Category Archives: Berea Independent School System


Berea Police Report Apr. 25, 2018


Missing: On 04/25/2018 at approximately 10:00am, 15 year old Amber Renae Wagers walked out of Berea Community School. She left with an unknown subject driving a white passenger car, possibly a Chevy Malibu. It is believed that she met this subject through a social media account. After she left, Amber messaged a friend a stated that she was possibly being taken to Ohio and that the police needed to be called. She is currently entered as a missing person. If anyone sees Amber they should call their local law enforcement agency. Continue reading Berea Police Report Apr. 25, 2018

Brandenburg to Retire as School Resource Officer at Berea Community

Ray Brandenburg is credited with providing a calm and reassuring presence during his decade-long tenure at Berea Community School.

Whether directing traffic or walking the hallways, School Resource Officer Ray Brandenburg has been a familiar sight at Berea Independent Schools. Now after 45 years in law enforcement, 10 of which have been at Berea Community, Brandenburg will be retiring Continue reading Brandenburg to Retire as School Resource Officer at Berea Community

Rhonda Higgins

Rhonda Higgins
Rhonda Higgins

Rhonda Carol Williamson Higgins, age 78, wife of Melvin Higgins died Monday, October 17, 2016 in Lexington, KY. Mrs. Higgins was born in Middlesboro, KY, to the late Richard Douglas & Nany Leona Dotson Williamson.

She retired from Berea Community Schools after 25 years as the Elementary Librarian. After retirement she spent 9 years as a Realtor with Pennington Realty. She also worked as an Assistant Circulation Librarian at Eastern Continue reading Rhonda Higgins

Cross Country team comes in First place


The Berea Community Middle School Cross Country team won 1st place for the Boys 3K (3000 meter) and 1st place for the Girls 3K (3000 meter) at the Somerset All Comers Meet.

The Boys team members are Jacob Brewer, Sawyer Bailey, Lincoln Ruuska, Carlton Sears, Eli Deaver Liam, Brewer Ben Little and James Gratton.

The Girls team members are Eliana Saderholm, Siddarthini Wilton, Jillian Whitt, Ella Thomason, Rosa Ramos, China Viars, Elvira Ramos, Catherine Eiselt, Jasmine Abrams and Riley Capillo.

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen Graduates with High Honors

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen
Kristin Eckerle Johnsen

Kristin Eckerle Johnsen will graduate from Eastern Kentucky University on May 13 with a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She will graduate with high honors and a 4.0 GPA. Kristin was a 2006 graduate of Berea Community High School and was the recipient of the Beverly Hamilton Moran Scholarship. She was a 2010 graduate of Midway college and a 2013 graduate of Indiana Weslyan University. Kristin maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school and college career.

Kristin is the wife of Michael Johnsen, the daughter of Kimberly Kirby of Berea and John Eckerle of Somerset. She is the granddaughter of Elsie Kirby and the late Kenneth Kirby.