Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Releases December 2018 Unemployment Report

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary December 2018 unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for December 2018 was down from the 4.5 percent reported for November 2018.

The preliminary December 2018 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from the 4.5 percent recorded for the state in December 2017. Continue reading Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Releases December 2018 Unemployment Report


Road Closed

Madison County Road Department will be closing Cedar Hill Drive on January 28, 2019 through February 7, 2019, for culvert repair work.

The project will be removing existing steel culvert and installing a new concrete box culvert. This will not impact any residents entering to access their homes rather only hinder those who use Cedar Hill Drive as a shortcut from Pinuer Acres to Wilderness Trail Road.

Madison Co. Sherrif’s Report Jan. 17, 2019


The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to Love’s Travel Plaza in Richmond on January 16, 2019 around 3:11 a.m. in regards to two persons sitting at a fuel pump “passed out” with a small child in the car.

Deputy Stacey Cummins and Deputy Josh Stone arrived at Love’s and attempted to make contact with the man and the woman. After several attempts, the deputies were able to wake the occupants in the vehicle.

The initial investigation revealed, the occupants may have ingested heroin prior to reaching Love’s. The child was uninjured and removed from the vehicle. The Kentucky Department of Community Based Services were notified for assistance. Continue reading Madison Co. Sherrif’s Report Jan. 17, 2019

Berea City Council approves appointments for commissions, legislative committees

On Tuesday, the Berea City Council approved Mayor Bruce Fraley’s appointments and re-appointments for both city commissions and standing legislative council committees. Chuck Conley (left) and George Wyatt were re-appointed to the Madison County Airport Board.

The Berea City Council approved the re-appointment of citizens to local commissions, but there were also some new names among those tapped to serve.

Mayor Bruce Fraley re-appointed Madison County Airport Board members Chuck Conley and George Wyatt, both of whom made presentations Tuesday regarding to progress of airport improvement efforts. Continue reading Berea City Council approves appointments for commissions, legislative committees


Andy Beshear

With Ruling by Federal Judge, All of Beshear’s 9 Opioid Lawsuits now in Kentucky Courts

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that the nine opioid lawsuits he has filed against pharmaceutical companies for allegedly flooding Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs are all now before judges in Kentucky courts.

Beshear has filed lawsuits against AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Insys, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, Mallinckrodt, McKesson Corporation, Teva and Walgreens on state law allegations that they directly contributed to the state’s drug epidemic.


Berea Police Dept. Monthly Report (Dec.)

The Berea Police Department responded to several vehicle collisions during the month of December 2018.

The number of collisions were reported on the following streets:
Chestnut Street 8 – Paint Lick Road 4 – Glades Road 3 – Richmond Road 3 – Jill Drive 2 – I-75 South 2 – Prospect Street 2.

Additionally, several streets were listed as having only one (1) auto accident, including:

Short Line Pike, Scaffold Cane Road, Rash Road, Prince Royal Drive, Peggy Flats Road, Main Street, Estridge Street, Estill Street, Ellipse Street, Bratcher Lane, Boone Street and Big Hill Road.

KSP Vehicle Investigations Branch Cracks Nikon Cargo Theft Case


Odelmis Hidalgo, 45 years of age, was extradited to Kentucky this week from Miami, Florida following his indictment in a 2007 cargo theft case involving nearly 1.2 million dollars’ worth of stolen Nikon camera equipment. While in transit to its final destination, the vehicle was parked and its contents were stolen in Spencer County.

Through this investigation, detectives were able to recover fingerprints from the scene of the crime. The fingerprints were entered into the NCIC database and were later matched to the suspect.

The investigation remains ongoing by the KSP Vehicle Investigations Branch.


Healthy Living for your Brain and Body

For centuries we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. The program will take place at the Powell County Cooperative Extension Office located at 169 Maple Street in Stanton on Thursday, January 17th from 12pm-1pm. A light lunch will be provided. Registration is required; please call 800-272-3900. Continue reading ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR JAN. & FEB. 2019