Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Despite the cold temperatures, kids and their families lined the sidewalks in Brownsville to enter the Community Center, where the 2019 Halloween On The Square event was held due to inclement weather.
The event took place on October 31st, Halloween night, and local businesses and organizations filled the inside the Community Center to give out candy and treats to trick-or-treaters.
"We had a great crowd tonight, and glad we could provide a warm, safe place for our kids to trick-or-treat," said Parks and Rec Program Administrator John Kiernan. "We also want to thank John Chidester and his church for partnering with us, all the local businesses and organizations that setup tables, and our community for coming out to the event tonight."
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Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Monday, November 11 to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day. Tours will depart from the visitor center at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm CT.
Along the Mammoth Passage tour, participants will pass through the Rotunda where in 1922 a monument was placed as part of the American Legion Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, to honor the fallen of the Great War, now known as World War I. Inside the monument, thirty- five states each placed a list of the fallen soldiers from their respective states. In 1929, a second monument was placed by the America War Mothers to also honor the fallen of the Great War. The monuments were rededicated by the park and local veterans’ organizations in 2017, and continue to honor the soldiers who died during that devastating conflict. A video highlighting the rededication will play throughout Veteran’s Day in the park’s visitor center.
Mammoth Passage tour participants must pick up their free tickets in the visitor center before going on a tour. The 3⁄4-mile, 11⁄4-hour Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 70 people, and requires a walk down and up a steep path to the Historic Entrance and 160 steps. The tour explores a vast canyon passageway and discusses a 19th-century saltpeter mining operation and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave.
Each year the National Park Service offers several fee free days to provide the opportunity for the public to visit a new place or return to an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge a fee. For more information about Mammoth Cave National Park events, visit www.nps.gov/maca
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On October 29, the ECHS Beta Club competed in the Third District Fall Beta Competition. The following students received awards:
Name tags: 1st place - Audrey Meredith & Harley Meredith
Handmade Holiday Card: 3rd place - Rachel Hennion
Acrylic: 3rd place - Macie Glass
Ceramics: 2nd place - Samantha Massey
Pencil: 1st place - Samantha Massey
Miscellaneous Crafts: 2nd place - Samantha Massey
Christmas Card: 3rd place - Mia Goad
Wreath: 3rd place - Kate Anderson
Painting: 3rd place - Samantha Massey (Original Character)
Quiz Bowl: 2nd place - Taylor Dooley, Catherine Vincent, Meredith Hennion & Lauren Ballance
Creative Writing: 2nd place - Lainey Alexander
Social Studies: 3rd place Division 1- Josiah Prewitt
Math: 3rd place Division 2 - Jon Smith
Agriscience: 2nd place Division 2- Samantha Massey
Science: 3rd place Division 2 - Luke Meredith
Marketing & Comm.: 2nd - Ben Elmore, Jonah Miller, Eli Pedigo, Gabe Lindsey, & Alex Shae Horn
column and photo by Josh Boyd;
As you sit anxiously in your blind, awaiting what is to follow, you gaze in wonder as a group of mallards circle high above, issuing a chorus of quacks as they descend. With one eye on the ducks as they commit, and the other on your shotgun, your heart races. Even the dog, though steady, tenses in excitement at the prospect of the volley of gunfire that is to come.
These are the moments that make duck season monumental. Lucky for outdoorsmen and women of the bluegrass, waterfowl season opens in less than one month. Although this comes as a substantial source of excitement for many, an individual is wise not to overlook all of the prep work that duck hunting can entail.
One pertinent item of business to attend to when preparing for duck season is patterning your shotgun and getting in a little range time to brush up on your shooting skills. By doing so, you ensure that when opportunity knocks, you will be prepared to answer to the utmost degree.
By patterning your shotgun with both the choke and waterfowl loads that you intend to use, you are better able to understand the limitations of your firearm combination and eliminate any unwanted surprises. Patterning your shotgun in advance also allows you adequate time to make changes to your choke and ammo selections, should your results be unsatisfactory.
By putting in some quality range time, and shooting clays before season, you will enter opening day in top shooting form. Because shooting instinct plays a large part in most any wingshooting endeavor, it is of significant importance to shake the rust off your marksmanship abilities after any prolonged period of inactivity.
Another valid concern for those preparing for the upcoming waterfowl season is performing thorough checks of any all-weather attire. A hunter can face harsh winter weather during outings to the duck blind in the latter portion of the season. Therefore, all heavy winter weather clothing should be checked for proper fit and condition.
Additionally, a pre-season wade into a nearby pond is a worthwhile practice when checking for leaky waders. If a substantial leak is found while wading waters in sub-freezing temperatures, consequences can be dire. It takes very little to become hypothermic once clothing has been soaked when facing brisk winter wind and temperatures dipping into the single digits.
Decoys should also be checked for any defects, and proper rigging should be verified. Few things are more aggravating to a duck hunter than dealing with a tangled decoy string and missing weights by flashlight in the predawn darkness. By conducting decoy checks in the coming weeks, you allow yourself a chance to rectify any shortcomings in your gear in a timely manner.
If you plan to duck hunt by boat, now is an excellent time to ensure that the vessel is water worthy. It is advisable to take a quick jog up and down a familiar waterway prior to season to ensure that everything is in proper order. Ensure against any leaks or gear malfunctions, while also checking for the presence of the proper number of life vests for the intended occupants.
It is also worth mentioning, that preseason checks are often helpful as they pertain to duck blind inspection and maintenance. If your blind resides permanently at its location, it is a wonderful time to check for any rotten boards or other structural materials. Clearing your blind of any stinging or biting insects is also of importance. Duck blinds that have been unattended since the previous winter are favorites of insects of all varieties.
As the time ticks away to yet another opening day of duck season, avoid stress-inducing complications by getting a jump on your gear preparation. With an afternoon of sorting through gear, and some quality time at the range, behind your shotgun of choice, you will be ready to bag a limit of ducks in no time. Remember, procrastination does no one any favors. Preparation, on the other hand, puts ducks in the truck and smiles on the faces of all involved.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29th and 30th, Brownsville VFW Post 6937 conducted flag training for more than 100 fourth grade students at South Edmonson and Kyrock Elementary Schools.
"This is the fifth year that the Post has conducted this training and we were honored by having Mr. Bruce Unland, Commander of the VFW Department of Kentucky attending Tuesday’s training at Kyrock," said VFW Commander Floyd Houston.
The students learned about the history and traditions of the American flag along with protocol for flag handling and honorable flag disposal.
The Post will conduct an Honorable Flag Disposal Ceremony on Wednesday, November 6th at 3pm at the courthouse square. If you have frayed or faded flags, please drop them off at C&C Firearms or you can bring them directly to the ceremony.
Event Will Be Moved Inside Community Center In Case Of Inclement Weather
The annual Halloween on the Square has been set for 2019, which is sponsored by Edmonson County Parks and Rec. Any and all businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate by setting up booths and tables to distribute candy and goodies to trick-or-treaters on the Courthouse square. Call the number on the flyer below for more info:
C&C Firearms is hosting another Veterans Clothing Drive, now through November 30th. Donations will benefit homeless or at-risk veterans and will be distributed through the KY Veterans Brigade in Bowling Green, KY.
Contact Josh Casey or Ben Minton for more information, or contact C&C Firearms.
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With the Bluegrass State’s gun season just around the corner, south-central Kentucky will see its fair share of successful deer hunters. With this being said, success in the deer woods yields a wonderful byproduct for hunters and their families. That byproduct is an abundance of lean, natural meat.
Venison is remarkably diverse meat, as it can be used in a nearly endless array of dishes. Venison is also known as a healthy dinner option or alternative to other forms of red meat. Generally speaking, venison contains more protein than beef, while also containing less fat and calories.
Above all, when properly handled, cared for, and prepared, venison is a wonderfully tasty dish in any of its many forms. When cooked to perfection, many individuals cannot tell the difference between a dish cooked with venison from that of beef. Venison recipes are also plentiful, and a quick search of the Internet will yield far more dinner ideas than an individual could possibly cook in a year.
Just as with beef, different cuts of venison have their own unique uses. Some portions of the deer are naturally better suited for preparation in one form over another. However, all have their own value as table-fare, any of which can easily have the potential to become a family favorite.
Perhaps the most beloved of all venison cuts among hunters, the loins, or backstraps as known by many, are commonly used as steaks. These cuts are relatively tender and are substantially flavorful. As with any form of venison, the avoidance of overcooking the loins during food preparation is key to ensuring the highest quality dish.
The shoulders have several preferred uses among many hunters. On larger deer, it is possible to cut roasts from the shoulder segments. However, on smaller bodied deer, this might not be practical or ideal. If this is the case, meat from the shoulders can be ground for later use, or the meat can be used for various snack style items such as jerky.
The neck can be an interesting cut to work with. Many hunters overlook the neck and its viable use as a fixture in several dishes. The neck is commonly used as a roast and slow-cooked for best results. Additionally, the neck can be trimmed down into meat for use in grinding.
Deer ribs can also be utilized in a couple of different ways. They can be used in a bone-in fashion to create a barbeque rib dinner or additional dish of similar nature. The rib meat can also be trimmed from the bone for use in making ground venison or can be cooked and pulled for use many different dishes.
The hindquarters present a hunter with a large amount of fresh venison to work with. This wonderful cut can be used to produce roasts and steaks, or for the production of ground venison. Your biggest cuts can be made from the hindquarters, as the meat contained in this region is of exceptionally high quality, relatively easy to trim, and abundant.
There is something unmistakable about the pride that is felt as a hunter sits with his or her family consuming a dinner of fresh venison that they have provided. The real trophy of your hunt is the nourishment for our bodies that is gathered upon a successful trip to the stand. This fall, when your hunt goes as well as you had hoped; enjoy the fruits of your labor in the form of a hot dinner featuring a fresh venison entree. Your taste buds will be happy that you did.
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The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce announces a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, November 7th at 3 pm at the Graves Gilbert Clinic, at 100 Park Place, Suite 6, in Brownsville, Kentucky.
The new office is under the direction of Providers Pravin Abula, M.D. and Melissa Baker, APRN. The clinic will be open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 PM and the office phone number is 270-597-8353.
The Community is welcome to stop by on November 7th at 3 pm to see the new office and be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremonial photo.
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The Edmonson County Youth Soccer league hosted its first annual Veterans Appreciation Night at the Chalybeate Soccer Complex on Thursday, October 17th. ECYS board members said the event was started as a way to show young players that veterans should always be appreciated.
The national anthem was incorporated into this year's program for each game, which is part of what the league says is important for teaching pride and respect for the flag to Edmonson County's young players.
"We feel that it's important for us to do our little part to make sure the youth of our county realize what a sacrifice our veterans have made over the years," said board secretary Eric Spainhoward. "The least we can do is pay them some honor with our program."
Local veterans from all four branches of the military were recognized in the ceremony while South Edmonson music and art teacher Jessica Doyle sang the national anthem. The following veterans were recognized:
Collin Hall, Danny Kiernan, Wayne Graham, Wil Cannon, Johnny Russell, Michael Johnson, Jeff Evans, Greg Hudson, Dallas , Decker, Bennie Durbin, Ricky Durbin, Ben Minton, Josh Barrett, and Dez Simcoe, who also serves as the soccer official for the league.
The ECYS league, now entering its fourth season, has consistently grown since it's beginning and is led by a board that consists of Samantha Kiernan, Mindy Johnson, Greg Hudson, and Eric Spainhoward, along with a mediator John Kiernan, Parks and Recreation Programs Director.
Spainhoward credited not only Simcoe, who is an Air Force veteran, for going above and beyond for county programs, but also Greg Hudson, a volunteer that also is a Marine vet. He also said the Kiernans have played a major role in recent successes to local youth programs.
"I've never met a man that loves his community and the kids any more than John does," said Spainhoward. "He and his wife Samantha put in countless hours to help our local programs that most people know nothing about."
Board members say the ultimate goal of a successful youth program is to eventually incorporate a soccer program at the high school level. Edmonson County is one of the few high schools without KHSAA soccer.
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The office of Edmonson County Attorney Greg Vincent has released information on their support of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which is October 20-26, 2019. Vincent's office said that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15 to 18 years old in the United States, ahead of all other types of injury, disease, and violence. In 2017, there were 2,247 people killed in crashes involving a teen driver (15-18 years old), according to the release.
"Because of their lack of experience, teen drivers are a potential danger to themselves and to other drivers, which is why it is so important that parents take time to discuss driving safety with their teens,” said Vincent.
Vincent also said that parents play an important role in helping ensure their teen drivers take smart steps to stay safe on the road. The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA)'s website, www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving, has detailed information and statistics on teen driving, and outlines the basic rules parents can use to help reduce the risks for teen drivers:
1. Impaired Driving: All teens are too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. However,
nationally in 2017, 15% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had alcohol in their system. Remind your teen that driving under the influence of any impairing substance – including illicit or prescription drugs, or over-the-counter medication – could have deadly consequences.
2. Seat Belt Safety: Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways for teens to stay safe in a vehicle, yet many teens aren't buckling up. In fact, there were 539 passengers killed in passenger vehicles driven by teen drivers, and more than half (60%) of those passengers who died were NOT buckled up at the time of the fatal crash. Remind your teen that it's important to buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter what – front seat and back.
3. Distracted Driving: Cell phone use while driving is more than just risky – it can be deadly, and is against the law in Kentucky. Remind your teen about the dangers of texting and using a phone while driving. Distracted driving isn't limited to cell phone use; other passengers, audio and climate controls in the vehicle, and eating or drinking while driving are all examples of dangerous distractions for teen drivers.
4. Speed Limits: Speeding is a critical issue for all drivers, especially for teens. In 2017, more than one-quarter (27%) of all teen drivers of passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit.
5. Passengers: Passengers in a teen's car can lead to disastrous consequences. Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up dramatically in direct relation to the number of passengers in a car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers.
Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. Surveys show that teens whose parents set firm rules for driving typically engage in less risky driving behaviors and are involved in fewer crashes.
“Teens learn much of this content in drivers' education classes, but it's their home environment that will really help these lessons and rules stick. We need parents to set these rules before handing over the car keys,” Vincent said. “We hope parents will start the conversation about safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week, but then continue the conversations – every day throughout the year – to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel.”
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and to learn safe driving tips to share with your teens, visit www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.
by Julia Wilson, Edmonson County Extension Office:
Source: Kelly May, senior extension associate
The holiday season is upon us, and many of us are going to shop online for at least some of our holiday purchases. Being smart when and where you shop online can help keep you from falling victim to cybercrime.
Only shop online when you know you have a secure internet connection. Shopping with an unsecure connection can make you an easy target for cyber thieves who can steal your credit card information. Remember public internet connections are not always secure, even if you are on your own device, and their security software may not always be up to date.
When buying online, look for a padlock symbol on the page and shop from sites that start with an https:// web address. This is additional assurance for you that the website encrypts your information as the transaction is processed.
Use credit cards instead of debit cards to make purchases online. The Fair Credit Billing Act limits your responsibility to the first $50 in charges if your credit card is used fraudulently, and many credit card companies will not hold you responsible for any fraudulent charges made online. Review your statements and report any suspicious transactions to your credit card company. You also can request a free credit report from the three credit reporting agencies.
Create strong passwords and PIN numbers. Use different combinations of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols to make your passwords hard to crack. Do not use personally identifiable passwords such as your address, birthday or name in your passwords, as these are easy for thieves to figure out. Keep your passwords private. Do not share them with others or keep them in your wallet or purse as these can be stolen.
Try to use different passwords for each of your online accounts.
Automatically set updates on your device to keep it up-to-date with the latest security features. This includes apps, browsers and your operating system. Keep your home internet network secure by password protecting your connection.
For more ways to protect your financial well-being, contact the Edmonson County Extension office.
Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Vincent celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on October 17th. Bobby and Tracy were married in Lindseyville in 1959 by Rev Willie Douglas. Their witnesses were Betty Byrnes (Basham) twin sister of the bride and Billy Vincent brother of the groom.
The couple have two children Kim Vincent of Brownsville and Jeff and Casie Vincent of Lexington, two grandsons Kris Vincent of Golden, Colorado and Brady Vincent of Tallahassee, Florida and two great-granddaughters Alani and Charlie Vincent of Golden, Colorado.
The couple celebrated their anniversary by having a dinner with their family.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging county residents to shop locally with their sponsored program, "Shop EC," which promotes local businesses in Edmonson County.
"When you can, please shop in Edmonson County," said Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons. "As the holiday season approaches and Christmas shopping may be on your to-do list, always remember your hometown. Many goods and service providers offer gift certificates, as well as their goods for sale. We have new boutiques, and we have restaurants with gift certificates."
Clemmons said that in the county, hardware, hunting supplies, golf courses, lodging, and garden centers are all available. Gift certificates can even be purchased for salon services, and groceries.
"The Edmonson County Chamber Offers an Edmonson Chamber gift certificate, Clemmons said. "You can purchase them from Laura Lindsey at Bank of Edmonson County. It's actually formatted like a check and be used at any Edmonson County business that accepts checks. It’s a unique way to let the gift receiver decide where to use their gift certificate. Promotional signs will be placed around the community to remind us all to support our hometown every chance you can."
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South-central Kentucky weather appears to have hit its stride in recent weeks. Overbearing heat has given way to brisk mornings, and beautiful room temperature afternoons.
As the area's weather nears perfection, it is only natural for outdoorsmen and women of the bluegrass to seek a reprieve from life's stresses as they venture out for some quality time in the woods and on the water.
Many south-central Kentucky sportsmen have been taking advantage of fall's onset by making their way to a waterway of choice in order to wet a line. Not only does the month of October feature weather that is kind to those looking to spend the day in nature's tranquility, but it also historically offers some of the state's best fishing opportunities for a variety of species.
Fall is notorious for producing quality fishing for a number of reasons. Falling water temperatures, changes in the thermocline, and the predictable schooling of baitfish are just a few reasons why anglers find much in the way of luck during the fall of the year. After months of lethargic behavior, fish are now beginning to feed with a vengeance as the correct conditions align.
Bass can be caught in abundance during the fall of the year as they feed heavily on schools of shad. Creek mouths, points, and ledges are key locations to focus your attention when attempting to fill your livewell with sizable bass.
These notable locations become even more productive if they are found in conjunction with additional structure such as downed trees and brush piles. Crankbaits of various sizes and configurations are well known for their value when fishing during the autumn season.
Crappie can also be caught in excellent numbers during the month of October. The fall season usually sees crappie feeding heavily as water temperatures drop. However, this can be a double edged sword of sorts.
As water temperatures drop, a waterway's oxygen content rises. As this sequence takes place the thermocline, or area of vast change in water temperature and oxygen content, begins to dissipate. As the thermocline dwindles, crappie are now able to suspend at deeper depths and spread across larger portions of a body of water. As a result, an angler is tasked with locating ever moving schools of crappie during this transition period.
An angler can follow the movements of baitfish schools into the mouths of creeks to pinpoint crappie. Once located, minnows, jigs, and small crankbaits can be used to entice hungry crappie to take the hook.
Catfish are yet another species of fish targeted by fall anglers. As water temperatures begin to cool, catfish transition in depth, feeding heavily as they do so. The key to filling a stringer of autumn catfish is discovering the depth at which they are holding.
The use of multiple poles can be helpful in efficiently locating transitioning fall catfish. When using a multiple pole approach, an angler can fish varying depths with each set up, in order to quickly rule out areas void of fish.
Live bait such as bluegill and shad are typically the go-to bait of choice when fishing for flathead catfish, and this is no exception during the fall of the year. Anglers specifically targeting channel cats can find success with the use of nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and store bought stink baits.
As temperatures begin to dip, and leaves continue to fall, venture to a body of water near you to take advantage of the bluegrass state's numerous quality fall fisheries. With heavy stringers, smiling faces, and memories made, a day on the water is sure to be a worthwhile endeavor for all willing to seek its splendor.
Note: the thoughts and opinions expressed by Edmonson Voice guest columnists and authors of submitted articles are their own, not necessarily those of EdmonsonVoice.com