A native Madison County man died in Afghanistan Saturday June 4 when an improvised explosive device detonated near him. Brett Benton had left the Kenton County Police Department where he held the rank of sergeant a few weeks ago to work as a private contractor training local police in Afghanistan.
Benton had worked most of his life serving the central public. After high school he joined the National Guard, and while still in the Guard he worked as a dispatcher for the Kentucky State Police Post in Richmond. Benton had also worked for the Nicholasville Police Department prior to joining the Kenton County Police Department.
One of Bentons life long friends Toby Coyle said ” Benton was a man of universal values. He loved his family, loved his friends, loved his country, and he loved his Kentucky Wildcats.” Coyle also stated that “Brett knew the dangers, but I guess the love in his heart for his country and his family outweighed the dangerous situation that he was facing.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but Benton will be buried in Richmond.
Masterson Station Park in Lexington, KY was the site of the 2nd Annual Tear Jerker 2011 Custom Car & Show. Held Saturday, June 4, the event featured custom, non-custom and antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, rat rods and jeeps, including late model cars and trucks. In addition to the vehicles and vendors, Ice Man was on hand playing the favorite oldies along with a car corral.
There were over 300 entries, comprised of every make and model, out on this beautiful day to display the cherished memories of chrome, metal and steel. These automobiles are a lovely piece of history and a reminder of a time when the ability to get from one place to another was not taken for granted. Among visitors of the show were also cartoon characters cruising in their owners automobiles which provided much entertainment for the youngsters. And if you had the opportunity to stop by the concession stand for an Continue reading 2ND ANNUAL “TEAR JERKER” ROD RUN→
Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday to honor U.S war heroes. Although originally set up to honor soldiers from the Civil War, the holiday expanded after World War I to include soldiers from all wars. On Monday, May 30th the American Legion, Jessie M. Dykes Post #12 and the Veterans of Foreign War in Richmond, KY held an Honoring Memorial Day Ceremony at the Richmond Cemetery with the main focus on the placement of the Wreath, Rifle and Dog Tags in remembrance of the fallen and missing men and women of the United States Armed Forces. There were several in attendance for the early morning service, including Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes and Kentucky State Rep., House District 81, Rita Smart. The American Legion Riders provided a grand entrance lead by Bill Jessie, Commander of the A.L. Riders. Bill Strong, Commander of Post 12 began the ceremony by welcoming all in attendance, followed by the Invocation lead by Mike Bogie, Chaplain of Post 12. The highlight of the ceremony included special guest, Continue reading “Honoring Memorial Day”→
Day two of the Madison Co. Veterans event “A Salute to Our Armed Forces” festivities opened with the Marine Corp League Color Guard along with a Classic Car and Rat Rod Show. The day involved a complete schedule of entertainment ranging from clogging to Michael Jackson and Elvis impersonating. The Honor Ceremony concluded with a speach from Lt General Robert Yerks about the meaning of sacrifice.
Photos by: Tinsley Carter & Rhonda McIntyre
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Madison Co Veterans Celebration 2011 ” A Salute to Our Armed Forces”
The Madison Co. Veterans Celebration kicked off their Friday events with a Job Fair, Motorcycle Show, Antique Tractor Show, vendors and Bluegrass Music by Joe & Stacy Isaacs and New Generation Bluegrass Band. With weekend long rain and temperatures in the fifties leading up to the festivities, the Friday and Saturday event certainly was shined upon with no rain, lots of sunshine and temperatures in the eighties. On Saturday the celebration kicked off with the Antique Tractor Show, Classic Car Show, vendors, and day long entertainment by Richard McHargue Cloggers, Blake Maupin “Michael Jackson Impersonator”, KY Mountain Trio, Super Fecta, Will “Teen King” Reynolds, Jon Russell and Kristy Miller. The Honor Ceremony which took place Saturday, with special guest speaker Lt. General Robert Yerks, Army (Ret.), from Richmond, KY with whom fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
General Yerks, 83, spoke to the audience about sacrifice.
“I know soldiers,” he said. “I really do know soldiers. I served in two wars and Continue reading Day 1 of the Madison Co. Veterans event “A Salute to Our Armed Forces”→
Everyone is invited to join the Madison County Veterans on May 20th and 21st from 9AM to 7 PM in our “Salute to Our Armed Forces” honoring our Kentucky Heroes.
This free event is held at the new Armed Forces Reserve Center adjacent to Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY. Planned events include a Veterans Job Fair, ATV Show, Motorcycle Show, Classic Car Show, Military Static displays, as well as other attractions.
Events start Friday with a huge Job Fair and an ATV Show which will last both days. During the welcoming ceremony at 4 PM, The Marine Corp League will present the colors and Nashville recording artist Kristi Miller will sing the National Anthem. The days events will conclude with judging of the Motorcycle Show at 7 PM.
Rain had no effect on the spirits of participants. Several Run/Walk participants arrived at St. Joseph Berea despite the rain Saturday morning. With gray skys and light to heavy rain, the St. Joseph Berea Get Healthy event went on. Several local businesses participated, setting up tents and offering free samples and health related informative demonstrations. Children took part in dance and games along with Zumba demonstrations.
Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in association with Gordon & Salter, Madison Pediatric Associates and Richmond Womens Healthcare presents: Pattie Cake Bellies to Babies Celebration on Saturday, May 14 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Richmond Mall.
We will showcase local organizations, their products and services geared towards pregnancy, birth, postpartum and babies.
Saturday, May 14th Registration at 10:00 am & Event at 11:00 am Saint Joseph-Berea Campus
The Corporate Challenge is a relay style event in which each team member will complete two challenges. There are eight challenges on the course and most do not involve as much athletic ability as they do skill or intellect, but mostly they require perseverance…think “Minute To Win It” type games.
Proceeds will benefit the Patient and Family Assistance Fund at Saint Joseph-Berea which provides medications, testing, medical supplies, lodging travel and Continue reading Get Healthy Berea→
LEXINGTON , Ky. (April 28, 2011) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways announces that a lane closures will take place for Interstate 75 northbound in Lexington. The closures are necessary for bridge seal repair work to be completed.
Work will be performed this Sunday, May 1, between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. I-75 northbound at the southern split will be reduced to one lane during the hours of work. Appropriate signage will be in place to guide the traveling public.
All work is scheduled on a tentative basis and is subject to change depending on weather conditions, emergencies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the work area.
For up-to-date traffic and travel information dial 511 or visit www.511.ky.gov for the latest statewide traffic updates.
Register now for the Berea Dolphin Swim Team. Find us on FACEBOOK Or call (859) 699-9794. Practice Begins Tuesday May 10th. You may also register online on our webpage at www.BereaDolphins.Groups.HomePageNow.com
African Percussion Ensemble Featuring Gideon F. Alorwoyie
Alorwoyie is from Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa and is highly regarded as one of Ghana”s foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance. He is associate professor of music, principal dancer/choreographer and Director of the UNT African Percussion Ensemble. Alorwoyie joined the College of Music faculty in 1996.
The Berea Police and Parks and Recreation Departments are pleased to announce the 2011 Berea PD 10K Race benefiting Special Olympics of Kentucky! The race will be held at the Former Panasonic Building off of Mayde Rd. on April 9, 2011 at 9am. On site registration will begin at 7:00am. Prizes will be awarded for 10 age groups and for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd overall. All registrants will receive a T-shirt. There is also a 5K fun walk available-all participants will receive a prize. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Kentucky. Now accepting registration-call 986-8456 or 986-9402 for more information.
First Annual Fairview Baptist “A Run For Russia” 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011. Registration begins at 8:00 AM at Fairview Baptist Church 520 Fairview Loop Road, Mt. Vernon, KY. Registration fee before April 11th is $15.00 after the deadline fees will be $20.00. Proceeds from the race will benefit a number of foreign mission efforts by Fairview Baptist Church. For more info please call (606) 256-3722 or email [email protected]
On Friday, March 11, 2011, the Berea Chamber of Commerce conducted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for NESCO Resource, a staffing solutions provider, located at 154 Mini Mall Drive in the Boone Square Shopping Center.
NESCO Resource provides a full range of staffing and consulting solutions with specialties in Engineering & IT, Accounting & Finance, Manufacturing & Distribution, and Administrative & Customer Service.
Their specialization enables NESCO to provide unique value to employers and job seekers alike. Stop by and discuss your unique staffing needs with Jennifer Waddell, Staffing Specialist; Victoria Rose, Business Development Specialist or Joanne Prewitt, Area Manager. Business hours are 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call (859) 985-0405. www.nescoresource.com
Jesse D Dykes Post 12 Richmond American Legion presents certificates of appreciation in recognition and sincere appreciation of outstanding and assistance which contributed to the advancement of The American Legion programs and activities dedicated to God and Country.
Bill Strong presented Peggy Brandenburg, Kathy with Curriers Music World, Rhonda McIntyre of BereaOnline-WKXO, Carol Moore of Richmond Greenhouse, and Ms. Palmer of Madison Central High School for their dedication to The American Legion Post 12.