• Motion Mondays at Silver Creek Elementary for 3rd -5th grades, 2:15–3:15 p.m. Free after-school activity. Call Berea Parks & Recreation for details, 986-9402.
• Take Back Your Temple free weight loss support group, Fitness, Friends and Fun, 501 Mt. Vernon Road, Berea, 5:30-6 p.m. Limit of 20 per class. For details, call 985-2584.
• Madison Fiscal Court, 9:30 a.m., county courthouse, 101 W. Main St., Richmond.
• Richmond City Commission, 4:30 p.m. work session; 6 p.m. regular session; City Hall, 239 W. Main St.
• New Voter Workshop, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Walnut Hall of EKU Keen Johnson Building. Free and open to the public, event is geared to college students and high school seniors. Lunch included. Because space is limited, reservations are required. Anyone planning to attend or bring a group should contact Gershtenson at email@example.com.
• GOP Ladies lunch meeting, 12:30 p.m., Central Bank, Main Street. Call President Tabitha Evans at 985-9942 for details.
• Madison County School Board budget meeting, 6 p.m., Madison Central High School in Douglas House Lecture Hall (gymnasium entrance), 705 N. Second St., Richmond.
• Special needs talent show, 6 p.m. Russel Acton Folk Center, Jefferson Street, Berea. Individuals with special needs, all ability levels, invited to show off their best tricks and talents. For details, call Berea Parks and Recreation, 986-9402.
“Family Fitness Day” 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Berea City Park Shelter; variety of family activities & community booths! Call Berea Parks & Recreation 986-9402
• Gibson potluck, 3 to 6 p.m., Berea Senior Citizens Building (behind folk center on Jefferson Street). All Gibson employees and retirees welcome, bring a dish. Clean up will be 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Yvnonne Payne at 986-8960 or Judy Rose at 986-7221.
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Hundreds pay tribute as Sheriff Combs is laid to rest
Dozens of his fellow law enforcement officers from around Kentucky came to Church on the Rock on Saturday morning to pay a last tribute to Madison County Sheriff Jerry Combs, who later was laid to rest after a funeral at the church.
Madison Central High School
Eastern Kentucky University. The school graduated 403 students, and 21 of those were Commonwealth Diploma recipients. Class secretary Caroline Smith gave the opening remarks, and class president Mackenzie Humphrey delivered the address. All speakers at the MCHS graduation were senior class officers who gave the opening, invocation and benediction.
Madison Southern High School
Madison Southern High School graduated 250 seniors Saturday afternoon at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum.
Senior class president Kelsey Choate gave the welcoming. Mona Isaacs, chair of the Madison County Board of Education, gave remarks congratulating the seniors on completing an important milestone in their lives, and welcoming them into society as young adults.
Music at the ceremony was provided by the MSHS symphonic band, directed by David Ratliff, and the MSHS choir, directed by Letha Hembree.
White Hall teachers say farewell for the summer
White Hall Elementary kindergarten assistant Patti Von Fischer said she found a poem on the Internet that seemed to fit the last day of school perfectly.
“The teachers jumped out of the windows; the principals ran for the door; the nurse and librarian bolted; they’re not coming back anymore,” Von Fischer read over the loudspeaker Friday before students left for the summer.
Benson will be state’s third highest paid university president
When Michael Benson begins his tenure as the 12th president of Eastern Kentucky University on Aug. 1, his $400,000 salary plus benefits will make him Kentucky’s third-highest paid state university president.
Benson’s pay will be less only than that of Eli Capilouto, president of the University of Kentucky, $500,000 a year, and Gary Ransdell, president of Western Kentucky University, $423,588 a year, according to figures obtained from the state Council on Post-secondary education.
Richmond post troopers recognized at annual ceremony
The Kentucky State Police announced the 2012 Trooper of the Year, Detective of the Year, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer of the Year and other awards for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty Friday at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort.
Second-grade classroom receives recognition for reading nearly 1,400 books
A project at Mayfield Elementary School has received recognition across state lines from a woman who found a balloon released in celebration of one classroom having read more than 1,000 books.
Second-grade teacher Wanda Wilson started the school year by challenging her 22 students to read a total of 1,000 books by the end of the school year.
Pets of the Week
This week's cat is an 8-week-old female kitten. This week's dog is 1-year-old Nicki, a spayed female who does not care for horses, according to her previous owner.
Father/Daughter Dance is June 14 at RAAC
Dads and daughters will take to the dance floor Friday, June 14, for the second annual Father/Daughter Dance to benefit the Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Program.
The ball will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Richmond Area Arts Center, 399 W. Water St.
Three Richmond thefts reported Tuesday-Thursday
Richmond police are investigating thefts reported from Tuesday through Thursday.
An employee of Baptist Health, Eastern Bypass, reported Thursday that her vehicle had been broken into during the evening and a small shoulder purse was stolen. The purse contained several debit/credit cards, $70 in cash, and a Pantech slider cellular telephone. Estimated loss: $595.
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