Berea Police Report Apr. 25, 2017

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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

Mary Ingles, early American heroine, conclusion

Jadon Gibson

William Ingles was elated with the unexpected return of his wife Mary in November of 1755 though she was emaciated, injured and weak. She had trudged through the wilds for six weeks without food or adequate clothing, motivated by thoughts of returning to her husband and others like herself. She wasn’t much more than a skeleton.

Mary sent for Duchess with whom she escaped from the Shawnees at Big Bone Licks near present-day Cincinnati. During their travels, Continue reading Mary Ingles, early American heroine, conclusion

OBITUARIES APR.16-23, 2017

Stella Lucille Miller

Stella Lucille Miller

Stella Lucille Van Winkle Miller, age 77, widow of Howard Miller, died Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Berea Health & Rehab. Mrs. Miller was a native of Berea, KY, born to the late Charles and Malissie Whittemore Van Winkle.

She was of the Baptist faith, and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to work in her flower gardens and to prepare meals for family and friends. Before retiring, she was Continue reading OBITUARIES APR.16-23, 2017

Richmond Raceway 2017 Season Opener Now Goes Saturday April 29

Richmond Raceway

After a rainout, Richmond Raceway track promoters Larry, Chad, and Sarah Yantz are set to begin the 51st season of dirt track racing entertainment at the 3/10 mile semi-banked clay oval known as “The Beast of the East” during the 2017 racing season on Saturday April 29 with all weekly divisions in competition highlighted by Late Models racing for $2,000 to win. Continue reading Richmond Raceway 2017 Season Opener Now Goes Saturday April 29

Beshear: Former Campbell County District Judge Charged with Human Trafficking

Timothy Nolan

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Friday April 21, 2017 that a former Campbell County District Judge has been charged with human trafficking, a Class B felony; first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class C felony; and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

Timothy Nolan, 70, of California, Ky., was arraigned today in Boone District Court by Elizabeth Chandler, Special Campbell District Judge. An arrest warrant was sought for Nolan April 20 by Campbell County Police Department for the crimes that occurred in August 2016. Continue reading Beshear: Former Campbell County District Judge Charged with Human Trafficking