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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Berea Tourism Commission reviews two new ideas for attracting visitors

Berea College Forester Clint Patterson revealed a proposal for a forestry festival for the fall of 2020, an event that would take advantage of the region’s vibrant autumn colors and natural beauty. 

At a time when Berea officials are strategizing to expand the city’s appeal for travelers, news of two more possible attractions were raised at the recent meeting of the Berea Tourism Commission.

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Pinnacles generated $639,018 in economic benefit to Berea, according to study

So far in 2019, 85% of visitors to the Pinnacles in Berea College Forest are from out of town, according to a recent survey. The increase in tourists has had a positive economic impact, the survey says. 

The Pinnacles in the Berea College Forest generated $639,018 in economic benefit to Berea in 2018, according to a recent report to the Berea City Council.

Dr. Louisa Summers, professor in the college’s Health and Human Performance Department, along with students with Berea College’s Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, presented the findings to the council last week. They highlighted the results of a three-year study that documents who visited the Pinnacles, where visitors came from, and how much they spent in connection with their visit.

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John Wallhausser

John Wallhausser

John Wallhausser, educator, scholar, and artist, passed away Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at his home in Berea, Kentucky. He was born November 10th, 1932 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1937.

Wallhausser earned his bachelor’s degree at The University of Pittsburgh in 1954 and   completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1965. He served as Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Upsala College in East Orange, New Jersey from 1961 to 1975.  Following a one-year appointment as Visiting Lilly Professor at Berea College, John and his family moved to Berea, Kentucky in 1976. During his tenure of twenty-six years at Berea College, John served as Chairperson for the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and as The Henry Mixter Penniman Professor of Philosophy. Through his work at the college, John also developed a close connection with Old Regular Baptist communities in eastern Kentucky. He retired from Berea College in 2002.

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McConnell on Administration-Pelosi Budget Deal: ‘The Resources We Need to Keep Rebuilding our Armed Forces’

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding the president’s announcement today that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi have reached a budget deal:

“I am very encouraged that the administration and Speaker Pelosi have reached a two-year funding agreement that secures the resources we need to keep rebuilding our armed forces. This was our top objective: Continuing to restore the readiness of our armed forces and modernize our military to deter and defend against growing threats to our national security. That includes investing in our facilities here at home, like Ft. Knox, Ft. Campbell, and the Blue Grass Army Depot, which my state of Kentucky is proud to host.

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Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor retired U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who passed away last Wednesday.

Nominated by President Gerald R. Ford, Justice Stevens served on the Court from December 1975 until his retirement in June 2010. He will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court today, before his interment following a private funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery tomorrow.

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10th Berea Celtic Fest to be celebrated with new CD

It is now ten years ago, Berea Celtic Fest welcomed its first musicians for what has become a popular and significant gathering in this region. Over the years, singers , dancers and musicians and other good people from more than fifteen states and the British Isles have participated in valuable sessions, exciting presentations, educational and historical workshops and great concerts for the local people and visitors of all walks of life. 

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Murder at the Halfway House

Jadon Gibson

Times were hard in Middlesborough, Kentucky, and the tri-state area in the late 1890’s. The city had grown from a smattering of three or four dwellings to a population approaching 10,000.  There were educated and skilled workers as well as common laborers.  Law abiding newcomers came to the fledgling city but there were the untrustworthy too. 

A series of bank failures halted the rags-to-riches boom and many of the projects that were started by Alexander Arthur, the American Association and others were abandoned.

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ROAD CLOSURE: The Berea Public Works Department will be closing Marcellus Drive between the intersections of Burchwood Drive and Baldwin Street Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23, 2019 for stormwater drainage repair.

Detour will be West Jefferson to Mary Street.


Charles McKinney

Charles McKinney, age 70, passed widower of Barbara Sparks McKinney, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at his home. He was born December 20, 1948 in Jackson County, KY to the late Harlan and Nannie Anglin McKinney.

Charles was of the Holiness faith and enjoyed to four wheeling.

Other than his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one nephew, Robbie Sparks.

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Book Signing

Local Author Martin Ramsay will be signing his latest book The Possum Principles on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Berea Coffee & Tea Co.

If you’re in the area, come by and get a copy of the book for a discounted price.

Berea Coffee & Tea is a fitting location for the signing because it is the inspiration for Pemberley, a business mentioned briefly in The Possum Principles, and one that figures more prominently in the sequel, The Catalpa Club.

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Calling All Lake Lovers! Monitoring Program in Need of Volunteers

Volunteers from the Paintsville Utilities Water Treatment Plant learn to conduct Secchi Depth monitoring. They plan to monitor eight locations on Paintsville Lake, providing data for the program as well as source water protection for the drinking water supply.

Are you an avid fisherman? A lake resident? A weekender who loves being on the water? You could be part of a growing number of citizens dedicated to improving the Commonwealth’s 440,000 acres of lake waters through the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.

Offered through a partnership between the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Watershed Watch in Kentucky, this program gives residents the opportunity to join other citizen scientists across the state who have made a commitment to monitor and report the condition of their chosen lake on a regular basis, now through October.

Eric Russell, who lives near Kentucky Lake in Marshall County, said the time required to be involved in the lake monitoring program is minimal compared to the sense of contribution he feels. “I went to MSU and studied Biology and GIS years ago, but ended up following a different career path,” Russell said. “I live near the lake and want to be a part of helping to monitor our natural resources.”

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Deborah Combs

Deborah Combs

Deborah “Debbie” King Combs, 61, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. Debbie was born on April 23, 1958 in Richmond and was the daughter of Frank and Lorene Evans King, both of whom preceded her in death.

Debbie was raised by her loving Aunt Susie Frances Walls King “Mammie”.  Debbie was a self-employed business woman and a former Clerk in Madison County.    She enjoyed painting, gardening, talking on the phone and spending time with family and friends.  She was a very spiritual person, loving Mother, Wife and Nana who enjoyed listening to nature and believed in paying it forward.

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Update for Interstate 75 rehabilitation project in Rockcastle County.This is part of the rehabilitation project that includes milling and resurfacing for the interstate. Pavement conditions will be addressed in both north and south directions. In addition, guardrail will be repaired for specific sections as necessary.

Interstate 75 – Southbound: Friday, July 19 – 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (times are approximate)
• Paving operations will be in effect for the left/fast lane and shoulder
Sunday, July 21 through Monday, July 22 – 7 a.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday
• Paving operations will begin for the middle lane and progress to the right/slow lane and shoulder.

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The 17th Annual TCBA Golf for Missions Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Richmond’s Battlefield Golf Club. This fundraiser provides needed support for the Tates Creek Baptist Association’s various partnerships mission activities.

Individual – $50 or 4-Person Team – $200 Registration fee includes:
Greens & Cart Fees
Door Prizes
Lunch Registration Deadline: September 1

Hole Sponsor – $100 
Sponsor name displayed on a sign at one of the 18 holes. Cart Sponsor – $50 
Sponsor name displayed on one golf cart sign. Sponsorship Deadline: August 19

Donations of door prizes are also welcomed.

Please visit to get involved.