Madison Doyle, photos:
A record number of trick-or-treaters and their families and friends came out to the second annual "Halloween On The Square" event, hosted by Edmonson County Parks and Rec.
Parks & Rec Program Administrator Greg Hudson said an estimated 2,600 people attended the event, based on the amount of food and treats that were distributed.
"We were well pleased with the great turnout today," he said. "We'd like to thank all the businesses and organizations that made this possible. They're part of what makes our community a great place to live."
Enjoy the photo slideshow from today's event:
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
South Edmonson Elementary has announced that Josh Long will be the new principal at the school effective no later than January 1, 2018.
The announcement comes in the wake of the upcoming departure of current Principal Jamie Woosley, who is slated to take over duties as principal at Jennings Creek Elementary, a brand new school that is in its final stages of construction.
Mr. Long is a 2002 graduate of Edmonson County High School and is the son of Annette Renfro from Chalybeate. Long earned a bachelor's degree in political science from WKU in 2007, a master's degree in Exceptional Education in 2010, and a Rank I from the University of the Cumberlands in 2012. He earned principal's certification from WKU in 2016.
Long was first hired as a special education teacher at Austin Tracy Elementary in 2009, where he remained until 2012 when he became head teacher at the Children's Crisis Center for Bowling Green City Schools. In 2015, he became a guidance counselor at Eastern Elementary in Barren County where he will remain until his SEES Principal duties begin.
"South Edmonson is a great school and Jamie Woosley has done a tremendous job," said Long. "Coming here in the middle of the school year is actually an advantage because I can see how things are going and that will make for an easier transition."
The SEES Site Based Council, who recommended the hiring of Mr. Long, was in attendance at today's announcement. Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Patrick Waddell discussed the council and hiring process.
"We had nine quality applicants for this position. They did a great job of vetting each and every applicant," said Waddell. "As the process drew closer, the council decided on five individuals, two of which met most of the criteria we were looking for. When all was said and done, after all the interviews, after all the discussion, I've always felt like the cream rises to the top and when it came down to it, we were able to decide on one candidate."
Waddell thanked all the faculty for their patience and understanding as well as the council members throughout the process.
"We know that no candidate is perfect, but we do feel that we have the best candidate and the perfect person to take over this position," he added.
Current Principal Jamie Woosley introduced to new principal said that he was excited for Mr. Long and wanted to be an open book for Long and is looking for a seamless transition.
"We're in good shape. We're in great shape here at South Edmonson. We've got great teachers and staff members and this school is going in the right direction. Today is the first step in that smooth transition, and at this time, I'd like to introduce Josh Long."
Long said he looks forward to building great things on top of what South has already become.
"I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. I want to be a good communicator with our parents and am eager to become involved in this community," he said.
He plans on taking various days here and there to observe different aspects of the school before the full transition is made. He said that will depend on how fast his current school can find a replacement for him.
"I'm really excited to get to know the great students at South. Growing up here, I'm sure I know many of the parents and family members of these students and I look forward to those relationships."
Long currently lives in Glasgow with his wife and seven-month old baby.
Dozens of Cars Battle For Thousands In Prize Money
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
It was quite a bit colder than usual at the Edmonson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 28, 2017 during the Fall Halloween Howl Demolition Derby as temperatures dipped into the upper 30's.
Dozens of cars competed for thousands in prize money while folks made plenty of trips to the concession stand for hot coffee and cocoa.
Check out some of our favorite photos below:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report
County and city officials have announced that Halloween will be celebrated on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm in Edmonson County and the Brownsville city limits.
Edmonson County Parks & Rec will host Halloween on the Square, that is expected to bring out a couple thousand people to the courthouse square beginning at 4pm on Tuesday.
Sheriff Shane Doyle says that he and his deputies will be patrolling extra rounds on Halloween night and he's offered some safety tips for a safe night out.
"We want everyone to have a safe and fun night," Sheriff Doyle said. "Please make sure all children participating in Halloween activities have adult supervision and be aware of extra traffic. Only visit homes of those you know while trick-or-treating, or well-known businesses and reputable events. We also stress for parents and guardians to inspect all candy and treats afterwards."
Officials also advise drivers to use extra caution as little pedestrians will be out and about, many with masks or other costume items that may affect their vision.
Several churches and civic organizations are also holding various Halloween activities. Both city and county officials ask that all trick-or-treating be concluded by 7pm.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty presiding.
Brooklyn S. Keown, Trafficking controlled subs. within 1000ft of school. Drug paraphernalia-deliver/manufacture. Pleaded not guilty to both charges. Pretrial hearing 10/31/17.
Tommie G. Hayes, Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Pleaded guilty. Fined $150 plus $184 court cost.
Elvis Lindsey, Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Pleaded guilty. Fined $150 plus $184 court cost.
Nicholas Fields, Jr., No/expired registration plates. Proof shown, dismissed. Possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle. Merged into Operating vehicle under influence of alcohol. Pleaded guilty.
Daniel A. Messer, Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first. Operating on suspended/revoked license. No/expired other state registration receipt or plate. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 11/21/17.
Jeremy Richardson, Speeding 20mph over limit. Failure to produce insurance card. Failed to appear, notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Baylen S. Wardlow, Trafficking controlled substance within 1000ft of school. Amended to Trafficking in marijuana less than 8oz. Deferred for two years. Drug paraphernalia-deliver/manufacture. Deferred two years. Careless driving, pleaded guilty. Fined $50. License to be in possession, dismissed.
Nick Wells, Public intoxication controlled substance, excludes alcohol. Possession of controlled substance-first degree-meth. Traffic in marijuana less than 8oz. Carrying concealed deadly weapon. Pleaded not guilty to all charges. Pretrial hearing 11/21/17.
High Flying Dunks, Dancing, & Hilarious Comedy For All Ages
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Harlem Wizards left everyone smiling at the end of their amazing basketball show last night at Edmonson County High School after defeating the "Cave Robbers," (a team made up of school teachers and personnel).
The event was a fundraiser for South Edmonson Elementary that included some form of family entertainment for everyone in the gym. Hilarious comedy, amazing athletic skill, and kid interaction enjoyed by all that was second to none.
SEES Principal Jamie Woosley said that while he wished the show would've been sold out, the large crowd in attendance enjoyed the event, money was raised for the school, and kids enjoyed a positive experience.
"This was a great show here tonight," he said. "One of the players came to South today and spoke to the kids about all sorts of positive things. They absolutely loved it. Another traveled to Kyrock and spoke there. This team is doing special things for our kids and we appreciate it. We hope they can come back next year."
Team member Arthur Lewis, Jr., better known as "King Arthur," said it's all about bringing positivity to communities across the country.
"When we see the smiles on these kids' faces, and their parents, too, that's why we do this," He said.
Originally from Baltimore, he is in his ninth season with the Wizards, who travel nine months out of the year.
"We just want to bring something positive everywhere we go and it doesn't matter where. No matter how big or little you are, no matter the color of your skin, whatever differences we have, we can still be kind to each other and love life."
King Arthur said he hopes the Wizards can return to Brownsville next year and draw an even bigger crowd. He is also the author of a children's book that is now available by clicking here.
Kids Slideshow Photos Below:
Amber Webb, Vice President of South Edmonson PTO said they were well pleased with the turnout and the money raised at the event. She said the reaction from those in attendance was so overwhelming that an effort to bring back the Wizards next year is already in place.
The show was non-stop entertainment and crowd interacting from the first tip until the game ended with all the kids in the gym joining the team at center court with everyone counting down the final five seconds together as confetti cannons shot streamers all over the court.
Editor's note: We often hear and read comments from our readers that say something along the lines of "there's nothing for people to do here," or "my kids have to go somewhere else for fun." This is the exact type of entertainment that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you like basketball or not. These types of events need support from all of us, especially the ones that benefit our schools and children. Several members of the Wizards spoke with me and thanked US, Edmonson County, for hosting them and allowing them to perform for US. The Edmonson Voice certainly appreciates the effort from the entire Wizards staff, all school volunteers, and all the sponsors that made the event possible. We hope the Wizards return and the crowd is doubled in the future. -Darren Doyle
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has announced that the suspect in last week's alleged burglary attempts from a woman armed with a shotgun with two children has been identified and is wanted by police.
Officials said they now have active arrest warrants for Ms. Jennifer Sheperd, 32, of Roundhill (Butler Co.), KY, for an armed home invasion that took place on October 14, 2017 on Big Reedy Road in Edmonson County.
The Sheriff's office reported that on the night of October 14, Sheperd, who had her two juvenile children with her, wrecked a vehicle in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery that she had previously stolen from Grayson County.
Shepherd reportedly then fled the scene of the accident with two children, according to officials. Authorites also said the woman armed with a shotgun, attempted to force her way into a house on Big Reedy Road and demanded that the homeowners give them the keys to their car. After a struggle on the porch Shepherd reportedly fled when she saw a law enforcement vehicle approaching.
Law enforcement did not make contact with her at that time.
Through the investigation, it was discovered that neither of the juveniles were injured and they are currently in the care of other family members. Officials also recovered the 12 gauge shotgun that was suspected to be used in the attempted burglary.
Shepherd is 32 years old, is 5' 3'', has brown hair, green eyes and weighs approximately 105lbs. She was last seen one week ago, on foot in the area of Region Threlkel Road and KY Hwy 70, in Butler County wearing a black hoodie and pink sweatpants.
Shepherd has an active arrest warrant for Burglary 1st degree and Wanton Endangerment 1st degree.
The Sheriff's Office requests that anyone with information on her whereabouts or possible sightings, contact 911 immediately. Your identity can be kept completely anonymous. Shepherd has ties in the Roundhill community of both Edmonson and Butler Counties and the Falls of Rough community of Grayson County.
Bills Should Begin Arriving On November 1st
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Sheriff Shane Doyle has released the following 2017 Edmonson County Property Tax Information for the upcoming tax season:
Bills will be mailed out this weekend and will likely begin arriving to local residents on Monday, Nov. 1st and Tues., Nov. 2nd.
The Sheriff's Office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4pm, and 8am-12pm on Saturdays. There is a night depository for after-hour payments on the exit side of the building.
Bills paid between:
The Sheriff's Office said they can accept cash in exact amounts of bills, check, or credit card for payments. You can pay online with e-check or credit card after November 1, 2017 by visiting the Sheriff's Office website and choosing "Tax Information." (subject to additional fees)
From there, follow these directions:
1. Click "login" using "Guest" as your username and password
2. At the "Lookup" tab, type your first and last name and choose "Name" in the "By" tab. You must enter your last name first. Enter year 2017. Once you see your tax bill, you can pay directly online with credit card (with an added 1.5% fee) or by e-check (flat rate of $1.95).
For more information, call the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157.
Other County Offices Give Reports, Parks and Rec Announces Upcoming Events
Darren Doyle, story:
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed several topics and answered several questions regarding some recent cases with the Sheriff's Office, including the upcoming annual property tax bills that will begin arriving in mailboxes and post office boxes around November 1-2.
He discussed the modern technology used to catch a recent fugitive in the Segal community and updated the court on the ongoing case of a Big Reedy break-in attempt involving a woman with a shotgun and two children. He said they have identified the woman and she is said to be in Butler County; however, a request for an arrest warrant has not been signed by a judge. Doyle said as frustrating as that was, he had no idea why the warrant had not been signed but that it was in the hands of the courts.
Magistrate Mark Woosley asked the Sheriff why the county's emergency "one-call" system wasn't used in the either case. Doyle said with each case considered an emergency, he has to determine whether or not the use of the system will help solve the problem or cause panic. He said that at the time of the first incident, it was only a private domestic matter at first, and in similar situations, it was likely there would be no escalation. Once the issue became more serious, he thought using local media would be the best route to inform the public.
He said that sometimes while instant mass communication is helpful with certain cases, it can also tip off those that for which are being searched or their friends or family, so they're careful what's released and when; however, he said he would coordinate with the Judge Executive and Emergency Management Director Pat Prunty to better use the system in the future.
In other Fiscal Court news, County Road Foreman Ray Page thanked the Edmonson Voice for informing the public about the traffic detour that was recommended for the recent repaving of a portion of Noah Bledsoe Road and a recent article spotlighting their work.
He said crews are planning on wrapping up all the blacktop work as quickly as possible as cold weather will arrive for good soon. He also said crews were performing much needed maintenance on their equipment until better weather conditions allow them to continue their outside work.
Jailer Hank Vincent reported that Hart County Jail was currently housing 20 Edmonson County inmates with one prisoner on home incarceration.
Parks and Rec Program Admin Greg Hudson said that the county soccer league would wind up this week with a picnic and awards presentation this Saturday at Chalybeate Park. He said this year's soccer participants doubled from last year. He discussed the upcoming little league basketball program which will begin October 30 and run through the end of February.
Halloween on the Square will take place on Oct 31 from 4pm-7pm and will be held inside the Community Center in case of inclement weather. He also announced that another community movie night will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4th in the Community Center.
Hudson also said that renovations to the Community Center stage would hopefully be complete in a week or so and that the plan was to move the Bluegrass Jam at Bee Spring Park to the Community Center once complete. He said the crowds and musicians were getting too large for the facility at BS Park to accommodate them.
Various fees and reports were then approved by magistrates and the meeting was adjourned. The next fiscal court meeting scheduled for Monday, November 13, 2017 at 9am in the upstairs courtroom of the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Man Found In Dollar Store Parking Lot As Deputies Make Quick Stop
Darren Doyle, story:
A Bowling Green man has been arrested where he now faces multiple charges, including child endangerment and a felony drug charge after he was found unconscious in his vehicle at a nearby market when deputies made a quick stop at the location.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped at the Chalybeate Dollar General around 7:30pm on Friday night where they found James N. Wells, (34) of Bowling Green passed out in a vehicle in the store's parking lot.
During a probable cause search, deputies said they discovered what appeared to be methamphetamine and multiple bags of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an undisclosed amount of cash, and a concealed handgun under a console. In the backseat was a 6-year old child.
Wells was arrested and charged with:
The child was unharmed and released to the care of his grandparents.
Wells was lodged in Hart County Jail. Also assisting was the Brownsville City Police Department.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines, presiding.
Jessica M. Womack, Hindering prosecution or apprehension-2nd degree. Failed to appear. $500 bench warrant issued.
Nancy R. Hayes, Harboring a vicious animal. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference 10/31/17.
Amy R. Dittmer, Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Dismissed on motion of County Attorney. Possessing license when privileges are revoked/suspended. Pleaded not guilty. No/expired/other state registration receipt or plate. Pleaded not guilty. Failure to produce insurance card. Pleaded not guilty. Improper turning. Pleaded not guilty. Failure to register of transfer of motor vehicle. Pleaded not guilty. Pretrial conference, 10/31/17.
Erica Leigh Holderbaum, Speeding 10mph over limit. Failed to appear, notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Richard E. Spears, Operating motor vehicle under influence of drugs/alcohol. Amended to reckless driving as per county attorney. Judgement guilty. $50 fine, total costs $193.
Rebecca Diana Meredith, Possession of marijuana, guilty. Drug paraphernalia, guilty. $100 fine, total costs $254.
Christian D. Merz, Wanton endangerment first degree (two counts). Assault first degree. Pleaded not guilty. Preliminary hearing, 10/23/17.
Christian D. Merz, Assault 4th degree domestic violence minor injury. Criminal mischief, pleaded not guilty to both charges. Preliminary hearing 10/24/17.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Things are looking much different at the Edmonson County High School football field as the bleachers and press box are currently undergoing demolition. As of Thursday, about half of the bleachers had been removed with all of the interior of the press box removed.
The construction project is part of the three million dollar, school district-wide renovation plan for the 2017-18 school year.
The project is scheduled to be completed in December of this year and will feature all new aluminum bleachers for the home side, along with a completely redesigned press box with a new modernized public address sound system. Members of the construction crew from Alliance, Inc., said that concrete pads were also going to join the blacktopped track which will eliminate walking through grass and dirt around the front of the bleachers.
PAWS & Humane Society of Edmonson County Working Together To Bring Animal Shelter To County
Darren Doyle, story:
Two local humane societies are finally coming together in a more focused effort to bring a self-sustained animal shelter in Edmonson County.
PAWS, a local group formed in June of 2016, announced in a press release that both their group and the Humane Society of Edmonson County have met multiple times and have agreed that working together is now their focus.
Many county residents have been confused as to why Edmonson County needs two separate humane societies, and the question has never been answered. Shortly after group members from PAWS attended a fiscal court meeting on June 13, 2016, which was the same day Edmonson County Fiscal Court dissolved its animal shelter contract with Greg and Kim Carroll after the Carroll's shelter was shut down by KSP in an animal cruelty case, Katie Smith announced the formation of the Humane Society of Edmonson County.
In the early stages, each group seemingly worked against the other and the fiscal court in the effort to bring a new shelter to the county. Katie Smith and her husband Ken, were both plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Edmonson County Fiscal Court in a case going back to 2013 regarding the former shelter. The court granted an agreed order of dismissal on May 15, 2017. PAWS had some personnel issues with their own board members not being on the same page, which raised more questions and confusion.
With both organizations doing separate fundraising events and the county government not sure of either's intentions, progress was slow as many saw each group doing more to undermine the other rather than for the intended purpose; however, according to both organizations, each group will help the other in a local effort for the betterment of animals.
"The Humane Society of Edmonson County and Edmonson County PAWS Humane Society Inc. have had two dual organization meetings recently," said Mike Stoyonovich, in an emailed statement. He is the newly elected PAWS President. "We both are 501©3 non-profit organizations that mutually contacted each other and found common ground through very transparent dialogue. PAWS has recently restructured its board of directors through election of new officers. I do not speak for the Humane Society of Edmonson County, (HSEC), (Katie Smith), but I can speak to our mutual goal of ensuring the best possible quality of life for all animals of Edmonson County and to build and maintain a quality animal shelter in Edmonson County," he said.
Katie Smith said much of the same.
"The Humane Society of Edmonson County reached out to PAWS about two months ago," she said in an email to the Edmonson Voice. "We were excited to have a positive response and have a meeting of our board of directors set. It seemed that PAWS had undergone or was still undergoing some major restructuring and looking toward the future."
Judge Wil Cannon said this was definitely a step in the right direction for the county.
"It looks very hopeful that they'll be working together and that's a good thing," he said. "It's very confusing to our residents having two separate groups here. You had people donating to one group that they thought was to the other, and so forth. I don't think it's government's place to say which group is good or bad or what, but as long as they're working together in the right way to help with our animal shelter efforts, I'll have to say that's a positive."
Cannon said his goal is for Edmonson County to build a shelter on county property and then contract its operation with a local humane society.
"When Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter said they'd house our animals, it was only temporary," Cannon said. "They hoped that we'd be able to take care of our own in about a five year period. I'd like to see this happen within the next four years. Of course that will have to be voted on and approved by the fiscal court, but I think when the county can get some bills paid down, like our emergency radio system, we can all work together to see this happen."
Cannon said the county currently pays around $2000 per month on the county's new emergency radio system.
Mrs. Smith said both groups are working together to apply for a grant that would bring in someone to do a needs assessment for a county shelter and would supply an architect.
"By doing little things like that, give each other leads, tips, advice, splitting research, we can accomplish much more in a shorter time," she said. "The Humane Society of Edmonson County is looking forward to expanding on the budding partnership that we have with Edmonson County PAWS Humane Society. They have some great minds and people who certainly love animals as much as we do, working hard for our shared goal."
In a released statement, PAWS said, "We know this is going to be a multi-year process, but we feel with the combined efforts of both groups, it is a very attainable goal for the future. We hope that this is a very positive first step for our community, and will further benefit the animal welfare of Edmonson County."
Stoyonovich also said that in his opinion, the Humane Society of Edmonson County had worked hard in developing a successful spay and neuter program that has resulted in many benefits.
"They have also structured a program that has many contacts for cat adoption and rescue. HSEC needs to be commended," he added.
PAWS listed the board of directors as:
Judge Cannon said that it's a great step in the right direction.
"If everybody will work together with all the focus on what's needed in Edmonson County, I really feel like we'll have a chance to eventually have one of the best animal shelters around."
You can visit the Humane Society of Edmonson County's website by clicking here.
Click here to visit the Edmonson County PAWS site.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office arrested two Bowling Green teens last night on marijuana trafficking charges during a routine traffic stop near South Edmonson Elementary.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said that deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle across the street from the school around 9:30pm on Tuesday.
Authorities said that the driver, Baylen Wardlow (18), of Bowling Green, gave consent to search the vehicle. Deputies said they discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the car and Wardlow, along with Brooklyn Keown (18), also of Bowling Green, were arrested. Keown was said to have been one of three other passengers in the car.
Wardlow was charged with:
Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail. They are scheduled to appear in Edmonson District Court on October 24, 2017.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 15-21, 2017. "Together we can Get Involved and Get it Solved STOP the Bullying! " said a statement from Edmonson County Schools.
The Edmonson County School District and Kentucky Center for School Safety stands on the belief that everybody should enjoy school equally and be treated with respect. Community members, educators, students and parents are encouraged to get involved during Kentucky Safe Schools Week.
"Those who use bullying behavior in school, thrive on intimidation, humiliation and secrecy. They count on the silence of bystanders and students who are victimized. During Kentucky Safe Schools Week, every student, every educator and all staff and community members alike are asked to “Roll up your sleeves and lace up your shoes,” and “Get Involved” in activities to reduce the bullying in our schools and community," said the statement.
According to Edmonson County Schools, there are many ways that students, staff and community members can get involved from educating others about the seriousness of bullying to self-examination of one’s own actions when bullying occurs. Learning to solve these issues can be as easy as leaving an online tip. Students can be a “Silent Hero” and help without getting involved if they fear retaliation. The Kentucky Center for School Safety offers to partner with schools and provide a “free” online reporting tool, the S.T.O.P! TIPLINE. The tip line encourages students, parents or community members, who know of an unsafe situation in school, to pass on that information anonymously to school personnel by using a digital format. Check it out at http://www.kycss.org/stop/stop.php?district=Edmonson.County.School.District.
The school also said that getting involved may be volunteering to put up posters in the school halls and on community bulletin boards. It may be noticing a lonely student and asking him/her to eat lunch with you. By taking the online “Get Involved… Pledge Against Bullying” you encourage others and reflect on your personal commitment to stop bullying.
For Safe Schools Week the KCSS website supplies a variety of teaching aids along with the online pledge and Kentucky Safe Schools Week Tool Kit loaded with resources such as daily announcements, activity pages, PowerPoint presentations, lessons, videos, scenarios, interactive websites and much more. Resources will also be available for school administrators, parents and community involvement at www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php
Nearby Fuel Tanks Presented Additional Danger
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Three different fire departments responded to a garage fire on Brier Creek Road around 8:30am today at the residence of Mr. Tommy Brooks, owner of a local excavation company.
Mr. Brooks said he and a few other men were working on a Caterpillar D6 bulldozer that was pulled just outside the building when he looked up and saw the far end of the structure engulfed in flames.
Mr. Brooks said he had no idea how the fire started or what could've started it; however, there was plenty of fuel to keep the fire going besides the wooden structure itself, including stacked firewood.
An even greater hazard was present due to large fuel tanks on the far end of the structure containing diesel and oil. In addition to trying to extinguish the blaze, firefighters also had to keep the tanks cool.
Lincoln Fire Chief Steve Sanders said there's little that can be done in situations like this.
"Unless we can respond pretty much immediately, structures like this just go up too fast," he said. "You just do your best to contain fires like these."
Extreme heat reached the dozer and shattered it's rear glass but Mr. Brooks said he thought it would be ok. The same couldn't be said for the building and its contents, which he said contained thousands of dollars of tools and equipment. Many were antique hand tools that were highly collectible. The building was a complete loss.
The Lincoln, Kyrock, and Brownsville Fire Departments responded to the scene along with Warren Rural Electric Corp. There were no injuries reported.
Woman Was Reportedly With Two Small Children and Armed With A Shotgun
Darren Doyle, story:
Local law enforcement is investigating two attempted burglaries from what witnesses said was an armed female with two small children last night on Big Reedy Road (Big Reedy Loop) around 10:30pm.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, the first caller reported that the woman, who was armed with a shotgun, attempted to enter the caller's residence and claimed she was being chased. The caller said the children seemed to be approximately aged 7-10 years old. The caller also suspected the woman was under the influence of some type of drug.
While the Sheriff's Office and Brownsville Police were searching the area, they received another call within close proximity to the first call of a similar report. The second caller said the woman pointed the gun at the door and threatened to "shoot it down," unless she was allowed in.
According to authorities, the homeowner opened the door and the woman pointed the shotgun at the caller and threatened to shoot. A struggle ensued where the female was knocked off the porch but she was reportedly able to flee before law enforcement could respond at the scene.
Law enforcement officials said they searched the area until after 3am but did not locate the female or the two juveniles.
Officials said they later found a wrecked 1991 red Ford Ranger in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, also on Big Reedy Rd, believed to be related to the incidents.
According to witnesses, the woman was wearing a burgundy shirt, had darkish hair was approximately 5'2" to 5'4" in height with an average build. The juveniles were both boys, and were reportedly wearing ball caps. Witnesses described the woman's weapon as a 12 gauge shotgun.
No arrests have been made but law enforcement have suspects.
Anyone with information on either the female suspect or the wrecked Ford Ranger is asked to please call the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 or Edmonson County dispatch at 270-597-2729. Your identity can be kept anonymous.
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Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported that Tennessee Fugitive Christian D. Merz, 38 has been arrested in Glendale, KY as of 2:52pm on October 13, 2017.
"Myself and members of our office along with Kentucky State Police have not only been searching the area for this man, but also have been in contact with dozens of people over the last 24 hours, following up on every lead available," said Sheriff Shane Doyle.
Doyle said evidence obtained in the investigation showed that he'd hitched a ride with some truckers headed north.
"Through our multi-agency investigation, we obtained video footage that showed the fugitive in the Glendale area," he said. "With help from KSP, Facebook Communications, and Comcast Cable, we were able to discover Merz's use of a public wi-fi hotspot where he used Facebook to contact family. The fugitive was seen walking on an overpass on 1-65 where he was arrested by Kentucky State Police."
Sheriff Doyle said yesterday there were tips from the public that described a man walking down the road with a bag in his hand and that deputies caught up with a person with the exact description, but it turned out he was a relative of a local resident that was only visiting that had no relation to this case.
"We know that situations like this are stressful for our community and we thank you for your patience and help while we continued this investigation," Doyle added. We thank KSP Trooper Terry Alexander for his excellent work in this case. We're proud that we have a great working relationship with KSP and other agencies."
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Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Another Edmonson County Fair has come and gone, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Edmonson County Lions Club, an organization in charge of the event since the early 60's. President Jimmie Duvall, who's been a member for over 40 years, said this year's event was one of the biggest and most successful and will greatly help the many local causes for which the Lions Club foot the bill each year.
"Our attendance was up from last year and that's always a good thing," said Duvall. "You know, it really doesn't matter what you do, you can't please everyone, so our goal is to provide a good family fair that everyone can afford, can enjoy, and allows us to continue helping people in Edmonson County."
The Lions Club not only provides eyeglasses for those in need, but also provides each member of the local Head Start program a new coat each winter, sponsors a yearly scholarship, and provides countless unnamed instances of one-time gifts to help a number of needs. Those needs range from someone down on their luck, an emergency medical need, academic needs, to things more community-minded like fire hydrants in needed areas. All causes stay inside Edmonson County and must go before the Lions Club board to ensure the legitimacy of each need.
Duvall also gave several instances of how the Lions Club helps local needy children in a variety of ways including sponsoring the local backpack program, which provides meals to school children each weekend of the school year, as well as providing underprivileged students access to the fair on fair day.
The Lions Club currently has 49 members, many of which use their membership just to volunteer their labor and effort at the fair.
"There's no way to keep up with the man hours it takes to put on the fair," said Duvall. "Everything from keeping the grounds clean and mowed, to setting up each event, repairs and maintenance, it's all done by the Lions Club, and all volunteers. This is something we work on all year."
Duvall said while the local fair isn't perfect, he's proud of what it is, and how it helps Edmonson County.
"For the most part, you see the same group of people each year. We do our best to make this where a family of three or four can come to the fair and be able to pay for it. There's not many places you can go to and enjoy a family friendly event and a carnival for $10."
Duvall said the Lions Club also hears its share of complaints, coming from those who either don't like the prices, don't like the events, or don't like the carnival. He said while he understands not everyone will be happy, the club makes an honest effort to please the most people.
"I had a person come to me once and say 'let me tell you what you need to do to make the fair better,' but I stopped him. I told him that in all my years of being in the Lions Club I'd never seen him one single time on the fairgrounds. I asked him how could he tell me how to make it better if he'd never been there, and he said that he was basing on it just what he'd heard. Well, come out to the fair and see for yourself, then we'll talk."
The top event of the 2017 fair was the demolition derby, bringing thousands out to the popular event, which was said to have been one of the largest, if not the largest, in the state for this year. Close behind was the Mud Bog, followed by the Bullwhip Rodeo, the first in Edmonson County in nearly 30 years.
Events like the truck pull were forcibly phased out in 2015 because of the huge costs truck pull providers charged the Lions Club, but resulted in extremely low attendance.
While the pageants and baby show don't draw huge crowds, they're staples of the fair, even though the pageants are no longer held at the fairgrounds. Pageants are now open to other counties due to the low number of participants when the event was restricted to Edmonson County contestants only. While the winners moving on to state competition might be from another county, there is always a local winner in each category every year.
The ATV drag racing was this year's least popular event, drawing only a few dozen attendees.
Duvall also wanted to point out that the fair wouldn't have been possible without not only the countless volunteered hours by the club members, but also local emergency personnel, including Chalybeate and Brownsville Fire Departments, Edmonson EMS, the Rescue Squad, Sheriff Shane Doyle's Office, Brownsville Police, and others who provided security, aid, and help at each nightly event.
So what will make next year's fair better? Is it a music act? Karaoke or talent show? Someone diving from 100 feet into a damp washcloth? Who knows, but the Lions Club wants to hear from you.
"We're always looking for ways to improve the fair. We're willing to consider anything as long as it can be affordable and it's family-friendly. The fair's not about what I want or what this little group over here wants. It's about what will provide the most family entertainment for the most people that people can afford," Duvall said.
If you feel that your fair needs improvements, you could do several things, but complaining isn't one of them that will help very much. You could also join the Lions Club and lend a helping hand, but it's not likely that a large number of new members will be joining anytime soon. One of the easiest things you can do is answer a few survey questions that the fair board will study and research. Who knows, your input might make 2018 the year that will go down in the history books.
The Lions Club has asked us to allow you to give suggestions on how they can make it better. Please fill out the short form below. All we ask is that you only provide a first name.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Sheriff Shane Doyle has issued a statement regarding the continuing manhunt for Christian D. Merz, 38, who was last seen in the Segal community.
"The Sheriff's Office has been following on every lead provided, but has yet to locate the subject," said Doyle. "We're currently working with Kentucky State Police and are doing all we can with the limited resources available. If anyone sees or hears from the suspect, please call 911 or Edmonson County Dispatch as 270-597-2729."
Doyle said all available units along with multiple KSP troopers had been searching the entire area. No other information was available.
Man Is Considered Armed And Dangerous And Is Said To Still Be In Segal Community
Merz is said to be about 6ft tall with medium build and has dark hair and complexion. The sheriff's office said that Merz has allegedly tried to stab multiple people while looking for food, water, and wi-fi.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Merz has been wandering the Segal community for the past week as there have been reports of his family members living in the area. He was reportedly carrying multiple knives.
He was last reported seen in the woods between American Rock Road and Segal Road around 12:30pm on Thursday. He was last seen wearing a tan jacket and blue jeans.
If you've seen this man or have any information as to his whereabouts, please call Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729 or dial 911 in case of emergency.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Honorable Judge John M. McCarty, presiding.
Joe Brent Coleman, Failure to wear seat belts. Dismissed. Operating on suspended license, pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 30 days in jail, credit for 30 days served. No/expired KY registration receipt. Dismissed. No/expired registration plates. Dismissed.
Burkett Copass, License to be in possession. Controlled substance prescription not original container-first. Both dismissed.
Paula Meredith, three counts of theft by deception-including cold checks under $500. All dismissed, per county attorney.
David Alford, Leaving scene of accident/failure to render aid or assistance. Continued 11/7/17.
Melissa J. Harp, No/expired KY registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Both charges dismissed. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance. Proof shown, dismissed.
Elvis Lindsey, Speeding 19mph over limit. Will attend county attorney traffic school.
Wallace Moran, Speeding 22mph over limit. Failed to appear. Notice sent to dept. of transportation.
Brett Austin Higgs, Assault first degree-domestic violence. Assault 4th degree-domestic violence minor injury. Pleaded not guilty to both charges. Pretrial hearing 10/17/17. Attorney appointed.
Bruce A. Luttrell, Three counts of endangering welfare of a minor. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 10/31/17.
Everette Simpson, Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security 1st. Pleaded guilty, fined $500. Operating on suspended/revoked operator's license. Pleaded guilty. Fined $100. Failure to wear seat belts. Dismissed.
Richard Kelly Ferguson, Possession of controlled substance, first degree date rape drug. Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 10/24/17.
In a statement issued by The Kentucky State Treasury, they said they will never request payment of money in exchange for a “free grant,” nor will ever request individuals to purchase gift cards.
“I am committed to helping Kentuckians protect their hard earned money,” Treasurer Ball said. “I encourage people to be very cautious anytime their personal or bank information is solicited.”
If you suspect you are victim of a similar or other scam, please contact the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157.
Colored Accent and Effect Lighting Are Now Banned Under New KY Law
Darren Doyle, story:
A new house bill from the Kentucky General Assembly effective July 1, 2017 has banned the use of blue or other colored lights on any motor vehicle, with the exception of motorcycles, in any capacity unless they are law enforcement related.
Simply put, lights used for effects such as halos around headlights, under-vehicle glowing lights, or other similar colored accent other than white lighting are no longer allowed by law.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said while their users see the lights as harmless, blue or red accent lights on vehicles can be confused for emergency purposes and have caused approaching traffic to attempt to yield, slow down, or pull over when not necessary. He said this can be a traffic hazard. He also added that colored lights are sometimes distracting to other drivers.
While fines for accent lighting violations only run $20-$35, Doyle says his office is doing their best to warn motorists about the new law instead of writing citations.
"It's unreasonable for us to assume that everyone keeps up with the changing laws like we have to, so for the next few weeks we're trying to educate the public on the updated law," he said.
It's always been illegal for flashing or rotating lights to be used on civilian-operated vehicles, but the restrictions are now extended to colored aftermarket lighting products. Lights on the front of a vehicle may only be white with a slight amber or bluish tint, along with amber signal lights. Rear brake or signal lights can only consist of red, amber, or white.
The entire 17RS House Bill 74 can be read in full by clicking here.
"Anyone with questions can call the Sheriff's Office at 270-597-2157 and speak with an officer regarding the new law," Doyle said. "We don't make the laws, we just have to enforce them."
Noah Bledsoe Road From HWY 101 To Denham Road Gets Resurfaced
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
It's not breaking news when county road crews are out working on county roads, due to the fact that it's what they do everyday. It's a year-round and often thankless job, but local crews work hard in ways that often times get little attention.
Today local crews are resurfacing a portion of Noah Bledsoe Road at HWY 101 out to the junction of Denham Road. While they won't be finished today, crew workers are advising local residents that work will likely continue for the next few days and to please have patience while they continue their work.
Most of us jump in our vehicles and take off, not giving any thought to the resources it takes to keep Edmonson County roads in proper working order and looking good. Not just that, but draining ditches and road tiles are also maintained by local crews and they do a great job.
Our local state highway crews do the same things, only on state roads throughout the county, and those workers are to be commended as well. Those are the roads that are numbered; 743, 259, etc., while county roads are named; Beaver Dam Church Road, E.G. Nash Road, etc.
So while it may be an inconvenience for a few days while local roads receive resurfacing and maintenance, please use caution and know that Edmonson County Road crews are working hard to keep our roads the best they can be.