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.

Senator McConnell Welcomes Richmond Officers to DC for Police Week

McConnell Welcomes Richmond Officers to DC
McConnell Welcomes Richmond Officers to DC

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met with members of the Richmond Police Department today in his office in the United States Capitol. The officers are in D.C. for Police Week and to honor Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis who was killed in the line of duty in November, 2015. Senior Patrol Officer Daniel Neil Ellis’ name has been added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Folk Artist Jo Ann Butts Carves Critters

Animals by Jo Ann Butts are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Animals by Jo Ann Butts are regularly available at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Being born in a log cabin, acquiring a pocketknife at a young age and having a cousin who is a renowned folk artist, all caused Jo Ann Butts to love working with and carving wood.

Butts will be showing visitors her woodcarving and painting skills as she creates ‘critters’ from wood on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 to 3:30, at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Republican-Led Senate Approves Legislation to Provide Important Energy and Water Infrastructure Work in KY

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Senate passage today of an energy security and water infrastructure bill which is important to Kentucky and to America. The measure provides critical resources that Senator McConnell helped secure for several Kentucky energy, water infrastructure, and economic development programs, including:

$206 million specifically for cleanup operations at the Paducah Department of Energy site, which will help employees at the McCracken County facility continue their important work. The facility will also receive additional funding in the bill for other Continue reading Republican-Led Senate Approves Legislation to Provide Important Energy and Water Infrastructure Work in KY

BEREA WELCOME CENTER CARVERS ‘CUT IT UP’ AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

Chip-carved wooden tiles by William Bondurant; David Buzzard carves a figure; hand-hewn bowls by Ron McWhorter.
Chip-carved wooden tiles by William Bondurant; David Buzzard carves a figure; hand-hewn bowls by Ron McWhorter.

Three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers will ‘Cut-It-Up as they demonstrate a variety of woodcarving styles and techniques on Saturday, May 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Continue reading BEREA WELCOME CENTER CARVERS ‘CUT IT UP’ AT KY ARTISAN CENTER

Sidewalk Closure

Berea College
Berea College

With final authorization from the Kentucky Department of Transportation, a portion of the west sidewalk on Main Street (Highway 595) between Estill and Ellipse Streets will be closed during construction on the Berea College campus.

The closure, which may affect Berea Community School students who walk to school, is designed to protect pedestrians from potential overhead hazards by crane work. It also allows for necessary excavations to be properly shored and supported to assure protection of the Continue reading Sidewalk Closure

Statement from Governor Bevin’s Office Regarding Speaker Stumbo’s Suit

Gov. Bevin
Gov. Bevin

The following is a statement from Communications Director Jessica Ditto:

“One month to the day since Attorney General Beshear filed his lawsuit, the Governor’s Office has been served with another petty political lawsuit. While we’re working to fix the financial foundation of the Commonwealth, they are intent on thwarting progress by filing frivolous lawsuits. The Governor’s vetoes are valid and were filed in accordance with the Constitution. This charade is an unfortunate waste of taxpayer dollars.”

MADISON CO. BIRTHS APR. 25 – MAY 2, 2016

Announcements
Announcements

May 03, 2016 – Ashley & Chris Flynn – Irvine – Boy
May 03, 2016 – Savannah Stanford & Jamal Young – Richmond – Boy
May 03, 2016 – Kristy & Joshua Bishop – Mt. Vernon – Girl
May 04, 2016 – Asia & James Hutchens – Richmond – Boy
May 04, 2016 – Cayla & Anthony Agnew – Richmond – Boy
May 05, 2016 – Chelsea Crawford & Randy Shell – Richmond – Boy
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