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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Boyd Van Winkle

Boyd Van Winkle

Boyd “Shorty” Van Winkle, age 87, of Berea, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Baptist Health in Richmond. Shorty was born in Jackson County, Kentucky to the late Cassius Winfred and Elva Eversole Van Winkle.

He was a mechanic by trade for Berea College where he retired.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Darlene Parker Van Winkle; and five siblings, Earl Van Winkle, Orville Van Winkle, Everett Van Winkle, Gilberta Smith, Theda Abrams, and Ruby Rice.

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Berea Police Department traffic accident report for July 2019

The Berea Police Department reported responding to 42 traffic accidents during the month of July, according to their most recent numbers.

The number and locations of those traffic accidents were as follows: Six accidents each: Jill Street, I-75 South, Walnut Meadow Road. Five accidents: Richmond Road. Three accidents: Chestnut Street. Two accidents: Glades Road, Big Hill, Scaffold Cane. One accident: Adams Street, Peggy Flats Road, Pauline Drive, Paint Lick Road, Paint Lick, Mt. Vernon Road, McKinney Drive, Mayde Road, KY 1016, Kayla Drive.

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Four Quick Takeaways from Berea Tourism’s 2019 Festival of Learnshops

There are indications the 2019 Festival of Learnshops (FOL), sponsored by Berea Tourism, was the most successful since the summer arts series began in 2011. Here are four quick takeaways:

1. High revenue: In approximately three weeks, the 2019 Learnshops collected $108,537 in revenue, exceeding last year’s total. When the program began eight years ago, the series took in $10,422.

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UPDATE: Missing Person Investigation / Laurel Co.

Olivia N, Broughton

Original Release: On Thursday, August 01, 2019 at approximately 2:20 PM, Kentucky State Police Post 11, London was notified of a missing person from Sherry Street in the London community of Laurel County.

Upon arrival, Trooper Lloyd Cochran learned through an investigation that Olivia N, Broughton, 24, of London left her residence on Sunday, July 13, 2019 at approximately 12:00 PM. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Broughton is described as white female with black hair 4’11 tall with green eyes and tattoos on her right hand.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kentucky State Police Post 11 at 606-878-6622 or 1-800-222-5555.

Update: Olivia N. Broughton has been located and is safe.

Senator McConnell Helps Secure $6.6 Million for Fletcher Group to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic in Rural Kentucky

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the Fletcher Group will receive $6.6 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, which supports evidence-based programs for the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders in rural communities. The Fletcher Group has partnered with the University of Kentucky to establish an opioid response program and will maintain its headquarters in rural Kentucky. Its work will target 101 rural counties in eight states, including 47 counties in Kentucky.

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BOOK SIGNING

Boonesborough Unearthed by Nancy O’Malley

Nancy O’Malley will be holding a book signing/ speaking of her new book Boonesborough Unearthed.

Nancy will be speaking for the Eastern Kentucky Archaeology Group on Tuesday Sept 24th. The event will be held at 6:30PM (doors open at 6) at the Central Bank and Trust Co., located at 350 W Main, Richomnd, KY. 

The event space is the community room in the lower level of the bank, which is accessed by parking behind the building and entering the glass door adjacent to the drive through. 

Public health, foster care and adoption, Medicaid services highlight CHFS resources at state fair

 Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair are encouraged to stop by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The booth will include a wide range of CHFS services including substance use disorder resources, mental health information, children and parents programs, and other health and family assistance initiatives. The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 15, and concludes Sunday, Aug. 25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The CHFS exhibit will be in the Health Horizons section of South Wing B.

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Kentucky Tourism Announces Increased Visitor Growth and Spending in 2018

Visitor spending and visitation growth in Kentucky both increased in 2018 according to a study from Tourism Economics, the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s new research partner. Visitor trips to and within the Commonwealth topped 71.6 million in 2018, with visitor spending climbing to nearly $7.6 billion, a 3.7 percent increase over the prior year and 21 percent increase since 2013.

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Gov. Bevin, UofL and KentuckyOne Health Strike Deal for University’s Acquisition of Jewish Hospital System

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin and University of Louisville (“UofL”) President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi today announced a plan to secure the future of the Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties and their employees.

Under the deal, University Medical Center Inc., owned by UofL, would acquire Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health assets located in the metro Louisville region and then integrate them into the UofL system, creating greater efficiencies and services throughout the area. The arrangement would preserve approximately 5,000 jobs, maintain Kentucky’s reputation in the healthcare innovation field and continue the training and research that supports the UofL medical school.

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Berea Police Department Street Crimes Unit makes several drug-related arrests

This week the Berea Police Department’s newly formed Street Crimes Unit made several drug related arrests.

In addition, police apprehended a suspect in connection with the vandalization of the skate park, and charged a woman in connection with a rent scam. Police reported the following:

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New State Office Building in Downtown Frankfort Officially Named

Sign unveiled & Cabinet secretaries whose agencies will be moving into the new building. L-R: Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Don Parkinson, Education/Workforce Development Cabinet Dep. Secretary Mike Nemes, Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Gail Russell, Finance & Administration Cabinet Sec. William Landrum, Craig Turner, Pres & CEO of CRM Companies, Labor Cabinet Secretary David Dickerson

Today in a ceremony in downtown Frankfort, Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III officially announced the name of the new state office building — The Mayo-Underwood Building.

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KSP Employee Involved in Fatal Crash

Mary “Renee” McCoy

Kentucky State Police Post 5 is investigating a single-vehicle fatal crash involving a KSP employee. Mary “Renee” McCoy, age 62, of Bedford, Ky., was traveling on Highway 146 (LaGrange Road) approximately one mile west of New Castle, when she lost control of her vehicle, exiting the roadway and striking a tree.

Mrs. McCoy was operating her personal vehicle and was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. She was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Henry County Coroner. She was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. There were no other vehicles involved and no other passengers in her vehicle.

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After Labor Cabinet’s Failure, Beshear Seeks Necessary Information to Ensure Kentucky Miners are Protected

Andy Beshear

Following media reports uncovering the Labor Cabinet’s failure to enforce a state law that required Blackjewel to post a performance bond that would have covered the cost of payroll for their workers, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that he is seeking the necessary information to ensure other miners are not at risk.

With no performance bond in place, Blackjewel’s bankruptcy and closure in July left miners and other employees unpaid for work they had already completed. The Labor Cabinet secretary described the failure to the Lexington Herald-Leader, saying “There is no mechanism in the law for the Labor Cabinet to figure out when a new company has opened in the state that is supposed to post a bond.”

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