Fathers Day in the Family of Addiction

Holly Dye

Addiction, when introduced to a family becomes the manager and ruler of hearts, finances, and operations. Addiction begins for each in a variety of ways, but ends the same. In the middle, it becomes a means of coping—even survival. For the child of an addict, being normal is the elusive, somewhat impossible experience a family affected by drugs will aspire. The achievement of this state, like the drugs that rule the house, is one that may be more like the unicorn than residents would hope—impossible to find, but beautiful to dream. The drug home is filled with the chaos of emotion and violence that the ruler mandates. The addict is never happy enough, nothing is ever their fault, and everyone else in the house is there to meet the bottomless pit of their emotional needs require. Domestic violence is something familiar to each resident of this house. Money needed for food and clothes will pay the dope man. The business decision to sell drugs to keep money at home will only invite the violence of the Continue reading Fathers Day in the Family of Addiction


Food Inspector

Berea Health Care Center, 601 Richmond Rd, Berea 96%
St. Joseph Berea, 305 Estill St, Berea 95%
Tsing Tao Restaurant, 300 West Main St, Richmond 96%


Hardee’s Restaurant, 520 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond 75%
*Potentially hazardous food found holding out of Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING JUNE 10, 2011

Relay for Life 2011

Relay for Life

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Societys signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. On Friday evening 50 teams of people camped out at B. Michael Caudill Middle School Track in Richmond, KY to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back. They Relay because they have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease. This years event opened at 6pm with a balloon release which represents our hope that those lost to cancer will not be forgotten, that those who are battling cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

Relay For Life is a fun, overnight team event that raises awareness of cancer in the community and raises much needed funds to fight cancer. During Relay For Life, teams of friends, neighbors, families and co-workers commit to keeping at least one member walking the track at all times because cancer never sleeps. Then, cancer survivors from the community join together in the Continue reading Relay for Life 2011

Obituaries June 6 to June 13

Brett Patrick Benton

Brett Patrick Benton

RICHMOND — Brett Patrick Benton, 37, of Dry Ridge, Ky., formerly of Richmond and Nicholasville, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, from injuries sustained during the explosion of a roadside IED in Afghanistan.

Brett was born May 4, 1974, in Richmond, Ky. and was a graduate of Madison Central High School and received his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Kentucky University. He was a former member of the Kentucky Army National Guard, and had been employed by the Kentucky State Police, Nicholasville Police Department and most recently with the Kenton County Police Department.

He was certified as a canine handler and an officer with the Northern Kentucky Drug Task Force. He was very active in law enforcement and the Torch Run for Kentucky Special Olympics. Brett was a member of the Kenton County F.O.P. Lodge and was of the Christian faith.

Brett is survived by: his loving wife, Bethany Foster Benton; his father Skip Benton and step-mother, April; his mother Shirley Cruse and Continue reading Obituaries June 6 to June 13

Obituaries June 6 to June 13 (continued)

Joseph Victor Petro, Jr.

LEXINGTON — Joseph Victor Petro, Jr., 78, husband of Patricia Anders Petro, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Born in Lexington November 4, 1932, he was the son of Joseph Victor Petro and Helen Louise Kadel Petro. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Henry Clay High School. He studied fine art under Victor Hammer at Transylvania University, Lexington, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

In 1954, Transylvania University selected Petro to present Dwight D. Eisenhower a pencil drawing of Man o’ War in commemoration of the Presidential visit to the Bluegrass. He did graduate studies in art applied to medicine at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, and was the first Continue reading Obituaries June 6 to June 13 (continued)

2011 Battle of Richmond Association Car Show

Car Show

The Battle of Richmond Association (BORA) was organized in 2001 to act as the lead organization in an effort to preserve the Battle of Richmond (Ky.) Battlefield. The organization was formed in partnership with the Madison County Historical Society, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Madison County Civil War Roundtable.
On Sunday, June 12th the organization held a Fundraiser Car Show. It was a beautiful day for the show with temperatures in the mid 80s. There were approximately 50 entries and many makes and models ranging from Antique, Muscle Cars, Trucks and a few Rat Rods.
Participants came as far as Manchester and Frankfort Kentucky in hopes of taking home the Best of Show of Trophy, Best Class and Best Category. This year the organization had their own trophies handcrafted and designed as classic cars by Kenneth Ashley, member of the Battle of Richmond Association. The wooden car trophies went over successfully, as many spectators were offering to purchase them. Carolyn Ashley, wife of Continue reading 2011 Battle of Richmond Association Car Show

Hi-Yo Silver

Howard Baker, RN BSN

Growing up watching The Lone Ranger gives me a sense of good fortune and a feeling of being lucky. I remember getting up on Saturday mornings and watching The Lone Ranger then saddling up my trusted pony to ride the fields of home in search of adversaries. The world needs a Lone Ranger and a return to his creed and values. Two parts of The Lone Rangers creed that continue to resonate with me are: “that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself,” and “that all things change but truth, and that truth alone lives on forever.”
A few weeks ago I received a request to share my thoughts on colloidal silver. I have to admit the first thing that came to mind was a doctor in my hometown—Dr. Albert Cullum. What came to mind about Dr. Cullum was his strong opinion against smoking and advocacy for vitamins and colloidal silver. Late in 2009 Dr. Cullum passed away at ninety—two taking with him knowledge and a story on colloidal silver I long to hear.
Silver holds a prominent place in American history; with applications from photography and jewelry, to medical and dental applications and Continue reading Hi-Yo Silver

The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble

Golf Scramble

The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held Friday, June the tenth at the beautiful historic Berea Country Club. There were twenty three teams competing for the grand prize of five hundred dollars. The tournament began with Shot Gun at 9am and the final eight teams at 2pm.

It was a hot but gorgeous day for the tournament, but with a combination of cold water and lots of sunscreen, everyone involved stayed hydrated and protected from the rays.

As the day drew to an end, the winds began to intensify, the clouds rolled in and all of us were expecting the worst, due to reports that it was hailing only a mile away. But, the storm held off, rendering only a mild shower and a slight, but much welcomed cool breeze at close of the Awards Presentation.

Peoples Bank Team ended their day by receiving $500 for 1st Place, while Peanut Johnson of the P-Cab Team donated his winnings of $300 back to the Continue reading The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble

Winning Lottery Ticket Sold in Richmond

Lottery Winner

J & M Food Mart on Commercial Drive in Richmond sold a winning lottery ticket in Tuesday nights 3 Line Lotto drawing. Kentucky Lottery officials say the winning ticket worth $460,000 matched all six winning numbers, in a single line. The winning numbers for the June 7th drawing were 1-3-11-29-35-36.
The J&M Food Mart will receive a $4,600 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Obituaries May 30 to June 6

Christopher Keith Banks

Christopher Keith “Mooney” Banks

RICHMOND — Christopher K. “Mooney” Banks, 32, of Richmond, formerly of Whitesburg, died Friday, June 3, 2011, in his home.

Mr. Banks was born November 4, 1978, in Whitesburg, Ky., the son of Donald and Brenda Absher Banks. He loved fishing, cookin, and UK Basketball and Football. Chris loved being with his wife Jeanna and children. His family loved him in return, especially his grandmother Henrietta. He loved helping and pleasing people. Chris was never seen without a smile on his face.

In addition to his parents. he is survived by his wife: Jeanna Gray, two children: Cameron and Makenzie Banks, sister: Amy Holbrook (Brad) of Richmond; maternal grandmother: Henrietta Absher of Whitesburg, Ky.; mother-in-law, Donna Gray of Richmond; and two nephews, Benjamin and Continue reading Obituaries May 30 to June 6

Obituaries May 30 to June 6 (Continued)

Timothy Briggs

Timothy Scott Briggs

BEREA — Timothy Scott Briggs, 46, of Berea, passed away suddenly Tuesday May 31, 2011. Tim was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to Dorothy Ross Briggs and the late John Briggs. He was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the London, Ky., office for over 14 years. He was a devoted husband, father and friend to all who knew him. He loved his children and coaching his daughter’s soccer team. He was an active member of Westside Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by: his wife, Sandy; three children, Ashley, Jacob and Jenna Briggs; two brothers, John (Chris) Briggs Jr., and Randy (Deanna) Briggs; and one sister, Pam (Keith) Slotter. He is also survived by a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Continue reading Obituaries May 30 to June 6 (Continued)

Native Madison County Man Dies in Afghanistan

Brett Benton

A native Madison County man died in Afghanistan Saturday June 4 when an improvised explosive device detonated near him. Brett Benton had left the Kenton County Police Department where he held the rank of sergeant a few weeks ago to work as a private contractor training local police in Afghanistan.

Benton had worked most of his life serving the central public. After high school he joined the National Guard, and while still in the Guard he worked as a dispatcher for the Kentucky State Police Post in Richmond. Benton had also worked for the Nicholasville Police Department prior to joining the Kenton County Police Department.

One of Bentons life long friends Toby Coyle said ” Benton was a man of universal values. He loved his family, loved his friends, loved his country, and he loved his Kentucky Wildcats.” Coyle also stated that “Brett knew the dangers, but I guess the love in his heart for his country and his family outweighed the dangerous situation that he was facing.”

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but Benton will be buried in Richmond.


Car Show

Benefit for Starving Artist

Masterson Station Park in Lexington, KY was the site of the 2nd Annual Tear Jerker 2011 Custom Car & Show. Held Saturday, June 4, the event featured custom, non-custom and antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, rat rods and jeeps, including late model cars and trucks. In addition to the vehicles and vendors, Ice Man was on hand playing the favorite oldies along with a car corral.
There were over 300 entries, comprised of every make and model, out on this beautiful day to display the cherished memories of chrome, metal and steel. These automobiles are a lovely piece of history and a reminder of a time when the ability to get from one place to another was not taken for granted. Among visitors of the show were also cartoon characters cruising in their owners automobiles which provided much entertainment for the youngsters. And if you had the opportunity to stop by the concession stand for an Continue reading 2ND ANNUAL “TEAR JERKER” ROD RUN