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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Blue Grass Energy 12 Days of Giving

BG Energy

Blue Grass Energy and its employees are in the spirit of giving this holiday season with its third annual 12 Days of Giving food and toy drive Dec. 1-16.

Partnering with Toys for Tots and God’s Pantry, Blue Grass Energy is collecting toys and non-perishable food items to be distributed to families in need throughout its 23-county service area.

“It’s more than providing reliable electric service,” says Cathryn W. Gibson, vice president of member services and economic development, “we’re part of the community. We live here, too. These are very tough times for a lot of Continue reading Blue Grass Energy 12 Days of Giving

Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting

Planning & Zoning

The Richmond Planning and Zoning Business Session Meeting will be held this Thursday, December 1st at 5:30pm. The meeting will be located in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome.


1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Review Minutes
• August 25th Business Session
• September 20th Work Session
• September 29th Special Called Meeting
• November 15thWork Session
4. Site Development Plan for Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Property Located on Continue reading Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting

Fire Breaks Out in Richmond Business

Business Fire

A fire broke out Monday afternoon at Kellys Fruit Market in Richmond. Richmond Firefighters were called to scene, off the Eastern Bypass, around 1 p.m. The fire was said to have started in a stove in the kitchen, near the back of the building. The owners told firemen they attempted to put the fire out themselves but the smoke became too thick. The fire was contained to the kitchen which sustained minor smoke and water damage.

Owners say the market will be closed for the rest of the day but hopes they will reopen tomorrow.

We”re told no one was injured in the fire.

The owners of the fruit market say the business will be closed for the rest of the day, but they hope to reopen tomorrow

Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011

Gladys Jennings "Muff" Oliver

Gladys Jennings “Muff” Oliver

After almost 69 revolutions around the sun, Muff Oliver passed away on November 22, 2011, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky. She left peacefully so as to not disturb her family who were at her bedside.

Gladys Jennings (Muff) Oliver was born in Cartersville on January 17, 1943 to the late Howard and Flossie Jennings and was a member of the White Lick Baptist Church.

Muff is survived by her doting and loving husband of 47 years, Roger, her beloved children, Brigette Oliver Ryalls, Brandy Oliver Brown (Ben Robinson III), and Tony Oliver (Teri Thompson), and her grandchildren, Sebastian and Zane Brown and Annie and Jackson Ryalls, whom she absolutely adored.

She is also survived by two brothers, Ernest “Spot” Jackson Jennings and Carl Edgar (Dora Lynn) Jennings, her three nieces Carla Renee (Steve) Bates, Jacqueline Michelle (Bill) McManus, and Ginger Gay Jennings, a nephew Shannon “Shane” Howard Jennings, and Continue reading Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011

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Harlan Wayne Aldridge

Wayne Aldridge

Wayne Aldridge age 64 of Cave Springs Road in McKee passed away Friday November 25, 2011 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

Wayne was born in Madison Co. to the late Ernest and Sophia Gabbard Aldridge. He was retired from CSX railroad and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed farming, spending time with his grandchildren and attending special services at Miracle Revival Church of God in Morrill and Narrow Way Church of God in Big Hill.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one granddaughter Holly Paige Shearer.

He is survived by his wife Joanie Robinson Aldridge, three daughters Jeanna (Darrell) Golden, Sarah (Billy) Shearer and Continue reading Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011 (continued)

Prepare Your Home for Winter


The Madison County Emergency Management Agency reminds you to take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.

2. Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.

3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.

4. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.

5. Inspect and flush your water heater.

6. Clean gutters. Leaves and Continue reading Prepare Your Home for Winter

Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011

Guy Daniel Bowling

Guy Bowling

Guy Bowling age 94, entered into the presence of the Lord November 19, 2011 from the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Guy was a skilled carpenter who lived in and around Berea, KY most of his life – except for winters in Fruitland Park, FL as a youngster with his grandparents.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Alene Bowling, and their son Bill Bowling of Brooksville, FL. Also preceding him in death were his parents Guy L. Bowling of Berea, KY and Mattie Adams Johnson of Stamping Ground, KY as well as an only brother Ray Bowling (Evelyn) of Richmond, KY.

Survivors include two sons Gary Bowling (Etta) of Berea, KY and Ron Bowling (Davada) of Naples, FL and one daughter Donna Wynn (Bobby) of Berea, KY. Guy is also survived by a sister, Maxine Friedly of Cleveland, TN, a sister-in-law Evelyn Bowling of Richmond, KY, a cousin Mary Louise Britton of Richmond, KY and Continue reading Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011

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Donald Wayne Shouse

Donald Wayne Shouse

Donald Wayne Shouse age 60 passed away Tuesday November 15, 2011 at the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center after a long battle with diabetes.

Donnie was born in Berea, Kentucky to the late Elmer and Sarah Shouse. He was a member of Conway Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children Tim Shouse, Tracie (Joey) Howard, Niki Shouse, Donald Anthony “Tony” Shouse and David Todd all of Berea, special friend Linda Shouse, 6 grandchildren Brittany Todd, T.J. Shouse, Hannah Howard, Dylan Howard, Hayleigh Howard and Dalton Howard and his special dog Cocoa. He is also survived by two brothers Bobby Shouse of North Carolina and Junior Shouse of Berea and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Friday November 18, 2011 at Lakes Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Continue reading Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011 (continued 1)

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Fred McCollum

Fred McCollum

RICHMOND — Fred McCollum, age 66 of Moberly Road in Richmond, passed away Tuesday at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. Fred was born in Jackson County, Ky., to the late Doug Vickers and the late Ruth McCollum Johnson. He was retired from the Ryder Dedicated Logistics Company.

He is survived by: his wife Nancy Faye Gabbard McCollum; three sons Doug (Linda) McCollum, Dusty McCollum and Nick McCollum; one brother Ray McCollum; seven grandchildren Derik, Brett, Justin, Shane, Kevin, Austin and Anna; and four great grandchildren Bryce, Kaiden, Kinley and Gage.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea, burial will follow in the Flannery Cemetery in Continue reading Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011 (continued 3)

BOL ends official support for IE6 and Firefox 2, IE7 on the chopping block in 2012

In an effort to provided the latest technologies, fastest speeds and guaranteed compatibility we urge all users to upgrade to a modern web browser. Internet Explorer 6 released with Windows XP in 2001 and had a troubled existence from the start plagued with security issues. IE7 will also be added to our list of unsupported browsers as of 1st quarter 2012. This move is to accommodate new standards without compromise.

We are not trying to dictate how users surf the web by dropping support for these outdated technologies. currently and openly supports over 20 browsers, but we recommend the following as our favorites: Google Chrome v15+, Apple”s Safari v5+, Firefox v8+, Opera v10+ and Microsoft IE9+.

Happy Surfing,
Chad Hembree

Big Blue Crush – FINAL RESULTS

KY Blood Center

Kentucky Donors Repeat!

Lexington, KY – The Big Blue Crush trophy is staying in Kentucky. Wildcat fans held on to the lead and beat Tennessee, 3,219 to 2,969.

“We’re a big blue nation of life savers, and Kentucky patients are the big winners,” said Bill Reed, Kentucky Blood Center President & CEO.

This was the 24th annual Big Blue Crush. Kentucky has now won two years in a row. Tennessee still leads the rivalry 12 to 11 with 1 tie.

The trophy presentation will be during the Continue reading Big Blue Crush – FINAL RESULTS

City of Richmond is Accepting Applications

City of Richmond

The City of Richmond is accepting applications for the position of Finane Director. The qualified application must have a Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration with an emphasis in accounting or closely related field including municipal tax accounting supplemented by five years progressively experience in administrative work relating to municipal financial and banking operations. The salary range will be $50,000.00 to 55,000.00. Qualified candidates may obtain an application at Richmond City Hall or Applications are to be submitted to Human Resource by December 7, 2011. The City of Richmond is an EOE.

MCDC 8th Annual Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Day

The Madison County Diabetes Coalition

The Madison County Diabetes Coalition & EKU Baccalaureate Nursing Students Invite you to the:
8th Annual Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Day

Saturday, November 19, 2011
9:00 to 1:00 P.M.
First Christian Church
Main Street & Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY

Free Health Screenings & Diabetes Testing
Glucose Screenings
Cholesterol Screenings
Diabetic Foot Screenings
Body Fat Analysis
Kidney Function Screenings
Many Educational Booths

Please feel free to phone 623-3462 for more information.