Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two Hart County men have been arrested and are facing multiple felony drug charges after a traffic stop conducted by the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, according to a press release from the sheriff.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies were patrolling on Cub Rub Road on Saturday, September 28th around 9PM when they initiated a traffic stop on a 1993 GM pickup truck which was located in the westbound lane, facing eastbound with two individuals inside.
The driver was identified as Timothy W. Taylor (38) of Munfordville, KY, and was found to have an active indictment warrant from Grayson County for trafficking and possession, according to the press release.
The Sheriff's Office reported that while performing a Search Incident to Arrest for the active warrant, a bag of suspected methamphetamine was located on Taylor’s person, along with suspected drug paraphernalia that contained suspected methamphetamine residue.
According to the press release, a probable cause search of Taylor’s vehicle was then performed, which yielded a metal container with 18 suspected codeine pills, along with several different forms of drug paraphernalia, some which contained suspected methamphetamine residue.
A passenger in Taylor’s vehicle, David Randall Kerr, Jr. (51) of Horse Cave, KY was also found to have a small bag of suspected methamphetamine on his person, according to the sheriff's office.
Both Kerr and Taylor were charged with:
Taylor was charged with:
Kerr was charged with:
Both were lodged in Simpson County Jail.
Macie McCombs, Rachel Hennion, Lily Jayne Vincent Named Princesses In Homecoming Court
Madison Doyle, photos:
Miss Alex-Shae Horn was crowned the 2019 ECHS Senior Football Homecoming Queen at Wildcat Stadium Friday night by last year's queen, Hannah Meredith. She is the daughter of RB and Sarah Horn of Brownsville. She was escorted by senior Trace Brantley, son of Robbie and Andrea Brantley.
The remainder of the court was as follows:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Board of Directors of Warren RECC named Dewayne McDonald as its 7th President and CEO at its September Board Meeting on September 24th.
Dewayne McDonald began his career at Warren RECC as a WKU Intern in the Dispatch Center in the spring of 1991. He went on to serve in several capacities including Dispatch Supervisor and Manager of Operational Services. McDonald has served as Vice President of Engineering and Operations since 2013 and has served as Interim President and CEO since June.
“We are delighted to name Dewayne McDonald as our next President and CEO. Throughout his career, Dewayne has shown a deep appreciation for the cooperative model and a strong sense of dedication to our members. We look forward to continuing to work with Dewayne. We have every confidence that he will lead the organization with the integrity and honesty he has come to be known for throughout Warren RECC,” said Warren RECC Board Chairman N.E. Reed.
“I am honored and humbled to be named President and CEO of Warren RECC. I have worked at Warren RECC in several different capacities and I can say from experience that it is an organization of the most dedicated individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am proud to lead this organization, and I would like to thank the Board for their confidence. I look forward to working with them for many years to come,” said Dewayne McDonald, President and CEO of Warren RECC.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson Water District has announced a $1, 290,000 project coming to Edmonson County that will bring new water lines and new hydrants.
General Manager Tony Sanders provided a written scope of the project, which includes both Hart and Edmonson County, that will provide water to approximately 25 new customers. In addition, several lines will be interconnected which is expected to provide better service to existing customers in case of emergencies. The project will also include a total of 30 new hydrants, 21 of which will be for Edmonson County that will be divided among each fire district.
"The project is being fully funded by USDA Rural Development," said Sanders.
The USDA RD is an agency with the United States Department of Agriculture which runs programs intended to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.
"Water lines are being installed on three roads, Cedar Hill Church Road, Noah Stevenson Road and Patton Road in Edmonson County," he added.
Sanders said the hydrants will be placed in locations that will be beneficial to both the fire departments and the Water District.
Bids for the project were opened on Tuesday of this week. Sanders said that Cumberland Pipeline is the apparent low bidder of the project, pending engineer review.
Construction is predicted to begin in December of this year or January of 2020; however, Sanders said there are several factors that could affect the project's start time.
Park Officials Seeking Help In Locating Vandals
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park officials are actively investigating an act of vandalism that occurred at Mammoth Cave Baptist Church on Saturday, September 21 after 10 pm. The vandals sprayed painted orange words and drawings on the historic structure’s exterior and interior walls, windows, and benches, according to a press release from MCNP.
“We are truly saddened that such an important structure in the park has been damaged in this way,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “The Mammoth Cave Baptist Church is one of only three historic churches that remain from a time before Mammoth Cave National Park was established. These structures serve as an important connection for the individuals and families who once lived, worked, and worshiped on this land. To see this meaningful building defaced is a crime against the park as well as to our neighboring communities.”
According to the press release, the Mammoth Cave Baptist Church was established in 1827 with the current building being constructed in 1927. The church, along with Joppa Ridge Baptist Church and Good Spring Church, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When Mammoth Cave Baptist Church was first established, it served as a hub of community life for early settlers of the area. Floyd Collins, the famous cave explorer, as well as many contributors to early Mammoth Cave history are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the building.
"Unfortunately, graffiti can seldom be removed from structures without destroying the historic wood which makes a full removal virtually impossible. The park estimates the repairs to the church will cost between $10,000 and $15,000," the park stated.
Individuals caught tagging structures or natural surfaces in the park can face serious consequences including arrest. Those arrested could face fines of up to $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the vandals is encouraged to call the ranger station at 270-758-2115 or park dispatch at 270-597-2729.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Shepherdsville man has been arrested and charged with trafficking and other felony drug charges after law enforcement officials found him at a local Subway restaurant, according to a press release from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Larry Christopher Geralds (42) was located at the local sandwich eatery on Tuesday, September 24th along with his vehicle, officials said. As part of an earlier investigation where he was a suspect in multiple crimes committed in Edmonson County, Geralds had been sought by the sheriff's office, according to the release.
The sheriff's office reported that as officers were outside waiting for Geralds to exit, Geralds somehow made his way behind the building and hid behind an air conditioner unit until the store closed where he had fallen asleep.
The press release stated that law enforcement made contact with Geralds, who then stated he was homeless and the suspected vehicle on site wasn't his; however, officers reported that Gerald’s wallet and driver’s license was found inside the vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia commonly used for smoking methamphetamine in plain view of officers.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit "Tango" arrived on scene and indicated that drugs were in the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. A search of the vehicle produced suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and suspected Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, Naloxone Hydrochloride, and Opana ER (oxymorphone).
In relation to the incident with Geralds at Subway, he was charged with:
The sheriff's office said they also discovered that Geralds had an active Parole Warrant for Absconding Parole Supervision and Use of Controlled Substance—Methamphetamine.
Geralds was arrested on scene and lodged in Hart County Jail. Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Brownville City Police.
This is an ongoing investigation, with further charges pending, according to the sheriff's office.
*the zip code 40165 was listed as Gerald's address on the Hart County Jail inmate listing
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A contractor is expected to have lane closures in two locations on Interstate 65 during the overnight hours tonight. The lane closures will be in both directions with one location being just south of Oakland near mile marker 35 and the second location will be just north of Smiths Grove near mile marker 40. The lane closures are expected to begin at 7 p.m. and taken down by 6 a.m. Motorists need to use caution in this area and expect slow traffic. The lane closures are necessary for corrective work related to the resurfacing project that was recently done.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Christopher Jones, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Failure to or improper signal. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Pretrial conference 10/22/19.
Christina Jenkins, Criminal mischief- third degree. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Wanton endangerment- second degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 11/12/19.
James D. Francis, Disorderly conduct, second degree. Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Jasmine Elbita Jones, Speed 21 mph over (limit access). Failed to appear.
Michael Christopher Reeves, Improper start from parked position. No/expired registration plates. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
*Lisa Marie Smith, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition shoplifting under $500. Continue to 10/22/19.
*Not Lisa Ann Smith, (57) of Bee Spring
Joshua Ray Short, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition under $500. Continue to 10/22/19.
Kenneth E. Sanders, Possession of marijuana. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 11/26/19. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Dismissed.
Wendell Dale Vincent, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Dismissed with proof shown.
Wendell Dale Vincent, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Dismissed with proof shown. Display/possession of cancelled/fictitious operators. Dismissed.
Taylor Nicole Elmore, Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Display/possession of cancelled fictitious operators. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 11/12/19.
Kristopher Dewayne McCombs, Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs. Second offense. Leaving scene of accident/failure to render aid or assistance. Careless driving. Bonded for 10/22/19.
Kevin Todd Clark, Failure to wear seat belts. No/expired Kentucky Registration receipt. Improper registration plate. Failure to produce insurance card. Continue to 10/22/19.
Destiny Budd, Receiving stolen property under $10,000. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Criminal possession forged instrument- second degree. Theft of motor vehicle registration/plate renewal decal. Obscuring the identity of a machine greater than $500 but less than $10,000. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19.
Deanna Lynn Mills, Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Guilty.
Mildred Theresa Justice, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of burglary tools. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19. $2500 Bond.
Timothy Harp, Convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia-buy-possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19. $5000 Bond.
Brian Matthew Bledsoe, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of burglary tools. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19. $2500 Bond.
Brian Matthew Bledsoe, Alcohol intoxication in a public place- first and second offense. Guilty, fined $25. Total costs and fines $234.
Charles Terry Decker, Convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19. $5000 bond.
Anthony John Littlejohn, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense- methamphetamine. Receiving stolen property under $10,000. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Criminal possession forged instrument- second degree. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate/renewal decal. Obscuring the identity of a machine greater than $500 but less than $10,000. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/4/19.
Thomas Travis Shane, Speeding 19 mph over limit. Order signed, total fines and costs: $181.
Fiscal Court Recap: Court Votes To Purchase 12 Acre Property For Future Animal Shelter, Other County Use
Court Also Acknowledges Census Bureau Effort In Edmonson County
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Magistrates voted to purchase a 12-acre property in the county for a price of $105,000 for a possible future site of a county animal shelter in today's Edmonson County Fiscal Court meeting. Judge Executive Wil Cannon said the property could also be used by the county road department, as well as for sheriff's office storage.
The property had been discussed in previous closed session meetings. When asked about the location of the property, Judge Cannon said he couldn't disclose the location until a deal had been completed; however, terms of the deal were discussed in open court. The county will pay $20,000 down with the balance of $85K being paid once the seller moves completely from the property, which is said to be June 1, 2020. The seller will forfeit $1,000 per week for every week thereafter until the seller surrenders the property. The location is expected to be released once the final agreement with the county and seller is completed.
The court also acknowledged a proclamation signed by Judge Executive Wil Cannon that declared Edmonson County's support of local 2020 U.S. Census Bureau efforts at today's fiscal court meeting.
Julie K. Trovillion, a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau said the participation in the census for all county residents was extremely important in order for the county to be properly represented and accounted for on governmental issues and that she was grateful for the cooperation with local government officials. More details on next year's census will be released as they become available.
Various county offices reported to the court:
Road Report: County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported that paving projects are expected to be complete for 2019 in the county next week, weather permitting. He said crews were moving into District 3 as they finish up in District 6. He also said there was approximately $4,000 worth of damage on Bailey Branch, off of Sweet Pea Road in District 6 that appears to be from a tree service truck. Carroll said the damage was reported by a homeowner on the road. Judge Cannon said the county is reaching out to the tree service company for payment for the damages.
Sheriff’s/Jailer Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle reported a busy two weeks with 31 arrests related to drugs, warrants, domestic violence, and DUIs. He also added that fair activity was relatively uneventful with no major problems. He also personally thanked Greg Carroll for repairing the handrail at the sheriff's office by providing necessary welding. He also asked the court to advertise for bids for the office's truck replacement. While the court voted to approve the purchase, approval to advertise for the bid of a vehicle hadn't happened and a purchase can't be made without it.
He also pointed out a potentially serious problem with Hart County Jail where he said the Hart Co jailer had reneged on an agreement the jailer made to the county of always providing a place for Edmonson County inmates. Jailer Hank Vincent and Judge Cannon said that the jail had refused county inmates 8-9 times in two weeks. Cannon said the Hart County Jailer told Cannon that since the county's primary contract wasn't with the jail he would fill the spots as he feels. The county has a three-way agreement with Butler, Hart, and Warren County Jails; however, Butler County will only allow a maximum of 10 county inmates from Edmonson. Sheriff Doyle said the county has to work out the problems in order for inmates to be guaranteed a place after they're arrested.
Judge Cannon said he would contact the Hart Co Jail to see what the problem is, but so far, there has been no advantage of using both Butler County and Hart County Jails. Jailer Hank Vincent reported 33 County Inmates at the jail, which he said was abnormally high.
County Clerk: County Clerk Kevin Alexander reported on the recent delinquent tax sale on Sept 10, where 68 tax bills were sold: 38 of which were purchased by one individual. He said it was the best tax sale so far.
County Road Resolution:
Judge Cannon also discussed an overhaul of the resolution that outlines the county taking in private developed roads for the purpose of adopting more private roads with less restrictions. Cannon said he wants to loosen the restrictions in an attempt to encourage more developers to build developments which would hopefully lead to more homes in the county. Magistrates Mark Meeks and Edd Rich asked to appoint a committee to discuss possible changes rather than voting on the resolution changes today. Cannon appointed all magistrates and County Attorney Greg Vincent to the committee and scheduled a meeting October 16th to discuss.
County Employees Using County Vehicles For Family Use:
The court also agreed to adjust the county's policy on the use of county employees using county vehicles. The current policy prohibits employees from transporting family members for non-county related matters. Cannon noted a particular example of how an employee dropping off a child at school or daycare on an employee's way to or from work, or other similar pick-up/drop-off situations should be allowed since it was no harm to the county. After a brief discussion and clarifications, the resolution passed.
The court also approved a host of reports and acknowledged City of Brownsville's tax rates as well as Edmonson County Ambulance and Edmonson County School tax rates. The court also approved the hiring of two more full time road employees.
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 15th 9am due to Columbus Day being on the normal second Monday of the month.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two individuals were arrested over the weekend and now face felony drug charges, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
In a press release, officials said an Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Brian Bledsoe (43) of Smiths Grove, KY and Mildred T. Justice (46) of Campbellsville, KY at Z Mart in Sweeden, KY as a result of what the Sheriff called a "Terry Stop," which is is a stop of a person by law enforcement officers based upon reasonable suspicion that a person may have been engaged in criminal activity.
A stainless steel tool, commonly used to unlock vehicles, was laying in plain view, according to sheriff's office. Officials said that due to multiple drug and theft complaints in this area, deputies asked for consent to search the vehicle, which was reportedly given by Bledsoe. The press release stated that drug paraphernalia containing suspected methamphetamine residue was found in the bed of the truck.
Both Bledsoe and Justice were charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 1st Offense (methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia— Buy/Possess, and Possession of Burglary Tool, and were lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Five individuals were arrested for multiple gun violations, drug charges, and outstanding warrants after local law enforcement responded to a trespassing complaint, according to a press release from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officers responded to the complaint call around 10:00 pm on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 463 Cedar Grove Church Road in Bee Spring. Deputies reported that after they made contact with Timothy Harp (59), a resident of the Cedar Grove Church Road location, a bag containing suspected marijuana residue was seen laying in plain view. Law enforcement officials reported that when questioned, Harp allegedly retrieved another bag that contained suspected marijuana from inside the residence. Deputies then asked for consent to search the property, consent was not given, which resulted in a search warrant being obtained, according to the release.
In addition to the suspected marijuana and residue, deputies reportedly also found multiple items of drug paraphernalia which officers said are commonly used for smoking methamphetamine, which all contained residue suspected to be methamphetamine, as well as a small container with suspected methamphetamine inside, according to the sheriff's office.
Officers also said that Harp was in possession of a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun. Harp was confirmed to be a multi-convicted felon from the state of Alabama, including a 12 year sentence for manufacturing dangerous drugs, according to the press release.
Timothy Harp was charged and arrested for Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon; Possession Controlled Substance, 1st Offense (methamphetamine), Firearm Enhanced; and Drug Paraphernalia—Buy/Possess, Firearm Enhanced.
Deputies also made contact with Charles T. Decker (58), also a resident of 463 Cedar Grove Church Road. Deputies allegedly found two single barrel shotguns and confirmed that Decker was a convicted felon from Grayson County for Arson, 3rd Degree.
Decker was charged and arrested for Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon; he was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s deputies also made contact with Jennifer Spainhoward (41), a third resident of the Cedar Grove Church Road property, according to the press release, and while on scene executing the search warrant, law enforcement officials came into contact with a truck and three occupants, two of which had outstanding warrants. The third occupant was not charged with anything and was free to leave the scene, officials said.
Stephanie Decker (33) of Bee Spring, KY, was served an Edmonson County Bench Warrant for charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence, Persistent Felony Offender II, and two counts of Violating Shock Probation in Felony Convictions; she was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Shawn L. Hayes (31) of Bee Spring, KY was served three Edmonson County Bench Warrants, one for violating the terms and conditions of shock probation and two for failure to appear, all stemming from charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition All Others, Under $500; Illegal Possession of Legend Drug; Burglary, 3rd Degree; and Shock Probation in Felony Convictions; she was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Jennifer Spainhoward (41) of Bee Spring, KY was served with a Jefferson County Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear on a charge of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, $500<$10,000; she was lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Brownsville City Police, who executed the warrants on S. Decker and Hayes.
This is an ongoing investigation with further charges pending.
**2:16PM: this article was edited after the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office issued a revision to their original press release regarding a van with nine individuals that were discovered. The sheriff's office corrected that statement to say that a truck with three occupants were discovered instead.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Leitchfield man was recently arrested and faces multiple felony drug charges that includes two different trafficking counts, according to Brownsville City Police.
In a press release from the BPD, officers reported that they were dispatched to the north city limits of Brownsville on Sunday, September 8th near Dollar General on HWY 259N where an anonymous caller stated that there were two individuals showing signs of drug impairment. Police said the caller advised dispatch that a man and woman were getting on a black motorcycle in the parking lot, but the driver seemed too impaired to drive.
Brownsville Police and an Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy then initiated a traffic stop on a Harley-Davidson matching the description given by the caller where the driver was identified as Dennis Bounds, 65, of Leitchfield, KY. A passenger was identified as Patricia Horn, 48, of Millwood, KY.
According to police, Bounds was administered field sobriety tests by Brownsville Police and after showing signs of impairment, was placed under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 1st offense.
A search of Dennis Bounds’ person yielded a small zip-lock bag with a blue pill cut in half coated with a white crystal powdery substance, along with multiple empty small zip-lock bags, according to police. A field test kit resulted positive for Methamphetamine, officers reported. The press release also stated that multiple items associated with meth use was found Inside the side compartments of the motorcycle.
A sheriff's deputy discovered a hidden sunglasses case stuck in between the driver and passenger seat of the motorcycle that yielded more suspected Methamphetamine, thirty-four Hydrocodone, and more drug paraphernalia, according to police.
Bounds was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) 1st degree 2nd offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Opiates) 1st degree 1st offense, Trafficking in Controlled Substance 2nd degree 2nd offense Schedule 1 or 2 Narcotics, Trafficking in Controlled Substance 1st degree 2nd offense (two grams or more of Methamphetamine), Buy or Possess Drug Paraphernalia, and Persistent Felony Offender.
The Harley-Davidson motorcycle was seized by Brownsville Police.
Patricia Horn was also placed under arrest by an Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy on two outstanding warrants.
The investigation was led by Brownsville Police Officer Dustin Harvey with assistance from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Hart County man has died as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV crash earlier today in the Canmer community, according to Kentucky State Police.
KSP Post 3 in Bowling Green said they received a call for service in reference to a single vehicle ATV collision that had occurred near the 5600 block of North Jackson Highway (US 31E) in Canmer.
According to a KSP press release, Larry C. Rogers (77) of Canmer, was operating a 1995 Polaris ATV southbound on North Jackson Highway when he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to exit off the southbound shoulder of the roadway prior to striking a tree. Rogers was transported from the scene by Hart County EMS to the Medical Center at Caverna.
Larry C. Rogers succumbed to his injuries at the Medical Center at Caverna at approximately 5:00 PM, according to KSP. He was pronounced deceased by the Hart County Coroner's Office.
The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Trooper Michael Murray, who was assisted by Linwood Fire Department, Hardyville Fire Department, Hart County EMS, Hart County Coroner’s Office and the Hart County Sheriff’s Department.
WKU Honors 62 Students From Region at Luncheon
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Mahurin Honors College at WKU recently honored 62 students from nine high schools in the local area for their academic achievements.
Eight students from Edmonson County high school were recognized at the luncheon where they had an opportunity to meet with WKU President, Tim Caboni.
The students were: Lauren Ballance, Brooklyn Bean, Rachel Cowles, Madison Harrison, Gabriel Lindsey, Luke Meredith, Elijah Pedigo, Emma Rose Vincent.
Mahurin Honors College at WKU states that the program is a leader in honors education for academically talented, creative, and high-achieving students with the following mission statement: "Our mission is to foster excellence in all forms of expression through research and experiential learning, critical thinking, active citizenship, and international engagement."
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., September 18, 2019 – Due to elevated forest fire danger, Mammoth Cave National Park has placed a burn restriction on all open fires effective immediately. The restriction applies to the use of campfires in the park’s three front country campgrounds and all back-country campsites and picnic areas.
The fire restriction will be in place until the fire danger becomes less severe and fire weather conditions improve. The restriction is dependent on extended weather conditions, and will be evaluated daily. The restriction placed by the park corresponds with a recent Executive Order issued by Edmonson County, KY that has declared a ban on all open burning within Edmonson County.
Visitors violating the fire ban within the park may be subject to citation under the authority of Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 1.5(f). Visitors also are reminded to extinguish all cigarettes, cigars, and pipes and dispose of them in appropriate containers.
Darren Doyle, story:
Twenty-three seniors from The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition, marking the most students recognized in a single school year in the program’s history. Edmonson County's very own Gavin Dooley of Chalybeate has been named as one of the semifinalists.
Since The Gatton Academy’s inception in 2007, a total of 161 students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. 91 current Gatton Academy seniors took the PSAT, meaning 25.27 percent of students achieved the National Merit Semifinalist level.
Gavin is the son of Jason and Jennifer Dooley of Chalybeate. He is a member of Edmonson County Drama and the ECHS Academic Team.
After graduating from Gatton and ECHS next spring, Gavin plans to continue his education at the college level. Among the schools he is considering attending are the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and Vanderbilt University.
“We are very proud of what Gavin has accomplished,” said his father, Jason. “We have always encouraged our children to do well in school and to challenge themselves. Gatton has allowed Gavin to explore a variety of opportunities.”
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist and their school must submit a detailed scholarship application, which provides information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout their high school career, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT ® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
Finalists will be announced in February, and all National Merit Scholarship winners for 2020 will be announced in four nationwide releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
For more information about The Gatton Academy, visit www.wku.edu/academy or call (270) 745-6565.
Cannon Takes Opportunity To Thank Governor Personally
Darren Doyle, story: submitted photo
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon had the opportunity to thank Governor Matt Bevin in person at a dinner Monday night for more than $600,000 in discretionary funds that were awarded to Edmonson County over the past two years.
In April of this year, the county was awarded $523,053 from Governor Bevin's Discretionary Funds for resurfacing work.
$181,655 was earmarked for the concrete patching on the curb, railing, and sidewalk of the North Main St. Bridge, while the rest was allocated for resurfacing work on the following roads:
1.1 miles of Oak Hill Rd. - $45,858
2.9 miles of Mt. Zion Church Rd. -$119,977
1.6 miles Salem Church Rd. - $58,688
1.8 miles of Long Fall Rd. -$66,594
0.7 Crump Rd. -$19,108
0.85 Mohawk Rd. -$33,172.
"The Governor is trying to help all counties that need this discretionary funding, whether it's mainly republican or democrat," said Judge Cannon. "I really feel like this is being done for the counties that need it the most, and that's certainly Edmonson County."
In 2018, over $94,000 was awarded from the governor's office to Edmonson County for the resurfacing of Dalton Way and Carnes Road, both in the Chalybeate area of the county.
Governor Bevin also provided a statement to the Edmonson Voice regarding the funding.
"We are pleased to provide discretionary funding to Edmonson County as well as other communities across the Commonwealth to assist with important road improvements,” said Gov. Bevin. “Our Transportation Cabinet has been working closely with local officials like Judge-Executive Cannon to identify priority projects, as we invest in infrastructure upgrades that will significantly improve safety, access, and economic opportunity.”
Cannon said the funding will have an enormous impact on the county.
"It's not often you get to walk up to the Governor in person, shake his hand, and say 'thank you,' " said Cannon. "So I'm glad for the opportunity I had to do that on behalf of Edmonson County."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Today, Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a proclamation declaring the week of September 15th-21st "Adult Day Services Week."
In part, the proclamation read, "WHEREAS, adult day services provide socialization, therapeutic programming, nutrition, supervised healthcare, rehabilitative therapies and respite for families allowing older adults and adults with disabilities to remain vibrant members of their communities and in their homes for longer; NOW THEREFORE, I, Wil Cannon, Judge Executive of Brownsville (Edmonson County) Kentucky to hereby recognize Active Day of Brownsville National Adult Day Service Week September 15-21, 2019."
The proclamation was presented by Kim Mills of the Brownsville Active Day Center.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon has released a statement from his office declaring a county wide open burn ban for Edmonson County as of September 17, 2019. This ban will remain in effect until further notice and is a result of extremely dry conditions throughout the region.
Darren Doyle, photos and video:
The final night of the Edmonson County Fair was held on Saturday, September 14th with the last of two demolition derbies. A record-setting crowd was on hand for the event. Enjoy a photo slideshow along with a video clip of the action.
It was slick, slimy, and loud, but hundreds packed the bleachers at the 2019 Edmonson County Fair Mud Bog on Friday the 13th under a full harvest moon to enjoy all the mud slinging action.
Check out our photo slideshow for the closest look you can get without taking on mud yourself.
Darren Doyle, photos:
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
The 2019 Edmonson County Fair Parade took place Friday morning September 13th. This year’s parade winners are as follows:
Best of Show- Kyrock Elementary
School Division- ECHS Lady Cat Volleyball
Civic Division- Edmonson County 4H
Commercial Division- Bank of Edmonson County
Emergency Vehicle- Wingfield Fire Department Brush Truck
Antique Car- 1941 Black Chevrolet Truck Owned by Sonny Basham
Horse Division- Leighton Kinser & Peso
Horse Drawn- Carl Reed & Jake
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It was one of the hottest days on record for a mid-September fair day with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, but plenty of families with young ones came out to the annual Edmonson County Lions Club Fair Day event today, on September 13, 2019.
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Two Illinois residents were arrested at Moutardier Campground this morning on stolen vehicle and felony drug charges, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
In a press release, the sheriff's office reported that a deputy was dispatched to Lot A-20 at Moutardier Campground at 9:24AM in reference to a suspicious vehicle call. According to a deputy, he observed that the 2001 Dodge Ram pick-up had an Illinois license plate on the front of the vehicle and a Kentucky license plate on the back.
The VIN number was verified through dispatch and the vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of Illinois, according to the release. Officials said the deputy made contact with a female occupant of the camper who allegedly said she was there alone and that her boyfriend had left earlier that morning. According to the press release, additional movement was heard from inside of the camper and then a male subject stepped out from inside. Both individuals allegedly gave false information, which was confirmed by the Jasper, Illinois Police Department, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and both subjects were reportedly wanted on fully extraditable warrants for “dangerous drug charges." Illinois law enforcement also had them listed as “armed and dangerous,” according to the release.
The sheriff's office also reported that while clearing the camper suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, suspected to be used in conjunction with smoking marijuana and methamphetamine was discovered in plain view. After obtaining consent, a full search of the camper was then conducted, which produced additional drug paraphernalia and suspected methamphetamine, the sheriff's office said.
Additionally, deputies said they observed that a vehicle registration decal had been marked through and written over with false information.
The female suspect, Destiny Budd, (19) of Oblong, Illinois, and the male suspect, Anthony John Littlejohn, (39) of Martinsville, Illinois, were both arrested and charged with:
The sheriff's office said the suspects will be lodged in Hart County Jail, awaiting extradition to Jasper, Illinois.
Brownsville City Police also assisted at the scene.