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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

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!

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

More Photos of the Event……………………………………….. Continue reading Redbird Mission Street Party

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

Healthy Pets, Healthy Family

Growing up with a menagerie of animals from turtles, birds and lizards to dogs, cats, and horses I have had my share of licks, bites, and scratches from the animal kingdom. My cat Jasper awakens every morning with one thing on his mind – playing. The problem, Jasper’s eyes peel open between five and six in the morning searching for anything to fetch, throw, or chase. Before the fog in my head could clear a few mornings ago, Jasper returned with his toy of choice. As I rearranged myself beneath the covers, Jasper leaped into action as his imagination ran wild seeing my covered feet more interesting for interactive play. As quick as a blink, Jasper sprung high into the air as he pounced on my feet with all his might. On examination of my foot, I found a small cut; it did not cause much pain or concern so on with my day I went.

There are few relationships in life that are as strong and unconditional as the bond with our pets. Our pets accept us unconditionally even if we are fat, skinny, sick, healthy, moody, and are there to bring us joy through thick and thin in the best and worst of times. Because of our pet’s strong unconditional bond, they become a significant extension of our family and our health.

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Featured Berean – (BOL Archives 2002)

Most people hope that when they start work at the bottom of the ladder they will soon find their way to a career at the top. While serving the town of Berea, Chief of Police, Ray Brandenburg has done just so.

Brandenburg’s family moved to Berea when he was eight years old. Since then he has watched the town grow and progress over the years. When not at work, Brandenburg enjoys basketball, golf, and collecting Police patches. Part of his collection can be seen on the walls of the police station. He is married to Jane Brandenburg, the finance director at Silver Creek elementary school. Together they have two children Tammy Deboard, and Tina Carter. Continue reading Featured Berean – (BOL Archives 2002)

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

BereaOnline Updates

We are currently working diligently to add new services to BereaOnline. Please excuse our test postings during this process. If you are interested in submitting content or ideas to BereaOnline.com please contact our Manager, Rhonda McIntyre by email at [email protected] or call 859-985-8222. We would be glad to hear from you.

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 http://madison.kyschool.us Continue reading Madison Co. Schools 2010-2011 Calendar

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum

On May 17, 2002 at Renfro Valley the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum had its grand opening. The museum opened to the public on Saturday May 18, 2002. The museum is a state of the art facility to educate and honor Kentucky musicians. While Kentucky is best known for its country music, all music genres are honored in the hall of fame and museum.

The Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Rockcastle County on property donated by Mrs. Ann Lair Henderson, on behalf of the John Lair family. The museum is approximately 16,600 square feet, and is in the renovated historic Lair family barn. CMW Architects of Lexington formed the design. Hacker Brothers Construction Company acted as the general contractor for the project. Jack Rouse Associates of Cincinnati formed the exhibit design. Continue reading Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)

In 1999, plans started forming to provide a safe place for Madison County’s children to “hang out.” By April of 2001, the location was decided and a five-year lease was signed. The club opened in October of 2001 and in November of 2001 the Boys & Girls Club of America provided Madison County a charter certificate. Today, the Club has 782 members and a mission statement reading, “To inspire and enable all young people of Madison County, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

Boys & Girls Club Logo
Boys & Girls Club Logo

The center proudly displays the Boys & Girls Club sign outside, but nothing can prepare visitors for what is inside. A desk is located just inside the door to provide a check in station for the children and a pick up station for the parents. Beyond the desk is an enormous room full of bright colors, couches, toys, games, tables, and playful children. The area is basically one large room with doors on each wall. Every door leads to a special activity room. One room is for the youngest children to play, one for the youth, a reading lounge, computer center, an arts and crafts room, preteen corner, and an open room for “on the spot games.” The center of the room is full of video games, pool tables, board games, a small jungle gym, and a sound system to play music. Continue reading Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)

Featured Berean – Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington (BOL Archives 2002)

Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington, match the definition of compassionate, humble, and successful. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and now settled in Berea, they have been successful business partners since 1955.

In July of 1955, Ronald joined his brother in Berea after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force. They became business partners in that year, owning Pennington’s Department Store. The store was located at 422 Chestnut Street, where People’s Bank currently stands. The brothers owned and ran the store together until 1968.

While running the department store, they also opened Pennington Insurance Agency in 1959. After the department store closed, they opened Pennington Reality Company. Today, Pennington Insurance and Pennington Reality Company stand side by side in Berea. Continue reading Featured Berean – Twins, Donald and Ronald Pennington (BOL Archives 2002)

Berea – Under Construction (BOL Archives 2002)

As most residents have noticed, summer is here and construction is underway. Berea is constantly changing and growing. While many of the projects currently underway are State affiliated, our City workers are still busy.

HWY 595
HWY 595

The main congestion due to construction will be state projects, both of the Berea I-75 exits (76 &77) and state road 595. Randy Stone, City Administrator, recognizes that 595 will probably be the greatest challenge to drivers this summer. Stone comments, “We have to ask for patience.” He knows that 595 is a busy road in Berea, but asks drivers to avoid when possible. By not traveling the road, both drivers and workers are safer, and workers are able to complete the task quicker. Stone is told that both of the I-75 exits and the 595 constructions should be completed by late August.

City based construction is also present this summer. There will be a Logston Lane extension; as well as an addition to the Intergenerational Center. The plans are currently in the making for the “Old Bonded lot Park,” located on the corner of Chestnut and Boone street. The Park is yet to be named, but construction will begin by fall. Continue reading Berea – Under Construction (BOL Archives 2002)

Welcome to BereaOnline.com

This electronic magazine (E-Zine) is committed to covering Berea’s people, places, and events. This site will be interactive. Tourists can find seasonal activities, a local map, and check the weather conditions in Berea. Those hoping to locate to Berea can find local business information, jobs and careers, a church directory, and service numbers for utilities. Local residents will be able to search classifieds, find construction schedules, stay informed on local politics, and much more. BereaOnline will also cover unique features such as “Day trips from Berea,” “Recipes from Berea,” and a “Featured Berean.” New Issues of BereaOnline will be available at the beginning of each month. This magazine hopes to meet the needs of, and inform, both tourists and citizens.