ECHS will be hosting their annual awards night Monday, May 2, 2016 beginning at 6:00 pm in the high school auditorium.
Those receiving scholarships will be recognized first, followed by those that are receiving academic awards in all classes.
From the office of KY Fish and Wildlife
For centuries, our wild animals have successfully reared their young without the aid of humans. However, every Spring countless wild animals in Kentucky are harmed or even killed as a result of humans thinking they are doing a good deed by taking in young wildlife that appear abandoned. What they do not realize is that they are usually stealing the young from their mother.
Typically this sad story begins with someone mowing a field and spotting a newly born whitetail deer laying in the tall grass. They assume that the mother is dead because it is not seen, and bring the fawn home to raise. Not only is this illegal and dangerous, it also can cause an early death to the fawn. Fawns nursed and raised by humans, even for a short time, typically lose the natural fear of humans that keep them alive.
For the first few weeks of their lives, fawns will hide in tall grass or near the edge of a field until they are strong enough to keep up with their mother, who is never far away. The fawn may even bleet at times to communicate with her, this does not mean that the fawn is lost or abandoned.
Should you find a fawn this Spring, leave it alone. If you must move the fawn to continue your agricultural purpose, quickly move it to a nearby area that offers shade and cover that will not be disturbed.
Should you have any further questions, feel free to contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife at 1-800-858-1549 or reach a Conservation Officer on the Report A Poacher Hotline at 1-800-25-ALERT.
Edmonson County High School’s Drama class will be performing Haphazardly Ever After, a play written by Jeff Fluharty.
In this one-of-a-kind fairy tale comedy, and King and Queen are having trouble in their royal family. With two princesses and two princes who do not live up to their royal titles, the King and Queen feel as if their own happily ever after will never come true. They try everything to bring happiness and calm to their family, from therapists to the fairy godmother, and when that does not work, they decide to create their own do-it-yourself fairy tale. Royal Chaos ensues, nothing goes as planned, but through haphazard events, the royal family might just live happily ever after, after all.
The performance is directed by ECHS KY College Coach Fallon Willoughby and will feature:
The play will be performed on May 6th at 5:00 pm (tickets go on sale at 4:00), and a fairy tale picnic will follow at 6:00 pm. The cast and crew will be at the party in costume, with fun activities for children to enjoy!
Friday, May 6th
Doors Open/Ticket Sales 4:00pm
Play starts at 5:00 pm
Dinner begins at 6:00 pm
Tickets (includes play and picnic):
Children 11 & Under: $5 For more info please call ECHS at 270-597-2151
Edmonson County Tourism Commission hosted 20 people on the Caveland Marketing Fam Tour on April 26. Participants visited Mammoth Cave Visitor Center with a tour of exhibits and a trail hike, Shadyhollow Golf Course, Hickory Cabins, Double J Stables, Tail Waters of Nolin Dam, and canoeing at Houchin Ferry with Joel Davis of Green River Canoeing.
Many noted visiting sites that they did not know existed or seeing improvements in existing facilities. Lunch was co-sponsored by Mammoth Cave Hotel and Caveland Marketing Association.
Donations are being accepted for the upkeep of the Merideth/John Stevenson Cemetery.
Contact Hoppy Decker at 270-597-9334 or send donations to:
1780 Pig Rd.
Smiths Grove, Ky, 42171
Belle Key Church Cemetery is now in mowing season. This upkeep is entirely dependant on monetary donations.
To donate, mail donations to Brandon A. Cowles, Trustee, 5125 Brownsville Rd Brownsville KY 42210.
Click here to visit Belle Key Church's Facebook Page.
Your support is greatly appreciated.
You can donate directly on the GoFund Me Page by clicking HERE.
Darren Doyle, story and photos
If you ask folks in and around the Chalybeate community about big, plentiful gardens and crisp, juicy sweet corn, it probably won't be long until one man's name is mentioned, and that's 82 year old Wavie Skaggs.
Skaggs, like most everyone else in Edmonson County in the 1930's-40's, grew up poor but honest, learned the values of hard work, and passed those values along to his children and grandchildren, a family that has now grown to over 50 members.
At the age of 6, he raised his first crop by himself, a patch of sweet corn. He plowed and worked the ground with a mule, bought the seed corn, and planted and harvested it himself. In a world today where many six year olds have never even had dirty hands, the idea itself is pretty phenomenal.
He has raised some sort of crop or garden ever since that time, a span of over 70 years, even during the two years he served in the Army, which was 1954-55. Smuggling tomato seeds onto the Fort Knox base, finding a small patch of unnoticed ground, and using eating utencils, he raised his own tomatoes on government property.
His feet move a bit slower now, and he wasn't sure if he would feel like planting his garden again this year, but area residents and family members were happy to see Mr. Skaggs on his tractor earlier in the week, preparing the ground for planting. With some help from his family, the garden was planted in addition to another 3/4 of an acre of sweet corn.
In a few months, you can pass by his house on Old Chalybeate Rd and probably see a homemade sign that says "Corn" and "Tomatoes." The tomatoes will be bagged up and will cost somewhere around $2 or $3 per bag. Corn will also be bagged and priced. You'll probably also find a shoe box on a metal table with a note that says "Leave money in box."
Then again, there might not be enough this year to sell. It takes lots of corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables to feed a family of 50. Either way, he was glad to see the old John Deere fire up this week, and everyone else was glad to see him driving it.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Elmore will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house in their honor on April 24th.
It will be held from 2-4pm at 210 South Main Street, Brownsville, KY, at the Main Street Activity Center. All friends and relatives are invited.
The couple requests no gifts, please.
They were married by Rev. Olfus (Olf) Blanton on April 9, 1966, in Bowling Green. Larry retired in 2004 as a sheet metal worker and owner of Pine Tree Construction. Gail worked as assistant vice-president at the Bowling Green branch of The Bank of Edmonson County and retired in 2006.
They are the parents of Shane Elmore (Melanie) of Smiths Grove, Jeana Elmore Ball (Kevin) of White House, TN, and Kristy Elmore of Madison, TN. They have six grandchildren: Katie Elmore Tennison (Cody), Leah Elmore Lindsey (Justin), Nathan Elmore (Faith), Brady and Ethan Meeks and Garett Ball. They have one great-grandson, Leo Lindsey.
this is a free service of EdmonsonVoice.com
Today, Saturday, April 23 at noon will be the last chance for you to haul your unwanted items to the temporary dumpsters at your local fire department in this year's county wide Spring Clean Up event.
No tires, paints, or chemicals are allowed, and all material must be thrown in the dumpsters, not around or near them.
Placing items on the ground could result in a littering fine, and absolutely no items will be accepted after 12 noon on Saturday, April 23rd. This is a free service provided by Scott Waste and Edmonson County.
by District 19 State Representative Michael Lee Meredith
April 15th was the 60th and final legislative day of the 2016 General Assembly, and we were able to take care of some much-needed business in Frankfort.
First and foremost, the top priority this year has been crafting a biennial budget for the Commonwealth. This is the most important constitutional responsibility of our legislature, and is something that all of our members and staff have worked tirelessly to finish. Although this budget does not represent all of our ideas, and required some compromise from both sides of the aisle and both chambers, I still feel confident that we were able to accomplish our main objective: fully funding our state’s ailing pension systems.
KTRS and KRS, the pension systems that cover our teachers and state workers, have faced tough times in recent years and currently face a near $38 billion liability. House Republicans led the way on the discussion to fund pensions without borrowing large amounts of money. This forward-looking approach led members of both parties to come together and make the biggest pension contribution in the history of our state. Totaling nearly $1.3 Billion, this unprecedented contribution is a bold step in protecting the retirement of our teachers and state workers.
While past budgets have resulted in as little money as possible going to the pensions of our state workers and teachers, Governor Bevin and our caucus have changed the conversation. This leadership led us to a solution where we were able to dedicate every dollar possible to keeping our promises to Kentucky’s teachers and state employees.
Another piece of the budget that strongly reflects our priorities is the removal of proposed cuts in K-12 education. The budget that finally passed restored funding to support programs like family resource and youth service centers as well as to community education programs. It also provided for the removal of cuts to our preschool programs. We are proud to stand behind the next generation of Kentucky students in funding these crucial programs.
Public safety has been a focus of this budget since the first day of this session and I am also proud to report that paid firefighters and police officers will receive increases to their training incentives and volunteer fire departments will get nearly $3,000 more each year in state aid funding to help purchase equipment if they meet their training requirements. Also, funding cuts that were inadvertently applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs were removed giving full funding to state programs for our Veterans. The only disappointment in this area of the budget was the removal of language contained in an amendment that I presented and passed on the House floor to commit to funding the Veterans nursing home in Bowling Green that will serve all of South Central Kentucky. After leading the charge to get this included in the budget I was very disappointed to see this language removed during negotiations between the two chambers. However, we will continue working to make this important project a reality, sooner rather than later.
Another part of state government that is now fully funded is our important Judicial Branch. While the original budget proposal from House Leadership included crippling cuts to our court systems, our caucus has been fighting since day one to maintain current support levels.
As Chief Justice John Minton stated repeatedly, these cuts would have not only forced hundreds of layoffs, but also would have forced important programs such as our drug courts to come to a screeching halt. In a time where our Commonwealth faces a heavy drug epidemic and stiff economic headwinds, our caucus was proud to stand up for the needs of Kentucky’s court systems.
Whether it is K-12 public education, our court systems, public safety or the Commonwealth’s struggling pension crisis, this budget strongly reflects our priorities. We have put our best foot forward, and that bold step has resulted in a budget that meets the needs and keeps our promises to Kentucky’s taxpayers and families.
If you would like to stay up-to-date on all legislative issue as the session wraps up and we move into the interim, you can visit www.lrc.ky.gov or call the LRC toll-free Bill Status Line at (866) 840-2835. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments. You can reach me either at Michael.Meredith@lrc.ky.gov or by calling (800) 372-7181.
Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop is actively recruiting new members. Please see the info below or download a .doc or .pdf file. If you'd like more information, please contact TROOP 597 via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our Facebook Page: Edmonson County Boy Scouts Troop 597
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
What is the pH level of your soil? Did you know that the pH level greatly affects the fertility of soil and quality of plant growth? If you plan on growing a bountiful harvest of delicious vegetables, soil pH is an important factor to know; it measures the degree of acidity or alkalinity of your soil, both of which are vital to the health of your plants.
Each influences the availability of essential nutrients in the soil. To truly know your levels, a soil test is needed. Contact your county extension agent for more details. The pH scale has 14 units and is centered on 7, which is neutral. Levels below 7 are considered in the acidic range; readings above 7 are alkaline. Soil nutrients are at their optimum availability in the range between 6 and 7. Most plants grow best in this range, although some type of plant growth can take place anywhere between 3.5 and 10.
Acidic soils are common in areas with abundant rainfall, especially east of the Mississippi and the Pacific Northwest; pockets of acidic soil can occur in other places. In acidic soils, nutrients dissolve slowly or not at all. Critical plant nutrition is locked up in insoluble mineral compounds that plants cannot utilize.
Fertilizer is of little use in acidic soils because it cannot be absorbed. To correct high acidic levels in soil, add ground agricultural limestone (Lime); try to keep to manufacturer recommendations. The limestone replaces the calcium and magnesium in the soil that rain washes away; it effectively raises the pH of acidic soil.
Also try keeping the soil amended with large amounts of organic matter to help increase the soil’s buffering capacity (ability of the soil to resist a change in the pH) and the plants ability to tolerate levels of acidity. Plants grown in acidic soils have weak, shallow root systems, making it more difficult for the plants to take up the needed nutrients and water in the soil. This leads to a less vigorous plant and decreased production. Acidic soil can also cause abnormal leaf color, an increase in disease, and robust weeds that are more tolerant of acidic soils.
One large result is tomato blossom end rot. By reducing your fertilizer, especially nitrogen, and adding lime to your garden will help. But if you add lime now to your garden in the Spring, hold off on fertilizing, to make sure and not counteract your efforts. The optimum time to add lime to your garden is in the fall. However there are several plants that may need a more acidic soil to be at their best, such as blueberries, azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, camellias, foxgloves, bleeding hearts. With these you may need to add more acid to these plants by special plant food.
As it is important for us as humans to “know our numbers” to stay healthy, it is important to know your soils numbers to keep your plants healthy.
~A gardener learns more in the mistakes than in the successes - Barbara Dodge Borland~
Chalybeate resident, WKU English Professor, and accomplished poet and author Trish Lindsey Jaggers will be a featured panelist at the SOKY Book Fest on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at WKU's Carrol Knicely Center on Nashville Road.
Her chapbook, Holonym: A Collection of Poems, was recently published by Finishing Line Press.
Here’s my “Author’s Page” on the SOKY Book Fest website: http://sokybookfest.org/attendee/jaggers-trish-lindsey/
"Come on out and meet the many, many authors who’ll be there signing books: fiction, mystery, horror, romance, children’s, young adults, historical, poetry, graphic novels, cookbooks—you name it," she said. "Visit my table, #64, and I’ll personalize a copy of my book for you."
She also made sure to mention she would also be saving two copies for two very special former Edmonson County English teachers who requested the first copy of one of her books: Yvonne Campbell and Mary Alice Vincent. "English teachers make such a difference in the lives of people who truly love words. I know they influenced this writer/poet/English professor’s life."
You can find out more about Trish by clicking here to visit her Author's Page on the SOKY Book Fest website.
By Fallon Willoughby, Kentucky College Coach, ECHS
Signing Day – April 26th 2016
It cannot be emphasized enough how important education after high school is. Although there are many paths to a successful career, according to Georgetown’s Center on Education and Workforce, college graduates will make 84% more over their lifetimes than high school graduates. Education teaches great skills, tools, critical thinking, and broadens the mind. It is a chance to pursue new opportunities, make new friends, study across the globe, and learn more than ever. Yet still, many are choosing not to go to college. America once had the highest number of college graduates in the world and we can again by supporting our students to reach higher, sharing their stories and inspiring them.
REACH HIGHER + BETTER MAKE ROOM
Reach Higher is an initiative from First Lady Michelle Obama, providing encouragement and to help students see college as an option, whether that is at a 4 year college, a community college, a technical school, or a training program. It centers on four pieces: “college affordability, exposing students to college, academic and summer planning, and supporting school counselors.”
Better Make Room is a campaign supporting Reach Higher, giving young people the chance to declare their college choice, to commit, and to engage with others doing so. It gives them the opportunity in their own words to express their choice and why they are making it. It says to the world, “These young people are about to do something great. We Better Make Room.”
We want this day to feel as exciting as it is important. Making this choice is a huge step for each student’s future. And so Signing Day has been created. It is a chance to celebrate students for committing. Edmonson County High School will be participating in this event. We are encouraging students, faculty and staff to wear their college gear on April 26th 2016. There will be a photo booth for pictures during lunch and possibly other activities. This is our chance for Edmonson County to rally around our local students and show our support.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
• Local businesses can show support to college efforts by offering incentives to students that commit to higher education and displaying a Signing Day poster to promote the event.
• Share your activities with the media and your social networks with #CollegeSigningDay, #ReachHigher and #BetterMakeRoom.
• Parents and families can join the fun by taking pictures with their students, everyone in college gear, and sharing across social media.
If you would like to participate, donate, or join in the fun, please just contact me at email@example.com or 270-597-2151.
Book signing at Mammoth Cave visitor center
April 30, 11:00-2:00
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., April 20, 2016 – Eastern National, the book store inside the park visitor center, is hosting a book signing event on Saturday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Three authors will be available for conversation and signatures, Norman Warnell, Richard Hobart and Bob Thompson.
Their works include:
· -- Mammoth Cave: Forgotten Stories of Its People, by Norman Warnell
· --The Mammoth Cave Estate, by Richard Hobart and Bob Thompson
· --Images of America: Mammoth Cave and the Kentucky Cave Region, by Bob and Judi Thompson
· --Photographers of the Mammoth Cave, by Bob Thompson
Eastern National promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks by providing quality educational experiences, products and services. A portion of Eastern National local sales is returned to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Come out and enjoy your national park!
The Edmonson County Tourism Commission plans to have a Trail Town Committees Meeting on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 pm at the Edmonson County Library. The purpose of the meeting will be to form committees for the Edmonson/ Brownsville Trail Town Initiative Group.
Anyone interested in hiking, biking, mountain biking, use of water ways, equestrian usage or has expertise in these areas are encouraged to attend. The state also suggest each community have committees that will have knowledge or can help with signage, trail routes – those who know “the lay of the land or water”, those who can help recruit volunteers, those who can help with funding and public relations, and a merchant committee- those who have businesses that can sell goods and services to Trail Town Visitors who will benefit from more tourists in the area.
“Becoming a Trail Town works to bring your trails and services up to a marketable level to attract more tourists," said Rhonda Clemmons, Tourism Director. “It also helps to create goals of connecting existing trails that will be used by visitors and can also serve for enjoyment and improved health of your citizens. It also works to improve your local economy by bringing more people to spend money into your community.”
Anyone interested can attend the Tues. April 19 meeting at 6 PM at the Library for more information. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Girl Scout Troop #313 participated in planting trees for Earth Day in conjunction with the Edmonson County Conservation Office. The girls planted 10 redbud seedlings at Paquin Farms on Saturday, April 16th.
It is National Park Week and time to celebrate! 2016 marks multiple anniversaries for Mammoth Cave, and the celebration starts this week.
–In 2016, Mammoth Cave National Park celebrates the National Park Service centennial, when Congress signed the Organic Act into law. It initiated a new idea in 1916 – national parks – lands so significant that they should belong to all U.S. citizens.
–In 2016, the Park celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mammoth Cave National Park, the 26th national park. Mammoth Cave, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky Mountains were authorized by Congress to be “parks-in-the-east”, pleasuring grounds within a day’s drive of most of the U.S. population. Mammoth Cave’s 1941 legislation mandates protection of the cave system, the scenic river valleys, and the hilly, karst topography typical of south central Kentucky.
–In 2016, the Park will celebrate 35 years as a World Heritage Site. In 1981, the World Heritage Convention, a branch of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), inscribed Mammoth Cave National Park was as a World Heritage Site, as a superlative natural phenomena; example of major stages of the earth's history, and a most important and significant natural habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity.
–In 2016, the Park will celebrate 200 years of guided tours through Mammoth Cave. In the early 1800s, word of a mammoth cave in Kentucky spread around the world. Cabins that housed saltpeter workers at Mammoth Cave a few years before, now served as lodging for road-worn travelers. Cave guiding became a profession to free and enslaved men.
“We invite our neighbors and the traveling public to join us as we celebrate National Park Week,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “Follow a ranger in search of birds and spring wildflowers. Lend a hand to clean up the Park. Become a Junior Ranger. Learn the health benefits of being outside. Take a free cave tour, or bring the entire family out for a picnic. Enjoy your national park!”
April 16 &17, April 23 & 24 – Free cave tour: Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour
Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on this tour. The Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour requires a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center, as well as 160 steps. Visit the Rotunda, one of the cave’s largest rooms, explore a vast canyon passageway, and learn about 19th-century saltpeter mining operations and the geologic origins of the Mammoth Cave System. Mammoth Cave Discovery Tour will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Allow at least 30 minutes; about 3/4 mile round trip. This is a self-guided tour.
Monday-Wednesday, April 18-20 – WKU Research Symposium – park training center
Celebrating the Diversity of Research in the Mammoth Cave Region is the theme of 56 presentations from academics, students, and government agencies. A complete schedule is posted at https://www.nps.gov/maca/learn/index.htm
Saturday, April 23 – National Junior Ranger Day
Learn outdoor skills such as orienteering, first aid, knot tying, water safety, and building a campfire. Skills like these are the foundation for a lifetime of adventures. All activities meet at the visitor center and each will last about 45 minutes. A special event patch or badge may be earned.
9:30 a.m., Where Are We? Basic Orienteering
9:30 a.m., The Birding Beat
10:30 a.m., Beyond a Band-aid
11:30 a.m., Knots to Know
12:30 p.m., Safety on the Water
1:30 p.m., Pioneer Children’s Games
1:30 p.m., Slither, Slink, and Slide
2:30 p.m., Campfire Building - Tips and Tricks
Sunday, April 24 – Park Rx Day
Get inspired to write your own prescription for a healthier you! Join us to learn about the benefits of exercising in natural places through short, informal talks throughout the day – then get out and enjoy the Park!
Note: cave tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the death of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.
Print the forms below or download the .doc or .pdf file at the bottom of the page.
PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR REGISTRATION FORM BELOW. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM.
Students at Kyrock Elementary were treated today as they received a visit from the "Kids On The Block Child Abuse Awareness Program for Kids: in honor of April's Child Abuse Prevention Month.