Edmonson Voice Staff
Students at South Edmonson Elementary got a live look at a real beehive on Tuesday during a honeybee presentation from some local beekeepers.
Sherry Sanders, Carolyn Priddy, and Nathan Priddy, members of the Mammoth Cave Beekeepers Association, stopped by and discussed the process of pollination, jobs of bees, and the importance to the economy.
Students also taste-tested the locally manufactured honey. There was quite a buzz going around the school during the presentation.
The Edmonson Voice apologizes for the corny joke at the end. That one stung...
Set up will be at at Cee Bee and Sav-A-Lot. Items can also be dropped off at Judge Cannon's Office and the Edmonson Co. Senior Center.
There will be evening games from 5:00-6:30. In addition to the games, there will be a bounce house, an inflatable slide, face painting, and Kona Ice.
There will be an auction that includes a range of great items and themed-baskets that appeal to everyone! You will find a UK basket, spa basket, gardening basket, WKU basket, party basket, and many more!
The King-Queen, Prince-Princess Crowning Ceremony will also be held on this night.
We hope everyone can come out to show their support for Kyrock and have some fun!
Sign up directly on the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce website or purchase a hole sponsorship simply by clicking the flyer below.
Rodney Hoffman, teacher at ECHS and faculty sponsor of the school's Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is hosting "Prayer At The Pole 2016" on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the school's flagpole at approximately 7:40am, before the start of school.
"This will be a student led prayer but all is welcome," Hoffman said. "This is not a school activity but we have been doing this for the last 15 years."
He said students, faculty, and staff will meet to pray, but anyone wishing to attend is welcome.
Edmonson Voice Staff
Brystol Renae Childress, 19 months old, had open heart surgery when she was only 7 months old, and that surgery and many tests left them owing over $20,000 in medical expenses.
Kosair Norton’s children hospital excused every penny of that bill, and according to Brystol's aunt, Renae Porter, the only way they can do that is through donations.
Brystol's family has decided it's their duty to pay it forward and will host a car show Oct 29, 2016 at SEES.
"Brystol will be facing another open heart surgery in the future, so we hope to make this car show an annual thing, and keep helping Kosair as much as possible," said Mrs. Porter. "Our Brownsville Businesses have come through above and beyond our expectations and are sponsoring all of our 18 trophies."
Brystol suffers from Asplenia and Congenital Heart Disease. "She is my heart and hero. She never complains even on the days she is blue and has limited oxygen. She is a miracle, strong and precious."
Brystol is the daughter of Travis and Rae Childress of Cub Run.
Kyrock Elementary has named 51 students to the cast of Annie Jr. The cast members were announced Friday morning, September 23, 2016. Kyrock will be presenting the production on December 16, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the ECHS Auditorium.
Darren Doyle, story and photos
If you've stopped by the Main Street Barber Shop in Brownsville within the last seven months, you've found the door locked, the lights off, and no indication of when the shop will be reopened. Owner Odis Allen of Brownsville closed the shop on March 1, 2016 after finding out he had been diagnosed with cancer, more specifically, Large B-Cell Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma.
"I'd had an ongoing back problem for years," said Allen, from his chair in the barber shop. "I got up off the couch on New Year's Day of 2016 and had a terrible pain in my left-lower back that radiated down into my hip. It wouldn't go away so I went to my neurosurgeon, got it checked out and through an MRI, found out it was cancer."
Allen said he got the call while in-between customers at his shop in late February.
"It crushed me. That was a horrible weekend," Allen said. "I met with my children, my wife. My options were to go through a four-treatment chemotherapy program or I would have 6 to 12 months to live."
Allen's cancer was not in tissue, but in his bones, including his spine, clavicles, pelvis, and skull. The medical process originally began in Bowling Green but he said he and his family were not happy with where that seemed to be headed so they turned to Dr. Don Stevens at Norton's Hospital in Louisville.
Allen's treatment plan became finalized with the decision to undergo six of the aggressive treatments. Each one would require a minimum of one week in the hospital. It only took four of the six scheduled treatments to rid Allen's body of the cancer but his medical team advised him to proceed with the last two.
The fifth one almost killed him. Allen said he got an infection after the fifth treatment which sent his body into septic shock on the July 4th weekend. His organs began shutting down and his time quickly began to run out.
"It was almost the beginning of the end for me," he said. "They sent me to Norton's Women and Children Center, and I'm telling you what, I've never seen such care in a hospital in all of my life. I had an entire team of five people in my room every morning, telling me this and that."
Odis said he stared death in the eye, and while he said he hated the thought of leaving his family behind, he was not afraid.
"I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord answered the prayers of my brethren in this county. Other places, too. I was at that point."
Allen became emotional as he wiped his eye. "I was at the Jordan River, and it was calm and peaceful. I could've just crossed over, but I didn't."
Allen said throughout the process he tried to keep a positive outlook on things and his family and friends never failed to give him the support he needed. However, he said he looked at things realistically and tried to prepare for the worst in case this was his time.
"My greatest fear in all of this was for my family because they are my rock, but I had faith to know that I'd be a winner either way."
He said there were times where he was too weak to do anything. He couldn't move, couldn't eat, and said at times, couldn't even function as a human.
"I just trusted in the Lord," he said. "I'd see people out from time to time when I was able to get out and they'd say things like, 'I've been praying for you' or 'our church is praying for you.' I didn't know these people."
He said those are the main reasons he moved his family from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Edmonson County 24 years ago, a decision that he says was the best one he ever made.
"I lived in Broward County, Florida, where there were 3 million people. All those people and I didn't know anyone. All the houses were on quarter-acre lots. You didn't know your neighbor and didn't want to. Three million people and you're all alone. I move to Edmonson County where there's 12,000 or so people and I've got people praying for me, entire churches praying for me that I don't even know. It's absolutely amazing."
He was released from the hospital in late July and was cancer-free, however; his troubles weren't over. He said he then suffered from PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I just couldn't do anything. I was so weak. I went through a series of depression and boredom. The worst times were at night when I'd think of the whole process. My mind would race and there would be all this anxiety."
He said his wife had arranged for him to see a therapist but instead, he received a different type of therapy.
"After a few weeks, I went to church at Cedar Springs (United Baptist) and the Lord blessed me. I went to church at Pleasant Union and the Lord blessed me there. He just kept blessing me, over and over, and all that anxiety and trouble left. Debbie (his wife) asked me if I was going to see the therapist and I told her I didn't need to see one anymore."
He also drives a school bus for the Edmonson County school system, a position to which he's already returned.
"I was in danger on losing my insurance if I didn't go back to driving the bus. Lannie, (Deweese, Director of Transportation) my fellow bus drivers, and other school board employees treated me so well," he said.
Allen had used up all his sick and personal time as a bus driver but he said his school board friends began to transfer their own time to him in order for Allen to have the proper amount of time off work without losing his benefits.
"A mechanic gave me an entire week of his, which translated into two weeks for me." (bus drivers days are 4hrs) "And I just recently received a very generous gift from a teacher's aid at Kyrock. She gave me 53 days."
After the ups and downs of the entire process, Allen said he's learned many things, but one very valuable lesson.
"I've come to learn what true charity is and how precious the prayers of my brethren are."
Need a haircut? Here's more good news: Allen will be reopening the Main Street Barber Shop on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8AM. When asked if the Main Street Center would be able to handle all the parking and the long line to get in, he laughed as he jokingly replied, "I don't know about that, but that would be nice."
It's easy to say very few people here or anywhere haven't been affected by cancer in some form or fashion. Allen said he never thought it would be him, but it was, for whatever reason.
In the hour it took to have this interview, three different people saw the lights on and came inside. All asking, "Are you back to work?" He turned them down but assured them he'd be back for good shortly.
"I certainly don't wish that on anyone. Boy, it's been something. But you know, the Lord took care of me. It'll be good to be back. I know I keep saying the word 'amazing,' but that's what this is. It's all amazing."
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Shawn McCombs, photos
The Edmonson County Lady Cat Basketball team hosted former UK Baseball coach and ECHS alumni Keith Madison this past Saturday in Chalybeate, at their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, put on by the Lady Cat basketball boosters.
Coach Madison was the keynote speaker as hundreds came out to see him, bid on donated auction items, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Around $11,000 was raised for the Lady Cats at the event.
Coach Madison caught up with several of his old teammates, class mates, teachers, and friends during the breakfast.
Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced that October 1, 2016, marks the opening on the Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour. The tour is now available for purchase/reservation on www.recreation.gov.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer an accessible cave tour again,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. “We suspended use of the elevator in 2002 when a cable broke, which led to a full renovation. Now, after 14 years and a $2.2 million repair project, the cave elevator is back in safe operation allowing us to resume accessible cave tours.”
The Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour will be offered daily at 12:30 p.m. during the fall and winter seasons, limited to 14 people. The cost is $20 for adults, $14 for youth (6-12), and $10 for those with an Access Pass/Senior Pass. The interagency, life-time Access Pass and Senior Pass are available at the ticket office. The Access Pass is free with proof of disability; the Senior Pass costs $10 for those who are 62 years or older.
Reservations are recommended for all cave tours; www.recreation.gov, or 1-877-444-6777.
Below is the tour description:
Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour
See unique gypsum formations, historic cave writing and more on accessible cave trails. Using the elevator entrance, this ½-mile round trip provides visitors with special needs an opportunity to visit the Snowball Room and includes portions of the Cleaveland Avenue Tour and Grand Avenue Tour.
Edmonson County Parks and Rec has announced that the final Concert In The Park event scheduled for this Saturday, September 24, 2016 has been cancelled.
According to Parks and Rec, Program Director Greg Hudson is recovering from a medical issue where he was hospitalized last week. The department said they felt like the best thing was to cancel the concert in lieu of Hudson's absence.
Hudson is expected to be back at work soon and said he has appreciated all thoughts and prayers.
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Girl Scout Troop #313 decided to get in the spirit of Fair Week's theme of Mammoth Cave National Park and earn their Junior Ranger Badges. Park Ranger Amy Fowler, personally delivered the badges to the girls Tuesday night during a badge ceremony.
The Edmonson County High School Drama Program has been chosen to participate in the 5th annual National Red Eye 10s Festival at 8pm on Saturday, September 17th. This is an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate the fabulous talent our county has to offer on an international stage. Only 1 site in each time zone is allowed to premiere 6, family friendly, 10 minute plays. The scripts are handed out on Friday night and the shows premier just 24 hours later, so we never know what will happen!
Admission to the festival is only $1! The auditorium will open at 6pm.
We are currently looking for actors, chaperones, tech crew and donations.
Chaperones are not required to stay for the entire 24 hours! Please contact me if you’d like to help, if you have any questions or if you need more information.
Facebook: Dooley’s New Edmonson County Drama Page
Remind: text @bd28c0 to the number 81010 to receive Drama updates
Brownsville Police Chief Jeff Jewel and Sgt. Nathan Dennis shared just a moment with a small boy today but that moment will probably last a lifetime according to Corena Webb, the boy's mother.
Webb said that her son, Corbin Lyons, age 4, wants to be a policeman when he gets older and the officers let him take a picture with them while they activated police cruiser blue lights.
"Living in a community where public figures like those officers, who kids like my son look up to...it definitely made me smile when they were so willing and nice to him, offering to let him take a picture with them," She said. "He loved it and couldn't wait to tell his papaw all about it. It made mine and his day just seeing his smile."
Corbin is a student at Edmonson County Head Start.
BASIC OBEDIENCE DOG TRAINING COURSE IS BEING OFFERED WITH ALL PROCEEDS DONATED TO EDMONSON COUNTY PAWS
STARTS SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 AT 9am AND WILL MEET ONCE A WEEK FOR 9 WEEKS.
CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT THE HWY 70 SPORTS COMPLEX IN BROWNSVILLE.
REGISTRATION FORMS CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE EDMONSON COUNTY PAWS MEET AND GREET, SEPT. 17TH AT NOON , ON THE SQUARE IN BROWNSVILLE. THERE WILL BE ENTERTAINMENT AND FOOD.
THE COST FOR THE OBEDIENCE COURSE IS BEING OFFERED AT A VERY REDUCED PRICE FOR $95 WHICH INCLUDES A “EASY WALK HARNESS”.
OBEDIENCE TRAINING IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR DOG.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST A REGISTRATION FORM BY PHONE,
PLEASE CALL 270-566-4363, OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECMS Football Boosters are hosting a Golf Scramble at Park Mammoth, Saturday, September 17, 2016, beginning at 7am.
Event coordinator Clay Doyle says there is a great opportunity to win big while helping the middle school football team.
"We are giving away some great cash prizes for all three places, and a bonus Calcutta," he said. "If we get the 80 players, first place should win about $700-$800.00 each in this event. It is for a great cause."
Check out the form below for all the info.
Edmonson County Farm Bureau's Board of Directors are continuing a grant to teach children about the origin of foods they regularly eat. Kyrock students & teachers assisted Mrs. Janet Dennison of Mammoth Cave Transplants in planting broccoli and cauliflower, crops that thrive in Fall.
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Chrysanthemums, or as we call the “Mums”, are a sure sign of the arrival of fall. Mums have been around for centuries originating in China. It was cultivated in China as a flowering herb, it was believed to have the power of life. The flower later appeared in Japan. The Japanese were so taken by the flower, they used a single flowered chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. Bet you didn’t know they had so much history?
Mums now days, signify the signs of fall. Mums are widely used in fall decorating, whether planted in the landscape or in containers. There are now a wide array of colors and bloom shapes to satisfy any individual's flower fixation. The newer varieties, however, are not as hardy as the older varieties. They may come back the next growing season, but there is no guarantee. A few things to remember when caring for fall mums are:
Planting-They prefer to be planted in an area that receives full sun, For ultimate growth, plant your new fall mums in well-drained soil. Fall mums in containers need to be planted in the ground BEFORE the first hard frost! The sooner the better to allow the plant to establish a root system.
Watering- Fall mums should never be allowed to wilt…especially newly transplanted plants. Check your mums every other day for watering until you become familiar with their needs, particularly during dry spells. Be sure to thoroughly water-in your new transplants.
Fertilizing- Newly planted fall mums will not require any fertilizer this season. During the next growing season begin feeding your mums as new growth emerges with fertilizer. Feed your plants at least monthly until August.
Overwintering-After a hard frosts have blackened the plants, cut them back to within one inch of the soil. Mulch to a depth of 3-4 inches.
The following Spring-To encourage branching and compact bushy growth it is important to pinch the plants in the early spring. Once the plant has reached 4- 6 inches, remove 1-2 inches of the new growth on every shoot. After the plants have grown 3-5 inches from the first pinching, it is time to pinch again (1-2 inches). Stop pinching your plants around mid-July to have beautiful blooms for the fall.
Don’t forget, you can also plant pansies, violas, dianthus, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage and kale to accent your mums. These will last well until frost and possibly through the winter for early spring color.
Mum is the word from Mammoth Cave Transplants!!
~~“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.” —a Chinese philosopher
Looking for a great way to learn the fundamentals of basketball while having a ton of fun? Then check out the Little Dribblers.
Sign ups will be accepted at South Edmonson Elementary on Saturday, September 10, from 9am to 11pm.
Only $45 per team member, which includes shorts, shirt, practices, and special performances...including one at a home WKU game!
Print off the form below or download the file you need.
*The form is dated for 9/3/16 but has been extended to 9/10/16.