• Letter Carrier Food Drive. Place non-perishable items by mailbox to be picked up on Saturday only.
• EKU spring commencement, 9 a.m. for College of Health Sciences and College of Justice & Safety; 1:30 p.m. for College of Arts and Sciences; 7:30 p.m. for College of Business & Technology and College of Education. First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at the 7:30 p.m. ceremony, tickets are required. A live telecast of her speech will be presented at the EKU Centre for the Arts. All commencements are at the Alumni Coliseum.
• Gourd art demonstration by Sally Cammack, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Monday, May 13
• No Richmond Register delivered or on newsstands today. The newspaper no long publishes a Monday print edition. For breaking news and obituaries, see www.richmondregister.com.
• National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), noon, Smokehouse Grill, Berea. State Rep. Rita Smart, D-Richmond, a chapter member, will speak. For more details, call John Wilson, 623-6776.
• DAR Boonesborough Chapter, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church fellowship hall, 412 W. Main St., Richmond. Katherine Marchaterre will present program on History of Indian Education. For details, call Betsy Burch, 624-8908.
Tuesday, May 14
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., Berea Police and Municipal Building, 304 Chestnut St.
• Youth Services Center Advisory Council for Madison Middle and Madison Central, 3:30 p.m., Phillips Building Center, 704 N. Second St., Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission, 6 p.m., City Hall, 239 W. Main St. (No 4:30 p.m. work session.)
Thursday, May 16
• Richmond schools’ Youth Service Center advisory board, Clark-Moores Middle School, 3:30 p.m.
• Madison Middle School Band spring concert, 7 p.m, the Ravine at EKU.
• Richmond Lions Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Gillum’s Restaurant in Richmond Mall. For details, call Justin Woolsey, 314-2815.
Friday, May 17
• Judge/Executive Kent Clark’s state of the county address to joint meeting of Richmond and Berea chambers of commerce, 11:30 a.m., county extension center, 230 Duncannon Lane. For tickets, $15, call Richmond Chamber, 623-1720, or Berea Chamber, 986-9760. No tickets sold at the door.
Saturday, May 18
• Kirksville Community Center Spring Gathering craft/vendor fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For details, call 338-6690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Woodcarving demonstration by the Berea Welcome Center Carvers, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
• Rabies clinic, noon-2 p.m., Waco Animal Hospital, 191 Waco Loop, Waco; $5 per rabies vaccination.
- Local News
YMCA, county district to provide after-school care
The Telford YMCA is partnering with the Madison County School District to provide after-school child care for kindergarten and elementary students.
YMCA Executive Director Dave Wallace and Madison County School Superintendent Elmer Thomas announced the partnership Monday afternoon.
Memories bloom in May’s garden
After realizing a story was being written about 96-year-old Lucille May, tenants of Willis Manor gathered in the lobby to share stories about her.
Affectionately called “Mamaw” by other residents and workers at the apartment building, May has spent the four years of her residence transforming an outdoor garden that was overtaken by weeds. It’s now a thriving flowerbed, complete with interesting rocks, decorations and conversation.
Water Street storm-water digging begins
Caisson holes were drilled and then filled with concrete and steel poles Monday to create a retaining structure to shore up the Allstate Insurance building foundations' firm when excavation for the Water Street Stormwater Improvement Project begins.
Digging for 20 ton, 6 by 7 foot concrete box culverts will begin today, if weather permits, said Jason Hart, Richmond’s director of Planning and Zoning. The culverts will help reduce the likelihood of flooding on Water Street by carrying storm water under Main Street, the CVS parking lot and Irvine Street to a stream, he said.
RPD: Bottle bomb injures man, damages neighbor’s home
Richmond Police on Friday charged Robert Abney, 30, of Moberly Avenue, in connection with a May 30 explosion that injured Abney and damaged a neighbor’s home.
Officers were dispatched May 30 to a residence in the 500 block of Moberly Avenue to investigate the report of an explosion.
They found the remains of a plastic bottle bomb near a residence adjoining Moberly’s, according to an RPD news release. A wall of the occupied home was smoldering and grass was burned in the area, it added.
Two led police on I-75 chase from Berea
Berea Police found a man passed out and intoxicated inside his crashed vehicle on Interstate 75 Wednesday, according to a police report.
Steven Coffey, 34, of Berea, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet when officers arrived at the vehicle, the police report stated. They determined he was under the influence of drugs, the report stated.
A race to the finish line
Sheltered by overcast sky and supported by a cool breeze, teams competed Saturday morning in the second annual HeartChase at Richmond Centre.
Hops & Vine Festival raises money for humane society
Downtown Richmond’s Hops and Vine Festival started more than two years ago with a question.
Bill Clinton will stump for Grimes in eastern Kentucky
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Former President Bill Clinton will join Grimes on Aug. 6 for a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky, according to a campaign official who would provide no further details.
Cattle farmers enjoying ‛perfect storm’
Demand is up, and cattle are selling for record prices.
At the same time, corn prices are down and fuel prices have stabilized.
That adds up to a “perfect storm” for Kentucky cattle farmers, said Gary Kelly of Paint Lick as he ate lunch Friday with his brother Jimmy at the restaurant across from the Blue Grass Stockyards.
Fire training tower going up
A new training tower for the Richmond Fire Department is rising on Four Mile Road.
Construction began Thursday on the four-story, steel-framed structure.
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