Gov. Bevin declares statewide emergency as snowfall totals mount

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

On January 22, 2016 Governor Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency just after 2 p.m. Friday as a massive snow storm dumped inches across the state.

The announcement came form Bevin’s team which was made from the state’s Emergency Operations Center. The declaration gives local officials access to state resources quickly, including National Guard troops if needed.

“My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively Continue reading Gov. Bevin declares statewide emergency as snowfall totals mount

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Jared Carpenter
Jared Carpenter

Although week three of the General Assembly was shortened due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inclement weather Friday, the Kentucky Senate passed significant bills and welcomed visitors who braved the snow in Frankfort.

On Tuesday we passed two of our priority bills: Senate Bill (SB) 4 and SB 10. Senate Bill 4 would require those seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face, in-person counseling session with a physician 24 hours prior to the procedure. This effort to promote the rights of the unborn passed Continue reading SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

JANET NORTHERN CREATES BASKETS FROM HONEYSUCKLE VINES, HICKORY BARK AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

Janet Northern demonstrates her baskets at the Center
Janet Northern demonstrates her baskets at the Center

On Saturday, Jan. 30, Janet Northern, of Mount Vernon, will create baskets using honeysuckle vines and hickory bark, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Northern has been making baskets for 19 years and is primarily self-taught. She utilizes the wood and natural vines that she finds and gathers in the region surrounding her Rockcastle County farm to create her baskets. The Continue reading JANET NORTHERN CREATES BASKETS FROM HONEYSUCKLE VINES, HICKORY BARK AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

Fatal Traffic Crash

Fatal Crash
Fatal Crash

On Thursday, January 21, 2016 at approximately 11:30 AM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London received a report of a fatal two-vehicle collision on KY HWY 92 in Whitley County.

Upon arrival, Trooper David Lassiter determined that a 2012 Freightliner salt truck operated by Tommy Manes, 63, of Siler, KY was traveling westbound on KY 92 when he crossed the center-line and struck a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero head-on, which was Continue reading Fatal Traffic Crash

Senator McConnell Applauds Governor Bevin’s Decision to Seek Extension on EPA Regulation

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented today regarding Governor Matt Bevin’s request for a 2-year extension to the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state.

“I applaud Governor Bevin for filing an extension and refusing to submit a plan until the legal challenges are addressed,” Senator Continue reading Senator McConnell Applauds Governor Bevin’s Decision to Seek Extension on EPA Regulation

March For Life

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following comment regarding the March for Life, which will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016, in our Nation’s Capital:

“Tens of thousands of Americans will gather in Washington to give voice to the voiceless by rallying for the rights of the unborn. Participants in the March for Life remind us that a compassionate nation is one that fights to defend the most innocent. Like them, I Continue reading March For Life

Sheriff’s Dept. Offering Medical Personnel Ride to Work

Madison Co. Sheriff Department
Madison Co. Sheriff Department

Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle would like to announce that transportation will be available to ESSENTIAL MEDICAL PERSONNEL if needed. However, primary 911 emergency calls, collisions, and criminal investigations take priority over these requests.

Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be utilizing Humvee vehicles that were acquired from the United State Government at no cost for these Continue reading Sheriff’s Dept. Offering Medical Personnel Ride to Work

The City of Berea Needs Your Help

City of Berea
City of Berea

With the incoming inclement weather we are requesting that citizens who live in the city limits of Berea, NOT to leave any vehicles parked on any roadway or street. This will allow our Street Department to plow our streets and roadways to clear much faster and safer. Clear roadways will allow us to serve our citizens in a more effective manner.

We encourage everyone to stay home if you don’t need to get out.

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING!!

Also due to the incoming inclement weather the Berea Police Department will provide rides to work for healthcare workers in the city limits tomorrow Jan. 22, 2016. If you work in this field and need a ride, you can contact us at 859-623-1248.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo files bill to increase Kentucky’s minimum wage

Greg Stumbo
Greg Stumbo

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed legislation today that would provide the first increase to Kentucky’s minimum wage in nearly seven years.

“It is way past time that we give a raise to those families who depend on the minimum wage,” said Speaker Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. “Beyond the budget, no other bill the General Assembly considers this year would do more for our economy and improve the livelihood of hundreds of Continue reading House Speaker Greg Stumbo files bill to increase Kentucky’s minimum wage

Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate at KY Artisan Center

Jack Johnson carves an elephant; a hand carved dough bowl by John Ferguson; a carved tile by William Bondurant
Jack Johnson carves an elephant; a hand carved dough bowl by John Ferguson; a carved tile by William Bondurant

On Saturday, Jan. 23, three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Members specialize in a wide variety of techniques and styles of carving. Carvers in the group often mentor each other, and all enjoy sharing their love of woodcarving, making their demonstrations at the Kentucky Artisan Continue reading Berea Welcome Center Carvers Demonstrate at KY Artisan Center

STITCHED FIBER BOWLS DEMONSTRATED BY SHAWNNA SOUTHERLAND AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

Detail of a colorful bowl by Southerland; Southerland showing a finished bowl during a demonstration; an array of colorful stitched fiber bowls by Southerland.
Detail of a colorful bowl by Southerland; Southerland showing a finished bowl during a demonstration; an array of colorful stitched fiber bowls by Southerland.

Shawnna Southerland, of Berea, will demonstrate her coiled and stitched fiber bowls on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Southerland comes from several generations of seamstresses who created both functional and decorative works. She is reminded of this Continue reading STITCHED FIBER BOWLS DEMONSTRATED BY SHAWNNA SOUTHERLAND AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

JOB OPPORTUNITY

City of Berea
City of Berea

Tourism Program Director

The Program Manager has operational and management responsibilities for programming, process and effort of initiatives of the Berea Tourism Commission, including Festival of Learnshops, HOW program, and Make It, Take It, Give It, and Studio Artists at Berea; performs work as directed by the Executive Director; performs related work as required.

Applicants should possess a Bachelors degree in business, public administration, communications, advertising, marketing, graphics, Continue reading JOB OPPORTUNITY

Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Collision on Berea Road

vehicle collision
vehicle collision

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating an injury collision that occurred at approximately 9:50 a.m. on Berea Road in Madison County.

According to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle, Matthew Arvin, 39, of Berea was traveling southbound on Berea Road in a 1996 Buick passenger car when he slid on the snow covered roadway into the northbound lane. Arvin collided head-on with a 2005 Continue reading Madison County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Collision on Berea Road