You can never have too much good, clean fun on Halloween and these Kyrock faculty, administration, and staff members joined in with the fun today with their crazy costumes. Check out the photos in our slideshow below.
by Beth Cook: Mammoth Cave Transplants:
With the winter months just around the corner, right now is a good time to get your landscape prepared for winter. Besides the normal tasks of raking leaves and cleaning out beds, there are a few things you need to do for your trees and shrubs.
Before the ground freezes, consider watering trees and shrubs. Some trees that are not irrigated can be under drought stress if we haven’t received much rainfall. Watering trees and shrubs, especially needle-bearing, conifer species will help them tolerate winter a little better and reduce the damage that winter winds cause by drying out the foliage that makes them turn brown over the winter. Making sure your trees and shrubs are watered during the fall and before winter, as it's crucial for their survival. Be sure to NOT to use fertilize when you are watering them. This will encourage new growth that will easily be damaged during the winter. You should also put a good layer of mulch around your trees and shrubs. This helps retain moisture and keep the soil at a more constant temperature.
Once your leaves have fallen from your trees you can now see any structural issues of the tree, such as crossing or rubbing branches. These can now be pruned as well as any other problem branches. Also it is a good time to inspect for any other damage or diseases.
Now is also a good time to plant new trees and shrubs in your landscape. To properly plant a new tree or shrub, you should dig the whole two times as wide as the root ball. Set the tree in the middle of the hole. Avoid planting the tree too deep. Make sure the trunk is slightly above ground. FIll in native soil around the root ball. Be sure to water it in well and mulch around its base.
New Hair and Nail Salon Now Open On Chalybeate Road
Moriah Peterson, story and photos: firstname.lastname@example.org:
On Saturday, October 28th the brand new "All About Hair" salon hosted their ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location on Chalybeate Road. Owner Cherrie Pierce said she is excited to be a part of the Chalybeate community looks forward to meeting new faces. “Feel free to stop in the salon and take a look at what I have offer” said Cherrie.
The salon offers complete hair services, waxing, and manicures. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are always welcome. All About Hair’s hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday 8am-5pm, Fridays 8am-3pm, Saturday from 9am-12pm, and appointments outside of regular business hours are also available.
“We congratulate Cherrie Pierce on opening All About Hair and we are excited that she will be serving Edmonson County,“ said Rhonda Clemmons, Director of Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce.
By Floyd Houston, Senior Vice Commander, VFW Post 6937:
Edmonson County native Edwin Vincent was unanimously elected to the office of Surgeon for the Department of Kentucky at the Department’s recent Fall Conference.
This is a significant step and honor for our local VFW Post 6937 Commander as it gives him opportunity to become the Department of Kentucky Commander during the 2021-2022 timeframe. It will mean a lot of work but Mr. Vincent is used to that.
A retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) and veteran of the Gulf War, Ed has been our long-term local Post Commander who led the Post to All-State honors last year. All State is awarded to less than ten percent of VFW Posts and it recognizes excellence in community service and support to veterans, as well as remembering our nations’ fallen. Under Ed’s leadership our local Post conducts approximately fifteen graveside funeral honors per year.
In order to accept his new Department of Kentucky office, Ed had to step down as the VFW District 5 Commander where he supervised the VFW Posts in most of Edmonson’s surrounding counties. This is the very first time our Post was selected for All State Honors, and this is also the first time an Edmonson County resident has been in line to become the VFW Department of Kentucky Commander.
Upcoming local VFW events include flag training at the Elementary Schools, our Buddy Poppy Drive in Brownsville on Saturday, 4 November, the Veterans Day Program at the High School on Friday, November 10th, and a fun Veterans’ Clay Target Shotgun Shoot at the Rockcastle Shooting Center (Park Mammoth Resort) on the morning of Saturday 18 November as an opportunity for all of our area veterans to get together for a great time. We’re even planning to carry the National Colors during the Edmonson Christmas Parade on Saturday, 25 November. Our Post’s activities can be tracked on Facebook under Brownsville VFW.
Footnote: In 2007, at the height of ongoing Global War On Terror, Edmonson County was recognized in a nationally publicized article on MTV as having the highest per capita Army enlistment rate in the nation. Many of our young people went off to serve overseas and have returned home to Edmonson County and we’d love to have them take a look at what we do and consider joining our service organization.
The importance of the VFW is that the VFW is strong and is organized in every county and most cities in every state across America. Through the local Posts, we come together as equals – women and men, forged in the fires of war, from all different backgrounds and ethnicities, to remember our fallen, help the living, and do good works in the community.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Washington Meredith Masonic Lodge donated four bicycles to South Edmonson Elementary today that will serve as prizes for those with perfect attendance.
The names of students with perfect attendance for the year will be entered for a drawing at the end of school which will allow two lucky boys and two lucky girls to win a brand new bike.
Lodge members who attended the presentation today were Chester Brooks, Judy Brooks, Tom Blaha, and Travis Parsley.
Boys Earn Merit Badge While Enjoying Campground
Edmonson Voice Staff Report: photos courtesy of BSA, Troop 597:
On October 20 & 21, 2017, Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop 597 camped at Double J Stables in the Mammoth Cave/Lincoln Community in Edmonson County. The Scouts cooked their own supper - walking tacos, and enjoyed the camp ground.
On the following morning, the Scouts participated in the horsemanship merit badge sponsored by Double J Stables. During the course the Scouts learned about the care of horses. The highlight of the merit badge experience was the opportunity for the Scouts to enjoy a trail ride, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
The Scouts wished to extend a huge that you to Double J Stables for all that they did for the Scouts.
Edmonson County Boy Scout Troop 597 is sponsored by the Edmonson County Lions Club.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
SEES, Kyrock, and the Edmonson County 5/6 Center have begun hosting an array of activities during "Red Ribbon Week," which teaches to avoid drugs and make positive decisions. The annual event began Monday, Oct 23, and will run through Halloween next week.
Kyrock Elementary hosted Trooper Jeremy Hodges on Monday, Tony Rose from D93 on Tuesday, and Deputy Jordan Jones and K9 Unit Tango on Thursday morning.
Schools presented treats to all students during the events and there were school spirit contests throughout the week at the schools.
D93's Tony Rose spoke to Kyrock and 5/6 Students about the dangers of bullying, which got a positive response from the students and facility.
"The kids here in Edmonson County are always great," said Rose. "It's always an honor when I'm invited to the local schools. Kyrock and the 5/6 Center were awesome this week."
Sheriff Shane Doyle spoke to several classes this morning about the importance of making good decisions and gave several examples that allowed the students to interact with him. The Sheriff picked today's winners in the dress up contest.
SEES also hosted Deputy Jones and Tango, along with Trooper Jeremy Hodges and hosted much of the same activities as Kyrock and the 5/6 Center.
Morgan Esters, story and photos:
Today, the Youth Services Center sponsored their Annual “16th Birthday Bash” at Edmonson County High School for 10th graders. The students participated in 4 Informative sessions and a presentation put on by the Kentucky State Police. This program is designed to teach our soon-to- be drivers about distracted driving, seat belt safety, the process of buying a car, and safe driving skills.
The sessions included “Who Wants to Be a Driver?!,” led by Community Education Director, Lisa Whobrey and State Farm Agents Josh Roney and Cory Culbreth. They discussed the dangers of texting and driving with an eye-opening video and a game quizzing the students on driving test questions.
Troopers Jeremy Hodges and Chris Newkirk from the Kentucky State Police brought the KSP rollover simulator and helped to demonstrate the importance of wearing seat belts.
County Clerk Kevin Alexander outlined the things involved in purchasing a car (from getting a loan to the registration process).
The most popular session is the one in which students were allowed to drive golf carts through a short obstacle course while wearing goggles that simulate impairment. After this “drive” with School Resource Officer Jeff Brooks, EMS Director Keith Sanders, and our District Contact Jamie Carnes, Deputy Wally Ritter gave students field sobriety tests while they were still “impaired” with the goggles. The program ended with a video presentation of “How to Save a Life” (provided by the Kentucky State Police) and a giveaway of four - $25.00 Wal-Mart gift cards.
We would like to thank all of our volunteers and community partners for making this event possible, including:
The world famous Harlem Wizards are coming to ECHS on October 26, 2017, hosted by South Edmonson Elementary! The Wizards will take on a team made up of Edmonson County teachers and staff. Check out all the details below where you can print or download the order form, or just click on the flyer to visit the Wizard's website where you can order tickets directly online! Just choose "October 26" on the calendar and click on "7pm Brownsville, KY."
Please download the application here, in either .doc or .pdf format. You can return the completed application via email at the address in the above ad or mail to the post office box listed.
Mimi's Gift Gallery is celebrating their 7 year anniversary with their biggest sale event of the year! Three customers will get their purchase ABSOLUTELY FREE, no matter the amount! Everyone else will enjoy 20% to 50% off during the "pick-a-pumpkin" promo at the event. Click the flyer below to visit their Facebook page.
Beautiful 16'x80' Single-Wide Trailer for sale and ready to move!
This 2012 taupe vinyl-sided and shingle-roofed Clayton Homes Blue Ridge Model is in Great Condition. It features large, open floor plan common rooms with 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms -- the spacious Master Suite includes a walk-in closet and private bath with garden tub and over-sized shower. There are 8-foot ceilings throughout the home, 6-panel doors, and beautiful wood-look paneling and Earth-tone "Tuscan" style wall coverings. The kitchen, dining room, and separate utility room with washer/dryer hookup have "barnwood"-look vinyl flooring. The kitchen has plenty of stylish cabinetry with a bar counter.
The home is all electric and equipped with central HVAC and appliances (side-by-side refrigerator, electric range, dishwasher, and HVAC unit). The 2012 model meets newer construction standards for better insulation and energy-efficiency.
Included in the sale price are the underpinning, exterior stairs, and a 10'x20' porch. The porch -- great for gatherings or taking in the view -- has a metal roof and was built with hex-bit screws for easy disassembly.
This is a non-smoking home being sold by the second owners. The exterior will be cleaned and pressure-washed before sale. Buyer is responsible for transport costs.
It's a wonderful starter home or lake house!
Great home, Great space
Asking $32,500 -- This trailer new retails for approximately $50,000.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County Transportation Director Lannie Deweese, proudly presented a jacket to Keith Saling for his 30 years of dedication and service to the Edmonson County School System.
Keith began driving for the Edmonson County Bus Garage on October 20, 1987. The 30 year veteran is currently transporting his 3rd generation of students. A statement from the bus garage said, "We would like to take this opportunity to express our extreme gratitude to Keith for his exceptional work ethic and service to both his students and those with whom he works."
Keith also owns and operates Saling's Grocery in the Wingfield community.
Together with their families, Austin Zachary Vincent and Rachel Leighan Lindsey would like to invite you to join them as they celebrate their marriage on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 2pm. The wedding will be held at 514 Old Bee Spring Road, Bee Spring, KY, 42207.
Austin is the son of Robbie and Melissa Vincent of Grassland. Rachel is the daughter of Lora Lindsey of Bowling Green and Elvis Lindsey of Bee Spring.
All family and friends are invited to attend, a reception will follow.
New Hair Salon To Open In Chalybeate
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce welcomes all including Chamber members, neighbors, family & friends to a ribbon cutting ceremony for “All About Hair”.The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 am at 1786 Chalybeate Rd.
The salon will be owned and operated by Cherrie Pierce. Cherrie graduated from P.J.’s College of Cosmetology and worked at Castner Knott Hair and Nail Salon and Tony Lindsey & Company before opening her own shop in Smiths Grove 18 years ago.
Cherrie and her husband Terry have been married 21 years and have two sons, Austin and Mason. Cherrie looks forward to serving her existing clients and welcome new ones. Her hours of operation will be Tues.-Thurs. 8 am to 5 pm, Friday 8 am-3 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. Late appointments outside business hours will be available. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.
To contact Cherrie call 270-799-8268 and join us at 11 am on Oct. 28 to celebrate the opening of a new business in Edmonson County.
Rare Bird Also Known As Sea Hawk, or River Hawk Found Trapped, Hanging Upside Down
USACE: Bee Spring, KY. – On Friday, October 13th, the US Army Corps of Engineers at Nolin River Lake received a report of a large bird caught in a tree and could not fly away. The caller believed that the bird was a Bald Eagle. USACE staff responded to the area near the mouth of Brier Creek on Nolin River Lake Shoreline and found an Osprey with its left foot attached to a branch in a pine tree. It was hanging upside down approximately 30 feet off of the ground and could not free itself.
Conservation Officers with the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife were consulted. The KDFWR Officers recommended that Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky be notified. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky is a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured and sick birds of prey. USACE and Raptor Rehabilitation staff determined that the bird could likely be saved if it could be removed from the tree. The area could not be accessed with a bucket truck or ladders, making rescue problematic. Staff members involved were concerned that the bird could not be brought down safely.
While Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky worked to find help, USACE staff made a call to the US Forest Service Great Onyx Job Corps. John Pitonyak, Urban Forestry Instructor with the Job Corps, brought his students and gear to the area. They rigged the tree with ropes and climbed to the injured bird. After getting close, they secured the bird with a safety line, trimmed the limb it was trapped on, and lowered it to safety. USACE staff then secured the bird for transport and arranged for a volunteer from Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky to retrieve the bird.
“This was a real team effort,” said Deryck Rodgers, Manager with the US Army Corps of Engineers. “We are blessed to have concerned landowners, passionate volunteers, and partner agencies who care so much about the resources that we have at Nolin River Lake.” Rodgers went on to thank the Great Onyx Job Corps, “We would especially like to thank John Pitonyak, the urban forestry students, and the Great Onyx Job Corps for doing a job that no one else could do. Their willingness to help speaks highly of their program.”
It was reported that the bird will survive the event, however, recovery with osprey is a challenge. Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky staff commented that Osprey are very hard to get to eat in captivity. They are hopeful and placed the injured bird in a flight cage with another bird that is eating. The idea is that if the injured bird observes another Osprey eating it may help promote its survival instinct. That is, getting back to its normal routine of eating fish.
Osprey are becoming more common at Nolin River Lake and are often mistaken for hawks. They feed on fish and can often be seen soaring above the water. Patient observers can sometimes witness their skilled dives as they catch their prey. Osprey populations were greatly reduced until the banning of the pesticide DDT in 1972. Since the banning of this chemical, Osprey have been a conservation success story, with populations growing steadily.
Nolin River Lake is managed for multiple purposes, including Environmental Stewardship. Protecting the natural resources of Nolin River Lake insures that habitat exists for raptors like Osprey and Bald Eagles to hunt and nest. If you would like to know more about the management of Nolin River Lake or this incident, please contact the Corps office at 270-286-4511 Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Check out this upcoming absolute auction for a Brownsville commercial property, located at 226 Cedar St. Click the flyer for even more details.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Ronald Scott Lindsey has recently been appointed to represent Edmonson County on the Board of Directors of LifeSkills, Inc., according to a statement from LifeSkills.
A resident of the Chalybeate community, he is currently employed by Genesis Health Care in Edmonson County as the Senior Admissions Director.
Scott is no stranger to Edmonson County communities as he's a football broadcaster for ECHS on EdmonsonVoice.com as a member of their WildcatsLive sports crew. He also serves as public address announcer for Edmonson County Wildcats and Lady Cats basketball. In addition, he serves as a member of the Washington Meredith Masonic Lodge, is a member of the Alzheimer’s Walk, and Leadership Edmonson County. Scott is also an umpire for Edmonson County Parks & Recreation Center.
“I have personally seen many instances of the great work that LifeSkills does, not only in our area, but others," said Lindsey. "They are a great support to people in need. When I saw that there was an opening for Edmonson County, I got really excited at the possibility of being able to work with these great folks. I hope to be an asset to the Board and represent my county in the respectable manner that it deserves.”
Scott is also a member of the local humane society, PAWS.
ECMS Begins Season With 11-0 Start
submitted by ECMS Academic Team:
The ECMS academic team has started its 2017-2018 season with an impressive string of victories and strong testing placements. The ECMS academic team began its season with a 35 to 6 varsity quick recall victory over Moss Middle School.
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, ECMS won nine quick recall games and the overall quick recall championship at the Robert Goddard Academic Challenge hosted at Rockcastle County High School. ECMS defeated the following middle school teams in the tournament: Garrard County, Winburn (Lexington) B, South Laurel County, Woodford County, Winburn A, Rockcastle A, Winburn C, Rockcastle C, and Winburn B in the championship game by a score of 44 to 15.
During the tournament, ECMS averaged 35.8 points per game while their opponents averaged 10 points per game. Four ECMS students placed in testing events. Meredith Hennion and Brody Johnson placed first and second in language arts testing. Jonas Miller placed first in social studies. Taylor Dooley finished third in arts and humanities testing. ECMS earned 47 team points and finished second overall in the tournament to Winburn A with 47.5 points.
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, ECMS hosted Drakes Creek Middle School for quick recall and testing competition. The ECMS varsity team won their quick recall match by a score of 48 to 7. Once again, ECMS students made a strong showing in testing. Brody Johnson placed first in arts and humanities testing. Catherine Vincent gained first place in science testing. Meredith Hennion placed first in language arts. Jonas Miller took first place, and Derick Jaggers finished second in social studies testing.
Coach Greg Grey had the following comments, “An 11 and 0 record is a great way to start a season. Our five returning middle school players are very impressive for this early in the season. The five of them play very well together and play to each other’s strengths. We faced some serious challenges from some very good teams at the Rockcastle Tournament, but the ECMS team played with great poise and confidence. Our younger players or junior varsity squad have a 1 and 1 record and are showing improvement each week. The entire coaching staff is looking forward to a great academic season.”