Hannah Brown

In(o)vaders take over 801 Schenkle Lane

In March 2020, new neighbors moved into 801 Schenkel Lane, where they developed a community of innovators, critical thinkers, crafters and discoverers. The community, known as the Franklin Center for Innovation, is a non-profit makerspace with about 30 members.   Gary Stratton, president of the board of directors, said he and some other partners started talking about opening up the makerspace in the summer of 2019. Stratton is a member of the Frankfort Entrepreneurs group and he teaches business classes at Kentucky State University, where he met innovation director Ron Chi. “We started talking about different things we could...

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World musician: Dr. Keith McCutchen using numerous influences to share his musical language

The world of music was introduced into Dr. Keith McCutchen’s life at a young age. On Sunday mornings on his way to Center Baptist Church in South Union, Kentucky, with his mother, they would listen to classical music in the car. At church his mother would play the piano as the African American congregation, led by Annie Mae Huffman, would begin to sing.  “She was the elder statesperson of the church … oldest member at the time,” McCutchen said. “She would sing these songs that no one would even know at the time. We would learn it and sing...

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Being Santa: Capital City Clauses working to spread joy to children locally and abroad

With a twinkle in their eyes, a twitch of their noses and a jolly “ho ho ho,” Frankfort’s Capital City Clauses are working this holiday season to spread joy and Christmas magic to children locally and around the world. The group consists of five local Santas — Ralph Gould, Russ Kennedy, George Brooks, Jackie Inman and Robert Cinnamon — who work together to make sure Frankfort’s Santa needs are met through the holidays. One of them even does virtual visits with children around the world. The Santas can be reached at santaralphky@gmail.com, 502-385-1074 or 502-803-0242. Learn more about each...

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Wooldridges make Christmas special for everyone

Thirty-five years ago Rita Anglin Wooldridge and Glenn Wooldridge began dating. “On one of our first dates we went skiing,” Rita said. “I had never been. I went down the slope and I fell under the snow machine. I laid under that snow machine until he came back. My eyelashes were frozen. “It’s been a crazy time,” she said while reflecting on their relationship. Glenn and Rita are the owners of Wooldridge Jewelers on East Main. “The first few years we had Christmas together we had nothing,” Rita said. “Some of the things he got me in the beginning...

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Reaves directing BTG through pandemic, helping to continue 40 years of community theater

Forty years ago, Sally Jump — who had recently moved to Frankfort — set out to bring performing arts to the community. Prior to moving to Frankfort, Jump, a theatre and journalism major from Murray State University, had been working with a newly formed theatre group at the time, Purchase Players, in Mayfield, Kentucky. “They asked me to direct for them,” Jump said. “I directed their first four plays.” Eventually, Jump made her way to Frankfort and friends of hers from Purchase Players wanted to move to the capital city as well and start a performing arts academy. After...

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