Fiscal Court Recap, Oct 22, 2018: Conservation District Report, Industrial Authority To Receive TVA Funds
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A very light agenda was discussed at today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting as the Edmonson County Conservation District gave their annual report to county officials.
District Supervisory Member Danny Vincent discussed the nature of the district, monies spent and generated in Edmonson County, and various activities and programs that have benefited local farmers and landowners over the last year.
Vincent thanked Fiscal court on behalf of the district for $19,400 in funding from county, which comes in form of Conservation District taxes paid by local tax payers.
"We’re not the EPA or a part of them," said Vincent. "We don't govern what farmers do, we just want to continue helping local farmers protect their land and the environment. We provide programs and assistance that might keep the EPA off your doorstep."
He also discussed various programs and advantages made possible by the district to local farmers, which included a grant for fallen animals over 500lb, which provides up to $100 for disposal and burial of the animal, and a soil testing program that reimburses homeowners for soil samples for lawn or garden usage and farmers for crops. He also said that farmers with over 10 acres need a farm water quality program, and the district is available to help prepare such a program and keep those records.
He also discussed the educational opportunities provided by the district at local schools along with their annual tree seedling program where approximately 1000 trees per year are given away. He added that the district was instrumental in bringing over $68K to local farmers in cost sharing programs, all of which went to Edmonson County farmers.
The court passed a motion to accept the report.
The court also heard from various offices that included:
County Road Department: Road Foreman Ray page said road crews are currently in Districts 6 and 4 where the final blacktop projects for the year will soon be completed. He also said seasonal mowing crew members have been laid off and that he hopes to have them back for next year's mowing season.
Jailer Hank Vincent said there were currently 20 county inmates housed in the Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He noted one of the jailer's vehicles was undergoing a transmission rebuild while another vehicle is also under repair.
Judge Wil Cannon said the the Edmonson County Industrial Authority would be the beneficiary of more than $300,000 over the course of the next three years as a result of the county being 1 of 39 TVA Kentucky Economic Development partners. Cannon said the funding is to be used to invest in large industrial-related purchases in Edmonson County.
Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons said efforts had been made to contact film production companies that have made movies in the county over the past year for the purpose of coordinating a movie premier of some type but there had been no progress in reaching the companies.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9am.
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Two Pig residents were sent to the hospital yesterday evening as a result of a two vehicle collision on 31W yesterday near Rocky Hill, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said around 6pm on October 17th, Judy Keown, (67) of Pig attempted to cross 31W from HWY 422 (Pig Rd) in a gray Chevy Tahoe when she pulled into the path of Nicholas Billa, (29) of Park City, who was driving a Ford F150.
Deputies said Billa was headed north on 31W and was pulling a trailer that carried a commercial mower. According to the Sheriff's Office, Keown did not see the truck and the Ford struck the Tahoe in the rear passenger door, which knocked the Tahoe down an embankment.
Keown was transported to Greenview Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Her passenger, James Keown, (77) also of Pig was extricated from the vehicle and also transported to Greenview for non-life threatening injuries. Billa was reportedly uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene.
Deputies said all parties were wearing seat belts.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police also assisted, as well as the Rocky Hill and Brownsville fire departments, Edmonson County JAWS, and Edmonson EMS.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a hit and run accident that occurred Saturday night which involved an Amish buggy.
The Sheriff's Office reported that around 8:50 pm on Saturday, October 13th, a white pickup truck that was believed to be a Ford Ranger, struck a horse-drawn wagon on 259N. The Sheriff's Office said that according to the wagon's occupants, the operator of the truck stopped and asked occupants Mr. Nathan Correll, 20, of Brownsville, and Micah Geiser, 21, also of Brownsville, if they were okay. According to officials, when the driver of the pickup confirmed they weren't injured, he fled the scene.
"Everyone knows we have had an increase in horse-drawn vehicles in the Brownsville area, and we must share the road with them,' said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Please be careful and watch for these vehicles. Someone could have been killed in this situation, but I believe a Higher power had His hand in this one."
Anyone with info regarding the white truck is urged to call the Sheriff's office and speak with Deputy Phillips who is investigating.
Event Stirs Emotion, Patriotism In Community
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A fallen Edmonson County soldier was honored on Saturday in an emotional dedication event as Denzil Bullock Road in the Segal Community was officially dedicated to Private Raymond W. Bullock, who was killed during battle in WWII at age 19.
The ceremony was held at the home of Private Bullock's brother, Denzil Bullock, who is also a local baptist minister. Several family members were present along with dozens of other community members, local officials, and members of the local DAV and VFW chapters.
Private Bullock grew up on his family farm on the county road and joined the US Army in 1940 at the age of only 15. During his service, he earned more than 25 medals and ribbons, serving a total of 22 months overseas, while he was credited with 200 days of actual combat.
Magistrate Mark Woosley spoke to Bullock's military service and introduced Bro. Denzil Bullock.
"Having a 15-year old son myself, I can't imagine what it would be like as a parent to go through what the Bullocks did so many years ago," he said.
Bro. Bullock thanked all in attendance and spoke about the close relationship he had with his brother, as well as the closeness with the rest of his siblings.
"I was only 5 years old then," he said as his voice quivered, "but I still remember. My brother was 10-foot tall in my eyes."
The ceremony was presented by DAV Chapter 32 and VFW Post 6937. DAV Commander Jack Hasty gave opening remarks and VFW Chaplain Paul Vincent delivered a moving invocation.
DAV Auxiliary Commander Maurita Miller also spoke at the ceremony and DAV member Ronnie Stewart read a poem entitled, "The Final Inspection."
The ceremony ended with a very emotional gun salute and the playing of "Taps" by VFW member Morris Blanton. Blanton was also one of two buglers that played the solemn song at Private Bullock's funeral in 1948.
One of the newly installed signs was unveiled at the beginning of the road, off HWY 70 West. Earlier in the year, Edmonson County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that would allow any county road to be be dedicated to a resident killed in action that lived on the road, at request of family. Each dedication is privately funded.
Refreshments were served as attendees shared fellowship with one another at the conclusion of the program. Memorial bookmarks were handed out to those in attendance.
Denzil Bullock Road is the second county road to be memorialized in Edmonson County this year, following Noah Bledsoe Road in Chalybeate, dedicated to SP4 Elzie Sanders, Jr., who was killed during the Vietnam War.
Cabinet of Family Services Employee Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance and Public Intoxication
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A state employee has been arrested for public intoxication of meth and other charges according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
In a released statement, the Sheriff's Office said they responded to the parking lot on October 10, 2018 of the Cabinet of Family Services on a call of a possible intoxicated employee. While deputies were on their way to the call, they said they received another tip that the suspect was possibly passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle in the parking lot.
Deputies said once they arrived, they found Stacy Collins (35), of Bowling Green, who admitted to snorting meth earlier in the day.
According to the statement, Collins produced a small baggie that she said was meth. Deputies also found a cellophane wrapper in the floorboard of Collins’ vehicle and a rolled-up five-dollar bill, both with drug residue, believed to be methamphetamine.
Stacy Collins was arrested for Public Intoxication-controlled substance and Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense; she was lodged in Hart County Jail where she is being held on a $5,000 bond.
“People who hold positions of trust, like at the Cabinet of Family Services, should be held to a higher standard," said Sheriff Shane Doyle, "but regardless of the position or place of employment, the Sheriff’s Office will always enforce the law.”
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Michael Baker, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Speeding 17 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 10/23/18.
Summer Jean Vibbert, Speeding 10 mph over limit. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Possessing license when privileges are revoked/suspended. Continue to 10/23/18.
Alex L. Perry, theft of motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal. Operating vehicle with expired operator’s license. Continue to 10/23/18.
Martha Poteet, Assault, fourth degree dating violence, minor injury. Criminal mischief- third degree. Terroristic threatening, third degree. Dismissed by motion of County Attorney.
Aaron D. Miller, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Jesse Alan Moulder, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Unlawful imprisonment, second degree. Continue 10/23/18.
Troy D. Hoke, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Violation of foreign E.P.O/D.V.O. Dismissed by motion of County Attorney.
Ryan Andrew Poston, Assault fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Continue 10/23/18.
Holly Samara Loyd, Theft by deception-include cold checks, under $500. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Lezza Barnes, Speeding 18 mph over limit. Failed to appear.
Jackson Hackley Henderson, Speeding 18 mph over limit. Failed to appear.
William Parson, Failure to produce insurance card. License to be in possession. Continue to 10/23/18.
Shannon Lie, Instructional permit violation. License to be in possession. Failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 10/23/18.
Christina Irene Filback, Speeding 18 mph over limit. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue to 10/23/18.
Christian Cornelious Gardner. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failed to appear.
Dereka Danielle Hawkins, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Continue to 12/11/18.
Billy R. Hardin, No/expired registration plates. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first. License to be in possession. Failed to appear, $500 bench warrant issued.
Tammy J. Bunch, Failed to wear seat belts. License to be in possession. Failed to appear, $250 bench warrant issued.
Aaron L. Miller, Failed to wear seat belts. Speeding 15 mph over limit. Display/possession of cancelled/fictitious operators. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 10/23/18.
Sherry Diane Brown, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failed to appear.
Lauren Marie Brown, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Defendant not present. Continue to 11/13/18.
Dylan W. Bullock, Improper start from parked position. Defendant not present. Continue to 11/13/18.
Cody Husband, Alcohol intoxication in public place, first and second offense. Resisting arrest. Terroristic threatening, third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 10/23/18.
Jordan Watt, Criminal littering. Guilty. Total costs $289.00.
Jennifer J. Priddy, No operator’s license. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Guilty. Total costs $334.00.
A Campbellsville man is behind bars after being arrested in Brownsville in the early morning hours of Wednesday as a result of a traffic stop.
According to Brownsville Police, Michael L. McKinney (48) of Campbellsville, was stopped near the junction of South Main and Washington Streets around 1am on October 10th. Police said that they found McKinney had outstanding warrants out of Hart and Warren Counties for domestic violence assault.
Through the investigation, police said they discovered McKinney to be in possession of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and charged with:
McKinney was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail on an unsecured $5,000 bond.
Brownsville Police noted that they would like to extend their thanks to Kentucky State Police and the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office for assistance in the investigation.
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Edmonson County fiscal court met on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 as a result of a schedule change made after Monday's holiday of Columbus Day.
DAV Chapter 32 Commander Jack Hasty presented a certificate of appreciation to Judge Executive Wil Cannon and all six magistrates at today's meeting for the Edmonson County fiscal court's support of the Veterans Memorial Wall project in the courtyard, as well as other supported veteran activities throughout the years.
"We thank Edmonson County fiscal court for their support of our veterans," said Hasty as he presented the certificate.
The court also approved an executive order for an agreement between county government and the Tri-County Mounted Search and Rescue team. Three team members, Danny Hatcher, Brandon Brooks, and Joyce Cowles, attended today's meeting to discuss their request to be recognized by the county as a volunteer rescue unit. The non-profit organization is another extension of rescue personnel that operates on horseback. Hatcher told the court that there are circumstances where finding a missing person or similar emergency is best suited for a rider on horseback in some of the rural areas in the Edmonson, Hart, and Barren County areas.
They requested no funding or resources; they only asked recognition to work with other county agencies. Brandon Brooks also spoke about the group and said they currently have 21 members that are made up of nurses, veterinary personnel, and other trained and professional individuals. The court unanimously voted to approve the agreement.
County offices gave various reports, including:
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said calls for service from his office had seen a reduction as of late and that Edmonson County Grand Jury was upcoming. He also announced that county property tax bills will be going out on November 1st.
Jailer Report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported there were currently 17 inmates at Hart County Jail and the jailer's office was working around two cars that are currently broken down.
County Clerk: Clerk Kevin Alexander said that the first day of voting in-house (absentee) began yesterday. He said his office had a huge number of people that filed to vote again while they were already registered, which caused quite a bit of confusion. Alexander asked that you call the office if you’re unsure if you’re registered before filing online or coming in to register.
Chamber of Commerce Director Rhonda Clemmons announced the annual Chamber dinner will be held on November 29th at the Heritage Centre in Brownsville. Tickets will be available soon through the Chamber website. She also announced that the annual county Halloween on the Square will take place on Wednesday, Halloween night from 4-7pm.
There was also a short discussion about making the west entrance to the Community Center (facing Bank of Edmonson County) more wheelchair accessible with a larger door. The court agreed to research options and seek bids for a potential upgrade.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018 at 9am.
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Edmonson County Schools kicked off a brand new program in all district schools today called the Olweus (pronounced ole-VAY-us) Bullying Prevention Program in an effort to ramp up the school's fight against bullying.
Each school held their own events to help start this award-winning program that will continue throughout the school year.
Kentucky Department of Education trainers conducted two initial trainings in-district for members of Bullying Prevention Coordination Committees at each school. From there, Bullying Prevention Coordination Committees worked to train staff members at each county school building at the beginning of the school year.
Students today at the 5/6 Center watched a powerful video created by Dunsford Elementary School in Ontario, Canada that was definitely an attention grabber. They watched another video of familiar faces, where local personalities sent personal anti-bullying messages to students. Some included radio personality Tony Rose, Sheriff Shane Doyle, Superintendent Patrick Waddell, State Rep. Michael Meredith and Coleton Parsley. The event was then capped off with a very entertaining 'dance-off' competition between home rooms.
"We've only heard positive comments from the faculty, staff, and students about this morning's program," said Principal Alan Talley. "We were able to focus everyone's attention on the upcoming bullying prevention program and our students were challenged by several community members to team together as a school to stop bullying. At the conclusion of our program, we were able to have a lot of fun as our students displayed unbelievable teamwork by putting together dance routines, as part of grade level competitions."
Principals from the other county schools also discussed their kickoff programs.
"The Olweus program provides us with a good framework to cut down on bullying," said ECMS Principal Brandon Prunty. "Today's kickoff event was used to create awareness for students and staff. We wanted to let our students know we are serious about preventing bullying here at ECMS. We also encourage students to be sure to let adults know about bullying so it can be reported and dealt with at school. So many times we hear that a student has been bullied numerous times but it is not reported to us until later. We strive to investigate bullying situations, but can only do so if we are made aware. We are using an unified approach with this program and letting students know it will take everyone working together to shut down those who are bullying. Students recently completed a bullying questionnaire and the data we receive from the survey will help us make decisions about what we can to to remedy the situation."
Kyrock Elementary Principal Shaun Stice praised the program, saying it promotes a proactive stance on bullying. "A large component of the program is weekly classroom meetings, which are 15-20 minutes and allow the teacher to discuss bullying prevention, what to do if you are being bullied, help students that are afraid to tell, and also discuss how to interact and build relationships with peers," said Stice. "This program is going to be great at the elementary level in that it teaches kids at an early age how to interact with one another and that bullying is not ok. This alone will help curb future bullying problems on down the road. At Kyrock Elementary we feel that it is very important for our students to feel safe at school and this program will only help us further develop a positive atmosphere."
ECHS Principal Tommy Hodges and SEES Principal Josh Long also discussed the kickoff in each of their schools.
"Our program will consist of an overview with a skit presented by the Drama Department while other students will be in the gym with the Youth Service Center doing different things, then we'll switch groups." said Hodges. "We want to reach all our students here at the high school to prevent bullying."
Principal Long said that SEES is excited to have a school-wide program that focuses on not only prevention, but also a specific, detailed plan that helps elementary students understand and how to refrain from bullying, as well as what to do if they feel like they are being bullied.
"Teachers, the counselor, and the principal investigate every bullying instance that a student or parent informs us of and we take the necessary steps to ensure that every student at South Edmonson is able to come to school ready to learn in a safe, positive, and happy environment," added Long.
Superintendent Patrick Waddell said the school system is serious about taking a proactive approach to prevent bullying in Edmonson County and he's looking for very positive results as an effect.
"Research shows this to be one of the best bullying prevention programs available," he said. "All staff have received training on this program during the past summer, and all schools are implementing this program throughout the District. I believe we are only the third district in KY to implement this program district wide, and I am pleased with the support on the implementation from the schools. I believe it will make a difference."
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin Alexander has released the general election ballot for the November 6, 2018 election. In-house voting at the clerk's office will begin on October 9th at 8am if you'll be unable to vote at your regular precinct on November 6th. For more information, contact the clerk's office at 270-597-2624.
Auditor Mike Harmon discusses details of his office’s special examination of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority and KentuckyWired during a press conference in Frankfort on September 27. (Photo: Office of Auditor of Public Accounts)
Cost overruns, botched procurement detailed in special examination of statewide broadband project
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Think that the KentuckyWired Project is a great move by the state? Not so fast, says a scathing report from the state auditor's office. A special examination by Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office of KentuckyWired, the statewide broadband project announced in 2014, finds that taxpayers will be on the hook for almost $1.5 billion over 30 years for the project. That is among nine findings detailed in Auditor Harmon’s nine-month examination of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) and KentuckyWired. Auditor Harmon’s report will be referred to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission for further review and possible action by that agency.
“When KentuckyWired was announced by the prior administration, Kentuckians were told they would only be responsible for a $30 million investment approved by the General Assembly in 2014, and the majority of funding would come from private investment,” Auditor Harmon said during the release of the KCNA examination. “What we now find is that, between what has been paid out thus far, what has been bonded, and what we have been obligated to by former leaders, taxpayers are responsible for 93 percent of the total cost for KentuckyWired.”
In addition, the report details that the KentuckyWired project is almost $100 million over budget for construction costs, and the original planned completion date for the project has already passed. Meanwhile, the state is making so-called “availability payments” to contractors for a network that is not available or operational. Auditor Harmon’s examination details other issues with KCNA and the KentuckyWired project, including:
“There are questions that remain as to why the terms were changed from the original proposal that placed little burden on taxpayers to what was signed the following year that put the responsibility of almost $1.5 billion on the Commonwealth,” said Auditor Harmon. “My office will use any and all authority given to us, including if needed our subpoena powers, in an attempt to get to the bottom of what happened, and to make sure future projects are done in a responsible and transparent fashion.”
The full report can be found on the auditor’s website.
Proficiency Scores Above State Average At All County School Levels
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released assessment results for the 17-18 school year on Wednesday. This year’s results are the first released from the state’s new accountability system, and, as a result, the data looks different from past releases. Edmonson County Schools District Assessment Coordinator, Carol Stice, explained, “This is the first year that we have seen separate scores for the various indicators instead of one summative score for each school and district.”
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), Transition Readiness (Academic and/or Career Readiness by 12th grade), and Graduation Rate.
In addition to giving scores for each indicator, KDE also identified the lowest performing schools in the state by labeling them as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools. CSI schools are in the bottom 5% of schools at their level (elementary, middle, high) or had a graduation rate below 80%. 51 schools in Kentucky were labeled as CSI schools. Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools were also identified. TSI schools have at least one student group performing as low as all students in CSI schools. There are 418 TSI schools in Kentucky. Schools that did not fall in the bottom 5% and did not have a student group performing as low as that bottom 5% were classified as Other. There are 803 “Other” schools in Kentucky. Districts were not given labels this year - only schools.
The tables below show each school’s results for each indicator and their identification label. Scores are listed for all students, as well as the Free/Reduced Lunch and Disability with IEP student groups.
As you can see from the tables above, Edmonson County had no schools that fell in the bottom 5% of the state. District schools labeled as TSI were identified for their Disabilities with IEP student group. This indicates that the student group within the school is performing as poorly as “all students” in CSI schools.
Patrick Waddell, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools said, “The TSI identification doesn’t mean that the school is low-performing. It means that there is an achievement gap between students with disabilities and their peers. This identification helps us see where our greatest needs are, and from that, we can begin to make plans on how to close those achievement gaps.”
The tables below show the district’s scores at each level compared to the state average for each indicator.
“While we can definitely see areas where improvement is needed, we also have a lot to be proud of,” Waddell said. “Proficiency scores are above the state average at all levels. We also compared our scores to other districts around the region and were pleased with how we performed in comparison. These are good things that we can celebrate.”
For more detailed information on the release of state assessment results, please visit Open House on KDE’s website. All data will be available later this year in the new online Kentucky School Report Card.
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The murder investigation of a Todd County man has led to two Edmonson County arrests, among others, according to the Kentucky State Police.
KSP said that on September 23, 2018, at approximately 4:39 PM, Troopers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle on Stateline Road in Todd County. When Troopers arrived on scene, they said they discovered that Jerry Robertson, 47, of Guthrie had been fatally shot. Robertson was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Todd County Coroner's Office.
During the investigation, KSP arrested multiple subjects in relation to the September 23rd death of Jerry Robertson, in Todd County.
Faith L. Martin, age 22, of Wingfield was charged with one count of Complicity to Murder and one count of Tampering With Physical Evidence. Timmie J. Latham, age 36, also of Wingfield, was charged with one count of Complicity to Murder, and one count of Tampering With Physical Evidence. Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office assisted in the apprehension of both Martin and Latham. County Attorney Greg Vincent assisted in preparation of the search warrant that was executed by Troopers at the Wingfield residence.
Daniel G. Westbrook, age 31, of Russellville, KY, was charged with one count of Murder and lodged in the Logan County Jail.
Brandi M. Scruggs, age 26, of Guthrie, KY, is charged with one count of Complicity to Murder, one count of Tampering With Physical Evidence, and is lodged in the Logan County Jail.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
William Edward Nelson, Cultivate in marijuana- less than five plants. 1st offense. Guilty. Total fines and fees $458.00
Shawn L. Hayes, Owner permitting vicious dog to run at large. Guilty. Total fines and fees $284.00
Jared C. Sherrard, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 10/9/18.
Alex L. Perry, Theft of motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal. Operating vehicle with expired operator’s license. Continue 10/9/18.
Jordan Watt, criminal littering. Continue 10/9/18.
Shaun Besau, Assault- fourth degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 10/9/18.
Lori A Knuth, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Continue 11/27/18.
Joseph Lee Montgomery Jr., Possession of marijuana. Continue 10/27/18.
Samuel D. Lech, Failure to wear seat belts. Failed to appear.
Jeffery Blake Alexander, Theft by deception- include cold checks, under $500, three counts. Guilty. Court costs $184.00
Christopher Brown, Possession of marijuana. Pretrial diversion. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pretrial diversion.
Wesley D. Jaggers, Reckless driving. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failed to appear.
Sherry Diane Brown, Speeding 22 mph over limit. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failed to appear.
Fiscal Court Recap: Electronic Sign In Process Coming To Voting Precincts, Memorial Road Sign Ready, More:
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Edmonson County Fiscal Court met on Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Edmonson County Courthouse.
The dispute between Kevin Davis, owner of Mammoth Cave Horse Camp and Mammoth Cave National Park continued at today's meeting, with both sides making statements. A county resolution was passed but there's more to it than a county resolution, all of which can be read here.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussed that the state election board is working to implement a new electronic sign in process that will eventually eliminate the paper books. Currently, voters show a photo ID then place their signature in the paper voting book under their name. Clerk Alexander said that one of the eight county polling places will implement an electronic system in the upcoming general election.
In November, the Chalybeate precinct at South Edmonson will feature an electronic tablet system where voters will scan their photo ID then sign the pad with either their finger or stylus pen, the same type as you'd use when signing for a purchase at a retail store with a credit or debit card.
Alexander said that the Chalybeate location was selected because one of the four poll workers there has some experience with the technology and that there were no school board elections in the precinct for this election, which might make things simpler. "Some of our older voters and poll workers will probably not like this at first, but we have to start implementing this," he said. He asked the court for an additional $60 to pay poll workers additional training on the new system, to which the court voted yes.
District six magistrate Mark Woosley also brought the newly made sign for the next county memorial road, which is Denzil Bullock Road. The road will be dedicated to Private Raymond W. Bullock, who was killed in action during WWII.
In order to qualify for the county to consider honoring a fallen soldier on a county road, some of the guidelines include: the fallen soldier must have been a resident of the county and lived on the particular county road for request, must have died in battle with documented proof of service provided, the sign dimension guidelines must be followed, and the county road department must be in charge of the sign installation.
The vote for the Bullock Road dedication passed unanimously during the September 10, 2018 meeting and a ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 3pm.
Road Report: Assistant County Road Foreman Greg Carroll gave a report in the place of Ray Page, who was on vacation. He said the department had picked up their new truck that was approved for purchase at the last meeting and that it had already been put to use. He added that crews had finished up the work on Carnes Road in the Richland Subdivision, which was funded by a grant from Governor Bevin's office, which Carroll said was completed under budget.
Sheriff Report: Detective Wally Ritter gave the sheriff's report in the absence of Sheriff Shane Doyle. He reported that the sheriff's office was busy with fairgrounds patrol this week and other than one incident it was a quiet week. Det. Ritter said that the state overtime grant for extra patrolling will end at this month. During the grant period, which was May-September, deputies had been able to crack down on more DUIs, seat belt and child safety restraint violations, while providing extra patrol in various areas. He said the office has recently worked multiple theft cases where arrests are pending.
Magistrate Clark Wood asked about an incident at the fair that involved a man that cut himself in public. Ritter said that no press release was made available on the issue because no one was charged with a crime and the incident involved an attempted suicide. He said the sheriff's office does not disclose information on attempted suicides or suicides. No official information on the incident was available from other emergency workers due to HEPA laws.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported there were 21 county inmates currently lodged in the Hart County Jail.
County Clerk Report: County Clerk Kevin Alexander also said the recent delinquent tax sale was held where 27 bills were sold for a total amount of more than $23,000. He said the amount was lower than normal but he felt like it was due to more people overall paying their taxes on time, which reduces the amount of delinquent taxes. He also reported that absentee voting begins Oct 9th.
Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that tourism met where an individual was seeking to bring more events in 2019 and that the tourism board is considering those. She also reported that tourism is still working on finishing their Trail Town designation where they have dedicated $12,000 to complete these projects. She announced the annual Chamber Golf Scramble, which is scheduled for October 4th. Rafferty’s will be featured as the lunch sponsor. November 29th will be the annual banquet, and she added that the new tourism web site (cavesandlake.com) and social media campaigns are going well.
EMS Director Keith Sanders announced that local EMS has been awarded a $45,000k homeland security grant. He said the money will be used to purchase a new power lift stretcher for one of the ambulances that don't already have one.
The court went into closed session to discuss the hiring of a new emergency management director. After the session, the court voted to appoint Terry Massey of Chalybeate to the position at a salary of $15,300.
The court also:
The dispute between whether or not horses will be allowed on Houchin Ferry Road continued today at Edmonson County Fiscal Court as Kevin Davis, owner of Mammoth Cave Horse Camp returned to court to request the passing of a resolution that says the county recognizes horse traffic as part of normal road usage.
While the resolution passed, it means nothing immediately with regards to the park's current law that states horses are not allowed on park roads.
Mr. Davis spoke to the court again before a vote was called for on the resolution.
"I would just like to respectfully remind you that you were elected by the people of Edmonson County to represent the interest of the people of Edmonson County, and the businesses in Edmonson County, not the interest of the National Park Service," he said.
Davis led a discussion at the last meeting where he said the road was first closed “illegally” to horses and riders in 2010, despite a resolution passed by the county in 1945 that said the road would always remain available to the public for normal use. Davis said the first closure came under the direction of former MCNP Superintendent Patrick Reed.
“He did it with no warning, no public comment, no input from anybody,” said Davis at the last meeting. “What this did, in effect, when he closed that road, was he took away two significant loop trails which were parts of the back-country trail system.”
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Barclay Tremble was also in attendance at today's meeting and was asked by Judge Wil Cannon if he had any comments. Supt. Tremble read a prepared a statement to the court. He said the main purpose of the statement was to discuss the current status of the road as well as the park's legal interpretation of the use of the road. He also said he first heard about a possible county ordinance discussing the usage of the road in the original Edmonson Voice article published on September 10, 2018.
In the statement, he said he wanted to be very proactive in working alongside with Edmonson County Fiscal Court, the local chamber and tourism commission, as well as Mr. Davis and the horse camp, however, he clarified a portion of federal code by saying, "Per the 36 Code of Federal Regulations, equestrian use has been prohibited on all national park roads since 1938, which is prior to the park's establishment in 1941."
"It is also not accurate to state that Houchin Ferry Road was closed to horse use in 2010," he continued. "It is not accurate to state that this road is part of the park's trail system. The park's 85-mile trail system is separately managed from the park's road system."
Supt. Tremble said prior to 2010, there was very little horse usage on the road and that enforcement of the existing law was rarely needed; however, since the opening of the horse camp, horse traffic significantly increased which prompted better enforcement of the existing law.
"The statement that certain roads inside the national park shall remain open for the usual use of the public was a unilateral promise that was made by the national park service," said Tremble. "Contrary to other descriptions given to this proceedings over the years, the promise was not a court order, it was not a settlement, it was not an agreement, it was not a condition on the title of the land, it was not initiated by the county or the Commonwealth. It is a unilateral promise made by the United States government."
Tremble went on to say that the park has gone to great lengths to work with the horse camp to explain what they can and cannot do in the national park.
"I can imagine a possible alternative, determined through the public process, that would reference changing the road designation that would allow for vehicle, bicycle, and equestrian use," he said. "Before that designation could be changed though, we would seek concurrence from this court, that the change would align with the promise made by the NPS many years ago."
Judge Executive Wil Cannon said that his wish was that all roads in Edmonson County would be accessible to all traffic types, whether vehicle, bicycle, or horse use; however, any resolution that the county would pass would have no immediate bearing on whether or not horse traffic could be allowed on a road within the national park. He said he didn't want people to read in the news that a resolution had passed and that be misinterpreted as now horse usage had become legal on national park roads, because that would not be the case. He said the county's definition of what 'normal usage' of the road would be wouldn't matter to the park service.
Magistrate Clark Wood asked County Attorney Greg Vincent for his input on the situation. Vincent said he took issue with some of the things stated by Superintendent Tremble.
"I have no reason to doubt you when you say it would be your intention to want to keep this open for the public use," Vincent said to Tremble. "But I've heard this said now from about five different superintendents during just my few years as County Attorney. I've seen road closed, after road closed, after road closed, and I know many roads that are on that list because I have a full set of papers from that lawsuit that were listed to be kept open for the usual use, and they're gated. They're barred, and that's definitely not the usual use. So, nothing personal against you, sir, but when I hear someone from the federal government and the park service tell me that we want to keep this open for the usual use, to me, that usually means there's going to be a gate put up across it."
Vincent also went on to say that he took issue with Tremble's repeated statement that it was "a unilateral promise."
"No it's not," said Vincent. "As an attorney who deals with contracts, who deals with deeds and lawsuits; when it's put into a judgement, it's not a promise of one party to do something. When a judge signs it, it's an order, it's a requirement."
Magistrate Edd Rich said he felt like it would be advantageous for the county to agree to an ordinance defining the normal use of the road so that Superintendent Barclay could relay that back to the park service. Tremble said he was certainly open to that, but that there where several other road users that were against the horse usage and that park rules and regulations are written and enforced for the betterment of all users of the park, not just specific interests.
After the discussion continued, Magistrate Johnny Brooks made the motion to accept the resolution defining regular use of the road to include horse traffic, which was seconded by Magistrate Joe Durbin. The motion passed; however, horse traffic is still prohibited on Houchin Ferry Road. This resolution only states that Edmonson County Fiscal Court opinion is that "the historical use is the logical definition of the usual use, and that the historical use in 1945 was by automobiles, animal drawn wagons, horseback riders, bicycles and pedestrians."
The passing of the motion does not change the dispute between Mammoth Cave Horse Camp and the park service. It is unknown if and when a resolution between the two will occur.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court appointed Terry "Moose" Massey as the new county Emergency Management Director today, after the resignation of former director Rob McGuffey was recently accepted.
Massey has served in local emergency services in various forms for the past 35 years.
"I want people in Edmonson County to be safe and I want them to feel safe," he said. "An emergency management director has to be prepared and that's what I want to be. I want to plan for the worst but pray for the best."
"Moose," by which most locals know him, is an active member of both the Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments and has worked for the Edmonson County Ambulance Service, the local rescue squad, the Richardsville Fire Department, and is a certified scuba diver. He also is a Fire Service Instructor and regularly teaches classes in that field.
"I've tried to spend my lifetime helping others and this is another way for me to do that," he said. "I love it."
Massey will assume his duties immediately.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
An Illinois man has died as a result of a single vehicle accident this morning on I-65 in Hart County, according to Kentucky State Police.
KSP reported that they responded to a single vehicle injury collision today at 9:58 am (CST) that had occurred southbound on Interstate 65 near the 66 mile marker in Hart County.
According to a press release, the preliminary investigation indicated that Jerry Carter (56) of Harvey, IL who was operating a 2002 Jaguar passenger car, traveled southbound when his vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway. Upon exiting the roadway, the vehicle overturned, ejecting Carter before coming to final rest. Carter was not wearing a seatbelt, and was transported to the Medical Center Hospital at Caverna where he was pronounced deceased.
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Robert Hartley. He was assisted on scene by Master Trooper Timmy Jewell, Bonnieville and Munfordville Fire Departments, and Hart County EMS.
Wet Weather Could Likely Bring This Year's Fair To Early End
Darren Doyle, story: Moriah Peterson, photos:
The weather was uncooperative on Saturday, September 22nd, which prompted the Bullwhip Rodeo, the 2018 Edmonson County Lions Club Fair finale, to cancel earlier today.
Fair officials said the heavy rains in the morning hours were too much for the dirt arena ring at the fairgrounds and that unsafe conditions would be present for rodeo animals and participants.
Rain throughout the day also made for unsafe carnival ride conditions so those activities were also cancelled for Saturday night.
"We're not able to reschedule the rodeo right now," said Fair Board Chairman A.B. Webb. "There's a horse show already scheduled at the fairgrounds for next week. Unless the carnival can open one day this week, they will be finished."
Webb said the decision was ultimately up to Mark's Midway Amusements, the carnival contractor. If they experience any schedule conflicts then this year's fair is officially over.
"Unfortunately, we can't do anything about the weather," Webb said. "We'd like to have one more night but it's out of our hands right now. The fair is scheduled for the same time each year and lots of other schedules have to fit together to make it all work. We'll make a final announcement as soon as we know."
Webb said other than soggy weather, the fair had a good turnout once again this year.
"We appreciate all the hard work our Lions Club volunteers put in for the fair, not just this week, but all year long," he added. "We also want to thank our local emergency workers for helping us throughout the week. It takes several organizations and volunteers to make the fair happen and we're thankful for everyone that helped this year."
All proceeds from the fair help fund all the charitable causes that are sponsored by the Lions Club each year. No member of the Lions Club receives any payment.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Lions Club has announced that tonight's Bullwhip Rodeo has been cancelled due to weather conditions at the fairgrounds.
The organization is currently working on a reschedule date which will be announced as soon it becomes available.
**UPDATE** 9/22/18 8:42AM** The carnival will be closed tonight as well. All fair activities tonight are cancelled.
Darren Doyle, photos:
Here are some of our favorite photos from today's fair day. Please enjoy the slideshow at the bottom.
Moriah Peterson, photos:
The 2018 Edmonson County Fair Parade took place Friday morning September 21st. Did your picture make it into our slideshow? Check it out below.
Looking for the actual parade? Good news--we live streamed the entire thing! Click here to watch.
Did you miss the parade? Were you there but want to watch it again? Good news--we were there and we live -streamed the entire event! Check out the video below with commentary and see this year's winners at the bottom.
Stay connected to Edmonson Voice for a photo slideshow of today's fair parade watchers.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Congressman Brett Guthrie announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development office is awarding a $258,000 grant and a $1,032,000 loan to the Edmonson County Water District.
This investment from the USDA will be used to construct approximately 4.5 miles of water lines that will interconnect with existing lines and to install new hydrants and leak detection meters.
“I am excited to announce this water development investment for Edmonson County,” said Guthrie. “This grant and loan package will help connect 25 new customers to the water system and will improve service for more than 10,400 Edmonson County residents. This is great news for Edmonson County, and I congratulate the Edmonson County Water District on receiving this competitive award.”