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2010 INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC AWARDS

IBMA Awards

Award-winning artists Jerry Douglas and Cheryl & Sharon White of The Whites co-hosted the 21st annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 30, at The Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium.

Dailey & Vincent were honored with five International Bluegrass Music Awards. Michael Cleveland, Russell Moore, The Gibson Brothers, Adam Steffey and Josh Williams Receive Multiple Honors also.
Other Recipients were:
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Charlie Louvin benefit show planned for October

PUBLISHED BY PETER COOPER ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin had a rough summer, and it has extended into the fall.

Louvin, 83, is fighting pancreatic cancer, and a July 30 surgery was unsuccessful in eradicating the disease. Medical costs are, of course, substantial, and friends are now helping to organize a benefit concert and auction in Bell Buckle, Tenn., where Louvin lives, on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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EXILE entertains at the Laurel Co. and London, KY 185th Anniversary Chicken Festival.

James Preston “J.P.” Pennington born in Berea, KY is an American musician, known primarily as a founding member of the country pop band EXILE. Pennington was the founding member and lead singer of the group until departing in 1990. After his leaving EXILE, he signed to MCA Records as a solo artist. There, he released two singles and one album, Whatever It Takes, in 1991. Pennington re-established the band along with Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. For a complete schedule go to www.exile.biz
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“Kentuckians in the Civil War” Exhibit Opens

Federal Brig. Gen. John Buford is part of the “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit at the Richmond Visitors Center.
In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center has opened its “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit.
The exhibit consists of portraits of native Kentuckians who rose to prominence as Civil War generals, both Union and Confederate.
The first set of portraits include Federal generals Thomas Crittenden, Robert Anderson and John Buford, along with Confederates John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston and John C. Breckinridge. Other notables, such as Confederate Simon Boliver Buckner, will be added during the exhibits run. The center also received a donation of a replica of Abrahams Lincoln’s watch. The piece, donated by a local supporter, is set to 7:22, reflective of the time Lincoln died after being mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth.
The center is currently open 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday.

Miss Kentucky 2009 and Father to compete on THE AMAZING RACE.

Mallory Ervin age 24 of Lexington, KY and her father Gary Ervin age 53 of Morganfield, KY are competing on the CBS Reality Show The Amazing Race.
If you have never watched The Amazing Race it is a reality TV show in which teams of two people who are either married, related, or friends, race around the world while competing in challenges with other teams. Contestants receive clues that lead them to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Once the tasks have been completed teams try to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a disadvantage in the next leg of the race.
Mallory Ervin competed at Miss Kentucky 2009 as Miss Bowling Green. She is a graduate of the University of the South in Tennessee with a degree in Theater Arts. Her platform was Autism Awareness and her talent was a Vocal Performance.
Gary Ervin built a company from the ground up with help from his family. He has logged over 5000 hours since receiving his commercial pilot’s license. He also wrestled and coached for the University of Central Missouri and Union County High School.
The Amazing Race was filmed in May-June 2010 and will premiere on September 26, 2010 on CBS.

Battle of Richmond Reenactment 8-29-10

The Battle of Richmond was the second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky, and it was one of the most decisive and complete Confederate victories of the entire war with the Union army retreating in disarray and chaos.
Of the 6,500 Union troops who went into battle, some 4,300 were taken prisoner and more than 1,000 were either killed or wounded. The Confederates, who were some 6,600 strong, lost only 128 men — 118 who were killed and 10 listed as missing in action.

Battle of Richmond 8-28-10

The Battle of Richmond was fought in three phases Aug. 29-30, 1862. Those phases were at Kingston, Duncannon Lane and in the Richmond Cemetery. Much of the Kingston phase and some of the Duncannon Lane phase retain battlefield integrity and are most worthy of preservation. The battle was the second largest Civil War battle in Kentucky and the most overwhelming Confederate victory of the entire Civil War.

Redbird Mission Street Party

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UMC Redbird Mission Street Party

The United Methodist Churches of Madison County and surrounding areas hosted a Redbird Mission Street Party in Downtown Richmond in June. The proceeds are to further the work of the Redbird Mission Conference and reopen the school. May local musicians were on hand to support the effort spearheaded by local Folk Artist Jennifer Rose. Delicious BBQ was provided by Richmond Firefighter and Berea UMC Youth Leader Corey Lewis. The day was a full of good food, fellowship and entertainment.

For more information on the Redbird Mission visit them at their website http://www.rbmission.org/ or contact our local United Methodist Church in Berea. Berea UMC

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Berea Officially Opens Park Expansion and Skate Park

Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park.  Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event.  I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.

Maggie Kriebel with participants
Maggie Kriebel, Director Berea Parks

When  Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters,  as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth.  I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!

Mayor Steve Connelly on the Mic
Mayor Steve Connelly Officiates

The Mayor, Steve Connelly,  officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day.  Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest.  The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle.  I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families.  Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.

Randy Stone and Donna Angel
Randy Stone and Donna Angel

The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and  Magnificent Maggie Kriebel.  (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name.  No one can fake that much enthusiasm.)  Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.

Emogene Hogg-Hartman
Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman

Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day.  Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well.   The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA.  The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010.  Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States.  Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.

Nice Ramp
Berea Skate Park

The Parks features include:

  • Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
  • Speedramp
  • Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
  • Parking Grind Curb
  • L.A. High wall with brick texture
  • Manual Pad
  • Curved grind edge
  • Taco Grind Rail
  • Raked Grind Rail

All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset,  our youth.

Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.

Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre