FEBRUARY IS EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS MONTH

EMA/CSEPP
EMA/CSEPP

Although earthquakes may be popularly associated with the west coast of the United States, or with South America, there are 45 states and territories designated to be at moderate to high risk for earthquakes.

Earthquakes strike suddenly, violently and without warning. Identifying potential hazards ahead of time and advance planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.

Five Ways to Plan Ahead

Check for Hazards in the Home:
 Fasten shelves securely to walls.
 Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves. Continue reading FEBRUARY IS EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS MONTH

Rick Barnett

Rick Barnett
Rick Barnett

Rick Barnett

Mr. Rick Barnett age 55, of Mt.Vernon passed away Tuesday February 4, 2013 at the Rockcastle Hospital as the result of an auto accident. He was born on April 10, 1957 in Berea, KY the son of Mrs. Minnie Lee Parrett Barnett of Mt.Vernon, and the late Clyde Barnett.

He was a retired school teacher, a former Rockcastle County Rocket assistant football coach, enjoyed dog training, body building, was a Cumberland College Graduate, and was a member of the Maple Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors are besides his mother; two sisters; Mrs. Ruby Mahan of Leesburg, FL, and Mrs. Charlotte Miracle of Mt.Vernon. A host of nieces & nephews also survive.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Thursday February 7, 2013 at Cox Funeral Home Mt Vernon. Funeral Service will be 2 PM Friday February 8, 2013 at the Northside Baptist Church in Mt Vernon. Interment will follow in the Cresthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Saylor, P.J. Rowe, Lynn Miracle, Nick Miracle, Dale Whitaker, and Richie Bray. Honorary Pallbearer is Paul Blevins.

Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule

USPS
USPS

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of Aug. 5, 2013 that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday, and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

“The Postal Service is advancing an important new approach to delivery that reflects the strong growth of our package business and responds to the Continue reading Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule

Madison County Births (Jan. 29 – Feb. 5, 2013)

Announcements
Announcements

Jan. 29,2013 – Kayla Hines & Holden Hardy – Irvine – Girl
Jan. 30,2013 – Janet & Christopher Stewart – Berea – Girl
Jan. 30,2013 – Danielle Miller – Richmond – Girl
Jan. 30,2013 – Deidra Brown & Andrew Plowman – Berea – Boy
Jan. 31,2013 – Stacey & James West – Richmond – Twin Boys
(Click read more for more Birth Announcements) Continue reading Madison County Births (Jan. 29 – Feb. 5, 2013)

Britta Lindsay Richmond

Britta Lindsay Richmond
Britta Lindsay Richmond

Britta Lindsay Richmond

Britta Lindsay Richmond was born April 15, 1987 in Fayette County and departed this life Monday, February 4, 2013 at the Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, being 25 years of age. She was the daughter of Bridgett Lynn (Marcum) Combs and Dwayne of Berea and Gordon Hisel and Faye of Berea.

In addition to her parents, Britta is also survived by her husband Joey Richmond of Berea; by her brother, Dylan Tyler Combs of Berea; grandparents, Wilma Marcum, Darrell & Louise Combs and Wanda & Jerry Little. Other survivors include her father and mother in law, Gary & Vickie Richmond, sister in law, Brittany Richmond, by the following aunts and uncles, Kenny Marcum & Carol, Tammy Ward & James and Shawna Ingram & Danny and by the following special cousins, Ron, Holly, Raquel, Rebecca, Tashi, Tal, Kena, Kent Bud, Cheyenne, Kyle, Kara & Katherine.

Britta was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bud Marcum, Ray Hisel and Bernice Hisel and by her uncle Keith Marcum.

Visitation will be at 6:00PM Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home Funeral McKee. Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Funeral Home with Bro. Bruce Kirby, Kyle Marcum and Bro. Darrell Combs officiating. Burial followed in the Bud Marcum Family Cemetery.

Valentine’s Day Ball

Parks & Rec Valentine’s Day Ball
Parks & Rec Valentine’s Day Ball

As February approaches, we think of love, hearts & chocolate! Join Berea Parks & Recreation on Friday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm for our Annual Valentine’s Day Ball for Individuals with Special Needs at the Russel Acton Folk Center! This event is free & semi-formal attire is required! We’ll have snacks & a DJ; all abilities & siblings welcome! Contact us at 986-9402!

What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Robert New
Robert New

A couple of weeks ago Kentucky’s General Assembly started their 2013 session. They started this year with a short session, only meeting 4 days. Being the political junkie I am, I was thrilled to learn that KET had a website that streamed both the House and Senate Sessions. I couldn’t wait to tune in.

On the first day I logged in and watched the House. It went something like this: gavel in, make some announcements, give the representatives a few minutes to make comment and introduce their guests there watching them, file some bill numbers with the clerk, and adjourn. The entire process took about an hour. The next three days followed about the same format.

I was left thinking what the heck just happened? Our state has a huge fiscal crisis facing us. I remember thinking I would be pretty pissed if I were elected Continue reading What You See Isn’t Always What You Get

Obituaries January 27 – February 3, 2013

Lloyd Wayne Ballinger
Lloyd Wayne Ballinger

Lloyd Ballinger

Lloyd “Wayne” Ballinger 69 of Mt. Vernon passed away Tuesday January 29, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington. Wayne was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky to the late John and Annas Ballinger.

He was retired from Lexmark Inc. in Lexington and was a woodworker in a shop he owned with his wife in Renfro Valley. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six siblings Russell, Alfred, Tony, Minnie, Rilda and Tabitha.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Ballinger, one son Timothy Ballinger, one daughter and her husband Regina Leach and Jason, one step-son Steve Farmer and one brother Johnny Ballinger and his wife Rita. He is also survived by his dogs that he loved very much Shadow, Peanut and Sammy.

Funeral services will be 1pm Saturday Feb. 2, 2013 at Lakes Funeral Home with Bro. Eugene Gentry officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Continue reading Obituaries January 27 – February 3, 2013

Madison Co. Kindergarten/Preschool Canceled

Madison Co Schools
Madison Co Schools

Madison County Schools is cancelling afternoon kindergarten/preschool and the midday bus routes for today, January 31, 2013. Parents of morning kindergarten/preschool students may pick their children up if they choose. Students can also stay at school and be transported this afternoon by bus. If you have questions, please call your school office or the district office.

Spirit of 1812 Award

L-R: Patt DeHaan & Eddie Price
L-R: Patt DeHaan & Eddie Price

Michigan State Society Daughters of 1812 participated in festivities for the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the River Raisin at Monroe, MI.

This year, a Spirit of 1812 Award was presented by our State President Patrice DeHaan to author Eddie Price. Mr. Price’s book “Widder’s Landing”, is a story about life, love and survival in the rugged Kentucky frontier during the War of 1812 time period.

Mr. Price’s presentation about his book “Widder’s Landing”, was given at the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center as part of the 200th Anniversary celebration.

Eddie Price is a lifelong native of Kentucky and a graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College and Western Ken-tucky University. He taught High School History for 36 years and has received many teaching awards.

Congratulations to our 2013 Spirit of 1812 Award winner, Eddie Price!