Kentuckys Retail Food Prices Stabilize in Third Quarter Marketbasket Survey

KY Farm Bureau

Louisville, KY (September 29, 2011) – The latest Marketbasket Survey, conducted by the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation in September 2011, indicates that average retail food prices in supermarkets across the state have stabilized during this last quarter. After reaching a record high for total price in June, the four-decade-old surveys third quarter review indicates that the total average price has now declined by 0.3 percent.

According to the survey results, the total cost of 40 basic grocery items was $117.06. This total reflects a decrease of $0.38, or 0.3 percent, over the same list of items reported in the second quarter of 2011. The third quarter 2011 Marketbasket total is, Continue reading Kentuckys Retail Food Prices Stabilize in Third Quarter Marketbasket Survey

Halloweens Lucky 13 to Safety

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

The thought of Halloween fills my head with mysterious haint tales and russet leaves blowing across a path, with the eerie sights of carved pumpkins glowing in a mist of flickering light. Halloween is filled with ghosts and goblins running amuck in search of tricks and treats. The fall air fills with sounds of mischievous giggles and laughter as they mix with the smell of scorching pumpkins on a cool, crisp night. Ooh, the magic of Halloween! Suddenly, giggles and laughter cease when a child lies motionless on the cold, dark pavement—the result of an accident caused by a Halloween distraction. Had I only changed one thing—giggles and laughter would still fill the night.
Halloween safety is a must and we all play an important role in keeping ghosts and goblins safe.

Use the Halloween Lucky 13 steps to a safer and happier Halloween:

1). Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, blunt, and flexible to prevent injury. Continue reading Halloweens Lucky 13 to Safety

Crystal Gayle to Perform at Renfro Valley for First Time

Crystal Gayle

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is very proud to welcome music icon Crystal Gayle to Renfro Valleys New Barn Theater on Saturday, October 1st for one show only at 7:00pm. This will be Crystals very first time to ever perform at “Kentuckys Country Music Capital”.

Crystal encapsulates everything the dazzling qualities of her name imply—although that name came to her in quite an unusual fashion. “Crystal” came at the suggestion of Brenda Gayle Webbs older sister, Loretta Lynn—who knowing there was already a Brenda Lee currently successful in the music industry—suggested her younger sibling adopt the name Crystal when she began recording.

Once re-named, her musical boundaries have since been seemingly limitless—as proven by her latest much anticipated project—“All My Tomorrows”—a mood influenced collection of American standards. Songs such as “Cry Me A River,” “Sentimental Journey,” “It Had To Be You,” and “Smile” somehow reach the heights their songwriter’s must have dreamed of when piped through the beautiful chords of Crystal Gayle. “These are songs any artist loves to sing,” said Continue reading Crystal Gayle to Perform at Renfro Valley for First Time

Public Meeting for Economic Development Strategies for City of Berea

Michael Shuman

A public meeting will be held to discuss economic development strategies for the city. Michael Shuman of Cutting Edge Capital will be facilitating group discussions and helping conduct a SWOT(Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis of Bereas economy. This will be the first of three public meetings aimed at developing strategies and action plans for the future of Berea.
The meeting will be held October 20th from 6:00pm-9:00pm in the Community Room of the Berea Baptist Church(310 Chestnut St.) Please plan to attend and bring your suggestions for building a better economy in Berea.

Michael Shuman
Michael is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur. His books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition and Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age, are considered essential reading for social entrepreneurs. Michael has worked with communities throughout the world to create more sustainable local economies. Most recently, he led the Community Food Enterprise project which was jointly funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Food Service Inspector

Burrier Food Center @EKU, 102 Burrier, EKU Campus, Richmond 98%
Daniel Boone Elementary, 710 N. Second St., Richmond 99%

Cash Saver, 690 University Dr., Richmond 94%
*Improper storage & labeling of chemical solutions
Chick-Fil-A, 2072 Lantern Ridge Dr, Richmond 90%
*Evidence of drinking from unapproved containers in kitchen Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 23, 2011


Food Service Inspector

Burdens Grocery, 474 E. Irvine St., Richmond 100%
Hampton Inn, 1099 Barnes Mill Rd., Richmond 100%
Long John Silvers #3033, 530 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond 94%
Redi-Mart #17, 920 Red House Rd., Richmond 99%
Stratton Cafeteria, Kit Carson Dr., Richmond 96%

The Bounce House, 831 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond 93%
*No air gap maintained for three compartment sink drain Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

Obituaries September 19 to September 26, 2011

Charles Wyatt

Charles Edward Wyatt

Charles Edward Wyatt, 101, passed from this life September 24, 2011. He was born on June 9, 1910 in Disputana, Kentucky, son of the late George and Clara Venable Wyatt, and was the second youngest of ten children. Charles grew up in Berea and attended Berea Foundation School. During his early years he held several construction jobs, worked for Western Union in Chicago and for the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) in California. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Signal Corps. While in the China/Burma/India Theater stationed at Chungking, China, he was responsible for maintaining radio and telegraph communications in the theater of operations including India, China, and Australia. He received a commendation and a recommendation for promotion to 2nd Lt. upon completion of his tour. He returned to Berea after the war and married his life companion, Polly Lengfellner. Charles established Wyatt Supply Company, a masonry building supply business in 1947, and operated the company until 1974. He was also one of the first persons to repair and sell radios and televisions in Berea.

Charlie, as he was fondly known by everyone, was best known as founder of the Club Arena Skating Rink in 1960. Four generations of Berea and surrounding area children and adults learned to roller skate, had their birthday parties, and many even met their future spouses at the rink which he Continue reading Obituaries September 19 to September 26, 2011

Obituaries September 19 to September 26, 2011 (continued)

Annabel Thomas

Annabel Gabbard Thomas

Annabel Gabbard Thomas, 74, of Berea, died Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. She was a Madison County native born March 27, 1937, daughter of the late James Ernest and Mary Francis Powell Gabbard, retired Parker Seal Company employee, and member of Silver Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Brownie Thomas; 5 children, James (Sharon) Thomas, Nyoka Bowling, Penny (Terry) Young, Barbara (Darryl) McGowen, Alan (Tara) Thomas; 3 siblings, Ruth Moore, Burt Gabbard, Clara Gabbard; 13 grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Breanna, Shane, Joshua, Stephanie, Christopher, Kristi, Tristen, Arika, Kimberly, Cameron, Aiden; 6 great grandchildren, Dustin, Lindsey, Kaitlyn, Nate, Jaden, Keionna. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, William, Seldon and Continue reading Obituaries September 19 to September 26, 2011 (continued)

Walk a Mile for Hope Lodge Lexington September 24, 2011

Hope Lodge Lexington, KY

Walk a Mile for Hope Lodge Lexington
September 24, 2011
Berea College Track
10:00 am – Noon

Suggested Contribution: $5 per Mile to — Any Amt is Appreciated!

The American Cancer Societys Hope Lodge Lexington is a unique “home away from home” for cancer patients who would otherwise have to Continue reading Walk a Mile for Hope Lodge Lexington September 24, 2011

Spoonbread Festival 2011 Pictures

This years 15th Annual Spoonbread Festival was a great success. Congratulations to the Berea Chamber of Commerce (Executive Director David Rowlette, President Bud Montgomery, Spoonbread Co-Chairs Greg Powell and Brenda Huser Taylor) and the City of Berea (Mayor Steven Connelly) for a job well done.
Here are just a few of the events and entertainment opportunities offered at this years festival. Be sure to checkout the webcam photos from each day as well.

Bluegrass Heritage Museum Presents its Fall Trolley/Bus Tours


Tuesdays in October a bus will leave the museum at 5:30 pm and travel to historic places. The cost is $10.00 for all tours except for the October 4th tour which includes a box supper (cost $16.00).

Make your reservations early by calling the museum at 859-745-1358 ; seating is limited.

October 4 Iroquois Hunt Club ; tour led by Joan Mayer, Past Master of the Foxhounds; box supper is included.

October 11 Old Providence Church also known as The Old Stone Church; Sandra Stults, museum director, will help us to explore the building and its history.

All tours will leave the museum promptly at 5:30 pm. The museum is located at 217 South Main Street in downtown Winchester.

Berea Municipal Utilities is Accepting Bids for Solar Electric Grid-tie in System


Sealed Bids for the Berea Solar Farm for the City of Berea, Kentucky will be received in the Mayors Office, 212 Chestnut Street, Berea, Kentucky, 40403 until 4:00 p.m. (local time) on October 4, 2011. The bids will be opened and publicly read aloud at the City Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on October 4, 2011. There will be a site-visit at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 27, for interested parties.

The scope of the work includes the construction of an approximately 14-kW ground mounted photovoltaic (PV) array with fencing.

The Background Information, Technical Parameters, Scope of Services, Proposal Requirements, and other Instructions to Bidders are available at:

Berea Municipal Utilities
200 Harrison Rd.
Berea, KY 40403
Phone: (859) 986-4391

The OWNER reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids.

Attention of bidders is particularly called to the requirements as to conditions of employment to be observed and minimum wage rates to be paid under the Continue reading Berea Municipal Utilities is Accepting Bids for Solar Electric Grid-tie in System

City Tree Trimming


Berea Municipal Utilities will begin right-of-way vegetation management using W.A. Kendall as our tree trimming contractors.

This years target area will consist of areas in and around Estill St, Center St, Prospect St, Fairway Dr, Forest St and Bratcher Lane.

This work will begin September 19, 2011 and continue until all areas have been trimmed. Work will be performed during the hours of 7:00 am to

5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Any questions involving the areas affected should be directed to Berea Municipal Utilities Operations Secretary at (859) 986-4391, ext. 2209.

Bluegrass Music – Caring for Childrens Hearts

Kerringtons Heart

Bluegrass Music – Caring for Childrens Hearts
Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Garrard County Fairgrounds on Hwy 27 North Lancaster, Ky

Bluegrass Music Caring for Childrens Hearts will benefit children with congenital heart disease. Admission $10.00, children under 5yo $5. Ronald McDonald will be visiting from 2-4pm ,Rosies Ponies Petting Zoo will be there from 1-4pm balloon animals, and face painting.

We have added a Cruise In!! Bring your classic cars and trucks!

Bands: Berachah Valley from Dayton, Oh.; Mike Parker and Wilderness Trail from Berea, Ky.; Straightway from Broadhead, Ky.; The Moron Brothers from Continue reading Bluegrass Music – Caring for Childrens Hearts