairs. The federal gas tax is 18.4 cents per gallon. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:19:53 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 6413 at Farmer Divorce Won't Play Out in Court <p><a href="">The cancellation of Richie Farmer&rsquo;s</a> divorce hearing is either a sign he and his wife want to settle privately or don&#39;t have issues that warrant a judge&#39;s attention, attorneys and others say. Farmer and his wife, Rebecca, had been scheduled to appear before Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams III on Thursday, but a one-sentence document in the case said the hearing had been canceled by mutual agreement. Fri, 27 May 2011 17:06:53 +0000 The Frankfort State Journal 4854 at