Opportunities seen in trips to Asia

Jun 14, 2012

Two local cities are strengthening their international ties.

Frankfort and Lafayette are sending groups to Asia to further develop relationships there.

This weekend, three high school students will represent Lafayette in its sister city in Ota, Japan.

They are traveling as part of an exchange program through the Lafayette Mayor’s Youth Council and Leadership Lafayette.

The nine day trip will include stops at schools, meetings with government leaders, and sightseeing.

In August, students from Ota will come here to experience life in Lafayette.

Full-day kindergarten will be offered in every public school district in Indiana this fall.

All but nine school districts already had full-day kindergarten, even though state funding fell short of covering the costs.

Legislators used a budget windfall to fully fund the program for next year, but it was still up to local school boards to decide whether to go forward.

All nine holdouts have opted to do so, including Frankfort and Zionsville.

Frankfort is hoping to strengthen ties with China during a trip next month.

Mayor Chris McBarnes and Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shan Sheridan will spend a week in the Zhejiang providence.

Sheridan says it’s important for the area to have a strong relationship over there because of China’s continuing growth, especially in business.

The trip is June 11th through the 18th.

It will cost more than $11,600 for both Sheridan and McBarnes.  The expense is being covered by the Clinton County Council.

Miriam Jakes Fournet, a West Lafayette-born classical musician who has enjoyed a long career in Europe returns to Central Indiana for performances in Frankfort on Friday and Sunday evening.

Frankfort launches Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Apr 24, 2012

The city of Frankfort is helping the elderly and disabled improve their homes.

The Building Inspection and Parks and Streets departments are offering free evaluations for those residents.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says identifying problems such as mowing and gutter needs gives the city an opportunity to make corrections and improve the community as a whole.

The effort is called Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

McBarnes say other Frankfort organizations are offering volunteers to make improvements to the homes that need them.

Frankfort soldier dies

Mar 22, 2012

A Clinton County soldier has died.

Sergeant Jamie Jarboe passed away yesterday from injuries suffered nearly a year ago.

The 27-year-old was paralyzed from the chest down after being shot by a sniper while on foot patrol in Southern Afghanistan last April.

A funeral for the Frankfort High School grad will be held on March 31st in Topeka, Kansas, where Jarboe and his wife lived with her two daughters.

The time and place for a memorial service in Indiana have not been set.

Golf Cart Ordinance Moves Forward in Frankfort

Mar 15, 2012

Frankfort is a step closer to adopting an ordinance that its mayor says will encourage more people to explore the city.

The city council gave initial approval to a measure that allows residents to drive golf carts on local roads.

Mayor Chris McBarnes says doing this gives more travel options for people to take advantage of what Frankfort has to offer.

The City Council must approve the measure one more time before the law takes affect. That’s expected at its next meeting later this month

Frankfort to Hold a Community Summit

Feb 22, 2012

Frankfort community leaders are coming together to outline the city’s future Thursday night.

Newly elected Mayor Chris McBarnes is hosting a summit with more than 40 representatives of local government, schools, and community organizations.

He says the goal is to improve communication and relationships among the city’s various entities and Clinton County government.

A Butler University Communications and Organizational Leadership professor will lead the event at the Frankfort Community Schools Administration Building.