On Saturday, June 24, Edmonson County homeschooler, Samuel Christopher Boggs, arrived at Murray State University to attend the 35th year of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. Over 1000 students across Kentucky were selected to attend the prestigious residential program at one of its three campuses, Murray, Moorehead, or Northern Kentucky University.
The five-week summer program features 1,000 Kentucky students that are selected yearly based on a thorough application process detailing their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, and personal integrity.
A Governor's Scholar is awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships from one of the participating 22 colleges or universities in Kentucky, including WKU, UK, and U of L. At minimum, most all of these scholarships cover tuition costs.
Sam has also attended VAMPY at WKU and the American Legion’s Boys State program at Campbellsville University, and feels these experiences have prepared him for the five-week GSP program at Murray. Additionally, Sam will receive substantial scholarship offers from colleges and universities across Kentucky. Although he is not sure yet which university he will attend, he is planning on studying astronomy.
Sam is the son of Chris and Laura Boggs of Bee Spring, and the grandson of Joyce Boggs of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
United Way of Southern Kentucky announced today that it is investing a total of $942,909 in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 funding period. 48 local programs provided through 38 service providers will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.
Allocation dollars were determined based on the work of 122 volunteers from Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
Edmonson County is set to receive a total amount of $8,325, broken down into the following areas:
Community Action of Southern Kentucky Head Start $832
Edmonson County Adult Education Adult & Family Education $3,746
Access to Affordable Health Care:
Kentucky Legal Aid Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsman $1,000
Kentucky Legal Aid Benefits Counseling $249
Safe Home & Community:
Hope Harbor Community Education and Prevention $500
Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Shelter & Crisis Aid to Protect & Empower $749
SAFETY NET: $1,249
Access to Basic Needs:
Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland BackPack Program $1,000
Kentucky Legal Aid Emergency Legal Assistance $249
Through the 48 funded programs, United Way will provide the opportunities for services to individuals for the following building blocks for a good quality of life such as:
In September of 2016, organizations with programs impacting UWSK’s strategic imperatives in each of the defined Community Impact issue areas (Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net) were asked to submit a Letter of Intent indicating their desire to complete a full application request for funding. 85 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting $2,575,000 in funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 70 of those that were submitted were invited to complete the full application. In February 2017, Warren County full applications were submitted for pre-review by the Pre-Review Committee with the remainder of the county applications being submitted in March. The Pre-Review committee evaluated the applications submitted based upon three pieces of foundational criteria: the program’s meaningful impact on the identified strategy; if UW has the means to fulfill the funding request; and that the funding would expand or improve the program for existing programs.
Those who were invited to move forward upon Pre-Review had the opportunity to complete the full application and be evaluated by a more detailed set of criteria. Programs that cleared this phase of evaluation moved forward to a full review and visit with the Allocations Committee. With the full review by the Allocations Committee and recommendation to and approval by the UWSK Board of Directors complete, funding will now be awarded to the programs selected.
The full list of counties within the UWSK area and their funding is as follows:
“As we finish the second year of investments in our new Community Impact platform of work, we are thrilled that new partners continue to join forces with us along with the tremendous impact being achieved by current partners,” says Debbie Hills, President & CEO of United Way of Southern Kentucky. “We are now beginning to see the true impact of our efforts with the significant outcomes. These outcomes, along with our other efforts in the community such as the kindergarten readiness public relations campaign and the MyChildIsReady.com microsite, will continue to impact the positive movement forward in our community’s Kindergarten Readiness and College & Career Readiness. We look forward to continuing the movement forward through our collaborative efforts.”
For more information on how you can make the choice to LIVE UNITED through giving, advocating and volunteering, log on to the United Way of Southern Kentucky website at www.liveunitedtoday.com.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
In less than a week's time, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has made a second arrest in an unrelated burglary where stolen items were recovered.
According to the Sheriff's Office, they officials received a call regarding a possible burglary on Morgantown Road on June 27, 2017. Authorities said the caller, Mr. Rodney Howell, reported that he found a subject known only to him as "Aaron" on his front porch when he came home. Apparently "Aaron" was the son of a family member's acquaintance.
The sheriff's office said that Howell went inside his home and found that the subject had burned food in the kitchen, and had gone through some other valuables. Mr. Howell then called dispatch to report the crime but when he returned to the porch, "Aaron" was gone.
According to the Sheriff's Office, while en route to the residence, Sheriff Shane Doyle located a subject walking on Morgantown Road, but Mr. Howell was unable to provide a description of the alleged burglar. "Something about the pedestrian seemed off," Doyle said. "I detained him for a short period of time, and when I was able to speak with Mr. Howell, he identified some of the items that had been stolen that the suspect had in his possession."
Included in the stolen items were a Rolex watch, some baseball cards, a checkbook, and some small household items. Several video game systems were disconnected from the televisions and bagged up to take, and an SKS rifle had been loaded and chambered.
Arrested was Mr. Aaron D. Miller, 34, of Bowling Green. He was charged with Burglary, 2nd degree and Theft by unlawful taking over $500. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail.
"Your Sheriff's office, although understaffed and spread thin, works hard everyday to make our communities safer," Doyle said.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Now that the Spring 2017 semester has come to a close, the Midway University Athletic Department recently announced that 160 student-athletes were recipients of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2017 Spring semester, one of which is Edmonson County High School graduate Kayla Meredith, who is attending on a golf scholarship.
The award is bestowed upon student-athletes who achieved a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale during the Spring semester.
"The quality of our student-athletes never fails to impress me," said Athletic Director, Rusty Kennedy. "They are outstanding ambassadors for Midway University in the classroom as well as in their chosen sports."
Kennedy added, "To balance the demands of playing sports at the college level as well as pursuing academic excellence takes focus, time management and determination, I am extremely proud of our student-athletes."
Kayla is the daughter of Granville and Kathy Meredith of Morgantown. Her twin sister, Laney, recently made the President's List at WKU.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Johnny James Stephens, Operating vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol. Wanton endangerment. Failure to or improper signal. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing 7/11/17.
Derek Logan, Buglary 2nd degree. Theft by unlawful taking/disposition-firearm. Waived to Grand Jury. Bond set at $10,000 cash.
Jonathan Alan Son, Alcohol intoxication in a public place-first and second offense. Guilty, fined $25. Total costs and fines $209.
Blake Vanover, No tail lamps, Failure to produce insurance card, Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Proof shown, dismissed.
Westley D. Moyer, No/expired registration plates, No/expired KY registration receipt. Failure to maintain required insurance/security first. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/25/17.
Clestin Carby, Non-approved/insufficient number/no personal float. Dismissed.
Hunter Cole Swift, Speeding 17mph over limit. Failure to wear seat belt. Too many passengers in car, front seat. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue 7/11/17.
Joshua L. Wilson, Following another vehicle too closely. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Failed to appear.
Timothy Arnold, Speeding 15mph over limit. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue 7/11/17.
Cody O. Vincent. Speeding 22mph over limit. Continue 7/11/17.
Joseph D. Cox, Violation of KY EPO/DVO. Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Guilty. Ordered to pay judgement. Court costs $184.
Ricky Neal Mullikin, Giving officer false identifying information. Order tendered. Court costs $184.
Daniel Barnard, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. $500 unsecured bond, no content with victim, must remain 500ft away, no guns or other deadly weapons, no illegal drugs or alcohol. Pretrial conference 7/11/17.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson Voice has learned that yesterday's victims from the overturned truck at the intersection of HWY 70 and 259 are recovering.
Mr. James Allman is still suffering from severe burns and is currently in the burn unit at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN. Local officials reported yesterday that he was from Indiana, according to some identification, but some close to Mr. Allman reported he currently lives in the Glasgow area.
We heard from his 17 year-old passenger, named Alyssa (no last name was given), who said in a message, "I'm okay now. I have little burns, and they're not as bad as they thought. One on my foot is really severe."
She also wanted to thank the officer who pulled her and Mr. Allman from the burning vehicle, Josh Watt.
"If it wasn't for Josh I wouldn't be here right now."
Other family members sent messages to the Edmonson Voice throughout the night, also thanking Josh and local emergency workers for their heroic actions. Many of the community left encouraging messages of hope and prayer to the victims.
You can read the original story here, published first by the Edmonson Voice.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Two people were critically injured in a fiery crash today but it would likely have been much worse if not for the fast actions of a local parole and probations officer.
Officials said around 3:30pm today a 2004 Ford Ranger being driven by James Allman of Indiana was headed west on KY HWY 70 (Mammoth Cave Road) towards KY 259. Allman said his brakes failed and being unable to stop, he simply tried to take the intersection as a curve. Unable to make the turn, the truck overturned, went over the curb and crashed into the guardrail where it immediately burst into flames.
Officer Josh Watt was headed south on 259 and witnessed the crash take place. According to eyewitness reports, he immediately jumped into action, reaching into the burning truck, cutting the seat belt of a female 17 year old passenger and pulling her to safety. Her clothes were reportedly on fire and Officer Watt put them out with his own hands. She suffered severe burns to her legs.
Authorities said Watt returned to the burning vehicle with the driver still trapped inside the upside down truck. Watt reportedly pulled him out of the vehicle while his clothes were also burning up. Watt was able to take his own clothes, wrap them around his hands and put out the driver's burning clothing.
Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell said that if not for the quick action of Officer Watt, both the driver and his passenger would've likely perished in the flames.
"Don't let Josh play this down," Chief Jewell said. "This man is a genuine hero. There's no doubt he saved two lives today."
Watt said he really didn't think about much, other than he knew he had to act quickly.
"It was pretty intense," said Officer Watt. "I didn't know if I could get them out or not, it was just so hot. Hopefully they'll recover."
So hot, that Chief Jewell said the license plate of the truck melted and the VIN plate on the truck was still too hot to access at press time.
Allman was transported to the public library parking lot by Edmonson EMS where he was then airlifted to an unreported medical facility. Allman reportedly suffered from third degree burns on over half his body. His juvenile passenger was transported to the Medical Center via Edmonson EMS with severe burns on her legs.
The roadway was shut down for over an hour as crews cleared the scene.
Also responding to the scene was the Edmonson County Sheriff, Edmonson County JAWS, U.S. Park Rangers, and District 2 Constable.
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Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Saturday, June 24, 2017 was the 11th annual Edmonson Center Car Show and Cruise-In, featuring 92 cars which was a big increase from last year’s show. Thirty-one of those were owned by Edmonson county citizens.
There was no entry fee and car owners were treated to a free meal. Money for this event is raised through an auction, which items are donated by local businesses and a 50/50 raffle. All money raised is put into the resident council trust fund and the residents choose how to spend the funds.
In the past, these funds were used to attend Hot Rods baseball games, Christmas and other entertainment at the center. Approximately $6700 was raised at this year's event where the top 25 cars were awarded along with the top cars in 11 categories.
This year’s best in show was a 1957 ‘Chevy Belair owned by Doc Carlson of Scottsville.
All the winners from this event are listed below.
Resident’s Choice -Roger Towe of Franklin KY 1934 Ford Coupe
Best Work in Progress- Shawn Avery of Center KY 1950 Ford Truck
Oldest Car- Jim Devore of Bowling Green KY 1926 Ford Coupe
Best Owned by Cancer Survivor- Jerry Bratcher of Smiths Grove KY 1967 Chevy Chevelle
Best Interior- Mike Manship of Bowling Green KY 1964 Chevy Impala
Best Paint- Richard Cowles of Chalybeate KY 1955 Chevy Belair
Best Mopar- Parker Mendite of Munfordville KY 1970 Plymouth Road Runner
Best GM- Sandra Towe of Franklin KY 1956 Chevy Belair
Best Ford- Kasey Alford of Chalybeate KY 1967 Shelby GT 500 Mustang
Best Engine- Leonard Adkins of Fordsville KY 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS
Best in Show Doc Carlson of Scottsville KY 1957 Chevy Belair
Winners of Top 25
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with a burglary that was reported to officials on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The sheriff's office said the report was that the residence in Bee Spring belonging to Lawrence and Susan Newberry had been broken into and several items had been taken.
Shortly after, it was also discovered that a suspect in the burglary, Mr. Derek Logan (28), of Louisville had wrecked his car in Grayson County, and the officer working the wreck found suspicious items in the vehicle, as well as several guns located near the car in the grass.
According to officials, the vehicle was impounded and when the burglary was reported, the sheriff's office became aware of the wreck. Working in conjunction with Grayson County, a search warrant was served by Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins and Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle on the vehicle, and several of the items stolen from the home were located.
The sheriff's office reported that the guns had been taken to the Grayson County evidence room and will be returned next week.
"One of the most rewarding things a law enforcement officer can do is to get someone their stolen items back," Sheriff Shane Doyle said. "We are so glad we were able to return these things to their rightful owner."
The stolen property ranged from a change jar, a computer, several firearms, tools, and a cell phone. A warrant was obtained by Edmonson County Sheriff Shane Doyle for Logan's arrest and he was lodged in the Hart County Jail. He is currently being charged with Burglary, 2nd Degree and Theft by Unlawful Taking (Firearm).
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Board of Education has announced that Kyrock Elementary has named local educator Shaun Stice as the school's new principal. An Edmonson County native, he lives with his wife Carol, who is Instructional Supervisor for Edmonson County Schools, and their two children, both enrolled in local schools.
The new hiring comes after the retirement of Principal Jimmy White, a long-time educator and administrator in the Edmonson County School system.
Stice is a 1997 graduate of Edmonson County High School and a 2001 and 2005 graduate of WKU with degrees in Financial Planning and Math. He was first hired at Barren County Middle School as a math teacher in 2007 and later took a position at ECHS in 2011, again instructing math.
He later taught math at Edmonson County Middle School where he also coached the boys basketball team from 2015-2017.
Stice said he's always had aspirations of becoming a local principal and jumped at the opportunity when the position became available at Kyrock.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity but I never really thought it would come this soon," the 38 year old said. "I already know Kyrock is a great school and I want to maintain the culture there," he said about the Distinguished-rated school. "I want to lead but also offer my help and support to keep things improving there. All of our schools in Edmonson County are performing well and I want to continue to do my part in helping our kids."
Stice is the son of longtime educator and administrator David Stice, who filled many roles in the county school system, including principal. His mother, Sandy Stice is also a longtime educator in Edmonson Schools. He said he discussed the job with his father before applying for the job.
"He told me to go for it," Stice said. "He encouraged me and said he knew I was a good leader and was 100% on board."
Both David and Sandy told the Edmonson Voice they were very proud of Shaun.
When asked if Stice, who grew up as a Brownsville Bulldog (now South Edmonson) received any playful jabs from either side about coming on board with the Blackhawks, he laughed and replied, "There were a few jokes made and I made some, too, but nothing too much." There has always been a fun rivalry between the two elementary schools.
Stice will officially report for duty on July 1, 2017 and said he has a meeting scheduled with former Principal White to discuss current matters in the school as an orientation. Other than that, he said he's ready to hit the ground running.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to advance my career here in Edmonson County where I've lived all my life," he said. "My family and I plan on staying here and we look forward to this new position where I can continue to be part this great community."
Edmonson District Court was held Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Gabrielle Decker, Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Thirty days deferral.
Sue Ann Ashlock, Illegal possession of legend drug. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to both charges. Pretrial conference, 7/18/17.
Dustin J. Hunt, Harassing communications. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, probated for two years.
Priscilla S. Towe, Operating on suspended/revoked license. Pleaded guilty, fined $50. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/second or more offense. Pleaded guilty. Fined $1,000 plus 30 days in jail, probated for two years. Failure to wear seat belt. Dismissed. Failure to improper signal. Dismissed. Total fines and costs $1,143 payable by 12/19/17.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
It’s state fair time again and the Edmonson County Tourism Commission will once again sponsor a booth in the “Pride In The Counties” Area. “Every year it's a large task to have the booth but we feel that it markets our community, Nolin Lake and Mammoth Cave in a positive light” said Rhonda Clemmons, Tourism Director. “Each year the tourism commission welcomes volunteers from the community to help man the booth and we could not do the booth without the help of volunteers."
A few years ago, the tourism commission began the “Adopt A Day At The State Fair” campaign. Clubs, organizations, school groups, businesses, and even families “Adopt A Day” at the Fair. The volunteers help the Tourism Commission and it often helps the group or business market themselves for the day.
Clemmons said that no specialized training is needed. Literature is available in the booth about the county which helps answer most questions. The only requirement is that you like to talk and visit with people. “Most people stop and talk about memories of Edmonson County," Clemmons said. “You will have people with lake memories, or coming to a cave tour, or visiting relatives or church memories. Sometimes they just want to ask if you know where a certain cemetery is and that they have family members buried there. The conversation often ends with them picking up literature and say they are ready to plan a visit to a place many people still call “home."
The 2017 KY State Fair takes place August 17-27 in Louisville, KY. Volunteers are given free tickets for fair entry which covers parking. A complimentary sign is also displayed for each day sponsor. To inquire about volunteering , call 270-597-2222 or email email@example.com. Volunteer dates are first call-first reserved so for a specific date please call early. For more information on the state fair visit www.kystatefair.org
(state fair art & further fair details can be found at www.kystatefair.org)
The Edmonson County Board of Education met June 12, 2017 and recognized the following retirees for the 2016-2017 school year:
Left to right: Renee Webb, Melissa Vincent, Lisa Sanders, Shannon Johnson, Lynette Saling, Tammy Poteet, Lisa Basil, Lisa Stevenson, Jerry Moore, Charlotte Duvall and Jimmy White.
Not present were Randy Graham, Jackie Decker, Ed Williams, Doris DeVore, Tracy Burba, Julie Moore, Glenda Kiernan, Mary Meredith, Cindy Vincent.
Darren Doyle, story:
A serious crash involving an overturned vehicle has left a Brownsville man in critical condition, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said they were called to the scene of the single vehicle accident around 4:15pm on Sunday, June 18, 2017 on KY HWY 70 (Mammoth Cave Road). The sheriff's office reported that James D. Francis, (46) of Brownsville, who was heading east in a 2005 Mercury Sable, was unable to negotiate a left curve and his car exited the right side of the roadway.
Authorities said that as the car left the roadway it began to roll towards the passenger's side and the top side of the vehicle struck a tree. The car then fell down an embankment and came to rest on its top, trapping the driver inside.
Officials said that Edmonson County JAWS extricated an unresponsive Mr. Francis from the vehicle. The severity of his injuries are unknown at this time, according to the sheriff's office. He was transported via Edmonson EMS to the Edmonson County Library parking lot where he was then air-lifted to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Methods of KY.
Francis was listed as being in critical condition in the intensive care unit. It was reported that the driver was wearing his seat belt.
Also responding to the accident was the Brownsville Police Department, Chalybeate Fire Dept, Kyrock Fire Dept, and the District 2 Constable.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
In case you're wondering what all the commotion in Brownsville was about on Friday evening around 7pm, it was just one example of how things are done in Edmonson County, KY, USA.
A group of local veterans who were returning from a chartered tour of Washington D.C. were stopped as they came into the northern part of the county and escorted by police cars, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles. Cars were stopping all through Brownsville and folks came out of their homes to take a look.
Most veterans on the bus were Vietnam vets, the majority of which never had an official "welcome home" party, and certainly not a parade. So why the parade now?
Local businessman and emergency volunteer Richie Jones overheard Brownsville City Council woman Stephanie Gibson talking to Judge Executive Wil Cannon earlier in the week. He said she was telling the judge about the trip the vets were on and that it would be nice to do something in their honor.
"I just heard her talking about it and told her that I think we could do something like that," said Jones.
After a few phone calls, members of the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, and both the Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments were waiting with lights and sirens as the tour bus came into the county. Needless to say, the vets were shocked. Folks spread the word this week and when the bus returned to the library (where all the vets' vehicles were parked) there were dozens of county residents waving American flags, clapping, and cheering. Everyone was then invited inside for cake and refreshments.
"I got off a plane at the Chicago Airport in 1968," said Richard Jones, Sr., a local Vietnam vet who made the trip. "I ran into a bunch of hippies. They cussed and spit on me in my uniform. This makes up for that," he said as he fought back tears.
The group certainly had their share of excitement on the trip as their hotel was near the shooting incident where four people were shot on June 14, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. They were unable to tour the White House because of a security lockdown, but according to Mr. Jones' wife, Delores, they were still able to meet Senator Rand Paul, who actually was on location of the shooting, while also meeting up with Congressman Brett Guthrie, and Senator Mitch McConnell.
Nearly 30 vets and their families were on the tour and they thanked everyone multiple times for their affection.
"They needed to be recognized," said Mrs. Gibson. "We just wanted to show them that we love them and we still support them. It was long overdue."
Richie Jones also wanted to thank the public, the emergency workers, and the library for all the support in the parade and reception.
"We really appreciate everyone's help in this," he said. "This was special for all of us."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Middle School future problem solving team got a chance to do something that very few people get to do in their lifetime; competing for a world championship while representing their hometown. They recently joined other great thinkers and problem solvers in La Crosse, Wisconsin to compete at the FPS International Competition on the topic of biosecurity.
ECMS won the district championship on the topic of genetic modification, the regional championship on the topic of 3D-printing, and they finished third in the state on the topic of identity theft. Their success at the state tournament earned them an automatic invitation to Internationals.
This is the furthest that an Edmonson County team has ever advanced. Coach Nick Skaggs shared his thoughts on the team's success.
"Mr. Grey and I are extremely proud of this team," he said. "They are a special group that has worked harder than any group I have ever seen. This was an incredible experience for everyone involved. The kids got to meet several students from all over the world including China, Australia, and Singapore."
The four students that traveled to Wisconsin were Ava Lich, Taylor Dooley, Danyale Atwell, and Meredith Hennion.
"These girls represented themselves, their hometown, and the entire state of Kentucky extremely well," Coach Skaggs added. "We are all very proud of them and what that they have accomplished."
by Amber Lyvers, Feeding America:
Most parents cannot imagine not having enough food available at home to feed their family, but for approximately 1 in 4 children in Edmonson County this is the harsh reality. Fortunately, many who are students have been identified by school administrators, teachers, cafeteria workers, or family resource directors as being at-risk of going hungry on the weekends when the school meals they often rely on are unavailable. That’s where the Edmonson County BackPack Program fills the void.
Through their partnership with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland Food Bank (FAKH) in Elizabethtown, schools in Brownsville and Edmonson County receive funding assistance as well as pre-packed bags of 14-17 food items that are distributed at the end of each week.
Teachers and staff continually see the positive impact this program, and the food it provides, is making in the lives of these children. Students arrive at school on Monday morning better prepared to study and learn instead of being solely focused on their empty stomachs.
As a result of many generous donations, over $13,000 was raised for the BackPack Program last school year. This allowed nearly 4,500 bags to be distributed to more than 100 students.
“The BackPack Program is very important to the children of Edmonson County," said local BackPack Coordinator Michelle McCoy. "Over the past few years, we been able to make sure that 100+ kids, from Head Start to High School, have not gone hungry over the weekends. We live in a wonderful county that always supports a cause, so today, I am asking for everyone to support one child for the upcoming school year. I welcome any questions about this program and how it works."
Last year over 100 Brownsville and Edmonson County students were supported by FAKH’s BackPack Program and the need continues to grow each year. Please consider supporting the program for the 2017-2018 school year if you haven’t already. For just $3.00 per week ($120 per school year), you can Adopt-A-BackPacker in Edmonson County. You can either make your tax-deductible donation online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feedingamericaky or mail your donation to FAKH, P.O. Box 821, Elizabethtown, KY 42702.
For more information about the Edmonson County BackPack program, you can contact Michelle McCoy at 270-781-6200.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines, presiding.
Anthony Tarwater, Alcohol intoxication in a public place-first and second offense. Pleaded guilty. Fines and costs $209.
Barry Lee Wood, No/Expired Registration Plates. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/25/17.
William Darryl Garrison Jr., Failure to wear seat belts. Dismissed per County Attorney. No/Expired Registration Plates. Proof shown, dismissed. No/Expired Kentucky Registration Receipt. Proof shown, dismissed.
Corey J. Burns, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Pleaded Guilty, total fines and costs $293. No/Expired Registration plates. Pleaded not guilty. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Pleaded not guilty. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/11/17.
Blake A. Vanover, Speeding 17 MPH over limit. Pleaded guilty. Total fines and costs $243. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/27/17.
James A Higgs, Speeding 15 MPH over limit. Tendered agreed order. Failure to wear seat belts. Dismissed. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Proof shown, dismissed.
Richard O. Burton, Speeding 21 MPH over limit. County Attorney to tender agreed order. Failure to notify address change to department of transportation. Dismissed.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The Hon. Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
William Eddington, Alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense. Pleaded guilty, fined $25. Possession of open alcohol container in motor vehicle. Pleaded guilty, fined $150, concurrent. Unlawful transaction with a minor second degree, amended to third. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to six months in jail, credit for two days served, 178 remaining days probated for two years. Possession of marijuana. Deferred for two years. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Deferred two years. Total fines and costs $334.
Clifton H. Simmons, Operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol-second offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 8/1/17.
Joshua W. Johnson, Speeding 17mph over limit. Failed to appear, notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A single car crash resulted in the driver and passenger being transported to the hospital today as well as the discovery of an outstanding warrant.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash in the 5000 block of Wingfield Church Road today where the driver, Christopher Neil Morris (25), of Wingfield was driving a 1996 Honda Accord. Law enforcement officials said that Morris told them his steering locked up and he was unable to negotiate a curve. His car then reportedly left the roadway and struck a tree.
Morris and his passenger, Jared Conley, (27), of Wingfield were both transported to the Medical Center via Edmonson EMS for non-life threatening injuries.
Due to four emergency calls all coming in at the same time to dispatch, Morris' personal info was not run until after he was in route to the hospital. It was then that it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant in Warren County.
"In an emergency situation, medical attention always comes first," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "Normally, we're able to gather all of an individual's information at once during an accident. In this case, our local dispatch was in the process of sending emergency personnel to four different locations in the county at one time and we weren't immediately able to get the warrant info at the time of the crash. Luckily, our dispatch center handled all four situations calmly and professionally and we were able to contact law enforcement in Warren County as soon as we found out about the warrant. The driver was taken into custody by the Bowling Green Police Department as soon as he arrived at the hospital."
No further information on the warrant was available. The passenger was reportedly treated and released.
*An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed the passenger as Derek Conley. We apologize for the error.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
A two vehicle accident at the Rocky Hill crossroads today sent each driver to the hospital with injuries.
Emergency workers responded to the scene around 10:30am this morning where according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, a 2005 Chevy 2500 pickup driven by Roman Vidal Martinez, (37), of Magnolia, KY was headed north on 31W, pulling a cattle trailer when a 2013 Ford F150 driven by Kara Simms, (25), Lexington, who was headed west on 259, attempted to cross 31W. Simms apparently did not see Martinez and pulled into his path, according to law enforcement.
The Sheriff's Office said each vehicle attempted to avoid the other but Martinez's trailer exchanged ends with his truck, turning it the opposite direction while striking the Simms, knocking her Ford truck approximately 80 feet up the highway.
Simms truck came to rest in the middle of the road while the Chevy and its trailer landed in a nearby ditch. Debris and personal belongings were scattered along 31W.
Both Martinez and Simms were transported via Edmonson EMS to the Medical Center for serious cuts and bruises. Officials said that while they were both incapacitated from the accident, their injuries were non-life threatening. Both drivers were reportedly wearing their seat belts.
Also responding at the scene were the Brownsville, Chalybeate, and Rocky Hill Fire Departments.
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If you're a Scott Waste customer, your bill will be increasing by 2% as of July 1, 2017 according to their contract that was discussed at today's fiscal court.
Edmonson County has a three-year contract with Scott Waste that renews automatically unless voted on by fiscal court. According to the contract, which has now been in place for at least the past 9 years, the exclusive agreement between Scott Waste and Edmonson County Fiscal Court states that the contract renews automatically every three years unless one or more of the parties involved choose to stop the automatic renewal to discuss, make provisions, or discontinue.
The contract further states that the waste company has the right to increase their rates annually by as much as 2% for a cost of living raise. Rates for residential customers will rise to $62.62 per quarter, or roughly $20.87 per month.
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County offices discussed the latest happenings within their respective organizations at today's fiscal court meeting.
Road Report: County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that various road tiles had been installed throughout county, and that blacktopping crews had been working countywide using magistrate's district funding. He also discussed the large amount of mowing being completed on county right-of-ways. He said all equipment and vehicles were currently running with no issues.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the new intern that had begun working in his office, Miss Heather Cameron from Campbellsville University, who is attending three days per week. Doyle said she was learning all aspects of a sheriff's office and had been very attentive and helpful so far.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported that 18 county inmates were currently being housed in Hart County Jail with four on home incarceration. There were no current medical bills for inmates that were significant.
County Clerk Report: County Clerk Kevin Alexander spoke about the new shelving units, funded through a $35K grant and that they were a much needed improvement in his office. He also said that at the recent Clerk’s Convention he learned that there were big changes coming to renewals on vehicles that county residents will see within the next year. Although he didn't elaborate during today's report, he described them as “a drastic change.”
Parks and Rec Report: Greg Hudson with Parks and Rec said that Little league baseball and softball regular season tournaments should be complete this week, weather cooperating. He also discussed the latest park upgrades which included new tables and chairs at Bee Spring Park and new gravel warning tracks at HWY 70 Park that he said will help with water problems.
In other fiscal court news:
Bids for road material were submitted by Caneyville Crushed Stone, Scotty’s Contracting and Stone, and Bluegrass Materials.
The court voted to allow Parks and Rec to manage the Community Center rental. Community Action has handled up to now, but Judge Cannon said since Parks and Rec already handles park shelters rental, it makes sense to keep all county facilities for rent under one management. He also said that managing the Community Center rentals is not part of Community Action's job and they shouldn't be expected to take the responsibility.
The county also: