Be part of the annual KSP Post 3 Golf Tournament that will benefit Trooper Island! Find all the details below and download a sign up form at the bottom.
by Terry Watts:
Changing locations frequently improves your fishing success in late August. Fish are stressed this time of year.
Water temperatures, low oxygen levels and fishing pressure contribute to a slow bite. Crankbaits are a good choice to cover water fast.
Moving from one brush pile to another is a good plan for crappie. The lake is clear, at pool and in the mid 80's. Navigate safely this weekend.
Wear your PFD and take the family fishing.
The ECHS Lady Cat basketball team has announced their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 7am - 11am.
The event will take place at a new location this year, which will be the ECHS cafeteria.
Special guest speaker will be ECHS graduate and WKU women's volleyball head coach, Travis Hudson.
Also new to the event this year will be the addition of various vendors. If you or your business would like a booth, please see details and contact information in the flyer below.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Judge Executive Wil Cannon's office has coordinated a public meeting to address concerns about the future of Brownsville and Edmonson County's high speed internet access.
According to a statement from Judge Cannon's office, the discussion will focus on the KentuckyWired Project-Broadband. "We encourage residents to attend to discuss this project," it said.
"In 2017, Kentucky ranked 47th in the country in broadband speeds and capacity. This puts Kentucky at a major disadvantage for attracting and growing new job and education opportunities for an improved way of life. Broadband, like electricity, water and sewer, is now an essential utility service."
In addition, the statement also said that KentuckyWired will be a physical system of fiber optic cable, also referred to as the middle mile or backbone, infrastructure that will allow broadband service to be brought closer to communities throughout Kentucky. What’s unique about KentuckyWired is that it will be an open access network. This means local public or private Internet service providers can connect to the network and extend services locally.
"There will be opportunities for local internet service providers to invest and build out more fiber to homes and businesses. It also opens the market for new internet service providers, which will promote competition for potential lower broadband costs for businesses, communities and citizens."
The Kentucky Communications Network Authority and its Board will manage and oversee the KentuckyWired network, the Commonwealth’s open-access broadband network.
"KentuckyWired is focused on meeting current needs for government locations, but more importantly, positioning Kentucky to be a national leader in high-capacity Internet service connections which promote economic development, enhance education and research capabilities, ensure public safety, improve healthcare delivery, and augment connectivity for libraries and communities."
The latest information is found on the project website, KentuckyWired.ky.gov
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County's most popular local charity, Santa's Helping Hands, has found yet another way to raise more money for the local organization. On Saturday, SSH drew for a brand new Club Car golf cart and named Stephanie Woodcock the winner.
More than $15,000 in raffle tickets were sold for the contest and after expenses for the cart, a $9,000 profit was made, all for the organization.
"We were able to purchase the cart at a discounted rate since it was for the organization," said board member Mark Wardlow. "It seems like our volunteers keep coming up with creative ways to raise money for our cause. It's just another way we can make a difference for the county."
The non-profit organization has already raised nearly $20,000 prior to their annual auction that is scheduled for November, which is their largest fundraising effort of the year.
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Nearly 150 golfers gathered together today at Shady Hollow Golf Course for the 2018 Santa's Helping Hands Benefit Golf Scramble where more than $6,000 was raised for the popular local charity.
The organization, now a credited charitable group which has been in operation for over a decade, provides Christmas gifts and other necessities for needy Edmonson County residents.
Organization board member Greg Nugent discussed some of the good things happening with the group while thanking all participants and volunteers.
"Thanks to you all, lots of children are able to have a nice Christmas now," he said. "And it's not just about toys. We're providing shoes, clothes, and other needs they have."
Mark Wardlow, a co-founder of SHH, said he was very pleased with the turnout today.
"At 36 teams, we had enough to pair two teams at each hole, which made play even more competitive," he said. "Everyone seemed to have a great time for such a great cause."
Wardlow thanked the main sponsors of the tournament, Alford's Pharmacy and Drive-Thru, A+ Family Healthcare, and Rafferty's/Double Dogs.
"We're not a church, but we operate with Christian values," Nugent added. "We're supposed to help people less fortunate and those that need help. Children, widows, victims of house fires are our focus, and, let me say again, children."
The annual SSH benefit auction is set for Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Community Center in Brownsville.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: Samantha Massey, contributor:
On August 16 and 17, 2018, the Edmonson Country FFA chapter competed at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville, Kentucky.
The nursery team (not pictured) placed tenth place in the state competition. Team members included: Trent Whittle, Morgan Turci, Riley Hooker, and Carlie Pierce.
The meat judging team also competed at the State Fair this year and placed third. Competitors on the meat judging team included: Savannah Lindsey, Laura Wilson, Sha Vincent, and Jarrod Sanders. This team placed third in the state competition.
Hunter Ashley (not pictured) participated in the auctioneer contest and placed third.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
It is that time of year again – school will soon be back in session and that means your support is needed in the Adopt-A-Backpacker program. Local volunteers are partnering with Feeding America and the local Family Resource Center/Youth Services Center, in order to help improve the lives of many children in Edmonson County.
In the United States, nearly 13 million children face hunger every single day. According to the most recent Map the Meal Gap study released by Feeding America, there are 2,492 children in Edmonson County under 18 years of age. Of these children, 19.2% or 480 are food insecure and often don’t know where their next meal will come from, if at all. Hunger is harmful to everyone, but it can be especially devastating to children because of its potential for long-term effects.
Good nutrition, especially in the early forming years of life, is important for a strong foundation of a child’s physical and mental health, and academic beginnings. Hunger threatens this crucial foundation, which in turn, threatens a child’s ability to thrive.
Schools and partnering organizations, such as Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland (FAKH), work together to make sure the nutritional foundation of a child’s life is covered. The schools, with the direction of Kentucky Department of Education and United States Department of Agriculture, provide breakfast and lunch to school-age children throughout the school year, and then again through summer feeding programs when school is not in session.
In Edmonson County, the weekends are also covered by a program designed just for school-age children called the BackPack Program. Family resource and youth services professionals and teachers help to identify children, ages 5-18, who may be at risk for hunger on the weekends, and with their assistance, FAKH makes sure bags are prepared to go home each week with the child. The program, now in its 12th year, serves children in 34 counties of the FAKH service area by providing bags filled with 14-17 kid-friendly, single serving foods to eat on the weekend.
Food items may include milk, crackers, macaroni and cheese, raisins, pudding cups, granola and cereal bars, ravioli, tuna – all of which help to fill a child’s stomach in between meals or when other substantial meals are not available at home. Each bag costs $3 to fill and distribute, $120 per child per school year will ensure their nutritional needs are met.
Together, school nutrition programs and the BackPack program continue to bridge the gap between hunger and a child’s stability. For the one in every fourth child, these programs could make all the difference in how the child will develop and mature into a productive adult, and not remain just a statistic.
For each $120 donation, you can adopt one child to receive a bag of food every Friday for the entire school year.
Please complete the attached form (which has Edmonson County prefilled) or donate online by clicking on the photo above.
"Sadly, many children in our county are going an entire weekend with little or no food when a school meal is not available. Have you ever gone a whole day without food? Two days? Can you imagine your own child or grandchildren going without? With your help, we can help cut down on the number of kids that go hungry,” said volunteer coordinator Michelle McCoy. "Children who suffer from food insecurity do not perform well academically, they display unacceptable behavior and have poor attendance due to illness or unexcused absences."
McCoy urges everyone to please help and share with employees, family and friends.
You can download the form below.
by Terry Watts:
The lake is near pool, clear and in the mid to lower 80's. Fishing activity continues to center around the 15 foot depth. Bass are taking jigs and plastics off step banks near deep water. Green pumpkin has been a good flavor choice.
Crappie have been on deep brush along mud banks and eating tube jigs and minnows.
Catfish are biting crawlers, shad, livers and prepared baits. Low light periods are best. Trolling has been best for white bass. This time of the year, finding schools of shad near points may lead to success.
Pageant, Exhibit Rules--2018 Fair Theme: Green River--It's Rich In History
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Lions Club Fair Board in conjunction with the Edmonson Voice has released the 2018 Fair lineup and all the rules and regulations for this year's event. Look for the printed versions of the files below at the Edmonson County Tourism office and various locations around town.
The Edmonson Voice is proud to be the media sponsor for this year's fair. For more information, you can now contact the Fair Board on the new Lions Club Fair Facebook page.
2018 EDMONSON COUNTY FAIR RULES AND REGULATIONS:
NO REFUNDS on rainouts - enter at your own discretion
NO FIREARMS OR WEAPONS ALLOWED ON FAIRGROUNDS. Except law enforcement officers.
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES or controlled substances on fairgrounds.
NO PERSONS on fairgrounds after event is over, unless authorized by Lions Club member.
THE FAIR STAFF will exercise every reasonable precaution to safeguard the public, exhibitors, employees, and exhibits, but positively will not be liable for death, loss, theft, damages or injuries to persons, animals, or articles.
THE EDMONSON COUNTY LIONS CLUB reserves the right to remove from the grounds any persons of disorderly conduct and neither the Lions Club nor its personnel shall be liable for such actions.
THE FAIR BOARD reserves the right to cancel any part of the Fair due to conditions beyond their control, and will not refund admission.
THE MANAGEMENT of the Fair reserves the final and absolute right to interpret rules and regulations and settle all matters in question and differences that may arise in connection with holding, managing, or promoting the Fair.
THE JUDGES’ DECISIONS will be final, unless complaint can show fraud or irregularity in placing of awards.
ANY MEMBER of the Fair Board or Fair Committee shall have the authority without liability or recourse to the Edmonson County Fair to bar discourteous acts to a judge or official of the Fair, and shall have the power to disqualify the exhibitor/participant and they would have to forfeit all entry fees and any prize money that may have been awarded them.
ANY PARTICIPANT or representative attempting to interfere with judges before, during or after their event will cause the participant to be disqualified from competition.
ALL EVENT participants must sign a release. If under 18 years of age, release must be signed by parent or guardian.
THE EDMONSON COUNTY LIONS CLUB FAIR IS SPONSORED BY THE Entries made in 4-H, FFA, and FHA Classes must have been made or produced by the individual, in conjunction with an approved project sponsored by these organizations.
HORSE SHOW RULES & REGULATIONS - Open classes are open to all exhibitors unless otherwise specified.
EDMONSON COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEMBERS:
Fair Board Chairman A.B. Webb, Fair Board Secretary/Treasurer Bill Beville, Fair Board Barn Chairman Gena Yoakem, Lions Club Secretary/Treasurer Bill Beville, Farm Bureau Representative Jerry Meredith, Horseman Association Larry Starnes, Vocational Agriculture Randy Graham, Agricultural Extension Agent David Embrey
GENERAL PAGEANT INFORMATION:
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL AGE DIVISIONS: The Edmonson County Fair Pageants will be on September 7 and 8 (Friday and Saturday), 2018 at the Edmonson County High School Auditorium. The pageants will begin at 7 p.m. each evening. All pageants are open to all residents of Kentucky. A local winner, state-representative winner, 1st, 2nd & 3rd runner-up will be chosen in the divisions. Local winners MUST be a resident of Edmonson County or must attend school there. The state-representative winner can reside EITHER locally or outside of the county and will represent Edmonson County at the state competition. Dressing rooms will be available for contestants and they will only be allowed one person to assist them in the dressing room.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The most up-to-date information related to the pageants is on our Facebook Page, found by searching Edmonson County Fair Pageants. Complete details along with any and all updates will be posted there. Questions sent via Facebook Messenger will be answered as quickly as possible. If you do not find the answer to your question on the Facebook page, you may email the Director at email@example.com or call 270799-9766. We will respond to all inquiries as soon as possible.
SCHEDULE: • Friday, September 7 (beginning at 7 p.m.) – Tiny Miss Edmonson County, Little Miss Edmonson County & Ms. Edmonson County • Saturday, September 8 (beginning at 7 p.m.) – Miss Pre-Teen Edmonson County, Miss Teen Edmonson County & Miss Edmonson County Fair REGISTRATION: Registration will be from 4-6 p.m. on the days of the pageants. This will be the ONLY time to register. We will accept cash or checks. If a contestant wishes to complete their registration form in advance, they are welcome to print the form from our Facebook page and bring it the day of their pageant. There will be NO pre-registration or practice.
ELIGIBILITY & JUDGING: A contestant may not compete if they have already won a title from another county fair pageant during this calendar year. A state contestant may only represent one local fair and must represent the first local fair that they win during the calendar year. Previous local winners may compete in the same division again for the state representative title only. The age requirements for the Preteen division varies slightly from that required at the state level, so please confirm contestant’s eligibility if competing in that group. Out-of-town judges will be selected and every effort will be made to ensure fairness. No scoresheets will be shared with contestants and all judge’s decisions are final. Entry fees will not be returned for any reason.
PARADE: All winners and runners-up are encouraged to participate in the Edmonson County Fair Parade on Friday, September 21 at 9 a.m. The parade participants must report to a Lions Club Member by 8 a.m. at the Edmonson County High School Parking Lot (220 Wildcat Way, Brownsville, KY 42210). All participants are responsible for providing their own cars, signs and candy.
TINY MISS EDMONSON COUNTY. $20 Entry Fee. Tiny Miss will be the first division to compete on September 7 at 7 p.m. To compete in Tiny Miss, contestants must be between 4 and 6 years old on the day of our pageant. Contestants may wear Sunday best or pageant dresses. The dress may NOT be strapless, fully beaded or fully sequined. However, floor length dresses ARE permitted. Winners (state and local) will receive a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet. Runners-up will receive silver trays.
LITTLE MISS EDMONSON COUNTY. $25 Entry Fee. Little Miss will be the second division to compete on September 7 and will take the stage immediately following Tiny Miss. To compete in Little Miss, contestants must be between 7 and 9 years old on the day of our pageant. Contestants may wear Sunday best or pageant dresses. The dress may NOT be strapless, fully beaded or fully sequined. However, floor length dresses ARE permitted. Winners (state and local) will receive a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet. Runners-up will receive silver trays.
MISS PRE-TEEN EDMONSON COUNTY. $30 Entry Fee. Miss Pre-Teen will be the first division to compete on Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m. To compete in Miss Pre-Teen, contestants must be at least 10 years old on the day of our pageant, but not 13 years or older on October 31, 2018. Contestants may compete in either floor length or tea length, pageant/ prom, age appropriate dresses. The dress may NOT be strapless, fully beaded or fully sequined. However, floor length dresses ARE permitted. There will be no outfit change, interview, or on stage question for this division. Winners (state and local) will receive a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet. The state winner will receive a cash award to assist with expenses at the state competition when she represents Edmonson County Fair. Runners-up will receive silver trays.
MISS TEEN EDMONSON COUNTY. $40 Entry Fee. Miss Teen will be the second division to compete on Saturday, September 8. To compete in Miss Teen, contestants must be at least 13 years old on the day of our pageant, but not 16 years or older on October 31, 2018. Contestants will compete in floor length pageant/prom, age appropriate dresses. The dress may NOT be strapless, fully beaded or fully sequined. There will be no outfit change, interview, or on stage question for this division. Contestants in Miss Teen Edmonson County must be single, never married, never had a marriage annulled, and never had any children. Winners (state and local) will receive a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet. The state winner will receive a cash award to assist with expenses at the state competition when she represents Edmonson County Fair. Runners-up will receive silver trays.
MISS EDMONSON COUNTY. $50 Entry Fee. Miss Edmonson County will be held on Saturday, September 8. Contestants will first compete in swimsuit between the Pre-Teen and Teen pageants and will then compete in formal wear after the Teen pageant has concluded. This allows contestants plenty of time to change. To compete in Miss Edmonson County, contestants must be at least 16 years old on the day of our pageant, but not 22 years or older on October 31, 2018. Contestants will first compete in one piece pageant swimsuits and will then compete in floor length, formal pageant dresses. All contestants will introduce themselves on stage, but only semifinalists will be required to answer an on stage question. There is no additional interview or opening number for this division. Contestants in Miss Edmonson County must be single, never married, never had a marriage annulled, and never had any children. Winners (state and local) will receive a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet. The state winner will receive a cash award to assist with expenses at the state competition when she represents Edmonson County Fair. Runners-up will receive silver trays.
MS. EDMONSON COUNTY. $40 Entry Fee. Ms. Edmonson County will be the third and final division to compete on September 7. Contestants will take the stage immediately following Little Miss. To compete in Ms. Edmonson County, contestants must be at least 22 years or older on the day of the pageant and must be married or widowed. Contestants will compete in floor length age appropriate formal dresses. All contestants will introduce themselves on stage, but only semi-finalists may be required to answer an on stage question. There is no additional interview or opening number for this division. Winner receives a crown, silver tray, sash and bouquet.
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Great Turnout For Senior Day Out
Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Local seniors came out to the Community Center in Brownsville on Friday afternoon August 17, 2018 for Senior Day Out, an event hosted by Edmonson County Senior Food Pantry, St. John’s Thrift Store, Brownsville Senior Center and Community Pantry.
Over 20 booths were set up by vendors for the event. During Senior Day Out, activities included games like ring toss, spin the wheel, and bingo. Prizes donated by local businesses were given away and a free lunch was served.
“We would like to give a special thanks to all the vendors here today,” said Vickie Walker, Edmonson County Senior Food Pantry Coordinator. “This event wouldn’t be possible without them."
St. John’s Thrift Store Manager Barbara Fitzhugh said “This event gives local seniors the opportunity to learn about community resources available to them and to have day out. We appreciate everyone that took time out of their day to come out.”