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After 29 years in codes and planning, Dale Van Winkle calls it a career

Berea City leaders say retiring Codes Enforcement Administrator Dale Van Winkle will be missed because of his considerable knowledge of the city’s planning history and his ability to guide capital projects to a successful finish. Van Winkle retired on July 31.

When Dale Van Winkle began as a codes administrator for the City of Berea in 1989, the city’s planning and codes department was more or less a one-man operation. For all intents and purposes, Van Winkle was the codes department, except for one part-time secretary.

Almost three decades and nearly 1,500 public meetings later, Van Winkle is now ready to retire, leaving behind a department that has guided the steady growth of the city. His final day was last Tuesday. “It has been a wonderful experience. There were some rough times and some really good times, but I’ve tried my best to raise the professionalism of the office,” Van Winkle said. Continue reading After 29 years in codes and planning, Dale Van Winkle calls it a career

Girl Scouts stress ‘girl power’ in new recruitment efforts

As American women seek a larger role in politics, fairer wages and an end to sexual harassment, the Girl Scouts see an opportune time to show some swagger in promoting their core mission: girl empowerment.

They recruited Queen Latifah to narrate a video featuring famous former Girl Scouts — Venus Williams, Katie Couric and many more. And they indulged in a little bragging when Girl Scout alumna Meghan Markle married into Britain’s royal family. Continue reading Girl Scouts stress ‘girl power’ in new recruitment efforts

Former Citizen Reporter and Berea Graduate to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from High School

Jane Matney Powell, Berea College,
January 1965 Graduate
Former Reporter for Berea Citizen

The Fort Gay WV High School Alumni Association has selected a former reporter with the Berea Citizen as the recipient of its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Jane Matney Powell, a Berea College alum, will be honored for her dedication to teaching and community service at her high school’s annual alumni banquet on August 31, 2018.

Powell graduated from Fort Gay HS in 1961. Being raised in a learning environment with a passion for reading, Powell resolved to pursue a career in journalism. She volunteered as a stringer for the former Huntington (WV) Herald Advertiser, and at Berea College, she worked as a reporter for the local town newspaper, The Berea Citizen (KY). Continue reading Former Citizen Reporter and Berea Graduate to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from High School

Job Opening

Parks & Recreation

Looking for a great summer job? The City of Berea Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for Lifeguards at the Berea Swimming Pool. Applicants MUST be 16 years of age or older, possess current American Red Cross Lifesaving and CPR certifications, as well as be able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays from Memorial Day through mid-August. If you do not hold these certifications, we can assist you.

Please call Priscilla at 986-9402 for additional information.

Customers of LG&E and KU File Complaint with PSC Asking For Investigation Of Whether Advertising by the Utilities Regarding Anti-Net Metering Legislation Is False Or Misleading

Andrew McDonald

Complaint also seeks determination that monies spent on advertising and lobbyists to push HB 227 cannot be recovered from ratepayers

In a formal complaint filed today, eight customers of LG&E/KU have asked the Public Service Commission to investigate whether the utilities’ advertisements and website misrepresent the facts, contain false or misleading statements, or make unsubstantiated claims regarding House Bill 227, a bill relating to solar net metering that is pending before the Kentucky Senate. Continue reading Customers of LG&E and KU File Complaint with PSC Asking For Investigation Of Whether Advertising by the Utilities Regarding Anti-Net Metering Legislation Is False Or Misleading

Power Outages

As a result of Monday’s snow storm, there were initially 1,400 Berea Municipal Utilities customers without power. BMU crews quickly restored service for most customers, and by Tuesday morning, just two BMU customers reported being without power. Other local residents were not as fortunate. Homes in the Vineyard Subvision, for example, which is served by Bluegrass Energy, were reportedly still without power on Tuesday morning. Report power outages or trees downed on power lines by calling 986-4391.

Grandparents As Parents Conference,

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Over 57,000 of Kentucky children live in households headed by grandparents, and more that 12,000 are living with other relatives according to the AARP Foundation. Of those combined numbers, more than 30,000 children have no parent present in the home where they live. The underlying causes include parental drug use, imprisonment and/or illness or death of the parent. The needs of children can seem overwhelming, especially if you are unexpectedly thrust into the role of being their primary caregiver. Continue reading Grandparents As Parents Conference,

Job Opening

Parks & Recreation

The City of Berea is accepting applications for the position of SEASONAL PARKS MAINTENANCE. Applicants MUST be 18 years of age or older, hold a valid KY Driver’s License, have a high school diploma (or equivalent), be able to lift 50 pounds and be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays from March-October. Applications are available online at http://bereaky.gov or may be picked up at Berea Parks & Recreation (8 Pirate Parkway). For questions, please call the Parks & Recreation office at (859) 986-9402. The City of Berea is an Equal Continue reading Job Opening