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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Want to Save on Auto Insurance?

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Save on Auto Insurance- AARP Driver Safety Course to be offered Tuesday, July 10th from 8:00- 12:30pm at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. Drivers over 50 may receive a car insurance discount for completing this course. Pre-register by July 6th, 623-4072. Cost is $5 for teachers, $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

For more info contact:

Gina Noe
Madison County Extension Service
230 Duncannon Lane
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-4072
[email protected]

The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Causes an Effect‏

Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center

In todays economy, every dollar counts for non-profit agencies. A chance to leverage social media for a $25,000 grant was an opportunity worth pursuing for the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center; one of 40 organizations chosen to “Cause an Effect” in its community.

The program was a new concept created by State Farm Insurance in an effort to provide funding for worthy projects around the country. It received 3,000 grant application submissions which were narrowed to 100 finalists by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students. Forty of those 100 finalists, selected by Facebook voters, received $25,000 grants. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center was one Continue reading The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Causes an Effect‏

Healthy Summer Reading

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

With summer well underway, it’s a good time to get a head start on reading ideas. In 2011, unemployment continued to rise, causing economic uncertainty and the loss of health benefits for many Americans. Every year Library Journal (LJ) publishes a list of the best consumer health books. Highlights from the 2011 list are as follows:

Barken, Frederick M., M.D. Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America. Cornell Univ. ISBN 9780801449765. Barken, a retired primary-care physician and health policy instructor at Ithaca College, fairly examines and critiques the current health-care model. The problem: insurance companies and government Continue reading Healthy Summer Reading

Tommy J. Smith Announces Retirement

Tommy J. Smith

RICHMOND, Ky. – Tommy J. Smith, president and chief executive officer at Baptist Healthcare System, has announced his retirement effective April 15, 2013. Smith is a 37-year administrator of one of Kentuckys largest healthcare systems and has led the organization since 1995. Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center in Richmond is managed by Baptist Healthcare System, located in Louisville.

The announcement was made Tuesday during Baptist Healthcare Systems quarterly board meeting. A Baptist Healthcare board search committee is working to evaluate qualified candidates for Smiths successor.
“The person chosen to follow Tommy Smith will step into a coveted leadership position at the helm of one of the Commonwealths most successful healthcare companies. Thats due in large part to the integrity, quiet Continue reading Tommy J. Smith Announces Retirement

Shakespeare in the Park

Parks & Recreation

The Berea Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to introduce a new summertime tradition: Shakespeare in the Park.

The Rose Barn Theatre will be performing “Loves Labor Lost” on the outdoor stage at the Russel Acton Folk Center, located at 212 Jefferson Street, on July 13th, 14th, 15th and July 20th, 21st and 22nd. All performances are free (donation appreciated), and will begin at 8pm.

This is a family friendly event, so grab everyone you know, and head down to the Folk Center to be taken back in time! For more information, call 986-9402.

Obituaries June 17 to June 24, 2012

Neal Tevis

Neal Tevis

LEXINGTON — Neal W. Tevis, 92, husband of Mary Louise Tevis, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at the VA Hospital. Born in Madison County, Ky., he was a son of the late Richard and Florence Tevis. He was retired from Bluegrass Army Depot and was an WWII Army veteran.

Mr. Tevis was a member and deacon emeritus at Arlington Christian Church of Lexington and member of the DAV and the American Legion. He was an avid bridge player.

Survivors other than his wife are: four children, Bonnie J. (Clarence) Steele, Peggy (Durbin) Comley, Lynda McMillen and Steve G. (Johnny Orona) Tevis; grandchildren, Terry (Richard) Royster, Jason Greene, Jesse Tevis-Orona, Debra Tevis-Orona and Johanna Tevis-Orona, all of Lexington, Jeffery Holt and Kim (Robert) Snapp, all of Paris, David (Julie) Steele, Georgetown, and Continue reading Obituaries June 17 to June 24, 2012

KSP, Richmond Post, Investigate Fatal Collision in Madison County


(Richmond, KY) – On Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10:36 p.m. EDT the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post was contacted about a serious collision on Simpson Road in Northern Madison County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Nissan Maxima operated by Richard Pojeky and occupied by a 6 year old male was headed south on Simpson Lane and was turning left onto Walnut Grove Road. A 1995 Ford Truck operated by Lewis Cole Jr. was headed north on Simpson Lane and turning right onto Walnut Grove Road. The Nissan Maxima turned into the path of the Ford Truck and was struck in the passenger side.

All occupants were using seat belts at the time of the collision. Richard Pojeky, 43 years old of Walnut Grove, Richmond had possible injuries to the chest. Lewis Cole Jr, 25 years old of Villa Drive, Richmond was not injured. The 6 year old male was transported from the scene to University of Kentucky Hospital and was pronounced deceased by the Fayette County Coroners office.

Detective Chris Short is the investigating officer.

Calling all Children & Women

Parks & Recreation

Calling all Children & Women come join a fun, active & learning afternoon with Berea Parks & Recreation, Saturday, July 21st 1pm at Russel Acton Folk Center! Elite Martial Arts & Fitness will provide a Kids Safe Workshop & a Women’s Self Defense Workshop! Beginning at 1pm the Kids Safe Workshop for ages 5-12 will help give them confidence to protect themselves & don’t worry women, during this time we’ve got something for you, Zumba provided by Fitness, Friends & Fun! At 1:30pm we’ll take a snack break together & at 1:45pm the Women’s Self Defense Workshop will begin while the children have activities provided by Berea Parks & Recreation! For further information call Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402,

Extension Homemakers Craft Camp

Extension Homemakers Craft Camp Comes Home will be Thursday and Friday, July 12-13th at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond.

Choose from a wide variety of crafts including weaving, tatting and sewing. Evening classes will be offered.

For class descriptions, pictures and registration information check our website at . Registration is due Friday, July 6th.

Kentucky Artisan Center

KY Artisan Center

It has been an exciting time at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea with the opening of a new exhibit, great works being received daily from Kentucky artists all across the state, and the arrival of our two millionth visitor in May!

In addition, there are wonderful exhibits, festivals and events happening in Berea and throughout Kentucky. Berea, recognized this spring by AmericanStyle magazine readers as one of the top 25 art destination cities in the small city category, will host the Berea Craft Festival July 13-15 and is Continue reading Kentucky Artisan Center

Special Needs Pool Party

Parks & Recreation

Berea Parks & Recreation is hosting a Pool Party for Individuals with Special Needs Friday, June 22nd 7pm – 9pm at the Berea Swimming Pool!

Come enjoy the water, games, snacks & each other!

For more information contact Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402,

July is Berea Parks & Recreation Month

Parks & Recreation

July is Parks & Recreation Month & we at Berea Parks & Recreation is celebrating with our community by finding you being active & giving you ways to win prizes! Anytime we’re out & about in our parks be sure to get a participation slip from us for being active! At the end of the month, we’ll have a Parks & Recreation Month Celebration filled with activities, drawings & much more! Besides us being out & about, we also have schedule days throughout the month we’ll be at certain parks; the times for each day is 5:30pm-6:30pm: Tues. July 10th @ Memorial Park, Tues. July 17th @ Chestnut St. Park, Tues. July 24th @ City Park Expansion & Tues. July 31st @ City Park Shelter for our Parks & Recreation Month Celebration! Further details contact us @ 986-9402, visit our website:

Madison County Schools End of Year Article

Madison Co Schools

The 2011-2012 school year was a very exciting year for Madison County Schools. The district made some big strides in the areas of instructional technology and next generation learning. The district was awarded one of seven EETT grants – only Madison and Jefferson counties received $157,730 each which was the largest amount given. The EETT grant gave Madison County Schools the ability to provide two unique environments for next generation learning. The Cube at Madison Central High School and Eagle Studio at Madison Southern High School are specialized classrooms that promote project-based learning and collaboration. The studios have proven this year to strengthen student activities needed for meeting the ACT Benchmarks, 21st Century skills, Career and College Readiness and teacher professional development. The studios have given students and teacher the opportunity to engage in challenging learning activities that incorporate collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. These are all important college and career Continue reading Madison County Schools End of Year Article

Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting


There will be a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held this Tuesday, June 19th, at 5:30pm in the Richmond City Hall Conference Room. This is a public hearing all are welcome to attend.

The agenda for the meeting:

1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Roll Call
3. May 24, 2012 Business Session Minutes
4. Commercial Building Permit Application for Hooters located at 241 Eastern Bypass; Zoned B-3
5. Development Plat for Yorick Place at Lancaster Ave & Barnes Mill
6. Development Plat for First Christian Church at 412 W. Main Street
7. Development Plat for Lancaster Road Church of God at 1246 Lancaster Road
8. Zoning Map Annexation for B.F. & O., Inc.; Property Located 360 Cycle Drive; Existing Zone Classification County UC-7; Proposed Zone Change I-2
9. Zoning Map Annexation for Riley Properties; Property Located 320 Boggs Lane; Existing Zone Classification County UC-7; Proposed Zone Change I-2
10. Director Report
11. Other Business
12. Adjournment