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KSP Investigates Fatal Collision in Wayne Co.

The Kentucky State Police, London Post was notified by Wayne County 911 approximately 4:38 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, of a single vehicle injury accident on KY 1275 North in the Monticello area of Wayne County. The collision resulted in one fatality.

The initial investigation indicates that a 2003 JEEP Liberty operated by Michael R. Bridgeman, 45 years old of Monticello, KY, was traveling northbound on KY 1275 North.  Mr. Bridgeman lost control of his vehicle and drove off of the roadway hitting a dirt embankment and flipping his vehicle.  The operator of the Jeep was ejected from the vehicle.  Mr. Bridgeman was taken to the Wayne County Hospital with life threating injuries.

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West Virginia donates blue catfish to Kentucky

A generous donation of 15,000 blue catfish from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources boosted fish populations in the Kentucky River.

“We’re grateful to West Virginia for helping us fortify blue catfish populations in areas where numbers are low and catfishing is popular,” said Paul Wilkes, acting director of fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

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Kentucky farmers facing challenges on multiple fronts

This past week, the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture met to hear a report from Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles on the state of agriculture in Kentucky. Quarles provided an update on challenges Kentucky farmers are facing, as well as good news as it relates to fresh opportunities for farmers to diversify their crops.

Kentucky’s rapidly increasing industrial hemp production is a success story for our farmers, as well as for the quality work our state officials have done to make our state a national leader in hemp production. Kentucky leads the nation with 26,000 acres planted this year, a record production year that includes nearly 1,000 growers and 202 processors. Industrial hemp employed 459 Kentuckians in 2018, a number that will only accelerate as the industry becomes more commercialized and more and more acres are planted.

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OBITUARIES OCT. 6-13, 2019

Alfred Harrison LeMaster

Alfred Harrison “Pinball” LeMaster, age 65, passed away Friday Oct. 11, 2019 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Mr. LeMaster was born Sept. 15, 1954 in Straubing Germany to the late Harrison Lee and Theresia Ann Marie Kachlmeier LeMaster.

He loved helping others, riding his Harley, and being a member of the Midnight Riders Motorcycle Club. Mr. LeMaster was of the Catholic faith.

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Kentucky Life features the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley; Old Friends, Old Foes horse farm in Georgetown; Select Boxing in Louisville; and the Newport Aquarium

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life spotlights the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley, the Old Friends retirement horse farm in Georgetown, Select Boxing in Louisville, and the Newport Aquarium. The episode airs Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4/3 pm on KET, and Monday, Oct. 14, at 7/6 pm on KET2. 

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Madison County Sheriff’s K9 Report 10/11/2019

On Thursday October 10th, 2019 at approximately 10:43pm the MCSO K9 Unit was conducting weekly K9 Training within the city limits of Berea.

A narcotics tip was received during training, regarding a vehicle that was preparing to enter Madison County via I-75N.

A traffic stop was initiated in the area of the 76N by K9 Deputy Wesley. MCSO K9 Cooper was deployed, by K9 Deputy Bol, and gave a conditioned response to the odor of narcotics.

A search of the vehicle was conducted by MCSO K9 Deputies Wesley, Kermeen, Bol and Thompson.

Items seized: marijuana and drug paraphernalia

Talent Instantly recognizes Genius

Rodney Kimbangu

The award-winning student painter and Gurushots champion photographer Rodney Kimbangu is a Congolese artist pursuing a double degree in painting and film production at Berea College. He has been attending the school for over three years and is a senior graduating in the spring of 2020. Regarded as one of the few talented filmmakers on campus, Rodney continues to reach new heights to tell powerful storied and shine his light as bright as possible.

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Office of Highway Safety, law enforcement agencies partner with NHTSA to reduce crashes throughout Columbus Day

The upcoming Columbus Day holiday provides a great opportunity for long weekend getaways — and this means more cars on the road. This is why the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), state and local law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are teaming up for the inaugural Operation Crash Reduction effort with a focus on Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Property Tax

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office will begin collecting the 2019 County Property Tax Bills on November 15, 2019. The delay is due to a recall call petition which is being circulated under KRS 132.017. Those who have escrow accounts, mortgage companies are aware of the new dates. The schedule for collections is as follows:

November 15, 2019-December 15, 2019 2% Discount
December 16, 2019-January 15, 202 Face Amount
January 16, 2020-February 15, 2020 5% Penalty
February 16, 2020-April 30, 2020 21% Penalty

The 2019 County Property Tax Bills will be mailed November 14, 2019

Individuals with questions may contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at 859-623-1511.

GENERAL FUND AND ROAD FUND RECEIPTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2019

State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts fell 1.2 percent in September with revenues of $1,064.5 million.  This compares to $1,077.3 million collected in September 2018.  So far this fiscal year (FY20), General Fund receipts have grown 1.1 percent.  September closes out the first quarter of the fiscal year and collections declined for the first time since the third quarter of FY17 when receipts fell 3.2 percent.  For perspective, increases in collections have averaged 4.0 percent in the intervening nine quarters.

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