Fire Destroys Business in Berea

Business Fire
Several businesses are closed today after a fire broke out at 208 Pauline Drive in Berea. The fire broke out early Monday morning around 12:30 am.
Firefighters say when they arrived on the scene; flames were already coming through the roof and out the windows of the Sammy K Lee Accounting Firm.
There was also smoke and water damage next door at the Family Heritage Insurance Office as well as four other businesses. Firefighters say the blaze does not look suspicious and believes the blaze could have been electrical in nature but it is still under investigation at this time.

EXILE entertains at the Laurel Co. and London, KY 185th Anniversary Chicken Festival.

James Preston “J.P.” Pennington born in Berea, KY is an American musician, known primarily as a founding member of the country pop band EXILE. Pennington was the founding member and lead singer of the group until departing in 1990. After his leaving EXILE, he signed to MCA Records as a solo artist. There, he released two singles and one album, Whatever It Takes, in 1991. Pennington re-established the band along with Les Taylor, Sonny Lemaire, Marlon Hargis, and Steve Goetzman. For a complete schedule go to
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“Kentuckians in the Civil War” Exhibit Opens

Federal Brig. Gen. John Buford is part of the “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit at the Richmond Visitors Center.
In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the Battle of Richmond Visitors Center has opened its “Kentuckians in the Civil War” exhibit.
The exhibit consists of portraits of native Kentuckians who rose to prominence as Civil War generals, both Union and Confederate.
The first set of portraits include Federal generals Thomas Crittenden, Robert Anderson and John Buford, along with Confederates John Bell Hood, Albert Sidney Johnston and John C. Breckinridge. Other notables, such as Confederate Simon Boliver Buckner, will be added during the exhibits run. The center also received a donation of a replica of Abrahams Lincoln’s watch. The piece, donated by a local supporter, is set to 7:22, reflective of the time Lincoln died after being mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth.
The center is currently open 10 AM – 4 PM Monday through Saturday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday.

Motorcyclist killed in crash.


One person is dead after a truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle on US 25 between Berea and Richmond. The crash happened Thursday afternoon on U.S. 25 near Skyline Drive, just south of Richmond. Officials say the motorcyclist couldn’t stop in time as the truck pulled out into its path. The driver of the bike died at the scene and their name has not been released at this time. No one else was hurt in the crash.
James Hudson, 67, of Berea was killed when the motorcycle he was driving hit the side of the truck when it pulled out in front of him. Police say Hudson died at the scene. The truck driver, whose name was not released, did not suffer any injuries. There is no word if there will be any charges filed in the case.

Berea Police Reports Sept 11 to 18, 2010

September 11, 12:00 a.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking – Auto, 339 E. Haiti Rd. A 2000 white Ford pick-up truck, valued at $7,000.00, was taken from residence driveway.

September 11, 5:42 p.m. Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, 250 Marcellus Dr . #1 . Parked vehicle had windshield broken, damage estimated at $300.00.

September 16, 1:40 p.m. Arrested Sheena G. Ballard, 25 YOA, 626 Slate Lick Rd. for Madison Co. Warrant for Non-Payment of Fines on Pennington St .

September 16, 6:10 p.m. Burglary 2nd Degree, 200 Angel Spur Rd. Residence entered, Jewelry, valued at $3,000.00, was taken from the residence.

September 16, 6:57 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking u/$500, 403 Richmond Rd. Purse and wallet, valued at $30.00, were taken from parking lot from vehicle or shopping cart.

September 17, 5:07 a.m. Arrested Jonas L. Murphey, 29 YOA, 290 Smith Ln. for Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Alcohol/Drug 1st Offense on Ellipse St.

September 17, 3:22 p.m. Arrested James Hisle Jr, 35 YOA, 1003 Burnell Dr. for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Madison Co. Warrant for Failure to Pay Child Support at 1103 Burnell Dr .

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Brock Curtis, 30 YOA, 166 Morgan St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Micheal S. Smith, 30 YOA, 200 Gregory St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 4:13 a.m. Arrested Russel Kates, 20 YOA, 147 Morgan St. for Alcohol Intoxication on Hwy 595.

September 18, 8:20 p.m. Arrested Thomas B. Gadd, 44 YOA, Richmond for Madison Co. Warrant for Failure to Appear on Prince Royal Dr .

Berea Municipal Utilities (BMU) and Berea Utilities Advisory Board are having a light bulb exchange.

Berea Municipal Utilities (BMU) and Berea Utilities Advisory Board are having a light bulb exchange.
BMU electric service Customers only can bring in up to ten incandescent light bulbs and exchange them for Energy Saving CFL light bulbs. Exchanges can be made Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berea Municipal Utilities Building on 200 Harrison Road. Customers must bring a copy of their September BMU bill with them for the exchange. For more information please call BMU at 859-986-4391

Miss Kentucky 2009 and Father to compete on THE AMAZING RACE.

Mallory Ervin age 24 of Lexington, KY and her father Gary Ervin age 53 of Morganfield, KY are competing on the CBS Reality Show The Amazing Race.
If you have never watched The Amazing Race it is a reality TV show in which teams of two people who are either married, related, or friends, race around the world while competing in challenges with other teams. Contestants receive clues that lead them to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Once the tasks have been completed teams try to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a disadvantage in the next leg of the race.
Mallory Ervin competed at Miss Kentucky 2009 as Miss Bowling Green. She is a graduate of the University of the South in Tennessee with a degree in Theater Arts. Her platform was Autism Awareness and her talent was a Vocal Performance.
Gary Ervin built a company from the ground up with help from his family. He has logged over 5000 hours since receiving his commercial pilot’s license. He also wrestled and coached for the University of Central Missouri and Union County High School.
The Amazing Race was filmed in May-June 2010 and will premiere on September 26, 2010 on CBS.

Berea Police Report Sept. 2 to 11, 2010

September 02, 12:52 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking u/$500, Wal-mart, 120 Jill St. A purse left in a shopping cart had $277.00 and prescription drugs taken from it. The purse was turned into the service desk.

September 04, 8:00 a.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1010 Paint Lick Rd. A laptop computer and digital camera, valued at $1,530.00, were taken from room.

September 05, 12:50 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1784 Big Hill Rd. A catalytic converter, valued at $550.00, was taken from parked church van.

September 05, 2:54 p.m. Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, 132 Cassius Ct. A storm door, window, and china cabinet were broken at the residence, damage estimated at $800.00.

September 06, 10:52 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking – Firearm, 117 Maple St. A 9mm handgun, valued at $300.00, and $550.00 in cash were taken from an unlocked vehicle at the residence.

September 07, 7:48 a.m. Burglary 2nd Degree, 207 Willow Dr. Hand power tools and an IPod, valued at $450.00, were taken from attached garage and parked vehicle.

September 07, 5:10 p.m. Arrested Robert L. Halcomb, 69 YOA, 202 Washington Ave. for 2 counts of Assault 4th Degree (Domestic Violence), Assault 3rd Degree (Police Officer), Resisting Arrest, and Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree at 202 Washington Ave.

September 07, 8:00 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 111 Jason Circle . A GPS unit, IPod, digital camera, and other items, valued at $792.00, were taken from an unlocked vehicle at the residence.

September 09, 4:00 p.m. Theft by Unlawful Taking o/$500, 1056 Burnell Dr. A large fuel tank, valued at $800.00, was taken from residence yard.

September 09, 5:21 p.m. Arrested Larry Watson, 62 YOA, 120 Maple St. for Assault 2nd Degree at 120 Maple St .

September 10, 1:04 a.m. Arrested Lara H. Eusebio, 49 YOA, 32 Mary St . #2 for Alcohol Intoxication at 32 Mary St. #2 .

September 10, 1:45 p.m. Arrested Tawn S. Compton, 46 YOA, 123 Commerce Dr . #2 for Madison Co. warrant for Failure to Appear on Chestnut St.

September 11, 1:56 a.m. Arrested Kyria A. Reed, 19 YOA, 1041 Old Red Lick Rd. #2 for Operating Motor Vehicle under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st Offense, No Operators License, and Failure of Non-Owner to Maintain Required Insurance on Chestnut St .

September 11, 4:00 p.m. Arrested Devon M. Branson, 27 YOA, Richmond for Public Intoxication in the Prince Royal Plaza .

September 11, 5:09 p.m. Arrested James D. Oakley, 28 YOA, London for Laurel Co. warrant for Failure to Appear on I-75 NB 79mm.

Remember that morning, remember everyone, remember September 11, 2001

This month is the nine year anniversary of the attack on America. We all remember where we were that tragic morning and will never forget the horrific images of that day. So please take a moment to remember the victims and their families.
There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims. The victims were distributed as follows: 246 on the four planes (Flights 11, 93, 77, & 175 from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon.
A total of 411 emergency workers who responded to the scene died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) lost 341 firefighters and 2 FDNY paramedics. The New York City Police Department lost 23 officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers, and 8 additional EMTs and paramedics from private EMS units were killed. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Ground Zero Today
One World Trade Center, also known by its former name Freedom Tower, is the main building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan in New York City, New York. The tower will be located in the northwest corner of the 16-acre World Trade Center site bounded by Vesey, West, Washington and Fulton streets. Construction on below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the building began on April 27, 2006. On March 30, 2009, the Port Authority said that the building will be known as ””One World Trade Center””, replacing its former name ””Freedom Tower””. Upon completion, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the United States standing at a height of 1,776 feet.
Along with One World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center site will feature three other high-rise office buildings along Greenwich Street and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The construction is part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild after the original World Trade Center complex was destroyed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Memorial
The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The Memorial will consist of two massive pools set within the footprints of the Twin Towers with the largest manmade waterfalls in the country cascading down their sides. They will be a powerful reminder of the Twin Towers and of the unprecedented loss of life from an attack on our soil.

The names of the nearly 3,000 individuals who were killed in the September 11 attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, and the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be inscribed around the edges of the Memorial pools.

The Memorial pools will each be nearly one-acre in size. The names of the victims will be inscribed on parapets surrounding the pools, within groupings that will allow for family members, friends, and co-workers who shared life’s journey and perished together to have their names listed side by side.

An eight-acre landscaped Memorial Plaza filled with nearly 400 trees will create a contemplative space separate from the sights and sounds of the surrounding city.

The Memorial design, created by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,200 entrants from 63 nations
The almost 3,000 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 will be inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.

The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial. The design of the names parapet provides a direct relationship between the visitor, the names, and the water, allowing for a feeling of quiet reverence between the visitor and the Memorial.

Names will be stencil-cut into the parapets, allowing visitors to look through the names at the water, and to create paper impressions or rubbings of individual names. At night, light will shine up through the voids created by each letter.