Edmonson County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, according to Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander, due to the potential for hazardous road conditions.
The day will be utilized as NTI Day #5, Alexander said.
Edmonson County Schools have been cancelled for Tuesday, January 31, 2023, due to the potential for winter weather and hazardous road conditions.
Students will utilize NTI day #4, according to school officials.
Current forecasts are estimating 0.1 to 0.25 inches of ice could fall locally after 9PM on Monday night which could cause slick road roads Tuesday morning.
Darren Doyle, story:
Warrants have been issued for a suspect in multiple burglaries in the Nolin Lake area that took place on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th according to Edmonson County Sheriff James Vincent.
The suspect was driving a silver 2014 Ford Flex that was stolen out of Grayson County, Vincent said.
"We think he may have fled to Tennessee," he added.
Vincent said that the burglaries took place in the Cave Hollow Bay area as well as Salings Grocery on Nolin Dam Road.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2729.
Emotional Ceremony Draws Sellout Crowd
The inaugural class of the Edmonson County Hall of Distinguished Alumni, 2023: L-R: Johnny Pete Vincent, the late David Webb (accepted by wife Ann Webb), MSgt. Larry Hawks, Johnny Webb, Jeanne Patton, Jerry Patton, Dr. Kevin Clemmons.
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
It was a wide range of emotions last night as seven inductees were honored as the first class of newly-formed Edmonson County Hall of Distinguished Alumni (HODA) in a packed house at Tayvin Gardens event venue in Chalybeate.
The event was held in conjunction with the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce, who also held a ribbon cutting with the HODA Committee members.
The Committee, who organized and planned the event, had first estimated about 150 people to attend.
"When we first started trying to plan the event, we were hoping150 to 200 people, but to have this many is overwhelming," said Committee Chair Amanda Lich. Nearly 300 attended the ceremony, which included a buffet dinner, video presentations for each inductee that were organized by the Edmonson County High School Student Leadership group, led by senior Cooper Clark, and remarks from each inductee.
As Edmonson County High School Principal Jonathan Williams explained the origin of HODA, he said that one of his main goals was to remind current students that they can achieve great things despite attending school in a small county.
"Some of us have been told you can't do that or achieve that, because it's Edmonson County," he said to the crowd. "That's not true and we want to change that conversation."
Williams first began researching ways to bring either an alumni association or distinguished alumni committee to Edmonson County a few years ago. He helped assemble the current Committee, which consists of himself, Chair Amanda Lich, Darrell Cassady, Regina Byrd, Melinda Campbell, Darren Doyle, and Morgan Esters. Johnny Webb is also a member of the Committee, however, he recused himself from recent activities once he was informed he had been nominated as an inductee.
Chamber President Darren Doyle also addressed the crowd where some of his opening remarks echoed those from Williams. He said the mission of HODA is to instill a larger sense of Edmonson County pride to each other and to the younger generation, as well as "Reminding our students that you CAN do great things; that our county IS a good AND honorable place; and that you can be proud to tell anyone that you grew up in our communities and that YOU are a Wildcat Alumnus of Edmonson County High School."
The acceptance speeches from the inductees were filled with humbleness, gratitude, and inspiration.
Among those that were inducted were Dr. Kevin Clemmons, a 1978 alumnus who has been an area dentist for 30 years. He was an integral part of the 1976 KHSAA boys basketball state championship team as the starting point guard and also has remained part of Edmonson County Athletics as a coach in various roles. His family's philanthropy in Edmonson County has had a major impact on the girls' softball team facilities.
Clemmons credited his parents, Pete and Carol Clemmons, his wife Natalie, and his children and grandchildren for his success. He also gave thanks to God for his lifetime opportunities.
Edmonson County High School Youth Leadership members front row L-R: Olivia Stice, Makaylee Thompson. Middle row L-R: Greenlee Goins, Caroline Hodges, Emma Lashley. Second from top, L-R: Cooper Clark, Beth Elmore, Ian White. Top row, L-R: Wade Luttrell, Ethan Edwards, Samuel Skaggs, Cam Lich, Ty Brantley.
Master Sergeant Larry Hawks, US Army Ret., a 1988 graduate of ECHS, was also inducted. Hawks is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross Award, the second-highest military honor awarded by the U.S. Army for gallantry under fire as a member of 3rd Special Forces Group on July 24 and July 25, 2005, in Afghanistan.
MSgt Hawks has a decorated military career that spans more than 30 years. In his remarks, he honored his home community of Wingfield and his family.
"You hear people say, 'well, I can't do that.' Well, just look in the mirror because the only person keeping you from doing something is you," Hawks said to the crowd.
In addition, Mrs. Jeanne Patton, class of 1966, was inducted into the Hall. She also credited God and family members for her success, as well as her father. She helped grow the Bank of Edmonson County to what it is today, as she became one of the first female banking leaders in our region.
In describing Edmonson County in one word, she said "Community." She was moved with emotion as she addressed the crowd.
Brother Jerry Patton, class of 1961, was also inducted. His 60 years in the funeral business highlights a long and successful career; however, his volunteer work with virtually every county organization over decades of service time was also duly noted.
Also a longtime minister and local pastor, who is estimated to have helped in over 500 revivals, when asked what was his greatest accomplishment, he replied "helping people to the Lord and seeing souls saved."
Johnny Pete Vincent, class of Kyrock High School, 1959, was also inducted into the Hall. A gifted high school athlete, once scoring 50 points for the Blackhawks, he began the first real physical education program in local schools as a young teacher. He served as principal at ECHS for 13 years, which was also during the 1976 State Championship run. A gifted Sunday School teacher and church deacon, he also thanked God, his wife, and his family in his humble remarks.
The late David Webb, a 1959 graduate of Brownsville High School was also honored as an inductee. Mr. Webb served as a longtime educator and superintendent of Edmonson County Schools and played a vital role in the building of the first version of Edmonson County's current high school. Utilizing relationships in Frankfort and lobbying for the betterment of education in his community, a new high school was built in 1981.
His oldest son, Tommy Webb, graciously accepted the award on his father's behalf and said his entire family was honored to be part of such a class.
The last inductee of the night was entrepreneur and former Bowling Green Mayor Johnny Webb, ECHS class of 1961. He helped develop Operation Pride and Beatify I-65 in the Bowling Green area. He also played a pivotal role in the location of the KY Transpark, in order for it to be closer to Edmonson County for job opportunities. He gave the most humorous remarks of the evening, poking a little fun at some of his former classmates and community friends and family. He also poked fun at himself by sharing comical anecdotes from his high school years. He was also greatly humbled by his induction of the inaugural class.
Edmonson County Hall of Distinguished Alumni 2023 Selection Committee Members back row L-R: Darrell Cassady, Darren Doyle, Jonathan Williams. Front row L-R: Morgan Esters, Amanda Lich, Melinda Campbell, Regina Byrd.
Each inductee was presented an engraved medallion and will have an honorary plaque displayed at Edmonson County High School.
In addition, an honorary distinguished alumni award was presented to Robbie Brantley. While Brantley did not attend Edmonson County Schools, his three children have attended and he and his wife, Andrea, have been part of many school functions, teams, and organizations. Brantley is routinely seen attending and participating in school activities. The intent of the award is to honor one individual each year that did not attend a local school but has made a positive impact.
HODA Inductees are selected each year from the HODA Committee and are chosen from a pool of nominees that must have attended Edmonson County High School or any local school that predates ECHS for a minimum of two years and may be living or deceased.
The purpose of the EC HODA is to honor alumni whose exceptional achievements and careers reflect the highest values embraced and promoted by the school and committee. The award recipients have distinguished themselves by contributions made in their fields of work, professional or public service, or in the betterment of humanity.
To submit a nomination, click here to fill out the online form.
Madison Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met Monday night, January 23, 2023. It is one of two night meetings per year held by the fiscal court. The meeting was called to order by Judge/Executive Scott Lindsey, who then led the court in the pledge of allegiance. Before the court moved into the agenda, Judge Lindsey acknowledged and expressed his gratitude towards the several community members in attendance.
"Before we get started, I want to say how happy I am to see this many people out here tonight. I haven't seen this many people from the community come to one of our meetings in a long time," Judge Lindsey said as the magistrates nodded in agreement. Lindsey encouraged all those who came to come back, and said he hopes more people come in the future.
Multiple county department heads gave updated reports within their offices as usual. County Attorney Adam Turner stated he is happy to announce he has moved into his physical office and is fully operational. Turner said the County Attorney's office will keep the same P.O. box, (340), and the same phone number, which is 270-597-9609. The address to the County Attorney's office is 322 Washington Street, Brownsville KY.
Moving into new business on the agenda, Judge Lindsey invited Regional Jail Consultant Kelly White, working with Regional Jail Authority, to update the court and community on the progress of possibly building a Tri-County Regional Jail. White said the most important thing currently being worked on is finding a proper location for the jail. White stated there is a former boys' camp for juvenile justice off the old parkway (now closed) which is in the process of being put on a surplus property of the state of Kentucky that they [the regional jail committee] felt was a suitable location.
"We contacted the governor's office and said 'Hey, why don't you give this to us?' So, that's what we are working with right now. There have been a couple of hiccups right now, but the Kentucky Justice Cabinet is in our favor, and so is the Governor's office," White said. "With that being said we are optimistic. Can it go south? Yes, it's state government. Our next step is visiting a couple of jails in similar size to what we think we will need."
The court voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2023, at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County High School was visited today by several Kentucky State Police Troopers as multiple canine units arrived today for a random check for illegal substances.
The school went into a controlled lock down to keep students and units separated.
ECHS Principal Jonathan Williams said that while administration learned of the visit yesterday, the remaining staff at the school knew nothing about the visit until two minutes before KSP arrived.
"Problems in our school oftentimes stem from problems in our community," said Mr. Williams. "We are finding out that illegal substances are being sold in vapes at some local stores. These illegal substances include THC and who knows what. We're trying to keep this out of our schools."
Mr. Williams said the school followed protocol from the state police in order to help with the visit.
"Everything went well and I'm thankful the results were as small as they were," he said. "To be even more effective, we are asking our parents and guardians to have a partnership with us here at school, to do your part at home to help. No one had advanced notice of today's event and I appreciate Kentucky State Police for being willing to help."
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander said that over the course of several weeks, the district administration has worked with the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement to coordinate a search where canine units would be brought in to search backpacks, lockers, and parking lots.
This morning, students at Edmonson County High School were asked to place their backpacks in the hallways and return to their classrooms, according to Mr. Alexander. The Middle School and High School, each housed in the same overall building, then went into lock down with students in locked classrooms with no way of being approached by a canine unit, which consisted of a dog and a handler. If a canine "hit" on a backpack, locker, or vehicle, school personnel contacted parents and guardians and performed a search at that time.
"While the results we had were minimal, we want to be proactive as a school district in preventing drugs in our schools," Mr. Alexander said. "Drugs are a societal problem that wind up in our schools. As always, our first priority is the safety of our students and our second priority is quality instruction for all of our students, preschool through 12th grade. My thanks goes out to everyone that had a part in making our schools a safer place today."
Callie Beliles, Director of Facilities and Safety, said the district is grateful to KSP and local law enforcement for their willingness to assist Edmonson County Schools in their efforts to rid local schools of drugs.
"This has been a planned effort with law enforcement over the course of several weeks," she said. "Our high school administration was informed yesterday, and I applaud their coordination efforts. This went as smoothly as possible. We had seven canine units from various parts of Kentucky searching Edmonson County High School. It was our goal to complete the search as quickly as possible so that normal instruction could resume, and the dogs came ready to work. "
Brownsville Police and the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office were also present during the search.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Florida man was arrested yesterday and charged with murder, along with several other felonies in a high-speed pursuit that stretched through multiple counties, according to Kentucky State Police.
KSP stated that troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on I-75 South near the 83-mile marker in Madison County just after 10:12 AM on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. The initial investigation indicated that the vehicle’s operator was driving carelessly.
The trooper activated his emergency equipment and the vehicle initially stopped; however, once troopers approached the vehicle, the unknown driver sped off and continued traveling south on I-75 at a high rate of speed through three counties, KSP said. The fleeing vehicle allegedly struck several Kentucky State Police vehicles. KSP stated that after performing a legal intervention maneuver, the fleeing vehicle became disabled at the 45-mile marker southbound in Laurel County. The driver, David Maurice Reed, 54 years old of St. Petersburg, FL, was arrested at that time without further incident.
Further investigation after the stop revealed a deceased female located inside the vehicle. KSP stated she has not been positively identified at this time. The cause of death is undetermined at this time, and foul play is suspected, according to KSP. Police also said the unknown female will be sent to the Kentucky State Medical Office in Frankfort for an autopsy.
Reed was charged with the following:
Detective Ryan Loudermilk is continuing the investigation he was assisted by Kentucky State Police personnel, The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Vernon Police Department, and the Laurel County Coroner's Office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) today introduced the Pandemic is Over Act, a bill to end the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
“The COVID-19 pandemic is over. Despite President Biden admitting this in September, his administration just authorized the 12th extension of the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is long overdue for President Biden to end the COVID-19 public health emergency and relinquish the emergency powers that he just renewed again. President Biden’s inaction and lack of transparency on this are unacceptable. I introduced the Pandemic is Over Act to prevent any more delays by forcing the Biden Administration to finally release and execute a plan that my House Republican colleagues and I have been repeatedly pressing for to unwind the PHE,” said Guthrie.
Cosponsors: Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (FL-02), Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Congressman Bob Latta (OH-05), Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), Congressman Greg Pence (IN-06), Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01), Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), Congressman John Curtis (UT-03), Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-09), Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02), Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03).
Edmonson Voice Report:
Edmonson County High School has announced the candidates for the 2023 Basketball Homecoming, scheduled for Friday, January 20th.
Front Row: Freshmen: Lola Bolton, Emma Lindsey, Brooklynn Patrick, Callie Walker.
Second Row: Seniors: Rylee Laster, Alyssa Doyle, Margaux Lunot, Callie Webb.
Back row: Sophomores: Emberlei Stevens, Lilly Parsley, Juniors: Chaney Browning, Ryann Davis, Avary Vertrees, Carly Burris, Sophomores: Cecilla Spainhoward and Makenzie Baker.
The game is a girl-boy doubleheader against district rival Butler County and the homecoming ceremony is scheduled to take place between the girls' and boys' games. Girls' game is set to start at 6PM.
The game will also be a "white-out" for all fans who would like to participate by wearing white.
Darren Doyle, story:
The boiled water advisory issued by the City of Brownsville on Monday, January 9, 2023 has been lifted, according to a statement from the City of Brownsville.
City Hall in Brownsville released a statement on Monday that said D & R Construction hit a water line while working on a construction project.
The advisory affected residences and businesses located on the south side of the system located from Subway to Minit Mart.
**UPDATE** JANUARY 11, 2023: The boiled water advisory issued by the City of Brownsville on Monday, January 9, 2023 has been lifted, according to a statement from the City of Brownsville.
The City of Brownsville has issued a boil water advisory on Monday, January 9, 2023. City Hall in Brownsville released a statement that said D & R Construction hit a water line while working on a construction project.
"It is necessary to issue a boil water advisory for residences and businesses located on the south side of the system located from Subway to Minit Mart," the statement read. "Samples have been taken and as soon as the lab returns the results the city will inform the public that the boiled water has been lifted."
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
Today, January 9, 2023 was the first regularly scheduled Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting of the new year. The meeting was called to order by Judge Executive Scott Lindsey with the pledge of allegiance, followed by the standard reports from county offices.
County Attorney Adam Turner reported that he does not have a physical office to operate out of at this time, causing him to be out of reach from the office phone. He wanted the public to know that he hopes to be fully operational in one to two weeks.
Judge Executive Scott Lindsey appointed Joe Joe Montgomery as the interim Road Supervisor. "Joe Joe has been the assistant Road Supervisor for the last four years, and I think it makes the most sense to let him go ahead and fill in this role until someone else is hired full time," Lindsey said. The vote to approve the appointment was unanimous.
There were no other major discussions on today's agenda. The court voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for January 23, 2023 at 6:00 pm.
Magistrates Abstain From Motion To Renew Supervisor's Contract
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court met in special session on Tuesday, January 3rd to take care of some necessary business to start the new year.
More than half of the fiscal court is new to 2023, which includes Judge-Executive Scott Lindsey, Magistrates T.J. Massey, Anthony Hennion, Mickey Johnson, and Gary Bagshaw, as well as County Attorney Adam Turner. With a new court came immediate changes at the meeting, as County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll's annual employment contract was not renewed.
After calling the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, the court went into closed session to discuss three county positions that are appointed by the fiscal court each year, which included Animal Control Officer, Emergency Management Director, and County Road Supervisor.
After the closed session, open court resumed with Judge Lindsey asking for a motion and second to continue Carroll's contract, which there was none. Lindsey asked two more times to be sure and the result was the same. Without a motion, Carroll's employment as supervisor ended.
The other two positions, held by Joe Carl Daugherty (Animal Control) and Terry Massey (EM Director), were reappointed by motion and second, and with a vote from magistrates.
Other county employees were rehired for 2023 by vote as well.
Judge Lindsey told the Edmonson Voice that the procedure for hiring a new road supervisor would be to get approval from fiscal court at the regular first monthly meeting, which is January 9th, to post for the position and begin the application and interviewing process.
He also said that while the county has up to 90 days to fill the position, he hoped it would take much sooner.
"After approval from the magistrates, we'll begin interviewing applicants," he said. "The hire could be either internal or external, but we want to make sure we make the best decision for the county. We'd like to get someone hired as soon as possible."
$500K Street Value Seized
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two men have been arrested and charged, one from Wingfield and the other from Bowling Green, in what the BG/WC Drug Task force says is the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in Warren County. The street value of the seizure is over $500,000, officials said in a press release.
Following an ongoing investigation, the Bowling Green - Warren County Drug Task Force developed information of a potential load of narcotics coming to Bowling Green.
"We enlisted assistance from the Kentucky State Police Interdiction Team," the press release stated. "Detectives and KSP interdiction located the suspect vehicle returning to Kentucky from the South. When KSP initiated a traffic stop, a brief pursuit followed but Troopers were able to stop the vehicle about 5 miles south of Bowling Green on I-65 at 2 PM yesterday (January 4, 2023). The occupants were arrested without further resistance."
Following a search of the vehicle 80 pounds of crystal methamphetamine (Mexican Meth) was seized from the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe, according to the release.
The driver, Joseph Adam Raby of 920 Ellis Cole Road, Bowling Green, KY, Age 40 was charged with:
The passenger, Brandon Trent of 901 Jackson Street, Bowling Green, KY, Age 24 was charged with:
The investigation is ongoing and detectives and agents are consulting with the Commonwealth Attorney and United States Attorney’s Office concerning the prosecution of the two arrested, according to the press release.
Both were lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.
Edmonson County Schools are now CLOSED due to weather conditions for Tuesday, January 3, 2023. It will be NTI day #3.