Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
The ECHS class of 2019 received their diplomas on Saturday May 25, 2019. The graduating class had 125 students.
Spencer Bass was honored as the 2019 Valedictorian and Chanley Logsdon as the 2019 Salutatorian.
Special performances during the ceremony included the ECHS band performing "A Million Wishes" and graduating senior Madison Doyle performed the song "My Wish".
A special moment of silence was given for fallen classmate Christian Goodroe, who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 2017.
Two graduates received special recognition at the ceremony for enlisting in the Armed Forces, Abby Elizabeth Hunt (U.S Army) and Jaret Dylan Basham (Air Force).
Both the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian addressed their classmates and Keely Doyle gave the closing remarks and prayer.
After all graduates walked the line and received diplomas, they moved their tassels and tossed caps upon dismissal.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The KY State Treasury is seeking the owners of these military decorations that were left in a safety deposit box at South Central Bank in Bowling Green, Kentucky before they were transferred to the Kentucky State Treasury. The names on the account are Jeremy and Karla Segur of Smiths Grove, Kentucky.
These decorations indicate that the original owner served in the U.S. Army in World War II, was stationed in the U.S. for part of the war, participated in four of the 19 European campaigns, and remained in Europe during the post-war occupation. The decorations include, from left to right: Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with four bronze campaign stars), World War II Victory Medal, and World War II Occupation Service Medal.
The Kentucky State Treasurer administers Kentucky’s Unclaimed Property Fund. Unclaimed property consists of unclaimed safety deposit boxes and other assets that have remained unclaimed by their owners after several years. Treasurer Allison Ball has returned a record amount of unclaimed property since taking office at over $77.5 Million returned.
If these items belong to you, or if you have any information regarding this family or family members, please contact the Kentucky State Treasury to claim at email@example.com or 502-564-4722.
An Edmonson County Grand Jury returned the following indictments in May, 2019.
Jeffrey Blake Alexander, Forgery in the second degree (three counts). Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (three counts). Theft by unlawful taking or disposition all others $500 or more.
Derik S. Bledsoe, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Possession of firearm by convicted felon. Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of defaced firearm. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced.
John Childress, Tampering with physical evidence. Possession of controlled substance in the first degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, second or greater offense. Possession of controlled substance, third degree-drug unspecified.
Roger Clark, Flagrant non-support. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Billy Joe Clemons, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine) Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Illegal possession of legend drug.
Perry G. Burns, Possession of handgun by convicted felon.
Joseph Coin, Theft by unlawful taking or disposition automobile over $10,000. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Todd Corzine, Possession controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance/security- first offense. No tail lamps. Possession of marijuana.
Darrell T. Decker, Driving DUI suspended license- third offense.
Adam Corzine, Possession controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance not in original container- first offense. Possession of marijuana.
Justin C. Green, Criminal abuse in the first degree- child 12 or under. Tampering with witness. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Randall S. Decker, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense (methamphetamine). Tampering with physical evidence. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to or improper signal. Careless driving. Rear license plate not illuminated. Hindering prosecution or apprehension- second degree. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Barry S. Rutherford, Bail jumping in the first degree.
Caleb C. Dunn, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of marijuana. Theft of motor vehicle registration plate. Failure to produce insurance card. No operators-moped license. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Receiving stolen property under $500. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Donald L. Estes, Theft by deception $500 or more. Persistent felon offender in the first degree.
Donald L. Estes, Trafficking in controlled substance in the first degree, second offense, greater than or equal to two grams of meth. Tampering with physical evidence (two counts). Driving on DUI suspended license. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Possession controlled substance in the third degree- drug unspecified. Prescription controlled substance not in original container- first offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Tonia Marie Harbin, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, third or greater offense. Tampering with physical evidence. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Theft of identity of another without consent. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Joshua Holder, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Alcohol intoxication in a public place. Criminal mischief in the third degree. Assault in the fourth degree (domestic violence). Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Melissa Hornberger, Possession of controlled substance in the first degree (methamphetamine). Possession of marijuana. Tampering with physical evidence. Illegal possession of legend drug. Possession of controlled substance, third degree- drug unspecified. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Tiffany Isabelle, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Samantha Lightfoot, Reckless driving, Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense-methamphetamine. Tampering with physical evidence. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Clara N. Lindsey, Careless driving. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, second offense. Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
John Meredith, Possession of handgun by convicted felon. Possession of firearm by convicted felon.
Michael Meredith, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Terroristic threatening in the third degree (three counts). Assault in the fourth degree- domestic violence. Persistent felony offender in the first degree.
Heather D. Milby, Possession of controlled substance first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Joshua Short, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, second offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Deanna M. Miller, Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of controlled substance first degree, second offense (methamphetamine).
William Long, Possession controlled substance in the first degree. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Criminal mischief in the third degree. Disorderly conduct in the second degree. Assault in the fourth degree. Burglary in the second degree. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Deanna M. Miller, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, third or greater offense. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess.
Aaron V. Murphy, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/posses. Obstructed vision and/or windshield. Improper display of registration plates. Careless driving (no true bill). Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license.
Joshua D. Prevento, Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana.
Thersea L. Taymon, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance first degree, methamphetamine. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs first offense. No rearview mirror. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Reckless driving. Persistent felony offender in the second degree.
Cody R. Vincent, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Failure to produce to insurance card. Failure to illuminate head lamps.
Brittany Webb, Wanton endangerment in the first degree. Possession of controlled substance first degree, methamphetamine. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs- first offense. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess. Tampering with physical evidence. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Failure to use child restraint in vehicle.
Brittany Webb, Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), firearm enhanced. Trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, firearm enhanced. Drug paraphernalia-buy/possess, firearm enhanced. Possession of defaced firearm. Endangering the welfare of a minor. Possession of marijuana, firearm enhanced.
James K. Webb, Possession of controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine). Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Possession of marijuana. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance. No registration plates. No tail lamps. Possession of controlled substance first degree.
Note: An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The 2019 Edmonson County Middle School graduation was held today at ECHS where 151 8th grade students were recognized.
Principal Brandon Prunty led today's program which featured dozens of students receiving academic, athletic, school organization, attendance, and character awards, given out by Counselor Kelly Rich.
Brody Johnson was awarded Student of the Year and students Grant Meredith and Jonas Miller each gave Student Council Presidential addresses.
Student Xander Adamson led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance as the the program begun and although student Alyssa Doyle prepared an original song to perform to the class, it was scratched due to a last-minute case of laryngitis.
Principal Prunty and Superintendent Patrick Waddell presented middle school diplomas to each student to conclude today's program.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County's results in the KY Governor's race differed a bit from the statewide results, as Governor Matt Bevin won the republican nomination in the 2019 primary. He will face the democratic winner, Andy Beshear in November. Locally, Bevin was edged out by Robert Goforth; however, Beshear won handily in the county over his opponents.
A 21% voter turnout was seen in the county during this year's primary, which is significantly less than last year's 40% voter turnout.
In the Attorney General's race statewide, Democratic Greg Stumbo (unopposed) will face Republican Daniel Cameron; however, Cameron did not win locally.
The local results for Secretary of State were the same as the statewide results with French-Henry winning the democratic nod, who will face Michael Adams (R) in the fall.
Republican incumbent Commissioner of Ag Ryan Quarles won locally as well as statewide, and he'll face democratic challenger Robert Conway, who also won locally.
For State Auditor, incumbent Mike Harmon (R) ran unopposed, and he will face democratic winner Sheri Donahue, who also won locally.
Finally, for Treasurer, Republican incumbent Allison Ball ran unopposed, and she'll face Michael Bowman, who was also the Edmonson County winner.
The complete totals for Edmonson County are listed below:
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 is primary election day and while there are no localized elections, KY voters will chose their democratic and republican candidates for governor, secretary of state, and others.
Taxpayers Can Inspect Their Property Tax Assessment From May 28 - June 11, 2019
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County real property tax roll will be opened for inspection from May 28, through June 11, 2019. Under the supervision of the property valuation administrator or one of the deputies, any person may inspect the tax roll.
"We encourage everyone to double check their assessment," said PVA Kyle White. "After this period closes, there can’t be any assessment changes to the tax roll. That’s why it is so important to correct assessments now, not in the fall when people receive their tax bills. Once Edmonson County’s tax roll is certified by the Department of Revenue, there can be no assessment changes."
This is the January 1, 2019 assessment on which state, county, and school taxes for 2019 will be due on November 1, 2019.
The tax roll is in the office of PVA in the Edmonson County courthouse and may be inspected between the hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (open until 5pm on Fri), and from 8:00am to 12 noon on Thursday and Saturday.
Any taxpayer desiring to appeal an assessment on real property made by the PVA must first request a conference with the PVA or a designated deputy. The conference may be held prior to or during the inspection period.
Any taxpayer still aggrieved by an assessment on real property, after the conference with the PVA or designated deputy, may appeal to the county board of assessment appeals.
The taxpayer can appeal his assessment by filing in person or sending a letter or other written petition stating the reasons for appeal, identifying the property and stating the taxpayer's opinion of the fair cash value of the property.
The appeal must be filed with the county clerk's office no later than one work day following the conclusion of the inspection period.
Any taxpayer failing to appeal to the county board of assessment appeals, or failing to appear before the board, either in person or by designated representative, will not be eligible to appeal directly to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Appeals of personal property assessments shall not be made to the county board of assessment appeals. Personal property taxpayers shall be served notice under the provisions of KRS 132.450(4) and shall have the protest and appeal rights granted under the provisions of KRS 131.110.
The following steps should be taken when a taxpayer does not agree with the assessed value of personal property as determined by the office of PVA.
(1) Property owner must list under protest (for certification) what he believes to be the fair cash value of his property.
(2) Property owner must file a written protest directly with the Department of Revenue, Office of Property Valuation within 30 days from the date of the notice of assessment.
(3) This protest must be in accordance with KRS 131.110.
(4) The final decision of the Department of Revenue may be appealed to the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals.
Homestead and Disability Exemptions. If a person is age 65 or 100% disabled as of January 1, 2019, they qualify for up to $39,300 exemption in their real estate assessment of their primary residence. If they have signed up in years past, they don’t have to again, and it will automatically be taken off their tax bill.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park law enforcement officers will conduct periodic sobriety and safety checkpoints on park roadways for the remainder of 2019 to identify drivers who may be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol (DUI). The special law enforcement operations are being conducted to reduce the incidence of DUIs and to increase public awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.
Rangers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a proclamation last week recognizing this week as "Emergency Medical Services Week" in Edmonson County.
"The employees of Edmonson County Ambulance Service work diligently to provide high quality emergency pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of Edmonson County," said Cannon in a statement at the signing. "Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians receive continuing education on the latest advances in pre-hospital emergency medicine, enabling them to provide the best possible care for Edmonson County residents."
This year’s theme is “EMS Strong: Beyond The Call”.
"Please take a few moments to recognize those individuals who have dedicated their lives to providing life-saving care whenever and wherever it is needed and go “Beyond The Call” to work for the betterment of our communities and Edmonson County," said Cannon.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The 2019 Edmonson County D.A.R.E. program came to another successful end this year as 130 5th grade students celebrated their graduation today at the EC 5/6 Center.
D.A.R.E. is an acronym for "Drug Abuse Resistance Education." Formerly taught by Kentucky State Police, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office now oversees the program, which is led by Deputy Jordan Jones, who is also the county's K9 Officer.
Student Macy Treece was this year's essay winner and she was awarded a Sony PS4 gaming console, sponsored by KY-ASAP and a GameStop gift card, sponsored by Kyle Culbreth of KY Farm Bureau .
Josh Roney State Farm was co-sponsor of program T-shirts.
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the importance of the local program.
"We were thrilled to be able to start handling our local D.A.R.E. program last year. It's something that we feel can help our students make better decisions. I'm also proud that we have someone like Deputy Jordan Jones as an instructor. He's very close to these kids and it shows with the job that he does with them all year long," he said.
Deputy Jones said he's grateful to have been able to be part of this program and to share life lessons with the kids.
"I truly believe in this program and I believe it can make a difference in these students' lives," he said. "I can't wait to see what the next class brings."
Along with the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and K9 Officer Tango, members of the EC Anti-Drug Coalition, Brownsville PD, local sponsors, and KSP were in attendance in addition to 5th grade teachers and school administration.
Darren Doyle, story:
A local resident has been taken for $2,000 in what Sheriff Shane Doyle described as "jail bond scam."
Sheriff Doyle said the unnamed resident received a phone call from someone claiming to be someone from the Edmonson County court system. The caller then advised the resident that a family member had been arrested and needed to make a $2,000 jail bond.
The caller then told the resident to wire the money via Western Union to a specific address, then present the wire transfer receipt to the Sheriff's Office so the arrested family member could make bond.
Sheriff Doyle said the caller specifically instructed for the resident to go to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, and even gave the real name of one of the current deputies.
Doyle said unfortunately, the resident wired the money and showed up at the Sheriff's Office, only to discover it was a scam.
"There are several things in this case that should raise red flags," said Doyle. "First, the Sheriff's Office isn't a place where one can make bond. That can only happen at the jail or the circuit clerk's office. Second, no governmental entity will ever contact you in this manner and ask for you to wire any money. Third, the courthouse doesn't call individuals to notify them of arrests."
Doyle said you should never wire money anywhere unless you can verify the address and can prove it is a legit transaction.
"In the case of a jail bond, you will only pay that in person, at the jail or circuit's clerk's office, and if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an official, make sure it's a legit, published phone number."
For the victim, the $2,000 is long gone, according to the Sheriff.
"We have absolutely no way of tracking where this money went as whoever took it likely made a fake name and address. If you receive a phone call like this, or any type of call where you're being asked to wire money, make sure it can be verified. If not, contact the KY Attorney General's office and report this immediately."
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 16, 2019. – The Green River Ferry in Mammoth Cave National Park is closed to all trailer traffic starting today, Thursday, May 16, due to low water levels, and will be closed to all vehicular traffic on May 20, 21, and 22 from 8 am to 4 pm in order for the park to complete a freshwater mussel relocation project. The ferry will reopen for service between 6 am to 8 am and 4 pm to 10 pm on the mussel relocation days. The relocation work is being conducted in advance of the Green River Ferry improvement projects which will begin construction on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The Green River in Mammoth Cave National Park contains some of the most diverse populations of freshwater mussels in North America and the world. Over 50 species of freshwater mussels are found within the park with ten species included on the federally endangered list.
The Green River Ferry access ramps are set to be extended 30 feet into the Green River and will require coffer dams to be built to restrict water across sections of the river. These dams, as well as the construction equipment’s impacts to the river bed and dredging, would negatively affect many mussels living in the construction zone. The park determined that relocating the mussels would be the best option. The actual relocation project will involve a specially trained dive team who will collect the mussels and “re-plant” them in the riverbed either above or below the Green River Ferry crossing.
“Freshwater mussels are an important part of the Green River natural system, serving as indicators of good stream health,” said the Chief of Science and Resources Management, Tim Pinion. “The park is committed to protecting mussels through a variety of efforts, including relocations like this one to avoid temporary construction impacts.”
To check the current status of the ferry operation call the Green River Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166. For more information on the Green River Ferry improvement projects, please visit the park’s website atwww.nps.gov/maca/green-river-ferry-improvement-projects.htm.
Mammoth Cave National Park Plans Closure of Green River Ferry Service and Roadway for Site Improvements
Ferry Will Be Closed June-November 2019
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., May 14, 2019. – Mammoth Cave National Park’s Green River Ferry service and portions of Green River Ferry Road will be closed to all vehicular traffic from approximately Monday, June 17 to Friday, November 15 in order to complete a vehicle ramp extension project. The Green River Ferry area will remain open to paddlers and hikers throughout the construction, but parking and public access will be limited.
The Green River Ferry serves as a river crossing location, river access for canoes and kayaks, boat ramp for fishing boats, and parking area for trail and river users. During periods of low and high water, extended closures of the Green River Ferry create negative impacts which affect local citizens and park staff by presenting safety problems, limiting access to recreational resources, and disrupting frequently used travel routes. The 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 Green River Ferry is an important service to the local communities that surround Mammoth Cave National Park as well as to the park itself,” said Park Facilities Chief, Steve Kovar. “We realize that this six month closure will create some inconveniences for local residents, park visitors and staff, but we know the long term improvements to the crossing will be worth the wait.”
The Green River Ferry Road will be closed from the north side of the Green River, beginning just south of Maple Springs Campground, to the south side of the river at the entrance of the Green River Ferry parking lot. Parking within the parking lot during the construction will be prohibited. Day use parking will be allowed along the south side of Green River Ferry Road in areas where vehicles can safely pull all the way off the roadway.
The Echo Springs Accessible Trail will remain open to hikers with two accessible parking spaces in the Green River Ferry parking lot remaining open only for visitors with accessibility needs.
A temporary canoe and kayak ramp is being installed at the northeast side of the Green River Ferry parking lot for river access throughout the construction period. Canoes and kayaks may be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot, but long term parking is prohibited.
“We are working with the construction team to keep as much of the Green River Ferry area open to the public as possible, but we want to make sure their work is done as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Park Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “The north side of the park will continue to be open throughout the ferry closure so we invite everyone to enjoy the beautiful drive through the park and our neighboring communities get there. You’ll find many wonderful hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities when you arrive.”
In addition to the vehicle ramp extension, the park will launch an updated ferry boat in November 2019 which has been retrofitted to improve safety and operational efficiency of the ferry service. The new boat will sit higher in the water, carry up to 12 tons of weight, and have longer ramps to reach further up the shoreline. The new ferry will also provide seating and bike storage for hikers and bicyclists and should be able to accommodate some horse trailers.
The ramp extension project is being coordinated by the park with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration Eastern Lands Highway Division. For more information on the Green River Ferry 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 for current ferry operating status.
Edmonson District Court was held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. The Honorable Judge Joseph B. Hines presiding.
Christy M. Beasley, Possession of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia- buy/possess. Review 7/9/19.
Jessica Sue Shaw, No/expired registration plates. Operating on suspended/revoked operators license. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 7/9/19.
Samantha M. Loder, Speeding 25 mph over limit. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. No/expired registration plates. Failed to appear.
Joseph E. Goldsmith, Harassing communications. Harassment (physical contact) No injury. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Samantha Lightfoot, Reckless Driving. Use/possess drug paraphernalia, 2nd or greater offense. Possession of marijuana. Possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense-methamphetamine. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 5/16/19.
Thurman Leon Collins, Public intoxication controlled substance. Disorderly conduct, first degree. Continue to 5/28/19.
James S. Logsdon, No/expired registration plates. No/expired Kentucky registration receipt. Improper display of registration plates. Operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense, second degree. Possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle. Driving on DUI suspended license- first offense. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Richard J. Smith, criminal possession forged instrument- first degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial hearing 5/16/19.
Michael Anthony Brown, Assualt 4th degree, minor injury. Disorderly conduct, 2nd degree. Terroristic threatening, third degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Martha Lindsey Poteet, Menacing. Pleaded not guilty. $250.00 bond. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
George Theodore Rollenhagen III, No/expired registration plates. Improper registration plates. Operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license. Possession of controlled substance, second degree- drug unspecified. Failure to register transfer of motor vehicle. Failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security second or greater. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19. $500.00 bond.
Johnny Lee Sowders, Criminal possession forged instrument- first degree. Persistent felony offender- first degree. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/16/19.
Joseph Duvall Jr., Assault fourth degree minor injury. Pleaded not guilty to all. Pretrial conference 5/28/19.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Special Olympic team was recognized today during the May 13th Fiscal Court meeting where Judge Executive Wil Cannon proclaimed June 1, 2019 as "Special Olympic Day" in Edmonson County.
Second Reading of Amended Room and Rec Taxes Approved, Over $30K Brought In At County Surplus Auction, More:
Darren Doyle, story:
One of the longest meetings in the past five years took place today during Edmonson County Fiscal Court, May 13, 2019, lasting more than three hours. While nothing discussed was too much out of the ordinary, more than three pages of items were on today's agenda.
In addition to the standard county office reports normally given, the second reading of Ordinance EC 19-11, better known as the Edmonson County Conservation District millage tax, passed unanimously during the meeting. The first reading passed during the previous meeting.
The proposed tax was first presented by the Conservation District on April 8, 2019 after they had a shortfall in their upcoming annual budget, one that wasn't going to be completely supported by the fiscal court's general fund, due to cut budgets of the county's own.
During the March 25, 2019 Fiscal Court meeting, it was confirmed that Edmonson County Conservation is already set up as a “special district” which means they have the ability to set a millage tax rate to use for their funding without the approval of Fiscal Court. While the court doesn't set the rate, they have to vote whether or not to approve the tax.
Special taxing districts in Edmonson County are the health department, the Extension Office, and similar offices. The current set rate for the Conservation District is $10.44 for every $100,000 worth of property for Edmonson County property owners, which will appear on the 2019 property tax bills.
Room and Rec Tax Ordinances:
The second readings of both the Transient Room Tax (EC19-08) and the Recreational Tax (EC19-09) also passed today. While these taxes aren't new to local tourist-type business owners, the new ordinance allows the county to place liens on property of those who do not pay the required taxes. This comes in the wake of a lawsuit recently won by the county against the company that owns Park Mammoth, The Fortress Group. Park Mammoth currently owes more than $60K in unpaid room and rec taxes to Edmonson County. That number is significant due to budget restraints that currently hinder both the local park system and the Tourism Commission.
All recreational businesses that offer services inside the county (horseback riding, golf, ATVs, etc.) are required to pay a Recreational Tax, the monies of which help fund the county Parks and Rec program. All businesses that offer sleeping accommodations (bed in breakfast, cabin rentals, etc.) must pay a county Transient Room Tax, which funds Edmonson County Tourism.
County Agrees To Stop Paying Rescue Squad Insurance:
County Treasurer Tammi Willhite recently discovered that the county government has been paying property and casualty insurance premiums for the Edmonson County Rescue Squad since 2011. Willhite said there was no record of the fiscal court approving these payments and since the Rescue Squad is not a county-run entity, county government isn't required to pay their premiums, but can vote to do so. According to the treasurer, the county has paid more than $25,000 in premiums over the past 8 years, amounts that were simply paid by former treasurers. Since there was no record of the court ever approving the payments, no action had to officially be taken as the court agreed to simply stop making them.
County Surplus Sale Nets More Than $30K
The recent county surplus auction brought in a total of $30,204.60, which will be divided to the proper county office accounts. Individual totals were:
County Office Reports:
County Road Foreman Greg Carroll reported completed paving work on Beaver Dam Church Road and Noah Bledsoe Road and said crews are currently working on Chaumont Rd. He said road crews have recently installed several road tiles, and they also recently hauled off $745 scrap that was in and around their shop.
Sheriff Report: Sheriff Shane Doyle said his office started lake patrol this past weekend as part of their partnership with the Corps of Engineers.
He also discussed attending the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council's recent meeting, of which he serves as a member. He explained a portion of Senate bill 1, which was signed as an emergency bill in March to address school safety issues. The bill was designed to provide more school security/school resource officers in all schools in KY “as funds become available.” Currently, there is only one full time school resource officer, which is at ECHS. Sheriff Doyle said the local school district will try to incorporate more officers in the future and that the court may see a request for more officers in order to accommodate this requirement.
He also asked the court to consider adding the money raised from the old sheriff cruisers sold at the recent surplus auction ($2800) back to the sheriff's office since those vehicles were originally purchased with money from the sheriff. No action was taken on that.
Jailer Report: Jailer Hank Vincent reported there were 27 county inmates housed at Hart County Jail with one on home incarceration.
Tourism/Chamber Report: Chamber and Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons updated the court on the recent chamber lunch, which was hosted by St. John's church as well as the recent ribbon cutting at Bee Spring Lumber and Supply Company. She also announced that on Weds, May 22nd, the chamber will host a ribbon cutting at Ace Hardware at the former Sav-A-Lot location. Finally, she announced there will also be a luncheon in honor of Jerry Patton on Friday, June 28th, which will commemorate 50 years of service with Patton Funeral Home. The event will be held at the Heritage Centre.
The next fiscal court meeting was rescheduled due to Memorial Day and will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9am.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Kentucky teen is facing a felony drug charge after an arrest Thursday on the campus of Western KY University.
The Bowling Green - Warren County Drug Task Force, and United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from Bowling Green Police K-9 and Western Kentucky University Police arrested Kamerony Y. Cunningham, (19), of Pembroke, KY after an investigation and surveillance by DTF Detectives and US Postal Inspection Service of marijuana trafficking activities by the teen on WKU Campus.
The arrest occurred yesterday around 3:30pm, according to the Warren County Drug Task Force. Seized following the arrest were 85 high-concentration THC Vape cartridges with a street value over $6,000, as well as a small amount of marijuana, according to the WCDTF.
Cunnigham was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a School, a Class D Felony.
He was arrested at Hugh Poland Hall on the WKU Campus without incident and lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail.
CEO Describes New Opportunities For Edmonson County
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce held their annual spring luncheon today at the Edmonson County Public Library, which was sponsored by St. John's Church, with special guests from A Plus Family Healthcare.
A Plus CEO Patrick Merritt, along Kasey Alford, owner of Alford's Pharmacy and Drive Thru, who also serves as an adviser to the clinic's board, announced today that the clinic is now a non-profit organization and is focusing on bringing better healthcare to Edmonson County.
"I've always wanted to help treat patients," said Alford, who helped start the clinic in 2017. "The potential for what this can bring to our county is unbelievable."
Alford said the road that led to this decision has not been an easy one.
"We've been asked why we'd become a non-profit because the requirements are so much more difficult and scrutinized than privately owned clinics," Alford said. "Well, we believe that it's because this is much bigger than me or anyone else in this room. This is potentially one of the biggest opportunities we've all had in Edmonson County in many years."
Alford discussed how being non-profit would also allow the clinic bigger and better opportunities to not only provide better and more affordable healthcare to all of Edmonson County, but to be able to support local causes and other needs.
"One example would be to possibly be able to put a nurse in each school in our school district," he said.
The clinic is now in the process of being federally designated, the purpose of which, is to enhance the provision of primary care services in underserved communities.
Merritt discussed Edmonson County's needs, specifically.
"Research has shown that there are 1000 people for every one healthcare provider, but not in Edmonson County. That number is more like one provider to 6000 people," he said.
"We've seen that there's about 8% of our population that is uninsured. A Plus wants to remove the barriers that keep people from receiving care. We want our patients to be part of our family. We now have a sliding fee scale that we feel will allow us to treat whoever needs care, no matter who you are or what your situation might be."
The clinic is now run by a board of directors that is made up of local residents. Several were in attendance today and were recognized. They range from local business owners, church leaders, volunteers, and what Alford described as "community-minded" people that care about Edmonson County.
The meal was catered by Bee Spring Restaurant as members of St. John's and other volunteers served the crowd.
The luncheon is one of the several events throughout the year organized by the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County High School held their annual scholarship and award ceremony at the ECHS auditorium on Monday, May 6, 2019.
"This year's total alone was $368,500 in scholarships," said ECHS Counselor Michael Meredith. "If students can continue their grade requirements, then the number could actually grow into $1.4 million over the course of the college careers."
The following students were awarded these scholarships:
SKYCTC- Student of year Keely Doyle
SKYCTC Scholarship winners—Keely Doyle, Ashton Blevins, Morgan Clubb, James Hollis, Madison McCombs, Abigayle Saltsman, Cassandra Saltsman
WKU Scholarship winners- Spencer Bass, Emma Bullock, Mollie Cassady, Jacob Cena, Caitlin Daniele, Lillian Davis, Kailee Duvall, Mikayla Duvall, Kaley Hartz, Jonathan Hollis, Janie Hunt, Savannah Lindsey, Chanley Logsdon, Elijah Ruth, Lillee Sanders, Karissa Waldrop, Ethan Webb, Trent Whittle, Peyton Wolfe, Macy Wrye
Murray State University- Samuel Treece
Berea College-Andrew Embry
Union College- Tanner Woodcock
Alfords Pharmacy-Delila Evans, Kailee Duvall
Jeremy Priddy Memorial-Madison McCombs, Logan Hagan, Emma Booker, Emma Bullock
Kyrock PTO-Abigayle Saltsman
South Edmonson PTO- Madison Doyle
Doyel Memorial- Kailee Duvall, Keely Doyle
ECEA- Janie Hunt
Washington Meredith Lodge- Tanner Woodcock, Morgan Clubb, Lillee Sanders
Mills Family- Jonathan Hollis, Shatella Vincent
NWTF- Madison McCombs
Scott Skaggs Photography- Keely Doyle
Virginia E Webb Memorial- Logan Hagan
EC Band Boosters- Elijah Merryman
Christian Goodroe Memorial- Madison McCombs
Owen Scholarhips – Madison McCombs
EC Farm Bureau- Jarrod Sanders, Trent Whittle
Patton Funeral Home- Jacob Cena, Lillee Sanders, Keely Doyle, Spencer Bass, Hannah Meredith
Key Oil- Spencer Bass
Class of 1980- Hannah Meredith
EC Parks and Rec- Morgan Clubb
All A Classic- Chanley Logsdon
Ronnie Hardin Memorial- Griffin Spainhoward
Hagan Scholarship – Lillian Davis
Toyota/Sporting Times- Karissa Waldrop
Luther Franklin Alexander- Chanley Logsdon
Limestone Bank - Mollie Cassady
EC Lions Club- Trent Whittle
BGPD- Cole Bessette
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Two Edmonson County men are facing multiple felonies after an incident at a local food mart took place yesterday, which involved counterfeit $100 bills.
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office reported that they received a complaint on Thursday, May 9th from Z Mart (formerly Jr. Food Stores) in Sweeden that they'd received a counterfeit $100 bill from a customer. According to the store clerk, the clerk kept the bill and was threatened by the suspect, who was later identified as Johnny Sowders, (32) of Mammoth Cave. Sowders then fled the store, according to law enforcement.
The Sheriff's Office said that deputies and a constable began searching the area for the vehicle Sowders was driving, which was quickly located on the side of the road on HWY 728 (Nolin Dam Road). Inside the vehicle, deputies found additional fake $100 bills along with paper suspected in the printing of counterfeit money. Acting on a tip of Sowders whereabouts, he was located at Saling's Grocery where he was arrested and charged with: 13 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree (class C felonies), and Persistent Felony offender, first degree.
The other occupant of the vehicle, Richard Smith, (36) of Bee Spring was also located later in the day. Smith was also arrested for 13 counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st degree and was also served with bench warrants out of Edmonson and Warren Counties. Both were lodged in the Hart County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office also noted that they wished to thank Brownsville Police and District 5 Constable for their assistance in the case.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
One local teen was sent to the hospital today after a rear end collision in front of Mis Amigos Mexican Grill around 12:40pm.
According to Brownsville Police, Clay Browning, (18) of Smiths Grove was driving a 2011 Kia sedan facing south on HWY 259N waiting to make a left turn into the parking lot of Mis Amigos.
Police also said that Larry Meredith, (75) of Brownsville, was headed south in an International dump truck when he approached Browning's stopped vehicle. Police said that the dump truck was unable to stop and it collided with the rear of the Kia, pushing it approximately 80 feet. The car was forced off the right shoulder of the road where it ended on its side.
Browning was extricated from the vehicle by Edmonson County JAWS.
Police said that Browning was transported to the Medical Center in Bowling Green for non-life threatening injuries and that Meredith refused medical treatment at the scene.
Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewell was in charge of the investigation. Also responding was the Brownsville Fire Department, KY HWY Dept, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and Edmonson EMS.
Darren Doyle, story:
The South Edmonson Elementary Bulldog Choir performed the National Anthem at last night's Bowling Green Hot Rods game at Bowling Green Ballpark.
In addition to the choir, a local 12 and under youth league softball team from Edmonson County Parks & Rec, made up of local students, also took the field in a pregame ceremony.
BELOW: CHOIR PERFORMS "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME" DURING 7TH INNING STRETCH
The choir later performed the classic "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. The choir is led by SEES music and art teacher, Mrs. Jessica Doyle.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
A Butler County jury has found three defendants, all former employees of Genesis Healthcare in Brownsville not guilty of multiple counts of Knowingly abuse/neglect of adult by person.
Jerry Matthew Snyder, (34), of Leitchfield, faced 11 counts of the charge; Kayla D. Kinser, (26), also of Leitchfield faced 8 counts of the same, and Kelly D. Duvall, (54), of Sweeden, faced 4 counts, also of the same charge.
The three former employees were accused of abusing two residents, Mary Lush and Mrs. Jessie Prunty, after an anonymous employee reported the alleged abuse. The two patients each suffered from dementia and have passed away since the initial report of abuse.
As a result of the initial investigation, the three former employees were accused of slapping, pinching, and pouring water on the patients, along with other forms of abuse.
The three accused were arrested in September of 2014 by the Kentucky State Police, who were assisted in the investigation by the office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Inspector General, and Wil Cannon, who was Edmonson County Sheriff at that time.
Witnesses of the alleged incidents said the abuse was not reported at the time and attorneys for the co-defendants argued that there were no injuries to the alleged victims.
The trial was moved from Edmonson County to Butler by special Judge Phil Patton, which began on Monday. The jury's decision came today after closing arguments. All three individuals were found not guilty on all counts.