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Image 1 of The State Journal April 24, 2012

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CAJUN FLAIR SPICES UP BOOK NIGHT GIVEAWAY LOCAL F r a n k F o r t, k e n t u c k y n 50c n A5 Tuesday A p r i L 2 4 , 2012 s tat e -j o u r n a l .co m After recent accidents, residents want action Mother, whose daughter was friends with boy killed, worries same might happen again By KayleIgh ZysKowsKI Two recent accidents – one fatal – in residential areas sparked concern with three Frankfort residents who confronted city commissioners about street safety during Monday’s voting commission meeting. Julie Grant, who lives on Jackson Drive, asked the city to put a “Deaf Child at Play” sign on her dead end street, because her daughter wears a hearing aid. “I’m concerned what happened to her friend Charlie Semones is going to happen to my own child,” Grant said. Si x-yea r-old Cha rles Semones died April 14 after he was hit by a Jeep while riding his bike in Silver Lake subdivision. “ We stand guard out there,” Grant said about her neighborhood, “but, still, the parents can stand in the street, and the cars – they almost hit us as adults. I’m just concerned that they won’t see her there.” Grant told the commissioners there are no side- | MORE INSIdE • Man arrested for duI after afternoon wreck on Holmes Street monday. a5 walks on the street near her house, and because it’s a dead end there should be a slower speed limit along with extra signs. “Of course one of the topics that came up in the investigation of the accident she talked about was the speed limit on some of the streets in Frankfort,” Police Chief Walter Wilhoite said about the Silver Lake accident. City Manager Fred Goins said the city is aware of Grant’s request, and officials plan to meet to decide what can be done. However, Public Works Director Jeff Hackbart said putting up street signs is not as simple as it sounds. The city uses a manual called Uniform Traffic Control Devices – that specifies which signs are consistent with others across the country, and the “slow, children at see safeT y, a7 Boy from lockdown suspended Superintendent says he, 2 others had plan By KaTheran wasson HannaH Reel/ HReel@ State-jouRnal.Com members of the violin ensemble rehearse at elkhorn elementary School. Violin ensemble grows large Teacher pools resources to buy 15 instruments for program By KaTheran wasson T he kids in Elkhorn Elementary School’s v iol i n en semble gathered in Alicia Lyles’ music room last week for their final rehearsal of the school year. They scrambled to pull the violins from a cabinet in the back of the room and get them tuned before Lyles called on them to warm up with some simple scales. Lyles quizzed the fourthand fifth-graders as they played each note. “One finger changes it to an …” “E!” they answered. “Two fingers changes it to an …” “F sharp!” they said as they hit it. They moved on to “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Hot Cross Buns,” and then took things up a notch by playing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as Lyles accompanied them on the piano, moving a little faster each time. Lyles projected the sheet music up on the big screen, The student who allegedly brought a hunting knife and BB gun to Bondurant Middle last week won’t return to the school. The 14-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, has been suspended for 10 days, Superintendent Harrie Buecker said today. School district officials are awaiting court action to decide his punish- ment, she said. “We are looking at expulsion and other alternatives, and we also have The Academy as a back-up,” Buecker said, referencing the district’s alternative school. “We haven’t determined yet, but he won’t be back at Bondurant. We want to send a message that we are serious about this.” Bondurant was on lockdown for almost an hour see loCKdown, a8 Man convicted of sodomy of a minor under 12 state journal staff report HannaH Reel/ HReel@ State-jouRnal.Com see vIolIns, a8 D elainee Partee, 9, plays during rehearsal. A 63-year-old Frankfort man has been convicted of first-degree sodomy of a minor. Frankfort police said Sylvester Clay was convicted by a Franklin County Circuit Court jury Thursday on one count of sodomy involving a victim younger than 12. Clay was charged with the crime see sodoMy, a7 Sylvester Clay It’s down to details for Judicial Center Development Board picking out carpets, light fixtures, equipment for $30 million project By l auren hallow After a string of tense meetings involving hefty change orders and closeddoor discussions on potential litigation, the Project Development Board had a different kind of issue to debate Monday: What kind of carpet will go in the Franklin County Clerk’s office? Board members spent nearly two hours Monday going over carpet samples, light fixtures and audio/visual equipment for the new $30 million Franklin County Judicial Center. WEEKLY POLL: Personal politics Has the political feud between Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams become too personal? Yes, 73% No, 26% Total votes: 107 Vote on or mark Yes q No q and return CLASSIFIED, CMYK It was a change of pace from two meetings ago, when the board spent an hour in closed session discussing potential litigation, and another trying to figure out where a $25,000 change order for paint originated. With a little more than a year to go until completion, Judge-Executive Ted Collins said it’s time for the board to focus on the little things. “We’re getting into a stage where we are getting into lots of details … like the lighting, the carpet, the trim and the colors,” Collins said. “We’re a pretty engaging board … I think the whole >>SPORTS, B1 No. 10 Scott County blanks WHHS in softball. >>LOCAL, A5 Take-Back Day provides chance to dispose of prescription drugs. board has a great interest in building the greatest judicial center we can build, and that takes involvement and time.” Collins said the board will continue going over details at its next meeting. He announced Monday that there will be a tour at the May meeting of the construction underway so members like County Clerk Sally Jump and Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate can see what their offices will look like. And as for the closed-door discussions, those may be see JudICIal CenTer, a7 TONIGHT’S WEATHER Partly cloudy, low around 43 WEATHER, A8 B4-6 | COMICS, B7 | EDITORIALS, A4 | OBITUARIES, A2 | SPECTRUM, A6 | SPORTS, B1-4 | TV NEWS, B8 | STATE AND LOCAL, A5 CMYK

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