Madison County

Madison County

Benches delivered in Richmond honor slain police officer Daniel Ellis

Slain Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis has received several posthumous honors. On Wednesday, 13 benches made from recycled plastic and dedicated to his memory were delivered to various places in Madison County. More than 80 third-graders at Glenn R. Marshall Elementary School spearheaded an effort to raise money and collect plastic lids as a recycling project.

Other Sports

Tyler Swafford came to EKU to play quarterback; he’s leaving as a student of the world

Tyler Swafford came to Eastern Kentucky University determined to carve out a memorable career as a quarterback. Instead, the Franklin, Tenn., product used resources available to him as an EKU student to engage the world. While at Eastern, Swafford has visited Casablanca, NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, the Dachau concentration camp and played in an all-star football game in China. Now, he is giving up his final two seasons of football eligibility at Eastern to study in Ireland as one of 12 winners of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

Madison County

Chemical toxins stored in Madison County are same type used in Syria

The types of chemical weapons stored and scheduled for destruction in Madison County are suspected of being used against people overseas. Sarin and VX are suspected in recent attacks in Syria and Malaysia, and are the same internationally banned toxins stored in rockets and projectiles at Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County. Destruction of the chemical weapons in Kentucky is supposed to begin in 2020 after testing has completed at a pilot plant between Richmond and Berea.

High School Sports

Catching up with some of the Sweet Sixteen’s great folk heroes

Across its first 99 years, the Kentucky Boys’ Basketball State Tournament has created a rich roster of heroes and folk heroes. This is what some of them — Richmond Madison’s Robert Brooks, Pulaski County’s Billy Bob Hardy, Edmonson County’s Phil “The Mountain” Rich, Bourbon County’s Jeff Royce, and Paintsville’s J.R. VanHoose — are doing now.

Madison County

A 12-hour spike in overdoses kills woman in Madison County

In a span of 12 hours Wednesday, Madison County emergency workers responded to nine drug overdose calls. Five of those were within a 90-minute period, said Carlos Coyle, director of Madison County EMS. The death of a 51-year-old woman found Thursday morning is suspected to be an overdose, Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said. “Obviously, there’s something that has come into town within the last 24 to 48 hours,” Cornelison said.

Madison County

It’s the most-buzzed-about Super Bowl ad, and it features a native Kentuckian

Bill Kelly’s first acting experience was at Madison Central High School in the 1970s, when for kicks he auditioned for the school’s production of “The Beverly Hillbillies” and won the lead role as Jed Clampett. That was it for acting for about 30 years, through college at Eastern Kentucky University, then a long career in radio in Florida. Then he got the bug again, and Sunday night, at age 55, Kelly will have the biggest night of his second career — a spot playing Eberhard Anheuser in one of the most talked-about Super Bowl ads this year, and after the game, a role on the season premiere of “24.”

Videos

EKU pedway reopens

The Eastern Kentucky University pedway over Lancaster Ave. reopened today after months of repair work. A large truck with an upright hydraulic hoist crashed into the pedway in September of last year.
cbertram@herald-leader.com
EKU pedway reopens 0:41

EKU pedway reopens

Silver Star ceremony for Lexington Catholic graduate, Air Force Capt. Matthew D. Roland 1:09

Silver Star ceremony for Lexington Catholic graduate, Air Force Capt. Matthew D. Roland

Ron Hink on chemical weapons destruction in Madison County 0:49

Ron Hink on chemical weapons destruction in Madison County

Video: Officer Daniel Ellis Funeral 1:48

Video: Officer Daniel Ellis Funeral