Berea College and Community to Celebrate MLK Day with Convocation and Events

Berea College

Berea College staff, faculty and students have organized a series of events in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The centerpiece event is a convocation featuring Zeb Harrison & The Sounds of Praise. The annual MLK Day activities are co-sponsored by Office of the President, Berea College Music Program, Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education, the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS), Berea College Music Program, First Christian Church, Union Church, and Willis D. Weatherford Jr. Campus Christian Center.

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From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office

Transportation crews pretreat roads in advance of weekend wintry weather.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) crews across the Commonwealth are pretreating roads today in advance of expected snow and freezing rain forecasted in parts of the state beginning Friday evening.

“Our crews are proactively treating roads with brine to reduce travel impacts due to anticipated wintry weather,” said KYTC Deputy Secretary Paul Looney. “District staff are keeping an eye to changing weather and road conditions and are ready to respond, as necessary, to maintain mobility and safety on state-maintained routes.”

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Jared Carpenter


The first week of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session is in the books. We had a productive few days in Frankfort and leave in good spirits about what is to come this session.

This week, the Senate’s activity involved some procedural measures. We welcomed everyone back to Frankfort to swear in members and confirm the Senate Leadership.  Senator Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) will remain the Senate President and Senator David Givens (R-Greensburg) will serve as the new Senate President Pro Tempore. We were also thrilled to officially welcome Senator Matt Castlen (R-Owensboro) and Senator Robby Mills (R-Henderson) as our newest members. Other tasks included confirming new committee appointments and adopting the Senate rules for the 2019 session.


Press Release: Mario’s Pizza – Berea, KY

January 11, 2019, Berea – Mario’s Pizza was informed on January 8th that a non-kitchen staff member tested positive for Hepatitis A.  Hepatitis A is typically transmitted in restaurants from food handlers that do not properly wash their hands.  The chances of someone contracting the virus from a non-kitchen staff member is very low, but Mario’s wants to be transparent about the incident.

The infected employee was released from service and all current staff members have been vaccinated for Hepatitis A. The Madison County Health Department has been extremely helpful with the handling of this incident and will continue to work with Mario’s to ensure a safe eating environment.  A post-incident inspection, January 9th, awarded Mario’s a score of 95%.

All future staff members, including non-kitchen staff, will be vaccinated upon employment to avoid any future incidents.  Owners Jimmy and Brenda Upton thank you for your support of this family-owned, local icon, that has been serving the Berea community for over 40 years and are available to answer questions about Mario’s Pizza.  Madison County Health Department Officials April Whitaker and Sabrina Hall are also available to answer any question concerning this incident.

Mario’s Pizza 859-986-2331

April Whitaker, EPI Nurse 859-626-4265

Sabrina Hall 859-626-4234

Janie Pearson

Janie Pearson

Janie Pearson

Janie Marie Johnson Pearson, 80, of Berea, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center in Mt. Vernon after a short illness. Born May 24, 1938 in Madison County, daughter of the late Ralph “ET” and Alberta Carrier Johnson.

She was a retired line worker at Parker-Seal for forty years. Working six days a week for several years, she would have kept working had the plant not closed. A proud member of the Berea Church of God, when God made Janie, He made a Saint! Always caring, loving, smiling and willing to help out any way she could. Serving God all her life and loving her children were special joys every day. She also enjoyed reading the Bible and sitting on the front porch watching the cars go by. Janie loved to cook when able, when not she told her daughters what to get and cook which included her favorites: cornbread, fried potatoes, vegetable soup, taco salads, cold cut subs and strawberry milkshakes. She loved watching the Food Network and simple dining at Red Lobster, Steak & Shake and Taco Tico. Continue reading Janie Pearson

KSP Investigates Criminal Abuse Complaint at Lincoln Co. High School

The Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post is investigating an alleged assault that occurred at the Lincoln County High School on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

The initial investigation alleges that two teacher’s assistants taunted, shoved and restrained a special education student while other students and a teacher watched and did nothing. As a result of the ongoing investigation, 50 year old Rebecca Spurlock of Crab Orchard, 52 year old Teresa Sparkman of Waynesburg, and 51 year old Janie Hasty of Stanford have been charged and summoned to appear in Lincoln County District Court.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 7 Trooper Justin Kearney.

Surplus Auction

The City of Berea is conducting an online Surplus Auction of various vehicles and other equipment. Bidding ends on January 24, 2019. For detailed item information and bidding, please visit:

For questions, please call Berea Public Works at 859-986-8792.

From the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of State Budget Director


State Budget Director John Chilton reported today that General Fund receipts fell 0.8 percent in December with revenues of $1,131.1 million.  December’s receipts declined marginally compared to the $1,140.0 million collected in December 2017.  Through the first half of the fiscal year (FY19), the General Fund has grown 3.7 percent.

The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared to FY18 actual receipts.  Based on December’s results, General Fund revenues must increase 3.0 percent for the remainder of the fiscal year to meet the official estimate.

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Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that his office is finalizing settlements with automaker Fiat Chrysler and auto parts supplier Bosch that when final will provide restitution to nearly 2,000 Kentuckians and make a combined payment of more than $1 million to Kentucky.

Kentuckians impacted are those who purchased or leased 2014-2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees or Ram 1500 Diesel trucks manufactured by Fiat Chrysler that Beshear and other states allege in their multistate settlement contained illegal rigged emission device software supplied by Bosch that tricked federal and state emissions tests.


George Douglas Bryant

George Douglas Bryant

George Douglas Bryant

George Douglas Bryant, age 72, of Dogwood Drive, passed away, Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond. George was born in Berea, Kentucky to the late George Theodore and Alma Christine McKeehan Bryant.

He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, was a retired employee of Delta Natural Gas, and a longtime member of Moore’s Grocery Lunch Bunch.

George is survived by his wife Geneva “Genny” Sharp Bryant, two daughters, Genene Rogers and Georganna (Doug) Kirby; one sister, Dinahbet Hall; and three grandchildren, Dalton Rogers, Kelsey Rogers, and Levi Kirby. Continue reading George Douglas Bryant

Political News Release Update

Our volunteers and staff have been advised to add a disclosure to all future press releases as follows. From the office of Senator McConnell:, From the Office of Andy Beshear, etc. The press releases have been somewhat “copy and paste” automated for many years, but the titles have become less and less factual (Who, what, when, and how) and much more opinionated. We have opposing political views within our own BereaOnline family as well as our readership. This community site is open for anyone to submit articles, events, news releases, celebrations, achievements and more. Thank you for your support for the last 23 years.

Berea Police Department public service statistics for December 2018

There was good news from the Berea Police Department in December, 2018. Ten Berea families were helped during the holidays with the department’s inaugural Christmas with a Cop program, as officers shopped with families to provide food, clothing and toys. Meanwhile, Officer Adam Daily was recognized with the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award for apprehending the most drivers under the influence. Additionally, the BPD partnered with Cash Express for a Christmas toy drive, and officers were busy with special events, including directing the annual Christmas parade and special events, like working games at Madison Southern High School and Berea Community High School. Continue reading Berea Police Department public service statistics for December 2018

Storytellers from across the state lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism: bourbon, food, horses, outdoors, history, music, arts and events.

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Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Receives $10.6 Million Federal Preschool Development Grant

Gov. Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin today announced that the Commonwealth has been awarded a $10,620,000 federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5). Kentucky was one of six states to receive the highest funding amount.

This one-year grant to the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) focuses on planning, with the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019. The purpose of Kentucky’s PDG B-5 is to strengthen its comprehensive early childhood system to support all young children and their caregivers, with an emphasis on highly vulnerable children and children in rural or limited accessibility areas of the state. Continue reading Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Receives $10.6 Million Federal Preschool Development Grant

The Power of Women to Change the World

It is often easy to feel small and insignificant in this fast paced world. But ordinary women, every day, are making a difference. In this regard, it is helpful to remember this: it only takes one candle to light a whole room of darkness.

Today’s women have the power to change our world through our families, our work, and our communities. Women have unique qualities and strengths that contribute to them being great leaders in business and in families, even great leaders in the world. The skills, attributes, and talents that women can offer are tremendous. Continue reading The Power of Women to Change the World