New Survey Seeks Community Input on Making Berea More “Age-Friendly”

City of Berea
City of Berea

Berea Mayor Steve Connelly and a group of local representatives have launched the Berea Age-Friendly Survey 2015 to gather public input on making the city more Age-Friendly. The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/AgeFriendlyBerea. More information and a downloadable print version of the survey is available on the City of Berea website www.bereaky.gov

Community input is a vital step in the Age-Friendlycommunities’ process. Once completedthe needs of all residents are used to promote a more livable community where all residents feel safe and Continue reading New Survey Seeks Community Input on Making Berea More “Age-Friendly”

New Laws Go Into Effect in Kentucky This Week

Marie Rader
Marie Rader

The long, hot days of summer is a long way from the months we spent during the winter debating and passing legislation in the 2015 Regular Session. But many of the laws we passed during those winter months are set to become law on June 24th, 98 of the 117 bills in fact.

One of the biggest pieces of legislation that becomes law this week has to do with changes to Kentucky’s child booster seat law. House Bill 315 will require booster seats to be used in vehicles by children younger than eight years old who are between 40 and 57 inches tall. The reason for the changes is that according to data on auto accidents, kids between 40 and 57 inches tall not in a booster seat were suffering seat belt injuries because the belt was in many cases across the child’s neck Continue reading New Laws Go Into Effect in Kentucky This Week

McConnell on the Confederate Battle Flag

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

“The Confederate Battle Flag means different things to different people, but the fact that it continues to be a painful reminder of racial oppression to many suggests to me at least that it’s time to move beyond it, and that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed. There should be no confusion in anyone’s mind that as a people we’re united in our determination to put that part of our history behind us.”

KSP Charges Man With Distribution Of Child Pornography

KSP
KSP

On June 18, 2015, at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 7-Richmond, arrested Matthew R. Hollan, 21, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

Hollan was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. The images included prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at Hollan’s residence on June 18, 2015. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was Continue reading KSP Charges Man With Distribution Of Child Pornography

Richmond Raceway Returns to Action

Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway

After an off weekend, Richmond Raceway co-promoters Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz will return with racing action at the 3/10 mile red clay oval known as “The Beast of the East” this Saturday June 27 as the track presents Four Cylinder Fury, paying $1,000 to win for Four Cylinders, plus a full racing card of competition in all other divisions.

Richmond Raceway will present Four Cylinder Fury on Saturday June 27 as the Four Cylinder division will be highlighted with their biggest money event of the 2015 season, racing for $1,000 to win in a 25 lap main event. Also on the Continue reading Richmond Raceway Returns to Action

Then there was the Sultana

Jadon Gibson
Jadon Gibson

The prison camps were hellish places during the Civil War, experiencing high mortality rates. Many men died for a variety of reasons. The war was a great financial hardship and little was left to feed and care for the upkeep of prisoners of the war. A wagon brought rations in through the north gate at the Andersonville prison each morning and without fail, it would leave out the south gate with corpses of dead soldiers.

“I wish that I was an artist and had the material to paint this camp and all its horrors or the tongue of some eloquent statesman and had the privilege of expressing my mind to our honorable rulers at Washington,” prisoner Sgt. David Kennedy of the 9th Ohio Cavalry wrote in his diary on July 9, 1864, while confined at Andersonville. “I would like to be able to describe this hell on earth where it takes seven of its occupants to Continue reading Then there was the Sultana

Obituaries June 14-21, 2015

Matthew Curtis Wade
Matthew Curtis Wade

Matthew Curtis Wade

Matthew Curtis Wade, 27, died Monday, June 15, 2015. Matthew was born on March 2, 1988, in Fort Bragg, N.C., to Darien Wade and Pamela Smith Wade.

Matthew was a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and was employed at Lowe’s of Richmond.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-mother, Jennifer Wade; sister, Caitlin Wade; brother, Caleb Wade; grandparents, Don and Margie Smith and Don and Viley Wade.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 6 p.m, at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing, lead by Kaleb Heitzman. Visitation will be held from 4-6 Continue reading Obituaries June 14-21, 2015

Andy Barr Sixth District Report

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Dear Friend,

Happy Father’s Day! There has been no greater blessing in my life than to be the father of two beautiful girls. As your representative in Washington, and as a father, it is my responsibility to advance policies that will lead to greater prosperity, freedom, security, and opportunity for future generations.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on these and other priorities. The House has passed a defense appropriations bill that will increase pay for our armed forces and ensure our military has the resources they need to adapt to evolving threats around the world. I’ve introduced medical malpractice liability reform which would reduce health care costs, and improve patient care. And the House has passed legislation which will provide for consideration of trade agreements with strong Congressional Continue reading Andy Barr Sixth District Report

“Stay in the Game” Media Campaign

Madison County Youth in Action
Madison County Youth in Action

Madison County Youth in Action is pleased to announce the kick-off of this year’s “Stay in the Game” media campaign to reduce underage drinking. The 2015 campaign coincides with graduation and summer break, a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for underage drinkers. Statistically, one-third Continue reading “Stay in the Game” Media Campaign

Birtie Duerson

Birtie Duerson

Birtie Jane Browning Duerson, age 85, widow of Earl B. Duerson, died Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Mrs. Duerson was born January 25, 1930 in Paint Lick, Kentucky to the late William K. and Lula Margaret Underwood Browning.

She was a member of the Whites Memorial Presbyterian Church, an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan and she loved her family and her farm.

Mrs. Duerson is survived by her children, Earl Douglas Duerson of Paint Lick and Debra Jane Duerson (Ernest) Swinford of Berea, KY, her grandson Daniel Earl Duerson of Berea, KY, and her sisters, Christine Sebastian of Lancaster, KY., and Mirtie Naylor of Lexington, KY. She is also survived by a Continue reading Birtie Duerson

Richmond Police Report June 19, 2015

ARRESTED
ARRESTED

Assault Arrest: On 06/12/2015, police charged Randy N. Frost, age 28, Rice Lane, for assault in connection with a stabbing incident.

At approximately 9:00 P.M., an officer was dispatched to an apartment in Madison Towers, 225 N. Madison Avenue, in response to a report that EMS was enroute to the residence to treat a man with severe lacerations. Upon arrival, the officer observed that the entire apartment was in a shambles and EMS was treating a male with lacerations to his buttocks and leg area. The officer learned that he had passed the other party involved in the disturbance in the apartment on his way to the room and immediately located the suspect, Continue reading Richmond Police Report June 19, 2015

Thank You

RAMP
RAMP

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the KY Changers for building my Mom a ramp for her house. My Mom’s house was one of 25 houses chosen for home improvement projects in Madison County. My Mom needed this ramp because she has had 2 strokes and it was too hard for her to maneuver her walker down the front porch steps, and walk through the uneven yard.

KY Changers is a group of teenagers and volunteers associated with the Baptist churches and their ministry is to do home improvement projects. I was amazed at the teenagers’ selfless attitude and their willingness to serve God. These kids were very well behaved and eager to work. One girl even asked if she could clean out my Mom’s flower beds. She really worked hard cleaning out 5 flower beds. Also, the kids cleaned leaves off the porch and Continue reading Thank You

Speaker Stumbo announces new House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology Rep. Martha Jane King to chair

Greg Stumbo
Greg Stumbo

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, (D-Prestonsburg), has announced the formation of the House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology. Rep. Martha Jane King (D-Lewisburg) has been appointed to chair the committee, which will meet during the interim months of the General Assembly.

“Rep. King has proven to be highly capable in understanding complex technological subjects and issues and I am confident her expertise and leadership will serve this Continue reading Speaker Stumbo announces new House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology Rep. Martha Jane King to chair

LANE CLOSURES ON I-75

Ky TC
Ky TC

Closures in Fayette and Scott Co. are needed for bridge deck patching. The closures will take place from 6:30 PM until completed, with all lanes open by the morning commute.

Schedules and locations:
• Monday, June 22 – Left lane of I-75 South Ramp over I-64,Northern Split, at mile point 117.69, Fayette County

• Tuesday, June 23 – Left and middle lanes of I-75 South Bound, Clays Ferry Bridge, at mile point 97.784, Fayette County

• Wednesday, June 24 – Left and middle lanes of I-75 North Bound, Newtown Pike Bridge, at mile point 115.244, Fayette County

• Thursday, June 25 – Left and middle lanes of I-75 North Bound, at mile point 124.362, Scott County.