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2011 Christmas Spirit at Irvinton


As the temperatures plummeted to 25 degrees the brisk air and full moon provided a radiant glow upon the historical Irvinton Home in Richmond, KY on Saturday evening. The Spirit of Christmas came alive on the inside providing warmth, cheer, education and delicious refreshments to the visitors attending the open house.

Richmond Tourism and Battle of Richmond Association jointly coordinated this fundraiser for the Salvation Army, providing tours and stories from the 1800””s sharing their knowledge about the 1862 Battle of Richmond and the construction of the beautiful historic Irvinton home.

Several Battle of Richmond Association Board members, reenactors, and area students, along with Richmond Tourism Director Lori Tatum were on hand dressed elegantly in period clothing. Santa and Mrs. Claus made an appearance to listen to the Christmas wishes from the children that Continue reading 2011 Christmas Spirit at Irvinton

2011 Berea Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet

Berea Chambers

The mission of the Berea Chamber of Commerce is, with integrity, to promote prosperity and enhance the quality of life in the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky by supporting current businesses; encouraging new business development; enhancing communication and collaboration; along with promoting Berea as a place to live and work and the Awards Banquet proves that the Chamber is doing an exceptional job accomplishing these goals.

The Awards Banquet was held Friday, December 9th at the historical Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant with a reception in the lobby and Greg Shackelford providing beautiful Christmas music. The banquet began at 7PM in the dining hall with entertainment by Ronnie Parker & Friends.

Bud Montgomery President of the Chamber welcomed everyone and thanked them for their generous donations and Continue reading 2011 Berea Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Main Street Café.

Cafe Crew

Owner Sune Frederiksen and the great staff at Main Street Café would like to wish their regular customers and friends a Merry Christmas,and a successful and prosperous New Year.

We are in the hospitality business and we hope that we have lived up to your expectations when it comes to good service, affordable and great meals, ambience and reliability.

If you are still planning a family or business/staff gathering Main Street Café would be happy to host your event before the holidays, or as a Continue reading Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Main Street Café.

26th Annual Twilight Christmas Parade Broadcast 2011

Join hosts, Jennifer Rose Escobar, Rhonda McIntyre and Chad Hembree as they cover the twilight parade as it ushers in the holiday.  This years broadcast features guest appearances by Theresa Lowder – Berea Festival Dancers, Jeff Rubin – Body Recall, Brenna Wallhausser – Hospice Care Plus, Deborah Thompson – Berea College Country Dancers, Danny Miller – Parade Chair, Frankie Blevins – Chamber of Commerce / Blevins Law, Maggy Kriebel – City of Berea, Linda VanWinkle – Chamber of Commerce / Peoples Bank, Nola Newman – Chamber of Commerce / Nola Newman Realty.

This years broadcast also features performances by the Madison Southern High School Honors Choir, Jennifer Rose, Chad & Gary and The Berea United Methodist Church Handbell Choir.  The parade boasts over 40 entries of glowing, spectacular delight, crowned by the big guy himself, Santa Clause.


Entire Boradcast 1hr 44min

Former Richmond Police Officer Indicted


Cybercrimes investigators, with assistance from Kentucky State Police, executed a search warrant on the Richmond home of thirty-six year old James Rogers on Tuesday. The charges against Rogers stem from an undercover investigation that began on November 19, 2011. The Kentucky Attorney General”s Office announced Wednesday a grand jury indicted Rogers, a former Richmond Police officer for possessing child pornography. It charges him with 10 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

Rogers is in the Madison County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. Rogers is to appear in Madison Circuit Court on January 12, 2012 to answer to the charges.

Rogers will be in Madison Circuit Court January 12, 2012 to answer to the charges.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7)

Seventy years ago today, on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 Americas naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and Continue reading Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Dec. 7)

Four Injured One Killed in Fatal Accident

Fatal Crash
Police say the head-on crash happened around 5:00 pm Tuesday afternoon on Highway 21 between Berea and Big Hill in Madison Co. One woman died at the scene and has been identified as Melissa Horn, from Jackson County. Horn lost control of her truck on the wet roads and over corrected and hit a van head on driven by 62-year-old Cowley Lewis of McKee. Horns three young children were injured in the crash and taken to UK Hospital and are listed in critical condition. Horn nor her children were wearing seat belts. Lewis also was injured and taken to UK Hospital and is in critical condition.

Too Tired to Drive??

Dept. Health Services

Working late, shopping late, staying up late to watch the holiday specials or whatever – it all adds up.

Well, actually it subtracts – and dangerously – from being able to drive safely. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Daniel Chapman says that what adds up from drowsy driving are hospital visits and deaths:

“Drowsy driving was implicated in about 16 percent of fatal crashes, and about 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization.”

Chapman says one survey reported 28 percent of people said they had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

Especially in the holiday season, with lots of people taking long road trips, getting the seven to nine hours of sleep that most adults need, may need to be a priority.

Get Vaccinated Against the Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week

KY Health & Family Services Cabinet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2011) – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

“Getting a flu vaccine is a holiday gift you can give now to yourself and your family,” said Steve Davis, M.D., acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “Many people visit relatives with small children or those at high risk of complications from flu around this time of year. Getting a flu vaccine is an opportunity to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a week-long observation that serves as a reminder to those people who have not yet received a flu vaccine that the time to get vaccinated continues into winter – through January or later, when flu season typically peaks. Throughout the week, the Centers for Continue reading Get Vaccinated Against the Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week

Obituaries November 28 to December 5, 2011

Michael Blevins

Michael Blevins

Michael R. “Mike” Blevins, 43, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at his home. He was born on June 25, 1968, in Richmond, Kentucky. Mike served in the Kentucky National Guard for eight years and loved to fish, hunt, and play golf with his friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Burdett H. Blevins and is survived by his mother, Susan Nipp Blevins, and aunt, Opal Sumner of Carolina, and an uncle, Ralph Blevins of Richmond.

Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with John Tussey officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Orchard, Bruce Whittaker, Brian Whittaker, Dean Peters, Dwayne Woolum, Ken Foley, Cecil Cochran, Shawn Lovell, John Harrison, Eugene Stagner, Alan Presnell, Tony Rose, and Jim Newby.

Gregory Alan Payne

Gregory Alan Payne, 41, of Clay City, formerly of Richmond, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2011. He was born in Madison County on Continue reading Obituaries November 28 to December 5, 2011

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Danny Cruse

Danny Cruse

RICHMOND — Danny Cruse, 63, husband of Estelle Adams Cruse, passed away Friday, December 2, 2011, in Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Danny was born September 1, 1948, in Richmond and was the son of Milton and Mary Johnson Cruse, both of whom preceded him in death. He was retired from I.B.M., had worked for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and was a safety officer with the Richmond Police Department. Danny also started the Senior’s Program in Richmond.

In addition to his parents, Danny was preceded in death by: a brother, Jack H. Cruse. Survivors include: his wife, Estelle Cruse; his mother, Alma Jean Ragsdale of Indiana; two daughters, Ashlie Cruse Hatton (Brad) of Tampa, Fla., and Jamie Beth Cruse Ward (Jim) of Atlanta, Ga.; one extended Continue reading Obituaries November 28 to December 5, 2011 (continued 1)