Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

February 19, 2014

Fankell to seek another term

Feb. 19, 2014 —

Olive Hill Mayor Kenny Fankell has confirmed that he will be vying for the mayor’s office in this fall’s general election.

In a recent interview with the Journal-Times, Fankell went on record for the first time about his intention to seek a full term as mayor.

“I’ve decided that I’m officially going to run for mayor. I’ve sent for my papers and I’ll be filing them soon,” he said.

The first-term mayor was appointed to the position in January of last year. The office became vacant when Danny Sparks resigned shortly after being arrested for trafficking in marijuana.

As the leading vote-getter in the 2012 City Council election, Fankell was a unanimous choice to succeed Sparks.

“It was a big undertaking to get a handle on everything going on here when I first stepped in,” said Fankell.

“I’m still finding out things I didn’t know,” he added.

Improving City Hall’s reputation in the community was one of Fankell’s most important mandates when he stepped into the position.

With the city embroiled in two high-profile class action lawsuits filed by residents, restoring faith in city government was at the top of his priority list from the first day.

“I believe we have really been able to improve the communication between City Hall and the community since I took office,” said Fankell.

Additionally, the departures of longtime City Clerk Cheri James, City Attorney George Hogg and City Foreman Eddie Reynolds have afforded Fankell the opportunity to leave his imprint on the city’s most important staff positions.

It’s not been all roses for Fankell, however. The city has been in the midst of a budget crisis throughout most of his tenure.

Those financial woes led to the institution of a widely unpopular occupational tax in an effort to right the city’s fiscal ship.

Text Only
Local News
  • 16 indicted by Carter grand jury

    Indictments of 16 persons have been handed down by a Carter County grand jury. Although 11 of those were processed June 27, the documents were released Monday to the Journal-Times.

    July 23, 2014

  • Wreck4.JPG Wreck leaves trail of gravel

    Members of Carter County Emergency Management, Norton Branch Fire Department, Kentucky State Police
    and Carter County EMS responded to an overturned truck Monday afternoon.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rex Collins.JPG Package liquor sales begin in Grayson

    It took more than a year, an investment of about $750,000, and a lot of paperwork but packaged liquor went on sale last Thursday in Grayson.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Star Elementary renovation underway

    Ongoing renovation of Star Elementary School was one of the main topics of conversation at Monday night’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education.

    July 23, 2014

  • Standout Youth Rally

    The third annual Standout Youth Rally will take place this weekend at the Olive Hill Shrine Park. The Christian praise and worship experience is free and includes admission, food, camping and entertainment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Stage lighting welcome at renovated OHHS

    Performers at the Olive Hill Arts and Education Center, previously known as Olive Hill High School, eventually will be highly visible to their audiences in the future, thanks to help from the Carter County Community Fund (CCCF).

    July 23, 2014

  • Olive Hill fire chief to step down

    Olive Hill Fire Chief Wes Gilliam has informed the Journal-Times that he will resign from his position effective July 31.

    July 23, 2014

  • DSC_9807.JPG Beer on sale in Olive Hill

    Malt beverage sales began in Olive Hill last Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • store.jpg Packaged liquor sales begin this week

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_7242.jpg Rodeo rides again at Carter County Fair

    After three years with no rodeo, the bucking broncos will return to the Carter County Fair this Thursday and Friday.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

Poll