Category Archives: Sports

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Some Shooting Ranges Are Closed in KY

KY Fish & Wildlife

The shooting ranges on WMAs are not closed statewide, though some are closed this weekend because of deer quota hunts. In Madison Co., Miller Welch-Central Kentucky WMAs self-serve trap range (across Muddy Creek Road from the WMA office & clubhouses) has been closed until further notice, but the tubed rifle/pistol range there is open under regular hours unless it has been temporarily closed by the manager for maintenance or special events. In addition, the trap and skeet clubs there meet weekly and the public may shoot with them for nominal fees. Before making a trip over to a range you may wish to contact the particular WMA office or its bulletin board/kiosk, or consult our online calendar of events to ensure they are not closed on a particular day. Except for quota hunts, WMA ranges are usually open except when the ranges are scheduled for maintenance or there are special events scheduled.

Do You Know How to Safely and Properly Process a Deer?


Thursday, December 15, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Madison County Cooperative Extension Service
230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, KY
(859) 623-4072

Henry Hawkins, retired journeyman meat cutter and hunter, will demonstrate how to safely and properly process a deer using food safety guidelines (depending on availability of deer carcass.) He will discuss the importance of food safety and sanitation, in obtaining a healthy, quality product to serve your family.
Please call 623-4072 to pre-register by Monday, December 12th.

Vension, the Original Local, Free-Range Red Meat

KY Fish & Wildlife

FRANKFORT, Ky. – November is the month when most hunters “put up” their winter”s supply of venison.

A review of Telecheck records reveals that last deer season hunters bagged 80,516 deer in November, about 73 percent of the entire seasons harvest of 110,376 deer.

Venison as tablefare is unmatched. Its the original local, free-range red meat with fewer calories than beef or pork and less cholesterol than chicken.

The USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory reports that a serving of three ounces of venison has 133 calories and only about seven grams of fat. This includes more than four grams of monounsaturated fats, which can help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke if eaten in moderation, according to the American Heart Association.

Venison is a good source of protein as well as vitamins B12, B6, B3, B2 and Continue reading Vension, the Original Local, Free-Range Red Meat

Early Muzzleloader Deer Season

KY Fish & Wildlife


The first of two seasons created especially for hunters who want to take deer with muzzleloading firearms is coming up. Kentuckys early muzzleloader deer season, which debuted in 1990, will be held this year on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. In the past decade, the muzzleloader deer harvest has averaged 16,272 deer a year. A high of 19,918 was taken during the 2004-05 season, and a low of 13,179 bagged last season.

“Because it’s in mid-October, our early muzzleloader season often gets impacted by hot weather,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The amount of mast (acorns) available to deer is also a factor in how many deer are taken.

“A bad mast year pushes deer out into the open, to forage fields and Continue reading Early Muzzleloader Deer Season

This Sept., Archers Post New Deer Harvest Record & 50% Success Rate During Early Bull Elk Season

KY Fish & Wildlife

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Its a September to remember.

Kentucky archers bagged a record number of deer and had better than a 50 percent success rate during the new 14-day early bull elk season.

A total of 4,947 deer were checked in for the month of September, the first 28 days of archery season, surpassing the record harvest of 4,407 taken last year.The sex ratio of deer harvested was 34.0 percent bucks and 66.0 percent female deer (does).

“It’s encouraging that our archery hunters were so successful and took such a high percentage of does, especially in the Zone 1 counties, where we are trying to reduce the herds,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The percentage of does in the harvest was as high as 70 percent in some Continue reading This Sept., Archers Post New Deer Harvest Record & 50% Success Rate During Early Bull Elk Season

Madison County Miracles Take the Gold State Champions 2011

State Champions 2011

This summer, Madison County formed its first ever Special Olympics softball team. The team is called the Madison County Miracles. They competed in two invitational tournaments, earning metals in Covington Kentucky and taking home first place trophies at the Louisville, Prairie Invitational. The Miracles finished second place in Frankfort, taking home silver metals, in the Regional games. This qualified them to compete in the state games. State games were held September 9-11 in Bowling Green Kentucky. During the state games, the Miracles pulled off a win on the first night of play, Friday night, putting them in the winners bracket. They won again on Continue reading Madison County Miracles Take the Gold State Champions 2011

“Putting with the President” Gives Media Opportunity to out-perform Abe Lincoln

Larry Elliott aka Abe Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln has issued a golfing challenge to members of the media.
“See if you can out-putt me on Aug. 26,” the Civil War president invites print, radio and television representatives who’ll be participating in the Battle of Richmond Preservation Classic Celebrity Golf Tournament.
“I’ll give you three chances each to sink a long putt on the practice green at Battlefield Golf Course,” proclaims Larry Elliott, who’ll be portraying America’s 16th president at the annual tournament. Elliott, who has an eight handicap, also will be among those teeing off at 10 a.m. He’ll be participating in his standard Lincoln-style frock coat and top hat.
“Since I won’t have the opportunity to play an entire round against each media representative, a putting contest is the best way to go head-to-head,” Elliott said. “I’ve been given a list of media and have received information about their playing skills. I’m known as ‘Honest Abe,’ and, honestly, I don’t think any of them can beat me.”
Media competitors are the Richmond Register’s Glenmore Jones, sports broadcasting celebrities Ralph Hacker, Tom Leach, Dave Baker, Rob Bromley, Dick Gabriel and WYKT-TV President and former Morehead Continue reading “Putting with the President” Gives Media Opportunity to out-perform Abe Lincoln

The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble

Golf Scramble

The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble was held Friday, June the tenth at the beautiful historic Berea Country Club. There were twenty three teams competing for the grand prize of five hundred dollars. The tournament began with Shot Gun at 9am and the final eight teams at 2pm.

It was a hot but gorgeous day for the tournament, but with a combination of cold water and lots of sunscreen, everyone involved stayed hydrated and protected from the rays.

As the day drew to an end, the winds began to intensify, the clouds rolled in and all of us were expecting the worst, due to reports that it was hailing only a mile away. But, the storm held off, rendering only a mild shower and a slight, but much welcomed cool breeze at close of the Awards Presentation.

Peoples Bank Team ended their day by receiving $500 for 1st Place, while Peanut Johnson of the P-Cab Team donated his winnings of $300 back to the Continue reading The 19th Annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble

Berea Dolphin Spring Swimming


Berea Dolphin Spring Swimming Starts Monday, March 7th at the Seabury Center on Berea College Campus.
Ages 5-18 Beginners to Advanced Swimmers, Monday thru Friday from 5:15-6:00.
Click on the Registration link below to register.

The Lexington Legends National Anthem Tryouts – Feb. 12-13

Big L

   Its time for talented, patriotic singers and musicians to step up to the plate. The Lexington Legends, in partnership with ESPN Sports Radio 1300 and ABC 36, will hold their annual national anthem tryouts at Fayette Mall February 12 and 13 in the wing of the mall near Dicks Sporting Goods. Each participant will sing or play the anthem, and those selected by the judges will perform the anthem before a Legends home game during the 2011 season.

   The tryouts will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 12 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 13.

   Chris Cross and Mike Cameron, hosts of “Sports Huddle” weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on ESPN Sports Radio 1300, will serve as masters of ceremonies for  Continue reading The Lexington Legends National Anthem Tryouts – Feb. 12-13

Berea Officially Opens Park Expansion and Skate Park

Berea officially opens the much anticipated City Park expansion featuring a modern Skate Park.  Many were in attendance today as the Berea Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony started off the afternoon of fun and food. Maggy Kriebel, Director of Berea Parks and Recreation, was on hand to organize and manage the event.  I was particularly impressed with Maggy’s obvious rapport with youth that came to celebrate the opening.

Maggie Kriebel with participants
Maggie Kriebel, Director Berea Parks

When  Ms. Kriebel annonced the event was about to begin I thought to myself it will take a while to turn the chaos of what is a skate park into an organized effort, but the minute she called out the participants were drawn to her attentively focused. Maggie then proceeded to explain that this park belongs to you, the skaters,  as citizens of Berea turning ownership of the day over to these inspired youth.  I don’t know how you do it Maggie, but cudos!

Mayor Steve Connelly on the Mic
Mayor Steve Connelly Officiates

The Mayor, Steve Connelly,  officiated the event thanking all those in attendance and all those responsible for this day.  Several other dignitaries were present along with some honored guest.  The Berea City Council was proudly represented by Greg Lakes, Ronnie Terrill and Troy VanWinkle.  I was surprised by such a low turnout of council members, but then it did occur to me that this is summer vacation time for many busy families.  Magistrate Larry Combs made an appearance as did the County Clerk hopeful, Democratic Candidate Lisa Davis.

Randy Stone and Donna Angel
Randy Stone and Donna Angel

The city was also represented by City Administrator Randy Stone and  Magnificent Maggie Kriebel.  (Attend one Council meeting when she speaks and you’ll understand the name.  No one can fake that much enthusiasm.)  Other honored guest included the Berea Chamber of Commerce Director David Rowlette, Donna Angel of Community Trust Bank and project visionaries Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman and her husband Jim Hartman who have been pushing for this park for fifteen years.

Emogene Hogg-Hartman
Dr. Emogene Hogg-Hartman

Kyle Sowers provided sound services for the event, adding music to the already fun day.  Free hot dogs and cold water were offered to all in attendance as well.   The park itself was designed and built by Spohn Ranch out of Los Angeles, CA.  The skate park installation took three days to complete and opened to the public on March 17, 2010.  Spohn Ranch is the famed builder of the X-Games and have built more than 450 skake parks across the United States.  Using the latest in skate park design the skate park elements were brought in by truck and set by crane into place.

Nice Ramp
Berea Skate Park

The Parks features include:

  • Quarter Pipe with Guardrail
  • Speedramp
  • Funbox with filled Corners, Stairs and Grind Rail
  • Parking Grind Curb
  • L.A. High wall with brick texture
  • Manual Pad
  • Curved grind edge
  • Taco Grind Rail
  • Raked Grind Rail

All in all this was a city gathering at its best with a focus on our greatest asset,  our youth.

Be sure to checkout the BereaOnline Picture Story of the Park opening as well.

Story and Photos by Chad Hembree
Special Thanks to Rhonda McIntyre