30FT Trailer Is State-Of-The-Art Education Exhibit
Darren Doyle, story:
The Kentucky State Police made a stop at Edmonson County High School on Monday with their Mobile Substance Abuse Education Trailer, a state-of-the-art mobile substance abuse education exhibit designed to help inform the public about the devastating effects of substance abuse.
The 30-foot trailer features 14 flat screen monitors and one touch-screen monitor that present video messages about meth, heroin, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco. The videos include actual meth users who tell their real-life stories illustrated by before-and-after images that show the dramatic visual progression of their drug abuse.
The exhibit also makes use of two showcase displays to highlight examples of a variety of drug paraphernalia and meth-related items.
KSP Public Affairs Officer Daniel Priddy brought the display to the school and said it gathered quite the reaction from students.
"I was really happy to be able to bring the exhibit to Edmonson County yesterday," Trooper Priddy said, who is a graduate of ECHS. "There's only one in the state so it's sometimes difficult to get. I really wanted to be able to share it with ECHS students because it has a lot of information that may help them realize the dangers of substance abuse."
The exhibit was funded by a $92,000 grant from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and was designed and built by DCX Displays in Louisville.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Police say a medical emergency led to a single vehicle accident and the death of a Brownsville man early Saturday morning in Brownsville.
Brownsville Police reported that they witnessed a company utility pickup driving on KY HWY 70 (Morgantown Road) around 6am on October 19th, headed toward the intersection of HWY 70 and 259 when the truck began to veer off the left hand side of the road.
Police said the truck grazed a utility pole, traveled through the ditch, then back onto 259 where it came to final rest in the grass near the Dollar General.
The driver was identified as Timothy Young, 42, of Brownsville, who was reportedly unresponsive in the vehicle.
"It did not appear that the accident caused the driver to be unresponsive, rather it appeared that the driver suffered some sort of medical emergency that caused him to be unconscious," said Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell, who witnessed the accident.
He said that Young was transported to the Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Chief Jewell said the cause of death appeared to be a heart attack, not the vehicle accident.
Responding to the scene was Edmonson EMS and Brownsville Fire Department. Assisting was the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office. The investigation was led by Brownsville Police.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
KY Transportation Cabinet District 3 has made the following announcement regarding two local state roads for next week:
The expected traffic impacts in District 3 for Oct. 19 through Oct. 25 are listed below. All work is subject to change. For more information checkout the new GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 3 on Twitter @kytcdistrict3 and Facebook @kytcdistrict3.
· Segal Road KY 655 - Contractors are expected to work on a resurfacing project that will improve roadside features along KY 655 from River Road extending east to KY 70, a distance of 3.22 miles. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic through the work zone.
· Grassland Road KY 1365 - Contractors are expected to work on a resurfacing project that will improve roadside features along KY 1365 from KY 70 extending north to Holly Springs Road, a distance of 1.4 miles. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic through the work zone.
Four Agencies Work Together To Find Man In Edmonson County
Darren Doyle, story:
A man that was first discovered as a pedestrian on the interstate has been arrested after an altercation with law enforcement, according to police.
KSP reported that on Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. troopers responded to a male subject walking on I-65 near the Park City exit. The trooper made contact with the male subject, later identified as Marcelo Lopez Martinz (21), who was walking southbound at the 47 mile marker, according to KSP. Pedestrians are prohibited to travel on interstates in Kentucky.
KSP said that Martinz became combative toward the trooper during the interaction at which time the trooper attempted to place Martinz under arrest. Martinz fled from the trooper on foot into a wooded area near the interstate, according to KSP.
After a multi agency search for Martinz, he was located by the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office behind a residence on Louisville Road in Edmonson County where he also allegedly became combative with the sheriff and a deputy. Officers deployed a taser in order to subdue Martinz, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Martinz was taken into custody and lodged in the Barren County Detention Center. He was charged with the following offenses:
"I'm proud of our office any time we can assist our fellow law enforcement agencies," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Thankfully, this situation wasn't any worse than it was. We were able to use the least amount of force necessary and injuries were kept to a minimum."
Martinz's address could not be confirmed as law enforcement reported the man had no form of identification.
In addition to KSP and the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, the Barren County Sheriff's Office and Cave City Police Department also assisted in the investigation.
Frankfort, KY (October 17, 2019) – The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded the Edmonson County Ambulance Taxing District a $32,000 competitive grant to equip medical first responders with the tools they need to serve the public. Edmonson County was one of only 31 counties awarded funds through the State Homeland Security Grant Program.
The grant will allow the Edmonson County Ambulance Taxing District to acquire necessary medical equipment that will aid them as they respond to emergency situations and perform their duties.
“This grant will give our medical first responders the ability to better serve the public,” State Representative Michael Meredith said. “It is encouraging to know that our brave first responders will have new, state of the art technology at their disposal to better meet the needs of the people of Edmonson County. These men and women have a tough job, and they deserve to have every resource available to them.”
This grant was made possible by the State Homeland Security Grant Program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) provides resources to city and county governments, special taxing districts, and public school districts to purchase first responder equipment, communications equipment, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity protection.
Survey Participants Will Be Registered To Win $500 VISA Gift Card
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) is offering the community an opportunity to weigh-in on the future of both the entertainment venue and the Capitol Arts Center, as part of an ongoing strategic planning process. Over the next two weeks the entire community is encouraged to complete a survey designed to evaluate how well SKyPAC is meeting the needs of the ten-county Barren River Area Development District. These include Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
“This is the first strategic plan for SKyPAC in its seven years of existence,” said Tom Carto, President & CEO of SKyPAC. “We think the process will offer direction for the coming years and provide insight into what the community knows about us and our mission. We also want to hear from the region about what kind of entertainment options they would like to see at SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center.”
SKyPAC is a non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the 1,800-seat state-of-the-art performing arts facility located on College Street as well as the historic Capitol Arts Center on Main Avenue. As part of the strategic planning effort, SKyPAC coordinated with A Different View, an international consultancy with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. The firm has previously worked with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) as well as the William J. Clinton Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas and is responsible for the creation of both a patron survey being sent to existing SKyPAC customers as well as the community survey they hope will be circulated to every household in SKyPAC’s ten-county service area.
Over the course of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to react to existing programming/customer experiences and offer suggestions for events they would like to see come to SKyPAC and/or the Capitol Arts Center. The survey was created based on input from several focus group discussions held over the past year throughout the BRADD region.
Everyone who fully completes the survey within the next two weeks will be registered to win a $500 VISA gift card. One winner will be determined by random drawing on November 6, 2019. Once the survey period has ended, the consulting firm will analyze the findings and submit a final report to SKyPAC expected sometime in December.
The survey can be accessed by visiting http://bit.ly/SKyPACSurvey. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even those living outside SKyPAC’s ten-county service area. Submissions will be accepted into the lottery drawing until November 5, 2019. Additional terms and conditions for winning the $500 VISA gift card are noted within the survey. For more information, please visit www.theskypac.com.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University will become a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
The policy prohibits the use of all tobacco and vaping products on all properties that are owned, operated, leased, occupied or controlled by WKU.
“At WKU, we strive to provide a safe and healthy environment and to promote a culture of health for our students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Dr. Cecilia Watkins, Professor of Public Health and a member of the Tobacco-Free Taskforce, said. “We also strive to support research, which continues to show that tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure are significant health hazards and serious safety concerns.”
WKU has resources in place for those of the campus community who want to stop using tobacco and related products and will continue to expand cessation programs. More information about these programs, as well as the policy, can be found on the University’s tobacco-free website.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A single vehicle accident in the middle of the night has resulted in the arrest of a Bowling Green man, who faces multiple charges that include felony drug and DUI, according to a press release from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The release stated that at approximately 2:24 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16th, an Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the intersection of Veterans Memorial HWY and Cleavie James Road to a single vehicle accident. The driver was identified as Jason Cooper, (43) of Bowling Green, who was operating a 2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse. According to the sheriff's office, Cooper stated he had been traveling north bound on Veterans Memorial when his car exited the right side of the roadway and traveled down a grass embankment.
According to the press release, Cooper showed multiple signs of impairment and was asked if he had consumed any alcohol or illegal drugs. Cooper allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana a couple hours prior to driving and also stated he had marijuana in his vehicle. The sheriff's office reported that Cooper gave the deputy consent to search his vehicle, where the deputy located drug paraphernalia containing marijuana and a plastic container containing pills that were suspected to be Lorcet, a controlled substance. Cooper was then placed under arrest and charged with:
Cooper was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court met today, October 15, 2019 instead of the regular second Monday of the month due to Columbus Day, which is a holiday.
The court voted to new terms with Hart County Jail for an exclusive 4-year contract, which we reported in an earlier article. The court also heard from two residents who voiced their concerns over the county's purchase of a 12 acre tract for the purpose of a future animal shelter and other county uses.
Edmonson County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported that the final bit of blacktop work had been completed for the season. He said county crews paved more than 21 miles of Edmonson County roads in 2019, totaling more than $500,000 worth. Carroll added that several road and drainage tiles had been installed throughout the county. He also said that the road crew was preparing their equipment for upcoming ditch work as well as getting the snow plow equipment ready for the winter season.
EM Director Report: EM Director Terry Massey reported three field fires, two combine-tractor fires, two recoveries to assist EMS, several vehicle accidents, and one missing person response since the last meeting.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that the sheriff's office will be short handed due to required training for some deputies. "When we’re staffed we’re already running thin, so when we run short on manpower, it’s even more difficult to do what we do, but we’ll do the best we can, he said. He said he knew that his budget was already set but he asked magistrates to re-evaluate the budget for future and asked for either more overtime allowance, another deputy, or both.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 31 county inmates at Hart Co Jail, two on work release, one on home incarceration. He reported one county inmate at Butler County Jail.
County Attorney Report: County Attorney Greg Vincent updated the court on the Bailey Branch Road situation where the road was apparently damaged by a regional tree service contractor. Vincent said he spoke to the contractor and asked them to pay for the damages that are estimated at $4,000. The contractor asked if they would be allowed to repair the road themselves. Vincent said he saw no issue with that as long as the county road department could be involved in the process and oversee the work. Road Foreman Greg Carroll said he had no problem with that and Vincent said he would reach back out to the contractor.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander reported that in-house and absentee voting began last Tuesday for the upcoming general election, which is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th.
Parks and Rec Report: Parks Director A.B. Webb reported that youth league soccer is winding down and is set to end in two weeks with youth basketball season coming up. He said he's closed the bathrooms for the season at HWY 70 park, and that one bathroom had been vandalized with a broken sink.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court has been changed from Monday, October 28th to Wednesday, October 30th due to a scheduling conflict.
Two Citizens Address Court With Concerns Over Animal Shelter Property
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Less than a dozen visitors attended today's fiscal court meeting, not counting court officials and employees, as two main items of county business were discussed. Magistrate James Vincent was not in attendance due to a death in his family, according to Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
Judge Cannon described the pains of the current jail contracts, where Edmonson County currently has agreements with both Butler and Hart County Jails. Magistrates voted on August 26, 2019 to accept sealed bids from Butler County Jail for a cost of $35 per day, which would include up to 10 inmates for the county, and Hart County Jail for a cost of $45 per day. Cannon explained to the court that neither was an exclusive contract and that both jails could be used according to the county's needs.
At that time, Cannon estimated a savings of $18K per year to the county by being able to use Butler County's rates up to 10 prisoners; however, in today's court meeting, he said to his knowledge, Butler County had never accepted more than two county inmates at once. He also asked Sheriff Shane Doyle to describe a difficult situation the county faced just a few weeks ago.
"We had a situation where both Butler County Jail and Hart County Jail said they couldn't take any Edmonson County prisoners," said the sheriff. "We were stuck with not knowing what we were going to do with some individuals that had been arrested and were in our custody. Luckily, Todd (Vincent) and Joe Carl (Daugherty) (both deputy jailers) were able to start calling jails and we were able to find space at Simpson County Jail."
Cannon reminded the court that Hart County Jailer Israel Bergenson had assured the court back in August that Hart County would always have a bed available for Edmonson County prisoners, which is what he said in open court on the day of the sealed bids.
"Evidently he changed his mind," said Cannon. "I talked to him about that later, and he said since we weren't using Hart County exclusively, he would have to fill their beds as he saw necessary. They're holding all the cards, guys," he said to the court.
Cannon suggested entering another contract with Hart County, which would be an exclusive, four-year deal.
"We might spend more money, but we have to have a guaranteed space for our prisoners," he said. "I know people are going to start bringing up the 'we need a jail in Edmonson County again,' but that's not going to happen. We'd have to build a 200-bed jail which is estimated to cost $20 million dollars. We would have to double our property tax rates here to the point that people couldn't afford to live here. That doesn't even include the staff to operate it or the costs to maintain it. No one would ever want to build or buy property in Edmonson County again."
Cannon also noted that some had complained to him that if Edmonson County had a jail that housed federal and state prisoners, the jail would receive higher revenue for their prisoners.
"Maybe in some places, but there wouldn't be enough of them to bring here," he said. "We're not right off the interstate. That makes a big difference."
Magistrate Edd Rich said he estimated the costs actually being more toward $25 million now.
A motion was made for a new exclusive contract with Hart County Jail, for a cost of $45 per inmate-per day, for a period of four years. The vote passed unanimously.
The court also heard from two county residents, Randy Parsley and Donna Lindsey, regarding the recent purchase of the property on Veterans Memorial HWY by the county for the purpose of a future animal shelter and other county usage.
Both residents expressed their opposition to the purchase of the property. Parsley's main concern was that he felt like the public was not made aware enough about the purchase before magistrates voted. He also took issue with the negotiations being held in closed session.
Both Cannon and County Attorney Greg Vincent said that it is a common practice statewide in all county governments for these types of negotiations to be done in closed session and that this was certainly nothing new. Mr. Parsley noted he was aware of the law that allowed the court to do so, but thought it was unfair to the residents. Cannon said the reason the court went this route was to keep the price of the property from being driven up by potential developers or others wanting to make higher offers to the seller. He said it was also to protect the identity of the seller until details of the deal were made public.
Parsley also had other concerns, which included noise, odors, traffic in and out of the facility, and possible eyesores if the county was going to use the property for storage.
"If this was by ya'll houses, I know how you would've voted," he said.
Cannon spoke at length as he reiterated the same points he made in an interview last week with The Edmonson Voice.
"I can’t promise you won’t ever hear a dog bark or a that you won't notice a vehicle going up and down the driveway, but this will not be something the county won't be proud of," he said. "You can take a look at what's on the property now, and I can assure you we're going to improve it. It's going to be better than it is now."
Parsley asked if other locations had been sought, if the county had advertised for this, and if anyone had offered to donate land to the county for this purpose, as he'd heard. Cannon said other sites have been looked at, but the county did not advertise that they were searching for property. He also said one person had once offered property and a building for this purpose but the building was unsuitable and would have to be completely remodeled, in addition to that the location was not desirable. He added that the offer was only open for a short time.
Judge Cannon said the road department wouldn't be constantly in and out, and this would be to store gravel and large equipment that is not used often. He said the sheriff's office would possibly use it as an impound lot but measures would be taken to see that it wasn't done during midnight hours.
Mr. Parsley also noted the examples of recent property sold in the area and their prices, which he read in the Edmonson Voice interview with Cannon. He incorrectly referenced Judge Cannon as making those comparisons. It was the Edmonson Voice who asked the county PVA's office for recent examples, not Judge Cannon. Mr. Parsley said the purchased property only contained a very small portion of road frontage and the other properties were likely those which offered much more road frontage. While that is likely, he did not provide further information; however, The Edmonson Voice also did not research the amount of road frontage in the eight examples of property sold in the 5-mile radius within the past 18 months. Cannon said the property appraised for $120,000 and the county paid $105,000.
Mr. Parsley concluded his argument by stating he understood the deal was already complete, but that he needed to voice his concerns anyway.
"I'm very disappointed in the way this was handled," he said. "You might say this was legal, but I don't think this was right," he said. "But it's a done deal."
Mrs. Donna Lindsey also expressed the same type of concerns; however, at one time she began shouting and was called down by the sheriff.
Judge Cannon stood by his decision to bring the property before the court and the court's decision to purchase it.
"We're still probably at least two or three years away from building an animal shelter, but I think we can build this here and it will be something the county will be proud of," he said.
KSP Deflates Tires, Spins Out Car To End Pursuit
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
An Owensboro man is facing multiple felonies, including attempted murder of a police officer, after he was arrested in a high speed chase that stretched over three counties, according to Kentucky State Police.
KSP reported that Warren County sheriff deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2017 Ram truck on I-165 northbound near the 8 mile marker just before 4 p.m. on Monday, October 14th. The operator, identified as Levi D. Lyons, 30 of Owensboro, fled from deputies at a high rate of speed, according to KSP.
In a press release from KSP, troopers said that Warren County sheriff's deputies terminated the pursuit and Lyons' vehicle traveled into Butler County, where a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer located the vehicle at the 27 mile marker of I-165 where the pursuit was re-initiated. Kentucky State Police Troopers took the lead in the pursuit as the vehicle entered Ohio County, and a tire deflation device was successfully used on two of Lyons' vehicles tires, according to the release.
KSP said that Lyons then used his vehicle to strike two marked Kentucky State Police Cruisers that were pursuing him. Officials reported that a KSP trooper then performed a legal intervention (pit maneuver) with his cruiser causing Lyons to spin sideways to a stop near the 55 mile marker of I-165. Levi Lyons was taken into custody without incident and was lodged in the Ohio County Jail.
He was charged with:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Due to recent rains and favorable weather forecasts, Mammoth Cave National Park officials have lifted the burn restriction that was placed on all open fires within the park. The restriction has been in place since mid-September and applied to the use of campfires in the park’s three front country campgrounds and all back-country campsites and picnic areas. Visitors are now permitted to use the fire pits and grills found within these areas.
Visitors are reminded to always use caution when building and enjoying a campfire. Fires should never be left unattended and a source of water or fire extinguisher should be close at hand. Fires should be completely extinguished so that the coals are no longer hot to the touch once the fire is now longer being used.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County fiscal court voted to purchase 12 acres in the county in the amount of $105,000 at the September 23, 2019 fiscal court meeting, in open session. Neither the location of the property nor the owner were disclosed at the time of the vote due to what Judge Executive Wil Cannon said could be a danger to the negotiations with the land owner. Those negotiations were held in closed session.
The vote passed for the purchase and according to the discussion in fiscal court that day, the purpose of the land was not only for a possible future site of a county animal shelter, but also for other county use that might include the road department and the sheriff's office. The Edmonson Voice first reported the purchase, along with all details available to the public at that time.
An overall negative reaction was received from the article about the vote to purchase the property for a number of reasons; some of which Judge Cannon has discussed with us since our initial story.
We sat down with Judge Cannon today in his office, discussed the public reaction, and asked him direct questions about the fiscal court's vote to purchase the property. We've outlined each concern and have provided Judge Cannon's response, in addition to information from our own research.
Judge Cannon confirmed today that the property is located at 3020 Veteran's Memorial Highway on 259, on the south side of Brownsville near the fairgrounds. Cannon also confirmed the property was purchased from owner Rollin Rountree.
"We don't do business in fiscal court to hide things, period," said Cannon. "Nearly everything that's discussed for county government is done in open session, but the law permits us to conduct some business in closed session, and for good reason. Since I've been Judge Executive, we've gone into closed session for personnel issues, litigation, and this property purchase. Pretty much everything else we've ever discussed has been in the open."
Cannon referred us to state law, KRS 61.810, section 1, item b:
"All meetings of a quorum of the members of any public agency at which any public business is discussed or at which any action is taken by the agency, shall be public meetings, open to the public at all times, except for the following: (a) Deliberations for decisions of the Kentucky Parole Board; (b) Deliberations on the future acquisition or sale of real property by a public agency, but only when publicity would be likely to affect the value of a specific piece of property to be acquired for public use or sold by a public agency;
Cannon said the court and the county attorney felt if the discussions of the land were made public, the negotiations would've immediately become more complicated. He said all negotiations were done with the best interest of the taxpayer dollars. The vote was not done in closed session, but in the open, as we originally reported.
Cannon said once the county discovered that the land would be for sale, Cannon felt like it met the criteria for needed county property for the following reasons:
a. It was centrally located in the county
b. It had good accessibility to a main roadway
c. It was large enough to accommodate other county offices and needs, not just for a shelter
d. It was a large enough area that its use could be utilized away from homes
With all the main criteria being met, Cannon said the county requested an appraisal on the 12 acre property, which was assessed at $120,000--$15k more than the selling price.
"I don't really know why people think the price was outrageous," said Cannon. "Sure, I was hoping the county could get it for less, but with everything I felt that was needed in a piece of property, this certainly had it. Contractors everywhere are searching for these types of properties all the time and I felt like this was a good investment."
We contacted Edmonson County Property Value Administrator Kyle White and asked for recent examples of sold property in the area. White provided us with 8 examples of property recently sold within a 5 mile radius of the purchased property over the past 18 months, which resulted in three Veteran's Memorial HWY property:
When averaged, the 8 properties sold for a combined total of $10,157.91 per acre. The county purchased the 12 acre property for $8750 per acre, $1407.91 less than the average.
Cannon said this simply isn't true. He said the county government does not own property on 31W, but that the Edmonson County Industrial Authority owns property there, and they are not affiliated with the county government. Furthermore, Cannon said the IA property can only be used for limited industrial use, not for the purposes the county needs.
Judge Cannon said the 12 acres can serve many purposes, the first of course, would be for an animal shelter.
"I don't want the county to purchase 2 acres and have an animal shelter within rock-throwing distance of somebody's house," he said. "We want an area large enough that we can build a shelter and have it separated as much as we can from homes, but again, it needs to be centrally located and access to a main road."
Cannon also said that the road department is going to fund part of the purchase, as they plan to use it as well.
"Our road department is out of room where they are now," he said. "They need a bigger area to store equipment and this will also allow them to be able to create storage for rock and other material needed for our roads. They can't do that where they are now. Our sheriff's office is also out of room. They're piled up on top of each other now and they don't even have enough room to park their own patrol vehicles. Our parks and rec can also use this property. There is a 30 x 40 metal building that we can use to store equipment and other needs of parks and rec. It's property that can be used for so many things that will help Edmonson County."
Judge Cannon also noted that as they way things are now, no money will have to be borrowed for the purchase and county taxes will not be raised in order to pay for it.
"Once we paid off the new county emergency radio system, we started budgeting for a land purchase for an animal shelter," he said. "The law requires us to house animals and we ended our contract locally with the only shelter we had in June of 2016. Everybody knows what kind of mess that was. Thankfully, the Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter agreed to take our animals on a 5-year contract. They didn't have to, but they did. It's up to the county to figure out a way to provide our own shelter once this contract ends and that's what we've been working toward. I know there are people concerned about how it's going to go, and I completely understand that, but the fact is, we have to have our own shelter and we have to figure out a way to do it that works best for everyone in the county, and I feel this property is a start. Our magistrates voted unanimously on this, it's a court decision, not just mine. I don't rule the county. I try to make decisions in the best interest of the county taxpayer and bring those items before our magistrates."
Cannon also said that he felt like a three-year period is feasible to build a shelter and have it in operation. He also said he felt like the BG/WC animal shelter would continue to work with the county past the contract date as long as the county was being proactive with moving forward with their own shelter.
"This is not going to be something that's an eyesore," he added. "This will be something attractive with fences and landscaping. I know this decision isn't going to please everybody but as a whole, the fiscal court is trying to do what's best for the entire county and I think this property purchase is a step in the right direction."
One local resident has been added to the next fiscal court agenda to speak on this matter. It's important to note that fiscal court meetings are open to the public; however, they are not open town hall-type forums. No county fiscal court meeting is. If you'd like to speak to Judge Cannon with regards to this or any other matter, or if you'd like to get in touch with your magistrate, you can contact them by visiting the county governmental website: edmonsoncounty.org.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Tuesday, October 15th through Thursday October 17th Nolin River Lake’s Tailwater recreation area will be used for training the Louisville Metro Police Department on swift water rescue. The Tailwater recreation area will remain open for use except for the portion of the river beginning at the stilling basin down to Dismal Creek. Dismal Creek enters the river just above the boat ramp and picnic shelter.
Be advised, that for the safety of the participants, fishing will not be allowed in that area from 7 am until 4 pm. There will be multiple times throughout the day where releases will vary for the training. It is strongly advised not to launch and navigate the river during the period of training due to the various changes in flow that will occur for the training.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
An Edmonson County Grand Jury returned the following indictments on September 30, 2019.
Destiny Budd, Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Receiving stolen property $500 or more. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate. Obscuring identity of a machine greater than $500 but less than $10,000. Giving officer false identifying information. Criminal trespass in the third degree. Hindering prosecution or apprehension, second degree.
Anthony J. Littlejohn, Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Receiving stolen property $500 or more. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate. Obscuring the identity of a machine greater than $500 but less than $10,000. Giving officer false identifying information. Criminal trespass in the third degree.
Bailey Cornell, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Theft by unlawful taking under $500. (No true bill). Operating on suspended or revoked operators license. Giving officer false identifying information. Theft-receipt of stolen credit/debit card- 2 or more cards. Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Larry C. Geralds, Engaging in organized crime- criminal syndicate. Possession controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second or greater offense. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Westley Moyer, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Unlawful possession of meth precursor, first offense. Unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, first offense. Tampering with physical evidence. Wanton endangerment in the second degree. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree.
Kenneth D. Vincent, Engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Unlawful possession of meth precursor. Unlawful distribution of a meth precursor. Unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second offense.
Crystal G. McGrew, Menacing. Prescription controlled substance not in proper container- firearm enhanced. Alcohol intoxication in a public place. Resisting arrest. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified- firearm enhanced. Illegal possession of legend drug. Trafficking in controlled substance, third degree- drug unspecified- firearm enhanced. Public intoxication.
Johnathan C. Rogers, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts).
Patrick Flannery, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia-buy/posses. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts).Possession of controlled substance in the third degree (two counts).
Michael Gipson, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Attempted murder-police officer. Attempted assault in the first degree. Assault in the third degree- police officer. Wanton endangerment in the first degree-police officer. Attempted tampering with physical evidence. Resisting arrest. Menacing. Theft, receipt of stolen debit/credit card. Possession of burglary tools. License to be in possession. Failure to produce insurance card. No registration plates. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Michael Gipson, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Wendell Vincent*, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine (two counts). Possession controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine (two counts). Engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Unlawful possession of meth precursor. Unlawful distribution of meth.
*Editor's note: Not the Wendell Vincent of 7240 Segal Road, as request of family.
Ryan A. Minton, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Possession of marijuana.
Ashley N. Wells, Engaging in organized crime- criminal syndicate. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts). Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second offense. Unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree. Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
Shawna Gillis, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts).
Natasha L. Richardson, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree.
Jagger K. Filback, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Tampering with physical evidence. Unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree-illegal controlled substance, under 18 years of age. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Burglary in the second degree.
Brittany Decker Houchin, possession of controlled substance in the first degree-methamphetamine. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts). Endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts.) Criminal abuse in the second degree (two counts.)
Dennis Way Bounds, Operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second of greater offense- methamphetamine. Possession controlled substance in the first degree, second offense-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/posses. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second or greater offense, hydrocodone. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Denise Christine Barnes, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, second offense. Possession of controlled substance, third degree, drug unspecified. Driving on a DUI suspended license, first offense. Tampering with physical evidence (three counts.) Wanton endangerment first degree (five counts). Prescription controlled substance not in proper container, first offense. Illegal possession of legend drug (two counts). Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Sherry F. Davis, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Possession controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (two counts). Possession of controlled substance in the third degree (two counts). Endangering the welfare of a minor. Tampering with physical evidence (two counts).
Daniel M. Taylor, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Resisting arrest. Assault in fourth degree, domestic violence. Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree. Leaving the scene of accident. Assault in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Jarrod Kirby, Assault in the second degree- domestic violence. Assault in the fourth degree- domestic violence. Burglary first degree. Violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO (two counts). Stalking in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Megan Mistelske, Assault in the fourth degree.
Patricia Horn, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession controlled substance in the first degree. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, Hydrocodone.
Joshua Short, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense, methamphetamine- firearm enhanced. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Clinton Browning, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, Methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/posses. Possession of marijuana. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Persistent felon offender in the first degree.
William Ray Harmon, Receiving stolen property over $10,000. Possession of burglary tools. Persistent felon offender in the first degree.
Brandon C. Coy, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine.
Sarah Detwiler, Flagrant non-support.
Amanda Cadena, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Albert Hayes, Flagrant non-support
Tammy L. Matthews, Receiving stolen property over $10,000. Possession of burglary tools.
Kelvin Asher, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Robert Kelley, Flagrant non-support.
Jami Mike, Possession controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, meth.
George Tarter, Possession controlled substance in the first degree- methamphetamine.
Aaron Mistelske, Assault in the second degree.
Bradley Quesenberry, Receiving stolen property over $10,000. Possession of burglary tools.
Silas D. Kinser, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Mark Shouse, Flagrant non-support.
Samantha J. Meredith, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree.
Kenny A. Lindsey, Possession controlled substance in the first degree, methamphetamine. Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree.
Adam Corzine, Sexual abuse in the first degree- victim under 12 years of age.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon has announced that the countywide burn ban that was issued on September 17, 2019 has been officially lifted as a result of the recent rainfall over the past 36 hours.
The ban restricted any and all open flames outdoors, period, which has now been lifted.
It is important to note, however, that the state wide fall burn restrictions went into effect on October 1, 2019. This is an annual fall restriction that prohibits outdoor burning within 150 feet of woodland or brush between the hours of 6AM and 6PM.
All types of outdoor burning are allowed after 6pm, according to the state regulation. This annual restriction occurs every year for fall burning season which is put in place from October 1st through December 15th each year, and for spring burning season, which occurs between February 15th and April 30th.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
KY Transportation Cabinet District 3 has made the following announcement regarding two local state roads for next week:
The expected traffic impacts in District 3 for October 7 through October 11 are listed below. All work is subject to change. For more information checkout the new GoKY.ky.gov. Follow District 3 on Twitter @kytcdistrict3 and Facebook @kytcdistrict3.
Segal Road KY 655 - Contractors are expected to work on a resurfacing project that will improve roadside features along KY 655 from River Road extending east to KY 70, a distance of 3.22 miles. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic through the work zone.
Grassland Road KY 1365 - Contractors are expected to work on a resurfacing project that will improve roadside features along KY 1365 from KY 70 extending north to Holly Springs Road, a distance of 1.4 miles. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic through the work zone.
Burn Ban Remains In Effect
Darren Doyle, story:
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Office of the State Climatologist, in coordination with the Kentucky drought mitigation team, have issued a Level 2 drought declaration for 78 counties and a Level 1 declaration for 42 counties. Edmonson County is listed in the drought 2 declaration.
According to the KY Association of Mitigation Managers, or KAMM, A Level 2 drought declaration could lead to substantial agricultural losses, diminished stream flows in small streams and rivers and increases in the occurrence of wildfires. If drought conditions persist, it is expected that some water utilities will have difficulties treating water and may begin issuing conservation advisories or implementing water-use restrictions due to limited water supplies.
"The Commonwealth has been experiencing unprecedented dryness, with most locations recording little to no precipitation during the month of September," said KAMM officials in a statement. "This lack of precipitation, combined with record heat, has led to rapidly deteriorating conditions."
According to KAMM, public water supplies are not seriously affected at this time, but persistent drought conditions will increase the risk of water shortage conditions, especially for those systems relying on small lakes, small headwater streams and wells located in drought-vulnerable aquifers. Low water levels in lakes can also lead to water quality issues that could present treatment challenges for utilities.
KDOW continues to monitor all the state’s water systems and their sources of supply, including notifying the public of any changes that may lead to water shortages. The hot, dry conditions have had a serious impact on agricultural interests, especially when it comes to cattle production. Severely diminished pasture conditions have led to limited fall grazing, and in turn, forced many producers to feed winter hay well ahead of schedule. Numerous county agents are reporting hay yields cut in half, while moisture availability has put a halt to pasture renovations.
Matt Dixon, with the UK Ag Weather Center, said data at the weather center showed the state averaged only 0.28 inches of rain during the month. The forecast shows relief from the record heat beginning later this week, but the long-term outlooks indicates below-normal precipitation for the next 30 days.
The Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan defines a tiered approach to classifying drought severity using multiple indicators to assess the intensity and location of a developing drought. These indicators include the Drought Monitor, Palmer Drought Index, Crop Moisture Index, and precipitation and streamflow measurements.
A countywide burn ban was issued on September 17, 2019 by Judge Executive Wil Cannon. The ban prohibits all open burning outdoors, period. This includes fire pits and charcoal grills. There has been no significant rainfall in the county for several weeks and above normal temps have increased the dry conditions.
More information about drought declaration criteria can be found in the Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Santa's Helping Hands, INC., has released a statement that outlines the requirements for receiving assistance from the non-profit organization, in addition to answering some program questions that S.H.H. received this week.
We do have a few rules in order to get assistance from Santa’s Helping Hands. Please read the following guidelines before applying for assistance.
For additional questions please contact Mark Wardlow of SHH, INC., at 270-991-2972.
Superintendent Pleased With Scores
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: Edmonson County Board of Education, contributor:
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released assessment results for the 18-19 school year on October 1, 2019. This year’s results are the first released from the state’s revised accountability system, and, as a result, the data looks quite different from last year’s release.
Carol Stice, District Assessment Coordinator for Edmonson County Schools, explained, “This year’s data release is our first look at star ratings (from 1 - 5 stars) for our schools and for each grade band at the district level. The release also gives us individual scores and labels from very high to very low for each indicator at the school and district levels and then an overall score, which we have not had for the last few years.”
Elementary and middle schools were scored in the areas of Proficiency (Reading and Math - grades 3-8), Separate Academic Indicator (Science - grades 4, 7; Social Studies - grades 5, 8; On-Demand Writing - grades 5, 8) and Growth (Reading and Math - grades 4-8). High schools were scored in the areas of Proficiency (Reading and Math from the 11th grade ACT), Separate Academic Indicator (Science and On-Demand Writing - grade 11), Transition Readiness (Academic and/or Career Readiness by 12th grade), and Graduation Rate.
Similarly to last year, KDE also identified the lowest performing schools in the state by labeling them as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools. 52 schools in Kentucky were labeled as CSI schools. Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) schools were also identified. These schools were identified last year as TSI schools due to having at least one student group performing as low as all students in CSI schools and failed to meet the exit criteria for the 19-20 school year. Last year there were 418 TSI schools in Kentucky. All but 11 of those schools exited that classification by demonstrating progress in the area that served as the basis for identification in 2018. This year schools could also lose a star from their overall rating if they have a statistically significant achievement gap.
The tables below show each school’s results for each indicator and their overall scores and star ratings. Scores are listed for all students that were accountable to the school.
As you can see from the tables above, Edmonson County had no schools that fell in the bottom 5% or 10% of the state and no schools were identified as having significant achievement gaps. In 2018, South Edmonson Elementary School, Edmonson County Middle School, and Edmonson County High School were labeled as TSI schools for their Students with Disabilities group. This year, all three schools exited that identification by showing improvements within the Students with Disabilities group.
The tables below show the district’s scores at each grade band compared to the state average for each grade band.
Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools it, said, “We are pleased with the test scores we received from the state. Less than 23% of schools received a four or five star rating. Two of our schools earned four stars and three others earned three stars. We are also proud that none of our schools received federal classifications or showed a significant achievement gap this year. I know our teachers and students worked very hard to see all of this come to pass.”
Waddell also stated, “Our scores are above the state average at all levels and when we compared our scores to other districts around the region, we were excited to see how we performed in comparison. Now that we have a better understanding of this new system, I am confident we will continue to improve on this new rating scale. Edmonson County has a lot to be proud of.”
Individual student reports will be available in the coming weeks. For more detailed information on the release of state assessment results, you may access the following links:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Water District has announced a temporary shutoff of the water on Sulphur Road in Chalybeate for Wednesday, October 2, 2019 beginning at 9AM.
The shutoff will be due to a repair in the main line on the road. Water will be temporarily unavailable from HWY 743 (Chalybeate School Rd) to the end of the line.
Customers are encouraged to care for water heaters while this repair takes place.
A boil water advisory will follow once the repair is made and water service is reconnected, according to the district.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Three Sweeden residents have been arrested and now face multiple felonies after Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to serve an active indictment warrant, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
The press release stated that on Monday evening, September 30, 2019, Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 5101 Blackgold Road in Sweeden to serve Westley Moyer (33), with an active indictment warrant for:
According to the sheriff's office, after locating Moyer at the residence, deputies observed drugs and guns in plain view, which resulted in law enforcement serving a search warrant for the property. In the homeowner’s bedroom, officers reportedly found multiple bags of suspected methamphetamine, with drug paraphernalia officers said was commonly used for measuring and bagging meth with intent to sell.
Also found in the homeowner’s bedroom were multiple (suspected) Hydrocodone pills, numerous other unidentified pills, multiple bags with suspected methamphetamine residue, and other additional forms of drug paraphernalia, according to the press release.
Deputies said there was also a bottle of suspected Tramadol (Ultram) prescribed to someone else not living at the residence. Inside the house, law enforcement reportedly found multiple long guns and two different handguns.
Law enforcement also reported that they found an open container beside the bed in a room identified as a child's room, with multiple (suspected) Tramadol pills inside of it. Behind the house, officers reportedly found a container with multiple marijuana plants, along with paraphernalia officers said was commonly used for cultivating marijuana.
Jennifer Elmore (40) and Sarah (34) and Westley Moyer (33), all three residents of the 5101 Blackgold Road property, were charged with:
Jennifer Elmore and Sarah Moyer were arrested and lodged in Butler County Jail. Westley Moyer was arrested and lodged in Hart County Jail.
This investigation is ongoing, with further charges and arrests pending, the sheriff's office reported.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Brownsville City Police.
Changes Meant To Instill Pride Back To Those In Need
Darren Doyle, story:
For many years, Edmonson County Family Resource-Youth Services Centers have overseen a benefit Christmas program for local students in need called The Angel Tree. This program provides Christmas gifts and necessities to Edmonson County school students of all grades that are in need. The program is funded strictly from donations and many of the workers that make the program a success are volunteers; however, after a deep look at the program and a desire to improve the way it works, local school officials, community leaders, and a host of volunteers have joined together to better serve families in Edmonson County.
The program will now operate under the name "Edmonson County Affordable Christmas," and will work the same when it comes to receiving monetary gifts and donations; however, the revamped program has undergone some other major changes.
Family Resource Center Coordinator for Kyrock Elementary and South Edmonson Alicia Edwards says the program changes are intended to empower low income families with the opportunity to purchase gifts at a cost of only $5 per child; the purpose of which is to allow parents to shop for gifts for their children with dignity, not simply participate in a handout program.
"Put yourself in the parents' shoes," she said. "Imagine being handed gifts that you didn't choose, that you didn't purchase, and have someone say, 'here, these are for your kids.' While parents are thankful to receive these gifts, we want to put the power back into the hands of parents that need a helping hand but instill some pride into the process."
Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church, a co-sponsor of the program, has taken an active role in helping with the setup of the program.
"Parents will be able to purchase their own gifts and see to the individual needs of their own children," said church pastor John Chidester. "The system we have now is not working as it should. The whole purpose is to help families, but we feel like we can help them better if we allow them to help themselves."
Donations of cash, toys, school supplies, personal hygiene, and clothing will be accepted in the same manner as always, and there will be an annual shopping date for program workers and volunteers (to be scheduled) to purchase additional items using the cash donations, however, those items won't be handed out like in times past.
The items will be compiled in the first-ever "Affordable Christmas Store," which will be assembled at the EC 5/6 Center and is currently scheduled for a December 7th shopping day. Inventory will be assorted on tables and racks just like any other store. For $5 per child, a qualifying parent can shop through the store and buy gifts up to $125 value, which will include three $10 toys, two $20 toys, and one $30-$40 toy, in addition to underwear, socks, shirt, pants, and a coat. If donations allow, the child will also receive a pair of shoes. Coordinators say this will eliminate the inconsistencies in the way the former program worked.
"There will be the same quality and quantity of gifts as always," said Edwards. "But kids in the same households will now receive equal gifts because the parents will be choosing those, not volunteers or program workers. This will allow much more of a level playing field."
In addition to the local FRYSC and Brownsville Missionary, other co-sponsors of the annual program are:
All co-sponsors are local groups and organizations; however, the Edmonson County FRYSC wanted to be clear that this program will not affect other local charity programs.
On the shopping day for parents, kids will be brought into a play/activity area while parents do the shopping and will be provided snacks and child care.
In addition to monetary and item donations, the FRYSC is also asking for gift wrap, boxes, gift bags, and tape, as parents and volunteers will also wrap the gifts after purchasing.
Morgan Esters, Youth Services Coordinator for ECMS-ECHS said the program requires a minimum of $20,000 in donations to serve the 100-150 Edmonson County kids that benefit.
For more information about donating items, cash, or your time to the program, you can email:
Alicia Edwards: email@example.com
Morgan Esters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Brooks: email@example.com
*10/04/19: this article was edited to clarify quotes from program administrators
Edmonson County Voters to choose Governor, Sec of State, Supreme Court, More
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin Alexander has released the ballot for the General Election that will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.