Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Students and staff members of Edmonson County Middle School were recognized at the Edmonson County Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019. The awards were given to members of the ECMS Academic Team who won the Kentucky State Governor's Cup Quick Recall Tournament in March. At the tournament, Jonas Miller placed 1st in Social Studies, and Brody Johnson placed 8th in Language Arts and Arts and Humanities.
The ECMS Academic Team is coached by Mr. Greg Grey and Mr. Nick Skaggs.
Emma Sackett, Evy Bolton, Brody Johnson, and Jonas Miller also won the State Beta Quiz Bowl earlier this year. Brody Johnson also ranked #6 out of 90 national competitors at the National Quiz Bowl Competition in Chicago.
Mr. Brandon Prunty also recognized Ms. Melanie Pierce for her outstanding contribution to ECMS on a daily basis.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
On April 26th, 2019 the Edmonson County FFA hosted their 2018-2019 Parent and Member Awards Banquet. 62 members were set to receive awards from the year. Those awards consisted of: Greenhand and Chapter Degrees, Parliamentary Procedure, speaking events and many different career development events.
During the banquet there were 27 members and 105 guests present. "Edmonson County would like to thank our State Vice President Mattie Mink for being our keynote speaker," said ECHS FFA Reporter, McKenzie Vincent. "We would also like to thank our advisers Mr. Bruce Lindsey and Mr. Matthew Lindsey for all the hard work they have pushed us to accomplish this year."
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The fifth annual Family Fitness Walk was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Edmonson County High School. South Edmonson Elementary and Kyrock Elementary students and family members could walk or run their choice of number of laps on the ECHS track.
Students rang a bell each time they completed a lap on the track and students used a pulse meter to track their heart rate. Once participants completed their laps, they visited activity stations which were set up by a group of WKU Physical Education majors, that included hula hoops, jump ropes, beanbag toss, ball toss, skip-its and a pushup station where students could challenge their parent/guardian to a pushup contest.
Nutrition related hands-on activities that educated students on healthy food choices accompanied the healthy snack table where bananas, carrots, lightly salted pretzels and bottled water were provided
Nutrition related hands-on activities that educated students on healthy food choices accompanied the healthy snack table where bananas, carrots, lightly salted pretzels and bottled water were provided.
“We would like to thank the following businesses and persons for their role in making this event a great success: Bowling Green Internal Medicine & Pediatric Associates, Bank of Edmonson County, Patton Funeral Home, Green River Canoeing, Greg Vincent Law Office, The Cee Bee Food Store, Gravil Funeral Home, Carroll Brothers Used Cars and Auto Body Shop, Madison Flowers, Rachel’s Place Hair Salon, Edmonson Voice, and Community Champion Ruth Parker, said a representative of the event. “We would also like to thank Coca Cola/Clark Beverage Group for donating water for the event, ECMS PE Teacher Brad Meredith for providing us with the push-up counters, ECHS Administrators Tommy Hodges, Patricia Sharp, and Kyle Pierce for their assistance in reserving the track, and a special thanks to Darrell Basil for his event day facility assistance.”
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Middle School academic team won the 2019 NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments) State Quizbowl Championship in competition at Samuel Noe Middle School on April 27, 2019.
The ECMS victory in the NAQT state championship, along with its KAAC state quick recall championship and the Kentucky State Beta Quizbowl championship, earned the team the “Triple Crown” of Kentucky academic quick recall and quizbowl competitions. The ECMS victory marked the first NAQT state championship for a school outside the Louisville/Jefferson Metro area.
“Today marked another outstanding achievement for the ECMS academic team," said ECMS academic team coach Greg Grey. "The state NAQT championship secured the state academic Triple Crown for ECMS, a feat never accomplished by another Kentucky middle school. Brody and Jonas proved once again to be Kentucky’s most formidable academic duo. The two demonstrated tremendous knowledge and speed during the competition. Evy Bolton, Brycen Daniels, and Emma Sackett made key contributions to the team throughout the day. These five players along with their other teammates have been preparing for this tournament since winning the KAAC Governor’s Cup State Quick Recall Championship in March."
"I am truly awed by our players’ efforts and success this season. They are an amazing group of young people. Their work has achieved a phenomenal record of 82 wins and 1 loss this season. We will now concentrate all our efforts on the defense of our national championship in New Orleans.”
The Kentucky Quizbowl Alliance recognized Brody Johnson as the leading scorer in the preliminary rounds of the competition and honored his achievement with a book as a reward. At the conclusion of the day, the ECMS team had the two leading scorers for the entire tournament, Brody Johnson and Jonas Miller. Brody averaged 83.89 points per game, while Jonas averaged 63.89 points per game. Visit the following web address to see all the results of the 2019 Kentucky State NAQT Championship: https://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament/standings.jsp?tournament_id=10391
ECMS posted a perfect 9 and 0 record during the competition on Saturday, April 27th. The game results are as follows:
Round 1 ECMS 730 to Barret B (Louisville) 20
Round 2 ECMS 440 to Winburn B (Lexington) 245
Round 3 ECMS 635 to Noe C (Louisville) 95
Round 4 ECMS 520 to Meyzeek B (Louisville) 240
Round 5 ECMS 345 to Bate A (Danville) 320
Round 6 ECMS 620 to Noe B (Louisville) 150
Round 7 ECMS 465 to Winburn (Lexington) 255
Round 8 ECMS 520 to Meyzeek A (Louisville) 145
Round 9 ECMS 450 to Noe A (Louisville) 330
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Dozens of volunteers helped organize the annual Edmonson County Parks and Rec Community Egg Hunt which featured 12,000 eggs, according to coordinators.
Parks Program Director John Kiernan said postponing the event from a rain-soaked Easter weekend last week didn't seem to affect the crowd.
"We've enjoyed big crowds ever since Parks and Rec started this event several years ago," he said. "This is just one of the many ways we try to provide fun events for our local kids."
Kiernan said the event wouldn't be possible without the many volunteers that join together to make sure the hunt is a success. Eggs are not only scattered across multiple baseball/softball fields, but they're filled with candy and other prizes.
Parks and Rec would like the thank the following sponsors and volunteers: Jag Kentucky, ECHS Beta Club/Drama Club, Americorp, Joy Curtis, Samantha Kiernan, Brownsville Missionary Baptist Church, and dozens of other unnamed volunteers.
More than 80 prize eggs were "hidden" across the fields that contained numbers matching an assortment of prizes. Those ranged anywhere from games to a drone, which was the grand prize.
by Beth Cook: Mammoth Cave Transplants:
Want to bring your garden right to your doorstep? Container gardening can do just that. There is really no right or wrong way in designing a mixed flower pot, but there is a standard formula that is widely used; thriller, filler, and spiller.
The thriller of course gives your pot some height. This can be placed in the center of the pot and fillers all around, or toward the back of your pot and all of the fillers in front. Fillers do exactly that and fill your pot. These can be all of the same plant or multiple varieties. These are considered the body of your pot. Spillers flow over the edge, down the side of your pot. You can place one in the front center of your pot, or more depending on how many sides you can see. This is your preference. Using this standard method will give your container an overall full and complete appearance.
You can place plants still in the containers and move them around until you find the design that best suites you to get an idea of the look. Then plant them in the container. Another tip when creating a mixed pots is using plants with different textures. Such as placing a plant with bold leaves next to one with delicate fronds.
When selecting your plants, you want to be sure to choose plants that like the same conditions like sun or shade and also the watering and care requirements. Your mixed container will thrive by placing plants that have like requirements. Be sure to look at the tags in each plant to be sure they are compatible.
When placing into your container, plant no deeper than the top of the root ball. Placing too deeply can kill your plant. Be sure your container also has good drainage. Many new containers may not have drainage holes and you will need to make some yourself. When pots do not drain the setting water will cause the roots to rot and kill you all of your hard work! Also, be sure to fertilize at least once a week. Plants potted in containers aren’t able to absorb nutrients like they can when they are planted in the ground.
Keeping your pots watered properly is key to your plants success, especially when it is hot. Containers tend to dry out quickly. It is a good idea to check your moisture levels daily.
Remember, there is no right or wrong design when planted a mixed container, just be sure you love it and don’t be afraid to try something new! If you are unsure if the plants you choose are compatible, be sure to ask us-- We are here to help!
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Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Kyrock Elementary sold over $14,000 worth of Coca Cola products during their spring fundraiser.
4th grader, Jasper Young won 1st place and sold $978.00 worth of products. 3rd grader, Kinsley Meredith earned 2nd Place by selling $796.00 worth of products, and Preschooler Gracie Brooks earned 3rd Place and sold $748.00 worth of Coca Cola products.
The 1st place winner received a mini-Ipad, 2nd place won a $100 Visa Card, & 3rd place earned a $50 Visa gift card.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Brownsville VFW Post 6937 will be available to help parents of toddlers and older children to prepare identification documentation at the upcoming Spring Fling, which will take place outside the Brownsville Public Library on Saturday, April 27th.
"In the event of a child becoming missing, one of the most important tools for parents to help law enforcement with is to have an identification kit," said the VFW in a statement.
To assist in this, the VFW will provide pamphlets and help with fingerprints (and clean up) upon parental request. Parents will provide their own photo and no private information will be retained by the VFW. A parent must be present with their child to obtain this service.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Green River Ferry closed Sunday, April 21, at approximately 5:45 pm due to issues with the ferry boat’s hydraulic fan motor. Ferry service will resume operations once the needed repairs are complete.
To check the status of the Green River Ferry operation, please call the Ferry Hotline at 270-758-2166 or follow Mammoth Cave National Park on Twitter or Facebook.
The following local churches have provided their Easter services and activities for 2019:
Easter Sunrise Service at Mammoth Cave Amphitheater, April 20, 7:00 am. Sponsored by Mammoth Cave Area Churches
Bee Spring Missionary Baptist Church Easter egg hunt will start at 10:00 AM with church services at 11:00 AM. on April 21st. Bro. Bo Vincent preaching, Bro. Malcolm Doyle pastor, everyone welcome.
Fairview United Baptist Church will have Sunday School at 10am and an egg hunt. Worship service at 11am.
Chalybeate United Baptist Church will have sunrise service at 6am with Bro. Cecil Williams preaching. Sunday School at 10am with an egg hunt to follow. Bro. Richard Minton pastor, everyone is welcome.
Otter Gap Missionary Baptist Church will have sunrise service at 6am. Sunday School at 10am with an egg hunt to follow.. Bro. Steve Gipson pastor, everyone is welcome.
Pleasant Union United Baptist (Steep Hollow) will have sunrise service at 6am. Sunday School at 10am with an egg hunt to follow. Bro. J.C. Ramsey pastor, everyone is welcome.
The Community Easter Egg Hunt that was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 20th from 2pm-4pm at The Chalybeate Sports Complex has been moved to Sunday, April 21st at 9am due to the inclement weather. The new location will be at The Community Church at Cedar Springs.
Edmonson County Parks and Rec has rescheduled their annual community egg hunt to Saturday, April 27th at 11am at HWY 70 Ballpark.
The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service of Edmonson County will be hosting a Spring Field Day on May 11, 2019 at a local Edmonson County farm, Flock and Herd Farm owned by David and Dagmar Rennaker. This FREE event hosts a multitude of educational opportunities for our community. It doesn’t matter if you are currently in the farming industry or if you just want to know more about how farms work, this event is for all ages. There will be farm tours and cooking demonstrations. There will be specialists on-site from UK to discuss a variety of topics such as wildlife, forages, and poultry. For farmers still needing the educational requirement for CAIP, this field day can fulfill that requirement. Lunch will be provided free of charge for those who register through the Extension Office for the event by May, 3rd 2019. Burkmann Feeds is sponsoring the meal and The Cattlemen’s Association of Edmonson County will be cooking. Registration begins at 9:15 AM CST and tours will begin at 10:00 AM CST. Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM CST. To register or inquire call The Edmonson County Extension Office at 270-597-3628.
Moriah Peterson, story:
The Edmonson County High School after prom party will take place at the high school this year on Saturday April 27th. The after prom party is coordinated by the Youth Services Center with the help of the Kentucky Agency Against Substance Abuse, the Family Resource Center, and several community sponsors.
This program is for all Edmonson County juniors and seniors and their prom dates. “Our goal is to give students a safe place to celebrate their prom night in a drug and alcohol free environment,” said Youth Services Center Coordinator Morgan Esters. “We have a night planned that is full of prizes, games, food and fun.”
Activities this year include inflatable courses, a Nerf gun war zone, and several mini games. The Board of Education gave a donation for food this year which will include all you can eat pizza, subs and candy. Every junior and senior student is guaranteed to get cash just for attending. This year prizes include an iPad, Apple Watch, and many gift cards, tickets, and games.
According to the Youth Services Center, students will need to check in at the high school by 12 a.m. Parents and guardians of students that do not arrive by 12 a.m. will be contacted to ensure those students are where they need to be and safe. All students will be released at 3 a.m. and the Youth Services Center encourages carpooling and parent pick up for safety.
If parents or students have any questions about the prom after party they can contact Morgan Esters or any of the Youth Services Center staff at 270-597-3878 or on Facebook. Forms for the event are at the Youth Services Center and the main office at the high school. Forms are due back by April 25th.
Hidden Facility, "The Bridge To Recovery," Finds New Ways To Help Troubled Individuals
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
This article features two things most Edmonson Countians know little or nothing about: "The Bridge To Recovery," which is a top-notch rehabilitation facility in the county, and a newly-constructed labyrinth, featured on their 113-acre property.
The private rehab facility, located in the southern part of the Wingfield community, is its own little paradise with beautiful landscapes, a peaceful creek, and acres of gorgeous views. Local resident Anthony Cobb, who is head of maintenance at the facility, shared with the Edmonson Voice details of their newest addition: their very own labyrinth.
While the definition of a labyrinth is a "complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one's way; a maze," the one featured at the The Bridge is actually not complicated at all. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness that combines a maze-like circle into a purposeful pathway. The Labyrinth represents a journey to one's own center and then back again out into the world.
"Most people might think it's silly or that it's some sort of magic or something, but that's not what it is at all," said Cobb. "It's a spiritual experience that can help clear one's heart and mind. In my case, I would use it for prayer to God, but others use it in different ways. Whomever you pray to or whatever helps you to meditate, that's what this is used for."
Cobb led a brief "tour" of sorts to explain the proper usage for the structure, which was quite impressive, having a 60ft radius. The entire symbol featured an approximate 50ft sidewalk-type path which led to the circle that was filled with an intricate pathway lined with large brick-sized stones on top of a bed of decorative river gravel.
"One would step onto the path and look for a rock that speaks to you," he said. "Just pick one that you feel represents something you want to clear from your life. That could be anything: addiction, depression, or any sort of trouble or burden, whether small or large. Then you carry that rock while you pray or meditate about that burden as you walk the pathway. There's only one way in to the center and one way out. Once you have prayed or meditated that trouble away, you then leave the rock and exit the labyrinth without it, which represents leaving your burden or troubles."
Cobb said the staff had help with the design and layout from a Native American man from Mississippi, who was also a licensed therapist. A local heavy equipment operator leveled the ground used for the labyrinth and staff workers provided the labor to place the rocks.
He also described the nature of the facility, a privately-owned, non-profit organization that is run by licensed therapists of all sorts. The Bridge treats adults of all ages for anything from drug and alcohol addiction to depression, anxiety, abuse victims, or other trauma.
Treatment times can be anywhere from a few days to up to three months. Once a patient checks in, they are separated from the rest of the world, which means no cell phones, television, internet, or vehicles. Men stay in one set of cabins and women stay in another part. The Bridge has a limit of up to 26 patients at a time. Insurance does not cover the therapy but is privately funded.
Cobb also described how the natural beauty in and around the facility is therapy in its own rights.
"Just listen," he said.
We heard nothing but the sound of the creek, the wind, and a few birds chirping in the distance. He described a group of evergreens in one part of the facility where fog sometimes gathers around at sunrise.
"When the sun comes over that ridge and those sunbeams shine through those trees, it's almost just like you can see God's hand right there. God is all over this place," he said as the hair on my arm stood up.
The Bridge To Recovery is not a new addition to Edmonson County. Unbeknownst to most, it was first built over 40 years ago by a single family that wanted to create a quiet place where people with problems could escape the rest of a cruel world and find therapy and healing. Cobb invited me to take a walk for my own benefit as we shook hands and he left me alone. It took about 10 minutes for me to enter, find my stone, take the walk inside the labyrinth, and thankfully, leave my stone inside.
I left a little lighter than I was when I arrived just about an hour before and with a new appreciation for special people like Cobb and the others at the facility that have a passion for helping others. As I drove away, I reflected on the newfound respect I'd gathered for this extraordinary place as I read the sign at the facility's exit: "Go With God."
The Edmonson County Clerk’s office will be closed on Friday April 19, 2019 and Saturday April 20, 2019 in observance of Good Friday and the Easter Holiday.