Paducah, Ky. - Kentucky State Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, has received the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) Outstanding Legislative Services Award for his support of law enforcement during the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly regular session.
Rep. Meredith received the award during the KACP's 2017 Annual Conference, which was held July 24th through July 27th in Paducah.
"Our police chiefs, law enforcement officers and first responders put their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe and I'm proud to be a voice for them in Frankfort," Rep. Meredith said. "I'm honored to receive this award and thankful for the brave men and women that serve and protect us daily."
Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner, who serves as chairman of the KACP Legislative Committee, worked closely with Rep. Meredith during this year's legislative session on issues such as House Bill 60, which was related to training funding for first responders including law enforcement officers. Rep. Meredith was the primary House sponsor of the bill.
"Rep. Meredith is being honored by KACP for his outstanding legislative service to Kentucky’s professional law enforcement community," Chief Turner said. "This recognition is well deserved and our way of saying 'thank you' for all that Rep. Meredith did on behalf of the Commonwealth’s law enforcement officers during the 2017 legislative session."
Elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2010, Rep. Meredith represents Kentucky's 19th House District, which includes all of Edmonson County and a portion of Warren County.
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The first annual Walden’s BBQ Queen of the Bluegrass pageant was held Saturday, July 29th at Main Street Activity Center. The room was filled with smiles and cheers as each category named a winner. Tina Walden, owner of Walden’s BBQ, directed the event. “This pageant was an exciting and new experience for me and I’m looking forward to growth,j" said Walden. "Also a big thank you to former Mrs. Kentucky Jackie Greenwalt for emceeing the pageant for us."
The winners of each category are listed below:
Other festivities included live music and vendors inside the restaurant. Everyone enjoyed excellent BBQ while listening to music from Billy and Wilma Vincent, Corey Culbreth and Laney Meredith, and Rye Davis.
The eventful day closed with square dancing and the Queens all gathered together for photos.
“We want to provide family fun activities for our community that everyone can enjoy," said Walden. "A huge thank you to all our co-sponsors: The Edmonson Voice, Sun Valley Feed, Dunaway Lumber, Mammoth Cave Transplants, Sue and Benny Lindsey and Scott Lindsey. I also want to thank all my employees and volunteers who worked double shifts today and thank you to everyone who came out to our Bluegrass Beauties and BBQ Fest."
All winners that were named on Saturday now have a chance to participate in the Kentucky state festivals pageant competition in November, held in Lexington.
Editor's note: Edmonson Voice Staff reporter/photographer Moriah Peterson attended the festival for the purpose of covering the event for our local news. While there, pageant coordinators talked her into entering the contest, which was all in good fun. Moriah had never entered a pageant before. Low and behold, she won the category of age 22 and up, married. Congratulations to Moriah as she now goes on to state competition in November.
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Improvements are in the works at both county elementary schools since Kyrock and South Edmonson each received a $5,000 grant from the DART Foundation on Friday.
The grants are awarded each year to applicants that are proactive in advancing youth education, primarily in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM grants.
Kyrock Elementary said their plan for the grant will help advance their new Science Dimensions Program, science kits for each grade level, "Math Facts in a Flash" computer program, & four classroom iPads.
South Elementary Principal Jamie Woosley said at their school, the funds will be used to purchase every third grade student a Kindle Fire tablet to be used for reading, science, and assessments.
Both schools expressed their sincere gratitude for the grants.
"We are very appreciative to the Dart Foundation for being awarded this grant," said Shaun Stice, newly named principal at Kyrock. "It's going to allow us to take science in our classrooms to an entire new level with the science programs and kits that we'll be able to purchase."
Principal Woosley shared the same thoughts.
"We thank Dart so much for this generous gift," he said. "We are humbled by this grant and our students will benefit greatly as a result."
Hollywood Actor/Butler Co. Resident To Host Acting Seminar Sunday For SOKY Film Commission Fundraiser
The Southern Kentucky Film Commission has announced a fundraiser seminar/workshop to help local folks better understand the acting and entertainment business, hosted by actor Andy Stahl, who lives in Butler County. Stahl has generously donated his time to the Commission for this event, according to SOKY Film Commission Board member, Rhonda Clemmons.
Clemmons said Stahl trained in New York, has over 60 film & TV credits, and over 130 commercials.
Check out all the details below.
Walden's is proud to host this exciting event that has something for everyone!
Schedule of Events:
Special thanks to our co-sponsors, The Edmonson Voice and Sun Valley Feed Mill.
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The annual Back-To-School-Bash took place at the Edmonson County High School on Tuesday evening, July 25th. The event was sponsored by Family Resources, The Youth Service Center, and The Community Education Center.
The bash was a free event held in a fun, "80's" theme which drew a record breaking crowd of 687 registered participants. There were 25 vendors giving away free school supplies, gifts, and information about their services offered. Dozens of kids of all ages left with full bags of goodies. Each county school was also represented with a booth manned by each school's administration.
“A special thank you to our FFA students for setting up and breaking down everything for this event," said Community Ed Director Lisa Whobery. "We also want to thank the all vendors for coming, and Mr. Hodges, Edmonson County’s High School principal for letting us host the event at the high school."
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The Edmonson County Archery Team is moving up in the world...world ranking, that is. The team just completed their third consecutive trip to the NASP World Tournament, with this year's competition being held in Orlando, Florida.
The team, which certainly had humble beginnings in 2015 with a handful of student athletes and a small batch of equipment, has blossomed into a respected team that has proven their ability to hold their own with much bigger schools, all across the globe.
The team has continued to improve from day one, this time finishing 21st out of 69 teams in the world, up from a 39 ranking in last year's tournament, which was a huge improvement over their first world finish in 2015 of 71.
The top 10 performances in the World Tournament from EC Archers are listed below:
Congratulations to the 2017 Edmonson County Archery Team for another great performance and great year. Our community has been represented well once again. Good luck as you continue to grow and accomplish even more.
Can you believe that summer is almost over? I hope that everyone has had a fun and safe break. We hope you are ready to come back to school and have a great year. We are very excited about this upcoming year additionally we are ready to SEES your kiddos on August 2nd. We also have some new teachers and staff that are absolutely fabulous I want to introduce to you. Please welcome: Tracy Morris - special education teacher, Curriculum Coordinator Taylor Renfro, Summer Rich - kindergarten teacher, Kendra Cline - 2nd grade teacher, Jessica VanMeter - 2nd grade teacher, Keela Skaggs - 3rd grade teacher, Melissa Grider - special needs aide.
Please remember the following dates:
Back to School Bash - July 25th at 5:30 - 7:00
South Edmonson Open House July 27: Kinder 5:30-6:30; Grades 1-4 6:30-7:30
First day for students is August 2nd
We want opening day to be exciting for the students and as smooth for parents as possible. Front doors will open at 7:20 and instruction begins at 7:50. We know there will be an abundance of vehicles so please be patient, watch for parents and students crossing the parking lots. We also have to keep the bus parking lot open for busses, so there will be no parking in the bus parking lot until all busses have departed.
Again we are very excited to see everyone and making this the best year at South yet. See you at open house.
Once again, don't forget:
Upcoming dates and information for South Edmonson
South Edmonson Elementary
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Two Edmonson County sisters each won pageants on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Rough River Lodge at the Falls of Rough.
Kinleigh Grace Hampton, age 3, won the 2017 "Toddler Miss Queen of the Falls," and her older sister, Shaylee Marie Hampton, age 7, was crowned 2017 "Junior Pre-Teen Queen of the Falls." Both girls also were awarded "Best Personality" in each of their respective categories.
They will each go on to compete in the Kentucky Festival State Pageant in November. They are the daughters of Selina Linder & Jonathan Hampton of Roundhill.
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Several attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon that took place today at the Edmonson County Public Library, which was was sponsored by St. John’s Thrift Store. BBQ sandwiches, and an assortment of sides and beverages were served at today's lunch. During a presentation, Father Tony Bickett, of St. John’s Catholic Church shared images showing improvements that have been made to the store and food pantry.
St. John’s thrift store is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00am – 2:45pm, and donations can be dropped off anytime. The store is open to the public and has everything from clothing and housewares to movies, ranging in price from five cents to a quarter. Books can also be purchased and are priced two for five cents.
Since the store opened in November of 2014, approximately $23,000 dollars has been given back to the community of Edmonson County. In addition to the store, St. John’s started a food pantry in May of 2016. This pantry is open three days a week and is open to anyone who needs food.
After the presentation, door prizes were awarded and store manager Barbara Fitzhugh made closing statements thanking Father Tony for seeing the vision of the store and pantry, and for all the support they have been shown by people in Edmonson County.
“I think this was a great success and I thank everyone for coming out, especially Rhonda from the Chamber for helping put this together” said Barbara.
Volunteers are always welcome at the store, and according to St. John's, even coming just once a week makes a difference.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Blake Hennion (19) was all smiles after landing this flathead catfish Wednesday evening at a family pond in Park City.
The cat weighed an impressive 34 lbs and measured 42 1/2" long.
Blake was using chicken breast soaked in cherry Kool-Aid as bait. He's the son of Kenny and Melissa Hennion of the Cedar Springs community.
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Mia Cris Holland was crowned winner of the 2017 Miss Pre-Teen SOKY Fair pageant this past Saturday in Bowling Green, KY.
She will represent Bowling Green and Warren County as Miss Pre-Teen SOKY Fair at the 2017 Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows State County Fair Pre-Teen Pageant. The pageant will take place on October 13th and 14th in Louisville, KY.
She said she's thankful for everyone who has encouraged and supported her during this journey.
"I am so blessed to be named the 2017 Miss Pre-Teen SOKY Fair, I want to thank everyone who has supported me this year and I will strive to represent my community of Chalybeate along with Bowling Green and Warren County this fall at the state pageant. Dreams really do come true," she said.
Mia Cris is the 11 year-old daughter of Jay and Alison Holland of Chalybeate and the granddaughter of Bro. Jerry and Marilyn Patton of Brownsville. She is in the sixth grade at the Edmonson County 5th/6th center.
A Thank You From DAV #32:
We especially want to thank Richie and Becky Jones, Stephanie Gipson (Brownsville City Council), The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Jordan Jones, Brownsville Police, Officer Dustin Harvey, Kyrock Fire Department, Chalybeate Fire Department, Brownsville Fire Department, The Edmonson Voice, as well as the many people not named who took part in the reception and welcome home.
To Richard Jones and his wife, Delores, through their diligent expertise for putting together a trip for the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to go to Washington D.C. We had a great time and visited a lot of the historical sites while there.
When we were on our way back to Brownsville, we received quite a surprise. As we neared the old JR Food store, a sheriff's car with running lights pulled out in front of us. We were all trying to figure out what was going on and as we neared Kyrock, the sheriff's car stopped and allowed several fire trucks and other police cars in front of him with their lights on, too.
It was then we figured out that this was actually an escort back to the library and we were then greeted by a cheering crowd of well-wishers. There wasn't a dry eye on our bus! They escorted us to the library where they'd set up a reception with drinks and a cake decorated with all the different branches of military service.
This really meant a lot to all of us, especially the Vietnam vets who really didn't receive such a warm welcome when they returned home from Vietnam.
From all of us at DAV #32, thank you so much.
Modern Woodmen of America is once again stepping up with a matching funds opportunity to help out in our community.
Anthony Hennion had an accident involving a horse a few months ago and has been left injured, had to have surgeries, and has been out of work since, and will continue to be until his hip is healthy.
By purchasing a chance on this wonderful vacation you will be helping out with medical expenses, daily/monthly expenses, etc. Don't want a chance at the vacation accommodations? That's ok. We still need donations, or you can give it to someone.
The Hennions have been active in the community, have secured fund matching for various community causes and individuals, and have always been there to lend a helping hand to people. Now their family needs a helping hand.
Please help us help them by purchasing as many raffle tickets as your heart desires for this amazing package donated by Roy Gravil. Chances are 1 for $10... 2 for $20... or 3 for $25.
I can send your ticket stub by picture via FB messenger and/or text or I would be happy to mail them to you at no cost to you if you prefer to have them in hand.
You can pay by cash, check, deposit to my account at Bank of EC, or debit/credit to my PayPal. Just let me know what you want to do and I will work with you.
Now... check out the awesome resort in Branson! The dates are set and cannot be changed. I do believe that's Fall Break for the county schools. Any questions can be sent to me and I will get answers for you.
-Christie Talley, event coordinator
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If you grew up in the late 70's and early 80's, especially in the south, it's highly likely that you were a Dukes of Hazzard fan at some point or another. Some of us, er...some people never grew out of that fandom and were able to re-live some of that TV show magic at the 2017 Chalybeate Fire Department annual fundraiser this past Saturday as they hosted "Hazzard Life," a traveling Dukes of Hazzard car replica company.
Fans of all ages weren't disappointed when the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office shut down Chalybeate stretch for a few minutes while the company staged their own car chase, as Rosco's patrol car was in hot pursuit of the General, complete with flashing lights and dixie horn blasts, after an exciting burnout in front of the fire dept as dozens of spectators cheered with plenty of "yee haws."
The car group travels around the country bringing their famous "General Lee," complete with mag wheels, push bar, CB antenna, and the iconic rebel flag on top. In addition to the General, they also have Daisy's yellow Roadrunner, Rosco's Plymouth patrol car, and their latest addition; Uncle Jesse's white Ford pickup, complete with a "moonshine still," in the back.
Edmonson Voice video of the 'car chase' posted to our Facebook Page that has received over 19K views since Saturday afternoon.
Fire Chief Daniel Johnson said that while he had reservations about bring the car company back for a second year in a row, the cars turned out to be a smash hit once again.
"We just didn't know if folks would come out again like they did last year because we were featuring the same thing, but we had even more people come out this year," he said. "We're looking now at making this an annual event."
Johnson said the event was a success because of all the help that went into the fundraiser.
"We thank all the vendors that came out on Saturday. That helped a great deal. All the folks at Hazzard Life were great to work with once again and they donated a portion of the proceeds from the rides in the General Lee that were sold. We also want to thank our Sheriff's Department for helping us with our 'car chase,' and we appreciate the Edmonson Voice for being our media sponsor once again."
He also said local companies on site like Backyard BBQ, Kona ice, Jacob's Home Furnishings, and custom Tshirts from Sarah Childress also gave a portion of their sales on Saturday back to the fire dept. Modern Woodmen of America also matched a portion of the proceeds.
Chief Johnson also thanked the musicians who donated their time as well.
"We appreciate Rye Davis for playing and setting up his sound system, and Corey Culbreth and Laney Meredith did an excellent job as always."
All in all, around $4,000 was raised for the fire department, which will go towards much needed equipment.
So will the fire department 'fight the system like a modern day Robin Hood' next year as well? Johnson said it's in the works and plans are already being made to make next year's event even bigger. Got suggestions for next year's event? Email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report, photos courtesy of Derek Curtis:
From June 18, 2017 through June 23, 2017, Scouts from Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop 597 attended Boy Scout Summer Camp at Roy C. Manchester in Benton, Kentucky. While there, the scouts endured cooler than normal temperatures, warmer than normal temperatures, and rain bands from Tropical Storm Cindy, all in the same week.
The scouts participated in varying merit badge classes including: rifle, shotgun, archery, small boat sailing, woodwork, wood carving, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, emergency preparedness, pioneering, wilderness survival and camping.
Those scouts participating in wilderness survival had to sleep a night in the woods utilizing a shelter constructed themselves. Troop 597 had five scouts to participate in wilderness survival, all of which successfully completed the course.
Troop 597 also had five scouts participate in shooting sport merit badges, ranging from rifle shooting to archery. All five scouts successfully qualified.
During free time at camp, the Scouts were able to enjoy the aquatics area and the ranges, according to Scout Master Derek Curtis.
"The scouts came together as a troop in camp-wide activities to include a volleyball tournament, in which the Troop finished second in camp and 'Roy’s Race,' which was a scout-skill endeavor in each merit badge area."
Curtis said that the leaders assisted the scouts by teaching merit badges, serving food at meal time, projects around camp, conducted a skit at morning flags where one leader "chugged a pickle slushee to assist the scouts in Roy’s Race."
"The work and attitude of the scouts with the assist from the leaders resulted in the troop being recognized as a quality unit," Curtis said.
The scouts assisted the camp by saying the camp blessing three times and participated in a joint color guard with Troop 3 (Murray, KY) and Troop 661 (Glasgow, KY). The scouts enjoyed their time at camp and met other scouts from across the Central United States.
Troop 597 is sponsored by the Edmonson County Lions Club.
Another huge local event for a great cause; check out the upcoming Relay For Life Car Show and Arts and Crafts Fair. Click the flyer for more info on the official show Facebook Page.