RICHMOND — The Father Daughter Dance at the Richmond Area Arts Council Friday night benefits the Hope's Wings Domestic Violence program.
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County jobless rate improves
Madison was one of 109 counties in which the jobless rate was down in January, compared to a year earlier.
At 6.7 percent, Madison and Simpson counties were tied for the state’s sixth-lowest unemployment rate.
Those statistics were announced by the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the state Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
The artistry and energy of the Emerald Isle took the Richmond Area Arts Center by storm Friday night as RAAC hosted its annual Celtic Festival.
A performance by the McTeggart Irish Dancers of Lexington was sandwiched between two sets by the Labhras Draper Family of Lexington.
‘Shavees’ raise more than $5K to fight childhood cancer
The back patio of the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub was a sea of green apparel, accessories and drinks along with various colors of hair clippings — lots of hair clippings.
While it also was a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the pub Saturday, 12 “shavees” and their donors raised more than $15,000 (and counting) for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers.
Sounds of St. Patty’s
Kentucky United Pipes & Drums of Lexington plays on the back patio of the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub on Saturday as part of the pub’s three-day celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The band played earlier that day at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lexington. For details about the band, visit www.kentuckyunited.org.
Sheriff receives DUI enforcement aids
Capt. Greg Crockett, commander of Kentucky State Police Post 7 in Richmond, presented Madison Sheriff Mike Coyle with four Intoximeter PBT devices in a Wednesday ceremony at the county courthouse annex.
School buys office building
The Madison County School Board voted 5-0 Thursday to purchase 301 Highland Lakes, off Gibson Bay Drive, as the future home of its central office.
The vote came after an executive session at the end of the board’s monthly meeting.
Superintendent Elmer Thomas called the purchase “fiscally responsible,” because it will put off for as much as five years the building of a new elementary school in northern Madison County, an area that is projected to grow.
Antique tractors compete at fairgrounds
The county fairgrounds erupted with the roar of engines Friday afternoon as drivers competed in the Pickin’ Grinnin’ and Pullin’ Festival antique tractor pull presented by the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series.
Owners put their machines to the test by hauling a trailer with continuously increasing weight across the fairgrounds arena. When the weight became too much, the tractors would jerk and their wheels would lift off the ground, marking where they stopped.
Commissioner sues city of Richmond
City Commissioner Jim Newby has filed suit against the city of Richmond over changes to the salary of elected officials made in April 2013.
According to court documents, the city cut commissioners’ pay to $15,261 from $29,972 without a vote.
City Attorney Garrett Fowles told the commission in April the reduction was to comply with a 1989 city ordinance setting commissioner salaries to a little more than $8,000 and allowing annual adjustment based only on cost of living, the documents stated.
Pets of the Week
This week’s dog is Chase, a 1 1/2-year-old male Chihuahua. He is good with other dogs, according to his previous owners. This week’s cat is Tosha, a 1 1/2-year-old spayed female. She does not like other cats or dogs, according to her previous owner.
Man faces multiple forged, stolen check charges
A Lexington Road man was charged Wednesday with forgery and passing stolen checks.
Brian K. Johnson, 33, Lexington Road, was charged in his most recent case with 15 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second-degree forgery, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property (under $500).
A representative of the Relax Inn, Northgate Drive, reported Feb. 28 that Johnson had passed two checks to the hotel during the previous week, according to an RPD report.
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