Renfro Valley Wins Big at Traverse Awards!

Renfro Valley

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is very proud and excited to announce the winning of six prestigious KTIA (Kentucky Travel Industry Association) Traverse Awards. On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Traverse Awards Gala in Lexington, KY Renfro Valley’s CEO Vicki Kidd, Director of Marketing Craig Barnett and Group/Tour Sales Executive Chris Carosello were on hand to graciously accept the awards.
The Traverse Awards competition honors travel professionals for their talent, creativity and effectiveness in marketing. The competition is open to all KTIA members and Kentucky Hotel/Lodging members. Panels of industry experts, including marketing, public relations and Continue reading Renfro Valley Wins Big at Traverse Awards!

Obituaries October 17 to October 24, 2011

Garland Adkins

Garland E. Adkins

Garland E. Adkins, 85, of Mt. Vernon, died Friday, October 21, 2011 at the St. Joseph Hospice Care Center in Lexington. He was a Hamilton, Ohio, native born Jan. 7, 1926, son of the late William and Maudie Blair Adkins, U. S. Army veteran, retired General Motors employee, member of the Louisville Chapter American Legion, National Rifle Association, Life member North American Hunting Club, and attended Copper Creek Missionary Baptist Church. After retirement in 1981, Garland moved to Kentucky where he spent much of his free time hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Evans Adkins; 2 children, Red Adkins, Peggy Adkins; 1 step-son, Michael GIll; 2 sisters, Flossie, Dorothy; 2 Continue reading Obituaries October 17 to October 24, 2011

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William Harold Renfro

William Renfro

RICHMOND — William Harold Renfro, 54, of Rose Lane, Richmond, passed away Monday, October 17, 2011, in Saint Joseph Hospital Lexington. He was born in Madison County June 25, 1957, worked in residential construction and remodeling. William was of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by: his parents, William Ralph and Florine Jones Renfro; one brother, Mike Renfro; and one niece, Tara Renfro, whom Harold loved like a daughter. He also leaves several aunts and uncles to mourn his passing.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Madison Continue reading Obituaries October 17 to October 24, 2011 (continued 1)

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Earl Rose

Earl Gene Rose

Earl Gene Rose, 75, of Dreyfus, passed away Thursday evening, October 13, 2011 at his home.

He was born February 4, 1936 at Dreyfus to the late Albert and Mattie Rose. Earl was a safe builder with Mosler Safe Company of Hamilton, Ohio before returning to Kentucky. He was a member of Pony Express Holiness Church of Berea.

Earl is survived by one son, Christopher (Sally) Lear and four daughters, Debbie Benge, Connie Rose, Jennifer George, Amanda Scott; one brother, Curtis Rose; 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. In addition to Continue reading Obituaries October 17 to October 24, 2011 (continued 2)

New Emergency Alert Program to be Tested


The newly-launched Madison County Emergency Alert Program will be tested for the first time on the morning of October 26, 2011 as part of the annual federally graded community exercise of the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP).
All Madison County residents with a land line telephone will receive a phone call as part of the test. Land line phones in Madison County are included in the E-9-1-1 database and will receive emergency messages from the Madison County Emergency Alert Program. Madison County residents who do not have a land line phone have the option to register their cell phone number or email with the Madison County Emergency Alert Program to receive the emergency messages from the program.
Madison County residents with cell phones who have already registered with the program will also receive a call.
The program provides emergency messages via phone calls, texts, and e-mail to those persons interested in Continue reading New Emergency Alert Program to be Tested

Richmond Police Report Oct. 17, 2011


Theft Arrest: On 10/14/2011, police charged Gary Gray, Jr., age 27, Mt. Rushmore Drive, for theft in connection with the misappropriation of money from Adventure Falls in the Lake Reba Recreational Complex.
In late August 2011, police initiated an investigation after an audit of Adventure Falls indicated that money was missing from the deposits made to the bank on behalf of the facility. Subsequent investigation determined that approximately $12,694.00 had been pilfered from the deposits between 04/12/2011 and 07/24/2011. Gray was identified as a suspect in the theft.
On 10/14/2011, following an interview at the police department, Detective Keith Daniel charged Gray for Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000.00 and Continue reading Richmond Police Report Oct. 17, 2011

Berea Municipal Utilities Accepting Bids


Berea Municipal Utilities will be accepting sealed bid proposals for a base cab and chassis International Model 7400 SFA 4X2. The application for this vehicle will be as a fleet digger derrick utility truck.

All interested bidders are encouraged to request and review the complete vehicle specification list. These can be received by contacting Ed Fortner or Kevin Howard at Berea Municipal Utilities.

Bids will be accepted at the office of the Mayor, BEREA CITY HALL, 212 CHESTNUT STREET, BEREA, KENTUCKY 40403.

Bid proposals are to be submitted no later than 4:00 pm on November 1, 2011. Bids will be opened at 6:30 pm, November 1, 2011 during the regular meeting of the Berea City Council.

The City Council of the City of Berea reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, to waive any irregularities or discrepancies in bidding, and to select the bid, if any, that it determines to be in its best interest.

Obituaries October 10 to October 17, 2011

Rev. Malcolm Ramsey Carrick

Rev. Malcolm Ramsey Carrick

Rev. Malcolm Ramsey Carrick, 85, passed away Friday evening, October 14th, 2011, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky.

Mr. Carrick was born in Portland, Oregon on December 27th, 1925, and was raised from the age of eight in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Park College in Parkville, Missouri and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.

Following his ordination as a Presbyterian Minister in 1950, he was commissioned by the United Presbyterian Church USA to be a missionary in Japan. During his language school year in Kyoto, he met his wife to be, Jean Holmes, who was a commissioned missionary in Japan with the Continue reading Obituaries October 10 to October 17, 2011

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Paul Samuel Akers

Paul Akers

Paul Akers age 69 of Dripping Springs Road of Crab Orchard passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday October 13, 2011. Paul was born in Garrard County, Kentucky to the late Oscar and Nancy Collette Akers. He was a farmer and Co-Pastor at the New Hope Holiness Church in Conway.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his siblings; Pearl Akers, Luther Akers, James Akers, Claude Akers and Martha Hopkins.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Akers, one daughter Debbie (Everette) Swinney, a close dear friend Rodney (Donna) Tyree, one brother Arnold Akers, three grandchildren Jennifer (Shawn) Cain, Jason Swinney and Continue reading Obituaries October 10 to October 17, 2011 (continued)

Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland

Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland

Keeneland invites all Active Duty, Guard and Reserve members, Veterans and their families to Keeneland on SUN 23 OCT 2011 for Military Appreciation Day. Military and family members with Military ID; Veterans may present a DD-214, VA Health Card or Veterans Service Organization (VSO) membership card to receive FREE General Admission at any pass gate and Reserved Seating in the grandstand.
8A Deployment Training Event – Families of KYNG 198th MPs, 1/149th IN, ADT3,3/20th SFG are invited to Continue reading Military Appreciation Day at Keeneland

Acres of Land Winery Takes Five Medals in Southern Wine Competition

Acres of Land

Richmond, KY, October 14, 2011 — Acres of Land Winery in Richmond, Kentucky has been awarded five medals, one for each wine entered in the Wines of the South Competition held the first of October in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Acres of Lands Vignoles wine scored gold in the competition, one of only 25 gold medals given. Acres of Lands new vintage of Maries Merlot won a silver. Three bronze medals were awarded to Acres for its new Continue reading Acres of Land Winery Takes Five Medals in Southern Wine Competition

Kentucky Drivers Entering Peak Season for Deer Collisions

Louisville, KY (October 7, 2011) – When asked to identify the most dangerous animal in the United States, most people, depending on where they live, would likely point first to a bear, mountain lion, alligator or even a shark. While those are all seemingly logical choices, statistics from the Insurance Information Institute reveal that the deadliest animal roaming the Continue reading Kentucky Drivers Entering Peak Season for Deer Collisions

Top of the Crop Replacement Heifer Sale

Heifer Sale

The Top of the Crop Replacement Heifer Sale is set for Monday, October 17, 6:30 pm at Blue Grass Stockyards of Richmond, LLC.

Catalogs are available at the Madison County Extension Office and Bluegrass Stockyards of Richmond, or call 859-623-4072 to have one mailed. You can also view the catalog online at

Fire at EKU Dorm

Common Wealth Hall

Investigators say fires at EKU dorm were arson. Officials at EKU say hallway bulletin boards on the 8th and 19th floors of Commonwealth Hall were set on fire, just after 4 a.m. Thursday morning. None of the the 400 students that live in the dorm were injured during the evacuation.
The fires caused some minor damage to the walls, and a sprinkler in an adjacent room to one of the fires had been tampered with Investigators say. The fire is still under investigation by the Richmond Fire Department, EKU Police, and the Kentucky State Fire Marshals Office. Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Commonwealth Hall reopened to students around noon Thursday say EKU Officials.

Madison Co School Bus Wreck

Bus Wreck

The Madison County Sheriffs Office received a call of a school bus overturned at approximately 6:43 a.m. in the 7500 block of Battlefield Memorial Highway south of Richmond, Kentucky.

Upon arriving at the scene Deputies found a school bus on its side in a ditch. The only person on the bus at the time of the accident was the school bus driver, Timothy Conway.

Mr. Conway advised that he was traveling south on Battlefield Memorial when he met another vehicle in the travel part of his lane. The driver attempted to avoid the accident and the bus he was driving when off the roadway coming to rest on its side in a ditch. The bus driver described the other vehicle has a older model cream color vehicle no other information could be given, because it happened so quickly.

There was no student on board at the time of the accident. The bus driver Timothy Conway was transported to Berea St. Joseph Hospital E.R for minor head injury.

The roadway was shut down for approximately 1 hour while the wrecker removed the bus from the ditch.