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All About Berea – May 24, 2013

It is Senior week on “All About Berea” where we feature outstanding High School Seniors graduating. We are proud of all our graduates at Berea Community HS and Madison Southern HS, but this week we brought Natalie Warren and Bethany Breakall in to share their achievements that go above and beyond the norm.

This week we also discuss the passing of Madison County Sheriff Jerry Combs, Berea’s new Yard Sale Ordinance, local sports, the possibility of Berea’s Bypass getting extended sooner than thought,the upcoming events calendar for Memorial Week and much more.

Host – Chad Hembree
Co-Host and Senior News Editor – Beth Meyers
News Analysts and Chief Sports Editor – Jonathan Schinhofen
Senior Political Analyst – Robert New
Guests – Natalie Warren and Bethany Breakall

Freedmont Premiere this Week

A new web series from

“Freedmont,” the debut project from Brigadoon Studios, will premier on on Wednesday, October 3rd. “Freedmont” is a new webseries focusing on a private school created and ran by an unseen group known only as The Administration. The students and teachers of Freedmont are largely unaware anything out of the ordinary is going on at the school until they begin discovering how they were selected to attend the new school. Further suspicion is raised when a mysterious signal is found by some of the Freedmont students and the majority of the first season is spent trying to locate its’ source.

“Freedmont” also signals the launch of Brigadoon Studios. Brigadoon Studios was co-founded by Jeremy Grant and Chad Hembree to create visual content, primarily for the internet. The first season of “Freedmont” will consist of twelve episodes that take place over the first semester of the school. Grant and Hembree are proud and excited to debut Brigadoon Studios and “Freedmont” to the public on Wednesday, October 3rd on

Local Berea Production Company Gears up for Premiere Release.

Brigadoon Studios is proud to announce the upcoming premier of their debut project “Freedmont.” “Freedmont” is a webseries about a private school that seems like any other school on the surface, but slowly the students and faculty begin to realize there may be more to why these students were selected. The first season consists of twelve episodes that revolve primarily around the student body of Freedmont as they discover things may not be what they appear to be at the exclusive private school. The first season of “Freedmont” will premiere on Wednesday, October 3rd and new episodes will air through Wednesday, December 19th.

“Freedmont” was created by Brigadoon Studios co-founders Jeremy Grant and Chad Hembree. Grant handled screenwriting duties while Hembree was primarily responsible for directing the initial episodes of “Freedmont.” You can visit or follow the series on Twitter @freedmonttv to find out more information about “Freedmont” including interviews with the cast, blogs from the creators, and much more.


Food Service Inspector


Hastings, 2192 Lantern Ridge Dr. Richmond, KY97%

Dale’s Hot Dog Stand, 102 N. Second St., Richmond, KY100%

Crossroad Café, Berea College, Berea, KY95%

Red Lobster, 500 Richmond Mall, Richmond, KY95%

Arcadian Cove, 532 Cady Dr. Richmond, KY100%

Red House Grocery, 2550 Red House Rd., Richmond, KY 99%

China King, 203 Carriage Gate Center, Richmond, KY93%


Fire Destroys Business in Berea

Business Fire
Several businesses are closed today after a fire broke out at 208 Pauline Drive in Berea. The fire broke out early Monday morning around 12:30 am.
Firefighters say when they arrived on the scene; flames were already coming through the roof and out the windows of the Sammy K Lee Accounting Firm.
There was also smoke and water damage next door at the Family Heritage Insurance Office as well as four other businesses. Firefighters say the blaze does not look suspicious and believes the blaze could have been electrical in nature but it is still under investigation at this time.

Motorcyclist killed in crash.


One person is dead after a truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle on US 25 between Berea and Richmond. The crash happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. 25 near Skyline Drive, just south of Richmond. Officials say the motorcyclist couldn’t stop in time as the truck pulled out into its path. The driver of the bike died at the scene and their name has not been released at this time. No one else was hurt in the crash.
James Hudson, 67, of Berea was killed when the motorcycle he was driving hit the side of the truck when it pulled out in front of him. Police say Hudson died at the scene. The truck driver, whose name was not released, did not suffer any injuries. There is no word if there will be any charges filed in the case.

Berea Police Reports Sept 11 to 18, 2010

September 11, 12:00 a.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking – Auto, 339 E. Haiti Rd. A 2000 white Ford pick-up truck, valued at $7,000.00, was taken from residence driveway.

September 11, 5:42 p.m. Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, 250 Marcellus Dr . #1 . Parked vehicle had windshield broken, damage estimated at $300.00.

September 16, 1:40 p.m. Arrested Sheena G. Ballard, 25 YOA, 626 Slate Lick Rd. for Madison Co. Warrant for Non-Payment of Fines on Pennington St .

September 16, 6:10 p.m. Burglary 2nd Degree, 200 Angel Spur Rd. Residence entered, Jewelry, valued at $3,000.00, was taken from the residence.

September 16, 6:57 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking u/$500, 403 Richmond Rd. Purse and wallet, valued at $30.00, were taken from parking lot from vehicle or shopping cart.

September 17, 5:07 a.m. Arrested Jonas L. Murphey, 29 YOA, 290 Smith Ln. for Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Alcohol/Drug 1st Offense on Ellipse St.

September 17, 3:22 p.m. Arrested James Hisle Jr, 35 YOA, 1003 Burnell Dr. for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Madison Co. Warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support at 1103 Burnell Dr .

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Brock Curtis, 30 YOA, 166 Morgan St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Micheal S. Smith, 30 YOA, 200 Gregory St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Russel Kates, 20 YOA, 147 Morgan St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 8:20 p.m. Arrested Thomas B. Gadd, 44 YOA, Richmond for Madison Co. Warrant for Failure to Appear on Prince Royal Dr .

Berea Police Report Sept. 2 to 11, 2010

September 02, 12:52 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking u/$500, Wal-mart, 120 Jill St. A purse left in a shopping cart had $277.00 and prescription drugs taken from it. The purse was turned into the service desk.

September 04, 8:00 a.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1010 Paint Lick Rd. A laptop computer and digital camera, valued at $1,530.00, were taken from room.

September 05, 12:50 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1784 Big Hill Rd. A catalytic converter, valued at $550.00, was taken from parked church van.

September 05, 2:54 p.m. Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, 132 Cassius Ct. A storm door, window, and china cabinet were broken at the residence, damage estimated at $800.00.

September 06, 10:52 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking – Firearm, 117 Maple St. A 9mm handgun, valued at $300.00, and $550.00 in cash were taken from an unlocked vehicle at the residence.

September 07, 7:48 a.m. Burglary 2nd Degree, 207 Willow Dr. Hand power tools and an IPod, valued at $450.00, were taken from attached garage and parked vehicle.

September 07, 5:10 p.m. Arrested Robert L. Halcomb, 69 YOA, 202 Washington Ave. for 2 counts of Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence), Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree at 202 Washington Ave.

September 07, 8:00 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 111 Jason Circle . A GPS unit, IPod, digital camera, and other items, valued at $792.00, were taken from an unlocked vehicle at the residence.

September 09, 4:00 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1056 Burnell Dr. A large fuel tank, valued at $800.00, was taken from residence yard.

September 09, 5:21 p.m. Arrested Larry Watson, 62 YOA, 120 Maple St. for Assault 2nd Degree at 120 Maple St .

September 10, 1:04 a.m. Arrested Lara H. Eusebio, 49 YOA, 32 Mary St . #2 for Alcohol Intoxication at 32 Mary St. #2 .

September 10, 1:45 p.m. Arrested Tawn S. Compton, 46 YOA, 123 Commerce Dr . #2 for Madison Co. warrant for Failure to Appear on Chestnut St.

September 11, 1:56 a.m. Arrested Kyria A. Reed, 19 YOA, 1041 Old Red Lick Rd. #2 for Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense, No Operators License, and Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Required Insurance on Chestnut St .

September 11, 4:00 p.m. Arrested Devon M. Branson, 27 YOA, Richmond for Public Intoxication in the Prince Royal Plaza .

September 11, 5:09 p.m. Arrested James D. Oakley, 28 YOA, London for Laurel Co. warrant for Failure to Appear on I-75 NB 79mm.

Brenda Upton named Volunteer of the Year

After winning the coveted Miss Kentucky Crown the Berea/Richmond/Madison Co./Appalachian Area Pageant was also honored with the most prestigious award for non-pageant contestants. Bestowed upon it’s hard working director, Brenda Upton, the Volunteer of the year award speaks to the heart of the Miss America Pageant system of service before self.

Each year Brenda and her supportive family work countless hours to plan and execute the Berea Area Pageant. The Pageant is currently responsible for crowning four Miss Kentucky hopefuls and one Teen contestant, but Mrs. Upton’s work does not stop there.

After crowning the contestants Brenda then moves immediately into support and training mode where she works weekly with the girls to educate and prepare them for the coming pageant. From mock interviews and clothing tips to talent refinement and posture Brenda works day and night to personally provide or find the expertise needed to prepare her girls for the state pageant.

2010 has been monumental for the Pageant with three top eleven finalist, two top five finalist and the Miss Kentucky Crown itself. Miss America is serious business and for the Upton family, business is good.

If you would like to learn more about the Miss America system and the Miss Berea, Miss Richmond, Miss Madison Co. and Miss Appalachian Area Pageant you may contact Brenda at her business number 859-986-2331 or on the web at

Written by Chad Hembree
Creative Tech Media

KY Railway Museum – All Aboard for Family Fun!

There isn’t any aspect of American history or growth more important than Railroads. Railroads have seen Americans through the addition of nearly every state, promoted a unified nation, aided us in times of war and allowed people to travel unlike ever before. Unfortunately the era of America’s love of rail travel ended in the 1950’s as a result of the automobile’s versatility and convenience, but now, thanks to the Kentucky Railway Museum, it is possible to experience it again. Continue reading KY Railway Museum – All Aboard for Family Fun!

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

Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010

This year’s Independence Day celebration at the Berea Community Park was more fun than a Barrel-of-Monkeys. I cannot imagine a better place to take the family and celebrate the birth of our great nation. Oh sure, you could go to Independence Hall, Washington DC or a host of other historically sentimental locations, but what better represents the true culture and spirit of The United States of America than a small hometown celebration.

Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone
Damon Farmer, Daniel Boone

As has become the tradition, Berea native artist extraordinaire, Damon Farmer was on hand crafting another terrific sand sculpture. This year’s subject was the legendary Daniel Boone with his family and the final project was everything we have come to expect from Damon. Continue reading Berea Independence Day Celebration 2010

Old Town Almost Finished ( BOL Archives 2002)

It was a cool evening last fall when shop owners in Old Town Berea slowly gathered in the street chatting. Bell Jackson, executive director of Berea Tourism remembers, “As soon as it got dark several shop owners seemed to gather. We stood in the middle of the road just looking up and down the street. It was beautiful, and emotional.”

Ken Gastineau
Ken Gastineau

Construction started last spring on North Broadway, and the finishing touches to the road will be added within the next three weeks. Randy Stone, City Administrator, shares that after the pavement is finished there will be “cobblestone crosswalks” added to match the retaining wall at the top of the hill. Storeowners were warned to not expect much when construction started; the main purpose of the job was to provide better drainage for the street. Yet, new flowerbeds, light posts, sidewalks, and a hand laid stonewall were put in to place. The end result has pleased the storeowners and visitors to Old Town. Continue reading Old Town Almost Finished ( BOL Archives 2002)

Madison Co. Schools 2010-2011 Calendar

This Calendar is based on the official Madison Co. School District 2010-2011 school calendar.  All dates are subject to change due to weather or other delays.  The official website for Madison Co. Schools is Continue reading Madison Co. Schools 2010-2011 Calendar