Edd Roark

Edd Roark

Edd Roark

Edd Roark, 96, formerly of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the V A Medical Center in Lexington. Born December 1, 1921, in Berry, Kentucky, he was the son of William Roark and Mellissa Gibson Roark Grubbs, both of whom preceded him in death.

He was a carpenter, builder and a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. Edd was a member of Big Hill Christian Church. Continue reading Edd Roark

Beshear, Partners Persist in Effort to Increase Human Trafficking Awareness

Andy Beshear

To mark National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Attorney General Andy Beshear joined leaders of Louisville’s Free2Hope, Kristy Love Foundation and Women of the Well to support survivors of human trafficking.

Beshear said January is also National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and an occasion to advocate against human trafficking – a modern day form of slavery that targets adults and children.

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Berea City Council Faces Million Dollar Question on Hazardous Duty

The City of Berea will pay at least $580,000 more annually for non-hazardous retirement benefits for its employees in the next fiscal year. That is a certainty. But it may pay an additional $550,000 every year for a total of $1.1 million if the city enrolls police and fire personnel in hazardous duty retirement coverage. $550K or $1.1 million. Council members were presented with that financial dilemma Monday night when officials met in a special called meeting to discuss Berea’s participation in the County Employees Retirement System (CERS). The city has been enrolled in non-hazardous coverage since 1992. Continue reading Berea City Council Faces Million Dollar Question on Hazardous Duty

Beshear: Somerset Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison Will Stay in Custody

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A Somerset doctor sentenced in April to five years in prison for committing thousands of dollars in Medicaid fraud will not be released from jail, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said today.

Ezekiel O. Akande, 58, of Somerset, is currently serving a five-year sentence in the Grayson County jail after a Somerset jury convicted him at trial in March for Medicaid fraud, a Class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony. Continue reading Beshear: Somerset Doctor Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison Will Stay in Custody

Newly launched LEAF initiative provides free services to Kentucky families

Pilot programs in three Kentucky counties have recently begun, marking the official launch of the Library Economic Advantage Forum – or LEAF – initiative, a partnership between the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U and the Kentucky Career Center (KCC) system. The LEAF initiative has been created to address the needs of Kentucky’s families, through human services, education and training, and a streamlined, seamless workforce services system.

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Top Five Screenings for Better Health in 2018

The new year is underway, and Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging community members to kick off the year on a healthy note by resolving to get their recommended health screenings. Top screenings that KentuckyOne Health recommends include breast, prostate, vascular, colon, and biometric screenings. Continue reading Top Five Screenings for Better Health in 2018

Madison County Government Offices Have Moved

Effective January 8, 2018, the Madison County Fiscal Court moved the following departments to the Madison County Courthouse Annex located at 135 West Irvine Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond, KY:

• Planning and Zoning (formerly on Madison Ave.)
• Human Resources (formerly on First St.)
• Finance (formerly on First St.)
• Information Technology (including GIS) (formerly on Madison Ave.)
• Judge Executive’s Office (formerly on West Main St.): THIS MOVE OCCURS IN FEBRUARY 2018

Please note all PO Boxes and phone numbers will remain the same. If you mail to a non-PO box, please change your information to reflect the Courthouse Annex address above.

Berea College to host day of celebration for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, Jan. 15, including a convocation featuring “The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: A One-Woman Play,” performed by Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye.

The day’s activities are co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, Black Cultural Center, Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center, Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service, Berea College Music Department and Union Church.

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