Edmonson County Parks and Recreation News
By Greg Hudson
The Parks and Recreation department will host a public meeting on February 9th, 2016 at the Community Center in Brownsville at 6:30pm. This meeting will be held to inform the public of the programs and events that the parks and recreation department is considering for the upcoming year.
A needs assessment survey will be handed out in order to give each member of the community an opportunity to help the parks and recreation department decide which programs and events are most beneficial to the health and social well being of the community. We want to know what you would like to see from our department. Please attend this meeting to help us provide the best possible recreation and leisure activities for your enjoyment.
Park Clean-up Day
The Parks and Recreation department along with the Healthy Communities Coalition are sponsoring a Park Clean-up Day on March 19th at 10:00am until TBA. There will be a volunteer appreciation event immediately after clean-up is completed. Volunteers are needed for this event. If you, your family, organization, club, or business would like to volunteer, contact Greg Hudson at 270-597-9301 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt
On March 26th, 2016 at 11:00am the Parks and Recreation department will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at the Highway 70 Sports Complex. There will be 4 categories for the hunt, ages 0-4, 5-8, 9-12, and individuals with disabilities. We are looking for interested businesses and organizations to co-sponsor this event. If you would like to co-sponsor this event please contact Greg Hudson at 270-597-9301 for more details.
“Come Walk with Me” Walking Program
The Parks and Recreation department is offering a 12 week walking program starting in April 2016. This program will be conducted at the Highway 70 Sports Complex on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week. Registration forms will be available on 1 March. Don’t worry-- we will tailor the program to your ability level.
That covers it for now, thanks for supporting your local Parks and Recreation Department. Together we can do some great things! Make sure you visit our website at www.ecparksandrec.com
The EC BASEBALL/SOFTBALL BOARD will be available on Saturday, February 13 from 9am-11am at South Edmonson, Kyrock, and 5/6 Center to receive any applications for this upcoming season.
This will be the ONLY time that you'll be able to hand deliver these. If mailing your application, it must be postmarked by February the 19, 2016.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Twelve different Pony Express 4-H Club members were honored for their service and accomplishments in the club during the Monday, Jan 25 fiscal court meeting, six of them were present to be recognized.
Spokesperson Karen Ryan said that the group of kids had been extremely active in the community and have contributed in a number of ways. "They do everything from horse judging in and out of state, they're involved with horse shows in the county, district, and state, and they've raised money for 4-H camp and different things, so we want to acknowledge them for all they do for the community," she said.
They were each given a certificate and a pin which represented the number of years served in the organization. The following students were recognized:
Laynie Mitchell 4yrs, Rachel Cowles 4yrs, Braeden May 1yr, Maison May 3yrs, Cassie Tarter 4yrs, Keaton Thompson 4yrs, Trista Majors 4yrs, Kyle Majors 4yrs, Amelia Chan Hollis 4yrs, Robert White 1yr, Bret White 1yr.
"We appreciate all the hard work that the volunteers put into this program," said Judge Executive Wil Cannon. "They're training our kids to be future leaders not only in agriculture, but also in everything else."
Edmonson Voice Staff
Jackie Luttrell Greenwalt, an Edmonson County native was named the winner of the 2016 Mrs. Kentucky pageant held at the Oldham County Art Center in Crestwood Kentucky, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
There were 20 women in the pageant that represented areas from all over the State of Kentucky.
Jackie, a 1993 graduate of ECHS, will represent Kentucky in the Mrs. America Pageant which will be held in August.
She is married to Darren Greenwalt, and is the daughter of Rayburn and Carolyn Luttrell of Brownsville.
Another woman with local ties, Page Probus, formerly of Pig, also competed in the pageant and was placed in the top eleven candidates.
The following churches will not have services Sunday, Jan 24, 22016:
Chalybeate United Baptist
Otter Gap Missionary Baptist
Jock United Baptist
Beaver Dam United Baptist
Pleasant Union United Baptist (Steep Hollow)
Mt. Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Fairview United Baptist
Brownsville Missionary Baptist
Community Church Ad Cedar Springs
Boiling Springs Church of Christ
Hopewell Missionary Baptist (HWY 70)
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Dairy Queen has announced that they will be open Sunday, Jan 24.
Subway of Brownsville will open, regular hours, 9am-9pm Sunday.
Watch the look on these kids' faces as they race down the hill thanks to their dad's GoPro Camera. From front to back: Nora Hodges, Kaylee Pedigo, Caroline Hodges, Matty Cowles, Cameron Decker, Brian Martin.
Above: Carter Hodges flies through the air on a sled as he jumps a snow ramp
Darren Doyle, story and photos
While virtually everyone in Edmonson County was busy watching and reading weather forecasts, curling up with another blanket, or sleeping in their warm beds, there were several guys that were just getting started...most of them after they'd already worked a full day or more.
County and State road crews have been busy trying to get things cleaned up for Edmonson County for the past few days, whether it was pre-treating roads, plowing lanes, or working on keeping those trucks going. As the snow continues to fall, those guys will continue to work, and other than stopping here and there to grab a few naps, they'll remain out there until all the roads are taken care of.
Then around 5:30am this morning, more than 7,000 Edmonson Countians lost power and the fear of being cold and in the dark set in for most. That is, until the lights came back on in about an hour. It's rumored that surrounding counties could hear a collective sigh of relief as thousands of EC folks were immediately relieved.
According to WRECC Engineer Andrew Lindsey, who lives in Chalybeate, the power outage was caused by "line galloping" between Bee Spring and Sweeden. This occurred when ice gathered on the lines and strong winds began to move the lines back and forth, much like flipping a jump rope.
Lindsey said crew members had to drive and walk the entire section in the dark and freezing rain to locate the affected section. "Different conductors moving in different ways, side-by-side, will either wrap around each other or slap together," he said, which in this case, caused the outage. "We de-energized that section and just let it gallop. There's nothing you can do until it stops."
No matter what was galloping, the fact is, these guys were out in the elements doing whatever it took to get the power back on while most everyone else was in the bed.
On behalf of all of Edmonson County, we thank all of the County Road crew, the State Highway Department, and all the crews at WRECC for doing what you do. We know you still can't rest until all the wintry weather goes away, and we salute you for a job well done.
Bank of Edmonson County has announced that they will be closed at all locations on Friday, January 22, 2016.
"We will be closed at all locations on Friday for the safety of our employees and customers," said CEO Michelle Coleman.
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In an effort to accommodate Edmonson County residents that aren't able to attend fiscal court meetings during the regular times, which are the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9am, Judge Wil Cannon has announced that the next meeting will be held on Monday evening, January 25th at 6pm, upstairs in the Edmonson County Courthouse.
Judge Cannon and all six magistrates encourage everyone to attend.
Recently, the Edmonson County 5/6 Center PTO completed a two phase landscaping project at the school. As part of the improvement, $900 worth of trees were donated by Modern Woodmen of America. The students and staff of the EC 5/6 Center would like to extend a sincere “thank you” to the parents who assisted with the fundraisers that helped make this possible and MWA, especially April Hennion, Local Representative, who provided the trees.
Additional projects, including technology, field trips, and educational activities are priorities for the PTO this academic year.
Edmonson Voice Staff
A neighboring land owner to Chalybeate park hired a logging company earlier in 2015 to provide services on his land. Some of the area was near what the county thought was park property and after doing some research, it was found that there was no recorded survey for Chalybeate Park.
The Fiscal Court agreed to hire Pride Surveying in Glasgow to conduct a survey of the entire property at a cost of $1500. Dennis Kepple, the neighboring land owner, agreed to pay a portion of the cost where the park property met his.
After completion of the survey, it was found that Mr. Kepple's logging was done well within his own property with no question. The county was more concerned with having the correct boundaries recorded than Mr. Kepple's logging, and Judge Cannon said it was good to have a permanent record on file.
Attention Upcoming College Students: The Importance Of The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
by Fallon Willoughby
ECHS KY College Coach
Senior year should be a time of excitement for students as they plan their future, and choose their college or career path. However, mixed in with that excitement is stress about how they will afford college, and how to choose a college. How do they know if they are ready?
College readiness is a topic being addressed across the nation by the government, states, schools and universities. It is a topic that is close to home for our seniors and their parents. As the Kentucky College Coach at Edmonson County High School, I work with students to answer questions about college, and help prepare them for the transition. The high school works to help make sure all students are either college or career ready upon graduation. I am here to give added support in answering questions about financial aid, admissions, KEES, and any other college related topics.
For now, our main focus is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It is an opportunity to gain access to federal and state funds. Most universities and colleges require the FAFSA to be filled out in order for students to attend, especially if they want scholarships or to work on campus. The FAFSA can help estimate costs at a specific school, and immediately gives you an idea of whether or not you will be receiving funds. There is no reason to leave money on the table. The importance of filing the FAFSA as soon as possible cannot be stressed enough. It should be filled out as soon as possible after January 1st. The application can be found at www.fafsa.gov, and is completely free.
Here are some upcoming events where you can receive help to fill out the FAFSA:
Saturday January 9th, 2016
College Goal Kentucky: FAFSA Help event
WKU, Mass Media and Technology Hall (MMTH), Room 166 @ 10 am
People will be available to help file the FAFSA.
Monday, January 11th 2016
KET’s “College Financial Aid Call-In 2016,” a one-hour, live special edition of "Education Matters" offers help in navigating the all-important college financial aid application process.
@ 9/8 pm on KET and will also stream live online at KET.org/live.
The program features a panel of financial aid representatives from public and private Kentucky colleges and universities who will provide information on the availability of scholarships, grants and other financial aid and offer tips on applying for student loans. The panel will discuss general financial aid issues and field questions from viewers. Viewers can also submit questions to @EducationKET on Twitter and on KET’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KET prior to the program for possible inclusion on the program.
Friday, January 15th 2016
FAFSA Workshop: Fill out FAFSA
Edmonson County High School from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
People will be available to help parents and/or their students to file the FAFSA.
Four local gospel groups and a choir will be featured in a free concert this Friday, January 8, 7pm, at the ECHS Auditorium. Featured will be The Sneed Family, The Golden Keys, The Pleasant Union Trio, Jock United Baptist Church Choir, and The Brantley Brothers. A free will offering will be collected.
The Lighthouse at Nolin Lake has a new ministry for the children and youth of Edmonson County Centershot ministries is a 8 week Bible study that teaches children the basics of archery alongside the Gospel of Christ.
If you are interested please call Pastor Chris 270-597-6542. We will meet each week at Forks Archery in Mammoth Cave.