Berea Annual Valentines Day Ball

Parks & Recreation

As February approaches, we think of love, hearts & chocolate! Join Berea Parks & Recreation on Friday, February 10th from 7pm – 9pm for our Annual Valentines Day Ball for Individuals with Special Needs at the Russel Acton Folk Center! This event is free & semi-formal attire is required! We will have snacks & a DJ; all abilities & siblings welcome! Contact us at 986-9402!

Maggy Kriebel, Director

2nd Annual Madison County ASAP DRUGS Conference‏

The Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy is pleased to announce we will host the 2nd Annual D.R.U.G.S. (Diverse Resources United for a Great Solution) Conference on Thursday, May 17, 2012. The event will be held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Richmond and will feature the following breakout sessions:

· Bath Salts
· Methamphetamine
· Community Sober Living Homes
· Synthetic Marijuana
· Drugs among Military Personnel
· Bath Salts
· Legislative Updates
· Latest Drug Trends in Kentucky and the U.S.

Once again, continuing education credits will be offered to a variety of professional boards.
You wont want to miss this exciting opportunity, so mark your calendars and Continue reading 2nd Annual Madison County ASAP DRUGS Conference‏

Bluegrass & Backroads Launches Ninth Season


Kentucky Farm Bureaus (KFB) Emmy® Award-winning television program, Bluegrass & Backroads, will celebrate its ninth season on the air, and second year in the broadcast lineup of Kentucky Educational Television (KET), beginning February 12.

This seasons first episode features segments on the work done under the blazing heat of a forge, a camp designed specifically for seriously ill and disabled children, one of the states most beautiful racetracks, and the savory selections cooked up at one of the regions favorite barbecue restaurants.

“I am amazed at how this show continues to grow in new and exciting ways each year,” said Bob Shrader, KFBs video production coordinator. “This season viewers will join us as we are welcomed into the homes and Continue reading Bluegrass & Backroads Launches Ninth Season

A Caregivers Story

Darlene G. Snyder

The out building sitting behind our old farmhouse, was stuffed full of freshly cut corn – shucks and all, as well as some of my fathers old tools, which were shoved in a corner of the building.

On one particular visit, Jack and George were playing outside with us while their mother visited with my mother. They were a few years older than my brother, sister and me, but usually the boys played well with us. Jack opened the door of the old out building. Peering in, he pointed to a large ear of corn sitting sideways at the top of the pile of corn. “I bet you cant climb up and get that piece of corn,” he dared. “Yes I can,” I said, and began the climb to the top. About midways, I heard the door shut and felt the darkness closing me in. Scrambling down I started sliding out of control. My knee landed on a weed blade, and I felt the blood Continue reading A Caregivers Story

Berea Featured in Kentucky One Health Commercial During Super Bowl

Kentuckys newest health system broke its new advertising campaign during the Super Bowl broadcast. Kentucky One Healths campaign, was designed to express the pride and ambition to improve health care for Kentuckians, will help build brand awareness throughout the Commonwealth.

The campaigns TV spot debuted during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 5.

The TV spot features Kentucky One Health employees in their facilities around the state including employees from Berea.

Obituaries January 30, to February 6, 2012

Robert Lewis

Robert Jerry Lewis

Robert Jerry Lewis age 75, retired Berea College professor of Music for 52 years, died Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Berea. Robert was born in Utica New York to the late Jerry and Ada Waite Lewis.

Bob earned a Bachelors degree in Music from Ithaca College in 1957, a Masters of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University in 1959. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Music in 1965, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1969. He achieved the rank of Professor of Music in 1977, and was appointed to the distinguished Mary W. McGaw Professorship of Music in July, 1991.

A superb and dedicated teacher, Bob was very popular with his students and Continue reading Obituaries January 30, to February 6, 2012

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Kevin Thomas Hill

Kevin Thomas Hill

Kevin Thomas Hill, 35, of Elm Street, Richmond, passed away Monday, January 30, 2012. He was born in Richmond, Kentucky on July 17, 1976, and had been an employee of Steak & Shake Restaurant for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Nathan Hill and is survived by his mother Emma Williams Hill; four sisters, Denise McPherson (David), Jacqueline Williams, Eugina Hill (C J Jennings) and Jana Wilson (Nick Price); four brothers, Thomas Norris, Michael Williams (Angie) Paul C. Williams (Jennifer) and James Frederick Hill (Mary Ann); as well as, several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2012, at Continue reading Obituaries January 30, to February 6, 2012 (continued)

My Heartbeat Goes To The Dogs

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

As a nurse I am a strong proponent of organ donation, and I am an organ donor myself. When you see organ recipients and their families, you are able to conceptualize the magnitude that organ donation has on both the donor and the recipient. From a donors viewpoint you know that you have made someone elses life better, stronger, and have made the ultimate humanitarian gift – life. The recipient is often given a new freedom in life and is better able to enjoy the things most of us take for granted.

I usually do not write about animal health, but if we stop and think about health and the health of our pets they really do inter-relate. Our pets become part of our family, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Continue reading My Heartbeat Goes To The Dogs

2011-2012 Deer Season Ends With Fourth Largest Overall Harvest


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckys 2011-12 white-tailed deer season ended Jan. 16 with hunters posting the fourth largest overall harvest ever recorded.

“The 119,656 deer taken was the highest total since the 2008-2009 season,” said Tina Brunjes, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Good hunting weather may have been a contributing factor to the excellent harvest during the last two months of the season.”

Hunters bagged a record harvest of 12,989 in December, which surpassed the previous record by 4,261 set in December 2004. “Muzzleloader hunters were responsible for that big jump, checking in 10,536 deer during their nine Continue reading 2011-2012 Deer Season Ends With Fourth Largest Overall Harvest

Darlene Snyder, Photogragher – Hollywood Movie Deal – plus intent for Candidacy for Madison County Circuit Court Clerk

We caught up with photographer, Darlene Snyder in late December as she talked about her techniques and recent Hollywood movie deal. While with us Darlene also announced her intent for candidacy for Madison County Circuit Court Clerk. Darlene is a writer and photographer whose work has been featured in For more information visit

2012 Hunting Seasons for Coyotes and Groundhogs and Wild Pigs


Coyotes, groundhogs and wild pigs may be hunted statewide, year-round, with no bag limit. A hunting license is required unless the hunter is license exempt.

Shooting Hours: Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. However, hunters may be in the field before and after shooting hours.

Coyotes: Coyotes may not be hunted at night. Hand or mouth-operated calls, and electronic calls that imitate wounded prey or coyote calls are legal. It is also legal to hunt coyotes over animal carcasses.

Wild Pigs: Wild pigs out-compete native wildlife for food, damage crops, and Continue reading 2012 Hunting Seasons for Coyotes and Groundhogs and Wild Pigs



Have you seen Blackie? He is a solid black lab wearing a blue collar that somehow escaped his yard Sunday night/early Monday morning. He is approximately 55 lbs. If anyone sees him, please call 859-314-1102 or 314-3147. The little boy that owns him is heartbroken over his dog being gone. We are offering a reward, no questions asked, we just want the dog back.

Jennifer L. Webb Announces Madison County Circuit Court Clerk Campaign

Jennifer L. Webb

Offering a wealth of verifiable and unmatched experience, Jennifer L. Webb has announced her campaign for Madison County Circuit Court Clerk.

Built around her distinguished record of success, Webbʼs campaign seeks to bring a new level of professionalism and responsiveness to the Circuit Clerkʼs office during a time of unprecedented growth in Madison County.

Richmond, KY–January 30, 2012–Berea native and longtime judicial paralegal Jennifer L. Webb has announced her campaign for Madison County Circuit Court Clerk. Webb, who has served Madison County as a paralegal and Teen Court coordinator in the 25th Judicial District since 1995, feels her track record of success in current and past roles has prepared her well for public office. “Iʼm very excited to have the opportunity to run for Madison Circuit Court Clerk. My 16 years as Paralegal for the judges of the 25th Judicial Continue reading Jennifer L. Webb Announces Madison County Circuit Court Clerk Campaign

History Channels American Pickers Coming to Kentucky

History Channels American Pickers

The History Channel show American Pickers will be in Kentucky during the month of March. The host of the show is Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and Danielle Colby Cushman. They Are hitting the road and searching for barns, deserted buildings and basements! So if you have a barn or basement full of stuff you want to get rid of or know someone who does you may contact Continue reading History Channels American Pickers Coming to Kentucky

Renfro Valley to Hold Rare Open Auditions

Renfro Valley

For the first time in many years Renfro Valley Entertainment Center will open the Old Barn Theater doors to open auditions for male singers, female singers and comedians. These rare auditions will take place on Tuesday, February 7th starting at 6:00pm. “Due to the many changes and increasing demand of shows, we have decided to hold open auditions for anyone with a strong desire and commitment to perform on the Renfro Valley stage during the 2012 season” says Craig Barnett, Renfro Valleys Vice President of Public Relations/Entertainment.

For male and female singers, Renfro Valley will be casting for the brand new Malt Shop Memories Show that will be making its debut on Continue reading Renfro Valley to Hold Rare Open Auditions

Obituaries January 23, to January 30, 2012

Florence Saylor Reppert

Florence Saylor Reppert

Florence Saylor Reppert, 83, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. She was a lifelong resident of Rockcastle County, born October 23, 1928, daughter of the late Eugene and Etta Alexander Saylor. Florence owned and operated Superior Food Market in Mt. Vernon for many years before retirement, and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, and known throughout the area as an avid flower gardener, vegetable gardener, quilt maker, and amazing cook. “Gran” as she was affectionately known, was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend and neighbor.

Survivors include 3 children, Ronnie (Helen) Reppert, Lonnie (Geraldine) Reppert, Melody (Tammie Gentry) Reppert; 1 brother, Conley Saylor; 1 sister, Continue reading Obituaries January 23, to January 30, 2012

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Louise Rice Warner

Helen Louise Warner

Helen Louise Warner, 90, formerly of Belair Dr., Richmond, died Sunday in her daughters home in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She was born September 10, 1921 in West Irvine, the daughter of Charles Rice and Louise Witt Rice. Louise served in the Waves and was stationed in Washington D.C. during WWII.

Residing in Springfield, Illinois for 35 years, Louise and her husband Vernon “Top” Warner moved back to Richmond in 1992. Top and Louise celebrated 60 years of marriage before his death in 2006. They attended Glades Christian Church in Berea.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy (Bill) Bradish of Arlington Heights, Illinois and Mary Lou (Andy) Ryabik of Peachtree City, Georgia; five Continue reading Obituaries January 23, to January 30, 2012 (continued 1)

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Dora Faye Brewer

Dora Faye Brewer

We have to say good bye to Dora Faye Brewer, age 7 of McKee, KY. She died Thursday, January 26, 2012 at her home as a result of a mobile home fire. She was born March 22, 2004 in Madison County, the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Miller of McKee, KY and Henry C. Brewer of Mt. Vernon, KY.

Dora had autism and enjoyed going to school at Mt Vernon Elementary in Rockcastle County and Sand Gap Elementary School in Jackson County. She enjoyed playing with her two rabbits; two dogs, Toby & Bear and her cats. She enjoyed watching Care Bears, WLJC, Dora Explorer, Go Diego Go, Little Bear and Clifford the Big Red Dog on television. She was a big fan of Michael Continue reading Obituaries January 23, to January 30, 2012 (continued 2)