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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Robert New
Robert New

A couple of weeks ago Kentucky’s General Assembly started their 2013 session. They started this year with a short session, only meeting 4 days. Being the political junkie I am, I was thrilled to learn that KET had a website that streamed both the House and Senate Sessions. I couldn’t wait to tune in.

On the first day I logged in and watched the House. It went something like this: gavel in, make some announcements, give the representatives a few minutes to make comment and introduce their guests there watching them, file some bill numbers with the clerk, and adjourn. The entire process took about an hour. The next three days followed about the same format.

I was left thinking what the heck just happened? Our state has a huge fiscal crisis facing us. I remember thinking I would be pretty pissed if I were elected Continue reading What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Obituaries January 27 – February 3, 2013

Lloyd Wayne Ballinger
Lloyd Wayne Ballinger

Lloyd Ballinger

Lloyd “Wayne” Ballinger 69 of Mt. Vernon passed away Tuesday January 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Wayne was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky to the late John and Annas Ballinger.

He was retired from Lexmark Inc. in Lexington and was a woodworker in a shop he owned with his wife in Renfro Valley. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six siblings Russell, Alfred, Tony, Minnie, Rilda and Tabitha.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Ballinger, one son Timothy Ballinger, one daughter and her husband Regina Leach and Jason, one step-son Steve Farmer and one brother Johnny Ballinger and his wife Rita. He is also survived by his dogs that he loved very much Shadow, Peanut and Sammy.

Funeral services will be 1pm Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Gentry officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Continue reading Obituaries January 27 – February 3, 2013

Madison Co. Kindergarten/Preschool Canceled

Madison Co Schools
Madison Co Schools

Madison County Schools is cancelling afternoon kindergarten/preschool and the midday bus routes for today, January 31, 2013. Parents of morning kindergarten/preschool students may pick their children up if they choose. Students can also stay at school and be transported this afternoon by bus. If you have questions, please call your school office or the district office.

Spirit of 1812 Award

L-R: Patt DeHaan & Eddie Price
L-R: Patt DeHaan & Eddie Price

Michigan State Society Daughters of 1812 participated in festivities for the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin at Monroe, MI.

This year, a Spirit of 1812 Award was presented by our State President Patrice DeHaan to author Eddie Price. Mr. Price’s book “Widder’s Landing”, is a story about life, love and survival in the rugged Kentucky frontier during the War of 1812 time period.

Mr. Price’s presentation about his book “Widder’s Landing”, was given at the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center as part of the 200th Anniversary celebration.

Eddie Price is a lifelong native of Kentucky and a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Western Ken-tucky University. He taught High School History for 36 years and has received many teaching awards.

Congratulations to our 2013 Spirit of 1812 Award winner, Eddie Price!

Baptist Health Richmond Expands Services to include Medical Stabilization

Baptist Health
Baptist Health

RICHMOND, Ky.- January 30, 2013 – Baptist Health Richmond is pleased to announce it has expanded its services to offer medical stabilization beginning January 30. NewVision™ is a service operated through a partnership with Baptist Health Richmond and SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporate of St. Louis, Mo.

The partnership will expand Baptist Health Richmond’s current inpatient medical services to offer inpatient medical stabilization for patients facing alcohol and substance abuse issues.

“Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the country, and it was identified as a major need in this region during our Community Health Continue reading Baptist Health Richmond Expands Services to include Medical Stabilization

Thrillin’ Thursdays

Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation

Thrillin’ Thursdays is a free elementary age activity program conducted by Berea Parks & Recreation! Every Thursday from February – April; 1pm – 2pm @ Folk Center for Home School Children & 4pm – 5pm @ Berea Community School!

Enjoy a variety of activities that will get your children active & involved with other children! For details contact Berea Parks & Recreation 986-9402, Facebook: Berea Parks & Recreation or www.bereaky.gov!

Rita Smart Introduces Bill Designating October “Anti-Bullying Month” in Kentucky

Madison Co Schools
Madison Co Schools

FRANKFORT— A bill to designate October as Anti-Bullying Month in Kentucky and make purple and yellow the colors of the awareness campaign’s official commemoration ribbon has been introduced in the Kentucky House by Rep. Rita Smart. HB 35, which was pre-filed by Smart last year, will be considered by the Kentucky General Assembly during the 2013 Regular Session which resumes on Feb. 5 in Frankfort.

HB 35 was drafted after Smart, D-Richmond, received an e-mail from Madison Middle School Assistant Principal Scott Anderson which stated Kentucky does not have an official ribbon commemorating National Bullying Prevention Month Continue reading Rita Smart Introduces Bill Designating October “Anti-Bullying Month” in Kentucky

Obituaries January 20 – 27, 2013

Gail Sue Linville Bowles
Gail Sue Linville Bowles

Gail Sue Linville Bowles

Gail Sue Linville Bowles age 60 of Old State Rd. died Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 in Lexington. She is the daughter of the late Ed Linville and Irene Peters Hall, and was preceded in death by her husband Donnie Bowles who passed away in 2009, a sister Linda Lou Linville, and her brother in law Wayne Watkins.

Gail was a registered nurse and had worked at Rockcastle County Hospital and was a member at Fairview Baptist Church.

Gail is survived by her daughter Michelle Miller (Shannon Lakes), her brother Billy (Betty) Linville, and sisters Wanda (Darryl) Ellison and Waveline Watkins, and her granddaughters Callie and Caitlyn Miller, and step mother Geneva Linville.

Funeral services will be Thursday Jan. 31, 2013 at 2 pm at Lakes Funeral Home with Rev. Vaughn Rasor officiating, burial will be in the Rice Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-9 pm at Lakes Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Cobb, Trenton Harding, Chris Linville, Josh Abner, Continue reading Obituaries January 20 – 27, 2013

Keys to a Long and Successful Life

Success
Success

What we do in the present affects every aspect of our future. Since the “Fountain of Youth” has yet to be discovered it is important to live your life in a way to insure success, health and happiness in your later years. No one knows better than today’s active centenarians, individuals who are 100 years and older. From them, 12 healthy behavior practices that encourage optimal aging have been identified.

Aging is an ongoing process. Join Gina Noe, Family and Consumer Sciences agent in Madison County, to discuss the 12 lifestyle keys that will open the door to a long and happy life. This will be an interactive lesson. Come prepared to brainstorm and share. Wear comfortable clothes so you can practice balance and relaxation techniques.

The classes are free and open to the public. Please register by calling 623-4072 so we will have enough handouts and seats. The Keys to a Long and Successful Life class will take place at the Madison County Extensionon Office ( 230 Duncannon Lane Richmond) Tuesday, January 29th at 1 and 6:30pm.