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Vernon Lee Cummins

Vernon Cummins

Vernon Lee Cummins, 86, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at his home in Berea. Born in Mt. Vernon on October 6, 1932, the son of Joe and Nancy Sowder Cummins.

He left school in the 6th grade and spent his teen years selling popcorn at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. He spent time as a cook at the local Bellyachers restaurant eventually relocating to Berea to become a car salesman. He co-owned, owned and operated several dealerships to include Baker & Cummins and Cummins & Foley in Berea and Vernon Cummins Auto in Richmond. He was also the Used Car Manager at Joe Conrad Chevrolet in Lexington.

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KSP Makes Arrests in Ky. State Fair Investigation

ARRESTED

 Kentucky State Police announced today that three arrests have been made in the Kentucky State Fair investigation involving the discharge of a weapon on Saturday, August 17, 2019. 

KSP Detectives arrested a 15-year old male of Louisville, Ky. who was identified as the person who discharged the weapon. This juvenile was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Minor and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree.

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Davidson takes over at Public Works

DAVIDSON TAKES OVER AT PUBLIC WORKS

The City of Berea Public Works Department is under new leadership, as Donnie Davidson was recently appointed to be the department’s new Interim Director. With nearly 27 years of service to the city, Davidson replaces Dwayne Brumley, who recently stepped up to become the city’s Project Coordinator.

Davidson said it’s been a quick transition, but he’s always enjoyed the work. “It’s kind of a shock, but I’ve loved my job ever since I came on board,” Davidson said.

Seven Kentucky State Parks Recognized in “Best in Kentucky” Awards from Kentucky Living

Kentucky State Park employees (from left) Richard Blanton, Wes Lanham, Christy Combs and Jeremy Riggs show the “Best in Kentucky” awards at the Kentucky State Fair Thursday.

Seven Kentucky State Parks were recognized in Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” Awards announced Thursday at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair:

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Golden Alert

Nicholas George Knute

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing person.

Nicholas George Knute, 66 years old, walked away from his home on Crimson Court on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 around 4:00 p.m.

Mr. Knue is 5ft 7in tall and weighs approximately 170lbs. He has brown flat top hair, brown eyes, and has a scar on his left elbow.

Nicholas Knue was last seen wearing a blue and green t-shirt with a pocket on the left side, white tennis shoes, and blue jeans. Mr. Knue has a medical condition which require medication.

Anyone with information on the location of Mr. Knue is asked to contact Deputy Phillip Sturgill at 859-623-1511 or Madison County 911 at 859-624-4776

Mayor Fraley signs proclamation citing dangers of e-cigarettes, vaping

City of Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley recently signed a proclamation in the hope of educating local parents and youths about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.

On Wednesday, Forbes magazine reported that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently investigating 153 reports of illness related to vaping. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), meanwhile, is investigating 127 reports of seizures possibly linked to vaping, Forbes reported.

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KSP Charges Madison Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post arrested Scott Johnson, 48 years old of Richmond, KY, on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 as a result of an ongoing investigation.

The initial investigation alleges that Scott Johnson created an account through a popular cellphone app, and used his profile to communicate and solicit a juvenile for sexual images. 

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James Hunter Lowery

James Hunter Lowery

James Hunter Lowery, age 55, passed away Friday August 16, 2019 at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY. James was born February 23, 1964 in Lexington KY to Carolyn Rose Bucio.

James was a retired foreman of the KY State Highway Department, he loved to fish, and loved being a father. James was of the Baptist faith.

James is survived by one son Kevin Lowery, his mother Carolyn Rose Bucio, one brother William Lowery, and one sister Kimberly Taylor.

Funeral services will be 1:00PM Friday at Davis & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Vester Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the Bark Road Cemetery in Waco, KY. Visitation will be 11-1 Friday at the funeral home.

KSP Investigates an Officer Involved Shooting in Jessamine Co.

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred just after 11:30 pm last night at a residence in Nicholasville.

The initial investigation indicates that the Nicholasville Police Department responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Beauford Place, and was confronted by an armed individual. As a result of the encounter, shots were fired, and the suspect sustained fatal injuries.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jessamine County Coroner.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post and the Critical Incident Response Team.

ALZHEIMER’S EVENTS FOR SEPT. 2019

WEBINAR: EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA: Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. Families need new ways to connect.

Join us to learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. 

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Waterfowl Blind Drawing Set for Mobility-Impaired Hunters at Doug Travis Wildlife Management Area

Applications will be accepted beginning Sept. 1 for two specially constructed waterfowl blinds for mobility-impaired hunters at Doug Travis Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Hickman and Carlisle counties. Applications for these quota hunts must be postmarked by Sept. 30.

“One blind, Blind 19, is a boat-in site with a handicap-accessible boat ramp. Hunters must hunt within 10 yards of the location marker while using this blind. There will not be a constructed blind to hide the boat this year,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The other blind, Blind 13, is an above ground blind that is wheelchair accessible. The mobility-impaired hunt party will be able to drive to this blind.”

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State releases county unemployment data for July 2019

Unemployment rates rose in 99 Kentucky counties between July 2018 and July 2019, fell in 15 and stayed the same in six counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent. It was followed by Boone County, 3.8 percent; Fayette County, 3.9 percent; Campbell, Kenton, Oldham and Scott counties, 4.1 percent each; and Bourbon, Cumberland and Shelby counties, 4.2 percent each.

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Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Presented by the Spotlight Acting School

Performed by students ages 9-14

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Friday, Sept 20  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 21  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 22  –  2:00 pm

Friday, Sept 27  –  6:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 28  –  6:30 pm
Sunday, Sept 29 –  2:00 pm

The Spotlight Playhouse

Dates Set for Waterfowl Blind Drawings

Dates are now set for the annual waterfowl blind drawings for season-long sites at Lake Barkley, Sloughs, Doug Travis, Green River Lake and Barren River Lake wildlife management areas (WMAs).

These are in addition to other public waterfowl hunting opportunities offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Upcoming season-long blind drawings include:

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