Tomorrow is the due date for little league baseball and softball applications. All forms MUST be postmarked by tomorrow, no exceptions. The forms will not be accepted in any county offices. You can download the form below.
Mail forms to:
EDMONSON COUNTY BASEBALL/SOFTBALL REGISTRATION
P.O. Box 93
Brownsville, KY 42210
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Lexington, KY February 25, 2015 – Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.
These producers must be willing to adopt additional conservation activities aimed at helping them achieve higher levels of conservation on their farms, forests and ranches.
Changes in the 2014 Farm Bill will allow CSP participants with expiring contracts to renew them by exceeding stewardship thresholds for two or more existing natural resource concerns specified by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or by meeting stewardship thresholds for at least two new natural resource concerns such as improving water quality or soil health.
The renewal process is optional but benefits CSP participants with expiring contracts because it is non-competitive. The 2014 Farm Bill includes an expanded conservation activity list that offers producers more options to address natural resource challenges. New conservation activities include cover crops, intensive rotational grazing and wildlife-friendly fencing.
Along with the renewal option announced today, USDA announced last month that it will make available $100 million this year through the CSP in 2015.
Although CSP applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by the funding deadline, extended to Friday, March 13, to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding.
“We’re extending the deadline for applications to CSP to provide agricultural producers more time to complete their applications,” said Kentucky’s State Conservationist Karen Woodrich. “From
improving soil health to sending cleaner water downstream, this program is improving the environment in Kentucky and across the nation,” she added.
Landowners in Kentucky have enrolled over 200,000 acres into CSP. To learn more about CSP visit the NRCS website or visit a USDA Service Center near you.
The family of Bro. Howard Wayne Decker would like to express our deepest and sincerest appreciation for acts of kindness during his untimely death.
Thank you for the many prayers, kind words, cards, food, beautiful flowers and gifts, phone calls and monetary donations.
Thank you for every beautiful song sung in the spirit by Chalybeate United Baptist Church Choir, The Sego Family, Doug Dickson, Katie and Emily, and Bro. Freddie Vertrees. A special thanks to Hannah McCrady for playing the piano for her Uncle. Also to Sherman Glenn Mudd, Robbie Embry, The Caneyville First Responders, and to each pall bearer.
And lastly, thanks to Brothers Jerry Weedman, Garry Watkins, James Jessie, and Richard Minton and all the other preachers, and to Dermitt’s Funeral Home for a blessed service.
Susan, Adam, Jonathan, Katie, the grandchildren, and
Diana and Beulah
Shirley Mae Jaggers Family In Need
Friends and family of Shirley Mae Jaggers are asking for your help. Shirley Mae, a student at ECHS, is currently undergoing cancer treatment in Nashville and the family's expenses continue to rise. Any donations will be greatly appreciated during this difficult time. You can send donations to:
Freddie Wayne Jaggers
PO BOX 112
Sweeden KY 42285
From Family and Friends
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNOUNCES SPRING BREAKFAST
DATE MARCH 24
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce
has announced that their Spring Breakfast will
be held on Tues. March 24 at the Edmonson
County Library on Ferguson St.
"The event takes place at 7 am to allow time to
enjoy breakfast and be able to then continue to work,"
said Rhonda Clemmons, Chamber Director.
The Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for
the event. There is no charge to attend. "We welcome everyone to come out and
find out more about the Chamber. You
need not be a member to attend," stated Clemmons.
A special guest speaker is being scheduled, details will be announced.
Mammoth Cave Hotel is kicking off Season 2015 by hosting an open house on Wednesday, March 4th from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Main Lobby of the Hotel. The staff at MCH has worked hard over the winter months to give the hotel lobby, gift shops and dining areas a new look and would like to share their excitement with the community.
On Saturday, March 7th and Saturday, March 14th, MCH will be presenting a day filled with acoustic music showcasing talented musicians from the area. The music event will take place each Saturday starting at 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM in the Main Lobby of the Hotel. March 7th’s lineup will feature artists like the Miller Hayes Band, Rye Davis, 4 Alarm, Laney Meredith, and a host of other local musicians.
Make plans to visit Mammoth Cave Hotel on March 7th and March 14th and enjoy a showcase of local talented musicians. (lineup subject to change). For more information contact Mammoth Cave Hotel at 270-758-2225 or 270-758-2301.
Local Church Cancellations
Several churches have cancelled services this weekend due to continued weather conditions. We will update the list as we receive new information. So far, the following churches are cancelled:
Brownsville Missionary Baptist
Chalybeate (no Sunday School, but service will be held at 11am)
Brownsville General Baptist
Miller Hill (Pleasant Grove)
Hopewell Missionary Baptist
Chalybeate (Saturday Night, no word yet on Sunday)
Otter Gap (Sunday)
Jock (no Sunday School, service will be held at 11am)
Pleasant Union Sunday School
Liberty Hill Sunday School
Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet:
Properly Disposing of Expired or Unused Medications
We all have medicine that needs to be disposed of from time to time. Whether it is expired over the counter items from long years ago or medications left from a recent family member passing on, it’s important to know how to properly dispose of these medications. While there are a select few medications that can be washed down the sink, the majority should be disposed of in a different manner to protect our water supply from being contaminated. Here are the best ways to properly dispose of your unwanted medications:
Visit Your Local Pharmacy- Many local pharmacies can help assist you in proper drug disposal. Some pharmacies have drop boxes while others can give you valuable information on where to take medications when they are no longer needed. Always start here and check with your pharmacist to find out the proper ways to handle medications and their disposal.
Visit Your Local Law Enforcement Office- Local law enforcement has stepped up their efforts to help control medications and how they are disposed. Our local Sheriff’s Office has a medication drop box where you can drop off most of your medications. We are very thankful that they offer this valuable resource to our community and is one of the best options for safe disposal.
DEA Drug Take Back Days- The DEA in connection with the Kentucky State Police and Bowling Green Police host Drug Take Back Days several times a year to help collect unwanted medications. At the time of this writing, there have been no dates set for 2015, but we will announce on our Facebook page when these dates are published. During this event, the DEA will take back all of your unwanted medications, even strong pain killers that may be left over from a loved one’s passing. Since the start of this program, they have removed millions of pounds of unwanted medications and properly disposed of them.
I advise all of our patients that you should clean out your medicine cabinet at least once, if not twice, a year and dispose of unwanted or expired medicines. This will not only help keep you safe from accidentally taking them, but will also make it safer for children and our community. Take advantage of these great options when cleaning up around the house!
Your Family Pharmacist,
Samuel Warnell, Pharm D
Due to the severe winter weather this week, the Edmonson County Parks and Rec is extending the deadline (originally Feb 21) until next Saturday, February 28th.
All completed applications, with payment, must be mailed in to the P.O. Box listed on the application. No applications will be accepted at the schools or at any county offices. If you have any questions regarding Baseball and Softball sign-ups please contact A.B. Webb at 270-597-6623.
You can download the form by clicking below:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce has mailed the 2015 Membership Forms. If you were a member from last year, your renewal form is in the mail. If you'd like to join or need more info, call the Chamber at 270-597-2222, or visit edmonsonchamber.com.
Food From The Heart Cancelled
Food From the Heart food pick up in Brownsville scheduled for Sunday, February 22, 2015 has been cancelled. The weather has caused delayed truck deliveries. Food From the Heart apologizes for the inconvenience. The next food pantry date is scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2015.
Instead of looking for everything in the county that will be closed, your best bet is to assume everything will be closed other than a few retail businesses. Every church service we knew of tonight has been cancelled and all city and county offices will be closed for the remainder of the week. If you need a product or service from a local business, very few will be open so please call them before visiting. Emergency personnel will be on call as always.
Another two inches of snow fell last night, in addition to the 9-12 inches already on the ground. Road crews worked relentlessly clearing driving routes only to find another mess this morning. 20-30 mph wind gusts created large snow drifts and bitter wind chills today, and according to the forecast, Edmonson County should prepare for some of the coldest temperatures we've seen in years.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning until 11am Thursday. Temps are expected to be anywhere from -5 to -12 tonight, this will create bitterly cold wind chills estimated to be 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Wind chills are expected to be -10 to -20 during the day on Thursday.
If you're not a Wookie, dress in layers and cover as much exposed skin as possible during the next few days. Check on the elderly as well as livestock and outdoor pets. WRECC urges everyone to reduce their power usage during the bitter cold. Click here for those details.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Fun In The Snow
Several readers sent us their pics of fun in the snow from today. Thanks to all for sharing. Stay safe out there this week. There are still a couple of closings: Edmonson County Schools will remain closed for the rest of the week. The Edmonson County Extension Office class for "Stretching Your Snap Dollars " has been cancelled. All County and City offices will be open. The Bank of Edmonson County will be open from 10am to 2pm. It's likely that several churches will be cancelled, but please check with us tomorrow for confirmation. Please email us any cancellations or info you may have.
Just last week the Edmonson Voice reported, “Local police are investigating several recent burglaries in the county..”
Seems like we’re seeing more of this, and more often than not when criminals break into a home, one of the first things they look to steal are firearms. When this happens, 2 disasters happen at once. First, you’re deprived of your property. Perhaps it was a family heirloom or your favorite hunting gun. At the very least it was probably valuable and its loss certainly has you upset. Secondly, your gun is now in the hands of a criminal. If you think about it long enough, that thought will be more upsetting than losing your property. Picture the kind of person that breaks into someone else’s home and takes what isn’t theirs without remorse. What do you suppose that kind of person is going to do with your gun? He or she is either going to sell it, trade it, (possibly for drugs), or at worst, use it in the commission of another crime.
That being said, it seems clear that we have a responsibility, not only to ourselves, but to everyone in the community to try and store our firearms as safely and securely as possible. Proper gun storage can also help prevent damage and depreciation of your firearms. Here are a few suggestions:
Soft-Side and Hard-Side Gun Cases ($10- $150):
Most sporting goods stores have entire aisles dedicated to affordable handgun, rifle, and shotgun cases. The options available range from padded fabric sleeves to rugged foam-lined plastic cases. The primary role of this kind of affordable carry case is to protect guns from physical damage. While they do a good job of preventing dings and scratches, their role as a security device is relatively limited.
Strong Boxes and Metallic Gun Cases ($25 – $350):
In an effort to strike a balance between the security offered by a locking gun cabinet and the portability of a gun case, several companies offer portable strong boxes and metallic gun cases. Metal gun cases usually incorporate a reliable locking system or the means to attach heavy padlocks. Strong boxes, usually intended for handguns, offer mounting systems for permanent attachment to a fixed surface. Some boxes are fitted with quick-opening locking mechanisms, including electronic push-button access and fingerprint scanners.
Locking Steel Gun Cabinets ($150 – $450):
Remember that grand wooden gun display case that your great-uncle had in his den? Looking through the engraved glass panes of the double doors, you could see his beautiful vintage shotgun collection. Sometimes he would retrieve that little brass key to open the doors so you could get a better look. While this kind of locking gun cabinet looks wonderful, it does not offer any truly viable level of safe gun storage, accept against small children. To secure firearms, a locking steel gun cabinet is a more secure choice.
Gun Safes ($500 – $2,500+):
Simply stated, gun safes are the most secure gun storage option available to the average gun owner. Even the basic units have terrific advantages over any of the other gun storage units described so far. A locked safe will definitely prevent a gun from being handled or loaded. The upholstered interior and built-in gun racks will help to protect the finish of the firearms while allowing air to circulate. And, best of all, they are an effective theft deterrent.
Another key in loss prevention is proper documentation of your firearms. The ATF website offers a simple form to start a personal firearms log that will help you keep track of the information law enforcement will need to help you recover your guns in the event of theft. Always report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement immediately. You can find the form here:
Thanks, and be sure to visit us at C & C Firearms in Brownsville. Visit our Facebook Page Here:
This column is brought to you by C & C Firearms, Brownsville Ky. 270-597-1005.
Valentine's Day Message Board
Dear Jay, I love you soooooo much! Love, Kate
To Dad: You're my valentine, even though you snore loud. Love, Brooke
To all the guys that don't have a valentine this year, cheer up, you just saved yourself some money. Enjoy the ball game--Randy
To Mark: I love you more than words can say! Love, Tina
Mandy, I don't know what I'd do without you...Love you, Kyle
Dear Granny: We love you so much! Love Madison and Alyssa
Angie: I never knew what happiness was until you left me. Please don't come back. --Brad
To Michael, You can watch the UK game on Saturday as long as you take me out afterwards! I love you! From: Lisa
To Madison, Macie, Jace, and Luke: Dad Loves You All!
Dear Lindsey, The past seven years have been awesome! Love, Blake
To Mike J: Leave me alone! From You know who
To My Wonderful and Beautiful Wife and Daughters, You're the best!! Love, Granville
To Lori: I'm sorry about the clock...and the stains. Love, Bud
Happy Valentine's Day to Rachel and Kayden--Love you!! From Jason
Happy Valentine's Day to my Sweet Baboo! Love, "Sally"
Dear Todd, You're the best EVER! Love, Jan
Tony, You are the best!! I'll love you forever, From Bobbi D
Dear Sandy, Forget the dinner, there's only one thing on my mind, baby...The UK GAME! Go Cats!! Love, Tim
My dearest Linda, I love you more than words can say! Love, Dale
Melissa, here's to 20 more wonderful years! Love, Chris
Dear Robert, In case you've not fount out yet, I'm breaking up. I've found someone eles that I'm very much in love with. Even if we are broke up, will you still give me a ride to school and back? Love, Crystal
Happy Valentine's Day To Mimi and Pop, and to Mamaw and Papaw! From Preston and Marian
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY GRANDMOUTHER!
The Shingles Vaccine: Does it work and do you need it?
I receive several questions from patients each week in regards to the shingles vaccine and whether or not they actually need it. With the Zostavax commercial showing up nearly every time you turn the TV on, it’s hard not to remember the painful stories coming from average Joes to celebrities described in them. So what is shingles and is the vaccine really worth your time and money?
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The virus lies dormant in the nerves of your spinal cord after you are exposed to the chickenpox virus. Once it becomes activated, the virus travels to the end of the nerve and attacks the area of the body that is controlled by that specific nerve. The skin becomes very sensitive and often blisters and a severe rash develop. Many people have nerve pain long after the rash has healed which can last for months. 99.5% of the American population over the age of 50 are at risk of developing shingles because they were exposed to chickenpox. Most cases of shingles occur in patients over the age of 50, so the vaccine is recommended in people over 50 years old.
Zostavax is a vaccine given under the skin that contains a weakened form of the chickenpox virus. It’s important to understand that Zostavax doesn’t completely eliminate your risk of getting shingles. It does however decrease the chance that you will have a severe case that results in prolonged nerve damage and pain that comes with many cases of shingles. It also will not treat or cure an active case of shingles or any nerve pain from a previous shingles episode.
So why should you get it if it doesn’t totally eliminate your risk of shingles? If you ask anyone who has had shingles in the past, they will likely tell you it is one of the most painful events they have experienced. The skin is so sensitive that even having loose clothing touching the area affected can result in severe pain. Zostavax effectively works and decreases your risk of having prolonged nerve pain and having to be hospitalized for a severe case of shingles. Many prescription insurance plans are now actively covering it and giving patients reasonable co pays so they may receive the vaccine. It also only requires one shot in your lifetime to provide immunity.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about whether you should receive the vaccine. Talk to other people who have had shingles about what they experienced. Ultimately, a little prevention can save you a lot of pain later in life and is always a great idea.
Your Family Pharmacist,
Samuel Warnell Pharm D
Free Upcoming Programs & Classes Offered
Small Steps to Health & Wealth
Are you looking for ways to become healthier and achieve financial security in 2015? Small steps to Health & Wealth is a 10 week program that will look at 25 small steps you can take to improve your life. The class will be offered Mondays at 3pm at the extension office. The program is free, but please pre-register by February 16th. The program will start February 23rd and run until April 27th.
Stretch Your SNAP Dollars
Do you struggle to buy groceries every month? Do your SNAP benefits run out before the month does? This class will focus on how to budget your SNAP benefits while eating healthier. A cooking demonstration and samples of delicious meal ideas will be included.
Participants will also receive a door prize. February 19th at 10:00am at the extension office.
For more info, please contact Julia Branstetter,
Edmonson County Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences/ 4-H Youth Development
116 Mohawk St. Brownsville, KY 42210
Edmonson County Conservation District Fallen Animal Program
While we hope that none of you lose any livestock this season, the reality is that livestock mortality rates increase in the winter months. Please remember that we do have funds available to assist with the cost of burying large animals using State Guidelines. We will reimburse up to $100.00 with some restrictions, until funds are depleted.
Please bring receipts for lime and cost of burial by the Edmonson County Conservation District Office at 100 Washington Street in Brownsville. If you have any questions about the State Guidelines, please call the office at 270-597-2761.
By State Representative Michael Lee Meredith
Pace Picks Up During Week Two of 2015 Regular Session
FRANKFORT, Ky. (February 9, 2015) – After a three-week recess, we in the General Assembly returned to Frankfort to begin part two of the 2015 Regular Session. Between now and early March the House and Senate will debate numerous pieces of legislation. Because this is a 30-day session, the pace promises to be fast and furious with more than 200 bills and resolutions being introduced in the House in the first two days of this week.
Several bills of great importance passed out of committee this week. One bill, House Concurrent Resolution 7 sponsored by Rep. Brad Montell of Shelbyville, would direct that an outside independent audit of the Kentucky Retirement Systems be conducted, and those findings be reported back to the Public Pension Oversight Board. A recent story by Bloomberg ranked Kentucky’s pension system the worst in the nation due to its funding gap. It is essential we get a better idea regarding the financial structure of KRS if we hope to find solutions on how to make the system more solvent.
Another bill gaining attention this week is the effort to pass a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky. House Bill 145 was approved by the House Committee on Health and Welfare, which would prohibit smoking in all businesses and places of employment in Kentucky. Similar bills have been proposed in past sessions and have drawn great debate among supporters and opponents, who believe the decision to institute a smoking ban is better left up to the local level and not by the General Assembly. House Bill 145 is sure to be debated thoroughly when it comes before the full House.
The House Judiciary Committee also passed House Bill 154 this week, which would outlaw the possession, training, breeding, and selling of four legged animals for fighting. The bill is intended to curb dog, which constitutes cruelty to animals in the first degree—a felony—under current state law but is hard to prosecute since law enforcement must catch dog fights in process. The bill makes clear that animals engaged in hunting or field trials and other activities authorized either by a hunting license or by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources would not constitute a violation of this law if passed.
During the past week, I also filed House Bill 206 which would exempt many of our rural churches that do not have employment contracts with their pastors or with people who clean or maintain church property from the Commonwealth’s workers compensation laws. The bill is a direct result of discussions with many of you who had concerns resulting from fines that were issued to two of our local congregations for lack of workers compensation insurance coverage. I have been working with other members on the issue and am hopeful that we will be able to remedy this situation.
Next week it is expected that House Bill 1, which is the local option sales tax proposal, will come up. If House Bill 1 becomes law, a Constitutional Amendment would be placed on the ballot before Kentucky voters, which if approved, would give local governments the option of placing a local sales tax of no more than one percent to pay for infrastructure projects in their counties and communities. The local tax would have to be approved by voters, and would expire once the project has been paid off. This proposal should also see great debate in the House in the coming weeks.
Many key bills are still expected to be debated in the coming weeks, including proposals to combat the growing problem of heroin in Kentucky, before both chambers recess for the veto period on March 9th.
In addition to the issues I mentioned, there could be ideas and concerns important to you that need to be addressed between now and the middle of March. I encourage you to contact me by e-mail at email@example.com, or call our toll free number at 1-800-372-7181.
Michael Lee Meredith, District 19 Representative
The Parks & Recreation Little League Program Director hiring committee will meet this Friday, February 13,2015 at 12:00 noon, at the Judge's office.
For questions or more info, please call the office at 270-597-2819.
The Edmonson County Parks and Recreation is now accepting applications for their Baseball and Softball program. The absolute deadline for signing up is February 21st. Application forms will be sent to the schools, available at the Edmonson County Sheriff's office, and available on the Board's Facebook page. All completed applications, with payment, must be mailed in to the P.O. Box listed on the application. No applications will be accepted at the schools or at any county offices. If you have any questions regarding Baseball and Softball sign-ups please contact A.B. Webb at 270-597-6623.
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$100 million Expected to Attract Enrollment of 7.7 Million Acres for Conservation
Lexington, KY, Jan. 28, 2015 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by Feb. 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding (applications received after that date will be considered for future funding). This year’s investment may result in the enrollment of up to 7.7 million acres in the program by private landowners.
“CSP is a way of incentivizing farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship,” said Tim Bartee of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “By focusing on multiple resource concerns, landowners are able to achieve a sustainable landscape and maintain or increase the productivity of their operations.”
Through CSP, participants take additional conservation steps to improve the resource conditions on their land, including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation.
Bartee said CSP producers are conservation leaders, showing how science-based conservation and technological advancements can improve the environment and farming operations at the same time. For example, Tom Wimpsett from Warren County, Kentucky turned to NRCS in 2011 for assistance. Through the CSP, Wimpsett received financial and technical assistance to implement water quality and plant resource activities. Through an intensive rotational grazing plan, he is achieving a higher quality and better yielding forage which leads to more productive livestock. His goal is to achieve optimal environmental conditions by maintaining this healthy forage which also protects the soil surface from erosion and reduces risks to ground and surface water quality.
“CSP is a great addition to our conservation toolbox for our Landscape Conservation Initiatives, which rally together landowners at the broader level to make conservation improvements that help us tackle our nation’s resource issues,” Bartee said. “Historically, other conservation programs have driven these initiatives, but now with CSP, we’ll be bringing more farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to these efforts.”
Applications should be submitted to local NRCS offices. As part of the CSP application process, applicants will work with NRCS field personnel to complete a resource inventory of their land, which will help determine the conservation performance for existing and new conservation activities. The applicant's conservation performance will be used to determine eligibility, ranking and payments.
For more on technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or the USDA Service Center at 925 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, KY or phone at 270-843-1111 x 3.
Finger & Arm Knitting Workshop
This class is perfect for everyone. You will create a beautiful infinity scarf and ear warmer. Ages 9 and up are welcome to attend. Cost $15 or free if you provide your own bulky yarn. The event will be held today at 4pm, at the extension office.
Please contact the office for more info:
Edmonson County Extension Agent
Family & Consumer Sciences/ 4-H Youth Development
116 Mohawk St. Brownsville, KY 42210