Edmonson County Parks and Recreation News
by Greg Hudson
Over the past month there has been a flurry of work projects conducted at the Highway 70 and Chalybeate Springs sports complexes. The Highway 70 Park has had field tile installed on two of the ball-fields to help with water drainage that will allow games to be played more often after a rain. After the baseball / softball season we just had in the spring, it was an essential repair that had to be made. The park’s playground also received new border around the playground. The new border replaced the old landscaped timbers and makes the playground a safer environment. In addition, the bridges have had new foundation posts placed to stabilize them and will be stained and sealed before the winter. Some work has been performed on the creek by placing rip raft rock in the creek to prevent it from washing out the trail and playground area.
At the Chalybeate Springs Sports Complex, the tennis court nets have been repaired and are ready for play. One of the basketball goals has been replaced with a new backboard and another backboard will hopefully be repaired before winter. The volleyball courts have been reset facing north and south so the sun will not be a factor when games are being played. The remainder of the work will be completed by spring before the sports festivals begin to take place at the park in May 2016. New benches have also been installed in each of the dugouts on the ball-fields and required maintenance on the fields themselves will be completed in time for play next spring.
This work could not have taken place without the cooperation of the Judge Executives Office and Fiscal Court and the hard work of Parks and Recreation Director A.B. Webb.
New Boards are Elected
Recent elections were held to form a baseball/softball board to oversee to operation of the Babe Ruth Little League program and the Edmonson County Youth Basketball League. Each board is currently meeting in anticipation of their upcoming seasons. The basketball board is currently conducting registration that will run through October 24th. Registration forms were sent home with each child in grades 1 – 8 from the school where they are enrolled. If you did not receive a form you can pick one up at the parks and recreation office on the following Saturdays in October, 17th & 24th. The deadline for registration is October 24th. Parks & Recreation would like to thank each school for assisting us in the registration process.
October Happenings in the Parks
At the Highway 70 Park on October 17th, the Disabled American Veterans will be hosting a car show to raise funds for the Veterans Memorial, currently being built on the Court House lawn. For more information contact Marita Miller with DAV.
At the Chalybeate Springs Sports Complex on October 17th, the High School Girls Basketball Boosters Club will be hosting a 5K run / 1 Mile walk to raise funds to support the girl’s basketball team. For more information see their Facebook page: ECHS 5k Run and Walk Spook Fest
At the Highway 70 Park on October 17th, and 24th Little Basketball Registration forms are being accepted from 10:00am – 12:00 noon. You may also mail in Registration forms to the address on the registration form until the 24th of October.
At the Highway 70 Park on October 31st, Parks and Recreation will sponsor Halloween in Our Park from 4 – 7pm. This is a free event for the whole community. We are asking businesses, churches and other organizations to help us make this a great event for the children of our community. Please 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.
That covers it for now, thanks for supporting your local Parks and Rec. Together, we can do some great things! Make sure you visit our website at www.ecparksandrec.com
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
What started out as a dispute over tenants at a rental property turned out to be much more than local police expected late Saturday night. Police reported that a woman drove to the sheriff's office with two male passengers that she said had been staying with her at her residence which was a rental property owned by Bobby Kerr, owner of Kerr's Flowers and Gifts.
According to police, she reported that Kerr had become angry at the two men and forced them out of the property because they were homosexuals. Police arrived at the rental property with hopes of resolving the situation, but said they found Kerr irate and shouting profanities.
Kerr reportedly told police he wouldn't allow them to stay at the property because of their relationship and began swinging a large, heavy metal flashlight at one of the men, striking him and causing injury to his arm.
Police said Kerr was repeatedly instructed to drop the flashlight but Kerr only came more agitated, forcing one of the officers to deploy their taser in order to subdue him.
Bobby Kerr, 73, of Brownsville, was arrested and charged with Assault 2nd, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct 2nd, and Criminal Mischief 3rd. He was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail where he was released later on bond.
The names of the woman and two men involved were not released. The injured male declined medical treatment on scene.
Assisting in the incident were the Brownsville Police, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, District Two Constable, and Edmonson EMS.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Local school officials are in shock after learning of the sudden unexpected death of Edmonson County Middle School Teacher Dwayne Clark in the early hours of Saturday morning. No further information of the incident is available at this time.
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Patrick Waddell said that Mr. Clark had been a teacher at ECMS for the past 3 years and had taught at South Edmonson Elementary for 12 years prior to that. "We're deeply saddened to hear the news that Mr. Clark has passed," Waddell said. "This is just very hard. He touched the lives of many students, staff, and community members."
ECMS Principal Brandon Prunty said much of the same. "We are all extremely saddened by Mr. Clark's passing," he said in a statement. "Along with district support, we are making plans to have additional counselors at school on Monday to help students and teachers deal with this tragedy."
Funeral arrangements have not been made. We will have updates as they become available.
"The entire community is in mourning because of this tragedy," added Mr. Waddell. "Not only was he a teacher here, but also my friend."
The Kentucky State Police is now taking applications for its 94th Academy Class. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.html
Information available on the website includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required, a downloadable study guide for the written test, physical standards requirements and a list of testing dates, times and locations.
KSP will be offering the written test regionally beginning on October 8th, 2015 through December 30th, 2015 at the below listed locations. All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 no later than December 21st, 2015 by the close of business.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 6:00 p.m. CST– Bowling Green, KY
Warren East High School
6867 Louisville Road
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Application Deadline: Monday, October 19th, 2015
If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can call toll-free to (866) 360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The Hon. Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Bethany Mechelle Hill, Theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting under $500. Pleaded not guilty. Continued for 10-20-15.
Neil W Duncan, No/expired registration plates. No/expired KY registration receipt. Proof shown on both counts, both dismissed.
Wendy L Browning, Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Pleaded guilty, fined $50. Total fines and costs $193.
Brandon Lake Mattingly, No/expired registration plates, proof shown, dismissed. No/expired KY registration receipt, proof shown, dismissed. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Pleaded guilty, fined $500. $450 of amount suspended for two years on condition of keeping insurance in effect.
Eric Bowlds, No/expired registration plates. Failure to produce insurance card. Continued for two weeks as defendant needs proof of insurance for day of ticket.
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin Alexander has announced that his office will be closed on Saturday, October 10th, as well as Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.
(Lebanon, Ky.) Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West holds arrest warrants for Michael Isaiah Lancaster. The warrant is for the charge of Engaging in Organized Crime. He uses an alias of Michael Kendrick and was last known to be in Lebanon Ky., but may have contacts in the Louisville area.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Michael Lancaster, please contact Kentucky State Police West Drug Enforcement at 270-746-7834 or your local law enforcement.
Darren Doyle, story and photos
The Veterans Memorial Dedication Project in the courtyard of the Edmonson County Courthouse is now underway. The project is being overseen by Ms. Maurita Miller, Auxiliary Commander for local DAV chapter 32, and will feature a 23 foot long wall with a granite center piece. The granite center will feature engraved emblems from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Prisoners of War (POW).
The walls on each side of the granite centerpiece will be laid with bricks engraved with a veteran's name, branch of service, and theater of war or date served.
"It was (Judge Executive) Wil Cannon's idea to do a Veterans Memorial out in the courtyard," said Maurita Miller. "It was first discussed about putting engraved pavers on the ground, but many of our veterans didn't like the idea of veteran' names being stepped on. There's also trash thrown down and so forth, so then the idea went further on to a wall, instead of putting them on the ground."
Ms. Miller said the bricks will be 4" x 8" and will allow a maximum of three lines with up to 14 characters per line, all for $35 per brick. There are currently four places where you can pick up a donation envelope/order form: Alford's Pharmacy, Bank of Edmonson County, County Clerk Kevin Alexander's Office, and in the north hallway of the courthouse near the front door.
Alford's Pharmacy has made a generous offer of covering half the cost of each brick purchased by any veteran or family of a veteran who are patients of theirs. This means a family would pay only $17.50 for each brick. To take advantage of this offer, you simply purchase your brick at Alford's Pharmacy and Drive Thru, located in the Main Street Center.
"This is our way of giving back to families that have supported us. Hopefully this will enable more families and veterans to honor loved ones who have served us and our great country," said Dr. Kasey Alford.
"We have a memorial for the veterans who died in action," said Judge Cannon. "What we don't have, is a public way to honor veterans who served but didn't die in the line of duty, and this is for every veteran that served."
Cannon was also happy about the funding for the project. "Taxpayer dollars are not paying for this wall," he said. "It's all from donations and proceeds from the engraved brick sales. The footer was taken care of with prisoner labor and dug by Ray Page with the road department, so we're doing as much volunteer work as we can." It was also noted that Dennis and Jeremy Durbin of Durbin's Masonry was providing their labor at a substantial discount.
You don't have to purchase a brick in order to help with the project. Both Ms. Miller and Judge Cannon said any monetary donations for the project are welcomed, too. Just pick up an envelope at one of the locations mentioned above and simply make a donation.
There is no deadline on brick purchases, but Cannon said he hoped that there was enough bricks to have the majority of the project completed by next year's Memorial Day Service in the courtyard. Ms. Miller said approximately 150 bricks had been ordered so far. According to the illustrated plans, there will be around 500 spaces available for the personalized bricks.
Although it probably wouldn't be difficult to find Edmonson County taxpayers that would support county money funding the project, Cannon reiterated that this was a project led by volunteers.
"Fiscal Court paid for the lighting under the pavilion and on the flag in the courtyard," said Cannon. "The plans are now to install a decorative street light over the new memorial when it's completed, so hopefully there will be enough funding from the project to do that. If not, I'm sure Fiscal Court would take care of that cost, but we're trying to get by without spending taxpayer dollars."
We barely caught a photo of the Goodyear Blimp as it flew over southern Edmonson County today. The blimp was flying much faster than we gave it credit, as in just a moment it was out of sight. We don't know where it came from, nor where it was headed, other than southwest, but hey, it's the Goodyear Blimp, and we thought that was pretty cool.
2015 K-PREP ASSESSMENT DATA RELEASED
The Kentucky Department of Education recently released 2015 K-PREP assessment scores. Overall, the Edmonson County School District improved from the 87th percentile to the 89th percentile and was labeled as a proficient school district, just missing being distinguished by two-tenths of a point.
Although the district narrowly missed the distinguished mark, Edmonson County did rank in the top 50 school districts in Kentucky (50th of 173 school districts). “It is exciting to see our test scores reflect the great things that are happening in our district. Every school is working hard and these scores show that we are making progress in focusing on what will help our students achieve,” stated Carol Stice, Supervisor of Instruction.
The scores, percentile ranks, and categories for local schools are: Edmonson County High School (73.4, 83%, Proficient), Edmonson County Middle School (77.1, 98%, Distinguished: School of Distinction), Edmonson County 5/6 Center (64.4, 63%, Needs Improvement), Kyrock Elementary (70.7, 83%, Proficient) and South Edmonson Elementary (68.6, 75%, Proficient).
“We are proud of all of our schools," said Edmonson County Superintendent Patrick Waddell. "We continue to grow and succeed in providing a quality education for our students and these scores validate that effort. It is especially gratifying to see that Edmonson County Middle School is a School of Distinction, ranking 8th in the state, and that Edmonson County High School, Kyrock Elementary, and South Edmonson Elementary are in the Proficient category."
For more information, see the complete school report card data at: http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/
The Kentucky State Police Post 3 Bowling Green responded to a report of an injury collision on Sulphur Road in Edmonson County where a vehicle had struck a utility pole. The collision occurred on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at approx. 3:05 pm.
The preliminary investigation indicated that Mattalyn Cowles (16) of Brownsville was operating a 2008 Chevrolet passenger car southbound on Sulphur Road when she failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.
Cowles had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life by the Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department and Edmonson County EMS. She was then transported to the Medical Center at Bowling Green for treatment of her injuries.
The investigation is still ongoing and being led by Master Trooper Terry Alexander.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU) is warning its customers of a scam. A person is contacting customers telling them their electric service will be disconnected if a payment is not made.
Like BGMU, Warren RECC never calls its members to obtain payment information. If you receive such a call, do not give out any personal or financial information, and report it to any Warren RECC office.