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Miscellaneous News concerning the Madison County, KY area.

Madison County Woman Arrested

Lynda Chase

Kentucky State Police- A Madison County woman charged with unlawful sexual contact with a minor (Richmond, Ky.) — Kentucky State Police has charged a Madison County woman with one count of Rape 3rd, and four counts of Sodomy 3rd. Lynda Chase-age 37, of Richmond, is alleged to have had unlawful sexual contact with a person under the age of sixteen. This investigation is ongoing, and no further details will be released at this time. The investigating officer is Trooper Edwin Botkin.


Renfro Valley

Renfro Valley, KY- Renfro Valley Entertainment Center will open the curtain on what is expected to be a momentous year! This year will mark the 72nd season of Renfro Valley Shows and will start “A New Beginning to an Old Tradition” in Renfro Valley, KY.
During the off season new Renfro Valley CEO Vicki Kidd and her staff have been hard at work promoting Renfro Valley at various travel shows throughout the United States, putting together a stellar concert lineup and giving our theaters and restaurants a fresh coat of paint. You’ll see familiar faces and new faces on staff this season in the Valley, all with a “can do” attitude to give every patron that attends a show, eats a meal or just stops by for a visit exceptional guest services.
Along with the world famous Barn Dance show, the Renfro Valley Jamboree, Gospel Jubilee and the nationally syndicated Renfro Valley Gatherin’ Program, guests in 2011 will also be able to enjoy a Renfro Valley show every Continue reading RENFRO VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER CELEBRATES 72 YEARS

Rumpke Pick Up

Feb 16 2011- Next week when you set your Brown Rumpke waste wheeler near the curb or where ever Rumbke picks up your waste, please leave can there, Waste Connections will be following Rumpke and distributing new waste wheelers. this also goes for the Red Rumpke Recycling containers. If you have any questions please call City Hall at 986-8528


Food Service Inspector

Berea College Child Development Lab, 126 Jefferson St., Berea, KY 99%
Berea Community School, 1 Pirate Pkwy, Berea, KY 100%
College Food Mart, 600 Lancaster Rd., Richmond, KY 98%
E.W. James & Sons, 690 University Dr., Richmond, KY 95%
Hames Café/Coppercent Auction, 685 Paint Lick Rd., Berea, KY 93%
McDonald’s of Berea, I-75 & Brenwood Dr, Berea, KY 98%
The Terrace Nursing & Rehab, 1043 Brooklyn Blvd., Berea, KY 100%
White Castle, 808 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, KY 95%


Main Street Café
, 110 Main Street, Berea, KY 100%
Tienda Hidalgo, 517 Leighway Dr., Richmond, KY 99% Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Two Shot One Dead In Madison Co.


Richmond Police are investigating a murder after two people were found with gun shot wounds inside a vehicle parked off US 25 near Richmond at about 5:45 pm on Feb. 13th.
The double shooting has left one man dead and and the other has been taken to UK Hospital. Police have not released any names at this time.

Do You Still Text & Drive?

   From the first of the 2011 till February 7th a total of twelve tickets have been issued in the Commonwealth of KY for texting while driving. Nine of those 12 were 18 years old or younger. Ten of those tickets were issued to men, while only two were given to women.
   Kentucky’s new law prohibits the following: Reading, writing, and sending email or text messages by all drivers. All cell phone usage is prohibited by drivers under the age of 18, regardless of license type. There are exceptions for emergencies, and for GPS use that does not involve data entry.
   Warnings were given until January 1, 2011, after that date a first offense fine in the amount of $25 and $50 for subsequent offenses. For drivers under the age of 18 on restricted licenses, mandatory 180-day waiting period from the time of offense before graduating to the next license level. This applies from the laws effective date. Drivers 18 and over are allowed to read, select, and enter phone numbers or names in order to make a call. All drivers are allowed to use GPS features, and drivers 18 and over are allowed to enter data for GPS purposes at all times.

The video below is a powerful reminder of what texting and driving can do.

To learn more about distractive driving please visit


Food Service Inspector

, #2 Plaza Dr., Berea, KY 98%
The Bounce House, 831 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, KY 98%
Bounce-A-Roos, 285 Prince Royal Dr., Berea, KY 98%
Burden’s Grocery, 474 E. Irvine St., Richmond, KY 100%
Circle K #3256, 707 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 92%
Country Store and Café, 2202 Hwy 1016, Berea, KY 92%
Fairfield Inn & Suites, 227 Paint Lick Rd., Richmond, KY 100%
Hardy’s BP/Blimpie’s, 3002 Simpson Ln, Richmond, KY 91%
Kentucky Artisan, 975 Walnut Meadow Rd., Berea, KY 100% Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 4, 2011


Food Service Inspector

Dairy Queen
, 131 N. Keeneland Dr., Richmond, KY 97%
El Rio Grande, 1030 Walnut Meadow Rd, Berea, KY 93%
Jadeli, 330 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond, KY 100%
Lee’s Famous Recipe, Hwy 21 & Dogwood Dr., Berea, KY 94%
Pour House Saloon, 218 S. Porter Dr., Richmond, KY 100%
Right From the Start, 944-946 Red House Rd., Richmond, KY 97%
Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, 1001 Center Dr., Richmond, KY 100%
Wanpen’s Oriental Restaurant, 103 Brenwood Dr., Berea, KY 98%

Berea Shell Mart
#26, 100 Prince Royal Dr., Berea, KY 96%
* Potentially hazardous foods not properly date marked Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING JANUARY 28, 2011

Mark Bishop Signs Publishing Agreement

Mark Bishop Signs
Singer / songwriter Mark Bishop has just signed a publishing agreement with Chris White Music and Asheville Music Publishing. This publishing agreement will begin with his May 2011 Sonlite Records release I Still Need Him.
During his years singing lead with The Bishops, Mark wrote numerous radio hits. His songs have continued to reach the top of the charts since he signed with Sonlite Records artist in 2002.
Crossroads Production Manager Jeff Collins stated, “Mark is more a part of the family than he is one of our artists, and now to be able to bring him in as a writer just makes the relationship stronger.”
Greg Bentley, Director of Publishing for Chris White Music and Asheville Music Publishing, stated, “I”ve always enjoyed working with Mark on his projects to this point. Now to work with him on the publishing side is going to be exciting. Mark has a way of telling a story in song like no one else can. He can put a whole life story into four minutes, and it still makes sense! We look forward to working with Mark.”

Valentines and the Lonely Heart

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

February is national heart month and with an abundance of good and important heart topics to discuss, it wasn’t easy to pick one to spotlight. Valentine’s Day is usually surrounded by commercial images of romance and little cherubs with their bow and arrows spreading love. I believe cupid’s real message to us is to take it easy on the bubblies and chocolates as he seems to have overindulged in the spirit of love. Cupid may actually be the first poster child for childhood obesity—but that’s another story.
When our preconceived expectations are fueled by commercials and the views of social norms there are Continue reading Valentines and the Lonely Heart

Congratulations Chamber Award Winners!

Award Winners

Pictured front row left to right: Health Care Professional of the Year, Dr. David Greene; Corporate Partner Award, Greg Gerard, Saint Joseph – Berea; Hall of Fame Award, Dale Ballinger; Educator of the Year, Howard Mayfield; Business of the Year, Gary McCormick, Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant.

Back row left to right: Corporate Partner Award, Dr. Brenda Huser-Taylor, Chiropractic Health Solutions; Woman of the Year, Linda VanWinkle; Volunteer of the Year, Nola Newman; Man of the Year, Robert “Peanut” Johnson; Not Pictured: Agriculture Award, Harold Johnson.

Charlie Louvin Dies at 83

Charlie Louvin

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Charlie Louvin, once one-half of the Louvin Brothers with a longstanding solo career on his own, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Louvin was 83.
Charles Elzer Loudermilk was born in Henagar, Ala. on July 7, 1927. Louvin started singing professionally with his brother Ira as a teenager on local radio programs in Chattanooga, Tenn., performing traditional and gospel music.
Louvin left in 1945 to serve in World War II. But the brothers performed again, Continue reading Charlie Louvin Dies at 83