Free workshops for parents and caregivers of children birth to age 5 are being offered for the second year at Berea Elementary School.
The workshops begin Tuesday and will continue once a month through April.
Republican William Burl Sweat announced Monday he will be seeking election as county jailer next year.
Sweat, a Madison County native and graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, said he has 20 years of experience in corrections. He currently works for the Kentucky Department of Corrections but said he has worked in corrections in an Oklahoma county as well as with a private corrections industry.
A new challenger has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2014 county jailer’s race.
Stephen Tussey, director of Eastern Kentucky University’s correctional safety program, said Wednesday he would like to run in 2014.
Tussey, a Madison County native, said he has more than 30 years’ experience working in corrections, including working as national safety administrator with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C.
The four-person Richmond City Commission will have two new faces in January as challengers Laura Durham Morgan and Jim Newby came in first and fourth, respectively, in Tuesday eight-person race.
Only one of the four Madison County School Board members up for re-election was replaced Tuesday night.
There will be two new faces on the Berea City Council for the next two years. Former council member Chester Powell and newcomer Chad Hembree will join Diane Kerby, Billy Wagers, Violet “Vi” Farmer, Ronnie Terrill, Virgil Burnside and Jerry Little to sit on the council which governs all who live within Berea’s city limits.
Madison County will continue to have two Republicans and one Democrat in its delegation to state House of Representatives as Rita Smart, D-Richmond, and Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester, won re-election by comfortable margins and Republican Jonathan Shell of Lancaster won the seat left open by the retirement of long-term legislator Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster.
Republicans and Democrats were out in force Monday, traveling across the state, trying to haul in a few last votes to provide a winning margin Tuesday.
Ballot boxes and election kits were delivered to the county’s 17 polling locations Monday morning in preparation for Election Day.
Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger and a crew from the county road department distributed 112 ballot boxes, two for each of the county’s 56 precincts.
Don Jaynes, a certified public accountant who previously was a community member of the city’s former finance advisory committee, is in his first race for city commission.