WACKY WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB

Walking Club
Walking Club

WACKY WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB Join Berea Parks & Recreation for an outdoor walking club adventure July 17th, 24th, 31st & Aug. 7th from 8am-9am we’ll be walking around City Park & City Park Expansion looking for those walking & exercising! For inclement weather go to the Folk Center! FREE & ALL ages welcome! Incentives & tips provided!

In conjunction with our Walking Club, we’re offering STROLLER FITNESS Friday’s July 19th, 26th, Aug. 2nd & 9th from 8am-9am we’ll have a stroller routine for those that want to participate @ 8am; if not, we’ll be walking around City Park & City Park Expansion looking for those walking & exercising! For inclement weather go to the Folk Center! FREE & ALL ages welcome! Incentives & tips provided!

Any questions contact Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED JULY 2, 2013 FOR MADISON COUNTY

KBC
KBC

The Madison County Emergency Management Agency/CSEPP announces the Kentucky Blood Center’s (KBC) Bloodmobile will be at the parking lot of the Madison County Emergency Operations Center at 560 S. Keeneland Drive on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.
Participants are required to set an appointment by phone or at the KBC website: www.kybloodcenter.org 1-(800)-775-2522

Every donor will receive a $10 Speedway gift card.
Additionally, this summer, one life-saving blood donor will win a brand new ride. Donors giving blood between May 17 and Sept. 13 will automatically be Continue reading BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED JULY 2, 2013 FOR MADISON COUNTY

Sen. McConnell op-ed on Student Loans‏

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

The Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act By Senator Mitch McConnell June 24, 2013

Students in Kentucky pursuing higher education have enough to worry about as it is—like passing their exams, or finding a job after graduation. They don’t need the added worry of increasing interest rates for their student loans.

And yet, if Congress does not act before July 1, the interest rate on subsidized federal Stafford loans, given to eligible students to defray the costs of a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school, will double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

Since the doubling of the interest rate would only impact 40 percent of new student loans and lead to students only paying on average $6 more a month Continue reading Sen. McConnell op-ed on Student Loans‏

Obituaries June 16 – 23, 2013

Shirley Smith
Shirley Smith

Shirley Smith

Mr. Shirley Smith, age 74 of Mt. Vernon, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Rockcastle Co. KY on August 1, 1938 the son of Henry and Joycie McGuire Smith.

He was a farmer and former Sheriff of Rockcastle County from 1990 – 2002. He was also a member of Wildie Christian Church.

Mr. Smith is survived by two daughters: Marsha and Gary Deaton of Richmond and Lisa and Trevor Hemsley of Wildie; four brothers: Herman and Connie Sue Smith of Mt. Vernon, Mearle and Lana Smith, Arnold and Norma Smith all of Trenton, OH and Kenneth Smith of Phoenix, AZ and four sisters: Edith Coffey of Wildie, Ester and James Houston of Cincinnati, OH, Bonnie Lou and Paul Schwartz of Milford, OH and Faye and Mike Peters of Mt. Vernon. Also surviving are three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife: Libby Smith; three brothers: William Smith, Ed Smith and Leonard Smith and two sisters: Gertrude Stevens and Hazel Smith.

Donations are suggested to Hospice of Richmond, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, KY 40475. Continue reading Obituaries June 16 – 23, 2013

Valley View Ferry to Close on Weekends

Valley View Ferry
Valley View Ferry

Effective June 29, 2013, due to staffing changes, the Valley View Ferry will no longer operate on weekends. Weekday hours will be from 6am to 6pm.

Operating status can also be checked by calling the Traffic Information Hotline in Lexington at (859) 258-3611 (menu option # 1) or by calling the Madison County hotline at (859) 624-4748.

Bluegrass Heritage Museum Offers Free Program

Bluegrass Heritage Museum
Bluegrass Heritage Museum

The Bluegrass Heritage Museum is located at 217 South Main Street in downtown Winchester, KY. On every second Thursday of each month the Museum presents a different guest speaker. The speaker on July 11 will be Eddie Price, and he will discuss his book, ” Widder’s Landing”. All programs take place at the museum and are free.

Doors open at 6:00pm and the program begins at 6:30pm. The building has a handicap accessible side entrance. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 859-745-1358 or visit our webpage at www.bgheritage.com

The Continuing Assault on the First Amendment

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today delivered remarks at the American Enterprise Institute on the use of government power to stifle speech and proposed solutions that protect the individual rights that are guaranteed to all citizens of the United States. Sen. McConnell spoke on the issue at AEI in June of 2012 highlighting the growing threat to free speech, particularly the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, calling on Americans to unite in vigilant defense of the Constitution. While some on the Left dismissed his remarks then, the growing IRS controversy has shown the need for vigilance. The following are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

Thank you Arthur; and thanks for the energetic leadership you’re providing at one of the most indispensable institutions in Washington. Arthur’s what you might call a player-manager in the think-tank world. He’s not only steering the Continue reading The Continuing Assault on the First Amendment

Marble Creek Music Festival, Creek Walk and Neighborhood Picnic

We All Have a Stake
We All Have a Stake

Marble Creek Music Festival, Creek Walk and Neighborhood Picnic
Saturday, June 22 3:30: Creek Walk > 5-6: Pot Luck Picnic > 6– 9:30 Music Rain or shine.

Please bring a potluck dish, beverages and chairs. We’ll provide hot dogs and bratwursts.

Want to walk the creek?
Park at the Isenhour home at 1610 Newman Rd, between 3:15 and 3:30.
Eldon’s Newman Road Express Hayride will shuttle you the place where the walk begins.

Want to eat?
Pot luck will begin when most of the walkers get back. Corn Hole Tournament with trophies.

Just want to enjoy the Marble Creek Music Festival?
Show up with a chair and your own beverages around 6. Donations welcome. T-shirts for sale.

Catch the world premiere of The Vampire Road by Steve Broderson.
Live bands include Twist of Fate, The Rounders, Matt Duncan and Hunter Continue reading Marble Creek Music Festival, Creek Walk and Neighborhood Picnic

Obamacare not ‘working the way it’s supposed to’

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need to repeal and replace Obamacare with easily-implemented, commonsense reforms that lower costs for Americans:

“A few months back, one of our Democrat colleagues warned of a ‘huge train wreck’ on the horizon–the implementation of Obamacare. And yesterday, we received another warning as Obamacare speeds down the tracks. This one came from the GAO, which highlighted a number of missed deadlines that cast doubt on the ability of the Administration to even get the law up and running by October 1st.

“Of course, the GAO is not the first to issue such warnings. Some of us have been sounding a similar call for years – that Obamacare is set to become a Continue reading Obamacare not ‘working the way it’s supposed to’

McConnell Calls for Permanent Elimination of Death Tax

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell joined Senator John Thune (R-SD) today in introducing the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, which would permanently abolish the federal death tax. In addition, the Thune/McConnell legislation sets a lifetime gift tax exemption of up to $5 million, and makes permanent a 35 percent gift tax rate for gifts made over that amount (indexed to inflation).

During a press conference on Capitol Hill today, Senator McConnell said the death tax is the federal government’s final insult to American taxpayers and it needs to be repealed.

“The death tax unduly burdens American families by taxing assets that are handed down from generation to generation, like family farms or small family businesses,” Senator McConnell said. “It is the federal government’s final Continue reading McConnell Calls for Permanent Elimination of Death Tax

Madison County Births (June 12 – 18, 2013)

Announcements
Announcements

Jun. 12,2013 – Tiffany & Derek Barton – Richmond – Girl
Jun. 12,2013 – Rachel & Richie Harold – Berea – Boy
Jun. 12,2013 – Angela Fowler & Jonathan Presley – Richmond – Boy
Jun. 13,2013 – Ashley Nevels & Ronald King – Monticello – Girl
Jun. 13,2013 – Martina Nunnelley & Douglas Sizemore – McKee – Girl
(Click read more for more birth announcements) Continue reading Madison County Births (June 12 – 18, 2013)

President, Congressional Dems Need to Explain Obamacare Consequences

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the need for the President and Senate Democrats to explain the consequences of Obamacare to the American people instead of spending millions on a campaign-style P.R. blitz:

“Last year, President Obama was asked about the lessons he had learned from his first term. Instead of focusing on errors in judgment or policy, he seemed to indicate that he really just needed to do a better job of telling ‘a story to the American people.’

“In other words, the policy was fine. And if Americans didn’t get it, it’s because they had a listening problem.

“Well, that’s an attitude that has really come to define the Administration. And that’s why folks will be rallying on the Capitol grounds today. They, like a Continue reading President, Congressional Dems Need to Explain Obamacare Consequences

Superintendent Search Survey

Madison Co Schools
Madison Co Schools

The Madison County Board of Education is seeking feedback from the community regarding its search for a new superintendent. If you would like to participate in the online survey, please click on the link below.

The survey will close at the end of the business day Friday, June 21. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. If you would rather fill out a paper copy, please stop by any school office or the district’s central office to pick up a copy. http://www.madison.kyschools.us/surveyLogin.aspx?pin=123