Madison County: NEA grant awarded

The Berea Arts Council was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help fund A Walk With the Arts in its second year.

The event showcases regional artists demonstrating their skills at Indian Fort Theater in Berea. Geared to elementary school children, the premiere 2008 Walk With the Arts event was funded by area businesses, the Kentucky Arts Council and Berea Tourism. More than 1,300 students interacted with 14 featured artists.

The success of the 2008 event led to the NEA grant, which will allow for expansion of the event to accommodate more school systems in the region. Planned for October, the 2009 Walk With the Arts will cover two days and include more artists.

Although the event is still in the early planning stages, the Berea Arts Council is seeking corporate sponsorships and volunteers. Call the Berea Arts Council office at (859) 985-9317. Visit

EKU student vies for Miss USA

Eastern Kentucky University sophomore Maria Montgomery, who was crowned Miss Kentucky USA on Dec. 19, will compete at the 58th Miss USA Pageant on April 19 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The competition will be broadcast live on NBC.

Montgomery is a 19-year-old Danville native and a communication disorders major at EKU. She hopes to become a speech-language pathologist in an elementary school. Visit or

Donations needed

Berea College's Students Organizing Community Relations, a student public relations firm, and the New Opportunity School for Women will trade raffle tickets for donated items at a community festival. Items needed are bottled water, trash bags (lawn size), paper supplies such as plates and napkins, office supplies, greeting cards (birthday, sympathy, get well and thank you), new cosmetic products, towels and washcloths, new or gently used women's business suits and new or gently used computers.

The event, to be held from noon to 2 p.m. April 18 at the Acton Folk Center, will feature free food, games, live music and door prizes. Prizes include savings bonds, gift certificates and more. The more items you donate, the more raffle tickets you receive. Call (859) 985-7200 or visit