Inmate Walks Away From Work Release in Berea


This evening while working with the Berea City Street Department on work release from the Madison County Detention Center, 36-year-old Christopher Northern walked away from custody.

Northern was wearing blue jeans and a blue t-shirt. He is 185 lbs, 6’2 and has some facial hair and was last seen in the area of the Berea City Park. Police are saying he is not a threat to the public and is not considered dangerous.

If anyone has any information contact the Berea Police Department at (859) 986-8456.

A Message From the Madison County Chapter of the “Disconnectors

Valley View Ferry

Dear Editor,

If the proposed I-75 connector is built, property values in the area will decrease. Who wants to live near a busy highway? The construction and its adverse effects will force residents out. There will be no buyers, so landowners will suffer huge losses. If this becomes a reality, some will move out of state, taking valuable tax dollars with them.

There are many historical features that will be affected. One of the proposed routes would shut down the Valley View Ferry. Operational since 1785, it is the nation’s oldest year-round ferry service, and predates the Commonwealth Continue reading A Message From the Madison County Chapter of the “Disconnectors

Calling all Grandparents & Grandchildren

Parks & Recreation

Calling all Grandparents & Grandchildren! Berea Parks & Recreation along with Body Recall will be celebrating Grandparents Day in the Park on Sunday, September 9th 1pm – 5pm at Berea City Park Shelter (behind pool)!

We will have various activities for all to enjoy as well as genealogies, community booths & refreshments!

Member/Member Tournament at Berea Country Club

L to R: Ned McAfee, Gary Rose, Dan Crawford, Sam and Jeanne McConnell and Pnut Johnson.

Twenty-four members played in the Member/Member Tournament on August 18 and 19, 2012. It was a great weekend for golf and it reflected in the scores. The Champions were Jim Tillery and Ned McAfee with 133.

Second were Gary Rose and Danny Crawford with 134. Danny also had the closest to the pin on number two on Saturday.

The First Flight was won by Sam and Jeanne McConnell, with a142. Jeanne also had the most accurate drive on number six.

Pnut Johnson and his partner came in Second with a 144. It was a great tournament and everyone had a fun time and that’s what it’s all about!

Family Fitness Day

Parks & Recreation

Family Fitness Day is a time for you to enjoy family activities Saturday, September 29th 1pm – 3pm at Berea City Park Shelter (behind the pool)!

We’ll have community booths such as Fitness, Friends & Fun will provide an obstacle course, Elite Martial Arts & Fitness will do some karate demos, Chiro One will have some activities & Berea Bike Shop will conduct minor repairs!

Contact Berea Parks & Recreation for further details at 986-9402.

Chandler and Beshear: No Friend of Coal

Robert New

On August fifteenth Gov. Beshear reported that a company in India has entered in to a $7 billion 25 year agreement to buy coal from Kentucky and West Virginia. Barrack Obama, supported by Ben Chandler and other democrats, has waged a war on coal through Cap and Trade and the EPA.

They claim everything from carbon emissions to water pollution from run off, to saving the mountains. President Obama even said he would bankrupt coal fired power plants, which is the one promise he made that he has kept. It isn’t ok for us to mine coal and provide thousands of jobs so we can have cheap energy, but it is ok for us to mine coal to sell to countries we already have a hard time Continue reading Chandler and Beshear: No Friend of Coal

September Volunteer Opportunities

Berea Arts Council

Thank you to all volunteers who helped us in August. You did such a wonderful job! The Quilt Extravaganza was a huge success.

During September we will have the 3-D Invitational Exhibit on display. The reception will be next Friday, Sept. 7th from 5:30 to 7:30. We are looking for volunteers to help us set-up and clean-up. However, we would love for everyone to attend!

Opportunites this month:

Friday, Sept. 7 – 4:30 to 5:30 for set-up or 7:15 to 8:00 for clean-up

Gallery watch Continue reading September Volunteer Opportunities

Original Art…Original Gift IV – Call for Artwork

Berea Arts Council

The Berea Arts Council invites artists to participate in our Winter Gift Event, Original Art…Original Gift IV. This exhibit is in celebration of the winter holidays, and will run November 16 through December 21, with an opening reception on November 16, 2012. There will also be an open house the day of the Christmas Parade, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Berea Arts Council exhibit committee is excited to offer this exhibit that encourages sales and offers a sustainable alternative for gift shopping. Patrons may take the artwork at the time of purchase. We are asking that you Continue reading Original Art…Original Gift IV – Call for Artwork



Richmond, Ky. (August 27, 2012) Madison County EMA/CSEPP reminds residents to be aware of the following safety tips regarding lightning safety at work:
Some workers are at greater risk than others. People who work outdoors in open spaces, on or near tall objects, with explosives, or with conductive materials, such as metal have a large exposure to lightning risks.

Workers in these occupations are among those with the most risk:
· Logging
· Explosives handling or storage
· Heavy equipment operation
· Plumbing and pipefitting
· Construction and building maintenance
· Farming and field labor
· Telecommunications field repair
· Power utility field repair

When thunderstorms threaten, don’t start anything you can’t quickly stop. Pay Continue reading LIGHTNING SAFETY ON THE JOB

Signups for Soil Health Cover Crop


Madison County Conservation District is having soil health cover crop cost share signups August 27, 2012 through October 5, 2012 at 1024 Ival James Blvd. Suite A-1, Richmond, KY 40475. For more information call 624-1981 ext 3.

The Madison County Conservation District organized February 23, 1944. It is one of 3,000 Conservation Districts in the nation. It is made up of several board members. The District is a subdivision of the Kentucky Department of natural resources, responsible for assisting landowners and land users in solving soil and water resources problems; set priorities for conservation work; and coordinate the federal, state and local resources used to conduct conservation programs.

The District board also supervises the sub-district activities of the Red Lick Creek Watershed Conservancy District.

Obituaries August 19 to August 26, 2012

Janet Rebecca McIntosh

Janet “Becky” McIntosh

Richmond – Janet Rebecca McIntosh, 72, passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, in the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. She was the widow of Darvis McIntosh Sr.

Becky was born in Madison County on December 30, 1939, and was the daughter of John Lewis Denny Sr. and Ethel Lucena Ray Denny. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her husband, Darvis McIntosh Sr., she is preceded in death by: her father, John Lewis Denny Sr.; one son, Tommy McIntosh; and one sister, Anita Money.

Survivors include: three sons, Darvis McIntosh Jr. (Dianne), Johnny McIntosh (Peggy), all of Richmond, and Joe McIntosh; two daughters, Becky Coyle (Larry) and Janet Fritz (John), both of Richmond; two brothers, John Denny Continue reading Obituaries August 19 to August 26, 2012

Home Energy Efficiency Workshops

Home Energy Partners

On behalf of Home Energy Partners, a Madison County based nonprofit housing organization, I want to invite you to one of our free community Home Energy Efficiency Workshops. Home Energy Partners has over our last two years completed 30 workshops, 100 BPI Energy Audits, 25 retro-fits and 23 housing rehabs for low-income homeowners. Our workshops are designed to provide basic information on lifestyle and simple home improvements to significantly reduce energy costs. We also cover more comprehensive measures including the components of a BPI Energy Audit and incentives, rebates and other financing options to assist in the retro-fit costs.

We typically have 2-4 workshops in Madison County a month, however we are currently evaluating the program and ways to support it so you participation Continue reading Home Energy Efficiency Workshops

Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Has Something for All


AUGUST 25-26, 2012

Portrayals of Civil War luminaries, a special presentation on balloon observation, a variety of living history exhibits and the re-created Battle of Richmond will highlight the Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Weekend Aug. 25-26.

This year’s Saturday-Sunday event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond, conducted Aug. 29-30, 1862. Approximately 300 re-enactors are expected to participate in the battle reenactment at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Also, a special re-enactment is set for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Bluegrass Army Depot.

The Sunday morning re-enactment is sponsored by the Army Depot and, for the first time, will be conducted on Depot property where part of the actual Continue reading Battle of Richmond Re-enactment Has Something for All