Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on three different thefts that have occured on the property of Moutardier Marina since May 23, 2019.
According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, officials are investigating thefts involving a Springdale pull-behind camper, as well as Keystone pull-behind camper. The Springdale Camper was recently recovered abandoned in Hardin County, while the Keystone was recovered, also abandoned at Leitchfield Wal-Mart.
Both campers were stolen from the storage buildings on the property, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In an additional incident, the Sheriff's Office is also investigation a theft where multiple hand tools and trolling motor parts were stolen out of a truck and boat parked in the lot at the marina, all valued at over $1000.
As of now, no arrests have been made in any of these cases.
"If you have any information in these incidents or see anyone suspicious in this area, please call the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729," said the office in a statement.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The following Edmonson County Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College students have been named to the Dean's List and President’s List during the Spring 2019 semester.
Charles Andrew Brooks
Stephen Matthew Bullock
Anthony Tyler Cherry
Madysen Shea Massey*
Ashley Nicole Mcfelia*
To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have been a full-time student and attained a grade average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. To be named to the President’s List, a student must have been a full-time student and attained a 4.0 grade average.
President’s List students are designated by an * after their name.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has released additional information regarding an accidental shooting that claimed the life of a local teenager on June 11th in response to local television outlets seeking more than what was first released.
In a written statement, the Sheriff's Office stated that the accidental shooting took place in the Rocky Hill community.
"The fifteen year old boy, who's name is being withheld, died Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center and has undergone an autopsy by the Tennessee State Medical Examiner," the statement said. "Our investigation is ongoing, but at this time it appears as though it is simply a tragic accident. The young man was with two other juveniles when the accident occurred. All of those involved are juveniles, so all names and personal information is being withheld."
The Sheriff's Office also stated that no on-camera interviews will be conducted, due to the intimate nature of Edmonson County's intimate community.
"Many families have been deeply touched by this horrible accident, and the ECSO is trying diligently to respect the privacy of the families, while also providing the information we can to our trusted media partners," the statement continued. "Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Edmonson County Attorney for review to determine if probable cause for a crime is present, and his office will make the final determination if charges are appropriate."
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Joy Renee Johnson, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. License plate not legible. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Joy Johnson, Improper registration plate. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Continue 7/9/19.
Breanna Houchin, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Rocky Matthew Rogers, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Christopher W. Frogge, Harassing communications. Guilty. Judgment order signed.
Brittany Decker, No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear..
Jessie Lee Taylor, Operate motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. No/expired registration plates. . No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Eric L. Murphy, No operator’s/moped license. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Dismissed.
Travis Damjen Lamar, Speeding 24 mph over limit. Dismissed.
Misty Manon Cox, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/19/19.
Desaray Ann Ford, Speeding 17 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Glenda Lou Barger, Speeding 18 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Carla Jo Goff, Failure to produce insurance card. Dismissed
Three Week Start Time Delay Not Expected To Affect Completion Date Of November 15th
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park’s planned closure of the Green River Ferry Crossing and Green River Ferry Road for a vehicle ramp extension project has been delayed until Monday, July 8 due to changes in the contractor’s construction timeline. The three week delay in the start date will not change the construction schedule’s end date, though, which remains Friday, November 15.
“We have been working closely with our contractor who felt they would not reasonably be able to begin the construction project on the June 17 start date that was originally determined in contract negotiations,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to get the project underway as planned, we know that the slight delay will allow the Green River Ferry Crossing and parking area to be open and accessible during the busy July 4 holiday weekend. This should ease some parking congestion for canoers and kayakers who are planning to access the river and will make it more convenient for visitors who are traveling to the north side of the park for the hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails found there.”
The Green River Ferry ramp extension project will extend the current vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels. The project is being coordinated by the park with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division.
For more information on the Green River Ferry Crossing improvement projects and the Green River Ferry and road closure, please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 for current ferry operating status.
Hodges Named Principal of Grayson County High School Alternative Education Center
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County High School Principal Tommy Hodges has accepted a job at Grayson County Schools as of Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Hodges has been the principal at ECHS for the past five years. Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Patrick Waddell said he was informed by Hodges yesterday that he had been offered and had accepted another position in a different school district, which the Edmonson Voice later learned was Grayson County.
The Grayson County school district said in a statement provided to the Edmonson Voice, "Tommy Hodges has been hired as Principal of the GCHS Alternative Education Center, effective with the 2019-20 school year."
Grayson County Schools Public Information Officer Caryn Lewis also added, "In that role, he will work closely, often one-on-one, with students in a non-traditional, flexible environment that provides the individualized educational, career and personal supports to help them succeed."
"Mr. Tommy Hodges has done a great job as principal at ECHS," said Supt. Waddell. "The school has steadily risen academically during his time as principal and he has had, and has developed positive relationships with our students."
Mr. Hodges spoke to the Edmonson Voice about the difficult decision he made by stepping down as ECHS principal, which he said was led by God and Hodges' family.
"I truly believe that God is with me on this decision," he said. "I thank Him daily on the blessings He has given to me. Also, for the last 12 years I've worked 220 - 240 days per year. It's time for me to be a Husband and Father again. Cindy has supported me for 12 long years as an administrator. There are a lot of afternoons she is left at home while I've attended sporting events and having to stop what I'm doing to answer emails and phone calls. She has carried me through some tough times and has always backed me in my decisions to move schools. Now it's my turn to pay her back by being home more. Being able to spend more time with her. I'll be able to spend more time with my family. I will also have the opportunity to move back to Hart County and be closer to my family."
The Hart County native has resided in Smiths Grove for the past 6 1/2 years.
Supt. Waddell said the high school site based decision making council, or SBDM will undergo training on the hiring of a new principal.
"The council will seek input through surveys from staff, parents and community members." he said. "Until the council is trained, I am unsure when or how this will occur. We currently have this training set to occur on June 27, 2019. It is difficult to establish a timeline when all of this will occur until the SBDM council is trained, but it would be my goal to have the next principal in place before school starts. I believe that Edmonson County has many positive attributes that will attract strong candidates to apply for this position."
Hodges has had an impressive career through his years in education. He served in the role of Title I - January 2000 - May 2000 at Grayson County Middle School, then later served as a science teacher- August 2000 - May 2007, served as Assistant Principal of Grayson County High School July 2007 - June 2010, then as Assistant Principal Warren East High School July 2010 - June 2014, and finally Principal at Edmonson County High School- July 2014 - July 2019.
Grayson County Superintendent Doug Robinson shared some of his thoughts on the hiring of Hodges.
"We are elated to have someone of Mr. Hodges’ caliber and background to lead the AEC forward," he said. “I’m confident he will make a strong impact on the Center and the success of its students.”
Waddell added that Hodges' decision to leave ECHS was a difficult one but he understood the reasons behind it.
"I am saddened to see him leave, but he has given Edmonson County five strong years. I also understand his desire to move into another position that doesn't have the time requirements that being a high school principal carries," he said.
While the dark-bearded, 6'4" principal could be intimidating at times, a large majority of students connected with him on many levels. He often laughed and joked with students and was regularly seen giving high-fives to student athletes on the courts and fields at school events. Hodges also shared his thoughts on why Edmonson County will always be a special place.
"This place has such a laid back, hometown feeling. It's really a little paradise. I'm going to miss a lot of people that I have worked with for the last five years. During this time, the high school has made great strides with accountability, but that's 100% due to the students and staff hard work in the building. I know the site based council will hire the right person for this position, which will be a person that will be able to take the high school higher than I ever could have. The future is bright for ECHS."
Hodges resignation at ECHS will be effective June 28, 2019.
Sheriff's Office Says No Charges Have Been Filed In Tragic Accident
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported what they are calling an accidental shooting that has claimed the life of a 15-year old boy.
According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, a deputy and Edmonson EMS responded to the 911 call around 1:35am this morning that involved the injured teen.
The teen was transported to the Medical Center and then later to Vanderbilt where he was pronounced dead at 7:40am, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said the incident appears to be completely accidental during this point in the investigation and that no charges have been filed.
"We are doing our best to conduct a proper investigation while also respecting the privacy of all involved," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The families, as well as the emergency workers dispatched are all dealing with a terrible situation, and I beg everyone to pray for those suffering through this tragedy."
The incident is still under investigation by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and all names are being withheld at this time.
**Update 6/10/19, 4:02pm: this article was edited to show the age of the victim was 15, not 14 as originally reported. The Sheriff’s Office contacted us and apologized for the incorrect information they gave.
Fiscal Court Report: Driver's Licenses Could Move To County Clerk's Office, Park Mammoth Owners' Bankruptcy Discussed
County Office Reports, MCNP Superintendent Speaks, More:
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, June 10, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse, where the focus of discussion was the voted increase for Edmonson County fire dues.
County Attorney Greg Vincent informed the court that the Fortress Group, DBA Park Mammoth Resort, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a reorganization of debt. Vincent told the court that during the chapter 11 reorganization process, all debts and interests are frozen so that bankruptcy court can evaluate the filing business' plan to pay off current debts.
Vincent said that once the county files their claim with bankruptcy court, the county is almost guaranteed to be paid the money owed. He said generally, all taxes due come before other debts. In March, the county won a judgement against Park Mammoth for $66,000 owed in overdue Room and Recreation taxes. Room tax is revenue for county tourism and the rec tax goes to Parks and Rec.
The Park Mammoth property was recently advertised for sale at auction but is no longer being advertised due to the bankruptcy filing.
The Edmonson Voice obtained a released statement from The Fortress Group, Inc., that outlined their current plan.
The statement said the group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 21, 2019. The statement also said: "The Company intends to use the proceedings to restructure and strengthen its balance sheet and achieve a more sustainable debt profile, while continuing to provide shooting sports, golf and hotel accommodations to its customers frequenting the resort from all over the world well into the future."
The statement concluded with: "Improving The Fortress Group, Inc. balance sheet will help position the company for long-term success and enable it to be a better business partner to the community, its vendor, and its customers. The Fortress Group, Inc. is confident that it can emerge as a stronger, more competitive company with the financial flexibility to invest in innovation and growth to expand its market-leading positions and create solutions and services that will meet our customer needs today and well into the future."
The entire released statement can be read in full by clicking here.
Driver's License services could be moved:
County Clerk Kevin Alexander informed the fiscal court that renewing or obtaining driver's licenses could possibly be moved from the circuit court's office to the county clerk's.
Alexander said that judges would prefer that be the case, since driver's license services are non-court related.
"I don't know when this might be, but if that happens, we're not looking forward to it," he said. He added that it would require more space, resources, and labor for his already busy office to accommodate driver's license services and that he's already inquired about available office space in the Community Center that was formerly occupied by the Head Start Program, which recently moved.
Alexander said a decision would be made at the state level anywhere from six months from now to a few years.
County offices gave the following reports:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said crews had recently completed paving Crump Road and have moved to Oak Hill Road to replace tiles before blacktopping there, in addition to several other roads in District 2. He also reported that his department had purchased a new washer/dryer among other items that Aramark had formerly supplied. Carroll said the department has spent $5200 on the new laundry and uniform configuration, which is a drastic change from their current $17,000 in uniform budget. County Attorney Greg Vincent reported that he had officially submitted the county's request to cancel the current Aramark contract, due to over billing of services used and improper billing of services not used by the county.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said the last two weeks have been extremely busy due to the increased summer activity. He discussed a recent stolen gun arrest and the medal presentation to 7-year old Logan Powell, first reported by the Edmonson Voice, which also made headlines in all other major news outlets in the area.
He also announced that Deputy Stoney Phillips will be leaving the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office to accept a position at Warren County Sheriff's Office. Doyle said he has been very fortunate to keep most of his staff during his time as Sheriff, despite most every other surrounding county being able to offer better pay and benefits. He said that Phillips got a significant pay increase plus hazardous duty retirement. He said until Edmonson County can better compete with surrounding law enforcement agencies, this could occur more often in the future. He ended his report by crediting his office staff for clean audits, and as a result, the office qualifies for what is called an "agreed upon procedure," which is a much simpler and easier audit process with the state.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 20 county inmates housed at Hart County Jail with two on home incarceration.
Mammoth Cave Superintendent Barclay Trimble spoke to the court regarding park updates. He said the park had experienced 57k kids in various programs and camps so far this year. He also said local river use continues to increase since the Lock and Dam 6 removal, and that new rock had been placed at Houchens Ferry boat ramp. He also discussed how Nolin River is now accessible to paddle crafts, but that some problems remain for motor boats. He added that Green River Ferry is shutting down on Monday and will remain closed for approximately 5 months. An entire new ferry will be installed, which will be able to carry more weight (12 tons) and will feature better ramp extensions to help in low water conditions.
Material road bids: Park City Stone, Martin Marietta (formerly Rinker), and Scotty’s Contracting and Stone submitted sealed bids for stone and asphalt mix. Judge Cannon recommended all bids on stone be accepted, according to the location of current ongoing work. A motion was made and passed, and the asphalt bid from Scotty’s was the only one submitted, so another motion was made to accept that bid, which passed.
The court also:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday June 24, 2019 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story:
For the first time in nearly three decades, fire dues are increasing for Edmonson County residents. The 20% increase from the $25 fee that has remained the same for nearly 25 years, according to local departments, passed in a unanimous vote at today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting. Fire dues will increase $5 to $30 per property tax bill when the 2019 bills go out this November.
The discussion first arose during the May 28, 2019 fiscal court meeting when several local fire chiefs attended court in support of the increase. Some of the chiefs shared their respective department's specific needs and why the increase in dues was necessary.
At the previous fiscal court meeting, Judge Wil Cannon told the court that County Attorney Greg Vincent (who was unable to attend the May 28th meeting due to district court scheduling conflicts) requested each county fire department: Lincoln, Kyrock, Bear Creek, Brownsville, Chalybeate, Rocky Hill, and Chalybeate submit bank statements, a financial statement, and other records that could show each respective department's state of financial affairs; however, County Attorney Vincent told the Edmonson Voice today that Judge Cannon misunderstood. Vincent said he only advised the fiscal court to request the information from the fire departments, but since that the county attorney had no vote in the matter, he had no reason to request it.
During the last meeting, Treasurer Tammi Willhite said not all departments had submitted the requested information so no vote was held; however, she presented the following documentation to magistrates and Judge Cannon, which were copies of each department's current financials and plans for the additional revenue the dues increase would bring.
One resident asked Judge Cannon why the increase was needed if the expenses shown on the documentation were lower than the revenue received from each department. Cannon explained so each department could make much needed upgrades to their trucks, equipment, and other gear.
During the vote, Magistrate Corey Vanmeter said "I had a three old that was choking one time. When you need the fire department to come, whether it's $30 or $30,000, you'll pay it," as he voted 'yes.' All magistrates voted the same.
“I know a lot of people may be upset but they need the funding," said Judge Executive Wil Cannon. "Fiscal court says ‘thank you’ and they work really work hard at this. We hope that the additional income is spent wisely and it brings you the help you need,” he said to the fire department representatives that were in attendance.
Darren Doyle, story:
The newest Provost of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) has strong Edmonson County ties. President Dr. Phil Neal recently announced the appointment of Dr. James B. McCaslin as the college’s next Provost, and will succeed Dr. Maggie Schmidt Shelton, who is leaving the position effective June 30th.
“Dr. McCaslin is a proven leader with extensive knowledge and experience in post-secondary education,” said SKYCTC President Dr. Phil Neal. “I look forward to seeing how he further improves student success through his role as Provost at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.”
"It has been my honor to work with the faculty and staff of SKYCTC for the past eight years as we have provided accessible and affordable education and training to all of the communities in the ten counties served by SKYCTC. I am humbled by the faith and confidence that Dr. Neal, the faculty, and the staff of SKYCTC have placed in me, and will continue to dedicate myself to our tradition of academic excellence,” said McCaslin.
“I am especially proud to be able to work at a college that serves my friends and family in Edmonson County,” he added.
McCaslin was instrumental in the implementation of the SKYCTC Dual Credit offerings at Edmonson County High School and at SKYCTC’s Transpark Center, where ECHS students get an early start on their college studies.
McCaslin’s wife, Dr. Sara Beth (Basham) McCaslin, a faculty member of WKU, was raised in Chalybeate. They are both members of Chalybeate United Baptist Church.
With 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, McCaslin currently serves as the SKYCTC Vice President of Outreach and Community Development, providing senior leadership to the college’s Franklin-Simpson Center, Workforce Solutions, Dual Credit, SKY FAME, and Skills U (Adult Education) programming. Before joining SKYCTC, McCaslin was the Assistant Director of Western Kentucky University’s campus in Glasgow.
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) honored over 800 candidates receiving 1,354 credentials (certificates, diplomas, and degrees) at the College’s Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 10, 2019. The ceremonies were held at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC).
"We honor each of our graduates for the hard work they put forth to achieve their career goals. We also pay tribute to the family and friends for their great support of the graduates, as well as to the SKYCTC faculty and staff for their commitment to student success," states SKYCTC President Dr. Phillip Neal.
The following Edmonson County students are 2019 SKYCTC graduates:
Bailey Board*, Alyssa Breann Brooks, Stephen Bullock**, Bailey Hunter Burba**, Lauren Elizabeth Carey, Richie Austin Carter, Jennifer Marie Daugherty*, Madeline Brooke Davis, Kimberly Duvall**, Ariel Hodge, Kelsey Nicole Janes. Tiffany Morgan Key, Cassandra Larson, Michael David Leath, Hannah Lindsey, Avery Nadine Lindsey, Danielle Marie Lindsey, Madysen Shea Massey**, Ashley McFelia**, Rebecca Lynn Oller*. Jaimee Brookee Payton, Austin Shane Pierce, Haley N. Skaggs, Peyton Christopher Talley*, Benjamin Steven Thomas, Brenna Wilson, McKenna Marie Wood**, Lacey Elizabeth Young
* with distinction
** with high distinction
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Another scam is making it's way around Edmonson County that the local Sheriff's Office is calling a Civil Summons Scam.
In a press release from the Sheriff's Office, officials say they've received several calls over the last two days from residents in the county who say they've received phone calls from an unknown individual asking them to verify the last four digits of their social security number and their birth date. The individual then informs the resident that they have their address and will be at that location to serve a Civil Summons on behalf of local officials and Edmonson County Court.
"While Plaintiffs can hire an individual to serve civil papers; it is not common practice that information pertaining to social security numbers and birth dates would be verified over the phone," said the press release.
According to the Sheriff, a Civil Summons is filed with the Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office and then the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office is entrusted with serving that summons-- if the address listed on the summons is in Edmonson County.
"It is the department’s typical process to mail a letter to the defendant, making them aware that legal action has been filed against them in the form of a civil summons and we then ask that they contact the department to arrange for a time to be served, either here at the office or at their residence," said the release.
Officials added that the letter will be signed by the Sheriff's Office Records & Warrant Clerk, Melissa Newkirk.
"In the event the Sheriff’s Department does attempt to serve a Civil Summons at a residence, our Sheriff, as well as our Deputies, will be wearing department issued attire that clearly distinguishes them as an officer with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office."
Sheriff Shane Doyle had this official statement: "With so many phone scams circulating, it is never a good idea to answer any questions over the phone if they pertain to verifying such personal information as your social security number, birth date, or even address. Even if the questions are asked in a yes or no format, we don’t recommend answering, because there is such a risk of the call being a scam."
Phone scams can be reported to the Attorney General’s Office at 502-696-5300.
The following Western Kentucky University students were named to the honors lists for the spring 2019 semester. Full-time undergraduate students with a semester grade-point average of 3.4 to 3.79 are named to the Dean’s List. Students with a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 are named to the President’s List. Their names are marked with an asterisk (*).
Each name is listed by the zip code of the student's respective address.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Local 7-year old hero Logan Powell was honored this evening at the Edmonson County Courthouse as Sheriff Shane Doyle held a special ceremony on his behalf. The Sheriff said he read about Logan's heroic deeds last week on the Edmonson Voice and felt like Logan needed to be recognized by his office.
Logan was recently with his grandfather, Leroy Childress in a field off of Old Kyrock Road when Mr. Childress had a medical emergency, fell, and couldn't get up. Quick thinking and the precise following of instructions allowed Logan to get his grandfather's cell phone, find cell signal, and call for help.
"When I'm trying to find a deputy, that's the kind of person I'm looking for," said Sheriff Doyle. "Who knows, son," he said to Logan. "Maybe one day, if you want to be a police officer, maybe we'll have a spot for you here on our department."
The Sheriff then asked Logan to come forward as he then presented him with a framed certificate and a medal that was engraved "SUPERHERO" on one side and on the other, "Logan Powell, Lifesaving Award Presented By Edmonson County Sheriff."
Sheriff Doyle then asked Logan to describe what happened on that day.
"He fell down in the cornfield and couldn't get up," said the bright-eyed boy. "I finally found him 'cause I was walking around the cornfield... He told me to 'come here, bend down on your knee and try to help me up' but he didn't try and he said 'I don't want to try because I'm afraid I'll hurt you.' He got up but he was shaking and he fell back down."
Logan said his grandfather told him to get his phone but it had no signal. That's when Logan's parents said he moved around to get enough signal to call Logan's grandmother, Leivia Childress.
Mrs. Childress said the signal was still bad, but she was getting a word here and there, which was enough to find them in the field.
"He'll always be our hero," said Mrs. Childress, and the Sheriff agreed.
Logan was all smiles as he sat with his family, sporting the new medal around his neck.
"I'm everybody's hero, even though I drive people crazy," Logan said as everyone shared a laugh.
Butler County Detective Named KSP Detective of the Year
Darren Doyle, story: KSP, photo:
Gov. Matt Bevin joined Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders in recognizing 58 KSP troopers and officers for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony held in Lexington on May 30th, where local Trooper Daniel Priddy was honored with "Trooper of the Year."
Senior Trooper Priddy earned the distinction as being named the statewide “Trooper of the Year” throughout all 16 KSP post districts, for his contributions and dedication to the agency.
Also honored in the ceremony was Detective Josh Amos who was named “Detective of the Year” for Kentucky State Police, Post 3 Bowling Green.
Kentucky State Police Major John Clark and Post 3 Captain Tim Adams say they are proud of the commitment and efforts of these two, and they are certainly worthy of their titles. When referring to Trooper Priddy’s statewide distinction, Major Clark was quoted as saying, “Trooper Priddy is a shining example of devoted service. Tracing all the way back to the beginning, with his efforts as a dispatcher, stemming throughout his career, to where he is now with being an accident reconstructionist. I don’t recall a trooper at Post 3 ever being named as statewide Trooper of the Year. It is quite an accomplishment.”
Trooper Priddy, an Edmonson County native, is a 15 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment for 5 years. He is a graduate of Edmonson County High School and attended Western Kentucky University. Trooper Priddy served as a Kentucky State Police Telecommunicator from 2004-2014 until entering the KSP academy. He is the son of Rondal and Theresa Priddy of Brownsville, KY.
"I’m honored to even be nominated for the award," said Trooper Priddy to the Edmonson Voice. "I definitely didn’t expect it but you don’t get into law enforcement for awards. You do this job because you want to help people and make a difference. That’s the greatest reward I could ask for. So to be recognized for my efforts in trying to be a help to my community is a tremendous honor."
Detective Amos, a Butler County native, is a 7 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment as Detective for 3 years. Detective Amos is a graduate of Butler County High School. Detective Amos has served roles in Law Enforcement with other local agencies, and has been assigned to Post 3 as a road Trooper from July 2012 to May 2016 prior to his assignment as Detective.
Trooper Priddy discussed what it was like being able to work in his hometown and around Edmonson County.
"Edmonson County is a great place to live," he said. "It’s one of the reasons I became a Trooper. I can remember as a kid seeing the Troopers that I knew in the area teaching DARE, being around the schools, or driving up the road in their cruisers and it made me want to go into this line of work. I knew who these people were, what they stood for, and it made an impression. I’m just happy to be able to work locally and and do what I can for my community and surrounding areas."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two females have been arrested in connection with a stolen firearm, one being a teenage juvenile, after an incident at Nolin Lake over the weekend, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, and District 5 Constable responded to multiple 911 calls from the Nolin Lake State Park of a large fight on Sunday evening, June 2nd. Law enforcement responded and located a a blue Nissan Altima that matched the description given by witnesses who reported that the car fled the scene with several girls inside who were involved in a large altercation.
According to the Sheriff's Office, witnesses reported that one of the females involved had a handgun. Authorities said the District 5 Constable located the car and held all subjects involved at gunpoint until more units could arrive. The Sheriff's Office and Brownsville Police detained all occupants of the vehicle upon arrival while a search was made of the vehicle and surrounding area.
Law enforcement located a handgun in a grassy area near the vehicle matching the description of the gun that witnesses saw. A serial number check of the gun revealed that the weapon had been reported stolen out of Louisville.
The driver of the vehicle, Savannah L. Van Meter, was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant, and a juvenile female was also arrested for Receiving Stolen Property (handgun) and Possession of Marijuana. Van Meter was lodged in the Hart County Jail, while the juvenile was lodged in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Kentucky Senate Bill 150, also known as "The Constitutional Carry Law," is set to go into effect on July 1, 2019. The bill passed through both the senate and house earlier this year and was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin in March. The bill allows those who can legally own a firearm to carry a concealed firearm without a permit anywhere not already prohibited by law. Carrying firearms is prohibited in courthouses, airports, and other government buildings.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that even though the law will not require a permit to conceal carry, he is still advocating for those who have a KY CCDW permit to keep them, and those who do not to get one if they plan to carry.
"I've always believed in our second amendment rights and that hasn't changed, but I also believe in the safe handling of firearms along with the proper education on how to use, carry, and when deadly force is appropriate under Kentucky law," he said.
Doyle said another key advantage to keeping or receiving a CCDW permit is that other states will recognize KY's permits if you travel across state lines. Not having a permit could get you in big trouble if you choose to conceal carry in another state without a permit.
Currently, a valid Kentucky permit is recognized in 37 other states. Click here for the complete list.
"Let's say you don't have a permit and you're a law-abiding citizen that's never been in any sort of trouble but you get stopped for whatever reason in Tennessee with a concealed weapon. You could be facing a $500 fine and 30 days in jail," he said. "With your valid KY permit, you could save yourself a lot of trouble."
Sheriff Doyle also said taking a CCDW class teaches you about KY's deadly force laws and specific examples of what could happen in a potential deadly force situation. Also taught is proper carrying techniques, general firearm safety, and proper handling and cleaning. You must also use your firearm during the class and your permit also serves as another form of photo I.D.. It can also speed up the process when purchasing a new firearm.
Kentucky is also one of 45 states in the U.S. that allows open carry of a firearm for legal owners.
Sheriff Doyle said anyone looking for more information on CCDW permits can contact the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or contact a local firearms dealer.
Darren Doyle, story:
Eight educators from across Kentucky have been named “All Stars” as part of the first-annual KET Education All Stars program, including one local educator.
Dee Dee Webb, district technology integration specialist for Grayson County Schools, was one of the eight who received honors.
"Dee Dee has exemplified the role of technology use in the classroom—whether through her work as a classroom teacher, media specialist, technology coordinator, STLP sponsor, or technology integration specialist," said a statement from KET. "She regularly shares KET’s resources when she provides training on integration, differentiation, and self-paced learning opportunities for teachers and students in her district. And she likewise shares her knowledge at various statewide learning events, including KET Multimedia Day and KET EdCamp."
The KET Education All Stars program salutes educators who exemplify what it means to support student achievement through innovative and engaging use of technology. Those chosen will receive paid registration and travel to the annual KET Multimedia Professional Development Day, scheduled for July 17 at KET’s offices in Lexington. All Stars also enjoy opportunities to network and collaborate with the KET Education team throughout the school year.
Also receiving the awards were: Jessica Kiser, preschool/Head Start teacher at Allen Elementary (Floyd County Schools), Sam Northern, library media specialist at Simpson Elementary (Simpson County Schools), Janet Lanham, media services resource librarian (Jefferson County Public Schools), Emily Northcutt, library media specialist at Hearn Elementary (Franklin County Schools), Letitia Rudie, library media specialist at Catlettsburg Elementary and Summit Elementary (Boyd County Schools), Candace Nickles, library media specialist at Beaver Creek Elementary (Knott County Schools), and Diane Kelley, director of Hardin County Skills U Adult Education Center.
Dee Dee, her husband Joey Webb, who is an educator at ECMS, and their two children, reside in Edmonson County.
Darren Doyle, story:
On Thursday, May 30th, Warren East High School announced Sweeden resident and ECHS graduate Jonathan Williams as the new principal of Warren East High School during a site based decision-making council meeting (SBDM).
A 2001 graduate of Edmonson County, Mr. Williams currently serves as the principal of H.W. Wilkey Elementary School in Grayson County. Prior to his role as H.W. Wilkey Principal, he was a special education teacher at North Warren Elementary School from 2009-2011. Throughout his tenure in education, Mr. Williams has served the students of Hardin County, Edmonson County, and Glasgow Independent School District. He's also served as an interventionist and assistant principal.
"I’m very humbled and excited about having the opportunity to lead Warren East High School," Williams said in an interview with the Edmonson Voice. "It’s a blue collar community with a lot of pride, energy and talented people. The facilities and grounds are the best I’ve ever seen at a high school, and the opportunities for students at the high school level in Warren County are unbelievable. I’m excited to be a part of it."
In a statement released from Warren County Schools, Superintendent Rob Clayton was quoted as saying, “We were fortunate to have some strong applicants interested in the Warren East High School principal position and Mr. Jonathan Williams’ experience as a successful building level leader truly stood out to the committee. Mr. Williams has demonstrated the ability to transform a culture through high expectations for accountability and his enthusiasm for this opportunity resonated throughout the interview process." he added. "This is an exciting time for the entire WEHS school community and we look forward to what lies ahead under Mr. Williams leadership.”
Williams also said he's received plenty of love and support from his family.
"My wife Whitney, daughters, Cariann (11), Catherine (4), Chloe (2) and my son Camden (8) ,have been extremely supportive of me always and also are very excited about us joining the Warren East family. We will miss our Wilkey family."
Williams graduated from WKU with a bachelors in 2007, completed his masters in special education in 2010, and a rank one in educational leadership from University of the Cumberlands in 2012. He is currently enrolled at University of the Cumberlands as he works toward a superintendent certification.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Brittany Decker, No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/11/19.
Cody W. Hennion, Rear license not illuminated. Excessive windshield/window tinting. Possession of marijuana. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/23/19.
Melvin Donald Howell, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Menacing. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Alicia Ferguson, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Samantha M. Loder, Speeding 25 mph over limit. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Continue to 6/25/19.
Gerald N. McDonner Jr., No motorcycle operator’s license. No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/27/19.
Westley D. Moyer, Improper start from parked position. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue to 6/11/19.
Tammy Dennis, No/expired registration plates. Continue to 6/11/19.
Devin Smith, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Failed to appear.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Mark David Sheehan, Motorboats to be registered and numbered. Dismissed.
Dinanga Dinanga, Possession of marijuana, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Unlawful imprisonment- first degree. Possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/25/19.
Steven R. Parrish, Operate motor vehicle under influence alcohol/drugs second offense. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/23/19.
Larry Mitchell Lawson, Fleeing or evading police, first degree, on foot. Assault- third degree- police/probation officer- identify. Criminal mischief- third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/25/19.
Michael Meredith, Fleeing or evading police, second degree, on foot. Wanton endangerment- second degree- police officer. Escape- third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Troy Tristian Roark, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Resisting arrest. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/11/19.
Dylan M. Lemieux, Resisting arrest. Assault fourth degree domestic violence, minor injury. Assault third peace officer non-communicable bodily fluid. Assault-third degree-police/probation officer identify. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/11/19.
Road Dept. Uniform/Laundry Service Discontinued, County Turns Rescue Squad Insurance Premiums Back Over To Squad
Darren Doyle, story:
The first reading of the 2019/2020 fiscal year county budget was approved today at the May 28, 2019 fiscal court meeting. The meeting was moved from Monday to Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The budget amount approved at today's first reading was $2,989,117 for the general county budget and $2,123,848 for the county road department. One more reading is required before the budget will be put into effect on July 1, 2019.
In county office reports, the following representatives updated the court:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll discussed ordering a new ditching attachment which cost over $8K, but proceeds from the recent surplus sale covered the expense. He also discussed several blacktopping projects that are ongoing throughout the county. He reported the hiring of one full time employee and two part-time employees, which were approved later in the meeting by magistrates. He added that tile and road work is ongoing in District 1 and mowers are currently in District 6, in the Roundhill area.
Also later in the meeting, magistrates voted to discontinue the Road Department's agreement with uniform and laundry provider Aramark, upon Carroll's recommendation. He said that the county could save $10K - $12K per year in costs by purchasing their own uniforms, a commercial washer and dryer, and allowing the department to maintain clothing themselves. He noted that Aramark had charged the county $1900 for shop towel service over the course of 43 weeks and $1112 for floor mat service. "They're ripping the county off," he said. Carroll also added that there were many charges that were simply bogus while other services used by the department that were legitimate costs were far higher than necessary.
Judge Cannon said there was no record of the county agreeing or signing a contract with the uniform and laundry service provider. “We need to stop doing business with this company immediately,” said Cannon. This has just been wasted money over the past 10 years." A motion was made by Magistrate Edd Rich and seconded by Magistrate Johnny Brooks. The motion passed to discontinue the agreement and purchase a washer and dryer for the department.
Sheriff Report: Deputy Stoney Phillips gave the Sheriff's report in today's meeting in place of Sheriff Shane Doyle, was was unable to attend today's meeting. Phillips said that local law enforcement had a busy holiday weekend with increased lake patrol but that luckily, none of the calls resulted in anything too serious or personal injuries. He said two of the older vehicles are in the shop: one for routine maintenance and the other for repair from overheating while on a call this weekend. He noted that all new vehicles are running smoothly with no issues.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 26 current county inmates in the Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He added that one inmate had an emergency room visit because an unnamed item was lodged in his ear.
County Clerk Report: Clerk Kevin Alexander updated the court on last week's election day, which he described as "not busy" with a 20% voter turnout. That low amount was actually up from 12% turnout, which was statewide. He discussed the difficulty in finding poll workers and that last Monday his office had a major issue with computer server, of which his office is currently at the mercy of Windstream, which drew several jeers from those in attendance.
"When our website is down, it affects our PVA and others seeking title information," he said. He also encouraged magistrates to pass along thanks to local poll workers. He commended all local workers for another job well done.
Tourism Report: Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported on plans for new cabin improvements at Mammoth Cave, which included renovations to the hotel and restaurant, as well as parking lots, entrance and landscaping. She also updated the court on the application for the county to become an official Trail Town, which had finally been officially submitted. She said from here, it's about a 45 day process to find out the result of application, which she believes the county is highly favored for approval.
Rescue Squad Insurance Issue: During the last meeting, the court discussed the discovery of the county paying the insurance premiums for the county's rescue squad, dating back to 2011; however, Judge Cannon said no record of fiscal court approving the funding could be found in previous minutes. Today, Cannon said he was contacted by former treasurer Ann Bullock, who said the payments were indeed approved by the court, but in a larger budget line item labeled as "vehicle insurance." Cannon said the premiums were approved in a budget transfer, which is why it didn't show up specifically in the minutes.
"At that time, the Rescue Squad was having some financial issues and that's why they asked the county to help them," said Cannon. "We've discovered that they are no longer having those financial issues and they can now pay those premiums themselves. We would still help if needed, but they have more money in reserve than we do. If problems arise in future, the county will look into helping them again."
The cost of the premiums are about $3K per year, according to Cannon. A motion was made and seconded and passed to stop payments of the Rescue Squad insurance premiums.
The court also:
A new motion was made by Wood, seconded by Rich to reappoint Willhite as treasurer, but at the same rate of pay, to be re-evaluated in 6 months. The motion passed unanimously.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for June 10, 2019 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Representatives from four county fire departments attended the Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting to discuss their support for a slight increase in fire dues before the 2019 property tax bills are issued in November.
According to Judge Executive Wil Cannon, County Attorney Greg Vincent requested each county fire department: Lincoln, Kyrock, Bear Creek, Brownsville, Chalybeate, Rocky Hill, and Chalybeate submit bank statements, a financial statement, and other records that could show each respective department's state of financial affairs. County Treasurer Tammi Willhite said not all departments complied with the request for information.
Chiefs or representatives from Kyrock, Lincoln, Wingfield, and Chalybeate were at today's meeting and discussed the continuous growing financial demands on county fire departments but with revenues that don't really ever increase. Edmonson County property owners currently pay $25 per year in fire dues.
Lincoln Fire Chief Steve Sanders said one could take a look at some neighboring counties' dues and see that they are $35 and up. Edmonson County property owners currently pay $25 per year in local fire dues, which are included in each property tax bill. Sanders went through a short list of bills that Lincoln recently acquired which included a $204K tanker truck, which more that $150K was borrowed for the purchase, a $10K/yr insurance policy, and the constant need for updated turnout gear for firefighters that can be as high as $3K per firefighter.
Lannie Deweese, one of Kyrock's representatives, said that increasing the current dues from $25 to $30 was not a want, but rather a need. He also described several recent and upcoming expenses from his department that included an estimate of $22K in turnout gear alone that will be required by regulations next year.
Deweese also noted that some departments had been put in an even worse financial bind due to poor management by the respective fire department boards. Each department is made up of elected boards that make the larger financial decisions. Deweese said it was imperative that each department be held accountable for financial decisions made, and Judge Cannon agreed and noted that that was the whole purpose of the County Attorney requesting financial information.
Judge Cannon noted that fire dues were first added to property tax bills in 2008 and there have been no requests to increase them during that time period. Dues have remained at $25 per year for even several years before that. It was also noted that while each tax payer had the right to opt out of the automatic payment, the county has an approximate 95% participation rate according to county PVA Kyle White. The opt out choice is a result of the money being a due, not a tax. Specific taxes listed on property tax bills are required by law while dues are options.
The fiscal court must vote on whether to include the increase on the 2019 property tax bills or not. Treasurer Willhite noted that the County Attorney, who could not attend today's meeting due to district court, would not be able to give an accurate report until all the proper information was submitted for review.
Emergency Management Director Terry "Moose" Massey, who is a member of both Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments, asked the treasurer to create a form that outlined the requested information more clearly, to which she agreed.
A motion was made to table the item until the next meeting by Clark Wood and seconded by Edd Rich, so that the proper information could be submitted and reviewed by the County Attorney. The motion to table the vote passed.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Community members, county and state officials, veterans and their families joined together on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019 to honor fallen soldiers at the annual ceremony in Edmonson County.
The ceremony featured guest speaker Leon Tarter, a U.S Army WWII veteran and Edmonson County native. Other guest speakers included State Representative Michael Lee Meredith and Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
The South Edmonson Bulldog Choir, led by Jessica Doyle performed the "Star Spangled Banner" and "American Tears". Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle sang "God Bless America".
Local DAV Commander, Jack Hasty, welcomed guests and the flag was presented by VFW Post 6937 Honor Guard, and Scouts of America Pack 597. The Service Flags were presented by Scouts of America Troop 114. Girl Scout Troop 313 presented the POW/MIA flag during the ceremony. Scouts of America Pack 597 also conducted the placing of the wreath.
Maurita Miller, DAV Auxiliary Commander read a tribute to this year's featured veteran, Sgt. Charles Wayne Graham, who was killed in action on March 12, 1968 in Binh Duong, Vietnam.
DAV District 2 and Chapter 32 Adjutant, Mike Stoyonovich read the poem "Just a Common Solider". Penny Saltsman, DAVA Adjutant recognized all veterans present at the ceremony and Invocation was by Bro. Jerry Patton.
The Calling of Names of the fallen was conducted and the bell was tolled in their honor. The ceremony was concluded with the 21-gun salute by the local VFW Honor Guard and "Taps," played by Benny Durbin.
Johnson And Miller Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: ECMS Academic Team Coaching Staff, contributors, photos:
On Monday, May 27, 2019 The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team won the New Orleans division of the Junior National Academic Championship for the second year-in-a row. The ECMS team dominated the competition with a perfect 9-0 record and scored an average of 484.4 points per game.
The overall National academic champion will be declared later next month following the conclusion of all the national regional competitions. The championship is similar to a college football bowl system with different criteria. The stats and performances from each of the four regional champions are then compared in order to name the final national winner.
ECMS started the tournament with a 555 to 35 win over Deerfield Prep School from Albany, Georgia. Next, they defeated Woodland Junior High School, a former JNAC champion, by a score of 410 to 210. In their third game, ECMS outscored Ramsey C, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 460 to 120. Bayou Community Academy Charter School of Thibodaux, Louisiana, fell to the ECMS team in game four by a score of 495 to 120. The Wildcats overwhelmed Mount De Sales Academy (Blue Team) of Macon, Georgia, by a score of 415 to 90 in game five.
ECMS concluded its preliminary matches with an impressive 395 to 250 victory over Mount De Sales Academy (Gold Team). The team’s unbeaten record and tournament leading average of 455 points per game earned ECMS the number one seed in the playoffs.
On Memorial Day, ECMS started its march toward tournament victory with a crushing defeat of eSTEM (Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Charter School of Little Rock, Arkansas. In the quarterfinal match, ECMS outscored eSTEM 200 to 0 in the fourth quarter and by a final score of 520 to 105.
In the semi-finals match, ECMS once again faced Mount De Sales Gold. ECMS led 90 to 40 at the end of the first quarter. ECMS stretched its lead to 245 to 55 by halftime. ECMS ended the game with a tournament high of 595 to 125.
In the championship match, the unbeaten ECMS faced the unbeaten Ramsey Junior High School (A team) of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The ECMS team took the lead on the first question of the game and never looked back. By halftime, ECMS had stretched its lead to 215 to 60. ECMS continued its dominance in the second half by outscoring Ramsey A 200 to 60 in the fourth quarter. ECMS ended the game with a resounding victory of 515 to 215.
At the conclusion of the championship game, tournament director, Chip Beall, presented the first place trophy to the Edmonson County team. Mr. Beall declared Brody Johnson as the tournament’s most valuable player. To complete an amazing day, Mr. Beall inducted Brody Johnson and Jonas Miller into the Junior National Academic Championship Hall of Fame.
Coach Greg Grey provided the following remarks. “Never have I been more proud of the ECMS academic team. We completely dominated the New Orleans tournament," he said.
He continued by explaining that the team's margin of victory was over 70 points per game more than last year, and that was enough to win a national championship.
"We soundly defeated several elite schools on the way to the tournament championship," Coach Grey continued. "In this tournament and in every tournament for four years, Brody and Jonas amazed spectators and competitors with their knowledge and speed. Brody and Jonas proved to be a one-two knockout combination to all of our opponents. Their calmness under pressure and integrity shone through during the competition. Brody’s MVP this year and Jonas’s MVP last year, along with their induction into the Hall of Fame, stand as a testament to their achievements as academic players. Evy Bolton and Brycen Daniels made key scoring contributions during our tournament run. Also, I need to recognize Taylor, Alex, Glenna, Emma, Lyla, Ace, Ashton, and Ian for the hours and hours of practice, play, and support each of them gave to this team. Our success hinges on not only the hard work of players, but also of that of our coaches. A special thanks is owed to Alan Florence, Nick Skaggs, and Robin Grey. As always, the support of our school and community is so greatly appreciated. The generosity of many Edmonson Countians helped make this trip to New Orleans possible."
"We have to wait until the remaining JNAC tournaments are concluded to find out if we are indeed the national champions once again. Our record stands at an incredible 91 wins and 1 loss. I conclude my remarks with this for our team:
‘The race is done.
The victory won.
In my hearts you will always be number one.’”
The national champion should be named sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. While nothing is guaranteed, the Wildcats' performance makes them heavily favored to become back-to-back champions, which is unheard of for a school the size of Edmonson County.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On Saturday evening at 7:49 pm (CST) the Kentucky State Police Post 3, Bowling Green received a call for service in reference to a two vehicle injury collision involving a passenger van and a tow truck. The collision had occurred southbound at the 68 mile marker of Interstate 65, approximately 2 miles south of Bonnieville in Hart County. Trooper Daniel Priddy, along with other KSP personnel, responded to the collision, according to a press release from KSP.
KSP reported that the investigation revealed that Agustin M. Gonzalez (36, male) of Cary, NC was operating a 2013 Dodge Caravan traveling southbound in the left lane of Interstate 65. An uninvolved non-injury collision had occurred ahead, and the operator of a 2018 International tow truck owned by Crossroads Towing, equipped with yellow caution emergency lights, had stopped partially in the left lane to assist the involved occupant. Gonzalez failed to see the stationary tow truck, striking it in a rear end manner. The tow truck was not occupied at the time of the collision.
The tow truck operator, Jeffrey D. Watkins (55, male) of Rockfield, KY was not injured. Augustin Gonzalez was pronounced deceased on scene by the Hart County Coroner’s Office. A passenger, Noelle Gonzalez (6, female) was transported to Caverna Memorial Hospital and pronounced deceased by the Hart County Coroner.
A second passenger, Gwendolyn Gonzalez (2, female) was flown to Norton’s Hospital, and later succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. A third passenger, Nicholas C. Gonzalez (8, male) was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
All occupants were restrained at the time of the collision, according to KSP.
The investigation continues and is currently being led by Trooper Daniel Priddy. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Hart County Emergency Management, Bonnieville Fire Department, Hart County Coroner’s Office, and Hart County EMS.