Dr. Donna Hedgepath, far left, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Lisa Allen, sixth from left, dean of the School of Education, presented the awards. From left are: Hedgepath; Kendra Cline, South Edmonson Elementary School; and Allen. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams) (not pictured: Allison Bolton & Jennifer Dooley)
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Three Educators from Edmonson County Schools were recently honored at Campbellsville University’s recent Excellence in Teaching Award Ceremony. Kendra Cline, South Edmonson Elementary School; Allison Bolton, Edmonson County Middle School; Jennifer Dooley, Edmonson County High School were recognized.
Cline, of Park City, has taught second grade at South Edmonson Elementary School since 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University in 2017. She graduated from Edmonson County High School in 2013. She is the daughter of Melissa and Kenny Hennion, of Park City, and is the wife of Wesley Cline.
Bolton, of Brownsville, has taught seventh grade Social Studies at Edmonson County Middle School since 2016. She received her Master of Arts in Special Education from Western Kentucky University in 2002 as well as her Bachelor of Science in Education respectively in 1999. She graduated from Warren Central High School in 1994. She is the daughter of Dayle and Phil Kirby, of Smiths Grove, and is the wife of Daniel Bolton.
Dooley, of Smiths Grove, has taught 9th through 12th grade English, Theatre and Arts and Humanities at Edmonson County High School since 2002. She has also taught seventh through ninth grade English and Arts and Humanities at Olmstead Elementary School from 2000 to 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Library Media Education from Western Kentucky University in 2004 as well as her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and in English and Theater from Transylvania University in 1998. She graduated from St. Mary High School in 1994. She is the wife of Jason Dooley, and they have four children: Carson, Gavin, Taylor and Ian.
The 2019 Excellence in Teaching Committee included: Dr. Lisa Allen, dean of the Campbellsville University School of Education; Elizabeth Franklin, Lisa Kirtley, Natasha Nall, Dominic Sanfilippo, and Alice Steele.
Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 12,000 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has Kentucky based off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. Out-of-state centers include two in California at Los Angeles and Lathrop, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is requesting help for a burglary that took place on the night of June 26th or the early morning hours of June 27th.
According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to residence on Old Kyrock road where an outbuilding was burglarized doing that time period. A considerable amount of hand-held power tools, air tools, fishing equipment, and farm equipment were stolen, the Sheriff's Office reported.
"If anyone has any information relating to this theft, saw any suspicious vehicles in the area last night, or might have any security camera footage, please call the sheriffs office at 270-597-2157, or Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729," the office said in a statement.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 24, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Thomas Wayne Hagan, Operating vehicle with expired operators license. Continue 7/9/19.
Ohn Youn Awar, Criminal trespass- second degree. Continue 7/9/19.
Heather D. Dixon, Theft by deception-include cold checks under $500. Continue 7/23/19.
Todd Alan Bilyeu, Motorboats to be registered and numbered. Continue 7/9/19.
Thurman Leon Collins, Public intoxication controlled substance. Disorderly conduct, first degree. Continue 7/9/19.
Fabian Romero, Reckless Driving. License to be possession. Continue 7/9/19.
Tiffany Hufford, Rear license not illuminated. No operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Joshua M. Vincent, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Dustin E. Calvert, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Aaron Lee Miller, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Improper registration plate. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Deanna Miller, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Deanna Maria Miller, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Janie Buford, Assault forth degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Michael William Glenn, Endangering the welfare of a minor. Guilty. Sentencing 7/9/19.
Mandolynne L. Glenn, Endangering the welfare of a minor. Guilty. Sentencing 7/9/19.
James A. Lindsey, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle. Failure to produce insurance card. Improper registration plate. Operating motor vehicle under/influence of alcohol/drugs. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Westley Moyer, Operating on suspended/ revoked operators license. Judgement orders signed.
Adam Eugene Ruth, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Silas D. Kinser, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Michael Anthony Vance, Assault fourth degree. Domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference. 7/23/19.
William E. Suttle, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance first. Dismissed.
Angela Renee Rich, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia buy-possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. $4000 Bond. Pretrial hearing 7/9/19.
Michael E. Breed, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Tampering with physical evidence. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to wear seat belts. Careless driving. Pleaded not guilty to all. $4000 bond. Pretrial hearing 7/9/19.
Douglas B. Sanders, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense (methamphetamine). Pleaded not guilty to all. $2000 bond. Pretrial hearing 7/9/19.
Silas D. Kinser, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Guilty.
Maria Woosley, Resident fishing without a license/permit. Dismissed.
Terry Lee Woosley Resident fishing without a license/permit. Dismissed.
Tommy Lee Bratcher, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Dismissed
for Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Canon declared July 6, 2019 as Ray Sebourn Day during the Monday June 24, 2019 Fiscal Court meeting.
Ray is U.S Army Veteran and served Edmonson County as a State Trooper for 21 years. Mr. Sebourn also served on the Edmonson County Rescue Squad for 23 years and was instrumental in acquiring the first Jaws of Life for Edmonson County.
Darren Doyle, story:
A man and woman are facing felony drug charges after meth was found in their vehicle during a traffic stop at Nolin Lake, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, during lake patrol on Sunday evening, deputies spotted a vehicle leaving a marina area with the occupants not wearing seat belts and the driver crossing the center line. After a traffic stop, deputies reported that they detected the odor of marijuana and that both the driver, Michael Breed, 38 of Louisville, and passenger, Angela Rich, 44 of Muldraugh, admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.
During the probable cause search, deputies reported that they found marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, and other drug paraphernalia.
Rich was arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess, and Possession of Meth-- 1st offense.
Breed was arrested and charged with Possession of marijuana, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess, Possession of Meth-- 1st offense, Failure to wear seatbelt, and Careless driving.
Breed was also charged with Tampering with physical evidence, after it was discovered he threw another bag of suspected drugs under the car during the traffic stop, according to deputies.
Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, in addition to the Grayson and Hart County Sheriff's Offices, are contracted by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the summer months to do extra patrols at Corps of Engineers docks and campgrounds to ensure safety and compliance with campground regulations. Deputies are required to make multiple patrols at Moutardier, Vanmeter boat ramp, and the Nolin Dam spillway area.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Louisville man has died has a result of injuries sustained on Thursday, June 20th in a multi-vehicle crash on I-65 involving a Greyhound bus full of passengers.
According to Kentucky State Police, Troopers received a call for service in reference to a three vehicle injury collision that had occurred southbound on Interstate 65 near the 67 mile marker just past 3am this morning.
According to KSP, the preliminary investigation revealed that Charles Cartwright (37) of Louisville, KY was operating a 2008 Toyota SUV northbound in a southbound travel lane of Interstate 65 near the 67 mile marker. Cartwright’s vehicle struck both a 2016 Freightliner commercial vehicle being operated by Jamie Crescencio (34) of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and a 2014 MCI Greyhound bus being operated by Michael Whitefield (38) of Escondido, CA in a “head-on” manner.
Charles Cartwright succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Hart County Coroner’s Office. Michael Whitefield was transported via EMS to TJ Sampson Hospital where he is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries, KSP said. A total of six passengers aboard the bus were transported by EMS to local hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries. Twenty nine additional passengers did not report injury and refused medical treatment while on scene. KSP also reported that Crescencio and a passenger in the semi truck did not report injury.
The interstate was completely shut down until about 2:30pm today. Traffic was detoured at exit 71 at Bonnieville to 31-W to exit 65.
The investigation continues and is being led by Trooper Daniel Priddy. Trooper Priddy was assisted on scene by the Hart County Sheriff’s Department, Hart County EMS, Hardin County EMS, Barren County EMS, Medical Center EMS, Bonnieville Fire Department, Munfordville Fire Department, and the Hart County Coroner.
Woman Arrested On Child Abandonment Charges
Darren Doyle, story:
A local woman is facing multiple felony charges after law enforcement discovered three toddlers left home alone late Monday night.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, local dispatch received a complaint call around 11:30pm on Monday from a relative who said they suspected that a mother had left her toddler children at home alone.
The Sheriff's Office said that a deputy responded to 4431 Chalybeate School Road and discovered the front door to be unlatched as the deputy went to knock. Once inside, the deputy reported that he found three children under the age of 4, two of which that were twins asleep in cribs.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, local social services and family members were notified immediately and as law enforcement was seeing to the children, the mother then returned home. Officials said that Kala Ware, (25) of Wingfield, first said she had left the children in the care of a friend, and that the friend must have left the kids alone, but then later admitted that she had traveled to Bowling Green while leaving the children unattended.
Ware was arrested and charged with three counts of Abandonment of a Minor, a Class D Felony. If convicted, she could face up to 15 years in prison for all counts.
The Sheriff's Office said the three children were placed in care of a family member while social services complete their investigation and that the children were unharmed.
She was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.
ECMS Academic Team Wins Back-to-Back National Championships
Nick Skaggs, ECMS Asst. Coach, story: submitted photos:
The Edmonson County Middle School Academic Team has been named the 2019 National Champions after final scoring has been completed for the tournament system.
"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 defeated Ramsey Junior High School from Fort Smith, Arkansas in the New Orleans championship game on Monday, May 27, 2019. The team was never challenged during the competition, finishing with a perfect record of 9 wins and zero losses at the national tournament. Edmonson outscored opponents by an average of 484 to 144.
While ECMS dominated their field, they had to wait for the completion of the other tournaments in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Orlando. The national runners-up was the winner of the Chicago tournament, Chaffin Junior High School out of Arkansas. Edmonson and Chaffin were the only teams to go undefeated at their national tournaments, but Edmonson County averaged nearly 100 points more per game, which was the deciding factor in the Wildcats the national champions for the second consecutive season.
Chip Beall, the executive director of the National Academic Championship, went on to declare the 2019 Edmonson County Middle School the “all-time greatest team in the 12 year history of the Junior National Academic Championship.”
He also said that Brody Johnson, the New Orleans M.V.P., and Jonas Miller (last year’s M.V.P) were “best one-two punch in the history of the Junior National Academic Championship.”
Over the past 37 years, the National Academic Championships have been declaring high school national champions. They added the Junior National Academic Championships 12 years ago. During that time, they have named a select few to their Hall of Fame. These historical players include Jeopardy! legend Brad Rutter. At the conclusion of the New Orleans tournament, Mr. Beall named both Brody Johnson ad Jonas Miller into the National Academic Championship Hall of Fame.
The team finished with a record of 91 wins and only one loss on the 2019 season. ECMS won the 2019 KAAC Governor’s Cup Quick Recall State Championship, the 2019 NAQT State Championship, and the 2019 Junior National Academic Championship. The team is coached by Greg Grey and his assistants; Robin Grey, Alan Florence, and Nick Skaggs. The national championship players are Brody Johnson, Jonas Miller, Alex Woosley, Glenna Crisp, Evy Bolton, Emma Sackett, Brycen Daniels, Lyla Wood, Ashton Johnson, Ace Daughtery, Ian Dooley, and Taylor Dooley.
This was the final academic tournament for K.A.A.C Hall of Fame head coach, Greg Grey. This was the perfect ending to an extraordinary career that has touched the lives of so many.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on three different thefts that have occured on the property of Moutardier Marina since May 23, 2019.
According to a statement from the Sheriff's Office, officials are investigating thefts involving a Springdale pull-behind camper, as well as Keystone pull-behind camper. The Springdale Camper was recently recovered abandoned in Hardin County, while the Keystone was recovered, also abandoned at Leitchfield Wal-Mart.
Both campers were stolen from the storage buildings on the property, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In an additional incident, the Sheriff's Office is also investigation a theft where multiple hand tools and trolling motor parts were stolen out of a truck and boat parked in the lot at the marina, all valued at over $1000.
As of now, no arrests have been made in any of these cases.
"If you have any information in these incidents or see anyone suspicious in this area, please call the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729," said the office in a statement.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The following Edmonson County Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College students have been named to the Dean's List and President’s List during the Spring 2019 semester.
Charles Andrew Brooks
Stephen Matthew Bullock
Anthony Tyler Cherry
Madysen Shea Massey*
Ashley Nicole Mcfelia*
To be named to the Dean's List, a student must have been a full-time student and attained a grade average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. To be named to the President’s List, a student must have been a full-time student and attained a 4.0 grade average.
President’s List students are designated by an * after their name.
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has released additional information regarding an accidental shooting that claimed the life of a local teenager on June 11th in response to local television outlets seeking more than what was first released.
In a written statement, the Sheriff's Office stated that the accidental shooting took place in the Rocky Hill community.
"The fifteen year old boy, who's name is being withheld, died Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center and has undergone an autopsy by the Tennessee State Medical Examiner," the statement said. "Our investigation is ongoing, but at this time it appears as though it is simply a tragic accident. The young man was with two other juveniles when the accident occurred. All of those involved are juveniles, so all names and personal information is being withheld."
The Sheriff's Office also stated that no on-camera interviews will be conducted, due to the intimate nature of Edmonson County's intimate community.
"Many families have been deeply touched by this horrible accident, and the ECSO is trying diligently to respect the privacy of the families, while also providing the information we can to our trusted media partners," the statement continued. "Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Edmonson County Attorney for review to determine if probable cause for a crime is present, and his office will make the final determination if charges are appropriate."
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Joy Renee Johnson, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. License plate not legible. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Joy Johnson, Improper registration plate. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Continue 7/9/19.
Breanna Houchin, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 6/25/19.
Rocky Matthew Rogers, Assault fourth degree domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Christopher W. Frogge, Harassing communications. Guilty. Judgment order signed.
Brittany Decker, No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear..
Jessie Lee Taylor, Operate motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security first. No/expired registration plates. . No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Eric L. Murphy, No operator’s/moped license. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Dismissed.
Travis Damjen Lamar, Speeding 24 mph over limit. Dismissed.
Misty Manon Cox, Speeding 25 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/19/19.
Desaray Ann Ford, Speeding 17 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Glenda Lou Barger, Speeding 18 mph over limit. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Carla Jo Goff, Failure to produce insurance card. Dismissed
Three Week Start Time Delay Not Expected To Affect Completion Date Of November 15th
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park’s planned closure of the Green River Ferry Crossing and Green River Ferry Road for a vehicle ramp extension project has been delayed until Monday, July 8 due to changes in the contractor’s construction timeline. The three week delay in the start date will not change the construction schedule’s end date, though, which remains Friday, November 15.
“We have been working closely with our contractor who felt they would not reasonably be able to begin the construction project on the June 17 start date that was originally determined in contract negotiations,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to get the project underway as planned, we know that the slight delay will allow the Green River Ferry Crossing and parking area to be open and accessible during the busy July 4 holiday weekend. This should ease some parking congestion for canoers and kayakers who are planning to access the river and will make it more convenient for visitors who are traveling to the north side of the park for the hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails found there.”
The Green River Ferry 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 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 Crossing 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.
Hodges Named Principal of Grayson County High School Alternative Education Center
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County High School Principal Tommy Hodges has accepted a job at Grayson County Schools as of Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Hodges has been the principal at ECHS for the past five years. Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Patrick Waddell said he was informed by Hodges yesterday that he had been offered and had accepted another position in a different school district, which the Edmonson Voice later learned was Grayson County.
The Grayson County school district said in a statement provided to the Edmonson Voice, "Tommy Hodges has been hired as Principal of the GCHS Alternative Education Center, effective with the 2019-20 school year."
Grayson County Schools Public Information Officer Caryn Lewis also added, "In that role, he will work closely, often one-on-one, with students in a non-traditional, flexible environment that provides the individualized educational, career and personal supports to help them succeed."
"Mr. Tommy Hodges has done a great job as principal at ECHS," said Supt. Waddell. "The school has steadily risen academically during his time as principal and he has had, and has developed positive relationships with our students."
Mr. Hodges spoke to the Edmonson Voice about the difficult decision he made by stepping down as ECHS principal, which he said was led by God and Hodges' family.
"I truly believe that God is with me on this decision," he said. "I thank Him daily on the blessings He has given to me. Also, for the last 12 years I've worked 220 - 240 days per year. It's time for me to be a Husband and Father again. Cindy has supported me for 12 long years as an administrator. There are a lot of afternoons she is left at home while I've attended sporting events and having to stop what I'm doing to answer emails and phone calls. She has carried me through some tough times and has always backed me in my decisions to move schools. Now it's my turn to pay her back by being home more. Being able to spend more time with her. I'll be able to spend more time with my family. I will also have the opportunity to move back to Hart County and be closer to my family."
The Hart County native has resided in Smiths Grove for the past 6 1/2 years.
Supt. Waddell said the high school site based decision making council, or SBDM will undergo training on the hiring of a new principal.
"The council will seek input through surveys from staff, parents and community members." he said. "Until the council is trained, I am unsure when or how this will occur. We currently have this training set to occur on June 27, 2019. It is difficult to establish a timeline when all of this will occur until the SBDM council is trained, but it would be my goal to have the next principal in place before school starts. I believe that Edmonson County has many positive attributes that will attract strong candidates to apply for this position."
Hodges has had an impressive career through his years in education. He served in the role of Title I - January 2000 - May 2000 at Grayson County Middle School, then later served as a science teacher- August 2000 - May 2007, served as Assistant Principal of Grayson County High School July 2007 - June 2010, then as Assistant Principal Warren East High School July 2010 - June 2014, and finally Principal at Edmonson County High School- July 2014 - July 2019.
Grayson County Superintendent Doug Robinson shared some of his thoughts on the hiring of Hodges.
"We are elated to have someone of Mr. Hodges’ caliber and background to lead the AEC forward," he said. “I’m confident he will make a strong impact on the Center and the success of its students.”
Waddell added that Hodges' decision to leave ECHS was a difficult one but he understood the reasons behind it.
"I am saddened to see him leave, but he has given Edmonson County five strong years. I also understand his desire to move into another position that doesn't have the time requirements that being a high school principal carries," he said.
While the dark-bearded, 6'4" principal could be intimidating at times, a large majority of students connected with him on many levels. He often laughed and joked with students and was regularly seen giving high-fives to student athletes on the courts and fields at school events. Hodges also shared his thoughts on why Edmonson County will always be a special place.
"This place has such a laid back, hometown feeling. It's really a little paradise. I'm going to miss a lot of people that I have worked with for the last five years. During this time, the high school has made great strides with accountability, but that's 100% due to the students and staff hard work in the building. I know the site based council will hire the right person for this position, which will be a person that will be able to take the high school higher than I ever could have. The future is bright for ECHS."
Hodges resignation at ECHS will be effective June 28, 2019.
Sheriff's Office Says No Charges Have Been Filed In Tragic Accident
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported what they are calling an accidental shooting that has claimed the life of a 15-year old boy.
According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, a deputy and Edmonson EMS responded to the 911 call around 1:35am this morning that involved the injured teen.
The teen was transported to the Medical Center and then later to Vanderbilt where he was pronounced dead at 7:40am, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office said the incident appears to be completely accidental during this point in the investigation and that no charges have been filed.
"We are doing our best to conduct a proper investigation while also respecting the privacy of all involved," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The families, as well as the emergency workers dispatched are all dealing with a terrible situation, and I beg everyone to pray for those suffering through this tragedy."
The incident is still under investigation by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and all names are being withheld at this time.
**Update 6/10/19, 4:02pm: this article was edited to show the age of the victim was 15, not 14 as originally reported. The Sheriff’s Office contacted us and apologized for the incorrect information they gave.
Fiscal Court Report: Driver's Licenses Could Move To County Clerk's Office, Park Mammoth Owners' Bankruptcy Discussed
County Office Reports, MCNP Superintendent Speaks, More:
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Fiscal Court was held on Monday, June 10, 2019 in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse, where the focus of discussion was the voted increase for Edmonson County fire dues.
County Attorney Greg Vincent informed the court that the Fortress Group, DBA Park Mammoth Resort, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a reorganization of debt. Vincent told the court that during the chapter 11 reorganization process, all debts and interests are frozen so that bankruptcy court can evaluate the filing business' plan to pay off current debts.
Vincent said that once the county files their claim with bankruptcy court, the county is almost guaranteed to be paid the money owed. He said generally, all taxes due come before other debts. In March, the county won a judgement against Park Mammoth for $66,000 owed in overdue Room and Recreation taxes. Room tax is revenue for county tourism and the rec tax goes to Parks and Rec.
The Park Mammoth property was recently advertised for sale at auction but is no longer being advertised due to the bankruptcy filing.
The Edmonson Voice obtained a released statement from The Fortress Group, Inc., that outlined their current plan.
The statement said the group voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 21, 2019. The statement also said: "The Company intends to use the proceedings to restructure and strengthen its balance sheet and achieve a more sustainable debt profile, while continuing to provide shooting sports, golf and hotel accommodations to its customers frequenting the resort from all over the world well into the future."
The statement concluded with: "Improving The Fortress Group, Inc. balance sheet will help position the company for long-term success and enable it to be a better business partner to the community, its vendor, and its customers. The Fortress Group, Inc. is confident that it can emerge as a stronger, more competitive company with the financial flexibility to invest in innovation and growth to expand its market-leading positions and create solutions and services that will meet our customer needs today and well into the future."
The entire released statement can be read in full by clicking here.
Driver's License services could be moved:
County Clerk Kevin Alexander informed the fiscal court that renewing or obtaining driver's licenses could possibly be moved from the circuit court's office to the county clerk's.
Alexander said that judges would prefer that be the case, since driver's license services are non-court related.
"I don't know when this might be, but if that happens, we're not looking forward to it," he said. He added that it would require more space, resources, and labor for his already busy office to accommodate driver's license services and that he's already inquired about available office space in the Community Center that was formerly occupied by the Head Start Program, which recently moved.
Alexander said a decision would be made at the state level anywhere from six months from now to a few years.
County offices gave the following reports:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll said crews had recently completed paving Crump Road and have moved to Oak Hill Road to replace tiles before blacktopping there, in addition to several other roads in District 2. He also reported that his department had purchased a new washer/dryer among other items that Aramark had formerly supplied. Carroll said the department has spent $5200 on the new laundry and uniform configuration, which is a drastic change from their current $17,000 in uniform budget. County Attorney Greg Vincent reported that he had officially submitted the county's request to cancel the current Aramark contract, due to over billing of services used and improper billing of services not used by the county.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said the last two weeks have been extremely busy due to the increased summer activity. He discussed a recent stolen gun arrest and the medal presentation to 7-year old Logan Powell, first reported by the Edmonson Voice, which also made headlines in all other major news outlets in the area.
He also announced that Deputy Stoney Phillips will be leaving the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office to accept a position at Warren County Sheriff's Office. Doyle said he has been very fortunate to keep most of his staff during his time as Sheriff, despite most every other surrounding county being able to offer better pay and benefits. He said that Phillips got a significant pay increase plus hazardous duty retirement. He said until Edmonson County can better compete with surrounding law enforcement agencies, this could occur more often in the future. He ended his report by crediting his office staff for clean audits, and as a result, the office qualifies for what is called an "agreed upon procedure," which is a much simpler and easier audit process with the state.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 20 county inmates housed at Hart County Jail with two on home incarceration.
Mammoth Cave Superintendent Barclay Trimble spoke to the court regarding park updates. He said the park had experienced 57k kids in various programs and camps so far this year. He also said local river use continues to increase since the Lock and Dam 6 removal, and that new rock had been placed at Houchens Ferry boat ramp. He also discussed how Nolin River is now accessible to paddle crafts, but that some problems remain for motor boats. He added that Green River Ferry is shutting down on Monday and will remain closed for approximately 5 months. An entire new ferry will be installed, which will be able to carry more weight (12 tons) and will feature better ramp extensions to help in low water conditions.
Material road bids: Park City Stone, Martin Marietta (formerly Rinker), and Scotty’s Contracting and Stone submitted sealed bids for stone and asphalt mix. Judge Cannon recommended all bids on stone be accepted, according to the location of current ongoing work. A motion was made and passed, and the asphalt bid from Scotty’s was the only one submitted, so another motion was made to accept that bid, which passed.
The court also:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday June 24, 2019 at 9am.
Darren Doyle, story:
For the first time in nearly three decades, fire dues are increasing for Edmonson County residents. The 20% increase from the $25 fee that has remained the same for nearly 25 years, according to local departments, passed in a unanimous vote at today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting. Fire dues will increase $5 to $30 per property tax bill when the 2019 bills go out this November.
The discussion first arose during the May 28, 2019 fiscal court meeting when several local fire chiefs attended court in support of the increase. Some of the chiefs shared their respective department's specific needs and why the increase in dues was necessary.
At the previous fiscal court meeting, Judge Wil Cannon told the court that County Attorney Greg Vincent (who was unable to attend the May 28th meeting due to district court scheduling conflicts) 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; however, County Attorney Vincent told the Edmonson Voice today that Judge Cannon misunderstood. Vincent said he only advised the fiscal court to request the information from the fire departments, but since that the county attorney had no vote in the matter, he had no reason to request it.
During the last meeting, Treasurer Tammi Willhite said not all departments had submitted the requested information so no vote was held; however, she presented the following documentation to magistrates and Judge Cannon, which were copies of each department's current financials and plans for the additional revenue the dues increase would bring.
One resident asked Judge Cannon why the increase was needed if the expenses shown on the documentation were lower than the revenue received from each department. Cannon explained so each department could make much needed upgrades to their trucks, equipment, and other gear.
During the vote, Magistrate Corey Vanmeter said "I had a three old that was choking one time. When you need the fire department to come, whether it's $30 or $30,000, you'll pay it," as he voted 'yes.' All magistrates voted the same.
“I know a lot of people may be upset but they need the funding," said Judge Executive Wil Cannon. "Fiscal court says ‘thank you’ and they work really work hard at this. We hope that the additional income is spent wisely and it brings you the help you need,” he said to the fire department representatives that were in attendance.
Darren Doyle, story:
The newest Provost of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) has strong Edmonson County ties. President Dr. Phil Neal recently announced the appointment of Dr. James B. McCaslin as the college’s next Provost, and will succeed Dr. Maggie Schmidt Shelton, who is leaving the position effective June 30th.
“Dr. McCaslin is a proven leader with extensive knowledge and experience in post-secondary education,” said SKYCTC President Dr. Phil Neal. “I look forward to seeing how he further improves student success through his role as Provost at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College.”
"It has been my honor to work with the faculty and staff of SKYCTC for the past eight years as we have provided accessible and affordable education and training to all of the communities in the ten counties served by SKYCTC. I am humbled by the faith and confidence that Dr. Neal, the faculty, and the staff of SKYCTC have placed in me, and will continue to dedicate myself to our tradition of academic excellence,” said McCaslin.
“I am especially proud to be able to work at a college that serves my friends and family in Edmonson County,” he added.
McCaslin was instrumental in the implementation of the SKYCTC Dual Credit offerings at Edmonson County High School and at SKYCTC’s Transpark Center, where ECHS students get an early start on their college studies.
McCaslin’s wife, Dr. Sara Beth (Basham) McCaslin, a faculty member of WKU, was raised in Chalybeate. They are both members of Chalybeate United Baptist Church.
With 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, McCaslin currently serves as the SKYCTC Vice President of Outreach and Community Development, providing senior leadership to the college’s Franklin-Simpson Center, Workforce Solutions, Dual Credit, SKY FAME, and Skills U (Adult Education) programming. Before joining SKYCTC, McCaslin was the Assistant Director of Western Kentucky University’s campus in Glasgow.
Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) honored over 800 candidates receiving 1,354 credentials (certificates, diplomas, and degrees) at the College’s Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 10, 2019. The ceremonies were held at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC).
"We honor each of our graduates for the hard work they put forth to achieve their career goals. We also pay tribute to the family and friends for their great support of the graduates, as well as to the SKYCTC faculty and staff for their commitment to student success," states SKYCTC President Dr. Phillip Neal.
The following Edmonson County students are 2019 SKYCTC graduates:
Bailey Board*, Alyssa Breann Brooks, Stephen Bullock**, Bailey Hunter Burba**, Lauren Elizabeth Carey, Richie Austin Carter, Jennifer Marie Daugherty*, Madeline Brooke Davis, Kimberly Duvall**, Ariel Hodge, Kelsey Nicole Janes. Tiffany Morgan Key, Cassandra Larson, Michael David Leath, Hannah Lindsey, Avery Nadine Lindsey, Danielle Marie Lindsey, Madysen Shea Massey**, Ashley McFelia**, Rebecca Lynn Oller*. Jaimee Brookee Payton, Austin Shane Pierce, Haley N. Skaggs, Peyton Christopher Talley*, Benjamin Steven Thomas, Brenna Wilson, McKenna Marie Wood**, Lacey Elizabeth Young
* with distinction
** with high distinction
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Another scam is making it's way around Edmonson County that the local Sheriff's Office is calling a Civil Summons Scam.
In a press release from the Sheriff's Office, officials say they've received several calls over the last two days from residents in the county who say they've received phone calls from an unknown individual asking them to verify the last four digits of their social security number and their birth date. The individual then informs the resident that they have their address and will be at that location to serve a Civil Summons on behalf of local officials and Edmonson County Court.
"While Plaintiffs can hire an individual to serve civil papers; it is not common practice that information pertaining to social security numbers and birth dates would be verified over the phone," said the press release.
According to the Sheriff, a Civil Summons is filed with the Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office and then the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office is entrusted with serving that summons-- if the address listed on the summons is in Edmonson County.
"It is the department’s typical process to mail a letter to the defendant, making them aware that legal action has been filed against them in the form of a civil summons and we then ask that they contact the department to arrange for a time to be served, either here at the office or at their residence," said the release.
Officials added that the letter will be signed by the Sheriff's Office Records & Warrant Clerk, Melissa Newkirk.
"In the event the Sheriff’s Department does attempt to serve a Civil Summons at a residence, our Sheriff, as well as our Deputies, will be wearing department issued attire that clearly distinguishes them as an officer with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office."
Sheriff Shane Doyle had this official statement: "With so many phone scams circulating, it is never a good idea to answer any questions over the phone if they pertain to verifying such personal information as your social security number, birth date, or even address. Even if the questions are asked in a yes or no format, we don’t recommend answering, because there is such a risk of the call being a scam."
Phone scams can be reported to the Attorney General’s Office at 502-696-5300.
The following Western Kentucky University students were named to the honors lists for the spring 2019 semester. Full-time undergraduate students with a semester grade-point average of 3.4 to 3.79 are named to the Dean’s List. Students with a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 are named to the President’s List. Their names are marked with an asterisk (*).
Each name is listed by the zip code of the student's respective address.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Local 7-year old hero Logan Powell was honored this evening at the Edmonson County Courthouse as Sheriff Shane Doyle held a special ceremony on his behalf. The Sheriff said he read about Logan's heroic deeds last week on the Edmonson Voice and felt like Logan needed to be recognized by his office.
Logan was recently with his grandfather, Leroy Childress in a field off of Old Kyrock Road when Mr. Childress had a medical emergency, fell, and couldn't get up. Quick thinking and the precise following of instructions allowed Logan to get his grandfather's cell phone, find cell signal, and call for help.
"When I'm trying to find a deputy, that's the kind of person I'm looking for," said Sheriff Doyle. "Who knows, son," he said to Logan. "Maybe one day, if you want to be a police officer, maybe we'll have a spot for you here on our department."
The Sheriff then asked Logan to come forward as he then presented him with a framed certificate and a medal that was engraved "SUPERHERO" on one side and on the other, "Logan Powell, Lifesaving Award Presented By Edmonson County Sheriff."
Sheriff Doyle then asked Logan to describe what happened on that day.
"He fell down in the cornfield and couldn't get up," said the bright-eyed boy. "I finally found him 'cause I was walking around the cornfield... He told me to 'come here, bend down on your knee and try to help me up' but he didn't try and he said 'I don't want to try because I'm afraid I'll hurt you.' He got up but he was shaking and he fell back down."
Logan said his grandfather told him to get his phone but it had no signal. That's when Logan's parents said he moved around to get enough signal to call Logan's grandmother, Leivia Childress.
Mrs. Childress said the signal was still bad, but she was getting a word here and there, which was enough to find them in the field.
"He'll always be our hero," said Mrs. Childress, and the Sheriff agreed.
Logan was all smiles as he sat with his family, sporting the new medal around his neck.
"I'm everybody's hero, even though I drive people crazy," Logan said as everyone shared a laugh.
Butler County Detective Named KSP Detective of the Year
Darren Doyle, story: KSP, photo:
Gov. Matt Bevin joined Justice Secretary John Tilley and Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders in recognizing 58 KSP troopers and officers for acts of bravery, life-saving, professionalism and dedication to duty at a ceremony held in Lexington on May 30th, where local Trooper Daniel Priddy was honored with "Trooper of the Year."
Senior Trooper Priddy earned the distinction as being named the statewide “Trooper of the Year” throughout all 16 KSP post districts, for his contributions and dedication to the agency.
Also honored in the ceremony was Detective Josh Amos who was named “Detective of the Year” for Kentucky State Police, Post 3 Bowling Green.
Kentucky State Police Major John Clark and Post 3 Captain Tim Adams say they are proud of the commitment and efforts of these two, and they are certainly worthy of their titles. When referring to Trooper Priddy’s statewide distinction, Major Clark was quoted as saying, “Trooper Priddy is a shining example of devoted service. Tracing all the way back to the beginning, with his efforts as a dispatcher, stemming throughout his career, to where he is now with being an accident reconstructionist. I don’t recall a trooper at Post 3 ever being named as statewide Trooper of the Year. It is quite an accomplishment.”
Trooper Priddy, an Edmonson County native, is a 15 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment for 5 years. He is a graduate of Edmonson County High School and attended Western Kentucky University. Trooper Priddy served as a Kentucky State Police Telecommunicator from 2004-2014 until entering the KSP academy. He is the son of Rondal and Theresa Priddy of Brownsville, KY.
"I’m honored to even be nominated for the award," said Trooper Priddy to the Edmonson Voice. "I definitely didn’t expect it but you don’t get into law enforcement for awards. You do this job because you want to help people and make a difference. That’s the greatest reward I could ask for. So to be recognized for my efforts in trying to be a help to my community is a tremendous honor."
Detective Amos, a Butler County native, is a 7 year veteran with the Kentucky State Police and has served in his current assignment as Detective for 3 years. Detective Amos is a graduate of Butler County High School. Detective Amos has served roles in Law Enforcement with other local agencies, and has been assigned to Post 3 as a road Trooper from July 2012 to May 2016 prior to his assignment as Detective.
Trooper Priddy discussed what it was like being able to work in his hometown and around Edmonson County.
"Edmonson County is a great place to live," he said. "It’s one of the reasons I became a Trooper. I can remember as a kid seeing the Troopers that I knew in the area teaching DARE, being around the schools, or driving up the road in their cruisers and it made me want to go into this line of work. I knew who these people were, what they stood for, and it made an impression. I’m just happy to be able to work locally and and do what I can for my community and surrounding areas."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two females have been arrested in connection with a stolen firearm, one being a teenage juvenile, after an incident at Nolin Lake over the weekend, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Brownsville Police, and District 5 Constable responded to multiple 911 calls from the Nolin Lake State Park of a large fight on Sunday evening, June 2nd. Law enforcement responded and located a a blue Nissan Altima that matched the description given by witnesses who reported that the car fled the scene with several girls inside who were involved in a large altercation.
According to the Sheriff's Office, witnesses reported that one of the females involved had a handgun. Authorities said the District 5 Constable located the car and held all subjects involved at gunpoint until more units could arrive. The Sheriff's Office and Brownsville Police detained all occupants of the vehicle upon arrival while a search was made of the vehicle and surrounding area.
Law enforcement located a handgun in a grassy area near the vehicle matching the description of the gun that witnesses saw. A serial number check of the gun revealed that the weapon had been reported stolen out of Louisville.
The driver of the vehicle, Savannah L. Van Meter, was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant, and a juvenile female was also arrested for Receiving Stolen Property (handgun) and Possession of Marijuana. Van Meter was lodged in the Hart County Jail, while the juvenile was lodged in the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Kentucky Senate Bill 150, also known as "The Constitutional Carry Law," is set to go into effect on July 1, 2019. The bill passed through both the senate and house earlier this year and was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin in March. The bill allows those who can legally own a firearm to carry a concealed firearm without a permit anywhere not already prohibited by law. Carrying firearms is prohibited in courthouses, airports, and other government buildings.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that even though the law will not require a permit to conceal carry, he is still advocating for those who have a KY CCDW permit to keep them, and those who do not to get one if they plan to carry.
"I've always believed in our second amendment rights and that hasn't changed, but I also believe in the safe handling of firearms along with the proper education on how to use, carry, and when deadly force is appropriate under Kentucky law," he said.
Doyle said another key advantage to keeping or receiving a CCDW permit is that other states will recognize KY's permits if you travel across state lines. Not having a permit could get you in big trouble if you choose to conceal carry in another state without a permit.
Currently, a valid Kentucky permit is recognized in 37 other states. Click here for the complete list.
"Let's say you don't have a permit and you're a law-abiding citizen that's never been in any sort of trouble but you get stopped for whatever reason in Tennessee with a concealed weapon. You could be facing a $500 fine and 30 days in jail," he said. "With your valid KY permit, you could save yourself a lot of trouble."
Sheriff Doyle also said taking a CCDW class teaches you about KY's deadly force laws and specific examples of what could happen in a potential deadly force situation. Also taught is proper carrying techniques, general firearm safety, and proper handling and cleaning. You must also use your firearm during the class and your permit also serves as another form of photo I.D.. It can also speed up the process when purchasing a new firearm.
Kentucky is also one of 45 states in the U.S. that allows open carry of a firearm for legal owners.
Sheriff Doyle said anyone looking for more information on CCDW permits can contact the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or contact a local firearms dealer.