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On Thursday, Sept 16th, Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy Austin Meredith was awarded the Medal of Valor from the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association.
Deputy Meredith was nominated by Sheriff Shane Doyle based on his response to a recent domestic situation involving a 14 year-old juvenile armed with knives. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, while being an obvious “deadly-force” encounter, Deputy Meredith was able to use great restraint and, knowing he had other officers on scene who had deadly-force cover, he deployed a taser, which disabled the suspect and allowed time to disarm the knife-wielding young man.
For his poise during a very frantic and stressful situation, Deputy Meredith was selected out of many qualified candidates throughout the Commonwealth to be one of four deputies awarded this prestigious decoration. This was the third Medal of Valor earned by officers with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office in its history.
“Every member of the Sheriff’s Office deals with dangerous situations regularly," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Occasionally, a situation is so critical that it deserves a closer examination, and this call that our office responded to could have easily become an officer-involved shooting. It would have been clearly ruled as proper use of deadly force, but thanks to excellent training, good judgement, and intervention from the Good Lord above, it ended with minimal force and everyone being safe. I’m very proud to have Deputy Meredith on my staff.”
Photos by Madison Doyle:
In case you didn't get a chance to attend or didn't watch the live video, here is a photo slideshow with all the entries in this year's Lions Club Fair Day Parade.
The winners for this year's parade were:
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Editor Discusses Stice's Accolades, Time Spent Together On Road
by Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice Editor
Jeff Stice, age 61, an award-winning gospel pianist and Edmonson County resident, has died from complications from a fall in his home on August 28th that resulted in serious neck and spinal injuries.
Jeff was the son of (the late) Jimmy and Evonia Stice and began playing piano at an early age. He began playing for his father's quartet at the age of 15 and after graduating from ECHS in 1978, he went on to major in Piano Performance at Western Kentucky University. Shortly after, Jeff was offered a job with The Blackwood Brothers, where he played for the next four years. He then joined The Rex Nelon Singers on the piano where he received his first award, "Favorite Young Artist" by the Singing News Magazine.
He would leave the Nelons to help form the award-winning male quartet Perfect Heart in 1990. The group's very first song, "Somebody Touched the Lord," went number one on the Singing News charts and would win "Southern Gospel Song of the Year" in 1990. Jeff would later hire me as a vocalist for the group in 1997. We traveled together until the group disbanded in 1999.
In 2002 he was offered an opportunity from Louise Mandrell to put together a quartet for her theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which led to Jeff helping form the award-winning Triumphant Quartet, as pianist, producer, and arranger for 12 years. Jeff also played in Louise’s orchestra on several occasions.
JEFF STICE PERFOMING "I'VE GOT CONFIDENCE" (featuring Darren Doyle on backing vocals)
During this twelve year span, Jeff was honored to receive a number of awards and nominations. He was voted Musician of the Year in 2007 by the Southern Gospel Music Guild and received Favorite Musician of the Year Award in 2009 and 2012 at The Southern Gospel Fanfare. In 2007 he was inducted into The Edmonson County Music Hall of Fame in Brownsville. In 2010 and 2011 he received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the album "Love Came Calling," which he co-produced with Wayne Haun. He produced and arranged the album "Songs From the Heart" which was voted Favorite Album of the Year in 2012 for The Singing News Magazine. He also received the Musician of the Year Award by The Singing News Magazine in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He was most recently awarded AGM Musician of The Year.
Jeff’s music allowed him to travel all around the United States and Canada as well as the opportunity to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall on more than one occasion.
Jeff moved back home to Edmonson County after his departure from Triumphant Quartet to spend more time with family and enjoy a solo career.
Jeff gave me my first opportunity to be a professional musician and singer. As a 21-year old kid, Jeff took me under his wing and showed me how to be a professional. We didn't always see eye-to-eye, but I respected him not only for his amazing talent, but also for his grit, determination, work ethic, and competitive spirit that helped shape the person I am today.
After Perfect Heart disbanded, Jeff and I lost touch for several years. While we shared a phone call here and there, I didn't really reconnect with him until he moved back to Edmonson County a few years ago. There, he and I would exchange studio work with each other, where he'd play piano on some recording projects I'd produce in my spare time, and I'd perform and arrange some backing vocals on his piano projects.
He called to invite me to a Perfect Heart Reunion a couple years ago in Memphis and I chose not to go because of work and other commitments. Looking back, I wish I'd gone.
Watch Perfect Heart Switch Parts and Perform "Have a Little Talk With Jesus:" Jeff Sings Tenor and Darren Plays Piano
Three years ago, my youngest daughter, Alyssa, was scheduled to perform "God Bless the USA" at a veterans program at school. She was going to sing with a prerecorded soundtrack, but as she took the stage, the track malfunctioned and she was stuck on stage, scared, and alone. Jeff was in the crowd that day as his daughter was also performing. He knew who Alyssa was and he jumped on stage to the piano. He asked her if she knew in what key she performed the song, which luckily, she did. He played the song flawlessly, just like he'd done it a million times. She got a standing ovation and had no clue who he was. Afterwards, she thanked him for bailing her out and his reply was, "I was glad to help. I'm a friend of your dad. Tell him I owed him one."
We'll miss you, Jeff.
He is survived by his wife and children and funeral arrangements will be handled locally this week. The obituary will be published in the Edmonson Voice once available.
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
The annual Edmonson County Fair Baby Show, sponsored by the Edmonson County Homemakers, was held last night at the fairgrounds. The winners are listed below:
Overall Girls Winner: Lyla Jane Massey
Overall Boys Winner: Sawyer Colt Payne
0-6 Months Girls:
Winner: Brynlyn La Sha Calvert, daughter of Ericka and Justin Calvert of Leitchfield.
0-6 Months Boys:
1st Runner Up: Jace Carson Basham, son of Angela Basham of Bowling Green
Winner: Brantly Cole Skipworth, son of Tyler and Destiny Skipworth of Leitchfield
6-12 Months Girls:
2nd Runner Up: Remi Lynn Ellis, daughter of Jordan and Erica Ellis of Smiths Grove
1st Runner Up: Marley Raylynn Jones, daughter of Isaac and Julie Jones of Roundhill
Winner: Claire James Donnelley, daughter of Brian and Paige Donnelley of Plum Springs
6-12 Months Boys:
2nd Runner Up: Easton Graham, son of Zachary and Abby Graham of Pine Grove
1st Runner Up: Liam Thomas Wood, son of Michael and Rayven Wood of Leitchfield
Winner: Lucas Cole Vincent, son of Austin and Rachel Vincent of Bee Spring
12-18 Months Girls:
2nd Runner Up: Adalynn Beth Elmore, daughter of Faith and Nathan Elmore of Smiths Grove
1st Runner Up: Graelyn Lawrence, daughter of Logan and Amy Lawrence of Windyville
Winner: Korie Hampton, daughter of Willie and Kristan Hampton of Big Clifty
12-18 Months Boys:
2nd Runner Up: Abel Neal Hennion, son of Ryan and Destinee Hennion of Cedar Springs
1st Runner Up: Isaac Frederick Peterson, son of Moriah and Jacob Peterson of Brownsville
Winner: Brayden Cole Pedigo, son of Sidney Pedigo of Glasgow
18-24 Months Girls:
2nd Runner Up: Adalee Minor, daughter of Cherokee Brooks and David Lee Minor of Brownsville
1st Runner Up: Hadley Minyard, daughter of Kaitlyn Meredith and Carter Minyard of Chalybeate
Winner: Erie Kate Johnson, daughter of Ryan and Taylor Johnson of Brownsville
18-24 Months Boys:
1st Runner Up: Connor Blair, son of Janna and Colton Blair of Lindseyville
Winner: Rylan Hazelwood, son of Steven and Kristen Hazelwood of Brownsville
2 Years Girls:
2nd Runner Up: Laney Jade Basham, daughter of Angela and Josh Basham of Bowling Green
1st Runner Up: Raelynn Michelle Wood, daughter of Michael and Rayven Wood of Leitchfield
Winner: Adeline Short, daughter of Matt and Crystal Short of Madisonville
2 Years Boys:
2nd Runner Up: Owen Ritter, son of Richey and Heather Ritter of Sweeden
1st Runner Up: Pierce Skaggs, son of Kelli and Kyle Skaggs of Oakland
Winner: Benjamine Beach Peterson, son of Jacob and Moriah Peterson of Brownsville
3 Years Girls:
2nd Runner Up: Emerie Kate Sosh, daughter of Joey and Magan Sosh of Leitchfield
1st Runner Up: Molly Cole Taylor, daughter of Andrew and Ashley Taylor of Cedar Springs
Winner: Lyla Jane Massey, daughter of TJ and Alex Massey of Chalybeate
3 Years Boys:
2nd Runner Up: Kane Allen Johnson, son of Allen and Courtney Johnson of Brownsville
1st Runner Up: Mason McEntire, son of Crystal McEntire of Brownsville
Winner: Sawyer Colt Payne, son of Ashley and Robert Payne of Brownsville
The awards were given by Mia Cris Holland, Miss Teen Edmonson County.
Masks Required Until October 22, 2021
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Board of Education voted 3-1 to continue mask requirements in Edmonson County Schools until October 22, 2021.
The decision comes after Governor Andy Beshear's statewide mandate was scrapped by Kentucky lawmakers on Thursday of last week. Beshear vetoed the passed bills, but those vetoes were immediately overturned by legislators. That decision-making power was given back to local schools in Kentucky; however, nothing will change in Edmonson County for now, regarding masks.
In a statement sent to teachers, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander discussed the outline of the school board masking decision, which included the following:
"I would like to point out that the new plan's incident rate will be based on positive cases of staff and students in each building," Alexander said in the statement. "Quarantines will not factor into the incident rate. The COVID dashboard on the Edmonson County School's District home page will be updated to show where each school stands in relation to the 2.5% incident rate."
Edmonson County School's District COVID dashboard is updated daily and can be viewed here.
As of today, September 14, 2021, the incidence rate at all of Edmonson County's schools are below 2.5%.
All other neighboring school districts have followed suit with their own mask requirements, several with no listed options for going maskless. The KDE mandate will remain in effect until the end of this week.
"We're the only district around trying to do anything like this," Alexander told the Edmonson Voice. "All other districts are masking for foreseeable future or they've set a date of October 22nd, which is two weeks after fall break. The break was problematic this year and we're afraid it will be this year as well."
Alexander also said the staggered schedule used last year is also no longer an option for local schools this year.
The entire adopted COVID-19 Operations Plan for Edmonson County Schools is published below.
Edmonson County Schools
Covid-19 Operations Plan
Face masks inside school building
Test to Stay Program
Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days
Remote Learning Days
Darren Doyle, story:
Kentucky lawmakers shut down Governor Andy Beshear's mask mandates in schools after a special called session by the Governor last week.
Lawmakers also banned any sort of statewide mask mandate.
In his Friday press conference, he said if he still had the authority, he would implement a masking mandate for indoor settings, because he said masking works. He encouraged school districts to require masks in schools.
"They (the legislature) went to the Supreme Court and said that I, the Governor, shouldn't making those calls, they should be making the calls. They are the policy-making body," said Beshear. "The Supreme Court agreed. So, the legislature owns this pandemic moving forward."
Edmonson County Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander said in a statement on August 23rd, "As I have stated before with Governor Beshear’s masking mandate, our Board and I would prefer local control in terms of what is best for Edmonson County."
Alexander told the Edmonson Voice this morning that the school system is currently working on the course of action that will be taken in local schools. He also said that information will be released soon.
Beshear said whatever results occur from this decision fall "squarely on the shoulder's of the legislature."
"The masking decision that the general assembly made was wrong," Beshear said. "
Beshear vetoed two bills from the legislature but those vetoes were overridden by lawmakers.
Church Pleads For Return With No Questions Asked
Darren Doyle, story:
Wingfield United Baptist Church is pleading for the person or persons responsible for taking a small safe with historic church documents to return the documents to the church.
Keith Saling, clerk for the church, said the safe was taken from the church recently. He said he noticed it when he needed some documentation regarding a former member's family.
He said the only items in the safe were church minutes and other documentation from the church dating back to 1935. There are no other copies of these documents.
"This is really important to us," said Saling. "No doubt, whoever took it thought it had money in it, but all that was in there were these documents. We're just sick over it. Hopefully, the documents weren't destroyed and we just want them back. If anyone has any information on this or if you can get these back to us, they'll be no questions asked. We just need these back."
Saling said there was no sign of forced entry at the church, but it's common for area churches to be unlocked shortly before a service starts, or he said it's possible someone used a credit card or other non-destructive means of gaining entry to the church without being noticed.
Anyone with any information can contact Keith Saling at 270-799-3196.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met virtually on Monday, September 13, 2021.
Various offices gave their normal reports with County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussing the sudden closure of his office, which was announced earlier this morning due to quarantines and COVID-positive cases, including himself.
He said another staff member tested positive over the weekend and the only choice they had was to temporarily close. This affects the scheduled delinquent tax bill sale that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, September 14th, which has now been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 28th. He noted that delinquent taxes can still be paid up until the morning of the 28th.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said he had recently recovered from COVID and wished the clerk well.
Magistrates also voted to reject the CDBG bids for a new Lincoln Fire Department Substation. According to the Judge Executive's Office, in order to accept the CDBG grant in the amount of $500,000, the substation will have to be built to specs that are far above what the fire department feels is feasible for the structure and with only selected contractors. Bids have come in anywhere from $775K and up, which would require the fire department to come up with an additional $225,000, something that is not doable at this time.
The Judge Executive's Office said that Lincoln's plan is to simply build the substation themselves without a grant.
Magistrates also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 27th at 9AM and will be held virtually.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin M. Alexander announced that the Edmonson County Clerk's Office will be closed the entire upcoming week, September 13-18, due to multiple Covid-19 positives in the office and staff exposures.
"The health and safety of our staff, along with the public we serve, will always be a priority" said Clerk Alexander. "This is not something we can help. Our crew enjoys being open and waiting on our citizens. We're going to have to allow everyone to get better and clear quarantine for right now. Fortunately, it's the middle of the month and a bit slower time in our office."
The upcoming delinquent tax sale of unpaid property taxes, set for this upcoming Tuesday, September 14th at 11:00 am, will also have to be rescheduled to a later date this month.
"Unfortunate timing regarding this as well. I will be contacting the state to get another date as soon as possible" said the clerk.
Clerk Alexander said he is remains optimistic that things can again return to some sort of sense of normalcy.
"We've only been closed two days due to Covid up to this point" Clerk Alexander noted, but "this last year and a half have been tough on everyone. Our staff loves waiting on our people. That's really what this office gets to do that most of the others do not. With Covid, it's been such a difficult thing for our community, our state, and our entire country. I hope and pray things get better soon for everyone."
Any questions related to the office may be sent via email to Kevin. Alexander@ky.gov. The clerk says he will be checking his email numerous times daily from home,
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A good crowd was on hand at the first event hosted at the fairgrounds for the 2021 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair, which was the Bullwhip Rodeo from Celina, Tennessee.
Dale Burton, Arena Director for the Bullwhip Rodeo said the goal for their program is to provide a good family show.
"We like to include a little bit of everything in our rodeo," he said. "Everything from the little kids, all the way up to the cowboys riding the big bulls. We want to try to include something for everyone. And I believe we have a good, fair rodeo for our competitors."
The event started with a tribute to America and the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City on the 20th anniversary of the event as a rider made several laps around the arena with the American Flag.
The event included mutton riding for the little kids, which is always a fan-favorite at the rodeo. Small ones clung to sheep as they were released from the pen, some lasting longer than the 8-second requirement for the bull riders.
Also for the kids was cattle wrangling, where kids had the opportunity to chase down calves with a pink ribbon tied to their tails. Prizes were offered to the kids that could grab the ribbons.
There was also a stunt rider who rode laps upside down as well as standing up, barrel racing for both rodeo and local riders, a steer wrangling event for any team of three that could wrestle a steer and ride it for a required amount.
There were also two different calf roping events, one for solos and teams, and the final event of the evening was the bull riding.
The Edmonson County Fair will continue Monday, September 13th with the Baby Show that will be hosted at the fairgrounds.
Victims Speak Out On Ordeal
Darren Doyle, story:
Two 18 year-old men have been arrested and are accused of stealing cars right out of local owners' driveways, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Local authorities were notified by Jeff and Holli Doyle of the Cedar Springs community that a vehicle belonging to them had been stolen out of their driveway during the early morning hours of September 9th. The Doyles said that they were nearly run over as they attempted to stop the subjects.
"Our daughter came running in to tell us that her car was just stolen right out of the driveway," said Jeff Doyle. "Me and Holli jumped up and took out after them and they would have got away but they took off and went down a dead end so they had to turn around. We tried to stop them but they drove on by and almost ran us over. They took another dead end road and that's when we knew they wasn't from around here. Holli had grabbed the car and I just jumped in and we followed them through Pig. I called the law and told them where we all were. We followed them through Brownsville, then Midway, and then Deputy Jordan Jones started in about Sweeden Church. That's when we turned around and let the law handle it."
An Edmonson County deputy along with the District 5 Constable attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which appeared to be accompanied by two more in the same group, the Sheriff's Office said. The vehicles fled from law enforcement, reaching speeds of over 100 mph in their attempt to evade police and two of them crashed shortly after the pursuit entered into Grayson County. The drivers allegedly fled the scene before officers could reach them.
The Sheriff's Office said that the vehicles were identified as a Ford Fusion belonging to Jeff and Holli Doyle, and a Kia Optima belonging to Joey and Dee Dee Webb of Brownsville, which was also stolen. Assisted by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, officers located the suspects' cell phones in each stolen vehicle.
Joey Webb said his Kia was unlocked and the key was in the console, which he said wasn't a usual scenario at his house.
"That sure made it an easy target," he said. "Thankfully, our car was recovered and the criminals were apprehended, but not before the car was totaled. Things can be replaced, but people can’t, so we are very blessed. It could’ve been much worse."
Later that morning, officers with Leitchfield Police located a young Hispanic male at the FiveStar gas station in Leitchfield that had marks consistent with airbag burns. After being interviewed, the suspect, identified as Edwin Leoset Carrillo, 18 of Louisville, was determined to be the operator of the stolen Kia. He was arrested and lodged in the Hart County jail. He also confirmed to the Sheriff’s Office that the crew had been responsible for multiple vehicle break-ins throughout the night, the Sheriff's Office stated.
At approximately 4:30 pm, officers with Leitchfield PD made contact with another Hispanic male at the Walmart in Leitchfield. This suspect also showed minor injuries consistent with a vehicle crash, and after further investigation, it was determined that he was the other missing suspect from the theft of the Ford Fusion, the Sheriff's Office stated. He was identified as Victor Escobar, also 18 of Louisville and was also arrested and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Carillo was charged with:
Escobar was charged with:
“I want to send a huge thank you to all agencies involved," said Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Without the help of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and Leitchfield Police, it would have been difficult to apprehend these suspects so quickly and efficiently. I’ve worked years as your sheriff building these relationships, and times like these is when it really pays off. It’s a pleasure working with such professionals and serving our citizens.”
Webb shared his frustrations with working hard only to have his property stolen from criminals.
"It is a shame that you can live in a decent community, but out-of-town thugs will come in and steal your property that you’ve worked so hard to get," he said. "My wife, Dee Dee, worked a second job to make the payment on her car, only to have it stolen by some low-life thief. I highly encourage everyone to keep their cars and personal belongings locked at all times and invest in some security cameras."
Webb wanted to extend his family's thanks to Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle and his office for their work with the Grayson County Sheriff and the Leitchfield PD, and also to Deputy Jordan Jones and Jeff and Holli Doyle for their quick actions.
Both the stolen vehicles were totaled in the police pursuit.
"I'm so glad of our law around here because they do such a good job," said Jeff Doyle. "I'm glad nobody got hurt. I just tried to defend my place the best we could, it all just happened so fast. I didn't even have any shoes on. Thankfully our law caught them and hopefully it keeps somebody's else's property from getting stolen."
Darren Doyle, story:
Active COVID cases have reached an all-time high in Edmonson County, according to the most recent data from the Barren River District Health Department, which has prompted Edmonson County Fiscal Court to revert to their virtual video and audio meetings.
Active cases in the county were at 123 on February 2, 2021, which was at the height of the pandemic, especially locally, before now. Tuesday's numbers released from the BRDHD showed 1261 total confirmed positive Edmonson County cases from the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 1110 confirmed recoveries. Total deaths attributed to COVID in Edmonson County were listed at 24, leaving the number of active positive cases within the county at 133.
Nearly half of the deaths recorded from the virus in Edmonson County were listed as residents of Genesis Healthcare, Edmonson Center more than a year ago.
The BRDHD also provided the percentages of county residents who have received vaccinations for COVID-19, which is 33.39% of the entire population, 39.58% of those 18 or older, and 46.44% of those age 65 or older.
Edmonson County ranks the lowest in the entire Barren River Health District, which has a total population of around 277,000 in number of total cases and deaths contributed to the virus. The rank third from the bottom regarding total population vaccination percentage just above Metcalfe and Hart Counties.
EDMONSON COUNTY FISCAL COURT
NOTICE OF REGULAR AUDIO/VIDEO TELECONFERENCE MEETING
In accordance with KRS 61.823, KRS 61.826, Executive Order 2020-243, OAG 20-05, 2020 Senate Bill 150 and the March 31 Attorney General Advisory, the Edmonson County Fiscal Court will meet in session at 9:00 a.m. on September 13, 2021 to consider the following Agenda. The meeting will take place via audio teleconference due to the current public health situation with the fiscal court not meeting in person. The public may attend via audio by dialing: 1-312-626-6799, meeting ID 885 7446 3500, password 533613 or by going to the following link:
EDMONSON COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking further information regarding thefts in the Rocky Hill community and surrounding areas.
"Since our last request for information, we have recovered three stolen trailers, a stolen tractor, and three stolen ATVs connected with various thefts from Warren and Edmonson Counties," said Sheriff Shane Doyle.
"We are still investigating and we appreciate all of the information from the community."
Doyle said that an additional vehicle has been listed as having a possible connection with the thefts and the Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the operator. Those with info are asked to visit the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office Facebook page to send a message or call 270-597-2157 and leave your info with Sheriff Doyle.
Edmonson Voice Report:
KY Transportation Cabinet District 3 has announced the following repairs scheduled in Edmonson County for the week of September 7th through September 10th.
L-R: Miss Edmonson County Overall: Alamyia La’ Neal Jones, Miss Edmonson County Local: Ava Gillette, 1st Runner Up: Olivia Frames
2nd Runner Up: Kennedy Davis, 3rd Runner Up: Carley Owens.
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
The annual Edmonson County Fair beauty pageant made its return to the Edmonson County High School Auditorium on Saturday, September 4th to kick off the 2021 Lions Club Fair activities.
The 2021 Miss Edmonson County titles were claimed by Ava Nikole Gillette (local winner) and Alamyia La'Neal Jones (overall winner).
The ladies were crowned by 2020 winners McKenna Woosley (overall) and Josie Logsdon (local).
Miss Edmonson County winners:
1st Runner Up: Olivia Frames
2nd Runner Up: Kennedy Davis
3rd Runner Up: Carley Owens
Tiny Miss Edmonson County Overall: Jenna Tester, Tiny Miss Edmonson County Local: Maci Lindsey, 1st Runner Up: Kaylin Hooten
2nd Runner Up: Khloe Sosh, 3rd Runner Up: Bristol Mudd.
Tiny Miss Edmonson County Overall: Jenna Tester
Tiny Miss Edmonson County Local: Maci Lindsey
1st Runner Up: Kaylin Hooten
2nd Runner Up: Khloe Sosh
3rd Runner Up: Bristol Mudd
Little Miss Edmonson County Overall: Kearney Leonard, Little Miss Edmonson County Local: Kinleigh Hampton, 1st Runner Up: Emberlyn McClintok, 2nd Runner Up: Jocelyn Kemble, 3rd Runner Up: Annabelle Walden
Little Miss Edmonson County Overall: Kearney Leonard
Little Miss Edmonson County Local: Kinleigh Hampton
1st Runner Up: Emberlyn McClintok
2nd Runner Up: Jocelyn Kemble
3rd Runner Up: Annabelle Walden
Miss Pre-Teen Edmonson County Overall: Bryleigh Jordan, Miss Pre-Teen Edmonson County Local: Laielah Roscoe, 1st Runner Up: Ayliah Tungate, 2nd Runner Up: Audrey Guller, 3rd Runner Up: Allie Shartzer
Miss Pre-Teen Edmonson County Overall: Bryleigh Jordan
Miss Pre-Teen Edmonson County Local: Laielah Roscoe
1st Runner Up: Ayliah Tungate
2nd Runner Up: Audrey Guller
3rd Runner Up: Allie Shartzer
Miss Teen Edmonson County Overall: Mia Cris Holland, Miss Teen Edmonson County Local: Meagan Beavers, 1st Runner Up: Nova Hanley, 2nd Runner Up: Lily West, 3rd Runner Up: Meshyia Bradshaw
Miss Teen Edmonson County Overall: Mia Cris Holland
Miss Teen Edmonson County Local: Meagan Beavers
1st Runner Up: Nova Hanley
2nd Runner Up: Lily West
3rd Runner Up: Meshyia Bradshaw
The Wild West Rodeo will start events at the fairgrounds on Saturday, September 11th. Click here for more fair info and activities.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Mammoth Cave woman has been arrested and faces drug charges along with additional charges on outstanding warrants, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that Edmonson County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Chesnut Drive in Mammoth Cave to the report of a possible disturbance. Deputies were informed that one of the residents was wanted on active warrants.
Upon law enforcement arrival, the female resident was identified as Tracy J. Hornback (38), and she was arrested on the active warrants, the Sheriff's Office said. While Hornback was the detained, the deputy reportedly saw suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the area where Hornback had been sitting, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Hornback was served the two outstanding warrants: one from Edmonson County for Flagrant Non-Support and the other for Barren County for felony drug charges. She was also charged by Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office for:
Hornback was lodged in Hart County Jail. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the District 5 Constable.
Edmonson County Schools will see a new addition, thanks to the swearing-in of a new school resource officer.
On Wednesday, September 1st, Deputy Josh Langlois was sworn in by District Judge JB Hines. According to a statement from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Langlois will begin next week as an additional school resource officer for our county.
He began his career as a Nashville Metro Policeman, and moved with his family to Edmonson County a few years ago.
“We are very excited to have Deputy Langlois join our office," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Experienced officers are hard to find, and we consider ourselves very blessed to have found Josh. I know he will be an asset to our agency, our schools, and our community.”
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Schools has announced a new method of security that will be used at each school, called the "Raptor Visitor Management System," according to a letter sent to parents and guardians of students from Callie Beliles, Director of Facilities and Safety of EC Schools.
"Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that," Beliles stated in the letter. "The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff."
According to the letter, upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a driver's license, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person's name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering school campuses without knowledge.
The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor's badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.
"The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students," she continued in the letter. "We will still be requiring that a form of identification be left with the front office staff for safeguarding while the visitor is in the building, and will be returned to the visitor upon signing out. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district."
Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander said that he understands that some may oppose having to use ID when visiting the school, but he still feels this is one effective option for school safety.
"The use of ID for entering and visiting a schools during the school day is becoming a standard procedure across the region, state, and nation," he said. "While it is a change, it is a proven way to access data and part of a safeguard. Any inconvenience when weighed against safety of our children is well worth it."
He said that the Raptor System is a proactive approach the school system is taking to be sure visitors entering local schools meet the criteria necessary to be on school premises, and is also a safeguard in releasing students during check-out procedures.
"The system will also allow our secretaries and receptionists to efficiently assist parents and guardians throughout the school day, especially at peak times," he added.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two individuals were arrested after meth was found in the vehicle they were in during a traffic stop on Friday, according to a statement from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that around 10pm on August 27th, an Edmonson County Sheriff's deputy observed a Mazda pickup cross the centerline multiple times in a short distance on Nolin Dam Road. During the traffic stop, the driver was identified as Andrew Hampton (40) of Brownsville, and the passenger as Kristina Emery (41) of Morgantown.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Hampton was given field sobriety test and consent to search the vehicle was given by Hampton, which resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The Sheriff's Office said that neither Hampton nor Emery took ownership of the drugs and paraphernalia, so both were arrested and charged with:
Hampton was also charged with Careless driving.
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander has announced that schools and school sports and activities will be shut down throughout September 3rd.
His full statement is published below:
“Edmonson County Schools will close at the end of the school day on August 27, 2021, and will remain closed the week of August 30th through September 3rd. Edmonson County schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, after the observance of Labor Day. This closure is a direct result of the large number of COVID positive and quarantine cases that are affecting the staff and students of Edmonson County Schools.
Throughout this week our number of positive and quarantine cases have grown exponentially, and our school district has no reasonable alternative other than school closure.
Edmonson County Schools will adjust the school calendar to account for this closure at a later time. Fall Break for this school year will not be affected by this closure.
This will be a closure that will not utilize Non Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. In talking with our school-level administrators, the students that have been and are currently affected by COVID need an opportunity to make up missing work and assignments; a closure will allow teachers to have a common starting point for instruction upon return on September 7th.
During our closure, all athletics and extracurricular activities and contests are suspended with the exceptions of state qualifying events. School offices will be open during the closure and parents and students are strongly encouraged to communicate with our schools during this week in students need assistance with makeup work. Also, if students need to turn in excuses for absences prior to closure, or if families need to inform school administration about any COVID-related positive cases or quarantines due to household contacts during closure please call your respective school between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm each day.
We ask that our families please use caution during this closure and keep students from congregating and gathering. Such activities will only compound the problem we are currently facing that forces us to make this closure and lead to more problems when we return to school.
As always, the health and safety of the students and staff of Edmonson County Schools is the number one concern of our Board of Education and myself. When we are placed in a situation where we cannot transport and supervise students in a manner that we feel is safe and in the best interest of the families of Edmonson County, we will always side with caution. We hope our school community understands this, and we look forward to a future of normalcy and high-quality learning for the students of Edmonson County.”
Supt. Brian Alexander
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance in the investigation of two stolen tractors and two stolen trailers that has taken place over the last three days.
"Two days ago, we received a call that a utility trailer and a farm tanker trailer were stolen from the Smiths Grove area," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "This morning, we received a call that two John Deere tractors were stolen from the Park Mammoth area."
The Sheriff's Office obtained security footage that shows a suspect's white Ford Ranger.
Anyone with information about the stolen property or the vehicle in question is asked to contact the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Residents accustomed to using Little Beaver Creek Road in Warren County will need to make alternate plans. Starting Tuesday, August 24th and what will likely last through October, a bridge over the roadway will be undergoing replacement, according to Warren County Public Works Director Josh Moore.
Warren Fiscal Court has accepted a $363,709 bid from Stewart Richey Construction to replace a low water ford bridge over Little Beaver Creek near the Edmonson County line, located off of Wingfield Church Road and will use $80,000 in emergency bridge funds from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for the project, Moore said.
The bridge is typically inundated by the flooding stream it crosses, and the replacement is expected to alleviate the majority of such problems, he said.
The bridge is about 50 feet long. Moore worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky’s Division of Water, and other agencies to get the necessary approvals.
Signage has been posted in the area to warn motorists of the construction, Moore said.
Edmonson Voice Report:
One woman was arrested and faces a felony drug charge and more after careless driving led to a traffic stop and the discovery of meth, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office said.
The Sheriff's Office stated that around 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 22, 2021, a deputy observed a Chevrolet Lumina traveling north on KY HWY 259 N weaving in its lane of travel. A traffic stop was initiated and the operator stopped in the middle of the road before then being instructed by the deputy to move to an open driveway, the Sheriff's Office reported. The vehicle’s operator was identified as Jenna M. Dunn (36) of Smiths Grove.
Dunn allegedly admitted to having methamphetamine in the vehicle and after a search was conducted, the deputy discovered suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Sheriff's Office. Also located on Dunn’s person was additional suspected methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Dunn was arrested and charged with:
She was lodged in Hart County Jail.