A Brownsville man was injured today in a bicycle accident that resulted in him being air lifted to a Nashville hospital.
According to Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell, Glenn Thacker (30), of Brownsville, was headed down the hill on Oak Hill Road coming from Brownsville when he met an oncoming vehicle. Chief Jewell said it was likely Mr. Thacker was traveling very fast for a bike and he swerved quickly as he met the vehicle. Jewell said that Thacker's bike then exited the left side of the road, traveled down a steep embankment, and came to rest in a thick patch of trees and brush, where the operator was thrown from the bike.
Emergency workers were able to place Thacker on a stretcher, which was then winched up the hill by a Brownsville Fire Department vehicle.
Thacker was transported by Edmonson EMS to the parking lot next to Edmonson County Public Library, where he was then air lifted to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville by Air-Evac helicopter.
"He was having difficulty breathing and experiencing extreme pain in his side," said the Chief. "We're unsure of his injuries at this time but they appear to be non-life threatening."
Chief Jewell said Mr. Thacker was alert and was speaking with emergency workers.
The Chief also said the investigation showed that the other vehicle was not officially involved in the accident, as the car appeared to be on the correct side of the road and no contact was made, which Jewell said Mr. Thacker confirmed. The driver and passenger of the vehicle immediately stopped and tried to help, as well as a neighbor, who was driving close by.
Jewell also noted that Mr. Thacker was not wearing a helmet.
Responding to the scene was the Brownsville Fire Dept, Edmonson EMS, Brownsville Police, and Air-Evac.
Local First Responders Find Two-Day Old Unreported Crash: No Injures--Sheriff Asks For Notification From Public In Similar Future Incidents
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Local first responders rushed to the scene of a reported rollover crash this morning on Noah Bledsoe Road which included multiple agencies and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment; however, it was soon discovered that the crash occurred two days ago with no injuries and the vehicle was left there, unreported and unattended.
A passerby noticed the vehicle this morning as he was taking a morning walk. The vehicle had traveled down a 50ft embankment and had come to rest on its side, straddling a small creek. The passerby quickly called 911 and reported a rollover crash and local dispatch paged emergency workers to the scene, which according to radio traffic, was described as a rollover accident with unknown entrapment and unknown injuries.
Emergency personnel hiked down the embankment to find that the vehicle was abandoned. Sheriff Shane Doyle was able to locate the owner of the vehicle, who lived nearby, and he said the owner said the crash happened a couple days before. Since there were no injuries and no accident report was necessary, the owner said no one called it in, according to Doyle.
The Sheriff said he understands that most see emergency services as agencies that are simply ready to do their jobs whenever needed to wherever they are called; however, in situations where they are not needed, it causes several problems elsewhere.
"This morning's rollover accident on Bledsoe Road is a perfect example of how law enforcement, fire departments, and EMS services all work together to handle emergencies in our county," he said. "However, in this particular incident, because of the unknown nature of the wreck, dispatch sent everyone available to the scene to deal with the accident. A partial list of responders include the sheriff, a constable, an ambulance, and several fire department vehicles (both department owned and personally owned). The volunteer firefighters that responded either had to leave work or leave their families to assist, with no compensation for what they do. All it would have taken was a phone call from the owner or driver of the vehicle to let us know that no one was injured and arrangements were being made to retrieve the van and it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment usage and manpower. "
Doyle said he's not speaking out about the inconvenience of responding to an unnecessary call, but rather how it takes emergency services away from a potential life-threatening situation somewhere else at the same time.
"Unfortunately, these types of situations happen far more often than you would think," he continued. " I believe I speak for all first responders when I say we are all happy to assist in any way possible when someone needs help, but when we are wasteful and inefficient with our resources, it hurts the whole county. When a law enforcement officer is tied up on something unnecessary, that officer could be out patrolling, serving papers, or investigating a crime. When an ambulance has responded to something that isn't needed, it impedes their ability to make it to the next emergency. The same goes for the volunteers and constable. Please, notify dispatch of any situation that could cause public concern so we can know what we are dealing with, and properly utilize our skills and training in what is best for all of our residents."
The names of the owner and driver were not released, due to no violation being reported or no accident report being filed.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave, K.Y., July 23, 2019—The Green River Ferry reopened to all vehicular traffic today, Tuesday, July 23. Ferry service had been temporarily suspended due to low water, but the recent rains have raised the water level enough for the service to resume.
Ferry service will be temporarily suspended starting Monday, July 29 in order to complete the Green River Ferry ramp improvement projects which should allow the ferry to operate in low water conditions. The ramp improvements will close the ferry operation and portions of the Green River Ferry Road to all vehicular traffic until November 15.
To check the current status of the Green River Ferry operation, please call the Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 or follow Mammoth Cave National Park on Twitter or Facebook.
Fiscal Court Report: New Dog Control Vehicle Purchase Approved, Committee Appointed For Possible Road Additions To County System
Judge Cannon Asks For Reconsideration Of Vehicle Purchase
Darren Doyle, story:
A very short agenda was discussed at the Monday, July 22, 2019 Fiscal Court meeting at the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Among the items discussed was the possible purchase of an additional vehicle for local county dog control. Judge Wil Cannon brought it before magistrates during the last meeting; and asked magistrates to approve the purchase of a pickup truck at a cost of $15K; however, a second on a motion to purchase failed at that time.
Cannon brought up the purchase again at today's meeting and reminded magistrates that a budget amount of up to $20K had already been approved by the finance committee (made up of magistrates) for the annual budget. Cannon said that the county currently has two part-time dog control officers; one of which that resides in Sunfish, the other on the south side of Brownsville. He said that when calls go out for pickup, the officer on duty sometimes has to drive across county to take possession of the dog control vehicle (which is a van), travel to the point of dog pickup, transport the dog to Bowling Green/WC Animal Shelter, then return the county vehicle.
Cannon said that purchasing an additional vehicle will allow both officers to keep a vehicle at their residence so that one of them will always have access to a vehicle immediately when they are dispatched to pick up an animal.
A discussion then took place among magistrates. Some questioned whether or not a $15K - $20K purchase was necessary for two part time employees, despite the amount being previously approved for the budget. Magistrate Corey VanMeter suggested that a better solution was to try to better work on the scheduling and coordination between the two employees. Judge Cannon said suggested that another vehicle was necessary to keep the dog control calls running safely and efficiently.
Magistrate Edd Rich said he agreed with Cannon if the need was indeed that great, which Cannon reiterated. Rich made the motion to purchase the $15k vehicle if it was still available, and the motion was seconded by Magistrate Johnny Brooks. The motion passed unanimously.
The possibility for adding two new roads into the county road system was also discussed, and as a result, a committee was appointed to research the current conditions and requirements of the roads for the addition.
Marvin Way and Gaile Court, both part of the Richland Subdivision in Chalybeate off of Carnes Road, were asked to be considered. The roads are in District 2, Magistrate Corey VanMeter's constituents. Magistrates discussed current ordinances and requirements for existing roads and what possibilities were necessary for the roads to be added to the county road system.
Judge Cannon appointed a committee to complete the research and bring back to the court for final vote, which consisted of Magistrates VanMeter, Mark Meeks, and County Road Foreman Greg Carroll.
County Office Reports:
Road Report: Road Foreman Carroll discussed several paving projects that had been completed in various parts of the county. He also discussed two spots where water had gone over the road and caused damage. He said claims had been filed with FEMA for possible disaster relief. He also discussed several equipment repairs that the office recently had to make.
Sheriff's Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said while his office had been extremely busy, he had a relatively short report. He discussed the damaged deputy patrol truck that was recently totaled in a collision with a deer. At last meeting's report, he asked magistrates to consider approving either: 1. accepting payoff from the insurance company and purchasing a new vehicle (or) 2. Approval to accept insurance payoff then purchasing the same truck back from the insurance and repairing; however, he was in favor of only option 1 in order to avoid driving a truck with a rebuilt title.
Sheriff Doyle said since that discussion he has learned that option 2 is not even an option at all, due to the fact the truck is actually owned by the lease company and that they would decide the fate of the wrecked truck after insurance payment, not the sheriff's office, magistrates, or fiscal court. He advised that the truck simply needs to be replaced and his office currently has the budget for a new purchase. Only the truck itself would have to be replaced, not the emergency equipment inside the wrecked truck, which is still in good operating condition. Judge Cannon said the item would be placed on next month's agenda for a vote.
Jailer's Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported 15 county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration. He also discussed problems with reaching an area car dealership with which he had interest in purchasing an additional officer's vehicle. Vincent said he'd left multiple messages and phone calls with the salesperson overseeing the vehicle but he had heard nothing from them in three weeks. He advised the court he was going to look elsewhere since the dealership showed no interest in communicating with him.
Emergency Management Report: EM Director Terry Massey reported a recent scare at Moutardier Marina as a possible fuel spill, but after investigating and making necessary safety precautions, the report turned out to be nothing of concern or danger.
Tourism Report: Tourism and Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that all volunteer spots for the county booth that will be featured at the state fair have been filled except for two days. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the tourism or chamber office. She also announced that Trail Town Day is set for Sept 27th. It will feature a cookout on square from 11am - 1pm, free music, pony rides, and a canoeing event thru Green River Canoe. Horse riding will be available that afternoon. She said the state office will make an official announcement noon regarding Edmonson County's Trail Town status, which is expected to be fully approved.
The court also:
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A two vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Glagsow man, who was on a motorcycle on I-65 early this morning, according to Kentucky State Police.
The two vehicle injury collision involving a motorcycle and a commercial vehicle occurred at 1:50am, according to KSP, and had occurred northbound, near the 20 mile marker of Interstate 65. Post 3 Troopers responded to the scene of the collision.
KSP reported that Cody J. Glass (32) of Glasgow, KY was operating a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle, and was traveling northbound on Interstate 65 when his vehicle struck the rear of a commercial vehicle. The commercial vehicle, a 2007 Kenworth semi-truck and trailer combination, was being operated by Thomas J. Baker (42) of Prattville, AL and was also traveling northbound on Interstate 65.
Cody Glass was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office. No other injuries were reported in the collision.
The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Detective Mike Wathen. He was assisted on the scene by Alvaton Fire Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Medical Center EMS, Warren County Coroner’s Office, and The Kentucky Department of Transportation.
Darren Doyle, story:
Zachery Shephard (16) of Brownsville, who was classified as a missing person on Monday July 15th, has been found safe, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, the teen who was reported missing went to a relative's house sometime today while the relative wasn't home. The Sheriff said when the relative returned home and discovered the teen, the relative contacted authorities so the teen could be returned to his home.
"I'm proud of the work of our office and for a very thorough investigation," said Sheriff Doyle. "We are also thankful this relative did the right thing by helping in this investigation. The teen is safe and that's what matters most."
Crystal Shephard was arrested today in connection with the teen's disappearance in Bowling Green and charged with Disorderly Conduct in Warren County. The Sheriff's Office said she will be charged with Custodial Interference in Edmonson County.
UPDATE: 7/17/19, 9:06PM: CLICK HERE FOR STORY: Missing Juvenile Is Located, Reported Safe
Darren Doyle, story:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has reported an arrest involving missing Brownsville teen Zachery Shepard (16); however, the teen is still missing at this time.
Sheriff Shane Doyle said deputies received a tip that the teen was seen today at the Edmonson County Public Library. Deputies combed through video surveillance at the library and the teen was identified on video entering a vehicle as a passenger.
The driver was later identified as Crystal D. Shephard (38) of Bowling Green and was located at a residence in Warren County. It is unclear at this time if there is any relation to the missing teen.
She was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct in Bowling Green and transported to the Warren County Detention Center by Bowling Green Police. Sheriff Doyle said that she will also be charged with Custodial Interference in Edmonson County, which is a felony.
"We are currently working through several tips to find the location of this teen," said Sheriff Doyle. "We want the public to be fully aware if you are aiding this juvenile in any way in an attempt to hide his location, you are facing a felony charge that could lead to 5 years in prison. Anyone with any info is encouraged to call Edmonson County Dispatch and speak with an officer on duty."
Sheriff Doyle said you can also email the office: email@example.com, send a Facebook message, and anyone can stay anonymous if they choose.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, today voted for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) at a committee markup.
Congressman Guthrie is a cosponsor of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, a bipartisan bill that will address illegal robocall practices. The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill unanimously today. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will now advance to the House floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives.
“The number one thing I hear about from Second District residents is robocalls,” said Guthrie. “Kentuckians are sick of their lives being interrupted by these intrusive calls. People have told me about calls that look like they’re local or even coming from their own number, only to be coming from somewhere across the country. I was proud to support the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, and I urge the House to pass this legislation as soon as possible.”
The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act will require phone carriers to implement call authentication technology, allow carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers, and direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect consumers from calls they did not agree to receive.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance or information regarding a Brownsville missing juvenile.
According to the Sheriff's Office, on Monday, July 15, 2019, at approximately 8:15 pm, Zachery Shepard (16) of Brownsville was classified as a missing person. He is a white male, approximately 5 foot 5 inches, 120 pounds with green eyes and blonde/brown hair. Shepard was last seen wearing a gray shirt and light-colored blue jean shorts and could possibly be riding a bicycle, chrome in color.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office at 270-597-2157 or Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Another record-breaking year has been enjoyed so far by the volunteers from Cram the Cruiser/Stuff The Bus 2019 for Edmonson County schools at today's event, which was a huge success, according to coordinators, and even more donations are expected to continue.
Jamie Carnes, Supervisor of State and Federal Programs at Edmonson County Schools, said the annual school supply fundraiser is to allow all local students to start school "on a level playing field," with the supplies necessary to be successful.
"It's all about the kids," said Carnes. "This is so kids can know they can stop by the Family Resource Center offices and Youth Services Center Offices and find those supplies if they need them. It's an easy way for a kid to just stop by and grab a notebook, pencil, backpack--whatever they need--and go on about their day and not have to think about it too much."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said all local law enforcement agencies have had a great working relationship for many years, but this is certainly one event that brings those agencies even closer together.
"We love showing our support for our local students," he said. "This is one of the outreach programs where we can come out in a different setting and talk to our kids, their parents, and their families, and show them that we're all part of the same community. Kentucky State Police, Brownsville Police, we're all the same team and we love coming together for our local kids."
One of the event coordinators, Lisa Whobrey, Community Education Director of EC Schools, said this year's event has been overwhelming.
"If a kid is striving to do good in school but they don't have the supplies they need, then they can't do the best they can," she said. "This is to see that students have what they need to achieve their goals in our schools."
Nearly $3K in cash was raised at today's event, which was a combination of donation gathered at tents set up at Dollar General in Chalybeate, Family Dollar in Brownsville, and Ace Hardware, also in Brownsville. Several police cruisers and the Edmonson Voicemobile were packed with donated supplies. Chalybeate Food Mart owners Manish and Nisha Patel shocked volunteers when they presented a check for $1000 to help the cause.
Those that weren't able to attend today's event can still donate to the cause. Donations are accepted anytime by contacting Edmonson County Schools Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, or anyone with the Edmonson County Anti-Drug Coalition.
One dollar donation tabs are available at businesses throughout the county, 100% of which go directly to Cram The Cruiser/Stuff the Bus in Edmonson County.
"We couldn't do this without the wonderful people of Edmonson County," said Whobrey. "I can't say enough about how wonderful our community is. We just have a wonderful community and I'll put us up against anybody."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two are facing drug charges after a felony arrest last night in Brownsville, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff’s office. Deputies said they initiated a traffic stop on a 1994 Chevrolet pickup for not using a left turn signal when turning into Oak View Trailer Park, in Brownsville.
According to a press release, after making contact with the driver, Cody Browning (28) of Brownsville, the Deputy deployed his K-9, Deputy Tango, and a positive alert was made on the driver’s side window of the vehicle.
After a search was conducted, 5 Hydrocodone tablets, marijuana, 1 Oxycodone tablet and 4.62 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, along with various drug paraphernalia items were found inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.
Browning was charged with Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1 st Degree, 1 st Offense (> or = 2 GMS Methamphetamine), Trafficking in Controlled Substance, 1 st Degree, 1 st Offense (< 10 D.U. Drug Unspecified SCH 1 & 2), Possession of Controlled Substance 1 st Degree, 1 st Offense (Drug Unspecified), and Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
A passenger in the vehicle, Brandy Lindsey (35) of Brownsville was also charged with Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess. Both Browning and Lindsey were arrested on scene and lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On July 10, 2019 around 3:45pm, Kentucky State Police were contacted by the Butler County Dispatch in regards to a fatal residential fire at 266 Granny’s Rockhouse Road in Butler County.
According to KSP, multiple fire departments responded to the scene and extinguished the residential fire. An unidentified subject was discovered deceased in the burnt residence. The deceased subject was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy is pending. No foul play is suspected at this time.
The investigation is ongoing and being led by Arson Investigator Terry Scott. He was assisted by the 2nd district, 4th district, 5th district and Morgantown Fire Departments, Butler County EMS, Butler County Emergency Management, and Butler County Sheriff’s Department.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Kentucky State Police have identified the deceased male found under the Scottsville Road (US231) overpass located at the 22 mile marker of I-65 southbound, as Charles Douglas Morton (59). No foul play is suspected. Family of Morton has not been located at this time. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of next of kin are asked to contact the Warren County Coroner’s Office at (270)843.3111.
Waddell: "Brian Alexander IS Edmonson County High School"
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Brian Alexander has been named the new principal at Edmonson County high school in an announcement made today by Patrick Waddell, superintendent of Edmonson County Schools. Waddell said there were eight applicants for the open position, three of which were granted interviews. Two of those were applicants within the district, with one being from another county.
Waddell said that after the interviews and being in closed session with the site-based decision-making council today, Alexander was the best choice for the position.
"We had probably two hours of discussion after the interviews about who we felt would be best and the individual that was named was Brian Alexander," said Waddell. "Brian Alexander IS Edmonson County High School, so-to-speak," he added with a smile.
Alexander is no stranger to Edmonson County schools. A 1988 graduate of ECHS, and a lifelong Edmonson county resident, Alexander began his education career in 1995 at Warren Central high school.
He was first hired at Edmonson County high school in 1996 as a teacher and later became part of the administration. In 2003 he then went to Caneyville Elementary, then returned to ECHS as principal in 2005, where he stayed until 2014 when he moved to the district office as Director of Pupil Personnel.
Alexander discussed the opportunity to return to ECHS as principal.
"When I left before, I almost talked myself out of it. I came within an inch of never leaving," he said. "But it was the right thing to do at the time. The school needed something fresh and I needed the opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. I've had five years to recharge my batteries and I think I'll be able to have a much different perspective. I feel like I can do a better job than when I first stepped in here fourteen years ago. I feel like I can learn from the past and do a good job."
Alexander said his experience at the board office over the last 5 years has been invaluable and will help him in the daily grind of the role of a high school principal.
"The experiences I've had working with other administrators, our superintendent, and other district employees, and all the conversations I've had with Mr. Hodges, and seeing what he's faced, it's been very valuable experience that will help me back into this role."
Waddell said it's not everyday that a person had the opportunity to be principal, move to another role, then return to principal.
"Brian has been able to get a holistic view of the district, the school, and I feel that the high school is getting a well-rounded, community respected principal," he said. "Brian had great student relationships when he was here before and I expect those to continue when he steps back in. I'm excited, the SBDM staff is excited, I think the school staff is excited, and I believe the community will be excited to have Brian back as principal at Edmonson County High School."
When asked what was his general outlook on being named principal again, Alexander said "This place has been in very good hands with Mr. Hodges and I want to keep moving forward, trying to make the school be even better than it is right now."
Moriah Peterson, story:
One of two annual night meetings for Fiscal Court was held on July 8, 2019 in the upstairs court room.
In New Business, the Court also approved the 2019 ACAB Spay/Neuter grant application and also approved to administer the grant vouchers out of the Judge Executive’s Office. The County is contributing $1500 and the City of Brownsville is contributing $500 towards the Spay/ Neuter Grant. The ACAB Spay/Neuter will match the $2000 for a total of $4000 to be used for Spay/Neuter Vouchers that will be given out on a first come first serve basis out of Judge Executive Office.
Cat vouchers will be for $40, and dog vouchers will be $50. Residents will be responsible to pay the difference which will be from $5 to $30 depending on the animal being altered. The vouchers will be valid at Thomas & England Vet Clinic in Smiths Grove. The vouchers are valid for 60 days. The Judge’s office will let the public know when vouchers are available for pick up.
Also in New Business, the approved the following:
Road Report- County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported that he had turned in $50,000 of FEMA money and that all discretionary fund work has been completed on Oak Hill Rd. He also reported multiple vehicle repairs that have been completed or are in the process of being repaired--which will include repairs due to a recent employee accident. Mowing is currently being done in District three.
Sheriff Report- Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that Deputy Wally Ritter is currently enrolled in the Firearms Instructor program in Richmond KY due to Deputy Stoney obtaining a job in Warren County. Doyle also reported an arrest near the lake that included drug charges. Doyle also reported that deputy Skaggs hit a deer which totaled his patrol truck and that there are two options which include: the department buying back the truck and paying for the repairs for a rebuilt vehicle, or receiving the pay off and getting a new vehicle. Sheriff Doyle voiced his concern with the truck having a rebuilt title and stated the vehicle would no longer have a warranty and if someone was injured in or by the vehicle it could cause issues for the department.
Doyle concluded his report by asking Fiscal Court to consider assigning Animal Control to respond to the animal abuse/neglect calls that are called into dispatch. Sheriff Doyle said that in most cases when a Deputy is called out, no laws are being broken and that there isn’t anything that law enforcement can do. Allowing animal control to respond to these calls first would free up Deputy’s being able to respond to other calls more quickly. Doyle stated that if Animal Control felt that a Deputy was needed then at that point a Deputy would respond.
Jailer Report- Deputy Jailer Todd Vincent reported 23 inmates at Hart County Jail and 1 one home incarceration.
County Clerk- County Clerk Kevin Alexander reported that the state is implementing a new system for boats that will begin on Monday. All Kentucky County clerk offices will be closed to the public on Saturday July 13th in preparation for the new system. Alexander reported that the first few weeks of the new system could have some hiccups.
Parks & Rec Report- Edmonson County Parks & Rec Program Director John Kiernan reported that Freedom Fest was a huge success this year. The department profited $2865.00 from the concessions and donations during Freedom Fest. Kiernan stated that Parks & Rec couldn’t do what they do without the support of local business and residents. He also announced that two All-star baseball teams will be competing for state titles and soccer will begin in August.
Tourism Report- Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that there will be a public input reception for Mammoth Cave National Park at the Edmonson County library on July 18th from 4-6 pm. The Friends of Nolin Lake Family Fest will be on Saturday July 20th at Moutardier from 11-2pm and will included free food, music and inflatables. The Parks and Rec Bluegrass Jam will be held on July 22nd from 6:30-9pm at the Community Center. She also reported that recruitment for volunteers for the Edmonson County booth at the State Fair has begun. The State Fair is set for August 15th-25th.
In closed session, the Court discussed the possible acquisition of a piece of property. In regular session, District 4 Magistrate Edd Rich made a motion for Judge Executive Wil Cannon to view the property and that he felt the property would meet the county's needs to move forward with the next step to acquire the property. The court agreed on that motion.
Update 7/09/19: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the magistrates approved the purchase of a dog control vehicle; however, a motion was made but no second was received on the motion, therefore the motion died. We apologize for the error.
Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk Tanya Hodges has released a special statement regarding the process of jury duty summons' in Edmonson County.
"Dear Edmonson County residents,
As you may know, when court cases require a jury here in the Edmonson County Courthouse, our office has to request a jury panel from Frankfort. I, nor anyone in our office has any control as to whom is mailed a jury summons. We simply request a certain amount of names, and then the names are randomly selected from a database stored in Frankfort.
It has come to our attention that several families have received a summons in the name of a deceased loved one. We know this is frustrating, and sometimes painful. We deeply apologize for these incidents and we are working hard to keep this from happening in the future.
A new jury panel is currently being selected and the summons' have been mailed out. Again, we do not select these names locally, but we ask that if you or a family member receive a summons for someone who has passed, to please contact our office immediately so that we can notify Frankfort in order to remove that name from the database.
We are here to serve you with respect and dignity, and we deeply care about our responsibilities, our credibility, but most importantly, you, the people of Edmonson County. Please contact our office with any needs for our services, it is our pleasure to serve you. Thank you so much."
Edmonson County Circuit Court Clerk
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Bowling Green Police responded to a call at 10:55am today of a bank robbery at BB&T Bank, located in downtown Bowling Green at 443 Park Row.
According to BGPD Public Information Officer Ronnie Ward, bank employees told police a man entered the bank, indicated he had a weapon and a detonator, then demanded money. The teller complied and the man left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
"The police have not found any credible evidence the man had a detonator or any explosive device," said Officer Ward in a statement.
The suspect is described as a black male with a scruffy beard wearing a camo jacket, a dark knit cap and tan cargo pants. The suspect left on foot in an unknown direction.
Ward said no other customers were in the bank and no one was injured.
Anyone with information regarding this robbery or to the suspect's whereabouts, is asked to contact the Bowling Green Police Department at 270-393-4000.
Signal Will Be Offline 2am - 5am On Tuesday Morning
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The traffic signal at the Interstate 65 interchange at exit 22 with U.S. 231 Scottsville Road in Bowling Green will be taken offline for several hours overnight while crews perform maintenance work. Beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning crews will shut down the traffic signal until approximately 5 a.m.
Flaggers will be present to control traffic movements. Motorists need to slowdown and use caution in this area. Flaggers and crews will be on the roadway working.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On July 8, 2019 at 5:43 am, the Kentucky State Police Post in Bowling Green received a call in reference to a person lying on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 65 under the Scottsville Road (US231) overpass located at the 22 mile marker. Warren County Sheriff’s Department along with Kentucky State Police Troopers arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male under the overpass, according to a press release.
KSP reported that an unidentified male was located with his belongings under the Scottsville Road overpass. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office. Cause of death is unknown and an autopsy is pending at the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Kentucky State Police has opened a death investigation and it is being led by Detective Mike May. Detective May was assisted on scene by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Medical Center EMS, and the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
Darren Doyle, story:
The 13th Annual Cram The Cruiser, which is part of the regional Stuff The Bus initiative, is coming back to Edmonson County and is scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2019.
This year's event will last a little longer than usual with the addition of donation tabs that will be available for purchase at the checkout lines at local retailers beginning sometime next week and will continue through the end of July. For only $1, you can purchase your Cram the Cruiser donation tabs that will be displayed at each store with your name included. 100% of all money raised will stay with Edmonson County Schools.
Volunteers from Edmonson County Schools will be set up at the Family Dollar on Main Street on July 12th from 10am - 3pm, other volunteers will set up at Dollar General in Chalybeate from 10am-3pm, and will be accepting monetary donations, school supplies, clothing, and non-perishable food items for Edmonson County students. At 3pm, the crew will move over to Ace Hardware, which is part of the Houchens Industries 2019 Stuff the Bus drive, and will stay there until 5pm. All donations will go to Edmonson County schools.
Kentucky State Police, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and Brownsville Police will have cruisers set up and Pelican's Snoballs will be offering their ice cold treats while they will be giving 20% of their sales that day to EC schools. The Edmonson Voice is proud to be the media sponsor once again for the event, which has consistently grown over the years.
Remember, all donations, whether monetary, school supplies, donation tab sales at local stores, food, or clothing will stay in Edmonson County.
Over 9K Emergency Room Firework-Related Injuries in 2018: Firecrackers #1 Cause
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: Moriah Peterson, photo:
Family, fun, food and fireworks. It’s that time of year when many will be celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. All too often, however, celebrations can end with a trip to the hospital if fireworks are mishandled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to make sure consumers know the risks, so that they can prevent the tragedies. At a fireworks safety press conference and demonstration on the National Mall on June 26th, CPSC announced that at least five fireworks-related deaths were reported in 2018—all associated with reloadable aerial devices.
“CPSC works year-round to help prevent deaths and injuries from fireworks, by verifying fireworks meet safety regulations in our ports, marketplace and on the road,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, CPSC acting chairman. “Beyond CPSC’s efforts, we want to make sure everyone takes simple safety steps to celebrate safely with their family and friends.”
There were an estimated 9,100 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2018, with 62 percent of them occurring during the month surrounding the Fourth of July (June 22-July 22). During that period, firecrackers were the number one cause of injuries, accounting for 19 percent of the estimated injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for more than half of the total estimated injuries.
Since 2018 reporting is not yet complete, the five fireworks-related deaths should be considered a minimum. The victims range in age from 16 to 49. In one of the reported cases, an 18-year-old launched a mortar shell from a tube on the top of his head. The ignited shell did not launch and exploded. The victim died in the hospital the next day.
CPSC staff has reports of 121 fireworks-related deaths between 2003 and 2018.
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Also attending CPSC’s fireworks press conference, Dr. Sarah Combs, an emergency room doctor from Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Combs said, “Each year, too many emergency room doctors see too many fireworks-related injuries. Don’t make the emergency room part of your holiday; don’t let children play with fireworks,” she said.
Remember, even if your consumer fireworks are legal, they still come with risk. If you light fireworks, keep safety in mind for you, your family and those around you.
SFC Larry Hawks Presented With Second Highest Military Award In Army
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Edmonson County native Army Ret. MSgt. Larry Hawks, originally from Wingfield, was recently presented the Distinguished Service Cross Award, the second highest military honor that is awarded by the U.S. Army.
Hawks received the award in a ceremony on June 21st at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Auditorium in Fort Bragg, North Carolina for gallantry under fire as a member of 3rd Special Forces Group on July 24 and July 25, 2005, in Afghanistan.
“Sgt. 1st Class Hawks, while conducting armed reconnaissance of a town, came under intense enemy small arms, rocket propelled grenade, and mortar fire," the citation reads, according to a U.S. Army release. “While moving to interdict enemy combatants attempting to reposition themselves on the high ground west of the village, he discovered one of his comrades was pinned down by enemy fire. Sgt. 1st Class Hawks, without regard for his own safety dismounted from his vehicle and charged toward the enemy position on the high ground. Under continuous fire, he engaged and neutralized the enemy position.”
We spoke with Hawks earlier today about the incident that took place nearly 14 years ago.
"Right off the bat, we knew the bad guys were moving to the high ground and our thought process was, if we don't get these guys before they get there, and we're trying to clear this town, we're going to have guys up above us, shooting at us all day," he said.
"This town wasn't really a town in a traditional sense. They didn't have roads. It was more like mud huts in a village on the other side of a river. It was kinda back into the mountains, and we're coming in on four-wheelers, not big armored vehicles. We're riding through rocks on top of rocks, it's jagged and we can't go very fast. We found this ditch, or it's called a 'waddi' for cover, and we came up out of it, a guy behind me came up and all hell broke loose--the whole town exploded in gunfire."
It was gunfire that he said lasted 14 straight hours, from about 80 enemies that were only about 20 yards away.
"They were close enough you could've hit 'em with a football and they were giving us everything they had."
When asked how does one keep from getting shot to pieces by 80 bad guys at only 20 yards, Hawks replied with a chuckle, "I guess God's got a sense of humor."
Hawks said he was able to get his ATV out of immediate fire when he heard a fellow soldier call for help.
"I heard him say 'man, they got me, I'm pinned down,' I just jumped on the radio and said 'hey, I'm coming brother.' So I grabbed my machine gun and an extra 600 rounds of ammo."
Hawks was still under fire at this point but he said he knew he had to try to provide aid for his friend.
"When I get there, I see my buddy and he's off his four-wheeler and crawled up in a ditch where he could get out of immediate fire and return some fire, but he's just one guy. I could see the ones firing, they were just basically trying to hold his attention and I could see they were laughing about it. I was able to get some high ground and I could see down the entire ambush line. I took my machine gun and went to work. That changed their mind right there. They didn't know where the fire was coming from, but they knew it was bad."
Hawks said for about the first 20 minutes, it was just three good guys against everybody, but a soon after, a couple of gun trucks arrived, then Apache helicopters, then more help finally came, with Hawks serving as the makeshift air controller in the 114 degree temperatures.
U.S. forces eventually took care of the "bad guys," which were a mixture of Taliban fighters and other assorted enemies of the USA, Hawks said.
When asked about receiving the award and participating in the ceremony, Hawks was relatively quiet.
"I didn't think it was a big deal," he said with a laugh. " I mean, I know it's a big deal, but you know, I didn't expect to get anything. I had one of my guys that needed some help so I gave him a hand."
Which is true; however, it was a 'hand' that resulted in 90 enemy kills, 17 surrenders, and the life saved of Hawks' friend.
In addition to the DSC Award, Hawks has also been awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Special Forces tab, Ranger tab, Combat Infantry Badge, HALO Jumpmaster Badge, Static Line Jumpmaster and the Excellence in Combat Marksmanship Badge Bronze.
He is a 1988 graduate of Edmonson County High School and enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating at age 17. His first duty station was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served four years and deployed to Panama, the Sinai, Egypt, and Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm all with 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
In 1992, Hawks was assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps Long Range Surveillance Company where he served in every position from scout, up to platoon sergeant.
He then attended Army Special Forces Qualification Course and subsequently became an 18C, or engineer sergeant.
He currently resides in Salemburg, North Carolina with his family. He is the son of Tonie and Patsey Hawks of Wingfield.
UNITED WAY OF SOUTHERN KENTUCKY ANNOUNCES OVER $14,000 IN INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH AND SAFETY NET PROGRAMS IN EDMONSON COUNTY
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On Tuesday July 2nd, United Way of Southern Kentucky announced that it's investing a total of $14,400 in Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net programs and services for its July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 funding period in Edmonson County. Ten local programs provided through seven different service providers will receive the allocated campaign dollars and donor designations.
To receive funding from United Way of Southern Kentucky, programs had to align with the four areas deemed most important by a community research project conducted by United Way that began in 2012 which included nearly 5,000 surveys, 55 Community Conversations, and large amounts of secondary data.
In September of 2018, organizations with programs impacting UWSK’s strategic imperatives in each of the defined Community Impact issue areas (Education, Income, Health, and Safety Net) were asked to submit a Letter of Intent indicating their desire to complete a full application request for funding. Across the region, 83 total Letters of Intent were submitted requesting $1,596,096 in funding. Upon review by the Letter of Intent Committee, 72 of those that were submitted were invited to complete the full application across the 10 county BRADD region.
In March 2019, specific Edmonson County programs who had the opportunity to complete the full application moved forward to a full review and visit with the Allocations Committee. With the full review by the Allocations Committee and recommendation to and approval by the UWSK Board of Directors complete, funding will now be awarded to the programs selected.
In total, $1,036,831 will be invested across the 10 county BRADD region as part of the 2019/20 funding cycle to 58 total programs through 37 services providers.
In Edmonson County, $14,400 were allocated by volunteers led by Edmonson County Chair Craig Browning as follows:
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Darren Doyle, story:
Three brand new school buses have been added to the fleet of Edmonson County Schools and will be incorporated into bus routes for the 2019-20 school year.
"We try to take buses off routes after ten to twelve years," said Lannie Deweese, Director of Transportation & Maintenance of EC Schools.
Two of the buses will be used for standard routes while the other is a customized special needs bus that can also accommodate a wheel chair.
Deweese also said the buses cost around $92,000 each.
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Mammoth Cave National Park’s planned closure of the Green River Ferry Crossing and Green River Ferry Road for a vehicle ramp extension project has been delayed until at least Monday, July 15 due to contractual delays. The delay will not affect the constructions project’s end date which remains Friday, November 15.
The Green River Ferry ramp extension project will extend the current vehicle access ramps into the Green River by 30 feet which should allow the ferry boat to operate during periods of low water levels. The latest construction start date was Monday, July 8, but the contractor will not be in place in time to warrant a closure of the ferry operation. The project is being coordinated by the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division.
To check the current status of the Green River Ferry Crossing improvement projects and the Green River Ferry and road closure, please visit the park’s website www.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm or call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166. Updates on the construction start date will also be provided on the park’s Facebook and Twitter pages.