Munday Defended Bereans Whom Earlier He’d Opposed

Rueben Munday

In a Civil War filled with ironies, none was more amazing that the situation that faced Rueben Munday during the Battle of Richmond. The Kingston landowner led a group of armed men to drive the Rev. John G. Fee and his band of abolitionists out of Berea in 1859. Three years later, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Union cavalry and on the same side as those Bereans who opposed the cause of the Confederacy.

Munday’s involvement began when he chaired a committee of prominent Richmond citizens who were opposed to “the Bereans, and their abolitionist doctrines and their intention to propagate them.” Subsequently, Munday was appointed head of a committee instructed to confront Fee and his group and inform them they had to leave the county and state within 10 days. Fee, however, they later learned, was out of town and not available for a visit.

On Dec. 23, 1859, Munday led a group of 63 armed men to the home of the Berea school principal, John A.R. Rogers, and handed him the letter ordering Continue reading Munday Defended Bereans Whom Earlier He’d Opposed

Holiday Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees, and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights, and other decorative lighting occur each year.
Together, these fires resulted in 20 deaths and 45 injuries. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.
Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.

Promotions Awarded at Renfro Valley

Renfro Valley

It was announced on Tuesday, November 22nd by a unanimous vote within the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center organization by both the owners of Renfro Valley, LLC and President/CEO Vicki Kidd that Directors Doris Sanders and Craig Barnett have been promoted to the title of Vice President.
Doris Sanders has been working as the Director of Guest Services at Renfro Valley for the past 18 years. Doris and her staff have direct contact with all of the Renfro Valley guests every day. Under her new title, Vice President of Operations Doris will oversee the following departments: Ticket/Reservation Office, Renfro Valley Motel, RV Park, Retail, Restaurant and Maintenance. Doris had this to say about her new promotion, “I look forward to an opportunity to work with a wonderful team and to learn and grow in my new position”. Doris also states, “I have expectations for a great 2012 season!”
Craig Barnett previously held the title as Director of Sales & Marketing since October 2010. With Craig’s new title, Vice President of Public Relations/Entertainment he will oversee the following departments: Continue reading Promotions Awarded at Renfro Valley

Blue Grass Energy 12 Days of Giving

BG Energy

Blue Grass Energy and its employees are in the spirit of giving this holiday season with its third annual 12 Days of Giving food and toy drive Dec. 1-16.

Partnering with Toys for Tots and God’s Pantry, Blue Grass Energy is collecting toys and non-perishable food items to be distributed to families in need throughout its 23-county service area.

“It’s more than providing reliable electric service,” says Cathryn W. Gibson, vice president of member services and economic development, “we’re part of the community. We live here, too. These are very tough times for a lot of Continue reading Blue Grass Energy 12 Days of Giving

The Berea Chamber of Commerce Twilight Christmas Parade 2011 will once again be covering the Twilight Christmas Parade. This year our broadcast will take place in front of City Hall on Chestnut Street. We invite everyone to come out and listen to the music and commentary throughout the event. This years hosts are Chad Hembree and Jennifer Rose Escobar who will be joined throughout the evening by various guests. The broadcast will be made available here beginning December 7 and will be available throughout the month. We would like to thank you for making BereaOnline your local news and entertainment source.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting

Planning & Zoning

The Richmond Planning and Zoning Business Session Meeting will be held this Thursday, December 1st at 5:30pm. The meeting will be located in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome.


1. Call Meeting to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Review Minutes
• August 25th Business Session
• September 20th Work Session
• September 29th Special Called Meeting
• November 15thWork Session
4. Site Development Plan for Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Property Located on Continue reading Richmond Planning and Zoning Meeting

Fire Breaks Out in Richmond Business

Business Fire

A fire broke out Monday afternoon at Kellys Fruit Market in Richmond. Richmond Firefighters were called to scene, off the Eastern Bypass, around 1 p.m. The fire was said to have started in a stove in the kitchen, near the back of the building. The owners told firemen they attempted to put the fire out themselves but the smoke became too thick. The fire was contained to the kitchen which sustained minor smoke and water damage.

Owners say the market will be closed for the rest of the day but hopes they will reopen tomorrow.

We”re told no one was injured in the fire.

The owners of the fruit market say the business will be closed for the rest of the day, but they hope to reopen tomorrow

Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011

Gladys Jennings "Muff" Oliver

Gladys Jennings “Muff” Oliver

After almost 69 revolutions around the sun, Muff Oliver passed away on November 22, 2011, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, Kentucky. She left peacefully so as to not disturb her family who were at her bedside.

Gladys Jennings (Muff) Oliver was born in Cartersville on January 17, 1943 to the late Howard and Flossie Jennings and was a member of the White Lick Baptist Church.

Muff is survived by her doting and loving husband of 47 years, Roger, her beloved children, Brigette Oliver Ryalls, Brandy Oliver Brown (Ben Robinson III), and Tony Oliver (Teri Thompson), and her grandchildren, Sebastian and Zane Brown and Annie and Jackson Ryalls, whom she absolutely adored.

She is also survived by two brothers, Ernest “Spot” Jackson Jennings and Carl Edgar (Dora Lynn) Jennings, her three nieces Carla Renee (Steve) Bates, Jacqueline Michelle (Bill) McManus, and Ginger Gay Jennings, a nephew Shannon “Shane” Howard Jennings, and Continue reading Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011

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Harlan Wayne Aldridge

Wayne Aldridge

Wayne Aldridge age 64 of Cave Springs Road in McKee passed away Friday November 25, 2011 at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

Wayne was born in Madison Co. to the late Ernest and Sophia Gabbard Aldridge. He was retired from CSX railroad and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed farming, spending time with his grandchildren and attending special services at Miracle Revival Church of God in Morrill and Narrow Way Church of God in Big Hill.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by one granddaughter Holly Paige Shearer.

He is survived by his wife Joanie Robinson Aldridge, three daughters Jeanna (Darrell) Golden, Sarah (Billy) Shearer and Continue reading Obituaries November 21 to November 28, 2011 (continued)

Prepare Your Home for Winter


The Madison County Emergency Management Agency reminds you to take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.

2. Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.

3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.

4. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.

5. Inspect and flush your water heater.

6. Clean gutters. Leaves and Continue reading Prepare Your Home for Winter

Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011

Guy Daniel Bowling

Guy Bowling

Guy Bowling age 94, entered into the presence of the Lord November 19, 2011 from the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, KY. Guy was a skilled carpenter who lived in and around Berea, KY most of his life – except for winters in Fruitland Park, FL as a youngster with his grandparents.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Alene Bowling, and their son Bill Bowling of Brooksville, FL. Also preceding him in death were his parents Guy L. Bowling of Berea, KY and Mattie Adams Johnson of Stamping Ground, KY as well as an only brother Ray Bowling (Evelyn) of Richmond, KY.

Survivors include two sons Gary Bowling (Etta) of Berea, KY and Ron Bowling (Davada) of Naples, FL and one daughter Donna Wynn (Bobby) of Berea, KY. Guy is also survived by a sister, Maxine Friedly of Cleveland, TN, a sister-in-law Evelyn Bowling of Richmond, KY, a cousin Mary Louise Britton of Richmond, KY and Continue reading Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011

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Donald Wayne Shouse

Donald Wayne Shouse

Donald Wayne Shouse age 60 passed away Tuesday November 15, 2011 at the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center after a long battle with diabetes.

Donnie was born in Berea, Kentucky to the late Elmer and Sarah Shouse. He was a member of Conway Missionary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children Tim Shouse, Tracie (Joey) Howard, Niki Shouse, Donald Anthony “Tony” Shouse and David Todd all of Berea, special friend Linda Shouse, 6 grandchildren Brittany Todd, T.J. Shouse, Hannah Howard, Dylan Howard, Hayleigh Howard and Dalton Howard and his special dog Cocoa. He is also survived by two brothers Bobby Shouse of North Carolina and Junior Shouse of Berea and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Friday November 18, 2011 at Lakes Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery. Visitation will be Continue reading Obituaries November 14 to November 21, 2011 (continued 1)