Jury Scam


The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving an abundance of calls in regards to a jury scam.

Jury Scam happens when person(s) posing as officers from a court, claim that the person did not show up for jury duty and that charges will be pressed.

The calls received indicate they are being made from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. A foreign man states the person has missed jury duty and if payment is not made he or she is risking criminal action. The caller asks for payment to be made in the form of a prepaid card.

These calls are a scam. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will never contact you asking for payment in reference to jury duty. Do not send any form of payment, hang up immediately and report the scam to the website listed below.

KSP Murder Investigation Update

ARRESTED

Original Release: On Saturday, March 23, 2019 at approximately 6:55 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by McCreary County 911 about a possible shooting with injuries at a residence on West HWY 92 in the Stearns community of McCreary County.

Preliminary investigation revealed Jason K. Dishman, 36, of Monticello had been shot during a confrontation. Continue reading KSP Murder Investigation Update

From the Commonwealth of KY Lieutenant Governor’s Office

3rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton will host the 3rd Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) regional high school pitch competitions in three locations this week across the Commonwealth.

Each LGEC regional competition will determine which two teams will advance to Finals on April 12, 2019, at Northern Kentucky University. Four additional wild card teams will also advance for a total of 10 teams competing for in-state scholarships and prize packages at Finals. LGEC regional competition dates, times and locations are as follows: Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Lieutenant Governor’s Office

FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Andy Beshear

Beshear Moving Forward in Fight for Affordable, Accessible Health Care

Today, Attorney General Andy Beshear and a coalition of 20 other attorneys general took another step forward in the fight to protect health care by filing their response in Texas v. U.S. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Beshear said he is proud to be leading Kentucky’s efforts to preserve access to affordable health care for more than 1.3 million Kentuckians and tens of millions of Americans.

Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

By U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Special Counsel Confirms No Collusion Between Trump Campaign and Russia

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today’s letter from Attorney General Barr to Congress on Special Counsel Mueller’s report:

“I thank the Attorney General for promptly advising the Congress of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions in this matter, consistent with his Friday letter to the Congress. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell

Not My Brother’s Keeper, Part 4

Jadon Gibson

An estimated three thousand people were in Estillville, Virginia, on February 6, 1885, for the hanging of George Gibson and Wayne Powers. The two men were sentenced to hang for the murder of Will Gibson. Jonas Powers, brother of Wayne Powers, was also sentenced to hang for the murder but his attorneys were successful in winning him a thirty day stay of execution from Virginia Gov. William E. Cameron so he remained in the Scott County jail.

Estillville’s name was later changed to Gate City. Continue reading Not My Brother’s Keeper, Part 4

Fraley addresses Lenten Lunch series

Bruce Fraley chats with a member of the audience before he gives his presentation at the Berea United Methodist Lenten Lunch series. The event continues every Wednesday until Easter.

Bruce Fraley was the latest Lenten Lunch speaker last week at the Berea United Methodist Church. Speaking on the topic “I am the vine,” (John 15:1-5), Fraley explained the ways in which his Christian faith influenced his philosophy toward public service during his 34-year tenure as district manager of the Social Security Administration.

“Other than doing my job, and trying to do it well, I also tried to uplift others,” Fraley said. “We encountered people who were down on their luck, maybe became disabled and had to file a claim. We ran into those who just needed advice – they didn’t know where to turn. Or maybe they were just lonely and they needed somebody to listen to them. They didn’t have anybody else.”

Another passage of scripture that deeply influences Fraley, he said, is John 15:12 – My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

“For me, showing love for one another is the most important way we can abide Jesus Christ and glorify God by the way we live our lives,” Fraley said.

During his presentation, Fraley noted that in John 15:1-5 the word abide is used several times. Bearing that in mind, he offered seven ways in which to abide in Jesus:

  1. Attend church services.
  2. Participate in faith-based clubs or groups that serve other people or study scripture.
  3. Community service activities.
  4. Showing humility and asking forgiveness.
  5. Self-reflection with an eye toward self-improvement.
  6. Giving thanks to God.
  7. Glorify God by not being afraid. Share your faith.

Following his presentation, Fraley fielded several questions from the audience.

The Berea community is invited to gather at the Berea United Methodist Church Parish House at 101 Fee Street every Wednesday until Easter beginning at noon and ending at 12:45 p.m. There is no charge for the meal, but donations are welcome. Doors for the luncheon open at 11:45. For more information about the Lenten Lunch series, call 859.986.3485.

From the Commonwealth of KY Energy and Environment Cabinet

Forestry Officials Urge Caution as Spring Wildfires Increase

Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) officials are urging caution after the spring forest fire hazard season, which began February 15, became more active up in the past three weeks.  The KDF reports it has battled more than 189 forest fires, which have damaged more than 1,524 acres, since March 1.

“I urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to be cautious when they decide to burn outdoors,” said KDF Fire Management Chief Michael Froelich. “The record rains and low wildfire of the last few months are behind us. Wildfire danger increases with every day without measurable precipitation.”

Continue reading From the Commonwealth of KY Energy and Environment Cabinet

OBITUARIES MAR. 17-24, 2019

Betty Jones

Betty Jones

Betty Mary Jones 79, widow of James Hershel Jones, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday March 20, 2019 in Berea, KY. Mrs. Jones was born in Hazard, KY March 12, 1940 to the late George Washington and Emily Jane (Sumner) Combs.

Betty and Hershel were in the restaurant business in Berea, KY starting in the mid 1960’s with the Tastee-Freez drive-in restaurant, then the Colonel Drive-In Restaurant, and ultimately The People’s Restaurant. When Hershel passed away 1986 Betty continued to operate the People’s Restaurant until it was destroyed by fire in 1995. Betty re-built on the site and opened Sweet Betty’s restaurant in 1996 which was in operation until 2005. Continue reading OBITUARIES MAR. 17-24, 2019

City to rejuvenate ball fields at Berea City Park following current season

Parks & Recreation

The ball fields at Berea City Park were severely impacted by heavy rains in recent weeks, but Parks & Rec crews were able to prep the fields for the start of the season, and plans are in the works to begin the rejuvenation of selected fields beginning this fall.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Berea City Council, City Administrator Randy Stone told officials playing fields have to be fully restored about every 10 years at a cost of about $100,000 per field. He added fields three and four are slated to be refurbished next fall, and there will be a budget request for that work in the upcoming 2019-2020 budget proposal.

The process will begin when Berea Youth League concludes its season this coming autumn. A contractor will be hired for the project, Stone said.

KSP Murder Investigation

Murder Investigation

On Saturday, March 23, 2019 at approximately 6:55 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified by McCreary County 911 about a possible shooting with injuries at a residence on West HWY 92 in the Stearns community of McCreary County.

Preliminary investigation revealed Jason K. Dishman, 36, of Monticello had been shot during a confrontation.

Dishman was transported to the Wayne County Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Continue reading KSP Murder Investigation

MATHCOUNTS – STATE COMPETITION RESULTS

Winners of today’s State MATHCOUNTS

Competition held at Ernst Hall, University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky are:

• Luke Mo of Meyzeek Middle School coached by Matthew Cramton – 1st place
• Joseph Vulakh of Tates Creek Middle School coached by Kayla-Noel Carter – 2nd place
• Krishna Bhatraju of Winburn Middle School coached by Paula Mlinar – 3rd place
• Shaurya Jadhav of Holy Name School coached by Bayardo Solorza – 4th place Continue reading MATHCOUNTS – STATE COMPETITION RESULTS

From the Office of Mitch McConnell

By U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

McConnell Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Announcement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding today’s announcement from Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

“I welcome the announcement that the Special Counsel has finally completed his investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 elections. Many Republicans have long believed that Russia poses a significant threat to American interests. I hope the Special Counsel’s report will help inform and improve our efforts to protect our democracy. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

It’s Time to Test for TB

As part of its ongoing work to educate the public about tuberculosis (TB) and prevent the spread of the disease, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding Kentuckians that March 24 is World TB Day.

This year’s theme from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “It’s Time,” in an effort to encourage latent TB testing among providers and raise awareness for the public. The theme emphasizes the partnership between various organizations and highlights efforts to eliminate TB. To show his support, Governor Matthew Bevin has declared March 2019 as “TB Awareness Month.” Continue reading From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

WEBINAR: SUCCESSFUL DAILY PLANNING FOR A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S: HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR DAY

Quality of life for a person with Alzheimer’s or another dementia can be greatly affected by how a caregiver brings structure to their day. Managing energy levels, physical exercise, social interaction and meaningful daily activities can be a daunting task. Continue reading ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR MAR. 2019

Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

Kentucky students need a statewide tobacco-free schools law to protect them from secondhand smoke, e-cigarette aerosol and tobacco product messaging at school. Nearly 60 percent of Kentucky kids attend schools that do not have such policies, so they smell, breathe and otherwise absorb tobacco emissions and Continue reading Kentucky Senate: It’s Time to Make Kentucky Schools Tobacco Free

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Executes Search Warrant related to Alcohol Sales in Dry Territory

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control executed a search warrant at American Patriots, an establishment in Laurel County. The search uncovered over 100 bottles of distilled spirits, around 1,000 bottles of malt beverages, several gallons of moonshine, and at least six illegal gambling machines. Continue reading Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Executes Search Warrant related to Alcohol Sales in Dry Territory

April Robinson

April Robinson

April Robinson

April Robinson age 45, wife of Joe Robinson Jr., died Saturday March 16, 2019 in an accident in Brazil, Indiana. April was born in Johnson County, Indiana to Paul and Teresa Cole Osborne of Berea, KY.

She was a loving mother and truck driver for Ryder Integrated Logistics, and she was a member of the Berea Evangelistic Church in Berea, Kentucky.

April was preceded in death by a son Jasper William Jack Harris. Continue reading April Robinson