Taxpayers Can Inspect Their Property Tax Assessment From June 6, 2022 thru June 20, 2022.
The Edmonson County real property tax roll will be opened for inspection from June 6, 2022 thru June 20, 2022. 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, 2022 assessment on which state, county, and school taxes for 2022 will be due on November 1, 2022.
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, 2022, they qualify for up to $40,500 exemption in their real estate assessment of their primary residence. That is approximately a $375 reduction for qualifying tax bills. If they have signed up in years past, they don’t have to again, and it will automatically be taken off their tax bill.
An Edmonson County Grand Jury recently returned the following indictments:
Steven W. Embry Jr., Trafficking of controlled substance first-degree meth firearm enhanced, Trafficking in marijuana firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced, Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Possession of a handgun by convicted felon, Persistent felony offender first degree.
Kenneth D. Vincent, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth.
Tyler Warf, Careless driving, License to be in possession, DUI first offense, Possession of controlled substance first-degree firearm enhanced (two counts), Prescription of controlled substance not in original container (two counts).
James Michael Tarkington, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth.
Zenaida C. Butler, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth.
Eric T. Hack, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Persistent felony offender second-degree.
Ashley N. Wells, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth.
Richard Russell, Theft of services $1,000 < $10,000, Wanton endangerment first-degree (two counts), Engaging in organized crime.
Heather R. Webb, Trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to < 5 pounds) firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced, Endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts).
Joshua Ryan Lamastus, Trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to < 5 pounds) firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced, Endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts).
Eric Todd Lyvers, Trafficking of a controlled substance first-degree (greater than or equal to 10 DU), Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree (> or = 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Persistent felony offender first-degree.
Zackery O. Johnson, Trafficking of a controlled substance first-degree (greater than or equal to 10 DU), Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree (> or = 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess.
William B. Evans, Trafficking of a controlled substance first-degree (greater than or equal to 10 DU), Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree (> or = 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Persistent felony offender first-degree.
Alison Leigh Evans, Trafficking of a controlled substance first-degree (greater than or equal to 10 DU), Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree (> or = 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree, Possession of controlled substance third-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess.
Sabra D Gilliam, Receiving stolen property $1,000 < $10,000.
Jessie Danielle Dodd, TBUT or DISP livestock $1,000 < $10,000, Criminal trespass third-degree.
Kevin Abney, Receiving stolen property $1,000 < $10,000.
Shauna F. Thomas, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess.
Kyra Leeann Holt, Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree second offense (> or = 2 gms meth) firearm enhanced, Trafficking in marijuana second offense firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced.
Keith Wallingford, Rear license not illuminated, Reckless driving, Fleeing or evading police first-degree (motor-vehicle), Theft by unlawful taking $1,000 or more but U/ $10,000, Criminal mischief first-degree, Possession of burglary tools, Operating motor vehicle on suspended or revoked license, Wanton endangerment first-degree police officer (two counts), Persistent felony offender first-degree.
Charles Alex Rector, Cultivate in marijuana (5 plants or more) firearm enhanced, Trafficking in marijuana (8 ounces to < 5 pounds) firearm enhanced, Trafficking in controlled substance > or = 2 grams meth) firearm enhanced, Trafficking in controlled substance first-degree (> or = 10 D.U.) firearm enhanced, Possession of defaced firearm, Violation on KY EPO/DVO.
Catrina A Letner, Trafficking in a controlled substance first-degree (< 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance third-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Prescription of controlled substance not in original container, Persistent felony offender second-degree.
Mark T. Renfro, Reckless driving, Failure to produce insurance card, Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle, DUI first offense, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth (second offense), Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle.
Eric Whitmore, Trafficking in a controlled substance first-degree (< 2 gms meth), Possession of controlled substance third-degree, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possession of controlled substance not in original container, Persistent felony offender second degree.
William Poteet, Theft by failure to make required disposition of property $1,000 < $10,000.
Jon Brandon Moss, Fleeing or evading police first-degree (on foot), Public intoxication, Wanton endangerment first-degree- police officer (two counts), Persistent felony offender second-degree.
Cody W. Johnson, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possession of marijuana, Resisting arrest.
Michael D. Thomas, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possession of marijuana.
Cody H. Meredith, Improper turning, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance third-degree.
Harold K. Hendrick, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance first-degree, Trafficking controlled substance first-degree - second or greater offense- (<10 D.U drug unspecified SCH 1&2), Obstructed vision and/or windshield, Persistent felony offender first-degree.
Justin R. Nichols, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth firearm enhanced, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced, Possession of marijuana firearm enhanced, Receiving stolen property (firearm), Possession of defaced firearm.
Christopher D. Lee, Careless driving, Operating vehicle with expired operator's license, Possession of marijuana, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth, Possession of controlled substance second-degree (drug unspecified), drug paraphernalia buy/possess.
Travis L. Johnson, Sexual abuse first-degree, PROC or PROM use of minor by electronic means, Possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess firearm enhanced, Trafficking in marijuana second or greater offense firearm enhanced, Endangering the welfare of a minor, Persistent felony offender first degree.
Tonia Marie Harbin, Possession of controlled substance first-degree meth - third or > offense, Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Careless driving, operating motor vehicle under the influence second offense.
Tonia Marie Harbin, Trafficking in controlled substance (> or = 2 grams meth), Drug paraphernalia buy/possess, Possesion of marijuana, Careless driving, Tampering with physical evidence, Persistent felony offender first-degree.
Gary L. Foley, Burglary first-degree, Assault fourth-degree (domestic violence), Fleeing or evading police second-degree (on foot), Criminal mischief third-degree, Alcohol intoxication in a public place, Persistent felony offender second degree.
Sarah Harrison, DUI first-degree, Wanton endangerment first-degree, Resisting arrest, Careless driving, Intimidating a participant in the legal process.
Brendan Stewart, Theft by unlawful taking auto ($1,000 or more but under $10,000).
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County High School Class of 2022 graduated today, May 28, 2022 in the ECHS gym.
Meredith Hennion was named valedictorian, and will be continuing her education at Morehead State University majoring in nursing. Lainey Alexander was named salutatorian and will be attending Western Kentucky University as an accounting major.
Principal Jonathan Williams first welcomed the crowd, which was the largest it has been the last few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Class president Macy Cassady then gave opening remarks.
There were two special performances today. Amelia Allen played a medley of "Bach Cello Suites" on her cello, and Alyssa Lindsey sang "You're Gonna Miss This" as her father played the guitar.
Guidance Counselors Kevan Alford and Kori Skaggs recognized students with special achievements, and assistant principal Nikki Culbreth recognized students who were wearing special cords for various clubs and extra curricular activities.
Superintendent Brian Alexander handed each senior their diplomas, and then Noah Parsley gave the closing prayer.
Principal Williams then instructed the class to turn their tassels and toss their caps, and then they were dismissed.
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
The annual Edmonson County Memorial Day ceremony was held today on the Edmonson County Courthouse lawn.
Pleasant weather helped to attract a large crowd out to the courtyard today as several guest speakers were featured at the annual ceremony, including State Representative Michael Meredith, Judge J.B. Hines, and County Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
The South Edmonson Bulldog Choir performed at today's event, under the direction of SEES Music and Art Teacher Jessica Doyle. The choir enjoyed a standing ovation at the conclusion of their version of "American Tears."
A new World War I memorial was dedicated today along with the entire courtyard by Judge Cannon. This year's featured dedicated veteran was local native Pvt. Hobart Ray, who was killed in action during WWI.
In a solemn moment, each name of those from Edmonson County that have died during their service was read as the memorial bell was tolled.
As always, the local DAV and VFW Honor Guard played vital roles in today's ceremony and local scout troops presented the colors.
A slideshow of the ceremony is featured below.
Madison Doyle, story and photo:
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander introduced Josh Long as the new principal at South Edmonson Elementary today. Long previously held the principal position at SEES in 2018, and resigned before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Today, he was welcomed back with cheering and applause from all staff members in the crowd.
Mr. Long first addressed the crowd with an apology. "I first want to say that I'm sorry. When I left, I thought I was making the right choice, but I was wrong," he said. "This is my home, and this school deserves someone who calls this place. I'm gonna make things right this year, you have my word."
When asked what prompted Mr. Long to come back to SEES, he was very quick to respond. "This is home, this is where I grew up and this is where I went to school," he started. "I feel like I have the experience and dedication to this place. Out of all the places I could go and work, this where I need and want to be. I feel like the Edmonson County School system is just the perfect place for me, and there's just no other place that compares to here."
Superintendent Alexander said the school district is happy to welcome back Mr. Long. "We were pleased to be able to review a strong candidate pool, and after many hours of interviews and reflection, Mr. Long was chosen again to lead at South Edmonson," he said. "I would also like to thank Ms. Sarah Hatton for her leadership this year at South Edmonson, and wish her the best in her new endeavor as Supervisor of Instruction in Adair County.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A 14-year old passenger was killed in a collision on Monday in Grayson County, according to the Kentucky State Police.
On May 23, at approximately 2:30 PM, the Kentucky State Police was requested by the Grayson Co. Sheriff’s Office to investigate a fatal collision that occurred westbound on the Western Kentucky Parkway near the 91 mile marker.
According to KSP, April Mitchell, 48 of Paducah, was operating a 2006 Ford Expedition westbound on the WK Parkway pulling a travel trailer, when for unknown reasons the trailer began to sway back and forth, causing the operator to lose control before overturning and striking a guardrail.
A 14 year-old passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Grayson Co. Coroner’s Office. Mitchell and five other passengers were transported to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The westbound lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway were closed for several hours in order to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision. KSP was assisted at the scene by the Grayson Co. Sheriff’s Department, Grayson Co. Coroner, Caneyville Fire Department, Leitchfield Fire Department and the Grayson Co. EMS.
The collision remains under investigation by reconstructionist Trooper Tyler Lynch.
Darren Doyle, story:
A local family is seeking help after a teen's vehicle was stolen and wrecked.
On Friday, May 20th, 17-year old Jeremiah Powell had his 2002 Ford Escape 4x4 stolen from Pat Blair's driveway (his grandmother) in Brownsville. Someone drove it only a couple of miles and crashed it on Sulphur Road and left the scene.
Family members say the vehicle is totaled and Powell saved up all his money to purchase the vehicle himself.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office confirmed the stolen vehicle report and located the vehicle the next morning; however, there are currently no suspects.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157.
A GoFundMe Account has been set up to help the teen replace his vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing.
Madison Doyle, story:
Three Edmonson County High School seniors have signed to start their careers after graduating through the Skilled Trades and Engineering Program. Logan Brooks and Noah Parsley have signed to be apprentice maintenance technicians through the FAME program, starting at $19/hr, and will receive their associates degrees after 2 years. Will Edwards has signed to be an electrical apprentice, starting at $14/hr.
Joining the students was special guest Dennis Parker, founder of the FAME program, which is now across 12 states and will shortly be in up to four other countries. Mr. Parker, a 1974 graduate of ECHS, shared his thoughts about the program. "It's so great to be back in Edmonson County, the Parkers have been around this county since 1877 and now to be the founder of this program and have Edmonson County's first two students accepted in it, being here is just special. The idea we had for the FAME program was to have a grow your own program connecting kids from graduation to the workforce. The model of waiting for the students to graduate college wasn't working so we came up with an alternative to connect them earlier."
Both Parsley and Brooks thanked Mr. Shane Wilson, skilled trades and engineering teacher, for helping them find this program. "I'm thankful for this opportunity to go to school and work while gaining on the job experience," said Parsley. "As well as being able to stay in my home town and county to stay a part of the community."
"I want to thank my family and Mr. Wilson for helping me get to this point," said Brooks. "Mr. Wilson has helped me find this program and get the information together to be accepted to it. I look forward to getting through school while starting my career."
Will Edwards also expressed his gratitude for Mr. Wilson. "I am thankful for the opportunity to go work and learn at M&L Electric," he said. "When Mr. Wilson took us for the job fair, I loved their company. I can see myself working there for a long time."
Mr. Wilson said the goal of the skilled trades and engineering program is to provide every student with an academic plan or career path option where they can provide for their future families and hopefully give back to the local community.
"We are proud of these students and believe this is the start of something that will grow and be a huge benefit to families in our county," Wilson said. "Especially to those students that may not pursue year college degrees, but will be getting into skilled trades and other technical areas where a very strong living can be made while also allowing students to continue to live in our county."
Principal Jonathan Williams applauded Superintendent Brian Alexander for bringing these programs into the school system, and Mr. Wilson for leading the program.
"First, I want to thank our board and Mr. Alexander for having the vision to add these programs to our high school for one reason, students and their futures. Second, I want to thank Mr. Wilson for providing the leadership that's been required to get this program started and will be required to grow it from here," Williams said. "The facts are, 75% of our students do not go to college, so, we must make sure they have the skills they need to make a family sustainable wage with skills we teach here. Today was special but it is only a small part of a larger vision we have for our students. I hope our young people get the message that four-year college is not a must to be successful in this world. Thank you to all involved in making this possible."
Madison Doyle, story:
There were no major discussions at today's fiscal court meeting. Various reports were given by county offices, including:
The fiscal court also voted to
Judge Executive Wil Cannon reported that the upcoming Memorial Day Ceremony is this Saturday, May 28, 2022 in the court yard. He invited and encouraged everyone who can to come.
The next fiscal court meeting will be held Monday, June 13, 2022
Cameron Discusses Role Of AG and Differences With Beshear, Biden Administrations
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made a stop in Brownsville today and addressed a group in the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Cameron, who announced his candidacy for Kentucky Governor just over a week ago, discussed his role as Kentucky's highest-ranking law enforcement official and spoke about his sharp contrasts to Governor Andy Beshear and his administration.
"I try to get out to as many counties as I can. I think it's important for any of your statewide elected office holders to get out and have conversations and be embedded in the fabric of our communities across Kentucky," he said.
General Cameron said his goal when he took office in December of 2019 was to do his job without fear or favoritism. The challenges of the pandemic that came shortly after soon made Cameron a name that was well-known throughout the Commonwealth and the nation as his actions clashed with many of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's mandates and executive orders.
"We have an equally important responsibility to stand up and defend Constitutional rights," he said. "And that's what we endeavored to do during the pandemic."
Cameron said all down through history, the leaders that made the biggest impacts were that ones that led based on common sense. He referenced Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan, and said that common sense and fair play has to be a factor in successful future leadership.
"So you look at some of our leadership right now, whether it's in Washington or Frankfort, what we've seen in terms of the decisions that have been made in the midst of the pandemic has been a lack of common sense and fair play," he said.
He noted several examples where mandates were put in place for only certain groups of people and that the government had the authority to determine what businesses were essential and those that were not, which ones could be open or closed, and the closings of churches.
He also discussed travel bans, decisions that hurt gas prices for Americans, and other decisions made an the executive level that he described as being "unfair" and without common sense and fair practice.
"The decisions that we make in this office aren't based on animus or political gain," he said. "I think you all know based on 2020 I won't do things for political gain. I will do things because they are right and based on the Constitution and the laws of our state, not because somebody on Twitter's telling me I need to move in a certain direction. I want to do right by you all because I know that this office is a public trust and at the end of the day, I'm put in this office by you all to uphold and defend the laws of the Commonwealth and our whole team recognizes that, values that, and respects that, so we're going to continue to do that."
He discussed having a "common sense agenda," that represents the values of all 120 counties, which includes protecting the unborn, supporting and standing up for law enforcement, and ensuring the integrity of women's sports.
The Edmonson Voice asked General Cameron about the current lawsuit filed by Governor Beshear against him and other Kentucky constitutional officers that include the secretary of state, state auditor, treasurer, and agricultural commissioner over House Bill 334. The bill reduces Beshear's authority to appoint members to the Ethics Commission and was vetoed by Beshear in April of this year; however, that veto was overridden by the Republican majority. We asked Cameron to comment on the lawsuit and the other disagreements his office has had with Beshear's, most of which are widely known.
"I tell people that we have policy disagreements and he's a good family man, but we just have differences of opinions on things" he said. "But my perspective on things is, you all put me in this office to stand up for your Constitutional rights so I'm going to do that without fear or favor. When it comes to that particular piece of legislation, look, we'll let the courts decide. Obviously, I think the legislature is in the position of making the changes they want to and I think that this governor in particular has bristled at that notion--that they are in charge of policy in Kentucky and it's my perspective that, for instance, in my role, we don't offer a lot of bills out of our office because I think it's my role to defend the legislation that is passed by the General Assembly. I think the governor needs to be in a position of executing the laws that are passed by the General Assembly, but he takes a different view of that."
He said it depends on what day it is on what lawsuit you want to discuss coming out of Beshear's office.
General Cameron took several questions from the crowd, from seniors, students, and a few in between.
Cameron concluded his visit by thanking those in attendance and took a few minutes to speak to individuals as well accommodate photo requests.
Click here to contact the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.
County Has 31% Voter Turnout
Darren Doyle, story:
Below are the documents with all individual Edmonson County voting precinct totals for the 2022 Primary Election.
Edmonson County had a 31% total voter turnout for the total election, according to the Edmonson County Clerk's Office.
EDMONSON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Another county road has suffered a collapse as a result of a sinkhole opening underneath.
Road crews were out early this morning in the 1400 block of Knob Road digging out the collapsed area. County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll said the area to be repaired is not too far from a similar collapse on the same road that occurred on December 22, 2021.
On April 30th, Arthur Road also had to be repaired for an even larger sinkhole there.
"I don't know if it's because of all the rain we've had or not," said Carroll. "We'll be out here for the rest of the week."
The road will be closed to thru traffic until all repairs are completed, which is likely to be sometime next week. The 1400 block is near the halfway point of the road that runs from KY HWY 422 (Pig Road) to KY HWY 259 (Brownsville Road).
Darren Doyle, story:
The 2022 Primary Election results are in with final totals from Edmonson County.
The winners are in bold below:
Sheriff Race: (R)
James Edward Vincent 1396
Shane Doyle 1059
Stoney Phillips 101
Judge Executive: (Republican)--will face Democrat Greg Hudson in November.
Scott Lindsey 1746
Jordan Jones 741
Todd Vincent 1747
Joe C. Daugherty 647
County Attorney: (R)
Adam Turner 1346
Greg Vincent 1154
Magistrate District 2: (Republican)--will face Democrat Joe Durbin in November.
T.J. Massey 256
John Kiernan 248
Magistrate District 3: (Republican)--will face Democrat incumbent Charlie Tarter in November.
Anthony Hennion 219
Faron Lindsey 111
Magistrate District 4: (R)
James Mickey Johnson 288
Pat Prunty 227
Magistrate District 5: (Republican)--will face Democrat Steve Sanders in November.
Gary Bagshaw 163
Jason E Vincent 117
Rickey Sanders (withdrew from race)
Constable District 2: (R)
Walter Lindsey 354
Tim Skees 153
Rand Paul (R) and Charles Booker (D) were the county winners in the U.S. Senate Race, and Brett Guthrie (R) and Hank Linderman (D) were the county winners in the U.S. Representative race.
The full totaled sheets are published below:
Darren Doyle, story:
Scott Lindsey has won the Republican nomination for Edmonson County Judge-Executive as he defeated Jordan Jones in the 2022 Primary Election.
Lindsey received a total of 1746 to 741, for a difference of 1005.
Lindsey will face Democratic challenger Greg Hudson in the General Election in November.
Darren Doyle, story:
James Edward Vincent defeated Shane Doyle in the 2022 Edmonson County Primary Election Sheriff's Race, winning 7 out of 8 total precincts in the county.
Vincent defeated Doyle 1396 to 1059, for a difference of 337.
Stoney Phillips came in third in votes with a total of 101 votes.
There will be no Democrat challenger in November.
Full precinct totals for all local elections will be published later tonight.
*This story was updated with final numbers.
Darren Doyle, story:
Attorney General Daniel Cameron will be in Brownsville on Thursday, May 19, 2022, for a meet-and-greet event with Edmonson County residents and local elected officials, according to the AG's Office.
The event is scheduled to be held at 11:00 a.m. CT at the Edmonson County Courthouse. All interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
AG Cameron, a Republican, recently announced his candidacy for the 2023 KY Governor's race.
There will be time for a question and answer session with the Attorney General.
Nominations Will Be Open To Public
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County High School has created its first-ever "Hall of Distinguished Alumni" Committee, or HODA, for the purpose of honoring those which have attended Edmonson County Schools whose deeds, character, professionalism, sacrifice, heroism, or service to their community exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work.
ECHS Principal Jonathan Williams says that creating this honor was something he's wanted to do ever since he became principal at the high school and after some conversations with some local people, he's put together a committee to help navigate through the process that will honor deserving individuals.
"I first began talking about this with some folks that I thought may have experience in dealing with this, two of which were Mrs. Melinda Campbell and Mrs. Regina Byrd," he said. "Those conversations led to other people and everyone I talked to loved the idea because there are so many distinguished individuals that have come through the hallways of Edmonson County Schools."
Williams said he's always been proactive in dismissing the inferiority that so many have about the small-town nature of Edmonson County.
"I don't like when people say, 'well, for Edmonson County,' or 'we can't have that or do that in Edmonson County,' I don't believe that," he said. "We should always be proud of our county and I believe that having visual proof hanging on the walls out here of former students that have gone on to accomplish great things can help drive our students to achieve great things themselves."
Williams said after some research was done on how some surrounding counties have organized similar organizations, he began to explore the options of a HODA in Edmonson County.
"I went to our Site-Based Decision-Making Council and presented them some ideas I had and they authorized me to form a committee to oversee our HODA," he said. "It's a very diverse group of local people with various backgrounds that I believe will do a great job in this."
The HODA Committee is made up of the following: longtime Edmonson County school administrator Darrell Cassady, US Bank Financial Advisor Regina Byrd, ECHS language arts and English teacher Jessica Parsley, Edmonson Voice founder and Director Darren Doyle, WKU's Office of Philanthropy Donor Experience Senior Director Amanda Lich, former Mayor of Bowling Green and businessman Johnny Webb, KY Farm Bureau Agency Manager-Barren County Eric Spainhoward, and Principal Williams, all of which are ECHS graduates.
Eligibility requirements for being nominated as an Edmonson County Hall of Distinguished Alumi are still being discussed by the committee, but some requirements will likely include:
Principal Williams said no one has an agenda for nominees and a nominee doesn't have to be someone of wealthy stature.
"I think that's one of the things that makes us unique," he said. "Most other places, those that are honored are mostly wealthy people, and that's okay, we have that here, too. But if you think about it, you probably know someone that went to school in Edmonson County that influenced the lives of many, many people over the years that probably wasn't wealthy. Maybe some of those people will be nominated."
Williams said everyone he's spoken with about HODA has had someone come to mind during their conversation.
"As soon as I mention it, someone pops into mind," he said. "I think the most difficult part of this will be sorting through all the amazing nominees I expect us to receive. I'm looking forward to this process not only to honor those who are deserving, but also to learn the rich history we have in our county. I want to preserve that history for our students now and those to come and discover history from our trailblazers and influencers from times past."
The committee is still working on the details of the HODA but initial plans are to induct a class each year, with a higher number being inducted in the first year to help get the hall established. A banquet honoring the first class is in the works for sometime next year with details to come later. Honorary plaques for each inductee will be displayed in the front hall of ECHS.
So, did someone come to your mind while reading this? It's likely many of us will nominate the same people, and Williams said that's certainly okay. That can make the inducting process much easier in the beginning for sure; however, you may know someone that's been hidden or know a story about an individual that hasn't yet been told. Nominations for all potential HODA members will be open to the public soon.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two individuals were arrested on felony drug charges as a result of a warrant service call on Sunday, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the 100-block of Blue Bird Road for a felony warrant service on May 15, 2022. According to officials, a male subject, identified at Cody Johnson (18) of Smiths Grove, attempted to flee back inside the residence as deputies made contact with the subject. Deputies reportedly were able to secure Johnson without incident and conducted a security sweep of the home, where they located another male subject, identified as Michael D. Thomas, JR. (23), also of Smiths Grove, the Sheriff's Office said.
Law enforcement said they observed drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue laying in plain view during the security sweep. Since neither Johnson nor Thomas granted consent to search further, the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office applied for and was granted a search warrant, which resulted in the discovery of additional forms of drug paraphernalia, some with suspected methamphetamine residue, syringe, and marijuana, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Thomas took ownership of the marijuana, while both took ownership of the methamphetamine, the Sheriff's Office stated.
Cody Johnson was arrested and charged with:
Thomas was arrested and charged with:
Both were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a proclamation on Friday declaring May 15th - 21st of 2022 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Edmonson County.
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Tuesday, May 17th is Primary Election Day in Edmonson County.
All regular polling locations will be open from 6AM to 6PM on Election Day.
Voters are encouraged to contact the Edmonson County Clerk’s Office at (270) 597-2624 with any questions concerning where they can vote on Election Day.
Election Day Polling Locations by Magistrate District:
Darren Doyle, story:
A dog is credited for helping law enforcement discover meth after it carried a purse belonging to its owner that contained illegal drugs, according the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a deputy observed a Toyota Solara pull out of a driveway onto KY HWY 259 and cross into oncoming traffic, before turning back into the correct lane of travel around 1:48PM on Tuesday. The deputy then reportedly conducted a traffic stop near the 3000 block of KY HWY 259N where the driver was identified as Tonia Maria Harbin (44) of Mammoth Cave.
The Sheriff's Office stated that Harbin immediately exited her vehicle and began walking towards the deputy's patrol vehicle. Harbin was instructed to stop, but she continued walking to the passenger door of her vehicle where the deputy observed Harbin reach inside twice, prompting the deputy to ask Harbin if there was anything illegal in her vehicle, which she stated there was, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Officials stated that a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of suspected marijuana, drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue, and a homemade magnetic drug hide, containing a bag of suspected methamphetamine.
While the deputy was speaking with Harbin, a small dog came out from under Harbin’s vehicle carrying a handbag. A search of the handbag resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and suspected marijuana, the Sheriff's Office stated. Harbin allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she threw the handbag under the vehicle.
Harbin was placed under arrest and charged with:
Harbin was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Madison Doyle, story:
County Clerk Kevin Alexander gave a report today in Fiscal Court that the new voting machines are working great and are easy to use. There was a bit of debate whether or not to use ARPA funding to pay for voting equipment in the amount of $125,000, or to use the county general funds. The court previously allocated the purchase from the general fund; however, in recent meetings, using ARPA money was brought to the discussion by Judge Executive Wil Cannon.
Cannon stated that he had spoken with Representative Michael Meredith, whom Cannon said investigated it further. Cannon said that Meredith expressed he was optimistic about using ARPA funding to cover the equipment, and said it was very likely that the state will reimburse the ARPA funding if used for the voting equipment, but there would be no certain guarantee.
County Treasurer Tammy Willhite said she has been in touch with Compass Municipal Advisors, LLC., the company hired to help administer Edmonson County's handling of ARPA funding.
"They [Compass] said the reimbursement to the ARPA funding is possible with a little extra paperwork, and proper steps taken to watch-out for auditing and budgeting purposes," she said.
District 3 Magistrate Charlie Tarter said he "did not feel comfortable" using the ARPA funding without the guarantee that it could be reimbursed, and that "if we take it out of general I feel like the county could deal with it a little bit better."
Judge Cannon called for a roll call vote, which resulted in a 4-3 approval to use the ARPA funds, with Cannon casting the first vote as "yes." Edd Rich, Corey Vanmeter, and Johnny Brooks, also voted to use ARPA funds, while Mark Meeks, Charlie Tarter, and James Vincent voted against it.
County Attorney Salary Discussion
The fiscal court also approved to increase the County Attorney salary to $35,000 a year, which is $10,000 higher than previously discussed at the last fiscal court meeting. At that meeting, County Attorney Greg Vincent stated he was grateful for the raise up to $25,000, but that it wasn't quite high enough for the job whether he gets re-elected or not.
Today, Vincent was absent due to being ill, but Judge Cannon stated that he agreed with what Vincent said in the last meeting, and that the raise should be higher than previously discussed. Cannon said the new salary of $35,000 will be effective January 1, 2023.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander also mentioned that mail-in ballots are now closed, and excused early voting started last Wednesday and will continue until this Wednesday. This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will start early unexcused voting. Alexander said "Anybody can come in those three days and vote early with out any excuse." He also stated that during these days, the clerk's office will be closed, and they will only be open for early voting. The hours are as follows:
Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm.
Alexander said that regular voting will open next Tuesday, May 17th.
Arthur Road Sinkhole
County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll updated the court in his regular report that the sinkhole that opened up on Arthur Road on April 29th had been repaired. He said estimated costs were around $50,000
This fiscal court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting will be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2022.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Caneyville man has died and two Butler County men have been arrested as a result of a multi-motorcycle crash late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.
According to KSP, On Sunday, May 8th, 2022, at approximately 12:20 am, Kentucky State Police Post 3 was requested by the Butler County Sheriff's Office to investigate a fatal collision. Troopers responded to the scene of the collision located near the 4800 block of Reedyville Road (KY185) in Butler County.
State Police reported that three motorcycles were traveling southbound on Reedyville Road near the 4800 block; a 2003 silver Harley Davidson operated by 35 year-old Teddy Duke of Morgantown, a 2000 red Honda motorcycle operated by 34 year-old James Shepherd of Jetson, and a 2003 Yamaha motorcycle operated by 39 year-old Jeremy Fegett of Caneyville.
Jeremy Fegett passed the other motorcyclists, at which point they lost sight of him, KSP said. Fegett continued southbound on Reedyville Road when his bike made contact with a 2012 John Deere Tractor and rotary cutter implement being operated by 34 year-old Carlos Hopper of Bowling Green, according to police. Fegett was reportedly thrown from his motorcycle and was struck by both Teddy Duke's and James Shepherd's motorcycles. Jeremy Fegett was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office. Teddy Duke and James Shepherd were arrested and charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, KSP stated.
Hopper, the operator of the tractor, was reportedly uninjured, according to KSP.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Bo Hubbard. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Butler County Rescue Squad, Butler County Coroner’s Office, Butler County EMS, 4th district, Bear Creek, and Morgantown Fire Departments.
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Bowling Green man has died as a result of injuries sustained in a crash on I-165, formerly known as Natcher Parkway on Thursday morning, according to Kentucky State Police.
On Thursday, May 5th, 2022, at approximately 9:50 am, Kentucky State Police Post 3 received a call for service in reference to an injury collision in Warren County, where troopers responded to the scene located at the 2-mile marker of I-165 northbound, KSP stated.
Police said that a 2004 Honda Civic, operated by 36 year old Matthew Harr of Bowling Green, was traveling northbound on Interstate 165 near the 2-mile marker in Warren County when the vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway and struck several trees before coming to rest.
Matthew Harr was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Kevin Mayfield. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Woodburn Fire Department, Bowling Green Fire Department, and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
Darren Doyle, story:
A Brownsville woman has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on one charge as a result of her role in the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
Reva Vincent, (57) of Brownsville, was charged in February of 2022 and arrested on March 8, 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, on one count of Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building, in violation of Title 40, United States Code, Section 5104(e)(2)(G). According to federal court documents, Vincent and her attorney, Gary S. Logsdon, signed the plea agreement presented by federal prosecutors on March 8, which was filed on April 22nd.
Federal court documents state that Vincent and her husband, who was not charged, traveled to Washington D.C. with several other individuals for the purpose of protesting the certification of the Electoral College. The documents also state that Vincent made now-deleted Facebook posts urging individuals to go to Washington, D.C. in order to "Stop the Steal."
Court documents further state that Vincent and her husband made their way up to the stairs onto the area of the U.S. Capitol just outside of the East Rotunda door, which was a restricted area. The documents state that Vincent used her phone camera to record the crowd and her movement from outside to inside the Capitol. The documents state that one video showed Vincent yelling "Go, go, go!" in response to the door opening. The documents also state that Vincent was heard yelling "That's our house. Leave our house!" "We want our house!" and "Stop the steal!"
According to the court documents, Vincent entered into the U.S. Capitol at 3:01PM through the Rotunda door while filming her entry past two police officers while exclaiming "In the door, we're in the door! This is our house, people! This is our house, not their house." "We made it inside, people!" "We made it inside!"
Vincent then made her way to the Rotunda and filmed herself, yelling "This was built with our money, our money, not theirs." "We own this Capitol," the court documents stated.
According to the documents, after leaving the Capitol, Vincent posted on her now-deleted Facebook account, "Man they shoot a women i wasn't too far behind her," and when Vincent was told via a post to leave and go home, she replied "Hell no thats our house." The documents state that Vincent later admitted that she actually had no knowledge of the shooting, but was only bragging in her post.
The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of 6 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, Vincent has been ordered to pay $500 in restitution, according to court documents. The restitution is in addition to sentencing. Damages to the Capitol as a result of the riots have been estimated in the millions of dollars.
Court records show there were also 18 other Capitol breach-related arrests from Kentucky, including one man from Cave City and another from Cub Run.
Vincent is reportedly to be sentenced later in Washington in U.S. District Court. The full plea agreement can be read here.