Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Brittany Decker, No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/11/19.
Cody W. Hennion, Rear license not illuminated. Excessive windshield/window tinting. Possession of marijuana. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/23/19.
Melvin Donald Howell, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Menacing. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Alicia Ferguson, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Samantha M. Loder, Speeding 25 mph over limit. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Continue to 6/25/19.
Gerald N. McDonner Jr., No motorcycle operator’s license. No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/27/19.
Westley D. Moyer, Improper start from parked position. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue to 6/11/19.
Tammy Dennis, No/expired registration plates. Continue to 6/11/19.
Devin Smith, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Failed to appear.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Continue to 6/11/19.
Mark David Sheehan, Motorboats to be registered and numbered. Dismissed.
Dinanga Dinanga, Possession of marijuana, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Unlawful imprisonment- first degree. Possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/25/19.
Steven R. Parrish, Operate motor vehicle under influence alcohol/drugs second offense. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/23/19.
Larry Mitchell Lawson, Fleeing or evading police, first degree, on foot. Assault- third degree- police/probation officer- identify. Criminal mischief- third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/25/19.
Michael Meredith, Fleeing or evading police, second degree, on foot. Wanton endangerment- second degree- police officer. Escape- third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Troy Tristian Roark, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Resisting arrest. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 6/11/19.
Dylan M. Lemieux, Resisting arrest. Assault fourth degree domestic violence, minor injury. Assault third peace officer non-communicable bodily fluid. Assault-third degree-police/probation officer identify. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 6/11/19.
Road Dept. Uniform/Laundry Service Discontinued, County Turns Rescue Squad Insurance Premiums Back Over To Squad
Darren Doyle, story:
The first reading of the 2019/2020 fiscal year county budget was approved today at the May 28, 2019 fiscal court meeting. The meeting was moved from Monday to Tuesday due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The budget amount approved at today's first reading was $2,989,117 for the general county budget and $2,123,848 for the county road department. One more reading is required before the budget will be put into effect on July 1, 2019.
In county office reports, the following representatives updated the court:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll discussed ordering a new ditching attachment which cost over $8K, but proceeds from the recent surplus sale covered the expense. He also discussed several blacktopping projects that are ongoing throughout the county. He reported the hiring of one full time employee and two part-time employees, which were approved later in the meeting by magistrates. He added that tile and road work is ongoing in District 1 and mowers are currently in District 6, in the Roundhill area.
Also later in the meeting, magistrates voted to discontinue the Road Department's agreement with uniform and laundry provider Aramark, upon Carroll's recommendation. He said that the county could save $10K - $12K per year in costs by purchasing their own uniforms, a commercial washer and dryer, and allowing the department to maintain clothing themselves. He noted that Aramark had charged the county $1900 for shop towel service over the course of 43 weeks and $1112 for floor mat service. "They're ripping the county off," he said. Carroll also added that there were many charges that were simply bogus while other services used by the department that were legitimate costs were far higher than necessary.
Judge Cannon said there was no record of the county agreeing or signing a contract with the uniform and laundry service provider. “We need to stop doing business with this company immediately,” said Cannon. This has just been wasted money over the past 10 years." A motion was made by Magistrate Edd Rich and seconded by Magistrate Johnny Brooks. The motion passed to discontinue the agreement and purchase a washer and dryer for the department.
Sheriff Report: Deputy Stoney Phillips gave the Sheriff's report in today's meeting in place of Sheriff Shane Doyle, was was unable to attend today's meeting. Phillips said that local law enforcement had a busy holiday weekend with increased lake patrol but that luckily, none of the calls resulted in anything too serious or personal injuries. He said two of the older vehicles are in the shop: one for routine maintenance and the other for repair from overheating while on a call this weekend. He noted that all new vehicles are running smoothly with no issues.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 26 current county inmates in the Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He added that one inmate had an emergency room visit because an unnamed item was lodged in his ear.
County Clerk Report: Clerk Kevin Alexander updated the court on last week's election day, which he described as "not busy" with a 20% voter turnout. That low amount was actually up from 12% turnout, which was statewide. He discussed the difficulty in finding poll workers and that last Monday his office had a major issue with computer server, of which his office is currently at the mercy of Windstream, which drew several jeers from those in attendance.
"When our website is down, it affects our PVA and others seeking title information," he said. He also encouraged magistrates to pass along thanks to local poll workers. He commended all local workers for another job well done.
Tourism Report: Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported on plans for new cabin improvements at Mammoth Cave, which included renovations to the hotel and restaurant, as well as parking lots, entrance and landscaping. She also updated the court on the application for the county to become an official Trail Town, which had finally been officially submitted. She said from here, it's about a 45 day process to find out the result of application, which she believes the county is highly favored for approval.
Rescue Squad Insurance Issue: During the last meeting, the court discussed the discovery of the county paying the insurance premiums for the county's rescue squad, dating back to 2011; however, Judge Cannon said no record of fiscal court approving the funding could be found in previous minutes. Today, Cannon said he was contacted by former treasurer Ann Bullock, who said the payments were indeed approved by the court, but in a larger budget line item labeled as "vehicle insurance." Cannon said the premiums were approved in a budget transfer, which is why it didn't show up specifically in the minutes.
"At that time, the Rescue Squad was having some financial issues and that's why they asked the county to help them," said Cannon. "We've discovered that they are no longer having those financial issues and they can now pay those premiums themselves. We would still help if needed, but they have more money in reserve than we do. If problems arise in future, the county will look into helping them again."
The cost of the premiums are about $3K per year, according to Cannon. A motion was made and seconded and passed to stop payments of the Rescue Squad insurance premiums.
The court also:
A new motion was made by Wood, seconded by Rich to reappoint Willhite as treasurer, but at the same rate of pay, to be re-evaluated in 6 months. The motion passed unanimously.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for June 10, 2019 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Representatives from four county fire departments attended the Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting to discuss their support for a slight increase in fire dues before the 2019 property tax bills are issued in November.
According to Judge Executive Wil Cannon, County Attorney Greg Vincent requested each county fire department: Lincoln, Kyrock, Bear Creek, Brownsville, Chalybeate, Rocky Hill, and Chalybeate submit bank statements, a financial statement, and other records that could show each respective department's state of financial affairs. County Treasurer Tammi Willhite said not all departments complied with the request for information.
Chiefs or representatives from Kyrock, Lincoln, Wingfield, and Chalybeate were at today's meeting and discussed the continuous growing financial demands on county fire departments but with revenues that don't really ever increase. Edmonson County property owners currently pay $25 per year in fire dues.
Lincoln Fire Chief Steve Sanders said one could take a look at some neighboring counties' dues and see that they are $35 and up. Edmonson County property owners currently pay $25 per year in local fire dues, which are included in each property tax bill. Sanders went through a short list of bills that Lincoln recently acquired which included a $204K tanker truck, which more that $150K was borrowed for the purchase, a $10K/yr insurance policy, and the constant need for updated turnout gear for firefighters that can be as high as $3K per firefighter.
Lannie Deweese, one of Kyrock's representatives, said that increasing the current dues from $25 to $30 was not a want, but rather a need. He also described several recent and upcoming expenses from his department that included an estimate of $22K in turnout gear alone that will be required by regulations next year.
Deweese also noted that some departments had been put in an even worse financial bind due to poor management by the respective fire department boards. Each department is made up of elected boards that make the larger financial decisions. Deweese said it was imperative that each department be held accountable for financial decisions made, and Judge Cannon agreed and noted that that was the whole purpose of the County Attorney requesting financial information.
Judge Cannon noted that fire dues were first added to property tax bills in 2008 and there have been no requests to increase them during that time period. Dues have remained at $25 per year for even several years before that. It was also noted that while each tax payer had the right to opt out of the automatic payment, the county has an approximate 95% participation rate according to county PVA Kyle White. The opt out choice is a result of the money being a due, not a tax. Specific taxes listed on property tax bills are required by law while dues are options.
The fiscal court must vote on whether to include the increase on the 2019 property tax bills or not. Treasurer Willhite noted that the County Attorney, who could not attend today's meeting due to district court, would not be able to give an accurate report until all the proper information was submitted for review.
Emergency Management Director Terry "Moose" Massey, who is a member of both Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments, asked the treasurer to create a form that outlined the requested information more clearly, to which she agreed.
A motion was made to table the item until the next meeting by Clark Wood and seconded by Edd Rich, so that the proper information could be submitted and reviewed by the County Attorney. The motion to table the vote passed.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Community members, county and state officials, veterans and their families joined together on Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019 to honor fallen soldiers at the annual ceremony in Edmonson County.
The ceremony featured guest speaker Leon Tarter, a U.S Army WWII veteran and Edmonson County native. Other guest speakers included State Representative Michael Lee Meredith and Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
The South Edmonson Bulldog Choir, led by Jessica Doyle performed the "Star Spangled Banner" and "American Tears". Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle sang "God Bless America".
Local DAV Commander, Jack Hasty, welcomed guests and the flag was presented by VFW Post 6937 Honor Guard, and Scouts of America Pack 597. The Service Flags were presented by Scouts of America Troop 114. Girl Scout Troop 313 presented the POW/MIA flag during the ceremony. Scouts of America Pack 597 also conducted the placing of the wreath.
Maurita Miller, DAV Auxiliary Commander read a tribute to this year's featured veteran, Sgt. Charles Wayne Graham, who was killed in action on March 12, 1968 in Binh Duong, Vietnam.
DAV District 2 and Chapter 32 Adjutant, Mike Stoyonovich read the poem "Just a Common Solider". Penny Saltsman, DAVA Adjutant recognized all veterans present at the ceremony and Invocation was by Bro. Jerry Patton.
The Calling of Names of the fallen was conducted and the bell was tolled in their honor. The ceremony was concluded with the 21-gun salute by the local VFW Honor Guard and "Taps," played by Benny Durbin.
Johnson And Miller Inducted Into Hall Of Fame
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: ECMS Academic Team Coaching Staff, contributors, photos:
On Monday, May 27, 2019 The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team won the New Orleans division of the Junior National Academic Championship for the second year-in-a row. The ECMS team dominated the competition with a perfect 9-0 record and scored an average of 484.4 points per game.
The overall National academic champion will be declared later next month following the conclusion of all the national regional competitions. The championship is similar to a college football bowl system with different criteria. The stats and performances from each of the four regional champions are then compared in order to name the final national winner.
ECMS started the tournament with a 555 to 35 win over Deerfield Prep School from Albany, Georgia. Next, they defeated Woodland Junior High School, a former JNAC champion, by a score of 410 to 210. In their third game, ECMS outscored Ramsey C, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 460 to 120. Bayou Community Academy Charter School of Thibodaux, Louisiana, fell to the ECMS team in game four by a score of 495 to 120. The Wildcats overwhelmed Mount De Sales Academy (Blue Team) of Macon, Georgia, by a score of 415 to 90 in game five.
ECMS concluded its preliminary matches with an impressive 395 to 250 victory over Mount De Sales Academy (Gold Team). The team’s unbeaten record and tournament leading average of 455 points per game earned ECMS the number one seed in the playoffs.
On Memorial Day, ECMS started its march toward tournament victory with a crushing defeat of eSTEM (Economics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Charter School of Little Rock, Arkansas. In the quarterfinal match, ECMS outscored eSTEM 200 to 0 in the fourth quarter and by a final score of 520 to 105.
In the semi-finals match, ECMS once again faced Mount De Sales Gold. ECMS led 90 to 40 at the end of the first quarter. ECMS stretched its lead to 245 to 55 by halftime. ECMS ended the game with a tournament high of 595 to 125.
In the championship match, the unbeaten ECMS faced the unbeaten Ramsey Junior High School (A team) of Fort Smith, Arkansas. The ECMS team took the lead on the first question of the game and never looked back. By halftime, ECMS had stretched its lead to 215 to 60. ECMS continued its dominance in the second half by outscoring Ramsey A 200 to 60 in the fourth quarter. ECMS ended the game with a resounding victory of 515 to 215.
At the conclusion of the championship game, tournament director, Chip Beall, presented the first place trophy to the Edmonson County team. Mr. Beall declared Brody Johnson as the tournament’s most valuable player. To complete an amazing day, Mr. Beall inducted Brody Johnson and Jonas Miller into the Junior National Academic Championship Hall of Fame.
Coach Greg Grey provided the following remarks. “Never have I been more proud of the ECMS academic team. We completely dominated the New Orleans tournament," he said.
He continued by explaining that the team's margin of victory was over 70 points per game more than last year, and that was enough to win a national championship.
"We soundly defeated several elite schools on the way to the tournament championship," Coach Grey continued. "In this tournament and in every tournament for four years, Brody and Jonas amazed spectators and competitors with their knowledge and speed. Brody and Jonas proved to be a one-two knockout combination to all of our opponents. Their calmness under pressure and integrity shone through during the competition. Brody’s MVP this year and Jonas’s MVP last year, along with their induction into the Hall of Fame, stand as a testament to their achievements as academic players. Evy Bolton and Brycen Daniels made key scoring contributions during our tournament run. Also, I need to recognize Taylor, Alex, Glenna, Emma, Lyla, Ace, Ashton, and Ian for the hours and hours of practice, play, and support each of them gave to this team. Our success hinges on not only the hard work of players, but also of that of our coaches. A special thanks is owed to Alan Florence, Nick Skaggs, and Robin Grey. As always, the support of our school and community is so greatly appreciated. The generosity of many Edmonson Countians helped make this trip to New Orleans possible."
"We have to wait until the remaining JNAC tournaments are concluded to find out if we are indeed the national champions once again. Our record stands at an incredible 91 wins and 1 loss. I conclude my remarks with this for our team:
‘The race is done.
The victory won.
In my hearts you will always be number one.’”
The national champion should be named sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. While nothing is guaranteed, the Wildcats' performance makes them heavily favored to become back-to-back champions, which is unheard of for a school the size of Edmonson County.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On Saturday evening at 7:49 pm (CST) the Kentucky State Police Post 3, Bowling Green received a call for service in reference to a two vehicle injury collision involving a passenger van and a tow truck. The collision had occurred southbound at the 68 mile marker of Interstate 65, approximately 2 miles south of Bonnieville in Hart County. Trooper Daniel Priddy, along with other KSP personnel, responded to the collision, according to a press release from KSP.
KSP reported that the investigation revealed that Agustin M. Gonzalez (36, male) of Cary, NC was operating a 2013 Dodge Caravan traveling southbound in the left lane of Interstate 65. An uninvolved non-injury collision had occurred ahead, and the operator of a 2018 International tow truck owned by Crossroads Towing, equipped with yellow caution emergency lights, had stopped partially in the left lane to assist the involved occupant. Gonzalez failed to see the stationary tow truck, striking it in a rear end manner. The tow truck was not occupied at the time of the collision.
The tow truck operator, Jeffrey D. Watkins (55, male) of Rockfield, KY was not injured. Augustin Gonzalez was pronounced deceased on scene by the Hart County Coroner’s Office. A passenger, Noelle Gonzalez (6, female) was transported to Caverna Memorial Hospital and pronounced deceased by the Hart County Coroner.
A second passenger, Gwendolyn Gonzalez (2, female) was flown to Norton’s Hospital, and later succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. A third passenger, Nicholas C. Gonzalez (8, male) was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
All occupants were restrained at the time of the collision, according to KSP.
The investigation continues and is currently being led by Trooper Daniel Priddy. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Hart County Emergency Management, Bonnieville Fire Department, Hart County Coroner’s Office, and Hart County EMS.
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
The ECHS class of 2019 received their diplomas on Saturday May 25, 2019. The graduating class had 125 students.
Spencer Bass was honored as the 2019 Valedictorian and Chanley Logsdon as the 2019 Salutatorian.
Special performances during the ceremony included the ECHS band performing "A Million Wishes" and graduating senior Madison Doyle performed the song "My Wish".
A special moment of silence was given for fallen classmate Christian Goodroe, who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 2017.
Two graduates received special recognition at the ceremony for enlisting in the Armed Forces, Abby Elizabeth Hunt (U.S Army) and Jaret Dylan Basham (Air Force).
Both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian addressed their classmates and Keely Doyle gave the closing remarks and prayer.
After all graduates walked the line and received diplomas, they moved their tassels and tossed caps upon dismissal.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The KY State Treasury is seeking the owners of these military decorations that were left in a safety deposit box at South Central Bank in Bowling Green, Kentucky before they were transferred to the Kentucky State Treasury. The names on the account are Jeremy and Karla Segur of Smiths Grove, Kentucky.
These decorations indicate that the original owner served in the U.S. Army in World War II, was stationed in the U.S. for part of the war, participated in four of the 19 European campaigns, and remained in Europe during the post-war occupation. The decorations include, from left to right: Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with four bronze campaign stars), World War II Victory Medal, and World War II Occupation Service Medal.
The Kentucky State Treasurer administers Kentucky’s Unclaimed Property Fund. Unclaimed property consists of unclaimed safety deposit boxes and other assets that have remained unclaimed by their owners after several years. Treasurer Allison Ball has returned a record amount of unclaimed property since taking office at over $77.5 Million returned.
If these items belong to you, or if you have any information regarding this family or family members, please contact the Kentucky State Treasury to claim at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-564-4722.
An Edmonson County Grand Jury returned the following indictments in May, 2019.
Jeffrey Blake Alexander, Forgery in the second degree (three counts). Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (three counts). Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 or more.
Derik S. Bledsoe, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of defaced firearm. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced.
John Childress, Tampering with physical evidence. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, second or greater offense. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified.
Roger Clark, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Billy Joe Clemons, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine) Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Illegal possession of legend drug.
Perry G. Burns, Possession of handgun by convicted felon.
Joseph Coin, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition automobile over $10,000. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Todd Corzine, Possession controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance/security- first offense. No tail lamps. Possession of marijuana.
Darrell T. Decker, Driving DUI suspended license- third offense.
Adam Corzine, Possession controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance not in original container- first offense. Possession of marijuana.
Justin C. Green, Criminal abuse in the first degree- child 12 or under. Tampering with witness. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Randall S. Decker, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense (methamphetamine). Tampering with physical evidence. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to or improper signal. Careless driving. Rear license plate not illuminated. Hindering prosecution or apprehension- second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Barry S. Rutherford, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Caleb C. Dunn, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of marijuana. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate. Failure to produce insurance card. No operators-moped license. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Receiving stolen property under $500. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Donald L. Estes, Theft by deception $500 or more. Persistent felon offender in the first degree.
Donald L. Estes, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second offense, greater than or equal to two grams of meth. Tampering with physical evidence (two counts). Driving on DUI suspended license. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Possession controlled substance in the third degree- drug unspecified. Prescription controlled substance not in original container- first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Tonia Marie Harbin, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, third or greater offense. Tampering with physical evidence. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Theft of identity of another without consent. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Joshua Holder, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Alcohol intoxication in a public place. Criminal mischief in the third degree. Assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence). Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Melissa Hornberger, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Possession of marijuana. Tampering with physical evidence. Illegal possession of legend drug. Possession of controlled substance, third degree- drug unspecified. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Tiffany Isabelle, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Samantha Lightfoot, Reckless driving, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense-methamphetamine. Tampering with physical evidence. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Clara N. Lindsey, Careless driving. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, second offense. Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
John Meredith, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Michael Meredith, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Terroristic threatening in the third degree (three counts). Assault in the fourth degree- domestic violence. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Heather D. Milby, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Joshua Short, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance first degree, second offense (methamphetamine).
William Long, Possession controlled substance in the first degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Criminal mischief in the third degree. Disorderly conduct in the second degree. Assault in the fourth degree. Burglary in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Deanna M. Miller, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, third or greater offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Aaron V. Murphy, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/posses. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Improper display of registration plates. Careless driving (no true bill). Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license.
Joshua D. Prevento, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana.
Thersea L. Taymon, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance first degree, methamphetamine. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs first offense. No rearview mirror. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Reckless driving. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Cody R. Vincent, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to produce to insurance card. Failure to illuminate head lamps.
Brittany Webb, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance first degree, methamphetamine. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs- first offense. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Failure to use child restraint in vehicle.
Brittany Webb, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Possession of defaced firearm. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced.
James K. Webb, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance. No registration plates. No tail lamps. Possession of controlled substance first 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.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The 2019 Edmonson County Middle School graduation was held today at ECHS where 151 8th grade students were recognized.
Principal Brandon Prunty led today's program which featured dozens of students receiving academic, athletic, school organization, attendance, and character awards, given out by Counselor Kelly Rich.
Brody Johnson was awarded Student of the Year and students Grant Meredith and Jonas Miller each gave Student Council Presidential addresses.
Student Xander Adamson led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance as the the program begun and although student Alyssa Doyle prepared an original song to perform to the class, it was scratched due to a last-minute case of laryngitis.
Principal Prunty and Superintendent Patrick Waddell presented middle school diplomas to each student to conclude today's program.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County's results in the KY Governor's race differed a bit from the statewide results, as Governor Matt Bevin won the republican nomination in the 2019 primary. He will face the democratic winner, Andy Beshear in November. Locally, Bevin was edged out by Robert Goforth; however, Beshear won handily in the county over his opponents.
A 21% voter turnout was seen in the county during this year's primary, which is significantly less than last year's 40% voter turnout.
In the Attorney General's race statewide, Democratic Greg Stumbo (unopposed) will face Republican Daniel Cameron; however, Cameron did not win locally.
The local results for Secretary of State were the same as the statewide results with French-Henry winning the democratic nod, who will face Michael Adams (R) in the fall.
Republican incumbent Commissioner of Ag Ryan Quarles won locally as well as statewide, and he'll face democratic challenger Robert Conway, who also won locally.
For State Auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon (R) ran unopposed, and he will face democratic winner Sheri Donahue, who also won locally.
Finally, for Treasurer, Republican incumbent Allison Ball ran unopposed, and she'll face Michael Bowman, who was also the Edmonson County winner.
The complete totals for Edmonson County are listed below:
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 is primary election day and while there are no localized elections, KY voters will chose their democratic and republican candidates for governor, secretary of state, and others.
Taxpayers Can Inspect Their Property Tax Assessment From May 28 - June 11, 2019
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County real property tax roll will be opened for inspection from May 28, through June 11, 2019. Under the supervision of the property valuation administrator or one of the deputies, any person may inspect the tax roll.
"We encourage everyone to double check their assessment," said PVA Kyle White. "After this period closes, there can’t be any assessment changes to the tax roll. That’s why it is so important to correct assessments now, not in the fall when people receive their tax bills. Once Edmonson County’s tax roll is certified by the Department of Revenue, there can be no assessment changes."
This is the January 1, 2019 assessment on which state, county, and school taxes for 2019 will be due on November 1, 2019.
The tax roll is in the office of PVA in the Edmonson County courthouse and may be inspected between the hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (open until 5pm on Fri), and from 8:00am to 12 noon on Thursday and Saturday.
Any taxpayer desiring to appeal an assessment on real property made by the PVA must first request a conference with the PVA or a designated deputy. The conference may be held prior to or during the inspection period.
Any taxpayer still aggrieved by an assessment on real property, after the conference with the PVA or designated deputy, may appeal to the county board of assessment appeals.
The taxpayer can appeal his assessment by filing in person or sending a letter or other written petition stating the reasons for appeal, identifying the property and stating the taxpayer's opinion of the fair cash value of the property.
The appeal must be filed with the county clerk's office no later than one work day following the conclusion of the inspection period.
Any taxpayer failing to appeal to the county board of assessment appeals, or failing to appear before the board, either in person or by designated representative, will not be eligible to appeal directly to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Appeals of personal property assessments shall not be made to the county board of assessment appeals. Personal property taxpayers shall be served notice under the provisions of KRS 132.450(4) and shall have the protest and appeal rights granted under the provisions of KRS 131.110.
The following steps should be taken when a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed value of personal property as determined by the office of PVA.
(1) Property owner must list under protest (for certification) what he believes to be the fair cash value of his property.
(2) Property owner must file a written protest directly with the Department of Revenue, Office of Property Valuation within 30 days from the date of the notice of assessment.
(3) This protest must be in accordance with KRS 131.110.
(4) The final decision of the Department of Revenue may be appealed to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Homestead and Disability Exemptions. If a person is age 65 or 100% disabled as of January 1, 2019, they qualify for up to $39,300 exemption in their real estate assessment of their primary residence. If they have signed up in years past, they don’t have to again, and it will automatically be taken off their tax bill.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park law enforcement officers will conduct periodic sobriety and safety checkpoints on park roadways for the remainder of 2019 to identify drivers who may be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI). The special law enforcement operations are being conducted to reduce the incidence of DUIs and to increase public awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.
Rangers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a proclamation last week recognizing this week as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Edmonson County.
"The employees of Edmonson County Ambulance Service work diligently to provide high quality emergency pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of Edmonson County," said Cannon in a statement at the signing. "Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians receive continuing education on the latest advances in pre-hospital emergency medicine, enabling them to provide the best possible care for Edmonson County residents."
This year’s theme is “EMS Strong: Beyond The Call”.
"Please take a few moments to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their lives to providing life-saving care whenever and wherever it is needed and go “Beyond The Call” to work for the betterment of our communities and Edmonson County," said Cannon.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The 2019 Edmonson County D.A.R.E. program came to another successful end this year as 130 5th grade students celebrated their graduation today at the EC 5/6 Center.
D.A.R.E. is an acronym for "Drug Abuse Resistance Education." Formerly taught by Kentucky State Police, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office now oversees the program, which is led by Deputy Jordan Jones, who is also the county's K9 Officer.
Student Macy Treece was this year's essay winner and she was awarded a Sony PS4 gaming console, sponsored by KY-ASAP and a GameStop gift card, sponsored by Kyle Culbreth of KY Farm Bureau .
Josh Roney State Farm was co-sponsor of program T-shirts.
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the importance of the local program.
"We were thrilled to be able to start handling our local D.A.R.E. program last year. It's something that we feel can help our students make better decisions. I'm also proud that we have someone like Deputy Jordan Jones as an instructor. He's very close to these kids and it shows with the job that he does with them all year long," he said.
Deputy Jones said he's grateful to have been able to be part of this program and to share life lessons with the kids.
"I truly believe in this program and I believe it can make a difference in these students' lives," he said. "I can't wait to see what the next class brings."
Along with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and K9 Officer Tango, members of the EC Anti-Drug Coalition, Brownsville PD, local sponsors, and KSP were in attendance in addition to 5th grade teachers and school administration.
Darren Doyle, story:
A local resident has been taken for $2,000 in what Sheriff Shane Doyle described as "jail bond scam."
Sheriff Doyle said the unnamed resident received a phone call from someone claiming to be someone from the Edmonson County court system. The caller then advised the resident that a family member had been arrested and needed to make a $2,000 jail bond.
The caller then told the resident to wire the money via Western Union to a specific address, then present the wire transfer receipt to the Sheriff's Office so the arrested family member could make bond.
Sheriff Doyle said the caller specifically instructed for the resident to go to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and even gave the real name of one of the current deputies.
Doyle said unfortunately, the resident wired the money and showed up at the Sheriff's Office, only to discover it was a scam.
"There are several things in this case that should raise red flags," said Doyle. "First, the Sheriff's Office isn't a place where one can make bond. That can only happen at the jail or the circuit clerk's office. Second, no governmental entity will ever contact you in this manner and ask for you to wire any money. Third, the courthouse doesn't call individuals to notify them of arrests."
Doyle said you should never wire money anywhere unless you can verify the address and can prove it is a legit transaction.
"In the case of a jail bond, you will only pay that in person, at the jail or circuit's clerk's office, and if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an official, make sure it's a legit, published phone number."
For the victim, the $2,000 is long gone, according to the Sheriff.
"We have absolutely no way of tracking where this money went as whoever took it likely made a fake name and address. If you receive a phone call like this, or any type of call where you're being asked to wire money, make sure it can be verified. If not, contact the KY Attorney General's office and report this immediately."
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 16, 2019. – The Green River Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park is closed to all trailer traffic starting today, Thursday, May 16, due to low water levels, and will be closed to all vehicular traffic on May 20, 21, and 22 from 8 am to 4 pm in order for the park to complete a freshwater mussel relocation project. The ferry will reopen for service between 6 am to 8 am and 4 pm to 10 pm on the mussel relocation days. The relocation work is being conducted in advance of the Green River Ferry improvement projects which will begin construction on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park contains some of the most diverse populations of freshwater mussels in North America and the world. Over 50 species of freshwater mussels are found within the park with ten species included on the federally endangered list.
The Green River Ferry access ramps are set to be extended 30 feet into the Green River and will require coffer dams to be built to restrict water across sections of the river. These dams, as well as the construction equipment’s impacts to the river bed and dredging, would negatively affect many mussels living in the construction zone. The park determined that relocating the mussels would be the best option. The actual relocation project will involve a specially trained dive team who will collect the mussels and “re-plant” them in the riverbed either above or below the Green River Ferry crossing.
“Freshwater mussels are an important part of the Green River natural system, serving as indicators of good stream health,” said the Chief of Science and Resources Management, Tim Pinion. “The park is committed to protecting mussels through a variety of efforts, including relocations like this one to avoid temporary construction impacts.”
To check the current status of the ferry operation call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166. For more information on the Green River Ferry improvement projects, please visit the park’s website atwww.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm.
Mammoth Cave National Park Plans Closure of Green River Ferry Service and Roadway for Site Improvements
Ferry Will Be Closed June-November 2019
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 14, 2019. – Mammoth Cave National Park’s Green River Ferry service and portions of Green River Ferry Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic from approximately Monday, June 17 to Friday, November 15 in order to complete a vehicle ramp extension project. The Green River Ferry area will remain open to paddlers and hikers throughout the construction, but parking and public access will be limited.
The Green River Ferry serves as a river crossing location, river access for canoes and kayaks, boat ramp for fishing boats, and parking area for trail and river users. During periods of low and high water, extended closures of the Green River Ferry create negative impacts which affect local citizens and park staff by presenting safety problems, limiting access to recreational resources, and disrupting frequently used travel routes. The ramp extension project will extend the current vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels.
“The Green River Ferry is an important service to the local communities that surround Mammoth Cave National Park as well as to the park itself,” said Park Facilities Chief, Steve Kovar. “We realize that this six month closure will create some inconveniences for local residents, park visitors and staff, but we know the long term improvements to the crossing will be worth the wait.”
The Green River Ferry Road will be closed from the north side of the Green River, beginning just south of Maple Springs Campground, to the south side of the river at the entrance of the Green River Ferry parking lot. Parking within the parking lot during the construction will be prohibited. Day use parking will be allowed along the south side of Green River Ferry Road in areas where vehicles can safely pull all the way off the roadway.
The Echo Springs Accessible Trail will remain open to hikers with two accessible parking spaces in the Green River Ferry parking lot remaining open only for visitors with accessibility needs.
A temporary canoe and kayak ramp is being installed at the northeast side of the Green River Ferry parking lot for river access throughout the construction period. Canoes and kayaks may be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot, but long term parking is prohibited.
“We are working with the construction team to keep as much of the Green River Ferry area open to the public as possible, but we want to make sure their work is done as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Park Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “The north side of the park will continue to be open throughout the ferry closure so we invite everyone to enjoy the beautiful drive through the park and our neighboring communities get there. You’ll find many wonderful hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities when you arrive.”
In addition to the vehicle ramp extension, the park will launch an updated ferry boat in November 2019 which has been retrofitted to improve safety and operational efficiency of the ferry service. The new boat will sit higher in the water, carry up to 12 tons of weight, and have longer ramps to reach further up the shoreline. The new ferry will also provide seating and bike storage for hikers and bicyclists and should be able to accommodate some horse trailers.
The ramp extension project is being coordinated by the park with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division. For more information on the Green River Ferry improvement projects and the Green River Ferry and road closure, please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 for current ferry operating status.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Christy M. Beasley, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Review 7/9/19.
Jessica Sue Shaw, No/expired registration plates. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Samantha M. Loder, Speeding 25 mph over limit. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failed to appear.
Joseph E. Goldsmith, Harassing communications. Harassment (physical contact) No injury. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Samantha Lightfoot, Reckless Driving. Use/possess drug paraphernalia, 2nd or greater offense. Possession of marijuana. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 5/16/19.
Thurman Leon Collins, Public intoxication controlled substance. Disorderly conduct, first degree. Continue to 5/28/19.
James S. Logsdon, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense, second degree. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Driving on DUI suspended license- first offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Richard J. Smith, criminal possession forged instrument- first degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 5/16/19.
Michael Anthony Brown, Assualt 4th degree, minor injury. Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Terroristic threatening, third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Martha Lindsey Poteet, Menacing. Pleaded not guilty. $250.00 bond. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
George Theodore Rollenhagen III, No/expired registration plates. Improper registration plates. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Possession of controlled substance, second degree- drug unspecified. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security second or greater. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19. $500.00 bond.
Johnny Lee Sowders, Criminal possession forged instrument- first degree. Persistent felony offender- first degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/16/19.
Joseph Duvall Jr., Assault fourth degree minor injury. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Special Olympic team was recognized today during the May 13th Fiscal Court meeting where Judge Executive Wil Cannon proclaimed June 1, 2019 as "Special Olympic Day" in Edmonson County.
Second Reading of Amended Room and Rec Taxes Approved, Over $30K Brought In At County Surplus Auction, More:
Darren Doyle, story:
One of the longest meetings in the past five years took place today during Edmonson County Fiscal Court, May 13, 2019, lasting more than three hours. While nothing discussed was too much out of the ordinary, more than three pages of items were on today's agenda.
In addition to the standard county office reports normally given, the second reading of Ordinance EC 19-11, better known as the Edmonson County Conservation District millage tax, passed unanimously during the meeting. The first reading passed during the previous meeting.
The proposed tax was first presented by the Conservation District on April 8, 2019 after they had a shortfall in their upcoming annual budget, one that wasn't going to be completely supported by the fiscal court's general fund, due to cut budgets of the county's own.
During the March 25, 2019 Fiscal Court meeting, it was confirmed that Edmonson County Conservation is already set up as a “special district” which means they have the ability to set a millage tax rate to use for their funding without the approval of Fiscal Court. While the court doesn't set the rate, they have to vote whether or not to approve the tax.
Special taxing districts in Edmonson County are the health department, the Extension Office, and similar offices. The current set rate for the Conservation District is $10.44 for every $100,000 worth of property for Edmonson County property owners, which will appear on the 2019 property tax bills.
Room and Rec Tax Ordinances:
The second readings of both the Transient Room Tax (EC19-08) and the Recreational Tax (EC19-09) also passed today. While these taxes aren't new to local tourist-type business owners, the new ordinance allows the county to place liens on property of those who do not pay the required taxes. This comes in the wake of a lawsuit recently won by the county against the company that owns Park Mammoth, The Fortress Group. Park Mammoth currently owes more than $60K in unpaid room and rec taxes to Edmonson County. That number is significant due to budget restraints that currently hinder both the local park system and the Tourism Commission.
All recreational businesses that offer services inside the county (horseback riding, golf, ATVs, etc.) are required to pay a Recreational Tax, the monies of which help fund the county Parks and Rec program. All businesses that offer sleeping accommodations (bed in breakfast, cabin rentals, etc.) must pay a county Transient Room Tax, which funds Edmonson County Tourism.
County Agrees To Stop Paying Rescue Squad Insurance:
County Treasurer Tammi Willhite recently discovered that the county government has been paying property and casualty insurance premiums for the Edmonson County Rescue Squad since 2011. Willhite said there was no record of the fiscal court approving these payments and since the Rescue Squad is not a county-run entity, county government isn't required to pay their premiums, but can vote to do so. According to the treasurer, the county has paid more than $25,000 in premiums over the past 8 years, amounts that were simply paid by former treasurers. Since there was no record of the court ever approving the payments, no action had to officially be taken as the court agreed to simply stop making them.
County Surplus Sale Nets More Than $30K
The recent county surplus auction brought in a total of $30,204.60, which will be divided to the proper county office accounts. Individual totals were:
County Office Reports:
County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported completed paving work on Beaver Dam Church Road and Noah Bledsoe Road and said crews are currently working on Chaumont Rd. He said road crews have recently installed several road tiles, and they also recently hauled off $745 scrap that was in and around their shop.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said his office started lake patrol this past weekend as part of their partnership with the Corps of Engineers.
He also discussed attending the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council's recent meeting, of which he serves as a member. He explained a portion of Senate bill 1, which was signed as an emergency bill in March to address school safety issues. The bill was designed to provide more school security/school resource officers in all schools in KY “as funds become available.” Currently, there is only one full time school resource officer, which is at ECHS. Sheriff Doyle said the local school district will try to incorporate more officers in the future and that the court may see a request for more officers in order to accommodate this requirement.
He also asked the court to consider adding the money raised from the old sheriff cruisers sold at the recent surplus auction ($2800) back to the sheriff's office since those vehicles were originally purchased with money from the sheriff. No action was taken on that.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported there were 27 county inmates housed at Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration.
Tourism/Chamber Report: Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons updated the court on the recent chamber lunch, which was hosted by St. John's church as well as the recent ribbon cutting at Bee Spring Lumber and Supply Company. She also announced that on Weds, May 22nd, the chamber will host a ribbon cutting at Ace Hardware at the former Sav-A-Lot location. Finally, she announced there will also be a luncheon in honor of Jerry Patton on Friday, June 28th, which will commemorate 50 years of service with Patton Funeral Home. The event will be held at the Heritage Centre.
The next fiscal court meeting was rescheduled due to Memorial Day and will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9am.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Kentucky teen is facing a felony drug charge after an arrest Thursday on the campus of Western KY University.
The Bowling Green - Warren County Drug Task Force, and United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from Bowling Green Police K-9 and Western Kentucky University Police arrested Kamerony Y. Cunningham, (19), of Pembroke, KY after an investigation and surveillance by DTF Detectives and US Postal Inspection Service of marijuana trafficking activities by the teen on WKU Campus.
The arrest occurred yesterday around 3:30pm, according to the Warren County Drug Task Force. Seized following the arrest were 85 high-concentration THC Vape cartridges with a street value over $6,000, as well as a small amount of marijuana, according to the WCDTF.
Cunnigham was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a School, a Class D Felony.
He was arrested at Hugh Poland Hall on the WKU Campus without incident and lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.