Would You Wrestle An Alligator?

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

Would you jump in a pen and wrestle a half crazed alligator? Probably not! Well, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. The sad thing is that in 60% of the cases, colorectal cancer is preventable with routine screenings.

So, who is at risk for colorectal cancer? You are considered to be at average risk if you are 50 years old or older with no other risk factors. Men have an average lifetime risk of colorectal cancer of about one in seventeen; whereas, women’s risk is about one in nineteen. People at higher risk are those with a close family member such as a parent, sibling, or child who has had the disease, or those who have had colorectal cancer or precancerous polyps. Race also plays a significant role. Blacks are more likely than any other racial Continue reading Would You Wrestle An Alligator?

Now Accepting Applications


The City of Berea Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the position of LIFEGUARD.

Applicants MUST be 16 years of age or older, be available to work nights, weekends and holidays and hold a current American Red Cross Lifesaving certificate and a current American Red Cross CPR certificate.

If you do not hold these certificates, we can assist you.

Call 986-9402 for more information.

Walk with the Arts on KET TV

Berea Arts Council

Walk with the Arts on KET TV Walk with the Arts, the youth arts program hosted by the Berea Arts Council, is being featured on the Kentucky Channel – KET.

The Education Matters program is now airing at various times. You can get the schedule on the KET website or view the segment anytime by clicking the link below: http://www.ket.org/cgi-bin/cheetah/watch_video.pl?nola=kedma+000305&altdir=&template=

Trees Donated to the City of Berea

Left to right are Farrell Richardson, Emily Anderson, Carmel Lympany, Jack Carraway, Mayor Connelly, James Anderson, Jim Farris, Gerald Moss

The Berea Lions Club donated 10 red bud trees to the City of Berea. Lions Club members planted those trees with help from Mayor Steve Connelly and the street dept employees this morning on Marcg 21, 2012. They were planted near the city municipal building. Thanks to all who helped!

Community Art Show

Berea Arts Council

Exhibit Your Art at the Berea Arts Councils 2012 Community Art Show April 20 – May 19, 2012

All residents of Berea and the surrounding area are invited to exhibit their artwork in a Community Art Show. This annual event showcases the artwork of both professional and non-professional artists. All skill levels are welcome in this non-juried show and there is no entry fee to participate.

Guidelines & Application:

Pick up at:  Berea Arts Council, on College Square, 116 Main St.
Download at:  www.bereaartscouncil.org

Obituaries March 12 to March 19, 2012

Pauline Joyner York

Pauline York

RICHMOND — Pauline Joyner York, 86, widow of John Henry York, lived many years in Richmond, Ky., but died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her home in Fruitland Park, Fla.

Pauline was born in Dyersburg, Tenn., on June 24, 1925, to the late Coy and Pearl Anderson Joyner. At a young age, she was a college graduate, but her love for knowledge was life long, her interests were wide spread and her talents were endless. York was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, faithful woman of God and a truly remarkable lady.

She is survived by: two daughters, Barbara (Chris) Hicks, of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Janet (Bobby) Shepherd, of Fruitland Park, Fla; one son, John Henry (Raylene) York Jr., of Litiz, Pa.; grandchildren, Kerri (Jason) McNiel, Tiffanie (Troy) Pope, Jacinda (John) Davenport, and Jonathan, Jasmine and Continue reading Obituaries March 12 to March 19, 2012

Obituaries March 12 to March 19, 2012 (continued)

Frances Murphy Kindred

Frances Kindred

Frances Murphy Kindred, of Madison County, died Monday, March 12, 2012, in the Berea Health Care Center. She was born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Estill County, Kentucky. She was a member of Hays Fork Baptist Church. She loved life, her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Bill Kindred; and loving parents, Malcolm and Myrtle (Keith) Murphy.

She is survived by: two sons, Jason (Linda) Webster of Richmond, and Bill (Carol) Gear of Berea; four grandchildren, Kevin Reinhardt, David Webster, Lindsey Morgan, and Litany Webster; one great-grandchild, Sydney Morgan; one brother, Bobby (Ruth) Murphy, of Richmond; three sisters, Lou (Jack) Tussey, of Richmond, Patsy (Edgar) Johnson, of Berea, and Ethel (Leslie) Grant, of Richmond; several nieces and nephews; and friends of Continue reading Obituaries March 12 to March 19, 2012 (continued)

Renfro Valleys New Barn Theater Goes Digital

Renfro Valley

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is excited to announce that the New Barn Theater has now gone digital! After an extensive equipment upgrade during the off season, Renfro Valleys New Barn Theater has been transformed into a state-of-the-art digital sound experience!

The first of the new equipment includes the Yamaha M7CL Digital Console. The M7CL series is a digital live-sound console that carries on the digital evolution. It includes an impressive array of advanced concepts such as the Continue reading Renfro Valleys New Barn Theater Goes Digital

Madison County Schools Kindergarten Registration

Madison Co Schools

Madison County Schools has scheduled kindergarten registration for March 19 to 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you need to register your child for kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year, please visit the school the child will attend to register during that week.

For additional information, please contact Central Office at 624-4500 or your childs school.

Berea Blood Drive

Only With YOU can KY Blood Center supply the nearly 70 hospitals and clinics in central and eastern Kentucky with the blood products they need.

KBC needs an average of 400 donors per day in order to meet those needs. Wont you be one of our heroes and donate blood at your next community blood drive?

Madison Co Berea Community Blood Drive
Tues March 20th, 11am-5pm
At First Christian Church
(206 Chestnut St, Berea)
in Fellowship Hall

*Photo ID required.
Appointments are recommended. Walk-ins will gladly be accepted as space allows.
Schedule your donation time online at www.kybloodcenter.org or call KBC at 800.775.2522.

Adopt -a- Highway Groups to Clean Kentucky Roadsides


Lexington, Ky. (March 15, 2012) – Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean District 7 highways. The Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces that Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be March 18-24.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

Nearly 800 groups participate in Kentucky”s Adopt-a-Highway program, which was established in 1988. Volunteers clean approximately 5,100 miles of roadside annually, setting an example of responsible environmental stewardship.

The Adopt-a-Highway program promotes public environmental awareness and supports tourism. The program also creates a partnership between citizens, Continue reading Adopt -a- Highway Groups to Clean Kentucky Roadsides

First Statewide Bullying Prevention Symposium

Bullying Symposium

With schools reporting increased numbers of bullying incidents, all stakeholders involved in education need to learn how to identify and manage the various types of threats. Nationwide, bullying reports have grown annually, fueled by the inescapable reach of the Internet.

This inaugural Bullying Prevention Symposium will feature experts in bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Presenters will address signs of bullying, bullying in athletics, youth risk online, positive online behavior, and Continue reading First Statewide Bullying Prevention Symposium

Celebrate St. Patricks Day Safely this Year and Every Year


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2012) — Everybody may be Irish on St. Patricks Day, but nobody should drive drunk after celebrating Irelands patron saint this Saturday, March 17.

“St. Patricks Day is one of the most widely celebrated saints days in the world, but all too often it shares that great distinction with a far lesser one—too many people are driving drunk and endangering themselves and others on the road as a result,” said Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell. “Even if you think you’ve only had a few drinks and are just feeling ‘buzzed,’ don’t kid yourself because “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during St. Patrick’s Day 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities. Of that number, 39 people Continue reading Celebrate St. Patricks Day Safely this Year and Every Year

Three Crowns – One spectacular night!

Miss Berea Area 2012

& Miss Berea Outstanding Teen Pageant

Three Crowns – One spectacular night!

Madison Southern Auditorium

Madison Southern HS – 279 Glades Rd. – Berea, KY

March 17th



Little Miss Berea Pageant

March 17th