Darren Doyle, story:
What began as what appeared to be a relatively small opening from a sinkhole Friday afternoon turned out to be a big hole today on Arthur Road that will likely keep the road shut down to thru traffic for several days.
County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said road workers were notified of the hole yesterday around 6PM and the road was immediately closed at that section, near Canterberry Lane. The hole opened up to a much bigger problem today--one that about 40 feet wide, 40 feet long, and over 20 feet deep to the what appears to be the bottom
According to the Judge Executive's Office, crews began work around 6AM Saturday morning and will likely remain until dark this evening.
The road is expected to stay closed to thru-traffic for approximately a week.
Arthur Road joins HWY 259 south of the fairgrounds and HWY 70 just west of Cedar Road.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville man was arrested and faces felony burglary and assault charges after an incident on Thursday, according to Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Sheriff Doyle said that the Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, and Kentucky State Police responded to a residence on Mammoth Cave Road in response to a burglary complaint. The Sheriff stated that officers located David Lee Minor, (23) of Brownsville leaving the scene in a vehicle and he was stopped and detained by law enforcement.
When the Sheriff's Office arrived at the residence, they reportedly saw where Minor had allegedly forced entry inside and caused significant damage to the furniture and and inside of the home. The Sheriff said that while inside, Minor also assaulted an individual causing minor injuries and allegedly held a pair of scissors to the neck of the resident.
He was arrested and charged with Burglary second degree, Criminal Mischief first degree, Assault second degree (attempted), and Assault fourth degree (minor injury).
He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
Drug Complaints Lead To Arrests
Darren Doyle, story:
Two Rocky Hill men were arrested and face multiple felony drug charges, including drug trafficking after local law enforcement followed up on a drug complaint, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that they arrived at a residence in the 2000 block of Rocky Hill Road to perform what is known as a "knock-and-talk" around 11:50AM after receiving a complaint of possible drug activity at the house. Deputies said the vehicle at the residence had a license plate that did not match the vehicle's description. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies made contact with resident Charles A. Rector (28), at the front door of the property and immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. Rector allegedly denied having any marijuana and did not consent to a search of the property, officials said. The Sheriff's Office stated that when deputies advised Rector that he would be detained while they worked to obtain a search warrant, Rector became irate and attempted to flee back into the residence but he was placed in handcuffs without incident.
Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle applied for and was granted a search warrant for the property, which resulted in the discovery of marijuana plants, suspected methamphetamine, suspected buprenorphine, several forms of drug paraphernalia commonly used for trafficking drugs, an AR-15-style rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, a sawed-off shotgun, cash, and a debit card.
Rector was charged with:
The Sheriff's Office also reported that while deputies were on scene to execute the search warrant at this property, law enforcement observed two pick-up trucks, one white and one green, pull into the driveway of the residence, but they quickly stopped and left. Deputies reportedly followed in a marked patrol vehicle with lights and sirens activated, while the white pick-up allegedly pulled in front of the green and accelerated. The sheriff's office said that the green vehicle stopped while the white kept going and deputies pursued it to the 3000-block of Hayes Lodge Road, where it finally came to a stop. The driver was identified as Harold K. Hendrick (54) of Smiths Grove. During a search of his person, deputies found an unlabeled pill bottle with suspected Percocet (some loose and some bundled), suspected methamphetamine, and a large sum of cash.
Officials said those in the green truck were not in violation of any laws.
Hendrick was arrested and charged with:
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the arrests.
"There's a lot of opinions on whether or not marijuana should be legalized, but we as law enforcement officers don't have the discretion of whether we want to deal with it or not," Sheriff Doyle said. "And because we pursued this particular tip, we were also able to find a large amount of methamphetamine, and it's just that much more that's off our roads in Edmonson County."
Both Rector and Hendrick were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Darren Doyle, story:
County employees, magistrates, and some elected officials will be getting raises, some beginning in June of this year and others in January of 2023 after the Edmonson County Fiscal Court voted to approve the pay increases at Monday's meeting.
Magistrates voted to allow a 5% increase to all county employees, effective June 26, 2022. They also approved a 7% increase in salary for themselves, which will be $8,025/yr, and a 7% increase for the Coroner, which will be $14,215/yr.
Magistrates also set pay rates for the deputy coroner ($6,300/yr), the finance officer ($14.44/hr), and the jailer's position ($30,000/yr).
The court also made a motion to increase the County Attorney's salary from $22,554 to $25,000 per year; however, County Attorney Greg Vincent spoke against the motion.
Vincent said that while it's completely possible he might not see the pay increase if he's not reelected, he didn't feel like the pay increase was fair in comparison with other county offices, whether it would be himself or his political opponent in office come January. Vincent said his office brought more revenue into the county than the county pays to run the office and said he generally brings in $100K/yr in delinquent tax revenue alone. He also added that the county pays less than half of the standard county attorney salary recommended by the state.
"I've done your work, and I've always gotten it to you on time or earlier than the deadline you've asked for, and I've never refused a call," he said. "And even if it's not me, I assume Mr. Turner will be the same way." He continued. "I don't want this to sound like I'm being ungrateful," he said. "I appreciate the thought of bringing this up, but I just don't understand the number, I don't understand the thinking of why you would treat one office so different from the others."
In addition to the salary, the county also pays $750/mo for rent for the county attorney, but Vincent said they do not pay for any supplies, utilities, or additional labor, (secretaries, assistants, etc.) as it does for other county offices.
Judge Cannon said he agreed that the proposed raise was not fair in comparison with the other offices and asked for another motion for a higher amount. District 3 Magistrate Charlie Tarter made a motion to table the discussion for the next meeting, which was seconded by District 1 Magistrate Mark Meeks.
The fiscal court also voted to:
Scott Waste Blames Problems On Labor Shortages, Supply Chain Issues, Offers Several Apologies at Fiscal Court
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Waste Connections (formerly known as Scott Waste) representatives Pete Reckard and Ty Bowman attended today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting to address the many complaints received by the fiscal court over the past year; specifically since Christmas. Reckard apologized several times to the court as a whole and to individuals in the crowd for their specific complaints.
A host of county residents have been upset with poor service with little-to-no communication from the trash collection company. Judge Executive Wil Cannon presented a summary of complaints to the two reps and asked them to provide information as to why the company is having trouble providing their service in Edmonson County.
The county entered into an agreement with Scott Waste, now known as Waste Connections, in 2008 when Edmonson County began participating in the Kentucky Waste Management Program. This program recommends the county to have one trash pickup service countywide in order to track the amount of trash being picked up. Cannon said today, and has said in the past, having more than one trash company will hinder the process of tracking that information.
As a participant in the program, the county receives grant money that pays for the litter abatement program and a tire amnesty program.
"The complaints continue to come in," Cannon said to Reckard. "They're the same complaints, but wide spread. They may vary from 'they missed my trash today, again, or they missed it the last two days, they miss it every week, they come a day late every week, or two days late every week, they've missed my trash for three weeks, or four weeks, or we called and somebody has destroyed our trash can, or stolen our trash can, and they keep telling us they're going to bring one but we haven't seen it for two months and we still get a bill...,' and there's probably some other complaints out there."
The Edmonson Voice receives multiple requests throughout the year to write some sort of article on the service provided by Waste Connections. We received one Thursday of last week. The majority of the complaints we receive are from those who feel like they are being shorted by paying for a weekly trash pickup but do not receive the service in a consistent manner.
Judge Cannon also noted that the county ordinance with Waste Connections also requires a closed-top truck, but Cannon said the company has had an open-top truck in some parts of the county that he said loses some trash out the top of it when it's in motion. Mr. Reckard said that was a truck that normally doesn't run in the county, but it was one trying to help them get caught up.
One man in the audience today, who lives on Caneyville Road in Edmonson County, said he recently realized he has been categorized as a Grayson County resident, paying Grayson County rates to Scott Waste, which is a higher rate than Edmonson. He said he's currently paying around $52/month instead of the county standard $69 per quarter, or $23 per month.
"If you've been a customer since we turned it over, since we purchased C&K (Sanitation), they had you listed as that," said Pete Reckard. "If somebody doesn't bring it to our attention, we're not going to know whether it was Grayson or Edmonson. We do encounter that every so often, a lot of times it would be the opposite direction, where Grayson County is getting an Edmonson (rate) based on what street they are and where it crosses over. But we'll definitely take care of it and move forward."
Another resident, Tommy Bolton, said his trash hasn't been picked up half the time since Christmas and asked for a specific phone number he could call where someone "will actually answer the phone." Reckard responded by handing him a business card with his number on it and ensured him he would be the one to answer the phone or return a call made to that number.
Judge Cannon said the issue here is not having trash picked up a day or two late, here and there. He said again they were widespread complaints and people were tired of it. Reckard responded.
"One, I wish I could tell you exactly what cause, what issue, and things like that is," he said. "But since Christmas. Christmas is always a tough week because of the extra trash and things like that. That week after Christmas, we were out running on January 1st or whatever it was, and the semi-tornado that came through, we pulled our trucks off thinking, 'we're going to get right back to it and we'll get it all taken care of' and we ended up with two snowstorms right in a row. That was the beginning of it. But since then, it has become an issue of we have two very good employees that run the routes. One of those employees is having medical issues, then his wife is having medical issues, so it's like he was out for a day and things like that. Well, the other end of it is, we're in a deep shortage of employees. CDL employees have been very tough. When one of them is out, we still have 40 other routes we gotta cover, so it was tough. And I know that's not an excuse for you all. It doesn't correct what we went through, and there was a few times where we didn't realize that somebody was getting missed two weeks in a row, or three weeks in a row until that third week and things like that, so we were doing things like that to get caught up and take care of the situation. So we're moving in a direction where we're starting to finally see some candidates coming."
Reckard continued to explain their need for help riders on the back of the trucks as well. He also said that they are experiencing issues on all their contracts, not just in Edmonson County. He said last Friday's routes were being picked up on Sunday. He said "we are working to solve issues up in Edmonson County."
Cannon said he understood that finding help was currently difficult; however, he also noted he recently followed a Scott Waste truck while it was picking up trash. Three out of four cans he emptied were thrown down on their sides and were not placed upright.
"I'm pretty sure people don't like that, we're going to get a call on that (too) if it's not corrected. Little things like that," Cannon said.
Reckard said he'd have a conversation with that employee about the incident.
The conversation went on for over 45 minutes, much of it the same types of complaints and Reckard's responses were similar to his first apologies. Judge Cannon also noted that Waste Connections also donates each year to the Freedom Fest, which provides a free fireworks show each summer, and provides the dumpster services for the annual countywide cleanup. Waste Connections also pays a franchise tax back to the county each year, which is around $50,000 a year.
The last comment from a resident was a question asked to Mr. Reckard, which was, who should pick up the mess when a can sits for several days past the pickup date without being emptied? The resident said full cans sometimes blow over and trash is then blown around or animals tear it apart. He said someone has to pick it up, which is usually the resident, and it's not fair.
"Our guys try to do the best they can," said Reckard. "And I know it's not a fair statement, but if they had to do that at every stop, we would never be able to get through it and we'd just be further behind. I know that's not the right answer."
The resident replied, "That's certainly not the right answer."
Reckard asked for the man's address so he could help him. The man also said while it hadn't happened to him, personally, it happens to his neighbors.
Cannon asked Reckard to do a better job of communication to their customers, to let them know when delays are expected. Reckard said Waste Connections has a mobile app that can help keep customers updated on pickup schedules, called the Waste Connect App. He said they can also send out alerts.
Cannon said many elderly people don't have computers or smart phones so that wouldn't really help everyone. He also noted that the contract was coming up for renewal in July and more discussion would continue until then. Reckard noted that the contract also protects Edmonson County customers by capping Waste Connections' price increases at 3% per year, which he said was much less than the inflation rate currently being seen by the consumer.
Madison Doyle story:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce will host a brand new festival in our area, the Big Brownsville Bash, a three-day event that will take place Thursday, June 2nd through Saturday, June 4, 2022. Newly elected Chamber President Darren Doyle discussed what types of events and activities could be expected at the Bash, who is making it possible, and how it got started.
Doyle was first elected to the Chamber board back in the fall of 2021, and took office as president in January of this year. In addition to Doyle, the Chamber has mostly a brand new board of directors; only two members of which were also part of last year's group. In addition, new officers were also elected this year, that also include Vice President Josh Casey from C & C Firearms & Outdoors, and Treasurer Daniel Bolton from the Bank of Edmonson County.
"The talk of a new festival was first introduced last year under the previous board," Doyle said. "In February, the board of directors first started talking about what would be feasible for us to host and to handle, because none of us have ever hosted a festival before. Mark Wardlow, Co-founder of Santa's Helping Hands, recently joined the board and his expertise in events and love for his community is a win for us all. Once he got involved with the planning, things began to come together quickly."
He said there's been a lot of talk around the community about having an additional annual local event outside the county fair.
"We support the fair, we love the fair, but we have heard from the community that they wanted something in addition to the fair." He said the whole purpose for even having a Chamber of Commerce is for it to "support our local business community." He said the best way that they (the board) feel to support that community is to "provide opportunities for people to come into our community and see what all of these local businesses have to offer."
He said the Chamber board began discussion on what events would appeal to the majority of the people of Edmonson County while trying to add some not typically found here. "We basically just started to make a potential list of events that we thought might have interest our community, and at first, we had a list that was way too long. We started narrowing things down until we felt like it was a manageable list, and then we began to reach out to the folks that had expertise in those areas. Once we started telling these guys what we wanted to do, people started getting excited," Doyle said.
Doyle said one of the first things they were able to do was secure a carnival company.
"Finding a good carnival company to come to Edmonson County is something that has always been difficult to do because it's such a small place. The large companies don't want to come here because they want to go to places with larger populations. A carnival contract was actually signed last year, but we still had several issues that had to be addressed. After several weeks of working with our carnival provider, and Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander, we felt like we had the makings of something that will work in our community."
Doyle said Alexander was on board from the beginning.
"Mr. Alexander is very well connected to the community and wanted to be a part of this, and he's allowing the carnival to set up the front parking lots of the high school."
After they got the carnival figured out, Doyle said they started breaking things down day-by-day. With the festival starting on a Thursday, the square wasn't the best option for events due to the courthouse and other area businesses being open that day. "That's when the public library came into play, and they immediately opened their doors to us and said they wanted to help in anyway they could." So, Thursday, June 2nd, activities will begin with a farmer's market at 8 am and continue throughout the day in the public library parking lot. This event is for anyone who is interested in selling their locally, homegrown produce.
Doyle said the Edmonson County Extension Office offered to help with their connection to local 4-H, and will host what they call 4-H Rally Days, which will be similar to exhibits that you might see at a county fair, according to Doyle. He said they will judge these entries, and the kids who participate will receive ribbons. This will also be at the library, which will also have a dunk tank, hosted by Edmonson County Soccer.
On Thursday evening, there will be a baby show organized by the local homemakers. This event is currently scheduled to take place in the high school auditorium, but could possibly change due to some construction planned at the site. Doyle encouraged everyone to follow EdmonsonChamber.com and the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for event updates or possible changes made. Registration will start at 4:30, and the show will start at around 5:30 - 6.
At 5 pm on Thursday evening, the carnival will start for the first time at Edmonson County High School and run until 11 pm. You can purchase tickets to ride individual rides or you can purchase a pass that will be good for an entire day, unlimited rides for $25.
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Doyle said, "Obviously this is a big event, and it cost a lot of money. This is a community investment, so we had some local businesses in mind that we felt like would be a good fit for what we wanted to do, and that could help us sponsor this event. We initially reached out to four business and then two more came on board after hearing a buzz about the event." Doyle says they now have six major corporate sponsors that include Rafferty's, Patton Funeral Home, Bank of Edmonson County, A Plus Family Health Care, Edmonson County Tourism Commission, and Alford's Pharmacy. "Without these sponsors, we wouldn't be doing this. We couldn't." Doyle said. "I actually said this was a community investment more than a sponsorship because we want this to be an annual event, we want it to come back next year bigger and better, and all the years after that." He said there are also other various sponsors helping in additional ways. One thing he says people are already excited about is that they will be giving away a number of carnival passes on the chamber Facebook page (courtesy of sponsors).
The Edmonson Voice is the media sponsor for the event. The Voice designed the Big Bash logo, all the artwork, flyers, signs, and banners at no cost. They are also assisting the Chamber with their marketing campaign.
Friday, June 3, 2022, the Farmer's Market will start again at 8 am and go throughout the day at the Public Library, along with the 4H Rally Days, and the dunk tank. The judging for the Rally will start at 3 pm, so if you have something entered you can stop by at 3pm on Friday to see if you have won a ribbon. At 4pm Friday, in the high school auditorium, registration for the Bank of Edmonson County Brownsville Bash Beauty Pageant will begin. "We want to thank Lori Alexander and Madison Hollis for their expertise and help with organizing the pageant," Doyle said. He mentioned again to make sure to watch their Facebook page for any location changes due to possible construction inside the high school. Also on Friday at 5 pm, the carnival will start back up and will run until 11 pm.
Doyle says Saturday, June 4, 2022, is going to be the biggest day of the festival. At 8AM at Chalybeate park, The Edmonson County Tourism 5K Run and a 1 Mile Walk will start the day. The cost is $25 to enter, and those who enter in time will receive an event t-shirt.
"We want to thank A.B. Webb for helping us put this event together, A.B. is a runner himself and he is the director of Parks & Rec here in the county. He's going to be promoting our parks and promoting this event, and we can't thank him enough." Also at 8 am, in the Community Center will be the Patton Funeral Home Big Brownsville Bash Arts & Crafts and Trader Show. Doyle says there will be lots of vendors, boutiques, handmade gifts, etc., that will be inside and out of the Community Center. This event will run until 2 pm. Also on the square, the Rafferty's Big Bash Car Show will run until 2 pm. "So many people are already calling about this. We have a ton of categories that will be issued trophies and we hope this event takes up the whole square with lots of unique vehicles."
Also featured throughout the day on Saturday will be "Food Truck Square," located in the new paved parking lot on Washington Street on the left, just before Patton Funeral Home. Those booked include the Edmonson County Cattlemen's burgers and hot dogs, Tin Roof Coffee, Pelican's Snoballs, Walden's BBQ, Layo Taco, Ladybugs Fritters and Fries, and Big Al's Hot Chicken.
Also Saturday at 10 am, there will be the first-ever Alford's Pharmacy Canoe & Kayak Challenge. Doyle says there will be a number of categories available and the challenge will start at Houchin Ferry and end at the Brownsville boat ramp. "We've got some other local Chamber businesses helping us out with this event as well," Doyle said. "We'll also have local emergency personnel on site; some will actually be in the water to make this as safe as possible. Mammoth Cave National Park is also assisting. This is something that has never been done here before and hopefully will draw a lot of people out."
Another event never held locally before, starting at 4 pm in the Community Center will be the A Plus Family Healthcare Pro-Am Cornhole Tournament. Doyle says they have some professionals coming in, and you have the option to watch them play, or you can play yourself. "There will be two major divisions--advanced and social. If you feel like you're pretty good in the backyard, we want you to come compete in the social division," Doyle said. "If you can compete with the pros, then try your luck in the advanced division." He also said there will be an event later where social players can team up with a pro. "If you compete in this event you will be teamed up with a pro, and play against another pro and amateur player," Doyle said. "Local pro player Damon Dennis, who we've seen on ESPN, is helping us put this on, and we want to thank him for his willingness to give back to his community."
On Saturday, the carnival will be open in two different sessions. The first session will start at noon, and run until 5 pm. You must have a different pass for each session if you choose to attend both, you cannot purchase a day pass and also use it later for the night. The night session will start at 6 pm and run until 10 pm.
The Big Bash Firework show will start at approximately 9 pm. This is brought to you by all six corporate sponsors. Doyle says the show will be shot from the practice football field on top of the hill at the high school, and you should be able to catch the show anywhere in Brownsville. "Anywhere you would usually park for parades should be a good place to catch the fireworks. The school is allowing us to park up and down Wildcat Way, you can sit in the bleachers at the football field, bring blankets, lawn chairs, but we really believe you will be able to watch the show from anywhere in Brownsville."
Inflatables will also be set up on Saturday in the Judge Executive parking lot where the former childcare playground area was.
There is also going to be an online photo contest that will start in a couple of weeks. To participate, you will need to submit your photos to the EC Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Detail on the contest will be announced in the coming days. The winners will be announced when the festival starts.
"As a business owner myself, I hear people here say there is nothing to do here and they want more things for their kids to do," Doyle added. "Well, here it is. That's why we are doing this. We hope this is huge, we hope we run out of room for people. We want this to be 'the next big thing.' We're trying to make this something for everybody."
Doyle said as its the Chamber's job to support local businesses, he can't think of a better group that should organize an event like this.
"It will be an event where you can bring your kids, adults can come out, and it's all about building better things in our community."
The Chamber Board of Directors is made up of Darren Doyle, Josh Casey, Daniel Bolton, Scott Skaggs, Mike Stoyonovich, Patrick Merritt, Scott Lindsey, and Mark Wardlow.
Doyle said to watch the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for updates on the event that you won't want to miss.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Munfordville woman has died from injuries sustained in a collision involving a buggy Saturday evening, according to the Kentucky State Police.
On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, KSP responded to the collision site located at 6853 Hardyville Road in the Hardyville community around 6:51PM.
According to state police, their investigation revealed that a white Chevrolet truck operated by Brandon Polson (33) of Hardyville, was traveling westbound on KY-88 when it struck a black buggy in the rear being operated by Robert Miller (45) of Munfordville, also traveling westbound. A passenger, Edna Mae Miller (44) was ejected from the buggy as a result of the collision, KSP stated. She was transported from the scene to TJ Samson Hospital in Glasgow, where she succumbed to her injuries, according to police.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Michael Wathen. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Hart County EMS, the Hart County Sheriffs Office, and the Hardyville Fire Department.
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
Today at the Edmonson County Fairgrounds, the EC Youth Services Center hosted a mock car crash for juniors and seniors attending Edmonson County prom. This event is a staged car crash where several EC students are portrayed to be severely hurt, or even deceased. It serves as a reminder to the students to be safe and smart behind the wheel.
"We host this every other year for our kids going to prom," said Morgan Esters from the Youth Services Center. "This year instead of drinking and driving, our theme is vaping because it's a bigger issue than alcohol is in our school system. Two of our students in the crash will have a vape that is laced with fentanyl, which caused the accident," she stated. "A lot of the kids in the crowd probably just think this is a show, and that's okay. If we can help even just one single student decide to be safe and not do this, I feel like we have done our job."
Acting in today's scene were students Noah Parsley, who was 'driving under the influence' due to a vape pen which was laced Evan Stice, also under the influence, and also Ryley Jones, Makaylee Thompson, Wade Lutrell, Landon Meredith, and Jarett Prunty, who were all 'victims' of Parsley's reckless decision.
Keith Sanders Director of Edmonson EMS addressed the crowd.
"As emergency personnel, we get calls about drinking and driving, distracted driving, but today these guys were hitting vape pens that were laced, and we lost four young people," he started. "This is a small place, so when we pull up to these scenes we're praying it's not somebody we know, but a lot of the time it is. We don't want this to be you all."
Sanders encouraged the students to have fun at prom, but told them "you can have fun and be safe at the same time."
Sheriff Shane Doyle also addressed those in attendance. "I back up everything Keith said. We really want to make an impact so you don't find yourself in this situation," he said. "This situation wasn't an accident, it was negligence. It was a bad choice that lead to a terrible situation and they happen all the time." He said that although today's scene was just acting, it was still very difficult to process, and he told the students to try to imagine what happens when it's not acting.
Doyle thanked the students for their attention during the event, and also thanked the Youth Services Center and other emergency personnel in attendance.
Deputy Jordan Jones, who portrayed a distraught father as his daughter, Rylee, was "pronounced deceased" also addressed the crowd. "I have been in about three of these, and this one was the hardest. When I got that phone call from my daughter saying 'Daddy come help me', it sent cold chills through my body," he said emotionally. "I'm used to people for calling me for help, it's my job. I don't wanna get the phone call to come help any of you all in this kind of situation. I want you to have fun, but do it in a safe and responsible way," Jones said.
Responding to the simulated emergency were the Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments, Kyrock Jaws, Edmonson County EMS, Air Methods Emergency Helicopter, Brownsville City Police, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and Edmonson County Dispatch.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Scott Waste representatives are scheduled to attend Edmonson County Fiscal Court on Monday, April 25th at 9AM to address any questions, comments, or complaints, from county residents according to the Judge Executive's Office.
Edmonson County currently has an agreement with Scott Waste to be the sole trash pick-up service in the county.
Residents with questions or comments directed to Scott Waste are encouraged to attend the meeting.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Morgantown man has been arrested in connection with a theft at the county impound lot over two months ago, after he reportedly tried to flee from law enforcement in a traffic stop attempt on Saturday night, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
In a statement, the Sheriff's Office reported that around 10:55 pm on Saturday, April 16, 2022, an Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle traveling east on Morgantown Road with no license plate light at a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his emergency lights at the intersection of Hunts Church Road and Morgantown Road in an attempt to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle accelerated, according to the Sheriff's Office. The deputy then activated his sirens, but the vehicle continued to accelerate, resulting in the deputy initiating a vehicle pursuit, the Sheriff's Office stated.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the vehicle continued to flee at speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour for approximately 3 miles when the operator of the vehicle reportedly shut off all the exterior lights and quickly turned into a residential driveway. Once the vehicle came to a stop, deputies with Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office reportedly instructed the driver to exit the vehicle, who was identified as Keith Wallingford (37) of Morgantown. Officials said that Wallingford had a suspended operator's license and was immediately placed under arrest. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of multiple miscellaneous tools that are linked to a February 4, 2022 theft at the county impound lot, along with gloves, a face mask, and other tools commonly used in thefts.
"A detailed list of all items inside an impounded vehicle are inventoried and photographed at the time a vehicle is impounded at the county lot," Sheriff Shane Doyle said. "The exact tools taken from the impounded vehicle on February 4th were located in Mr. Wallingford's possession."
Doyle also discussed the short pursuit.
"Sometimes a subject attempts to flee," he said. "Our deputies are highly trained in these situations and our pursuit policy not only works, but it's also been tried and proven all the way up to the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to be effective for our county. We later found out that the vehicle here was not registered to the driver, as is the case in many pursuit situations, but our guys did a good job and a proper arrest was made."
Wallingford was charged with:
Wallingford was lodged in Hart County Jail. The Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing with further charges pending.
Darren Doyle, story:
Two were killed in a single vehicle crash on Friday night on KY HWY 185 in Warren County, including one Brownsville resident with three more injured, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office.
In a statement posted on the WCSO Facebook Page, the sheriff's office reported that deputies responded to 2891 KY HWY 185 in reference to single vehicle multiple fatality collision, on Friday, April 15th at 11:23PM.
According to the sheriff's office, it was determined that a Black GMC Sierra was headed south on HWY 185 when it ran off the right shoulder of the road before striking a tree. Wet road conditions and alcohol are suspected to be contributing factors, the statement said.
Two people were pronounced deceased at the scene, including the driver, identified as Kodie Cardwell (25) Bowling Green, and a passenger identified as Gerry Romine, (46) Brownsville. Three others were injured and transported to area hospitals, which included passengers James Romine (52), Brownsville, Patrick Anderson, Sr., (39) Bowling Green, and an unnamed juvenile.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Medical Center EMS, the Richardsville Fire Department, and the Warren County Coroner's Office.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Kentucky General Assembly is now putting measures in place to override multiple vetoes from Governor Andy Beshear, two of which that are hot topic items across the nation, which are transgender sports and abortion.
Lawmakers, with a republican super-majority, voted to override 22 out of 24 of Beshear's full vetoes.
Beshear vetoed Senate Bill 83 on Friday, April 6th, which is also known as the Save Women's Sports Act, also as the "transgender sports bill." Beshear described the bill as discriminatory.
"Senate Bill 83 most likely violates the equal protection rights afforded by the United States Constitution because it discriminates against transgender children seeking to participate in girls' or women's sports," he wrote in the veto. "Moreover, Senate Bill 83 bans transgender children from participating in girls' or women's sports without presenting a single instance in Kentucky of a child gaining a competitive advantage as a result of sex reassignment."
The Governor also vetoed House Bill 3 on Friday, April 8th, dealing with abortion. The bill would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and make it more difficult for minors seeking access to the procedure. The Governor said the bill is likely unconstitutional and also noted that there were no exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
On Wednesday, the House voted to override the Governor's veto on the transgender bill 29-8 and the Senate voted the same, 72-23. They also overrode the veto of the abortion bill, 76-21 in the House and 31-6 in the Senate.
Representative Michael Meredith discussed the votes.
“We’ve been one of the most pro-life legislatures in our state’s history and have stood up for Kentucky values time after time," Meredith told the Edmonson Voice. "I think the votes to override vetoes on these bills reflect that. There were many of us who weren’t surprised by the Governor’s vetoes of HB 3 and SB 83, but rather disappointed that he is once again endearing himself to the liberals of California and New York and falling further out of step with the people he is supposed to be serving.”
We also contacted Senator Steve Meredith for comment yesterday but he had not responded at the time of publishing today.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Severe thunderstorms and high winds blasted through the county earlier this evening with plenty more rain and wind in the forecast for tonight.
Local emergency personnel are currently working all over Edmonson County, clearing debris and downed trees.
Sheriff Shane Doyle gave an update on what emergency workers are tending to tonight.
"Every fire department is out right now. They're everywhere," he said. "There are trees down all over the county with debris everywhere. We've got some structural damage here and there, but thankfully, nothing too severe at this time. We've had one report of a vehicle accident, with a driver vs. a fallen tree, but no injuries. All deputies and myself are currently out working multiple scenes."
Sheriff Doyle said if anyone has to be out tonight to use extreme caution.
"If at all possible, we ask that everyone stay off the roads if you can, but if you do have to be out, please be aware of the low visibility and you could be on top of a downed tree or debris with very little time to react. I want to thank all our fire departments and first responders for the jobs they've done tonight. Also our dispatch center has been extremely busy all day. They've been nothing but great. We are fortunate to have the personnel in Edmonson County that we have. We wish everyone a safe night tonight."
Fire departments have already had a long day as the morning began with a structure fire on Otter Gap Road that claimed a house. Six fire departments worked at the scene throughout the day and then a rekindle had the rubble fully engulfed again later this evening.
Hines To Run For New Warren-Edmonson Combo 8th Circuit Seat
Darren Doyle, story: Madison Doyle, photos:
Edmonson County resident J.B. Hines, a judge in the 38th judicial district that includes Edmonson, Ohio, Butler, and Hancock Counties, announced today that he will seek the office of Circuit Judge in November, that will include Edmonson and Warren Counties.
As a result of HB 214, recently signed into law by the Governor, Edmonson County will be leaving the 38th District and will move into the 8th Circuit with Warren County. This will take affect on January 1, 2023 and will also open a new circuit judgeship.
The announcement was made today at the Bowling Green County Club as Judge Hines addressed the audience made up of family, friends, colleagues, and media members and discussed his reasons for his decision to run for the new seat that will be available in November.
"Today, with the passage of House Bill 214, I announce my intention to withdraw my candidacy for district court judge to run for the newly created position in the 8th Circuit, to include Edmonson and Warren Counties," he said. "This will provide me an opportunity to provide greater leadership to our court system. It has been an honor to serve the Commonwealth as a district judge. I make this decision with quite a bit of reflection and respect for those citizens that have supported me in my position as district judge."
Judge Hines will appear on the November 2022 general election ballot in both counties.
Hines was elected as Edmonson County Attorney in 2014 and later appointed as district judge in the 38th Judicial District in 2017 by then-Governor Matt Bevin. He ran for re-election unopposed in 2018 and will finish his term at the end of this year.
Judge Hines is a native of Warren County and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Government. He completed a master’s in public administration from Western Kentucky University in 1998. He worked for the Social Security Administration in Hazard, Kentucky prior to earning a juris doctorate from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 2003.
Judge Hines is also a certified mediator with the Institute for Americans with Disability Act Mediation, the International Center for Dispute Resolution and Administrative Office of the Courts. He leads a Teen Court for the 38th Judicial District, and as a member of the Edmonson and Warren County communities through various civic organizations, he has been recognized as Kiwanian of the Year in Hazard, Kentucky, and a Citizen of the Year for Edmonson County.
"I pray for the grace and wisdom to be a judge," he said today. "And I ask that you to continue to support me to provide leadership to our court system, and I ask that each of you consider me for your vote in the circuit court judge race."
In his spare time Judge Hines is a hobbyist beekeeper and gardener and shares these interests with his wife of nearly 22 years, Shaska, who was by his side today.
Closest Fire Hydrant Unusable Due to Low Pressure, Fire Trucks Struggle With Running Out of Water
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Firefighters struggled to keep their trucks filled at the scene of a structure fire on Otter Gap Road early this morning.
Multiple firefighters were paged around 6:10AM on Wednesday morning to the report of a structure fire at 2798 Otter Gap Road that was fully involved. Emergency personnel kept the blaze under control until the first batch of trucks began to run out of water.
The nearest fire hydrant was only about a quarter mile down the road at Otter Gap Church; however, firefighters discovered that there wasn't enough pressure coming from the hydrant to fill a firetruck.
"This is why we constantly talk about the need for fire hydrants in this county," said Chalybeate Fire Chief Daniel Johnson. "We felt like we had it under control until we found out we had to go somewhere else to get water. By that time, it was done too late to save it."
A working fire hydrant was utilized about a mile and a half up the road on HWY 743 at the home of what was formerly the old Chalybeate School.
Even with multiple fire departments on scene, the trucks continued to run out of water. Another firefighter on scene said that with subdivisions and more populated areas where everyone is tapped into the same line as they hydrants, the pressure is too low to be utilized by the fire departments. Firefighters have repeatedly voiced these concerns with county officials and the local water district. In 2019, the Edmonson County Water District announced a $1.29M project for the purpose of adding fire hydrants to the county, which were designed to be divided equally among fire districts.
A family member at the scene said the home belonged to Mike Cline, who was at work at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported at the fire.
Otter Gap Road was closed for over three hours from Chalybeate School Road down to Otter Gap Church. One lane reopened around 9:45AM and Chief Johnson said this would likely be the case for the next few hours.
Responding to the scene were the Chalybeate, Wingfield, Brownsville, Kyrock, Rocky Hill, and Smiths Grove Fire Departments, WRECC, and the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
County Attorney Greg Vincent Discusses Court Changes: Edmonson Will Leave 38th District and Join Warren's
Darren Doyle, story:
At today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting, Edmonson County Attorney Greg Vincent discussed how the county will be greatly affected by some big changes that are headed this way after a bill recently passed, laying out judicial redistricting across Kentucky.
Edmonson County, which is currently in the 38th district along with Ohio, Butler, and Hancock Counties, will be moving into the 8th district with Warren County, beginning January 1, 2023 (and possibly later as outlined below) since the Governor signed the bipartisan bill on Friday that was sent down as a recommendation from the KY Supreme Court.
"We share our judges with them and we share our Commonwealth Attorney with them," Vincent said. "The legislature has changed that now. Starting January 1, we will be in the 8th judicial circuit, meaning we will be partnering with Warren County. Now, I said 'circuit.' The district will be a little bit different. We are to remain in the 38th district for the next four years. The judges in circuit and district are both running for re-election this year, but for some reason, they kept us in the same district for 4, with one caveat: They said, basically if an opening comes up in the district, as I read the statute--this is the way I understand it--if an opening comes up with one of the district judges sometime in the next four years, they will not fill that position. It will be done away with and we will move into the 8th judicial district with Warren County at that time, and the one judge that doesn't vacate his spot will remain the only judge in the 38th."
He said no matter, come January 1, 2023, Edmonson County will have new circuit judges, new family court judges, and a new Commonwealth Attorney.
He also said that since Edmonson will join Warren, a new circuit judgeship will be created, which will make a total of three circuit judges between the two counties. He added that the talk around the courthouse is that Judge J.B. Hines will withdraw from the district judge's race and file to run for the new circuit court position.
We spoke with Judge Hines earlier this evening and asked him whether or not he would seek the new circuit judge position. Judge Hines did not confirm, however, he said he had always been an advocate for representation for Edmonson County, and will continue to be.
"I previously advocated that Edmonson County stay in the district with Butler, Ohio, and Hancock Counties because it gave Edmonson County a rough parity with the other counties, having someone to serve as a judge," Judge Hines said. "Now the legislative body is putting Edmonson and Warren Counties together, creating a new circuit position."
County Attorney Vincent said that a new judicial district does NOT mean Edmonson County will not be going anywhere else for court. With the recent moving of driver's licenses from Edmonson to Warren, many could confuse the two; however, Vincent said the biggest changes will be new judges, a new Commonwealth Attorney, and a much quicker court system.
"I will tell you now, that Warren County has their criminal system on what they call a 'rocket docket,'" he said. "It is super rare for a case to sit waiting for trial in circuit court for longer than 6 months. I mean, they have nothing that goes past a year, that I know of."
Edmonson County has seen cases drag on for years. Currently, Hart County's lengthiest inmate is from an Edmonson County case, from January 2019.
Vincent said because of a quicker court system, the county's jail costs would likely go down. Someone asked if a new potential regional jail built in the 38th district would cause Edmonson County any issues if the county is moved to the 8th district, and Vincent said no, because we've never used a jail in our same district anyway.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander said that absentee voting got underway on April 2nd. Ballots can be requested through GoVoteKY.com. He also said that early in-person voting will take place on May 12th-14th and
County Clerk: Absentee voting started on April 2nd. Govoteky.com. May 12, 13, 14 for early voting, and his office will be open for voting 8am – 4pm. Regular clerk business will still go on Thursdays and Saturdays 8AM to noon.
Tourism Update: Edmonson County Tourism Director Vanessa Ulm said that Park Mammoth Golf Club is looking to open on April 28th and that tee times can be booked now on their website. She also said that Tourism is looking forward to promoting the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce's Big Brownsville Bash festival, as Tourism is one of the corporate sponsors.
Updates from the Judge Executive: Judge Cannon said that the annual countywide cleanup started today, which will run through Saturday at noon. He said his office has received many of complaints about Scott Waste and he's planning to invite them to fiscal court for public forum in the near future. Cannon said the county plans to contact every trash company in the area and invite bids for countywide trash pickup, as Scott Waste's contract is up at the end of June.
The court voted to use $650K in ARPA funding for Edmonson County Water District projects.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for April 25, 2022, at 9AM in the upstairs room of the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Darren Doyle, story:
Magistrates voted 6-0 today to spend $650,000 of the county's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for projects for the Edmonson County Water District.
The water projects were laid out by Edmonson Water General Manager Tony Sanders at a February fiscal court meeting, who then said the jobs totaling $1.1M would consist of improvements to multiple pump stations, new service to E Hack Road, and improvements on Luttrell Cemetery Road, Segal Road, Carl Ashley Road, and HWY 70. Edmonson Water was also recently awarded over $422K from the state, and if fiscal court voted to fund $650K, then they would be looking to make up around $200K to complete the project.
Today, Judge Executive Wil Cannon discussed why he wanted the fiscal court to approve the $650K expenditure and began by reminding the court that the original uses for the funds laid out by the government were for water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure. Those requirements loosened greatly over the course of several months and were eventually dropped to nearly any sort of county business.
Cannon said in the early stages of the county's $2.3M ARPA funding talks, he reached out to Sanders and told him that money would be available for water projects and asked him for a list of potential projects that the water district would currently like to do but can't currently afford. Sanders later presented the list above that will have a total price tag of around $1.2M--$650 hopefully being funded by the county ARPA funds and the rest coming from state grant money. No funding has been committed by the water district itself for the outlined projects as of now.
Some of the magistrates asked questions, including District 3 Charlie Tarter, who asked how many miles of water line is serviced by the Edmonson District. Sanders said the county currently has 700 miles of water line in four different counties: Edmonson, Butler, Grayson, and Hart. He also asked Sanders why the water district was not planning to contribute their own money to the projects and Sanders said it was due to the current debt load they already have.
District 1 Magistrate Mark Meeks asked how would these projects be funded without the county's ARPA funding? Sanders said the water district would simply have to try for combinations of grants and loans.
Mag. Meeks also noted that the county would be spending more than 25% of it's total ARPA funding for water projects that would benefit approximately 10-15% of the county's entire population. He said the reason he was for the purchase of a $245K ambulance for Edmonson EMS was that an ambulance can benefit the entire county, not just a small percentage. Cannon said that these projects will help water loss from the old lines, which can help keep costs down for all water customers, not just a small percent.
Magistrate Johnny Brooks made a motion to spend $650K of the ARPA funding for the water projects, which was seconded by Magistrate Edd Rich. A roll call vote was requested by Judge Cannon and all magistrates voted in favor of the motion.
Sanders said the bidding, planning, and construction of the projects will likely be a 3-4 year process, not counting any unexpected delays.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A passenger of a vehicle was arrested and faces multiple felony drug charges after a recent traffic stop, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
On April 8, 2022, at approximately 8:00PM, an Edmonson County sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Sage Road, where Justin R Nichols, (21) of Bowling Green was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. Nichols reportedly told law enforcement he was armed when asked by a deputy and Nichols was instructed to exit the vehicle so the deputy could secure the weapons, according to the Sheriff's Office. During this process, the deputy reportedly discovered three loaded firearms on Nichols’ person and suspected marijuana. The Sheriff's Office also said that a further search of Nichols and the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine; all of which Nichols allegedly took ownership.
Nichols was arrested and charged with:
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two southern Edmonson County residents have been arrested and face multiple felony charges, including drug trafficking after law enforcement received information that led to the execution of a search warrant on Chalybeate School Road, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
On April 9, 2022, at approximately 7:40 pm, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the 3900 block on Chalybeate School Road after receiving information of possible drug trafficking at the residence, officials said. Law enforcement made contact with residents Steven Wade Embry (26) and Kyra Leeann Holt (29) and a search warrant was served, according to the Sheriff's Office. After a thorough search of the residence, deputies reportedly discovered two firearms, drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, and cash.
Embry and Holt were both arrested on scene.
Embry was charged with:
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Brownsville Police Department and the Edmonson County Attorney’s Office.
Darren Doyle, story:
The "Text-to-911" feature worked for a teenage girl late last night (early this morning) to communicate with dispatch on the whereabouts of a domestic incident suspect, who faces sexual abuse charges and other felonies, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that around 2AM on Monday morning, deputies responded to the 100 block of Indian Creek Road in Brownsville, in an attempt to locate Travis L. Johnson (30) to follow-up on an investigation of a physical domestic incident that had possibly taken place earlier in Warren County.
As law enforcement attempted to locate Johnson, a juvenile inside the residence utilized the Text-to-911 feature on her cellphone to alert dispatch that Johnson, a convicted felon, was inside the home with a handgun, the Sheriff's Office said. Law enforcement officers forced entry into the residence after numerous knocks reportedly went unanswered and Johnson was located and handcuffed to secure the scene. According to officials, the strong odor of marijuana was detected from inside the home and after consent to search was given, law enforcement discovered suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. The sheriff's office also stated that the juvenile who had alerted dispatch by text was also located inside the home and interviewed by law enforcement where she showed text messages from Johnson who had allegedly attempted to lure the juvenile into engaging in sexual conduct with him.
Travis L. Johnson was arrested on scene and charged with:
Johnson was lodged in Hart County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office said that the investigation continues and further charges are pending. The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted on scene by Kentucky State Police.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Mammoth Cave woman was arrested on Wednesday after a traffic stop led to the discovery of meth, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement reported that on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at approximately 10:00 pm, an Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputy observed a white Toyota travel through the city limits of Brownsville and cross the center line multiple times. A traffic stop was initiated at Sahetya Medical Clinic and the driver of the vehicle was identified as Tonya M. Harbin (44) of Mammoth Cave, the Sheriff's Office said.
Harbin allegedly showed signs of intoxication, and after field sobriety tests were conducted, a search for incident to arrest was done, which yielded multiple syringes, loaded with suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue, suspected marijuana, and various pills. Harbin was arrested and charged with:
Harbin was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Leitchfield woman faces multiple charges including a felony wanton endangerment charge after she was arrested for a DUI with a child in the vehicle in Brownsville on Tuesday, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
On Thursday, April 7, 2022, at approximately 10:34 pm, an Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputy reportedly received a call concerning a silver Chevy Cruze driving erratically at the intersection of US 31-W and KY HWY 101. The deputy reported that he located the vehicle in the city limits of Brownsville and observed the vehicle driving recklessly. A traffic stop was initiated at Bertie’s Ice Cream and the driver of the vehicle was identified as Sarah T. Harrison (26) of Leitchfield, and a five-year-old juvenile was found in the backseat.
Harrison was allegedly exhibiting signs of intoxication and after field sobriety tests were performed, the deputy informed her that she was under arrest, at which point she allegedly resisted and had to be forcefully assisted to the ground.
The Sheriff's Office reported that the child was safely placed in the custody of protective services.
Harrison was placed in handcuffs with no further incident and charged with:
Harrison was lodged in Hart County Jail. Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Brownsville City Police.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Five arrests were made on Tuesday of this week as a result of a single trespassing complaint call, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Law enforcement stated that on Tuesday April 5, 2022, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Parker Way in Chalybeate, KY for a trespassing complaint against Eric Todd Lyvers, (53) of Chalybeate. Upon arrival, deputies reportedly found multiple subjects at the residence, and witnessed Edward Durbin (48) of Roundhill cutting a hole through a window screen in an attempt to exit the rear of the residence, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Officials said that Durbin was detained due to this behavior, and while deputies were investigating as to whether Lyvers was lawfully allowed at the residence, suspected prescription oxycodone pills were allegedly seen in plain view. Further search of the property resulted in multiple quantities of suspected methamphetamine, scales, bags, and other drug paraphernalia being discovered, the Sheriff's Office stated. It was also discovered that another subject identified as Alison Evans, (49) Robertsdale, AL, had two active arrest warrants from Daviess County, another individual identified as William Evans, (42) Robertsdale, AL, had an active warrant from Daviess County, as well as another subject identified as Zachary Johnson, (20) of Bowling Green, who had an active arrest warrant from Barren County, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that due to the amount of people on scene and amount of people in custody, Brownsville City Police and the Edmonson County Jailers officer were called to the scene to assist the Sheriff's Office.
(no photo available for Edward Durbin or Alison Evans)
Johnson, A. Evans, B. Evans, and Lyvers were charged with the following offenses.
Johnson, A. Evans, and W. Evans were also served their arrest warrants.
Durbin was charged with the following.
All suspects were lodged in Hart County Jail. The Sheriff's Office also stated that the case is still under investigation and more charges and suspects are pending.
Traffic Will Be Momentarily Stopped To Let Buses Turn Onto HWY 101
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is working with Edmonson County Schools to provide some aid to school buses during morning traffic by implementing some traffic stops beginning Monday, April 11, 2022.
The Sheriff's Office will be stopping traffic on KY HWY 101 at the junction of HWY 743 (Chalybeate School Road) in both directions for a brief period each morning while school is in session for the remainder of the year. The planned traffic stop comes as a result of clogged morning traffic near the intersection that combines morning commute, all school, and school bus traffic into one giant problem for buses. That problem being that buses coming from South Edmonson can't turn onto HWY 101 without delays that sometimes make kids late for class.
Lannie Deweese, Director of Transportation for Edmonson County Schools said he identified the problem and spoke with Sheriff Shane Doyle, who agreed to provide assistance.
"We have buses that are being delayed so long at the stop sign at 743, they can't pull out on 101 for 8 to 10 minutes," he said. "We're having one or two buses that are sometimes able to pull out but they're almost in Brownsville before the other buses have even moved."
Deweese said he personally rode with bus drivers to experience the delay himself.
"We had some drivers making us aware of the issue, so I went and rode with some myself," he said. "The bus I was on was probably 7 or 8 back in the line at the stop sign. I decided to time it and we sat there for 8 minutes before we could pull out. That's throwing us in a bind because the buses are arriving at the 5/6 Center right when class starts. Mr. Johnston (principal) is having to get the kids to grab their breakfasts out of the cafeteria and take it to class with them. That's when I reached out to the Sheriff's Office and Shane said they could provide some help."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that as a result, deputies will be briefly stopping traffic on HWY 101 both northbound and southbound sometime between 7:20AM and 7:30AM each morning so that the buses can turn from HWY 743.
"We have 13 school buses that are trying to fight the morning traffic rush," Sheriff Doyle said. "It's one thing if a bus has to wait on several cars before they can turn, but when we have kids that are late to class without their breakfast, then our schools have to have some assistance."
Doyle said the delay would be minimal but that drivers may want to allow a few more minutes in their commute.
"We're probably looking at two to three minutes where we'll actually stop traffic. You're talking about the same time you'd experience with a long traffic light. We understand some might not be happy with a delay in the morning, but we need to do what's best for our kids on the road, so they can safely get to class on time."
Doyle said no changes will be made to the afternoon traffic, as Deweese explained that it's a different situation.
"We don't have the same rush in the afternoons because we're not in the middle of work traffic like it is in the mornings," Deweese said. "We made due for a while, but it's gotten to the point that we have to do something. And some mornings, we don't have much trouble, but other times it's terrible. Sometimes you see a good Samaritan let a bus pull out but you have traffic coming from both directions, plus a turning lane there on 101."
Sheriff Doyle said he apologizes for any inconvenience but the move is necessary.
"We appreciate everyone's patience for a couple minutes out of the morning and we ask for everyone's cooperation for a few minutes each morning."