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SUMMER CAMP

The Berea Fire & Police Departments will be hosting its first ever summer camp starting July 24 thru July 28th. The event will start each day at 8:00 AM with free breakfast and lunch everyday.
We will be taking field trips, and fun activities for kids to do. We are seeking participants from the Berea Area age 10-13.

If you have any questions and would like to pick up an application packet please contact Will Rodgers at the Fire Department and Brent Bradley at the Police Department.

Hildred Hart

Hildred Hart

Hildred Hart

Hildred Brandenburg Hart, 89, of Berea, died Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Berea Health & Rehab Center. She was a Berea native born November 24, 1927, daughter of the late Harvey and Laura Ray Brandenburg.

She was a retired Henderson County School System English Teacher, and returned to Berea after her retirement in 1987. Hildred was a member of Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, American Association of University Women, and Berea Woman’s Club. She was a faithful member of Berea Baptist Church and an avid U.K. Continue reading Hildred Hart

First Lady Glenna Bevin challenges women to take action at Spring Luncheon

Glenna Bevin

First Lady Glenna Bevin today attended the Women’s Auxiliary Spring Luncheon held at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. Mrs. Bevin spoke in front of an audience of 300 women, where she shared how her personal experiences have influenced her passion for children and those in the Kentucky foster care system. After being involved in the Southern Baptist Seminary for many years, the Bevins established the Bevin Center for Mission Mobilization in memory of their oldest daughter, Brittiney, who had an incredible passion for children and mission Continue reading First Lady Glenna Bevin challenges women to take action at Spring Luncheon

Trooper Teddy Lifts Sprits of Kids At Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville

Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on April 25 to distribute Trooper Teddy bears to patients. Shown left to right are: Sgt. Brad Arterburn, Officer Stevie Douglas, Trooper Josh Brashears (standing) and 11-year-old Dale.

Kentucky State Police personnel visited Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on April 25 to help lift the spirits of pediatric patients Continue reading Trooper Teddy Lifts Sprits of Kids At Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville

Beshear Partnering with Kentucky Bankers Association to Stop Senior Scams

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Bankers Association (KBA) are teaming up to protect seniors statewide from financial exploitation by scam artists.

This is the latest in a series of partnerships Beshear has announced aimed at preventing scams targeting seniors. His office most recently announced a partnership with Kentucky’s faith-based community to help educate its senior ministries and the communities they serve on potential scams. Continue reading Beshear Partnering with Kentucky Bankers Association to Stop Senior Scams

Berea Police Report Apr. 25, 2017

ARRESTED

Shoplifting Arrests: On 04/12/2017 store employees at Walmart observed two female shoplifters conceal merchandise before attempting to leave the store. Both of them were detained until officers arrived. One of them was in possession of a glass pipe and a grinder with a small amount of Marijuana.

Officers arrested 18 year old Shaina Melton of Berea KY and 19 year old Sierra Denova of Louisville KY. They were both charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking Shoplifting. Denova was also charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Continue reading Berea Police Report Apr. 25, 2017

PSC Delays Revamp of State Low-Income Phone Subsidy

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has put on hold a decision changing the state’s subsidy program for low-income telephone customers in order to assess the impact of a law enacted after the decision was issued

In an order issued Thursday, the PSC rejected a number of arguments against the decision, finding persuasive only the calls to review its March 10 decision in light of a telephone deregulation bill Continue reading PSC Delays Revamp of State Low-Income Phone Subsidy

Beshear Opposes Rollback of Student Loan Protections

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear today joined with other state attorneys general to send a letter to federal officials expressing concern over the withdrawal of critical student loan servicing reforms.

The multistate letter – co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and joined by 19 attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii – was sent today to the U.S. Continue reading Beshear Opposes Rollback of Student Loan Protections

Senator McConnell Comments on Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commented today regarding Senate confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Governor Perdue — who grew up on a farm, worked as a veterinarian, and eventually led a state with a $74 billion agricultural sector — has been around agriculture his entire life. He is well-qualified to oversee and implement this nation’s agriculture, forestry, and food policies. Because of his more than 20 years of Continue reading Senator McConnell Comments on Confirmation of Governor Sonny Perdue to be USDA Secretary

Berea College Wins First Place in State Business Model Competition

From the left, Stephanie Purvis, Kentucky Innovation Network coach, Tran Nguyen, Ishwar Agarwal, Amar Zulejhic, Professor Peter Hackbert, Berea College.

Berea College students Ishwar Agarwal, Tran Nguyen and Amar Zulejhic won first place and $7,500 in the business model category at the Idea State U contest Saturday in Lexington. Idea State U, a statewide business plan and model competition that encourages Continue reading Berea College Wins First Place in State Business Model Competition

McConnell writes about his recent visits in Kentucky and what he’s hearing from his constituents.

Mitch McConnell

As a Senator, my job requires that I spend many hours in Washington, but Kentucky is my home and I make it a priority to be in the state when the Senate is not in session. Over the last two weeks, the Senate was not in session so I decided to again travel throughout the Commonwealth as I often do. Not only is this a great way to engage with Kentuckians from every corner of the state, but it’s also a great way to ensure I can continue my work most effectively as Kentucky’s voice in the Senate.

I had many productive discussions with economic development leaders across the Commonwealth. From a business roundtable in Leitchfield to meetings with Northern Kentucky realtors and homebuilders, I answered questions leaving no topic off limits. In Daviess County, I met with farmers and agriculture leaders and heard about their concerns for the future. I also had the opportunity to speak with students in Western Kentucky about my work in Washington. In Louisville, I had meetings with community members and policy experts. At many of my events throughout the state, I spoke with the local media about matters important to their area. I appreciate these opportunities to hear directly from Kentuckians about the issues that affect their lives.

One of the greatest privileges of being Kentucky’s senior Senator is to be able to help when asked. Last fall, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center asked for my assistance when it applied for a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I wrote a letter to the NIH Director about the groundbreaking research being done at UK. And we were all pleased to see the Markey Center was awarded an $11.2 million federal grant to study the connection between cancer and obesity. I believe that UK will continue its extraordinary research to lead in the fight against cancer and make a real impact on the health outcomes of patients right here in Kentucky. I am proud to have advocated on UK’s behalf and to have participated in the grant announcement on campus while working back home.

In Richmond, I participated in a roundtable discussion about the devastating effects of substance abuse in Kentucky communities. Dozens of leaders from Madison, Garrard, and Estill counties described their efforts to reduce drug abuse in the region and offered their perspectives on the best ways to promote recovery. Through this and similar community conversations across the state, it has become clear that we can’t incarcerate our way out of this problem. To save lives in Kentucky, we should also emphasize treatment and rehabilitation in our communities.

Last year, I shepherded two pieces of legislation through the Senate that can help us win this fight. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) expands education and prevention initiatives, improves treatment programs, and bolsters law enforcement efforts. The 21st Century Cures Act authorizes $1 billion over two years to states to help combat the prescription opioid epidemic. This week, the Administration announced that the first of these resources are now on their way to Kentucky.

There is still much more to be done to end the opioid crisis and many communities are looking at innovative ways to do so. For example, Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor told me about his plans for a new rehabilitation facility in the region. I am hopeful that our communities will be able to secure the resources necessary for this type of project, and I look forward to supporting them.

This has been a productive state work period, and the insights I’ve gained will be helpful as I continue my work on behalf of Kentuckians in Washington, D.C. We have an ambitious legislative agenda ahead of us – including funding the government and negotiating comprehensive tax reform. I will keep the thoughts and concerns of the people of Kentucky foremost in mind as these and other issues come before the Senate, and I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I work on Kentucky’s behalf in Washington. By writing a letter, emailing through my website, or calling my office, you can always voice your thoughts and concerns about the federal government and my work in the United States Senate.

Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016

Annual unemployment rates decreased in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016 compared to 2015, rose in 26 and stayed the same in eight, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The annual jobless rate for Woodford County was the lowest in the Commonwealth in 2016 at 3.2 percent. It was followed by Oldham Continue reading Annual unemployment rates fell in 86 Kentucky counties in 2016