For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production. Continue reading Growing Kentucky’s economy with hemp
The City of Berea joined other local governments in honoring 911 dispatchers when Mayor Steve Connelly proclaimed April 8-14 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Accepting the honor on behalf of Madison County E911 telecommunicators was shift supervisor Jodi Webb. The proclamation stated the following:
Whereas emergencies can occur at anytime that require police, fire or emergency medical services, and Continue reading City of Berea Honors 911 Dispatchers
On Tuesday April 17, 2018, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly issued a proclamation designating April 16-20 as SaraCare Week. Honoring the memory of Sara Elizabeth Kennedy, SaraCare Week concludes Friday at Union Church beginning with a benefit spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a concert beginning at 7 p.m. Mayor Connelly presented the proclamation to Norma Kennedy, which read as follows: Continue reading Mayor designates April 16-20 as SaraCare Week
“Today is ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for most Americans to file their tax returns. For many middle-class families and businesses, this date is circled on the calendar with regret and trepidation. But this year, this depressing day has a silver lining — simply put, it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new.’ Today is the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago. Continue reading Out With the Old, and In With the New
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced today the bipartisan, Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.
On Tuesday night, the Berea City Council unanimously approved a waste disposal contract that will provide customers with more recycling options.
In a unanimous vote, the council officially renewed an agreement with Waste Connections and Poff Carting for the next three years.
Some residential customers have asked for a larger recycling bin with a cover so that recyclables won’t blow out of the container during windy weather. Under the new agreement, Poff Carting will offer two options for recycling: Continue reading More Options for Residential Recycling in Berea
This time of year, Americans are taking part in an annual headache-inducing ritual: filing their income tax returns. Most of us dread completing this complicated paperwork and writing a check to the IRS each year, particularly under the current arcane federal tax system. Thankfully, as a result of the historic overhaul of the federal tax code, this is the last time that you will have to file under the outdated and expensive system that has held our country back for far too long. Continue reading Your Last Time Filing Taxes Under the Old System
The City of Berea’s credit rating has gone up, according to a recent report from Moody’s Investors Service. The last time Berea’s bond rating was evaluated in 2008, the city was rated A1. That changed last month when Moody’s upgraded Berea’s bond rating to Aa3. Continue reading Berea’s Credit Rating Goes Up
On Tuesday night, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly signed a proclamation designating April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day, acknowledging the valuable contributions of volunteers and professionals who uplift our communities through their service. The proclamation read as follows: Continue reading City of Berea recognizes those who give back to our communities
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement today on the death of Hopkinsville Police Officer Phillip Meacham:
“Last night’s targeted act of violence against one of Kentucky’s finest is shocking. Elaine and I send our prayers to the family of Officer Phillip Meacham, the Hopkinsville Police Department, and the entire community struggling with this loss. Kentucky’s law enforcement put their own safety at risk every day facing serious dangers, and our communities are made safer by their service and sacrifice. Officer Meacham’s bravery won’t be forgotten.”
Between the early spring snows and the massive job of cleaning up storm debris, the City of Berea Public Works Department has been busy. Road crews are playing catch-up when it comes to fixing potholes in the streets around town. To report a pothole, call Public Works at 986-8792, or post the location on this Facebook page.
Crews will also continue picking up downed tree limbs and storm debris, so remember to keep tree limbs and branches stacked off of the sidewalk and out of the streets.
Denise Hagan Rubin was sworn in for duty as a new member of the Berea Planning Commission Tuesday night. On Monday, the Berea City Council voted 7-1 to appoint Hagan Rubin to the commission during a special called council meeting. In placing Hagan Rubin’s name into nomination, Berea Mayor Steve Connelly recalled the words of the city’s second mayor, Clint Hensley, who advocated a policy of planned development to ensure the city pursues a high quality of employers as well as stable, long-term economic growth. Said Mayor Connelly: Continue reading Denise Hagan Rubin sworn in for Berea Planning Commission