From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Gov. Bevin Appoints Gail Russell as PPC Secretary, David Dickerson as Labor Secretary

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of two top Administration officials to permanent leadership posts — Gail Russell as Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC), and David Dickerson as Secretary of the Labor Cabinet. Both Russell and Dickerson have served their respective cabinets as Acting Secretaries over the past several months. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor’s Office

Berea Police Report Feb. 19, 2019

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Disorderly Conduct/Drug Arrest: On 02/14/2019 officers were called to Elm Street in reference to arguing and causing a disturbance. The subjects were located walking on the roadway, and they were still yelling and screaming.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Clarissa Richmond of Berea KY and 34-year-old Samuel Lancaster of Berea KY.

They were both charged with Disorderly Conduct 2nd Degree. Lancaster was in possession of a syringe and a small amount of suspected Methamphetamine. He was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance 1st Degree and Drug Paraphernalia Possession. Continue reading Berea Police Report Feb. 19, 2019

Lila Bellando

Lila Bellando

Lila Bellando

Lila Raye Davis Bellando, age 78, wife of Richard passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Mrs. Bellando was born September 23, 1940 in Athens, Alabama to the late Earl and Lela Smith Davis and at age four moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where she graduated from high school.

She received her undergraduate degree from Berea College and a Master of Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Mrs. Bellando along with her husband purchased Churchill Weavers in 1973 and she became President and designer, operating the company, with her husband Richard, until 2007. Under her guidance the total archives of Churchill Weavers from 1928 – 2007 is now housed in the Kentucky Historical Society. The archive is said to be the largest American Textile collection in existence. Continue reading Lila Bellando

KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On February 16, 2019, at approximately 4:09 a.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Milton Kruger, 41, on charges related to unlawful possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Kruger was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect had been communicating about his activities with juveniles online. Continue reading KSP Charges Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear: Twenty New Survivors Council Members Resounding Voice for Victims of Crime in Kentucky

When I entered public service three years ago, one of my core missions was to seek justice for victims.

We have worked hard every day to accomplish that goal.

In 2018, we rescued 12 child victims as part of online predator crackdowns, and we secured a record 39 human trafficking and other related offenses arrests. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Pioneer story with unhappy ending

Jadon Gibson

The family of Samuel Davies resided in what is now Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1782. An Indian attacked him by surprise while he was working in the field. He got the better of the encounter and then raced to his cabin to make sure all was well.

As he neared the family dwelling something led him to be cautious. He concealed himself in a nearby field and soon learned that his wife and kids were in danger. There were several Indians in and around the cabin. Davies knew he couldn’t control the situation so he ran five miles to the station of his brother, James Davies, for help. One of the Indians who was somewhat older noticed him and gave chase but Davies had the greater incentive. The Indian stopped and returned to tell his fellow tribesmen. Continue reading Pioneer story with unhappy ending

Cub Scouts Pack 516 Holds Annual Pinewood Derby

Boy Scouts of America – Pack 516, based out of St Clare Catholic Church in Berea, held their annual Pinewood Derby event on Saturday, February, 16th, 2019 at the First Christian Church.

The Pinewood Derby is a racing event in which scouts build un-powered cars from blocks of wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The cars run on a standardized track and are powered only by Continue reading Cub Scouts Pack 516 Holds Annual Pinewood Derby

OBITUARIES FEB. 10-17, 2019

William Woods

William Woods

Rev. William “Bill” Woods age 72, of Berea, passed away Friday February 15, 2019 at Berea Health and Rehabilitation Center with Hospice in Berea. Bill was born February 10, 1947 in Berea, to Jack and Marie Woods who preceded him in death.

He was retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a social worker, and he was a member of Middletown Baptist Church where he was the pastor for over 28 years. Bill was also a member of the SASS-single action shooting society, member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Society of Boonesboro/Boone Society, CCDW-conceal and carry deadly weapons instructor, Master Bow hunter instructor and trainer, he has his Federal Firearms License, and he was the coach for NASP Archery at Silver Creek Elementary, and Bill volunteered for 36 years as a master instructor with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Hunter education program. Continue reading OBITUARIES FEB. 10-17, 2019

From the Office of Senator Jared Carpenter

Jared Carpenter

SENATOR JARED CARPENTER’S LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

It was a productive third week of the 2019 Regular Session, as the General Assembly remained hard at work in Frankfort.

Working with our colleagues across the aisle, we forged ahead in committee meetings in which we heard testimony, discussed policy, and advanced bills for a floor vote. Friday, we reached the filing deadline for new bills in the Senate. Moreover, we are pleased with the consequential legislation that is before us this session. Continue reading From the Office of Senator Jared Carpenter

Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff Monday

Gov. Matt Bevin has directed that U.S. and Kentucky flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida.

Chief Warrant Officer Farmer was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He died Jan. 16, 2019, in Manbij, Syria, as a result of wounds sustained from a suicide improvised explosive device. Continue reading Gov. Bevin Orders Flags to Half-Staff Monday

New digital archives made available to the public

John Payne

Local historians and genealogists have a new resource at their disposal, according to Berea City Council member John Payne. Payne, who is also support service manager at Madison County Public Library, announced he recently finished digitizing Berea City Council minutes from 1908 to 1925, making them available to the public. But Payne said that may just be the start.

“The 1908-1925 council minutes represent a single volume. As time permits, I hope to increase our digital holdings. This document required page-by-page scanning and the use of a computer program to make the digital document text searchable,” Payne said. Continue reading New digital archives made available to the public

From the Commonwealth of KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Public Health Reports Confirmed Case of Measles in Barren River District

A case of measles has been confirmed in a young child living in the region served by the Barren River District Health Department. The child, who is unvaccinated, recently traveled out of the country to an area where measles is endemic, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) reports. The case is not linked to an ongoing measles outbreak in the state of Washington or other cases of measles in the U.S. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Madison Co. Sheriff Report Feb. 16, 2019

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The Madison County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation on the Eastern Bypass around 5:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

According to Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle, Deputy Jeff Bol deployed the Madison County Sheriff’s Office K-9 GoKu during the course or the stop. The deployment of the K-9 led to the seizure of suspected Buprenorphine, Dilaudid pills, Alprazolam, and digital scales. In addition, approximately $2485 in U.S. currency was seized. Continue reading Madison Co. Sheriff Report Feb. 16, 2019

From the Commonwealth of KY Office of House Democratic Caucus

Today, state Representatives Joe Graviss, left, and Derrick Graham filed their House Bill 401, which would officially repeal last year’s public-pension legislation. Although that law was struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court in December, its language remains in statute.

House Democratic Caucus sponsors bill to officially repeal 2018 pension law

The House Democratic Caucus signed on as co-sponsors today of state Representatives Derrick Graham and Joe Graviss’ House Bill 401, which would officially remove last year’s public-pension bill from state statute. Although the 2018 law was unanimously struck down by the Kentucky Supreme Court in December, its language remains on the books. Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Office of House Democratic Caucus

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

By U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement:

“President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest. I urge my Democratic colleagues to quickly get serious, put partisanship aside, and work with the president and our homeland security experts to provide the funding needed to secure our borders as we begin the next round of appropriations.”