Moriah Peterson, Story:
A Brownsville man is facing multiple felony charges after an arrest that took place on Thursday afternoon. According to the Brownsville PD, they received a call from dispatch in reference to a stolen gun at the Oak View trailer park.
Officials stated that Brian Cox, 35 of Brownsville, a neighbor of the victim, consented to a search of his residence. During the search, Cox admitted that the stolen gun was in his bathroom, according to Brownsville Police.
Cox was then arrested and charged with Theft by unlawful taking or disposition of a firearm and Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was taken to the Hart County jail where he is currently being held on a $5000 cash bond.
Also assisting was the Edmonson County Sheriff’s office.
Second reading and adoption of proposed ordinance EC18-13 amending the Edmonson County fiscal court budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 to include unanticipated receipts from prior year carryovers in the amount of $328,538.73 and increasing expenditures in the area of the road and room tax, by Edmonson County fiscal court will be held on May 14, 2018. A copy of the adopted ordinance with full text is available for public inspection at the office of the County Judge/ Executive during normal business hours- 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday.
A public hearing will be held at the Edmonson County courthouse on May 14, 2018 at 8:45 AM for the purpose of obtaining citizens' comments regarding possible uses of the County Road Aid (CRA) and Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) funds.
All interested person(s) in Edmonson County are invited to the hearing to submit verbal or written comments on possible uses of the CRA and LGEA funds. Any person(s) who cannot submit written comments or attend the public hearing but wish to submit comments should call the office of the County Judge/Executive at 270-597-2819 by Friday, May 11, 2018 so arrangements can be made to secure their comments.
Edmonson District was held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Leroy Zachery James, Possession of Marijuana. Failed to appear. $2000 bench warrant issued.
Chelsea K Slaughter, Possession of controlled substance 3rd Degree- Drug Unspecified, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Illegal Possession of Legend Drug. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial conference 5/1/18.
Barton Houchin, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition shoplifting under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 5/1/18.
Robert Ray Wells, KY State Plumbing Code-Rules and Regulations, KY State Plumbing Code-Rules and Regulations. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/1/18.
Carlos Molina Ochoa, Operating on Suspended/Revoked Operator's License. Continue 5/15/18.
Pedro Leon Ceto, No Operators/Moped License. Failure to produce Insurance card. Guilty. Total fines and costs $293.00
Randy Lee Meador, Theft by deception- including cold checks under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 5/1/18.
Steven D Embry, Assault 2nd degree- domestic violence. Wanton endangerment- 1st degree. Pleaded not guilty to both. Preliminary hearing 4/24/18.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Jason R Stanka, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to notify owner of damage to unattended vehicle. Failed to appear, $1000 bench warrant issued.
Milie Elizabeth Grider, possession of marijuana. drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/8/18.
George William Payne Jr, Operation of motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, 1st offense. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Cited to appear 5/8/18.
Haley Gertiser, Assault 4th degree minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 5/8/18.
Zachary D Hogan, Receiving stolen property under $500. Fleeing or evading police 2nd degree on foot. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/8/18.
Ryan Neal Davis, Operation of motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, aggravator, 4th offense. Failure to produce insurance card. Failure to wear seatbelt. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 5/22/18.
Corey M Winchester, Harassing communications. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 5/22/18.
Neighbor Follows Man That Was Allegedly Breaking In To Unoccupied Home
Darren Doyle, story:
A Lexington man is recovering in Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville and could face serious charges, pending the next Edmonson County Grand Jury, after a rollover crash on Ollie Road, Saturday April 21, 2018.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office said local dispatch received a call from a resident around 8pm on Saturday night, who said they saw what they thought was a man breaking in to an unoccupied home on Gap Hill Road. According to the Sheriff's Office, the caller said they saw the man kick the door in and leave, and the caller immediately began following the suspect.
Officials said the caller told dispatch that the suspect crashed but wasn't injured and continued to flee with a flat tire. The suspect apparently entered a local horse camp but the caller stopped at the entrance. Shortly after, the Sheriff's Office said deputies arrived near their location along with U.S. Park Rangers, the Brownsville Police, with a KSP trooper also en route.
Deputies said that they met the suspect's vehicle, a 2002 Ford Focus on Ollie Road, but by the time they were able to get turned around, the suspect's vehicle had overturned at the intersection of Ollie Ridge, Ollie Road, and Ollie-Houchins Ferry Road, which was on Mammoth Cave National Park property.
The Sheriff's Office said the driver, Anthony Lee Dale (41), of Lexington, was removed from the vehicle and transported to the Medical Center for neck injuries. Dale was later moved to Vanderbilt, where he is listed in stable condition.
Park Officials confirmed that Dale was cited for violations and that more charges were pending. The Sheriff's Office said more charges are pending from their office as well.
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the incident.
"Under no circumstances does our office advise residents to follow or chase suspects," he said. "However; we do appreciate the fact that a resident was paying attention and realized there was a potential issue. From what we've gathered so far, this was not a chase, but rather a situation where the suspect was followed. Again, we're glad for the help, but we want everyone to know that private citizens following or chasing a suspect is not recommended in any case."
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Another short fiscal court meeting was held Monday, April 23, 2018 with several reports and approvals.
Road Report: County Road Assistant Foreman Greg Carroll gave the report today in place of Foreman Ray Page, who was out on vacation. He reported that blacktop work began last Tuesday for county roads. He also said that a large tile is set to be installed on Beaver Dam Church Road and that seasonal crew members had been hired as mowing season gets ready to be in full swing.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle informed the court about Saturday night's accident that landed a burglary suspect in the hospital. The investigation is still ongoing. Sheriff Doyle then discussed delinquent taxes and how those names are published in the news. He said he has no control as to which names appear, but those who fail to pay their tax bill by the April deadline date are moved to the delinquent list and the system in which those bills are paid are no longer handled by his office.
Jailer Report: Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported that there were currently 19 county inmates housed in Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He also discussed the 8-passenger jailer transport van that was purchased just over a year ago. He said there were multiple problems underneath the vehicle; including brakes, tie rods, etc., where rust seemed to be the culprit. The air conditioning also doesn't work. He added that it would likely cost more to repair the van than it would be to purchase another used one. He said the jailer's office was interested in purchasing a 2013 15-passenger van from Hart County. The Jailer's office was planning on doing more research on the vehicle for sale.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussed the early voting that began last Monday; however, only one person had cast their vote so far. He also said poll worker training is set to begin this Wednesday. He added that delinquent tax bills have arrived and the numbers were significantly lower than last year's. Those bills will now be handled through County Attorney.
Parks & Rec Report: Parks director A.B. Webb reported on the recent disc golf tournament at Chalybeate: He said more than 360 players from all over the world, took part; one in particular from Sweden, and not the Sweeden from across the river. He noted Saturday's spring baseball and softball jamboree was a large success. He then discussed a problem with the court of the ballpark dumpsters being filled by the public. Judge Executive Wil Cannon noted that dumpsters are for park use only. Webb said hopefully surveillance cameras would be effective in keeping an eye on the parks.
In other court business, magistrates voted to:
Tourism and Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons also updated the court on several upcoming events for the Chamber, Tourism, Planning Commission, and Trail Town; all of which are published on the Edmonson VOICE Community Calendar.
Barbara Fitzhugh, from St. John's Thrift store spoke out against United Way's 2-1-1 phone directory program. She is the county volunteer who takes these calls. The system is supposed to be a directory of charitable services in each county that provides free information to anyone with questions about housing, healthcare, tax help, and other free services; however, she said 95% of calls she's received are from other counties and that apparently United Way is directing other county's calls to Edmonson County. United Way of Southern KY recently asked the fiscal court for a $500 donation, which was down from the thousands they had requested when the program first became available. Judge Cannon said the court would have to contact United Way to find out why calls from other counties are being directed here.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for May 14th at 8:45am.
Past Teams Honored: Gavyn Minyard Throws Ceremonial First Pitch
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Better late than never was the case at the HWY 70 Sports Complex in Brownsville today at the annual Parks & Rec Spring Baseball/Softball Jamboree.
The event, which kicks off each year's county Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Leagues, was originally scheduled for last Saturday but had to be postponed due to wet weather. Although games actually began earlier in the week, the celebration was held where two past league teams were honored, along with one special league player.
The 2015 District 6 team was honored on field at the ceremony, which was a team that rallied in extra innings to claim the first summer district championship for the county. The team advanced all the way to the state final four, and was eliminated by that year's eventual state champion.
Team members were: Evan Stice, Preston Mills, Luke Decker, John Robert Meredith, Tyler Fugate, Elijah Pedigo, Jacob Vincent, Dylan Lindsey, Luke Meredith, Gavin Rose, Nick Clemmons, Isaiah Johnson, and coached by Chad Clemmons, Shawn Stice, Jason Rose, Carl Mills, and Michael Meredith.
The 2017 Edmonson County All Stars were also recognized, which was a team that advanced all the way to the state finals, falling to Hancock County.
Team members were: Ty Brantley, Gavyn Minyard, Peyton Keith, Daren Alexander, Jesse Taylor, Will Edwards, Colby Woodcock, Colby Vincent, Will Alexander, Cole Saling, Kalob Harp, Jace McCombs, and coached by Ritchie Minyard, Shawn McCombs, and Terry Alexander.
The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Gavyn Minyard, who was not only a member of the 2017 state finalist team, but also the regional winner of the Pitch, Hit, and Run Competition, held at Bowling Green Ballpark. After winning in Bowling Green where he competed against others from three different states, he advanced to Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark, the home of the Reds, where he competed nationally.
Andrea Brantley sang the National Anthem at today's ceremony where the colors were presented by scouts from local troop 597.
Parks and Rec Director John Kiernan said other than a few weather problems, the season has started well.
"We're happy to see another year of youth baseball and softball begin in Edmonson County," he said. "Our local league boards and everyone at Parks and Rec have really come together this year. Our fields are in as good of shape as they've ever been. These volunteers work hard to provide the best opportunities we can for our youth here in the county and we're looking forward to a great season."
Brownsville Fire Department Praises Edmonson Center Staff For Quick Action
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Genesis Healthcare, Edmonson Center today just before 9am.
According to Brownsville firefighter John Chidester, the Brownsville, Chalybeate, and Kyrock Fire departments were dispatched at 8:51am to a report of a fire in a resident's room. Firefighters arrived in three minutes, according to dispatch records.
"At 8:54am, Brownsville responded and by 8:56am, there were four trucks at the scene," he said. "As we entered the building, we discovered that the staff had already put out the fire using fire extinguishers."
Chidester said from that point the incident turned into a "salvage and overhaul mode," where they ensured the fire was out. He said they removed some of the wall around a malfunctioned air conditioning unit, which was the source of the fire.
Edmonson EMS also responded and was standing by.
"Once everything was contained, we worked to remove smoke from the building," he said. "EMS assisted with removing a couple of other patients in nearby rooms. Everyone was checked but no one was transported for medical treatment." He said no injuries were reported.
Facility Administrator Chris Swihart said that the room took on some minor damage but the resident was safely moved to another room. He said all other residents were safely removed from the area and that the building was currently being aired out. He was pleased with the quick response from the staff.
"We're blessed to have such a great community," he said. "I can't say enough about how proud I am of our staff and how they moved quickly during this incident. Everyone here is ok thanks to their response and all our residents are safe. Things are getting back to normal and there's no need for anyone to worry."
Chidester also discussed the staff's response.
"The staff did a great job of putting the fire out, along with making sure all residents were removed from harm's way," he added.
Lions Club Needs To Add One More Event: Looking For Help From The Public
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Lions Club has been working towards the 2018 Fair ever since last year's fair ended, and everything is just about set. But before the fair releases the final schedule, which is tentatively set to run Friday September 7th through Saturday, September 21, 2018, there is one more event that the fair looks to add.
So far, the events scheduled are: Beauty Pageants (held off site at ECHS), Baby Show, the return of the KTPA Truck Pull, Demolition Derby, Family Night, Student Fair Day, Mud Bog, and the Rodeo is scheduled to return to Edmonson County.
The Lions Club is considering a possible karaoke or talent show as an addition to this year's Thursday night event of the final weekend, but before they do, they are looking for the public's feedback. They say that Thursday night events are the most difficult to schedule because it's typically the lowest attended night at the fair.
"We've always tried our best to provide the types of events that Edmonson County families can enjoy at an affordable price," said A.B. Webb, who is coordinating events. "There are several options to add for our Thursday night event, but finding one that's affordable is usually the difficult part."
So what do you think? What's your suggestion? The Lions Club wants to hear from you. Use the easy form below to send in your suggestion. You don't have to include your name or email address, just send your suggested event. The Lions Club will evaluate the feedback and make a decision soon.
We Are Increasing Our Effort To Focus On News & Info, Not Opinions
Darren Doyle, Editor: (email@example.com)
This article could easily be viewed as an oxymoron because I'm writing an opinion piece on why opinions need to removed from news and journalism as a whole. With that being said, I understand that this is my opinion and that you have the right to disagree. More importantly, I also understand our 23K weekly readers don't read the VOICE to get our opinion, they just want information.
When I first started this business, I did in fact, write some opinion pieces. Most of them received a very positive response, but those who didn't agree with the pieces strongly disagreed, which turned them away. To those folks, it suddenly became, "All they ever write about is..." Even though we only wrote a hand full of those, it seemed that those in disagreement saw it as that's all we ever did, or that we had some sort of agenda. To those, we were no longer credible.
As our company grew and our reach became stronger, I slowly began shifting away from those types of pieces. I soon began to realize that no one neither cared about who was writing the articles nor what my name was (or any news owner/author/editor's name for that matter), and certainly not our opinion on what we were writing. People just want to know what is happening in Edmonson County, and in a timely manner.
On the national level, people either love or hate certain news outlets. Places like Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc., no longer attempt to hide their opinions or agendas. It's more difficult now than ever to simply receive information and process it on our own because all of the major outlets have their own agendas as well as social and political platforms, with the hopes we'll see it the way they do.
That's not how the news is supposed to work. Just the facts, please. For the last couple of years, we've made a conscious effort to keep our opinions out of the news. We're finding, receiving, and processing information and doing our best to simply deliver that information to you. We want you to make up your own mind after reading so you'll have your own reaction.
News Definition: Information about current events
Opinion Definition: A view or judgement formed about something: not necessarily based on facts or knowledge. (according to Webster's Dictionary)
I remember watching the news as a kid, and I watched it every night. Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, and Tom Brokaw just read their notes or their teleprompter. I had no idea what their political affiliations were, didn't know where they stood on issues, nor did I care. They just gave it to us straight (at least during the 80s and before). As social media began to grow and give ALL of us our own platforms that allowed us to share EVERYTHING, all the time, so many of us began to grow bolder with our own opinions. That climate led to journalists everywhere becoming bold with their opinions, too, which for me, has now greatly discredited much of the information they relay.
We are obviously very interested in how the public reacts to our content. We've yet to see where our readers want to be told how to do that or what to think. Our news is not about us at all, it's all about Edmonson County.
Our goal is this: we don't want you to know our opinions in our articles, and from our platform, we don't want you to know any of our staff's political affiliations. Not that we're ashamed of them, but because they don't have any place in the news.
Each day, we monitor the number of users our website receives and the number of pages and articles on which are clicked on the site. We can't guess at them, we can't fake them, and we don't have to wait to see them. Over the past month, we have averaged more than 1,000 new users each week. These numbers aren't mixed in with Facebook or other social media, but these are actual hard numbers where folks are clicking and reading our material.
These are the numbers our advertisers and sponsors ask to see. They are the ones that generate our revenue, revenue which is the sole reason we can offer our services to the public for free. These local sponsors have vested interests in our local community and where they invest their money is crucial to both their's and the local economy. We're still covering the same types of events, relaying the same type of info, and using the same sources that we've used since 2014, so why the increase in readers?
We have an opinion, but it doesn't matter. The fact is, The Edmonson Voice is a local news network and we will continue to do our best to gather relevant local information and do our best to relay it to you without the commentary and opinion.
Thanks for making us Edmonson County's number one source for local news and information by an overwhelming margin.
We've had many calls, emails, and messages with requests for the Edmonson Voice to write some sort of election feature that includes all candidates. After much consideration, instead of simply writing a feature, we have scheduled our very first "Meet the Candidates" event for Friday, May 4th, 2018 at the Edmonson County Community Center at 6:30pm.
Feedback from the public seemed to be that local events around election time are mainly fundraisers, which keep a large number of voters away. While those fundraisers are great for the local organizations that host them, (and necessary) most of the attendees are family members of candidates or members of the host organization.
We wanted to organize a community event that was free to the public with no fundraising. We are also not selling advertising for the live event. This is our way of providing a platform for each and every local candidate to speak with the readers and followers of Edmonson County's number one source for local news and info, The Edmonson Voice.
Electronic or written invitations have been sent to all candidates, so for those candidates that haven't yet received one, it's on the way.
The event will be hosted by Bowling Green's classic rock station WDNS D93's Tony Rose, one of the areas most popular media personalities.
We want the community involved, too. Here's how:
You can attend this free event in person, submit your questions to candidates, or both. We'll randomly draw candidates' questions at the event. If there are candidates that do not receive questions, they'll still have the opportunity to speak however they wish.
This isn't a debate, but a meet-and-greet, type event that allows you to get to know your candidates. We will live video stream the event on our Facebook page and website with multiple camera angles and professional audio so in case you don't attend in person, you can meet the candidates in the comfort of wherever you wish, on video.
Got questions? Just fill out the form below, and you can send in as many questions as you like, to as many candidates as you choose.
Country/Rock/Rap Artists Say Positive Message Of Video Is Being Overlooked: Property Owners Say Facility Used For Wrong Purpose, Without Permission
Darren Doyle, story, creek photos:
Several Edmonson County churches are not happy that a local outdoor baptizing facility at Rhoda Creek has been recently used in a rap video.
The video "Devil to Pay," which was shot by the country-rock/rap group "Twang and Round," fronted by members Vernon Roach (Twang) and Brad Davis (Round), depicts a funeral scene that takes place at the Beaver Dam Creek Baptizing Center in Rhoda, Edmonson County. Group members said that the song is actually a gospel-rap tune with a positive message and the reaction from the local Christian community has been anything but Christian.
Round (Davis) is the son of the late "Roundhead" Davis, and the grandson of former Edmonson County Sheriff Carlos Davis. He said the idea for the song came to him and he wanted to be part of a song that presented a message of redemption.
"My dad lived a real rough life," said Round. "Growing up, he was like 'son, you want to sow good seeds. If you sow bad seeds you're going to reap what you sow, there's a price to pay'".
Round said he had conviction on his heart with the idea of the song "Devil To Pay," which came together in a writing session in Nashville. "Everybody fell in love with it and they were like, 'yeah, man-let's do that.'"
Twang (Roach) expounded on the origin of the song and why it was important to the group to move forward with it.
"Some of the first raps I ever wrote were gospel raps," he said. "Round and I both felt spiritually moved to create art that can bring such a good message to anyone--all generations of people."
Round said once the song was cut in the studio, the planning of the video begun. He said that his first thought for the video location was Joppa Church, located in Mammoth Cave National Park, but he said he thought there would be problems with obtaining permission or permits since the church was on National Park property.
"I got to thinking about the baptizing hole and how beautiful it was," he said. "It's like an outdoor church. I've been all over the country and out of the country and I've never seen nothing like the Rhoda baptizing hole. When I sent the pictures to the director, he fell in love with it."
So with a positive message and a familiar location, where is the controversy? Those not happy with the video seem to have two issues. 1. They say the positive message is a little confusing because much of the band's previously released material promotes alcohol, contains strong sexual content, and is marked for explicit lyrics. (and) 2. The Beaver Dam Baptizing Center is private property and is to be used for religious ceremonies only, according to the property trustees.
According to the trustees, the positive message that the band says they are trying to deliver is only valid if the rest of their songs moving forward follow suit. According to a released bio from the band, they also market their own brand of moonshine. Most all churches that use and maintain the facility teach abstinence from the sale and use of alcohol. Trustees say that if future songs consist of alcohol and sexual content, there is really no message of redemption.
According to the County Clerk's office, the property is owned by a board of trustees that is made up of five different local churches: Pleasant Union, Chalybeate, Fairview, Mt. Zion (Warren County) and Beaver Dam. Each church has one representative that makes up the board of trustees. The board's treasurer is retired Edmonson County educator Tommy Bolton, who now works in the local PVA office.
Bolton said that before the board took ownership of the property, it was owned by Clay Skaggs. Skaggs, along with five other churches, set up the original board and a contract was signed between Skaggs and the board in 1964. The contract states that the use of the property would be so "that any and all churches of any denomination of any Faith shall have the right and privilege to use this place for the purpose of Baptizing."
"No one asked if they could do this," said Bolton. "This is obviously not the kind of thing that goes on at this facility and we wouldn't have given permission for this to have taken place if we were asked. It's very easy to see my phone number on the sign down there and it would've been no trouble at all to contact me, but no one did."
While there is a sign, it does not indicate that the property is private.
We spoke to more than a dozen members of the churches that use the facility and all took issue with the video being filmed on location without permission. Most everyone from this area knows the facility isn't public property but also knows it's sometimes used for weddings. Others have fished and swam there, and unfortunately, evidence of drug and alcohol use has been discovered.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that monitoring the property's use is tricky because it's private property.
"If we passed by there and saw something that looked out of place we'd obviously go check it out, and we've actually made arrests there on multiple occasions. However, since it's privately owned, the owners are the ones that actually are supposed to monitor it and call us if there is unauthorized activity. It's the same reason we don't drive by someone's home, see a car that normally isn't there and ask them to leave. We only do that if the property owner calls with a complaint."
In a response video from the band's YouTube channel, they discussed negative feedback they received through social media like "This is sickening, this is our place of baptism...", "What a disgrace...", "You need to be locked up," and "Wow, they're going to hell faster than I thought..."
The band took issue with the perceived judgemental comments because they say they're doing nothing but trying to present something positive.
"Kids don't really listen to old-timey gospel that we grew up on," said Round. "But we're still trying to paint that same message to those people."
One can scroll through all their social media platforms where the video or song is discussed and see overwhelming support for the band. It has received a very positive reaction from their fanbase. Several of the comments come from those who say they are Christian and they appreciate the song's message.
Twang said since the board knows the place is used for weddings and other things, he doesn't see why anyone would be upset with their video being filmed there.
"If you just had signs that explained, hey--this is private property and all this. I mean, there's nothing there like that. Nothing," he said.
Round said as far as he knew, the property has had multiple uses all of his life.
"Everybody uses this, it's a staple of the community, people swim here, there's weddings here. Like I said, my whole life I've went down there and I've never had a problem."
Bolton said he didn't think there had ever been any need for signage because for the most part, everyone used the facility for the intended purpose.
"I have a big field on my property with cattle in it but I don't have a sign there that says THIS FIELD IS PRIVATE PROPERTY AND IT'S ONLY USED FOR RAISING CATTLE, because people have enough sense to know what the purpose is," he said.
He also noted that weddings sometimes took place at the creek, but only approved once permission is asked and that the wedding party understands that if someone wants to use the facility for a baptism while the wedding is taking place, the wedding will have to be stopped, decorations removed, and the baptism would take immediate priority.
Even though weddings are sometimes allowed, trash or decorations are often left for a trustee or other volunteer to clean up.
"Weddings are religious ceremonies, too," said Bolton. "We all know the property is intended for baptisms, but since weddings are religious ceremonies, we've allowed them. The video I saw wasn't a religious ceremony."
The band has said they don't want hard feelings and they're willing to make amends with the board of trustees.
"I'm sorry they feel the way they do," said Twang. "I don't really understand their stand on it, to be honest with you. We didn't do anything ill-hearted. We didn't try to hurt anybody, we didn't try to take advantage of anyone. I just want them to understand that whatever we need to do, whatever it is that they're apparently worried about, I just need to know what kind of resolution we need."
The band said their bottom line is for the video to be positive, and that they'd even be willing to use their reach to let people know how the property is to be used.
"Anything we can do," said Round. "I don't want a negative light shined on us like we jumped some kind of fence or like we went down there without people's permission and stuff like that."
"Whatever God's will is, that's what I feel," added Twang. "That's what we try to do. I try to walk the walk and talk the talk. Whatever we need to do to make it right, it's gonna get made right."
Bro. Jerry Patton, a local businessman and minister for more than 40 years, is a member of the board which represents Pleasant Union United Baptist Church. He strongly disapproved of the video.
"I don't appreciate how the property was used and we're not happy that it was used without permission," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, they need to take the video down. Just delete it. I don't see what's positive about it."
After speaking with Twang and Round on Tuesday, April 10th, we shared their offer with the trustee board. We were contacted by Mr. Bolton on Friday evening after he discussed the band's offer with the board.
Bolton said the board requested for the video to be removed from publication and destroyed.
"We don't really think they'll do that since they've already completed the video, but they asked, and that's our reply," Bolton said.
We contacted the band's publicist, Mr. James Wright from Kerosene Media on Friday night with the board's request. Through Wright, the band released a statement on Saturday morning.
"After growing up there and having been to baptisms and had family baptized there as well, I would have never thought the church would turn against one of their own - lashing out with such hate and personal judgement over us going back to that place to capture such a beautiful gift from God. We had a wonderful church service and fellowship there the day of the video shoot. I guess that’s the times we are living in...when the church casts judgement upon its own flock - something I’ve been taught only God has the right to do. Cast judgement. Thanks for your statement. May God Bless your journey!!!"
Bolton said the main point the board wants to drive home to everyone is that the facility is private property and anything that takes place on the premises should be done only with permission, as it is meant to host baptisms. A discussion will likely take place on whether or not the board will post signs or use other means to make sure the public is aware of the intended use of the property.
*As is the case with all published articles on EdmonsonVoice.com, comments without a first and last name and an email address are not published. All comments are subject for review and must adhere to the Edmonson Voice commenting policy which is posted on this site.
Darren Doyle, video report:
Watch this short video with aerial footage of a large woods fire on The Bridge Road in Wingfield today that kept eight fire departments busy throughout the day.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines, presiding.
Michael W. Colburn, Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. Failed to appear. $1000 bench warrant issued.
Jason Daniel Hunt, Menacing. Custodial interference. Pleaded not guilty to both. Preliminary hearing 4/17/18.
Mark E. Stowe, JR., Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 4/17/18.
Christopher L. Brown, Theft of prescription blank for controlled substance-first offense. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol). Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 4/10/18.
Matthew Tyler Carroll, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense (meth). Possession of controlled substance-third degree-drug unspecified. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 4/10/18.
Brent M. Withers, First degree possession of controlled substance/drug unspecified-first offense. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Public intoxication controlled substance (excludes alcohol). Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 4/10/18.
Kaylee D. Parsons, No/expired registration plates. Improper display of registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Amend to all others. Failed to appear, notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Jamie Lee Sanders, Assault-3rd degree-police/probation officer-identified. Disorderly conduct-2nd degree. Resisting arrest. Alcohol intoxication in public place-first and second offense. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Preliminary hearing 4/24/18.
Duston Ross Kirby, Criminal mischief-3rd degree. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Haley Gertiser, Assault 4th degree minor injury. Continue 4/24/18.
Bret Higgs, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 4/24/18.
Zachary D. Hogan, Receiving stolen property under $500. Fleeing or evading police-2nd degree (on foot). Continue 4/24/18.
Dwight M. Davis, No/expired registration plates. Dismissed. Possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Pleaded guilty, fined $25. Total costs and fines $168.
Randall Ray Rich, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs-first offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/5/18.
Saad Mohammed Alyami, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security. Pleaded guilty, fined $500, $450 of which probated for two years. No/expired registration plates. Proof shown, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt. Proof shown, dismissed. Permit unlicensed operator to operate motor vehicle. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 4/24/18.
Patricia Jane Watson, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security. Proof shown on all counts, all charges dismissed.
Blanca Lara Ramirez, Speeding 19mph over limit. No operator's license. Failure to notify address change to dept of transportation. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial conference 5/8/18.
Derek Lane Weber, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Continue 5/8/18.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments on March 21, 2018:
Rangel M. Benitez, Use of scanning device or reencoder to obtain payment card information (48 counts). False making or embossing of credit card (48 counts). Unauthorized production of credit card (48 counts). Criminal poss of forged instrument in the second degree (48 counts). Fraudulent use of credit/debit card. Unlawful access to a computer in the first degree. Tampering with physical evidence.
Edil L. Gonzales, Use of scanning device or reencoder to obtain payment card information (48 counts). False making or embossing of credit card (48 counts). Unauthorized production of credit card (48 counts). Criminal poss of forged instrument in the second degree (48 counts). Fraudulent use of credit/debit card. Unlawful access to a computer in the first degree.
Maikel L. Laverdeza, Use of scanning device or reencoder to obtain payment card information (48 counts). False making or embossing of credit card (48 counts). Unauthorized production of credit card (48 counts). Criminal poss of forged instrument in the second degree (48 counts). Fraudulent use of credit/debit card. Unlawful access to a computer in the first degree. Careless driving. Obstructed vision and/or windshield.
Robert Shane Thompson, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of controlled substance in the 3rd degree- drug unspecified.
Aimee N. Moore, Tampering with physical evidence.
Wesley Ryne Booker, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, second offense- Meth. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Natalie E. Booker, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, first offense (Methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Kaitlen T. Davis, Traff in controlled substance in the first degree. Traff in controlled substance in the second degree.
Michael Lynn Chesser, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Brandon Embry, Assault in the first degree (3 counts). Wanton endangerment in the first degree- police officer (9 counts). Fleeing or evading police in the first degree- motor vehicle. Unlawful transaction with a minor in the second degree. Tampering with physical evidence. Possession of burglary tools. Operating motor vehicle u/influence ALC/ drugs first off. Speeding 26 MPH or greater. Rear license not illuminated. Failure to wear seat-belts. Reckless driving. Possession of Marijuana. Criminal mischief in the first degree. Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Resisting Arrest (no true bill).
Alexander Tyler Thomas, Rape in the second degree (3 counts). Unlawful transaction with a minor in the first degree, victim under 16 years of age, illegal sex act (3 counts).
Williams James Durbin, Theft- receipt of stolen credit/debit card. Fraudulent use of a credit/debit card. Unlawful access to a computer in the first degree (3 counts). Theft by unlawful taking or disposition $500 or more. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Robert Neal Hunt, Burglary in the first degree. Theft by unlawful taking or disposition- firearm. Theft by unlawful taking of under $500.00.
Joshua G. Harper, Assault in the first degree. Resisting Arrest. Wanton Endangerment in the first degree.
Donald York, Receiving stolen property $500 or more. Tampering with physical evidence.
John Childress, Traff in controlled substance in the first degree. Traff in controlled substance in the first degree greater than or equal to ten dosage units (opiates). Traff in controlled substance in the third degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Brian Yanders, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Cultivate in Marijuana (5 plants or more) first offense, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to <5lbs) first offense, firearm enhanced. Possession of Marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia- buy/possess-firearm enhanced.
Noah Samuel Kessinger, Assault in the second degree- domestic violence. Wanton endangerment in the first degree (3 counts). Tampering with physical evidence. Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree (3 counts). Assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence) minor injury.
Stephanie Decker, Tampering with physical evidence. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Jenny S. Mayhew, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess
Henry R. James, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second or > offense (<2GMS Methamphetamine). Traff in controlled substance in the second degree, second off- (>or=20D.U.drugunspecified SCH 3)
Christopher M. Jones, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (<2GMS Methamphetamine).
Debra Yanders, Possesion of handgun by convicted felon. Possesio of firearm by convicted felon. Cultivate in Marijuana (5 plants or more) first offense, firearm enhanced. Trafficking in Marijuana (8 oz to <5lbs) first offense, firearm enhanced. Possesion of Marijuana, firearm enhanced. Possession of drug paraphernalia- buy/possess-firearm enhanced.
Ryan D. Littlejohn, Assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence) minor injury. Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree, second offense (Methamphetamine). Trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 ounces), first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Michael Kaleb Snyder, Trafficking synthetic drugs, first offense. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (<2GMS Methamphetamine). Receiving stolen property U/$10,000. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Jason M. Bowles, Sexual abuse in the first degree. Unlawful transaction with a minor in the third degree. Unlawful transaction with minor in the first- degree victim U/16 YOA- illegal sex act.
Crystal Garcia, Trafficking synthetic drugs, first offense. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (<2GMS Methamphetamine). Receiving stolen property U/$10,000. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Michael D Farris, Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Cindy Childress, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of drug paraphernalia. Traff in controlled substance in the first degree .Traff in controlled substance in the first degree greater than or equal to ten dosage units (opiates). Traff in controlled substance in the third degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Fred Eugene Bush, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Hunter A. Alvey, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (<2GMS Methamphetamine).
Rodger Ganey, Fleeing or evading police in the first degree (motor vehicle). Operating on suspended or revoked license. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense. No registration plates. Reckless driving. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
Andrew T. Taylor, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Brandon J. Brady, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance in the second degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Brandy Shofner, Possesion controlled substance, first degree, third or > offense (Methamphetamine). Possession of drug paraphernalia. Possession of controlled substance , third degree.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Historic Former Library Building Finds New Purpose With Familiar Folks
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Heritage Centre, located on Washington Street, celebrated a ribbon cutting this morning as they hosted the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce's 2018 Spring Breakfast.
The building has been staple of Edmonson County and the city of Brownsville for many years, first used as a Ford automotive dealership more than 60 years ago. The building was then the location of Edmonson County's first public library until moving a few years ago. After a brief stint as a consignment and thrift store, the building was purchased by the Jerry Patton family, of Patton Funeral Home, and the facility has now become The Heritage Centre, which is a meeting/gathering venue, available to the public.
Andrea Brantley of Patton Funeral Home and Patton-Brantley Monuments spoke at today's event and discussed how their funeral home saw a need for a family venue to host bereavement meals.
"Part of our 'heritage of caring' is trying to help people in their most difficult and stressful times," she said. "We wanted to provide a place where families can host their friends and loved ones without the worry and hassle they would face if they had to cook or provide meals for a large group. "
When The Heritage Centre is not being used for that purpose, she said it would be available to the community for rent for showers, parties, and other similar events.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious hot breakfast provided at the event. Chamber President Maegan Hance also honored parting Board Member Jill Vincent of Limestone Bank for her longtime service to the Chamber. The Tourism Board also recognized former Tourism Board Member Cindy Rich for her service and dedication to Edmonson County Tourism.
Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons was happy to see the large crowd at today's event.
"The Chamber works hard to provide unique opportunities for our members and a spring breakfast is something we enjoy," she said. "The Patton Family has been part of our community for many years and we're so happy that they've found yet another way to invest back into it. It's great to see this historic building being utilized in such a way."
The Chamber's next scheduled event is a luncheon on May 18th at 11:00am which will be sponsored by St. John's Church.
To reserve The Heritage Centre, please call 270-597-2136.
Darren Doyle, story: Moriah Peterson, photo:
The VFW Department of Kentucky has chosen Edmonson County Ambulance Service Director Keith Sanders as the State EMT of the Year.
Sanders was named local VFW 6937's award winner back in December, which also served as a nomination for the state honor. Director Sanders was notified yesterday of the award.
"I'm shocked, really," he said. "There are others much more deserving of this award than me. I was just taught that if you're going to do something, you should do it well, and that's the way I've always approached it."
Sanders is a 26 year veteran of the Edmonson County Ambulance Service. He was named the director in 2009.
Keith will be recognized during the Department’s Spring Convention at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Louisville during the second weekend of June.
Sanders is the second Edmonson County VFW award winner at the state level this year. Officer Josh Watt was named the state VFW's police officer of the year.
"I don't see anything I'm doing as extraordinary," he said. "I've just always tried to do the best I could for our ambulance service and our employees."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A single vehicle rollover resulted in a DUI charge in Bee Spring on Tuesday, April 10th, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said that Elliot Skaggs, (33) of Smiths Grove, was traveling south on KY 259 N near Jones and Gravil Tax Service in a 2000 Chevy pickup, when the truck slipped off the shoulder of the road. Authorities said that Skaggs overcorrected and the truck flipped, coming to rest on it's top in the yard of a private residence.
Sheriff's deputies said they detected a strong odor of alcohol from the truck and Skaggs blew a .177 in a breath test, which is more than double the legal limit to drive. An open bottle of alcohol was also located at the scene, according to deputies.
Skaggs was taken to Caverna Hospital for evaluation, where he was determined to be uninjured. He was arrested and charged with Driving under the influence (aggravated circumstance), Careless driving, and Possession of open alcoholic beverage. He was then transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Deputies said Skaggs was wearing a seat belt.
Also responding was the Kyrock Fire Department.
Moriah Peterson: story
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin Alexander has announced that the process of sending absentee mail ballots has begun.
In-house absentee voting will begin Monday April 16, 2018
For more information, you can contact the clerk's office at 270-597-2624 or visit https://edmonsonclerk.com/
Darren Doyle, story:
A very light agenda resulted in a short fiscal court meeting in Edmonson County on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Edmonson County Courthouse. Only three of the nine county offices gave official reports. They were:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Ray Page began his update with a recap of the storms that damaged the northern part of the county last Tuesday, specifically Bee Spring. He said crews were called in to work around 7:30pm that night as the storms hit and workers stayed clearing downed tree limbs and debris until midnight. He said his department was still in the process of getting everything cleared from the storm.
He also said the road crew is working on changing out seasonal equipment; removing snow plows from trucks and preparing for black top and mowing season. He thanked all the fire departments for their help during the storm cleanup.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle also started his report by discussing last week's storms. He said he was amazed at the great response from both the road department and local fire departments on their quick action to help get roads opened. He also reported that Edmonson County Schools now have a full time school resource officer on hand, which is Jeff Brooks. Until now, Chief Deputy Brooks had split his time between ECHS and the Sheriff's Office. He will now work all day at the school, thanks to the school system, which pays for the service.
The Sheriff concluded his report with an update on last week's mass-casualty shooter training held at ECHS, which he described as "one of the most effective training sessions I've ever experienced as a law enforcement officer."
Jailer Hank Vincent reported there were currently 22 county inmates being housed in Hart County Jail, with one on home incarceration.
Judge Executive Wil Cannon read a proclamation to the court in honor of National Lineman's Appreciation Day, which was today.
The court also:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for April 23, 2018 at 9am in the upstairs courtroom of the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Warren RECC is celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day on Monday with events scheduled throughout the Warren RECC district.
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a "Proclamation In Honor Of Linemen" at today's fiscal court meeting. Cannon was also attending a ceremony for linemen today in Morgantown.
“Warren RECC is committed to the seven cooperative principles that define our business model," said W. Scott Ramsey, President and CEO of Warren RECC. "Paramount among those principles is the fact that we are dedicated to our community and owned by our members. Our linemen are deeply committed to ensuring our members have safe, reliable power to support their everyday lives, regardless of the conditions. Today, we take the opportunity to thank them for their service and dedication. I would also like to thank the administrative staff who support their work every day by ensuring their safety and comfort in the field."
In December 2014, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board adopted a resolution recognizing the second Monday of each April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Today, organizations across the country took time out to honor the lineman that power their communities. Warren RECC’s linemen will be honored with lunches at each local office as well as other proclamations and visits from several County Judge Executives.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Clerk's Office has released the primary ballot for the county election scheduled to take place on May 22, 2018.
“We anticipate a good turn-out for the primary, with a Sheriff race for both parties, along with State Representative contests in each party as well," said County Clerk Kevin Alexander. "Couple that with several Magistrate races and a Constable race, and I would think we’ll see several people at the polls.”
Clerk Alexander also wanted to remind those that have previously voted at The Community Church of Cedar Springs, they will now vote at the new Rocky Hill Volunteer Fire Department.
Darren Doyle, story:
A fatal ATV accident claimed the life of a Morgantown man Saturday, April 7, 2018, at an Edmonson County ATV park.
Edmonson County Deputy Coroner Richie Jones said that local dispatch received emergency calls around 1pm yesterday with reports of an overturned Honda Pioneer at Blue Holler ATV Park, 1500 Ollie Road, in Mammoth Cave.
According to Jones, witnesses said that Mr. James Brown, (71) of Morgantown, was trying to negotiate a steep downhill grade when the vehicle's right front tire blew, which caused the ATV to overturn. Jones said that Mr. Brown was neither wearing a helmet nor a seat belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no passengers in Mr. Brown's vehicle, according to Jones.
Responding to the scene was the Lincoln Fire Department, Edmonson EMS, and the Deputy Coroner.
Real-Life Situation Presented At School With Gunfire
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County law enforcement officials, emergency responders, and Edmonson County schools coordinated a multi-agency active shooter scenario today at ECHS.
The Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, KSP, the U.S. National Park Service, and Homeland Security participated in the event along with Edmonson EMS and local first responder personnel. Several Edmonson County students also took part along with school employees.
John Chidester, pastor of Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church, who is also a member of the Brownsville Fire Department, volunteered to be an "active shooter," along with Deputy Jailer Devin Lindsey and Wingfield Fire Department member Brandon Graham.
The men were outfitted with protective armor as they went through several shootouts with various officers using special AR-15 rifles and semi-automatic handguns that shot small paint-marking rounds called "simunition."
The training created a real-life shooter situation with student and teacher casualties and injuries. Several high school students pretended to be wounded while taking part of the scenarios with gunfire.
"I didn't know how realistic this would actually be," said junior Hunter Ashley. "But it was really loud, and it seemed so real."
Junior Jarrod Sanders said much of the same. "Something like this would be really bad but I feel like it's preparing us for the real thing if it ever happened."
ECMS Counselor Kelly Rich discussed the importance of the students choosing to participate in the training.
"I'm so proud of our student volunteers," she said. "These boys have done so well today. It was a great learning experience for us all."
Superintendent Patrick Waddell said that while the talk of school safety has never been higher, today wasn't the first time that this type of training has been utilized.
"Sheriff Doyle has helped coordinate these before. I believe this is the third or fourth training session here at our schools. I'm glad that today our local ambulance service and first responders took part. To my knowledge, this is the first time that they've been part of this. Obviously, we hope that something like this never happens here, but if so, it will take all our agencies working together and we saw an excellent example of that today."
Keith Sanders, Director of Edmonson EMS, addressed the group of emergency workers and law enforcement.
"Overall, this has been a smooth process," he said. "We have things to work on and we're going to work with law enforcement and the schools to see that we're all on the same page, but I think this went well today."
Sanders said that he reached out to other ambulance services and documented their response time in case multiple medical agencies were needed. He gave examples of how several ambulances and helicopters would be available in minutes.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that today's training was the best in which he's ever participated, thanks to the multi-agency effort.
"I've said for years that our officers, our EMS workers, firefighters, and first responders are some of the best, period, and I'm glad to be able to work with them. If we don't work together, we simply can't be effective, so that's why so many are here today."
Seniors Logan Lindsey, Tucker Cole, Ryan Lindsey, Logan Minton, and J.T. Vincent also volunteered along with Braxtin Lindsey, a 5th grader. The students said if they had to rate the school and emergency responders from 1-10 on what they saw today, they would give it an eight or nine.
"I would think that's a fair assessment," said Supt. Waddell. "Our concern now is working on a plan that would better coordinate traffic control in and out of the school and our area in a real-life situation. We're working on a plan that would keep the right folks in and out of here, because you'd obviously have parents needing to get to their children. In my opinion, that would be the only reason I wouldn't give us a '10,' because of the unknowns our traffic situation could bring."
U.S. Park Ranger Josh Clemons, who helped coordinate the event, also credited multiple agencies for the success of the training. Edmonson County Sheriff's Detective Wally Ritter agreed while also thanking the volunteers who helped by portraying active shooters.
Waddell said what makes the training effective is the reality it brings when there is real gunfire and students are lying in the hallways.
"Yes, you know it's simulated. You know it's training, but when you hear the gunshots, when you see the looks on the faces of these officers and workers, it's all business. When you see our students down or being brought out, when you see officers going in, it's the real deal."
In addition to the active shooter situation, there were also presentations of tactical field care/combat casualty training, and "officer down" scenarios. The training lasted all day today.
Sheriff Doyle said that training for these scenarios is an ongoing process.
"Unfortunately, it's the world today. We sometimes think that it could never happen here, but they probably thought that at Parkland, at Marshall, at Sandy Hook, and the list goes on. We're doing everything we can to see that if Edmonson County ever makes national news, it's because of something great, not a tragedy. We continue to pray that nothing like this will ever happen here, but if it does, we want to be as prepared as we possibly can."
Straight Line Winds Cause Significant Damage In Bee Spring Area
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Joe Sullivan, from the National Weather Service in Louisville, met with Edmonson County Emergency Management Director Rob McGuffey and Edmonson Voice Meteorologist Landon Hampton in Bee Spring today as the NWS used Edmonson Voice drone footage to help evaluate last night's storm that ripped through the northern end of the county.
Sullivan said that according to the damage, aerial footage, and data, there was no confirmed tornado; however, it was estimated that wind speeds along KY HWY 259 N reached 95mph.
He also said the structural damage from the straight line winds was as significant as any he's seen in recent times. The NWS used Edmonson Voice drone footage to try to trace the storm's path. It appeared as though the swath of the winds was around one mile wide.
Some property owners asked how could there not be a tornado if the damage was so sporadic, but Sullivan described straight line winds as sometimes having "fingers."
"Most people think of it as a big solid wall of wind, but that's not what this is," he said. "It's more like a group of fingers that spread out across. That's why you have this area that saw significant damage while this little space or that, didn't see much or any at all."
Trees were broken and uprooted all over Bee Spring. Garages and storage buildings were crushed like aluminum cans. Several homes around the lake saw roof damage as well.
Landon Saling, who lives on Jim Meredith Road, said the interior walls of his home were flexing back and forth during the 3-4 minute time period of the worst winds. He and his family made their way to the basement. The top of a detached garage was blown off on his property. Pieces of the garage were scattered hundreds of yards across a field.
Meteorologist Landon Hampton said that although he tracked last night's storm, he was surprised to see the amount of damage to the area.
"It's probably as much damage from straight line winds that I've seen. The impact of the hail damage here was also very surprising."
Hampton also noted that there was no tornado warning for the area last night, only a tornado watch.
"That's why we always encourage everyone to take severe thunderstorm warnings seriously," he said. "As we see here in Bee Spring, these storms can be extremely damaging."
Bee Spring Missionary Baptist Church was slammed with high winds and hail damage. The entire front of the church looked as though it had been blasted with a shotgun. The roof and steeple also took on serious damage.
Large groups of hail were still piled up around noon today.
County road crews were cleaning truck loads of downed trees and limbs. WRECC contractors were busy replacing up to a dozen utility poles along 259, as they worked diligently to restore power to hundreds of customers. Luckily, no injuries were reported, according to the Sheriff's Office.