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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Halloween’s Lucky 13 to Safety

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN
The thought of Halloween fills my head with mysterious haint tales and russet leaves blowing across a path, with the eerie sights of carved pumpkins glowing in a mist of flickering light. Halloween is filled with ghosts and goblins running amuck in search of tricks and treats. The fall air fills with sounds of mischievous giggles and laughter as they mix with the smell of scorching pumpkins on a cool, crisp night. Ooh, the magic of Halloween! Suddenly, giggles and laughter cease when a child lies motionless on the cold, dark pavement—the result of an accident caused by a Halloween distraction. Had I only changed one thing—giggles and laughter would still fill the night.
Halloween safety is a must and we all play an important role in keeping ghosts and goblins safe. Use the Halloween Lucky 13 steps to a safer and happier Halloween:
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IBMA Awards

Award-winning artists Jerry Douglas and Cheryl & Sharon White of The Whites co-hosted the 21st annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 30, at The Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium.

Dailey & Vincent were honored with five International Bluegrass Music Awards. Michael Cleveland, Russell Moore, The Gibson Brothers, Adam Steffey and Josh Williams Receive Multiple Honors also.
Other Recipients were:

Charlie Louvin benefit show planned for October


Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin had a rough summer, and it has extended into the fall.

Louvin, 83, is fighting pancreatic cancer, and a July 30 surgery was unsuccessful in eradicating the disease. Medical costs are, of course, substantial, and friends are now helping to organize a benefit concert and auction in Bell Buckle, Tenn., where Louvin lives, on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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Deficiencies Have Been Found in Several Kentucky Nursing Homes

Nursing Home Health Care
The Kentuckians for Nursing Home Reform has stated that 76 nursing homes though out the state were inspected by state inspectors. During a three month period they found that 34% of these nursing homes were below-average results. According to a list released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services the inspections were carried out from April till June by the State Office of Inspector General.
On the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website is a report that states deficiencies in Kentucky nursing homes rage from 0-28; the average number statewide is 6. Twenty six nursing homes in Kentucky had more than six deficiencies including Berea Health Care Center with 13 and Richmond Health & Rehabilitation with 12.
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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.

EXILE entertains at the Laurel Co. and London, KY 185th Anniversary Chicken Festival.

James Preston “J.P.” Pennington born in Berea, KY is an American musician, known primarily as a founding member of the country pop band EXILE. Pennington was the founding member and lead singer of the group until departing in 1990. After his leaving EXILE, he signed to MCA Records as a solo artist. There, he released two singles and one album, Whatever It Takes, in 1991. Pennington re-established the band along with Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. For a complete schedule go to
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“Kentuckians in the Civil War” Exhibit Opens

Federal Brig. Gen. John Buford is part of the “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit at the Richmond Visitors Center.
In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center has opened its “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit.
The exhibit consists of portraits of native Kentuckians who rose to prominence as Civil War generals, both Union and Confederate.
The first set of portraits include Federal generals Thomas Crittenden, Robert Anderson and John Buford, along with Confederates John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston and John C. Breckinridge. Other notables, such as Confederate Simon Boliver Buckner, will be added during the exhibits run. The center also received a donation of a replica of Abrahams Lincoln’s watch. The piece, donated by a local supporter, is set to 7:22, reflective of the time Lincoln died after being mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth.
The center is currently open 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday.

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 .