Madison County

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.”

State

She was fired because she was pregnant. Now she’s getting paid.

A former Kentucky nursing home employee has been awarded more than $69,000 because her employer fired her because of her pregnancy. The Board of Commissioners of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights found that Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Berea unlawfully discriminated in firing Lacy M. Clements.

Crime

Berea pharmacist’s wife sentenced to prison, detention

The wife of a Berea pharmacist was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of home detention on a charge related to spending illegal drug money out of state. Meggan Ashley Hubbard, 32, pleaded guilty in October to one felony count of travel in interstate commerce to aid in racketeering. The trial of her husband, Lonnie Hubbard, is scheduled to begin Feb. 6.

Latest News

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.

Madison County

After years of construction, when will chemical weapons be destroyed?

After years of design and construction, the plant that will destroy chemical weapons in Madison County now enters a long phase of testing to verify that its complex systems do what they’re supposed to. The $1.5 billion plant is one of the biggest and most expensive construction projects in Central Kentucky history, and its accompanying employment and payroll are also large. Employment at the end of the year was 958, and employment will reach a peak of 1,150 in a couple of years.

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
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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