Daylight Savings Time will end tonight at 2AM, but most people find it easier to set their clocks back one hour as they go to bed. Don't forget, or you'll be one hour early to church in the morning (which is what many folks actually need to be on time).
The first annual "Halloween In The Park" scheduled for 4-7pm today has been moved to the Community Center due to the possibility of rain. "We held off as long as we could, but we've already seen a couple of showers," said Director Greg Hudson. "With a 65% chance of rain in the EdmonsonVoice.com forecast, we decided to move it. It's better to safe than sorry, and we want the kids to have the most enjoyment possible."
The event time is still the same, 4pm-7pm, everyone is invited.
A group of 8th Grade boys from ECMS paid homage to the 1976 Wildcat Basketball State Championship Team during the Halloween festivities by dressing up in their honor (with 70's style socks and wigs, of course). Four different members from the original team stopped by to be part of the day as they posed with the "team" with the actual championship trophy.
Members from the original championship team from L-R: Phil Rich, Chester Bethel, Greg Grey dressed as Coach Bo Davenport, Ricky Houchin, and Kevin Clemmons.
Edmonson Voice Staff, story and photos
It's Halloween once again in Edmonson County, and that means it's time to be on the lookout for goblins, superheroes, princesses, and everything in between. There are several events planned throughout the county in addition to the many youngsters that will be traveling door-to-door.
The Edmonson County Parks & Rec will be sponsoring the first annual "Halloween At The Park," at the HWY 70 Sports Complex. There will be booths set up from various county businesses and organizations in the park that will be giving out candy for the kids. The event will be set up much like a "trunk or treat," except candy will come from the folks at the booths.
"We're excited to be able to offer these kinds of events for the youth of our communities," said Coordinator Greg Hudson. "We're doing our best to make sure our Parks & Rec program accommodates as many families as possible. This should be a fun event for everyone and we look forward to seeing everyone come out a be a part." The event is scheduled between 4-7pm on Saturday. Hudson said in case of rain, the event will be held at the Community Center.
The Wingfield Fire Department will continue it's annual Haunted House and Hayride through tomorrow night beginning at dark. Concessions are available.
The Kyrock Fire Department and Wives Club will be distributing candy at the fire house from 4 to 7pm, all kids are welcome.
The Rocky Hill Baptist Church will sponsor a Trunk or Treat at the church on Saturday, from 3-5pm, everyone is invited.
Sheriff Shane Doyle would like to remind everyone to be extra careful and remember the following Halloween safety tips:
The Sheriff's Office will have extra patrol officers out all weekend, watching for problems around the county. If you see anything that is suspicious or criminal in nature, call the Edmonson County Dispatch Center at 270-597-2729, and as always, call 911 for any real emergencies. Sheriff Doyle wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween weekend!
From all of us here at EdmonsonVoice.com, we wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween. Remember, Halloween is for the kids, so please keep an eye on your little ghost, goblin, or whatever might creep around the neighborhood this weekend.
"If you have any unwanted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, please drop them off at the sheriff's office," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "We'll make sure they're put to good use."
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The Hon. Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Douglas Dewayne Saltsman, Tampering with physical evidence. Continued in two weeks.
Robert Stanka, Assault 4th degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-17-15. Public attorney appointed.
Ronald Dunn Jr, Wanton endangerment 2nd. Pleaded not guilty. Criminal mischief 2nd. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-10-15.
Kevin Wesolowski, Failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-10-15.
Glenda Barger, No/expired registration plate. No/expired KY registration receipt. All other traffic offenses not listed. Continued on 11-10-15.
Travis Paul Wayne Pike, Rear license plate not illuminated. Driving on revoked/suspended license. Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear. $250 bench warrant issued.
Jessie M Ordunez, Speeding 15mph over limit, pleaded guilty, fined $30. No motorcycle operator's license, continued for 12-22-15. Failure to comply with helmet law over 21 years. Pleaded guilty, fined $25. Registration for operating and riding on motorcycles, dismissed as per County Attorney. Total fines and costs $173.
Heather Cook, Reckless driving, pleaded guilty. Fined $250, $200 of which suspended. Will attend County Attorney traffic school. Total fines and costs $193.
Michelle L Kurtz, DUI on suspended/revoked license, first offense, aggravator. Failed to appear, $250 Bench warrant issued.
Brooklyn R Smith, Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Continued for 1-19-16.
Kevin Wesolowski, Rear license not illuminated, proof shown, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt, pleaded not guilty. No/expired registration plate, pleaded not guilty. Failure to produce insurance card, pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-10-15.
Stephen Melvin, Speeding 15mph over limit, pleaded guilty, fined $30. Failure of non-owner/operator to maintain required insurance 1st. Pleaded guilty, fined $500, $450 probated as long as insurance is in effect. Total costs and fines $193.
Brandon Arnold, Speeding 18mph over limit, Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear, Department of Transportation notified.
Kelly N Smith, Entry on land to shoot/hunt/fish/trap without consent, first offense. Illegal possession of legend drug. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-17-15. Attorney appointed.
William T Smith, Entry on land to shoot/hunt/fish/trap without consent, first offense. Illegal possession of legend drug. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference for 11-17-15. Attorney appointed.
Cynthia Moore, Operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol 1st offense. Pleaded guilty. Possession of marijuana, pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, concurrent with count one. Credit of 7 days served, remaining 23 days to be probated.
The City of Brownsville has announced that there will be a temporary water outage on Friday, October 30th, between 2pm and 4pm, approximately. This outage is related to the water tank rehab project and there will NOT be a need for a boil water advisory.
This is for all businesses and residents supplied by the City of Brownsville Water System. It will not effect Edmonson County Water District customers. The City will attempt to notify businesses, schools, and nursing homes by phone today, but is unable to contact individual residents.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 19 at the Byrd Center in the Chalybeate Springs Community. The social gathering will begin at 6pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm.
Guests are being asked to reserve the date on their calendars and ticket sales and distribution will begin November 2. Tickets will be $25 each.
Edmonson Tourism Commission will share in the program by giving awards to Ky State Fair day sponsors
of the Edmonson County booth this past August and discussing the Trail Town program an economic
development program that is to be implemented in Edmonson County which can help
all businesses in Edmonson County.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce will also award the two major awards of the evening
the Edmonson County Business of the Year and the Edmonson County Citizen of the Year.
For more information please call your Chamber Office at 270-597-2222.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lindsey's Trading Post. The business will be at 1430 Hwy. 259 N. in the "Hilltop" area.
The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 with ribbon cutting at 10 am. Owners Elvis and Lora Lindsey welcome the community for the event and free refreshments will be served.
The Lindsey's are moving their business from the Bee Spring community to Brownsville. It is their hope that a more centralized location will help them serve more of the county. They invite their previous customers and new customers to enjoy the many items and services that they will feature at the Brownsville location.
A full deli will be available with lunch meat sliced to order and will also include BBQ and pizza. An extensive amount of salvage groceries will be available. EBT will also be accepted.
The business will also feature an Auction every Saturday at 6 pm. Featuring various items including tools and antiques. Flea market type booths will also be available for rent. They can be found on facebook at Lindsey'sTradingPost.
The Chamber invites the community to attend. "It is wonderful to see an empty store front to be filled in our town" stated Rhonda Clemmons, Chamber Director. We welcome new businesses and family owned businesses mean a great deal to us," stated Clemmons.
For more information about your local Chamber of Commerce call 270-597-2222.
Darren Doyle, story and photo
Today's Fiscal Court heard from Mr. Randy Vincent, a member of the Chalybeate Fire Department, as he explained the need for more fire hydrants to be installed around the county.
The discussion stemmed from a recent fire that claimed a cabin on Oak Hill Road and that if a usable hydrant had been available in the area, the damage could have possibly been lessened. During the fire, a Chalybeate Fire Truck struck another vehicle in an accident after filling up the truck from a hydrant in Brownsville. Mr. Vincent, who has also served on Louisville area fire departments, said that the hydrant in the Mohawk community was inadequate for filling up a fire truck, as much more pressure is needed in order to do so, which caused the department to have to travel to Brownsville for water.
He also said he was told by Brownsville City Officials that city hydrants are not supposed to be used for county fires, something Vincent didn't understand.
We asked Brownsville Jerry Meredith about the policy and exactly how it worked. "The city of Brownsville purchases water from the County Water District. Every gallon that we use, we have to figure out a way to pay for," he said. "We're not trying to be difficult, and one fill up here and there on a fire truck won't make that big of a difference, but we have to look out for the city, too. That's why the policy is in place."
Mayor Meredith noted that even though he was a city official, he was also on a county fire department, so he certainly understood Mr. Vincent's point. He also said that the city would never block water usage from a city hydrant for a county fire truck in case of emergency, but that if this policy wasn't in place, it wouldn't be that difficult for the city's reservoir to be emptied in the case of a large fire. "The county sure needs more hydrants throughout," he said.
Mr. Vincent said he spoke to the Edmonson County Water District about either moving the existing hydrant to a better location that would allow more water pressure, or simply installing another one instead. Vincent said that the Water Dept. told him it would cost around $2000, and the fire department would be responsible for the cost.
Vincent came to ask Fiscal Court for help, whether it be through county funding, any possible grants, or other possibilities, as he didn't feel like it was the fire department's responsibility to pay for hydrants, especially when he said Chalybeate VFD was already over the yearly budget as it stands.
Judge Cannon said the county had not ever picked up the tab for any hydrants and that the Water Department had received grants for them in the past. He encouraged Mr. Vincent to seek local fundraising for the project. Vincent said he felt as though many residents might be hesitant to donate money for the project, as they already pay taxes, and many feel like tax dollars should help with the funding. He did note, that he, personally, would donate money as a resident, as many others would likely do the same.
Judge Cannon said he would contact the Water District and research any and all options that might be available.
The court discussed the issue and it was noted that there were several more hydrants in the county that don't fill up fire trucks at an efficient rate, due to the water line size being too small. Vincent said he realized that the overall issues would be long term projects and nothing would be expected overnight.
Chalybeate Fire Chief Daniel Johnson told us today that the department was going to put a fundraising plan in place for now, as the department feels the new hydrant has an immediate need. We'll update this story as details become available.
In other items on the agenda:
Edmonson County Parks and Recreation News
By Greg Hudson
Happenings in our Parks
At the Highway 70 Sports Complex on October 31st, Parks and Recreation will sponsor Halloween in Our Park from 4 – 7pm. Here are a few of the things that we are planning for the event; Bounce Houses, Pictures, Grilled Hot Dogs (free, all thanks to Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church), a costume contest, coloring contest, as well as trick-or-treating.
We are asking community members, businesses, churches and other organizations to come support the community by simply setting up a booth and handing out candy (please be at the park by 3:30pm). Contact Greg Hudson at 270-991-3578 or Rhonda Clemmons at the Chamber of Commerce /Tourism office to sign up for a space to hand out candy. In case of inclement weather the Halloween in Our Park event will be moved to the Community Center on the square in Brownsville.
Just a reminder, this is a free event. Just come out and enjoy what our park has to offer.
Parks and Recreation and the Edmonson County Youth Basketball League have extended the deadline for registration for youth basketball until October 31st. This will be the last opportunity to sign up so mail in your registration forms to the address on the form (must be postmarked by October 31st ) or drop it off at the Parks and Recreation office on October 31st between 10:00am and 12:00 noon.
A Glimpse into the Future of Parks and Recreation in Edmonson County
We have plans to expand our programming but need your help to ensure that we offer programs that meet the needs of our community and that are feasible for us to do so. Our first step in this process will be to create a needs assessment survey that will assist us in planning and providing the programs that you want and that we can afford to provide. The survey will simply ask questions such as, would you attend concerts in the park, if we had 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, volleyball tournaments would you participate etc. We will publicize this more as we get the survey developed. Our target date for the survey to be ready is January or February 2016.
That covers it for now, thanks for supporting your local Parks and Recreation Department. Together we can do some great things! Make sure you visit our website at www.ecparksandrec.com.
When J.B. Hines took office as the new Edmonson County Attorney on January 5, 2015, the Edmonson County Child Support Office was ranked 91 out of 120 ( 1 being the best and 120 being the worst). At the end of the third quarter, the Edmonson County Child Support Office is ranked 50 out of 120. “The news of our improved ranking is evidence of the hard work of everyone in the office and the dedication to the children our community,” said Hines.
County child support offices are periodically ranked based on performance. Four areas are considered in determining the ranking: the number of open cases in which support orders have been established; the establishment of paternity; the number of open cases in which current support is being paid; and the number of cases in which average payments are being paid.
“We will continue to strive to improve,” said Hines.
Release From The Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Throughout his administration, Gov. Steve Beshear has worked with local communities, like Edmonson County, to increase job creation, raise education standards and support healthy, vibrant families to strengthen the quality of life across the Commonwealth.
In Edmonson County, he has made lasting investments that will benefit generations to come, including over $75 million in transportation projects, and nearly $1.37 million in state and federal investments in community development.
“When I took office as Governor in 2007, Kentuckians had lost faith in their government and a global recession was taking away jobs, homes and health care,” Gov. Beshear said. “Today, thanks to our partnership with a lot of people, including the citizens and officials of Edmonson County, Kentucky’s economy is setting records, and our families are again getting high return on the money and trust they invest in their leaders.”
Kentucky’s unemployment rate is at 5 percent, down from nearly 11 percent during the depths of the recession. Kentucky’s jobless rate has not been this low in more than 14 years. In Edmonson County, the unemployment rate stands at 5.4 percent.
“Through our ongoing partnership with local officials in Edmonson County, we have been able to make numerous critical investments to improve the quality of life in this community,” Gov. Beshear said.
The Governor’s investments in Edmonson County include:
Transportation: Gov. Beshear has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to authorize over $75 million since Dec. 10, 2007 for activities in Edmonson County including road construction, highway safety initiatives, resurfacing and other transportation projects. Major projects include:
Economic Development: Edmonson County has played a role in growing Kentucky’s economy. Since January 2008, the county announced three new and expansion projects, which are projected to create 33 jobs and $3.34 million in new investment.
Community Development: Gov. Beshear has partnered with the Department for Local Government to authorize nearly $1.37 million in state and federal investments since January 2008 for activities in Edmonson County.
Health care coverage: By implementing Kentucky’s own health benefit exchange, called kynect, Gov. Beshear is providing access to comprehensive, quality, affordable health care coverage to more Kentuckians, including Edmonson County residents.
· In Edmonson County, prior to Medicaid expansion, the uninsured rate was 19.6 percent; now it’s 3.8 percent, an 80.5 percent reduction. Besides consumers, Kentucky’s medical providers, such as hospitals, pharmacies, and primary care physicians have had the most noticeable, immediate positive impact of Medicaid expansion through the influx of new dollars.
· Since 2014, new Medicaid expansion payments to Edmonson County providers totaled more than $1.59 million.
· Edmonson County is participating in the Smiling Schools program that gives local elementary students a protective tooth varnish treatment during the current school year.
Tourism: The economic impact from tourism in Kentucky has increased by more than $2.2 billion and 13,000 jobs statewide over the last five years. The Edmonson County area is also seeing an increase in tourism. Edmonson County’s 2014 tourism economic impact was $5.7 million, a 4.3 percent increase from the previous year. The county’s 2014 tourism employment was the equivalent of 1,706 jobs.
Agricultural Development: The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Beshear, has invested $752,759 in Edmonson County over the last eight years in an array of projects and on-farm improvement programs focused on creating markets for agricultural products and helping increase net farm income.
Education: In order to ensure Kentucky’s children get a strong start in school and in life, Gov. Beshear – in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood – has awarded Edmonson County’s Community Early Childhood Council $34,880 to promote school readiness for children.
Safety: Through the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Gov. Beshear has helped strengthen public safety in Edmonson County. Edmonson County has received over $138,000 in funding through the State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHGP) and/or the Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP). The SHGP funds a variety of devices including communication, first responder, physical and cyber security equipment. LEPP funds body armor, Tasers and duty weapons.
“Over the last eight years, I’ve worked under the guiding principle that government should work for its people,” Gov. Beshear said. “Jane and I have been honored to be a part of Kentucky’s growth the last eight years, and we look forward to seeing Kentucky progress for generations to come. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Governor.”
Edmonson Voice Staff
One dump truck driver found out just how much of a headache it can be when making a wrong turn. The driver was hauling 25 tons of asphalt and turned into the Riverhill Shopping Center parking lot too quickly last night, landing in the ditch and causing traffic issues on HWY 259 for a couple hours.
Edmonson County Director of Emergency Management said traffic was down to one lane for about an hour and a half, with both lanes being shut down for around 30 minutes.
No injuries were reported. Responding to the incident were the Brownsville Fire Department, Brownsville Police, EC Emergency Management, and the District 2 Constable.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Corey Winchester, Assault 4th degree domestic violence, minor injury. Terroristic threatening, 3rd degree. Pleaded not guilty to both. Pretrial conference for 10-27-15. Public attorney appointed.
Ronnie T Lane, Driving on suspended DUI license, first offense. Pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 90 days in jail, concurrent to state time. Improper equipment, pleaded guilty. Fined $100, concurrent to state. Total fines and cost, $143.
Daniel Lee Davis, Speeding 16mph over limit. Failed to appear, notice sent to dept of transportation.
Heather Cook, Reckless driving, continued to 10-27-15.
Jason Maurice Brown, No/expired KY registration receipt, deferred. No/expired registration plate, deferred. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Pleaded guilty. Fined $500, $450 of which probated, will be reviewed on 2-09-16. Failure to wear seatbelts, pleaded guilty. Fined $25. Failure to notify dept of transportation of address change. Total costs and fines, $193.
Eric Bowlds, No/expired registration plates, failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded guilty, fined $100. Will be reviewed on 1-26-16. Total costs and fines $243.
Brooklyn Rhea Smith, Operating on revoked/suspended license. Continued for 10-27-15.
Thomas M Minton, Operating on revoked/suspended license. Failed to appear. Bench warrant issued for $250.
Trenton E Vincent, Speeding 18mph over limit. License to be in possession. Failure to produce insurance card. Will be reviewed on 4-26-16. Will attend County Attorney's traffic school.
Edmonson Voice Staff, story and photos
Local firefighters responded to a storage shed fire in the backyard of a Wingfield residence on Henry Meredith Road around 7pm on Tuesday evening. The shed was relatively small, but without quick response from the Wingfield Fire Department, the damage could have easily spread to the house, which was only about 30 feet away.
Teresa May, the resident who was home at the time, said she had burned some trash several feet from the shed about two hours before. She said she kept an eye on the pile until it burned down, as she said she always does, then went back inside. "I fell asleep in the house and cracking and popping woke me up," she said. "I looked out the window and I saw an orange glow. I could have burnt up in here," she said, very emotional as she pointed to the melted siding on her back porch.
The storage shed and all the contents were a total loss. In addition to Wingfield VFD, the Chalybeate Fire Dept also responded as well as the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and the District 2 Constable. No injuries were reported.
From KY Fish &Wildlife Officer Bradley McCoy
A lot of us will drive across town, or even across the county, to save a couple of cents on a gallon of gas. We appreciate the money we have earned and hope to be good stewards of what we have, which is a great thing. However, when it comes to being good stewards of our wildlife, sometimes we hesitate to report suspicious or illegal activity on the water or in the woods. This hesitation can cost us, in our wallets and in our hunting stands.
During the rut, a whitetail deer can travel miles escaping danger or searching for a mate. The big buck you saw a couple of miles down the road in late summer, could possibly make his way into your woods when the rut peaks. However, the buck has no chance of making his way into your shooting range if he gets picked off by a road hunter, spot lighter, or some other form of poacher.
By reporting this illegal activity we increase our odds of a good harvest. Most of us follow the law, spend countless hours and a lot of money to have a good deer season. Those who choose not to follow the law steal our good efforts and our deer that we work hard to attract and protect.
Protecting our wildlife is everyone’s duty. I encourage you to report any form of poaching to the Report A Poacher Hotiline, 1-800-25-ALERT. You can remain anonymous, just tell the dispatcher what county you are calling from and they will contact the nearest game warden to investigate the issue. Fish and Wildlife Officers rely on law abiding sportsmen to be the eyes and ears that help safeguard our resources.
OFC. BRADLEY MCCOY, PUBLIC ADDRESS OFFICER
Check out our very first episode with Edmonson County PVA Kyle White and Mr. Tommy Bolton. We talked a little about serious stuff, but not much! Special thanks to these fine and entertaining men for being guests on the show. Be sure to leave us your feedback, and thanks for listening.
Click on the audio player below:
If you own property in Edmonson County, it is your responsibility to pay your tax bill. Failure to receive your bill does not relieve you of your duties to pay your tax bill. If you haven’t received your tax bill by the second week of November, most likely it was sent to an old address or possibly lost by the US Postal Service. Please check online at www.edmonsonsheriff.com to look up your tax bill by name or address.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Photos courtesy of ECSO
A Doge Pickup was T-boned in the driver's side door by a Chalybeate Fire Truck in route to a fire in Mohawk this morning in Brownsville.
Police said that the fire truck had filled up from a hydrant and was pulling out by Brownsville General Baptist Church when the driver, Wesley Arms, said he didn't see Kyle Kacmarcik, 21 of Hawthorne, New Jersey as he was traveling south on Main Street.
Witnesses at the scene said the fire truck was using both emergency lights and siren.
Although it was the fire truck that struck the Dodge, police said the Dodge was at fault.
"According to state law, anytime an emergency vehicle is using emergency equipment, whether it be lights, siren, or both, you must yield the right of way," said Brownsville Police Chief, Jeff Jewel.
Chief Jewel said there were no injuries reported other than a few minor scrapes. Medical treatment was declined at the scene.
Correction: an earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the fire truck's driver as Wesley Adams. It was in fact, Wesley Arms. The Edmonson Voice regrets the error.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Firefighters responded this morning to a structure fire on Oak Hill Road in the Mohawk Community from reports of a cabin that was fully engulfed in flames.
The cabin was not a regularly inhabited residence, but rather a vacation or recreation/camping log cabin owned by the Paquin family.
The Brownsville, Chalybeate, and Wingfield Fire Departments all responded to the blaze. One firefighter reported that he was contacted by a member of the Smiths Grove FD, and that smoke from the blaze could be seen from the Smiths Grove city limits.
Cause of the fire is not known at this time, and there were no reported injuries.
We're working hard not only to bring you the latest local news, weather, sports, and info, but also some entertaining features as well. In an attempt to show the lighter side of county officials, enjoy interesting stories from folks you may not know, or just listen to folks sit around, drink coffee, and shoot the bull, we're bringing you Edmonson County's first internet radio talk show broadcast, "County Conversations."
As any experiment goes, we'll be trying different things to see what our readers/listeners like and don't like, and we're looking forward to hearing your feedback. We'd like to feature a weekly show, but for now, we'll probably do it less frequently as we get started.
The audio broadcast will be recorded at Studio DD Media then posted later for you to enjoy at your convenience.
Our first scheduled guests will be Edmonson County PVA Kyle White and his legendary sidekick Mr. Tommy Bolton. We're looking forward to sitting down with them and having our first "County Conversation."
Do you have ideas of who would make an interesting guest on the show? Let us know by commenting or emailing us at email@example.com.
Stay connected to EdmonsonVoice.com for our very first episode that will air soon.
Darren Doyle, story and photo
October's second meeting was moved from Monday to Thursday due to scheduling conflicts this week. There was a very light agenda at today's meeting, but County Clerk Kevin Alexander and Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that the Edmonson County Property Tax bills were being sent out soon.
Sheriff Doyle also reported that his office was now equipped to accept credit card payments for taxes and other fees normally collected by his office. He did note that there would be a small fee added to any credit card payment.
Doyle also credited EMS Director Keith Sanders, his staff, and other emergency personnel workers that responded to the tragic death of ECMS teacher Dwayne Clark. Although details were not released of the incident, he noted that from the time the call came in until Mr. Clark arrived at the hospital was 33 minutes. Doyle noted that Mr. Clark's funeral was today and he asked the court to remember the family in prayer.
County Road Foreman Ray Page reported that his department had been working on and preparing the snow trucks for the upcoming winter. He also said he had prepared the site for the construction of the new salt bin and was waiting for Anderson Engineering to complete the plot plan to submit to the state for approval.
Judge Cannon reported that the county's insurance adjuster had inspected the courthouse roof and agreed that there had been storm damage. The case is now under review and Cannon was hopeful that a new roof would be covered by insurance.
County Attorney JB Hines informed the court that each county attorney's office in the state of Kentucky is ranked in efficiency in handling child support cases. He said he would continue working hard in this area and that his office had moved up nearly 40 points in that ranking since he took office.
The court also:
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Keith C Wallingford, Assault 4th degree, domestic violence, minor injury. Pleaded not guilty. Use/possess drug paraphernalia, 1st offense. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 10-27-15. Allowed non-aggressive contact with mother who agrees, no alcohol.
Bobby Kerr, Assault, 2nd degree. Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Resisting arrest. Criminal mischief third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 11-24-15.
Elliot T Skaggs, Forgery 1st degree, pleaded not guilty. Criminal possession of a forged instrument 2nd degree, pleaded not guilty. Pretrial hearing 10-20-15. Public Attorney appointed.
Theresa Orange, Attempted theft of services. Failed to appear, $500 bench warrant issued.
Brandi Nichole Bowlds, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition shoplifting under $500. Pleaded guilty. 365 days in jail, probated for two years under condition that a class is completed by 11-17-15. Total costs and fines $209.
Jerry M Napier, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Failed to appear, $1000 bench warrant issued.
Glenda L Barger, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Amend to all other, failed to appear.
Thomas S Minton, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Resend to new address.
Travis Paul Wayne Pike, Rear license not illuminated. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Failure to produce insurance card. Resend to new address.
Roy Dale Childress, No/expired registration plates. Proof shown, dismissed.
Steven E Vincent, Use/possess drug paraphernalia 1st offense. Pleaded guilty, sentenced to 30 days. Credit of one day served, remaining 29 days to be probated for two years under condition terms are met. To be reviewed on 1-15-16. Total costs and fines $154.
Edmonson Voice Staff
On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office added another court security officer to help in keeping the courthouse safe. Steve Doyle was sworn in Tuesday morning by Sheriff Shane Doyle.
A statement released from the sheriff's office said: "We can't take our court security seriously enough. The safety of the courthouse employees, judges, and the sanctity of the court proceedings are very important. We already have a wonderful court security staff, and Steve will be a great addition due to his extensive experience in and around the courtroom."