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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has canceled his statewide school mask mandate that he ordered on August 10th, due to a KY Supreme Court ruling on Saturday, but has discussed the possibility of considering a statewide mandate. However, the cancelled order is unrelated to the KY Board of Education emergency order on August 12th that required masks in schools. That order still remains in effect.
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander has addressed the current situation that has no effect on the current mask status in Edmonson County Schools.
His entire statement is published below:
Edmonson County School Community:
Today, Governor Andy Beshear rescinded his August 10, 2021, executive order concerning masking in public and private schools after a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court on Saturday relating to this executive order, and limiting other executive powers of the Governor’s office in our commonwealth.
However, on August 12, 2021, after the Governor’s executive order, the Kentucky Board of Education also established an emergency regulation, in a unanimous vote. This emergency regulation, 702 KAR 1:195E, lasts for 270 days, or 9 months. This emergency regulation will essentially run the remainder of the school year, unless the Kentucky Board of Education chooses to rescind this at a later time. This ruling is separate from Governor Beshear’s 30-day executive order and it is still enforced as of this moment; the Kentucky Supreme Court’s ruling does not address this item.
This emergency regulation is binding as law; which means at this time, nothing has changed with masking in public schools in Kentucky, including Edmonson County Schools.
As I have stated before with Governor Beshear’s masking mandate, our Board and I would prefer local control in terms of what is best for Edmonson County. Additionally, it is important to point out that district and school administrators who do not comply with this emergency regulation are in jeopardy of losing their teacher certification.
To view the Kentucky Board of Education’s Emergency Regulation, please click on the link below:
Please continue to trust our district as we try to deal with this situation and respect your wishes as individuals and families, yet follow the laws and regulations that have been put before us. One thing we all have in common is a hope for normalcy very soon. Thank you and feel free to contact me anytime.
Brian Alexander, Superintendent
Edmonson Voice Report:
A Scottsville man was arrested Saturday night after law enforcement found him in possession of meth in a school parking lot, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office reported that around 11:00 pm on Saturday, August 14, 2021, deputies observed a vehicle parked with its lights off in the parking lot of the Edmonson County 5/6 Center. Deputies reportedly detected the strong odor of marijuana from the vehicle as they approached to make contact with the driver, who was identified as Christopher G. Jones (27) of Scottsville.
Jones admitted to having marijuana on his person and when deputies conducted a search, they found suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia with suspected methamphetamine residue, the Sheriff's Office stated. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of additional suspected methamphetamine.
Jones was placed under arrest and charged with:
• Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st Degree, 3rd or > Offense (methamphetamine)
• Drug Paraphernalia—Buy/Possess
• Possession of Marijuana
He was lodged in Hart County Jail.
County To Receive $100K For Repairs On Brooks Road: Open Temporarily, Blacktopping To Begin On Monday
Edmonson Voice Report:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet today announced the Edmonson County Fiscal Court will receive $100,000 in County Road Aid emergency funds for slide repair on Brooks Road.
A portion of the road, which joins Union Light Road and Brier Creek Road, was closed due to a collapse into a private lake on June 8, 2021. Repairs have been ongoing since that time.
“The Transportation Cabinet is pleased to approve this request for funding to provide assistance to Edmonson County to repair and maintain safe connections in the community,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray.
The repairs will take place on Brooks Road located from a half a mile north of KY 1015.
The Edmonson County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.
County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll said that the repaired section of the road has been reopened for now.
"We will start repaving it on Monday," he said. "There are 2,000 tons of blacktop to lay. If there's no bad luck, it will take two weeks to pave it, then all the repairs will be complete."
Edmonson Voice Report:
Sean Sanders has been appointed as the newest member of the Edmonson County Board of Education. He was sworn in at the August 9, 2021 Board Meeting by Mrs. Tonya Jones.
Mr. Sanders will represent District 5, which is the Mammoth Cave and Lincoln community. He will fill the vacancy left by departing board member Keith LaMastus.
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A juvenile teen was air lifted to the hospital today after a single vehicle crash on Sulphur Road, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
According to Sheriff Shane Doyle, a male juvenile driver was operating a 1996 Ford Ranger on Sulphur Road around 3:45PM. Sheriff Doyle said the driver told him that he was driving too close to the center of the road and met an oncoming vehicle. Doyle said the driver told him he swerved to miss the car, overcorrected, and exited the right side of the roadway, crashing into Sulphur Creek.
The driver and one other passenger, also a juvenile, refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the Sheriff. The third passenger was air lifted to Norton's Hospital in Louisville for possible closed head injuries. His status in currently unknown. The other passenger stood in the creek and helped emergency workers keep the damaged passenger door shut in order to prevent the injured teen, who was in and out of consciousness, from falling out until he could safely be removed from the vehicle.
Emergency personnel worked through the heat, humidity, and knee-deep water to help stabilize the pickup with jacks, bracing, and other securing methods to ensure the vehicle was steady enough for EMS workers to enter the truck and remove the passenger.
Doyle said the driver of the oncoming vehicle, which was not involved in the crash, immediately turned around to offer assistance.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office, also responding was the Chalybeate Fire Department, Brownsville Fire Department, Edmonson EMS, and Edmonson County JAWS.
21-22 School Year Starts: Principals Discuss First Day, Superintendent Discusses Last-Minute Mask Mandate
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Edmonson County Schools were back in session as the 2021-22 school year started today. Principals from all five schools spoke to the Edmonson Voice about their experiences, which all went smoothly, despite a last-minute mask mandate that had administration and staff scrambling yesterday afternoon.
Kyrock Principal Shaun Stice said that the entire community is glad to back in school today.
"Parents, teachers, and students are all smiling," he said. "We have had no issues with masking. The parents have been very supportive and understand that this is something we are being required to do."
He said that the school staff had received no negative comments in-person, although there was plenty of upset parents that took to social media last night.
"We really have a fantastic staff up here that goes out of their way to make sure every child's needs are met who can adapt to change without any problems," Stice said.
Mrs. Sarah Hatton, new Principal at South Edmonson Elementary described the school's first day as "fabulous."
"Students and teachers were smiling today and it was just great to be back at school," she said.
Although it was more than hot today, she said that kids were able to go outside at different times for mask breaks.
"Yes, we were hit with some last-minute changes, but this staff stepped up and everyone agreed, 'ok, this is what we're going to do,'" she said. "All our parents and students did great and I couldn't have asked for things to go more smoothly."
She continued not only bragging on the SEES staff, students, and parents, but also the PTO, who has helped acclimate the new principal to the community and the school.
"They've done such an amazing job introducing me to families and getting to know everyone. They've been wonderful and today was great. I'm looking forward to having a great second day tomorrow."
Edmonson County 5/6 Center
Newly named Principal at the 5/6 Center, Chad Johnston said his school saw a great day.
"The atmosphere was great at the 5/6 Center today," he said. "Our students showed up with a positive attitude and were eager to get back to school. Our teachers worked hard for the students and had fun with them all day long."
Mr. Johnston said there were no issues with students and masking today.
"The staff and students were obviously ready for school to begin and we look forward to having a great year."
Brandon Prunty, Principal at Edmonson County Middle School said their school got off to a great today.
"The teachers and staff have done a wonderful job to prepare for the year," he said. "Even with the mask mandate curveball thrown at us at the last minute yesterday evening, we were able to successfully communicate that to our parents and students through OneCall and our Facebook page. I appreciate our students' willingness to follow the mandate and wear their masks. We've been fortunate to have no issues so far. "
Prunty said he utilized new technology by having a school-wide Google Meet this morning will students in the classrooms.
"We discussed school rules and expectations, like we would in the gym on day one in a normal year. We talked about everyone giving their best each and every day; teachers and staff will give their best, so we expect the same from our students. Google Meet is just another example of how we've learned to adapt on the fly as new things come our way. I'd ask parents and guardians to be patient with us as we navigate through anything else that we might face. If parents have any individual questions or concerns about ECMS they can give us a call or check our Facebook page."
Principal Jonathan Williams said he didn't know what to expect this morning with the changes that were thrown at the school system yesterday afternoon, but he said the high school had a great first day.
"We had a lot of energy flowing in the building and our staff was extremely glad to be back and have our kids back with us," he said. "It was great to have the whole student body here at the same time for my first time as principal. It is always busy the first day back but it was a fun day."
Mr. Williams said administration had some conversations with students about the mask mandate.
"We had some students question the mask mandate and some who didn't want to wear a mask," he said. "First of all, I assured them I personally didn't want to, either. Secondly, Mrs. Culbreth (Assistant Principal) and I met with them and had an awesome discussion about executive orders, the legislative and executive branches of government, and about our options as a school district. I respect our students very much and enjoyed the conversation with them. It was so encouraging and refreshing to have adult conversations with them and I left very impressed."
Williams said he hopes ECHS can get past masking and other distractions and keep moving toward a positive year.
"I hate it that we are having to go through this again but I feel resolve among our people, students included, to rise above and have a great year, regardless of the circumstances. Once A Wildcat, Always A Wildcat," he added.
Superintendent Brian Alexander
Mr. Alexander was candid about the surprise mask mandate ordered by Governor Andy Beshear yesterday afternoon. He said a frustrating point of the executive order was that local schools had no indication that this order was coming and that school districts across the state found out at the same time the public did.
"The number one thing I am most upset about is the lack of regard given to families in Edmonson County, and across the Commonwealth, in terms of the Governor’s executive order," he said. "I have been following the surge in positive cases since mid-July in an effort to stay informed and to keep our Board informed. I have been watching this trend for quite some time and the Board and I, as well as Central Office and Building administrators, have discussed the surge in cases. Local health providers have kept me apprised of case numbers. So for me to know all this with my limited resources makes me wonder why the decision made yesterday wasn’t made sooner by our state leadership, with the vast resources at their disposal. Again, I represent Edmonson County and it’s people. I think the decision, for our families and our county, could not have had worse timing. I don’t like to see attention taken away from the excitement of the first day for students."
While administrators discussed positive days today, they immediately had to adjust yesterday afternoon with no notice.
"Also, I am a big believer in local control," Alexander said. "This has been taken from us in this instance. I have been asked about personal freedom by many parents since yesterday afternoon. I do believe in personal freedom. I own guns. I worship God. I respect the fact that people have the freedom to do this or not to do this. That’s part of what our country was founded on. However, as a school district, we have been placed in a position where we must follow this executive order. In Kentucky an executive order is law. As a school district we can’t start picking and choosing which laws we follow and which ones we don’t. That is not the example we need to set for our kids."
Although Mr. Alexander worked with all local schools today to help adjust to the changes, he said he couldn't be more pleased with how the first school day ended.
“I’m extremely proud of our teachers and staff at each school, both new staff and veterans, for their hard work and preparation that made the first day of the 21-22 school year so successful," he added.
"Each of our schools has excellent leadership and our administrators work hand in hand with our teachers and staff to make this day successful. Our central office staff has worked with our schools throughout the summer since the end of school last year as well to make today, and this coming school year, a success. Our transportation department has dealt with road closures and COVID restrictions as well, but continue to safely transport our kids."
He finished his interview with thanking Edmonson County students and families for trusting the local school system throughout the pandemic with COVID limitations and restrictions.
"We work hard to provide the best educational experience possible," he said. "The great thing about Edmonson County is the love we have for our kids and how we pull together for our children.”
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander has released a statement regarding Andy Beshear's new mask mandates for all Kentucky schools.
The entire statement is published below:
This afternoon, Edmonson County Schools, as well as the rest of the Commonwealth, were notified during Governor Beshear’s press conference of the Governor’s executive order which was signed instituting masking that will affect our school district.
This executive order stipulates that “all individuals – all teachers, staff, students and visitors – must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when indoors in all public and private preschool, Head Start, elementary, middle and high schools (preschool through grade 12) in Kentucky, including but not limited to inside of vehicles used for transportation such as school buses, regardless of vaccination status. “
Exclusions while indoors include persons sleeping, with disabilities and/or physical or mental impairments, those consuming food or beverage, persons receiving services that require removal of face coverings, those giving speeches, swimmers and those engaged in exercise.
This order goes into effect on August 10, 2021, (today) at 4:00 pm for 30 days, but is subject to renewal.
With this executive order going into place, Edmonson County Schools must comply or be subject to forfeiture of immunity protection by ignoring this order. Our insurance coverage would become null and void, as this Executive Order issued by Governor Beshear is, in essence, law for the next 30 days, according to our board attorney. As superintendent, one of the duties of my job is to keep the school district in a position where we are not negligent. I hope everyone can understand the position the school district would be in without insurance coverage.
I understand the timing of this Executive Order going into effect is poor, to say the least. I want to stress that no Superintendent I have talked to had any advance knowledge of this occurring today. I certainly didn’t. However, we are in this position now.
Our school must immediately follow this executive order. All students and staff will be required to wear masks indoors and on buses, unless their activity or situation meets one of the exclusions listed in the executive order. Edmonson County Schools will work with families and discuss educational options for those families that will not participate due to masking, including virtual status for students until masking orders are lifted. Masks will be provided for students that need them at all schools.
The link to the executive order is attached: https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20210810_Executive-Order_2021-585_Schools-Childcare.pdf
The Governor's announcement may be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM_YOCjG0oQ
In closing, I want to stress that as your superintendent, I realize that there are strong feelings concerning this situation. I ask that everyone please treat one another with respect. One thing that makes us special as a county is the care we have for each other. Please allow this to remain the same during this difficult time.
Brian Alexander, Superintendent
Darren Doyle, story:
Just when many students were prepared to start a closer-to-normal school year tomorrow, Governor Andy Beshear says masks will be required in schools, as directed by yet another executive order from his office.
"We gave a very clear recommendation that every school in Kentucky to mandate masking," he said today in another press conference. "For everybody in the building. Really simple, really clear, and 100% scientifically backed from the very top of the CDC to every local health department. We didn't see all our school districts grab a hold of that, but I'll talk in a minute, we have seen a bunch of them, we've seen a lot of local leadership."
Beshear went on to say that students simply wouldn't be able to go to in-person school right now if people are unwilling to put on a mask.
"We're to the point where we cannot allow our kids to go into these buildings unprotected, unvaccinated, and face this delta variant," he said. "So I'm going to have the courage to do what is right. To protect our children. I've always told people I'd always treat every Kentucky child like they're mine, and treat every family like mine. So today, I'm signing an executive order that requires--that requires-- all individuals, all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in K-12 schools and childcare, and pre-K, wear a mask."
The actual language in the order reads as follows:
Face Coverings Executive Order:
Children age 2 and up in child care, pre-K, K-12 schools
Just yesterday, Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander announced extra precautions all local schools would be taking to help stop the spread of COVID. In that announcement, Alexander said that while masks would be recommended, they would not be required; however, that is likely going to change, pending a statement from Edmonson County Schools.
"Edmonson County Schools are aware of the governor's executive order regarding masking that was announced this afternoon," he said. "However, we have not had time to draft a response regarding this announcement. School districts were not given advance notice regarding this announcement."
He said the school system will release a statement later this evening at approximately 7:00 pm CT regarding the governor's Executive Order.
"We realize the timing, with tomorrow being the first day for students, is not optimal to say the least," he continued. "We understand parents and students have questions; please allow us the opportunity to prepare a statement regarding this after reading the Executive Order."
The complete executive order document can be read here.
Students Begin School Year on Wednesday, August 11th
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander has announced additional COVID prevention measures taken by the school district for the upcoming school year.
There are currently no mask mandates except for those riding on school buses, which is state mandated.
At this time the only masking mandate that we are following is the mandate for students to be masked to board the bus to and from their home in the mornings and evenings," Supt. Alexander said. "Buses will be ventilated to the highest degree possible, with roof hatches open and windows down at the beginning of school, weather permitting. Once again this year, we will choose not to utilize switch-buses as to not run the risk of additional exposure to students who ride the bus."
Alexander said that masking in schools is encouraged but will not be required, according to current guidelines.
"Also, we will work hard in every instance possible to maintain social distance of 3 feet as is recommended," he said.
Edmonson County School district will follow KDE guidance with respect to quarantine guidelines for students and staff that are COVID positive or quarantined due to close contact.
"This is a very fluid situation, but we work hard to follow the latest guidance," he added.
Below are additional points of consideration:
"Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep students and staff safe in terms of cleaning our schools and our buses," Alexander stated.
The first day for students is Wednesday, August 11th. You can visit the school district calendar right here on the Edmonson Voice.
State Transportation Cabinet Announces Work: Portions of Sunfish Bee Spring Road Will See Extended Closure
Darren Doyle, story:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 has announced two state highway projects that will impact traffic in Edmonson County. The following roadways will undergo repair:
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
A very brief meeting was held for Edmonson County Fiscal Court on Monday, August 9, 2021 in the upstairs courtroom of the Edmonson County Courthouse.
County Road Supervisor Greg Carroll reported multiple tile installations throughout the county and that both Brooks Road and the new lot on the south side of the courthouse were ready to be paved. He also said that mowing of right-of-ways was ongoing in District 6.
Sheriff Shane Doyle reported that a new part-time school resource officer was being hired soon. He said the individual was a certified officer that had served for Nashville Metro and other agencies.
The current jail report was read by Judge Executive Wil Cannon, which stated there were 26 county inmates currently housed at Hart County Jail.
County Attorney Greg Vincent reported to the court that he had been asked to review a proposed ordinance from a citizen outlining requirements for lighting in subdivisions. Vincent said he would be more than happy to review; however, he presented a copy to each magistrate and asked them to review it first. He wanted to ensure that the fiscal court was interested in moving forward with such an ordinance before he reviewed it. He said if the court determined there would be no interest in the ordinance, there would be no need for him to review.
A.B. Webb, head of Edmonson County Parks and Rec, said that he is currently working with Edmonson County Schools to see that the new ECHS soccer teams (both boys and girls) will be able to play and practice at the county park in Chalybeate. Youth basketball leagues are also able to use school facilities and Webb said Parks has always had a good working relationship with the school system.
Judge Cannon added to Webb's report about the possibility of adding RV hookups at Chalybeate Park. He said several bring in RVs to the park for horseshoe tournaments and it might help draw more participants.
Cannon also updated the court on the current rec tax system, which charges entertainment facilities a .50 cent flat rate per ticket or admission sold. He said the rec tax commission was working on updates to the policy in order to make the tax rates more fair to all businesses.
He gave an example that compared a local karaoke business to the local ATV park. He said both pay the same .50 cents per admission; however, if the karaoke charges $5 per person, the business is paying a 10% tax on that admission. If the ATV park charges $250 for a weekend event, they still only pay .50 per admission, which is only 2/10ths of a percent tax. All funds from the county rec tax go to fund Edmonson County Parks and Rec.
The court also voted to:
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 23rd at 9AM in the upstairs room of the courthouse.
Historic Home Move to Create Traffic Disruption in the Roundabout Area 31-W in Bowling Green Tuesday
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2021) – Due to a historic home relocation, multiple roads near the roundabout area in Bowling Green are expected to see traffic disruption on Tuesday, August 10. Chestnut Street will be closed near Ogden Avenue at about 3 p.m. A rolling block will be in place as the house moves along Chestnut Street.
A traffic pattern change and partial closure will take place on U.S. 31-W at the roundabout beginning at 6 p.m. Loving Way and Oaklawn Way are expected to be impacted as well. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the roundabout area at U.S. 31-W, U.S. 231X University Boulevard and Loving Way by seeking an alternate route from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Message boards were put in place Thursday to give motorists advance notice of the disruptions.
Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, AT&T and Spectrum will be onsite moving utilities out of the way for the move. The historic house is being moved from Chestnut Street to Oaklawn Way. The total distance of the move is about a half a mile.
An indictment is only a formal charge and is not an admission of guilt. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Edmonson Circuit Court was recently held where a Grand Jury returned the following indictments:
Cheri Beasley, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession Of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
Phildon D. Wooden, Trafficking In Controlled Substance In The First Degree (> Or = 2gms Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Wanton Endangerment-Second Degree Police Officer, Persistent Felony Offender In The Second Degree,
Shawn Skaggs, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Tampering With Physical Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Persistent Felony Offender In The First Degree.
Dennis, W. Fuller, Operating Mv U/Infl Cont Sub- First Offense, Assault In The Second Degree, Criminal Mischief In The First Degree, Wanton Endangerment In The First Degree.
Michael Vance, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess-Firearm Enhanced, Trafficking In Controlled Substance, First Degree (< 2gms Methamphetamine)- Firearm Enhanced.
Lancer G. Hodges, Strangulation In The First Degree, Assault In The Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Wanton Endangerment-First Degree, Tampering With A Witness, Persistent Felony Offender In The Second Degree.
Burton Houchin, Dui First Offense, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine).
Billie Durbin, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Tampering With Physical Evidence, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
Jason Michael Weedman, Sexual Abuse In The First Degree-Victim Under 12 Years Of Age, Sodomy In The First Degree-Victim Under Twelve Years Of Age.
Easton Rector, Trafficking In Controlled Substance, First Degree (< 2gms Methamphetamine)- Firearm Enhanced, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess-Firearm Enhanced.
Nicholas J. Baxter, Attempted Murder, Assault In The First Degree, Assault In The Fourth Degree, Wanton Endangerment-First Degree.
Keith L. Huff, Fleeing Or Evading Police In The First Degree (Motor Vehicle), No Registration Plates, Obstructed Vision And/Or Windshield, Wanton Endangerment-First Degree, Failure To Wear Seat Belts, Wanton Endangerment-First Degree- Police Officer, No Operators License, License To Be In Possession.
Samantha A. Welsh, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Possession Of Marijuana, Possession Of Open Alcohol Container In Motor Vehicle, Failure To Produce Insurance Card, Careless Driving, Prescription Controlled Substance Not In Original Container.
Christopher T. Thompson, Manufacturing Methamphetamine - Firearm Enhanced, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree, Methamphetamine- Firearm Enhanced, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess Firearm Enhanced.
Jimmy Allen Rich, (Four Counts) Sexual Abuse In The First Degree, Rape In The First Degree, Proh Use Of Elec Com Sys To Procure Minor/Peace Off Re: Sex Offenses, Attempted Sexual Abuse In The First Degree.
Jason Temples, Trafficking In Controlled Substance, First Degree(< 2gms Methamphetamine)- Firearm Enhanced, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess-Firearm Enhanced.
Gabrielle Kemp, Possession Of Open Alcohol Container In Motor Vehicle, Possession Of Marijuana, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Unlawful Transaction With A Minor Second Degree, Unlawful Transaction With A Minor Third Degree.
Carrisa L. Carey, Possession Of Marijuana, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Unlawful Transaction With A Minor Second Degree, Unlawful Transaction With A Minor Third Degree.
Auther Caldwell, (Two Counts) Terroristic Threatening In The Third Degree, Sexual Crimes Against Animals, Assault In The Fourth Degree (Minor Injury) Persistent Felony Offender In The First Degree.
Loretta Goodpaster, Assault In The Fourth Degree (Minor Injury), (Two Counts) Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First.
Charles Grindley, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Assault In The Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Possession Of Marijuana, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
Clay A. Roof, Strangulation In The First Degree, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Assault In The Fourth Degree- Domestic Violence.
Randall T. Coulter, (Two Counts) Uor: 02763 Violation Of Kentucky E.P.O./D.V.O., Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree (Methamphetamine), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess, Stalking In The First Degree.
Raymond Harp, (Four Counts) Sexual Abuse In The First Degree, (Four Counts) Attempted Sexual Abuse In The First Degree, Burglary In The Second Degree.
Sharleena M. Byus, (Two Counts) Uor: 00197 Fleeing Or Evading Police In The First Degree (On Foot), Disorderly Conduct In The Second Degree, Obstruction/Interence With An Officer, Persistent Felony Offender In The Second Degree.
Katrina S. Holderman, Trafficking In Controlled Substance, First Offense > Or = 2 Gms Meth), Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.
Kirsten Jecker, Manufacturing Methamphetamine - Firearm Enhanced, Possession Of Controlled Substance In The First Degree, Methamphetamine- Firearm Enhanced, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess Firearm Enhanced.
James T. Ashley, Dui First Offense, Wanton Endangerment-First Degree-Police Officer, Falsely Reporting An Incident, Persistent Felony Offender In The First Degree.
Willie Ray Lindsey, Strangulation In The First Degree, Assault In The Fourth Degree (Domestic Violence) Minor Injury, Fleeing Or Evading Police, Second Degree (On Foot), Persistent Felony Offender In The First Degree.
Darren Doyle, story:
A local man got an eye-opening surprise today (again) when he stumbled upon a large timber rattlesnake on his farm in the Ollie community while tending to a deer feeder.
Craig Browning of Chalybeate said he was ten bags deep into filling the feeder when he looked down and saw the rattler just three feet away.
"I'm usually very cautious when I'm tending to the deer feeder this time of year," he said. "When it's hot and dry, you gotta keep an eye out. But I hadn't seen anything all summer so I guess I gotten pretty relaxed. I normally carry a .38 special with rat shot, a homemade forked walking stick, and snake boots. Well, today, I didn't have any of that stuff."
Browning said he took a couple steps back and regrouped. He said he knew if he left the site to get his gun that the snake would be gone when he returned. Luckily, he had a camp hatchet and he was able to go a short distance to the edge of the woods, get a limb, and cut a makeshift forked stick.
"The snake was still there when I got back," he said. "I called my son-in-law and put him on Facetime. I told him he was my backup 911 in case something went wrong," he said with a laugh; however, he said trying to kill a giant timber rattler with a stick and a camp hatchet didn't seem funny at the time.
"I forked the snake, but the forks were a little long, so he was able to squirm out a little bit, but a good knock on the head got him."
The snake measured out close to 60 inches and had 9 rattles. Browning killed almost the same exact size snake 4 years ago, on August 13, 2017, also shared with the Edmonson Voice.
"It was almost identical to the snake I killed four years ago, and within 20 feet of the same spot," he said. "This one pretty much scared me the same amount as that one did, too."
Browning, a very accomplished hunter and outdoorsman, said people often question him about his secret hunting spot where he regularly kills trophy deer.
"I'm raising trophy rattlesnakes," he said.
He said he plans on skinning the snake and displaying on a board in his hunting room.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
After missing the first fair in Edmonson County in more than 50 years due to the 2020 virus pandemic, the Edmonson County Lions Club Fair is returning to the fairgrounds in September.
Some of the most popular events featured annually at the fair are returning, such as the demolition derby, mud bog, pageants, and baby show; however, there are going to be some changes, still due in part by the pandemic.
The biggest change? There will be no carnival at this year's fair. Lions Club President Jimmie Duvall explained the situation to us earlier today.
"Of course, we had to cancel everything last year because of the pandemic," he said. "And we didn't really know if we were going to be able to have one this year, either. Carnival companies are expensive and they are booked at least a year in advance. By the time we decided it would be safe enough to have the fair this year, those carnival companies were no longer available."
Lions Club members Julia Wilson, who is also with the Edmonson County Extension Office, and Greg Hudson, Director for the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce, are working together to try to create a fall festival-type atmosphere that will include a host of activities for this year's fair, which will take place on Fair Day.
According to Wilson and Hudson, activities scheduled so far are inflatables, games, food vendors, other vendor booths, exhibits, and a petting zoo with more possible additions coming later.
While many kids will be disappointed to know the rides won't be available this year, the annual Lions Club Parade is scheduled to take place on Fair Day, where kids will be out of school. The Edmonson Voice will also livestream the entire parade.
In addition to the parade and other popular events, the annual pageants are also scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 4th at the Edmonson County High School auditorium.
The fair is also offering a new event, which is mud run for both trucks and side by sides. This is different from a mud bog as it is not a deep pit where most vehicles don't make it, but a slimy track intended to see how fast the vehicles can make it through.
Also added to this year's fair is the return of a very popular attraction not seen here since 2018, which is the rodeo.
The current schedule of events are as follows:
The Lions Club is also working to construct a brand new demolition derby ring on the north side of the mud pits. Fair Board Chairman Mike Blanton said this was for the purpose of allowing more spectators to attend in a safer manner and would allow for more lawn chairs.
Duvall said while this wouldn't be exactly how the Lions Club would prefer, they are working hard to make it the best they can.
"We're already planning for next year," he said. "We've been in contact with several carnival companies. Several of them went out of business during the pandemic and it will take others a year or two to bounce back from it. County fairs are dying everywhere and we're doing all we can to see that this one keeps going."
All members of the Lions Club are volunteers and are paid nothing. All proceeds from the fair go towards the Lions Club charitable causes throughout the year, which include multiple benefits for the Edmonson County needy and children.
This year's Grand Marshal will be Scotty Woodcock, the last living charter member of the Edmonson County Lions Club.
Lori Alexander is the coordinator for the Edmonson County Fair AND Local Pageants this year. She has released the following information regarding the 2021 Edmonson County Pageants:
LOCAL PAGEANT ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
In addition to our open Miss Edmonson County Fair pageant, this year we would like to have a separate “local only” pageant for our local contestants. In order to have a separate pageant, we will need at least 7 girls in each category. We would like to hold this pageant on September 2nd 2021 at the Edmonson County High School auditorium.
We will open registration for the LOCAL ONLY contestants on Saturday August 14th from 12-4 pm and will be set up in the Edmonson County High School lobby (front entrance) to accept applications and payment.
Our local winners will be eligible to compete in the Miss KY Festival pageant that will be held in November. We will have THE following categories: Tiny Miss 4-6, Little Miss 7-9, Miss Pre-teen 10-12, Miss Teen 13-15, Miss 16-21. We will also have optional categories and photogenic winner.
Some questions you may have:
Does this mean I can compete in the local and open Miss Edmonson County Fair pageant (held on Sept. 4th) and potentially hold both titles? -YES!
Does this mean that I can compete in the local pageant if I have won a county fair title in another county? YES
If your contestant would like to compete in the local-only and open Miss Edmonson County Fair pageant- contact Lori for payment information.
You can contact Lori at 270-784-8520 with any questions.
EDMONSON COUNTY FAIR PAGEANTS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021:
Newly named Edmonson County 5/6 Center Principal Chad Johnston speaks with us about the upcoming school year, and shares his thoughts and plans for students and the community.
Edmonson Voice Report:
Two individuals were arrested on meth and other charges after a traffic stop in Chalybeate yesterday, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office stated that at approximately 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 29, 2021, a deputy initiated a traffic stop on a Toyota Corolla at the Dollar General Store in Chalybeate, after following the vehicle for several miles and observing the driver swerve over the yellow line several times. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Nicholas Towe (43), who was reported to be homeless, who was discovered to have multiple warrants and suspended driver’s license, the Sheriff's Office said.
The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Megan Sowders (33) of Bowling Green, Kentucky. According to the Sheriff's Office, the deputy saw drug paraphernalia laying in plain view when Towe was removed from the vehicle, which resulted in a search of the vehicle. Suspected methamphetamine and additional drug paraphernalia were reportedly discovered inside the vehicle, and upon a search of Sowders, law enforcement reportedly discovered suspected marijuana on her person.
Sowders (no photo available)was arrested and charged with:
Towe was arrested for two outstanding Warren County warrants for probations violations on felony offenses and he was subsequently charged by Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office for:
Both were transported and lodged in Hart County Jail. Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Brownsville City Police.
Approximately 190 Homes Planned Over The Next 8-10 Years
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The developers of a new 120-acre, 190-home subdivision that will be constructed in the Chalybeate community spoke to about three dozen community members last night at the Edmonson County Community Center at a meeting organized by area residents.
Darrell Oliver, an owner of Kelltrace, LLC., and Merritt Blevins, an owner of Blevins and Blevins, are partnering to develop the Middlebrook Subdivision, which will be built in three phases and will have two different accesses; one off of HWY 101 and the other off Mallory Lane, a gravel road off of Miranda Drive (another gravel road), which is off of Denham Road.
Beth Roeder, a citizen in the area of the new development, organized the meeting and acted as moderator for the evening. After welcoming the audience and discussing the rules of decorum, she invited Mr. Oliver to the podium, who then described the proposed subdivision.
"I'm not here to make any enemies. This is our job. It's what we do for a living," Oliver said. "And we're going to try to do it the best we can do."
Oliver provided preliminary plans for the subdivision and said they were hiring a civil engineer to plan for drainage throughout the development. He discussed the restrictions that will be required in the subdivision that includes the size of homes, required maintenance, and the overall look and feel of the homes.
"We're going to try to make this really nice. We don't want wrecked cars sitting around and all that stuff. All the fencing and what we put in here, the owners will have to have that approved by the developer."
Oliver said they plan on knowing which house goes on what lot in the first phase, meaning that the outside of the homes will be predetermined. Customers can change the layout of the interior of these homes, but not the outside, in order to achieve the desired look.
Oliver said the plan is for the developers to be the general contractors of the entire subdivision and there were no plans to simply sell the lots individually. He also noted that the streets within the development would be paved and built to the county's specs so they could be added into the county road system after they were constructed.
He spoke for about seven minutes then asked for questions and comments. Mrs. Cheryl Peters, an area resident, asked how the restrictions would be enforced. Oliver answered that the developers would take care of that; however, there would be no homeowner's association.
"We're going to take it upon ourselves to make sure the rules and restrictions are followed," he said. "We know that's a tough job as a developer. You always have one or two that don't want to follow the rules, but, if you have a good group of people and a good developer, you can put enough pressure on those people to do what needs to be done. We've done them both ways and we've found that if you've got a homeowners association, you get a group of people that can't get along with one another, and in that homeowner's association, you've got a whole subdivision full of mad neighbors. This way here, y'all can just be mad at me."
Oliver answered several other questions as he addressed the issues. One question was asked about fire hydrants and he said those would be available and would cover the area to be developed. Another question was asked about the need for traffic lights. Oliver stated that wasn't part of their job, but a traffic study could be done and state and county officials would determine that.
Rumors around a strip mall in the development were squashed, as that is not part of this plan. Oliver said the first phase average home price would fall into the $225,000 to $265,000 range and would be 1300-1500 square feet. The other phases would include larger homes that would sell for approximately $325,000 all the way up $700,000 and lots could be combined by a customer if they want to purchase additional space. He said these would be planned to be custom homes.
Someone asked about low income homes and Oliver quickly shot that down.
"I want to get one thing clear that's bothered me the whole time," he said. "I've heard people say 'we don't want immigrants, we don't want HUD housing,' we're not building HUD houses," he said. "We can't control who moves in here, but I can tell you one thing, I'm not in a habit of building HUD houses. I don't think I've ever built one HUD house in my career. That's not what we're fixing to do here."
Area resident Anthony Simon said his concern was the sheer number of homes going into the area. The 120-acres currently serves as barriers between many homes throughout a couple different developments. Simon said currently, he didn't worry about who was in the area and that he had no issues with his daughters playing outside in the neighborhood. With this many homes going up, he was concerned that he'd no longer know his neighbors.
"I understand your concern, but, the very person you're talking about may be the one that saves your kid's life," Oliver said.
Oliver's wife, Tracy, asked those in attendance to encourage their own community members to live there, not to just expect the newcomers would come from other counties and places.
"Guys, I know y'all don't know me, but I want to be the proudest of this subdivision of anybody here," Oliver said. "When we're done, I want you to say 'those guys did more than they had to do.' We want it to look good, we want it to be full of people living in it, children living in it. We don't want it to fail, we're the biggest investors in it. We've put up the most money and we want it to work. The only way we feel like we can make it work is to make it nice. I believe there's a need in this county for somebody to live somewhere nice. If you drive over there (in the current area) y'all's places are beautiful. It looks really nice, beautiful land. We don't want to change that and we want it to be pretty when you drive through it five to six years from now."
Questions were also asked about the increased number of students possibly entering the school system and Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander discussed the current situation.
He also spoke in favor in Mr. Oliver, personally, who attends church in the county and has already had children in the Edmonson County school system.
"Of all the people that could do this, I feel like the county is fortunate that it's him," Alexander said. "My job is to make sure that I'm doing everything I can to market our school district. I don't market houses and all this, but I'm trying to get people to come into our school system that respect the values of our county. I want to attract the right kind of people. I understand your concerns, I really do, but we can provide adequate staff and adequate space."
He then discussed how the current ratio of students to teachers is anywhere from 24 to 1, to 28 to 1, depending on the school and he said the school system is currently set up for growth, and that the Board of Education is always working proactively to accommodate new students and planning for expansion in the school facilities.
Callie Beliles, Director of Facilities and Safety of Edmonson County Schools discussed possible funding options for new expansions in the future; some of which could come from bonds, other from government funding. Alexander also noted that the increased revenue from new homes would likely offset the need for increased school taxes.
Other questions regarding increased need for law enforcement, firefighters, road services, etc., were asked and Judge Executive Wil Cannon discussed the current situation. He similarly stated that newly generated tax revenue from incoming residents would help fund any services needing to be increased. However, Oliver also stated that the pace of construction for this subdivision would be around 20 houses per year. At that rate, it would take 8-10 years to fill the entire development. That pace would not likely put any strain on emergency services or the school system, according to data discussed at the meeting.
Jeff Eaton, General Manager for SCRTC, spoke to the audience and discussed plans for high speed internet to come to the area of the new development. He stated that the area would include anyone residing from Noah Bledsoe Road, to Otter Gap, then to Sulphur Road out to 101 near Beaver Dam Chapel Road. This would cover dozens of homes in the Chalybeate area. While SCRTC services the area up 101 to Brownsville, and Mediacom offers service just outside of that area, most of the county is plagued with poor service from only one other provider, Windstream.
As the meeting concluded, Oliver invited attendees to view the plans and discuss the layout of the subdivision. He and Mr. Blevins then addressed individual questions for a short period.
The issue of growth vs. tradition has always been a difficult one in Edmonson County. Some residents argue that the county needs more growth, which includes population, industry, and commerce. They want to work, shop, and live in the same place. Others say the biggest asset to the county is the lack of those things, giving it a "Mayberry" feel. Those are the ones that don't mind to work or shop elsewhere. Others would agree that a healthy balance would be the best solution.
Several residents were heard discussing zoning before and after the meeting. Zoning does not currently exist in Edmonson County. The discussion of zoning resurfaced in 2015 when multiple companies looked at purchasing the former Atmos gas plant. Judge Wil Cannon stated then that he was not against zoning; however, six years later, there has been little to no discussion of implementing zoning.
Oliver said he plans on starting construction as soon as possible.
Three Face Felony Drug Charges
No photo available for Jason W. Abney.
Darren Doyle, story:
Three individuals have been arrested and face multiple drug charges and other violations after their pit stop at a local baptizing facility, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies reportedly observed a Hyundai Sonata parked at the Rhoda Creek Baptizing Facility on Old Chalybeate Road around 11:30PM on Wednesday evening and made contact with the driver, who was identified as Jason W. Abney (39) of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky.
Law enforcement said the strong odor of marijuana was immediately detected upon contact. There were also two other passengers in the vehicle, both a male and female; however, both refused to identify themselves to law enforcement, the Sheriff's Office stated. All three individuals in the vehicle were detained while a probable cause search was administered, which resulted in the discovery of suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.
All three individuals were placed under arrest, and it was at that time, the male and female passengers identified themselves; Ariel D. Meeks (22) of Brownsville, and Justin D. Smith (24) of Bowling Green. Both were discovered to have active warrants.
Abney was charged with:
Smith was also served a Complaint Warrant out of Allen County for Receiving Stolen Property, as well as a Parole Violation Warrant out of Warren County.
All three subjects were transported and lodged in Hart County Jail.
Edmonson County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted on scene by Brownsville City Police.
Court Votes To Lower Tax Rates From 13.9 to 13.8
Darren Doyle, story:
County Attorney Greg Vincent made several points at tonight's fiscal court meeting as to why he would not recommend the current proposed affiliation agreement with the Edmonson County Rescue Squad.
Vincent said the proposed agreement contained language that was either unclear or not favorable with the county, such as chain of command issues and no budget or auditing requirements for the squad. He pointed out several other areas of the proposed agreement and advised the fiscal court that the rescue squad would need to make necessary changes in order to recommend an agreement.
"That doesn't mean I'm against the rescue squad," he said. "What that means is that I recommend a committee composed of Emergency Management, the Sheriff, possibly the Judge, maybe a magistrate, and I'll help as well. I would invite rescue squad members to meet and we can work out the details on how we want some of this stuff to go."
Rescue Squad member Tim Skees was in attendance and asked to speak and said the proposed agreement was basically copied verbatim from Hart County Rescue Squad. He said the squad would be interested in making changes in order to work with the county and also told the court that Emergency Management Director Terry Massey and Edmonson County Treasurer Tammi Willhite were made honorary members of the squad for transparency purposes.
"We've bent over backwards to be compliant with what fiscal court wants," he said.
Judge Executive Cannon responded to him and said no one was disputing that. Skees then said that the squad needs an affiliation agreement in order to allow personnel to undergo proper training.
County Attorney Vincent also recommended that the affiliation agreement with the Tri-County Mounted Search and Rescue Team be rescinded as soon as possible for similar reasons.
"This was not adopted by fiscal court, to my knowledge," he said "This was signed as an executive order by the Judge. This needs to be repealed. You need to issue a new order that cancels this, rescinds this, and sends them back to the drawing board. That order of affiliation gives them powers and authorities that I don't think you meant for them to have."
Judge Cannon appointed the committee, made of EM Director Terry Massey, Sheriff Shane Doyle, County Attorney Greg Vincent, and himself. Cannon said the committee would meet and discuss the item on the next meeting's agenda.
County Tax Rates For 2021
The fiscal court voted to lower the county property tax rate from 13.9 cents per $100 of assessed value to 13.8 cents. The vote came as a recommendation from Judge Cannon, who said the compensating rate had dropped to 13.4 and lowering to 13.8 would be a slight break, but would not hinder the county budget from dealing with inflation.
The fiscal court voted to accept a proposal from Martin Excavation and Contracting for $16,150 for the construction of new sidewalks at the courthouse.
The project will provide new sidewalks from the Jackson Street side, around the front of the Community Center across from Bank of Edmonson County, to the steps at the Community Center facing East Main Cross Street.
The court also voted to
The next fiscal court meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 9th at 9AM in the upstairs courtroom of the courthouse.
Darren Doyle, story:
The classic "extra blacktop" or "blacktop sealer" scam has apparently made it's way back to Edmonson County again, according to some callers.
The Edmonson Voice has received multiple calls about a scam attempt that's recently occurred in the county where a man attempts to sell you his blacktop sealing service. He apparently asks for some or all money up front, where someone then sprays a minimal coat of a substance that is worthless--or-- he simply leaves with your money and doesn't come back.
Other tips from callers say they were approached by someone offering blacktop that was supposedly leftover from another big job down the road at a cheap price. The scammer gets your money and doesn't do the work, and there was no pavement leftover from any job, period.
One caller claimed the man was part of a larger group that attempts a number of different scams, including roofing, septic tank service, and a host of other contractor-type jobs. He said the man used one of his neighbors as a reference, but the caller knew who did the neighbor's job, and it wasn't this man.
"They go by a house that's recently had their driveway sealed, look up the address of that house on the internet, and tell you they did it," the caller said. "When you call up the neighbor and ask 'were you satisfied with the company that sealed your driveway?' they'll tell you they were, but they're talking about a completely different company. I knew it was a scam and told him to hit the road."
Sheriff Shane Doyle said this type of scam is all too common and that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
"Most reputable companies rarely go door-to-door anymore, but if they do, look for some identification," he said. "Ask for documentation proving they're licensed and insured, ask for several references, and look up their company on the internet, whether that be a website, social media page, or something. If you're still unsure, you're better off to decline their services, or call a neighbor or family member to help you."
Sheriff Doyle encouraged the community to call authorities when something like this happens with a description of the individual and what vehicle in which they are traveling.
"Unfortunately, these scammers try to prey on our elderly, so it's important for us to talk to our older family members and educate them on these types of things," he said.
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Schools will not require masks at school for the 2021-22 school year, as of now, according to a statement released from Superintendent of Schools; however, they will be required on buses, according to state mandates. The entire statement is published below:
Recently, the subject of masking has become a topic yet again for schools throughout our commonwealth. While Edmonson County's incident rate is at 4.7 at this time, there are surrounding counties with very high incident rates. Currently our state incident rate is above 10.00 at 12.67. As numbers fluctuate across our state, we are forced to look at our practices in order to make schools safe.
Edmonson County Schools will not mandate masks in any setting with one exception. Students will be required to be masked to board our school buses, as the Executive Order requiring masks for public transportation includes school buses and school vans.
It is recommended that students who have not had the opportunity to receive vaccines utilize masks. This is especially true at the elementary levels where vaccines are not yet available. However, this is not a mandatory requirement. Our schools will work for 3 foot social distancing as well to accommodate guidelines.
As always, the health and safety of our students is our first priority. As we have said in the past, this is a fluid situation and if circumstances were to change, our stance as a school district may change as well. We certainly want any changes that are made from this point on can remove guidelines that are now in place, but we will handle the circumstances as they arise.
We hope that you will join us as we gain excitement for our return to students on August 11th and work toward normalcy.
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools
Edmonson Voice News Update:
A Sweeden woman was arrested and faces multiple drug charges after a traffic stop on Saturday.
According to a press release from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday, July 17th, a deputy observed a white Honda Accord cross the center line five times while traveling north on KY HWY 259. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Samantha Ann Welsh (42) of Sweeden, Kentucky. A standardized field sobriety test was performed and consent to search Welsh’s vehicle produced an open alcohol container, suspected Hydrocodone, suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, and various forms of drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff's Office reported. Welsh was placed under arrest and charged with:
Edmonson Voice Update:
Campbellsville University’s 35th annual Excellence in Teaching Award Program honored 205 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 72 districts and/or private schools, three of which are Edmonson County educators.
The teachers are selected by their school districts in each grade level (preschool/elementary, middle and high school), and this year's winners were Julie Harp, Kyrock Elementary School, Sarah Justis, Edmonson County Middle School, and Kori Skaggs, Edmonson County High School.
Harp, of Sweeden, Ky., teaches first grade at Kyrock Elementary School. She has 24 years of teaching experience. She is married to Wayne Harp.
Justis, of Morgantown, Ky., has been teaching at Edmonson County Middle School for nine years. She is married to Chase Justis and they have two children: Avery and Noah Justis.
Skaggs, of the Chalybeate community, has seven years of experience teaching at Edmonson County High School and will be a counselor for the upcoming school year. She is married to Daniel Skaggs.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,500 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The website for complete information is www.campbellsville.edu.
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
A Grayson County man was killed today after a two-county police pursuit ended in a motorcycle crash.
According to Kentucky State Police, troopers were called to investigate a fatal collision involving a motorcycle near the 2500 block of Sunfish Bee Spring Road in Edmonson County around 1PM.
KSP reported that the Grayson County Sheriff's Office initiated a pursuit of a stolen motorcycle being operated by 34 year-old Kristopher M. Burden of Leitchfield. The Grayson County Sheriff's Deputy lost sight of the motorcycle as it entered Edmonson County, a KSP press release said. An Edmonson County Deputy Sheriff observed the motorcycle southbound on Highway 259 North in the Kyrock area of Edmonson County and KSP said the operator of the vehicle made an unlawful turn in the middle of the roadway, nearly striking another vehicle that was traveling on Highway 259 North. The Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy then initiated a pursuit of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle turned west onto Sunfish Bee Spring Road where Burden failed to negotiate a curve and exited the roadway. Kristopher Burden was ejected from the motorcycle after striking a roadway sign and guardrail. Kristopher Burden was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Edmonson County Coroner. Burden was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The investigation continues and is being led by Detective Michael Waggener. He was assisted on the scene by Brownsville Police Department, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Edmonson County EMS, Kyrock Fire Department, Bear Creek Fire Department, Edmonson County District 5 Constable, and Edmonson County Coroner.
Sheriff Shane Doyle discussed the incident with the Edmonson Voice.
“Because this is an active KSP investigation, there’s not a whole lot that I can comment at on at this time," he said. "I can say, however, that while this is a tragic event, I’m proud of our officers for the way they conducted themselves. The deputy that responded administered life-saving measures until relieved by EMS, and he always puts the greater safety of the community above himself. We rely on the Kentucky State Police to conduct these kinds of investigations, because we know that the independence of KSP and transparency they provide will allow for a proper and complete examination of the facts and evidence surrounding this terrible situation. We cannot comment further at this time.”