Students Attend Mock Legislative Process, Bring Home Awards
Top row-Lily Jayne Vincent, Whitney Sanders, Jarrett Prunty, Noah Parsley, Trace Taylor, Claire Burklow, Maham Shahbaz, Middle Row-Ian White, Lainey Alexander, Hallie Cassady, Caroline Parsley, Paige Wolfe, Evan Stice, Bottom row-Morgan Vincent, Danyale Atwell, Josi Morrison, Rachel Hennion, Macy Cassady (not pictured-Ty Brantley)-Entire group received a Delegation of Excellence award.
by Amberly Alexander:
Nineteen students from Edmonson County Middle School attended YMCA’s flagship program, Kentucky Youth Assembly, in Louisville November 9th-11th. This program allows students to participate in a mock legislative process which includes writing a bill, presenting the bill to a student-led house of representatives, a student-led senate, and an elected governor if passed in both the house and the senate. ECMS students presented two bills for debate at this year’s conference.
The first team consisted of: Lainey Alexander, Danyale Atwell, Hallie Cassady, and Caroline Parsley. This team passed by vote in one chamber, by acclamation (without any opposition) in the other, and was signed by the student governor.
The second team consisted of Josi Morrison, Maham Shahbaz, and Paige Wolfe. Their bill was ranked highly on the opening day, but passed by vote only in the first chamber. Both teams worked hard and started preparation in September.
Top left: Maham Shahbaz, Josi Morrison, & Paige Wolfe-Outstanding Bill Packet. Top right: Caroline Parsley, Outstanding Delegate. Bottom left: Lainey Alexander, Outstanding Delegate. Bottom right: Danyale Atwell, Lainey Alexander, Caroline Parsley, & Hallie Cassady-Bill passed by both House and Senate, then signed into law by KYA governor and Outstanding Bill Packet.
On the final day of the conference, during the closing awards ceremony, Edmonson County Middle School and its students received the following awards and recognitions: Delegation of Excellence to the entire group, Outstanding Bill Packets to both bill teams, and Outstanding Delegate awards to Lainey Alexander and Caroline Parsley. Sponsors for this conference were Mrs. Amberly Alexander, Mrs. Carol Stice, and Principal Brandon Prunty.
The following letter was submitted by the Chalybeate Fire Department:
On behalf of Chalybeate Volunteer Fire Department, I would like to sincerely thank those that came out to support the fire department at our Veteran’s Day Celebration and Chili Lunch this past Saturday.
Also a special thank you to The Golden Keys for their amazing performance and another thank you to Lonzo and Penny Saltsman for your generous donation of a country ham to raffle.
We're proud to serve our community and we're thankful for your continued support.
Chief, Chalybeate Fire Department
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The Edmonson County High School BETA Club will be sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Edmonson County High School.
Those willing to give will need to check in at the High School Office. Seniors at Edmonson County High School can qualify to receive College Scholarships from the American Red Cross depending upon the amount of donations at the blood drive. For more information, contact Edmonson County High School.
Team Impresses In Series of Tournament Wins
by Greg Grey: Photos courtesy of ECMS Academic Team:
The ECMS academic team continued its strong start with a string of impressive victories. On Saturday, October 28th, the team took part in the Campbell County Middle School Classic in Alexandria, Kentucky. At the Campbell County Tournament, the team finished in second place with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. The team earned victories over teams from Lexington, Louisville, northern Kentucky, and southern Ohio. ECMS scored more points than any team in the tournament with an average of 523 points per game. ECMS players, Jonas Miller and Brody Johnson, led the team in individual scoring. Both Jonas and Brody were among two of the top six scorers in the tournament.
The following Saturday, the ECMS academic team won the Dunbar Bulldog Tournament in Lexington for the first time ever. The team posted a perfect record of 9 wins and 0 losses. ECMS scored a tournament leading 6,410 points while the team’s opponents scored 2,775 points. The team scored big wins over some perennial middle school powers in the state including Johnson County, Meyzeek, Samuel V. Noe, and Winburn Middle Schools.
The varsity team has maintained a perfect record in the Cave Country Academic League. On October 24, ECMS defeated district rival Bowling Green Junior High School by a score of 33 to 12. ECMS defeated Barren County Middle School 37 to 12 in a league game on the evening of November 7, 2017.
The ECMS academic team captured the tournament championship in the Hardin County Educational Television Knowledge Masters Tournament. In their first tournament game, ECMS defeated Grayson County by a score of 27 to 9. Immediately after the Grayson County game, ECMS faced St. James School from Hardin County. ECMS came away with a 17 to 15 victory in a very hotly contested match. ECMS returned to the Hardin County Schools studio for the finals match on November 9th against East Hardin Middle School. ECMS won the game with a final score of 26 to 18.
Coach Greg Grey had the following comments, “The word “outstanding” best describes the team’s performance at both the NAQT tournaments at Campbell County and Dunbar in Lexington. Each of our five returning players made important contributions to our team’s success in the NAQT tournaments. We suffered our only losses, so far, this season at the Campbell County Tournament, but our loss to Johnson County essentially came down to the last question. At Dunbar we avenged our loss to Johnson County with a 685 to 345 victory over our friends and rivals from eastern Kentucky. We continued our dominance over our rivals from Lexington, Winburn Middle School, with sizable victories over their top team at both Campbell County and Dunbar. Our team received two separate invitations, one each for our performances at Campbell County and Dubnar, to compete in the NAQT National Tournament in Chicago in May of 2018. The Hardin County Television Tournament offered some quality competition in a different format. Our varsity quick recall record stands at 33 wins and 2 losses. In weeks ahead, we will be shifting more of our emphasis away from NAQT style play and focusing on Governor’s Cup in preparation for district, regional, and state competition.”
by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants:
Many people take some of their indoor houseplants and move them outside during the summer months so they can enjoy the fresh air and sunlight. Once it turns cold though, those plants must be brought back in when it turns cold. If you haven’t already done this, you need to now. But it is not just as simply as moving the pot indoors. Here are a few things to consider:
One of the most important things before moving your plant back inside is to inspect it for inspects. Check your houseplants thoroughly for small insects like aphids, mealybugs and spider mites, and remove them. These pests can hitchhike on the plants you bring in for the winter and infest all of your houseplants. You can use lukewarm water to wash them off depending on the type of plant. Cold water may spot the leaves. This will help knock off any pests that you may have missed. Treating the plants with neem oil can help as well. Neem oil with smother out any pest on the plant.
The second thing you need to consider doing before bringing your plant in the house for winter is repotting it. During the summer it may have grew considerably larger. It is a good idea when replanting to repot the plant in a pot that is 2 inches larger than the previous. When repotting you may also need to break up the root memory if the plant has become root bound in the pot. You can take your hands, knife, or pruners to prunes some of the roots to break their root memory.
We have had several low temperatures in the last few weeks, but once the temperatures outside reach 50 For less at night, your houseplant must begin the process to come back into the house. Most houseplants cannot stand temps below 45 F. It is very important to acclimate your houseplant to the environment changes from outside to inside. Your plant may experience shock, wilting and leaf loss if you move it in suddenly. The light and humidity changes from outside to inside are dramatically different.
When acclimating your houseplant, start by bringing the houseplant in at night. For the first few days, bring the container inside in the evening and move it back outside in the morning. Gradually, over the course of two weeks, increase the amount of time the plant spends indoors until it is indoors full time. Remember, plants that are indoors will not need as much water as plants that are outdoors, so only water when the soil is dry to the touch. Consider cleaning your windows to help maximize the amount of sunlight your plants get through the windows.
The annual Veterans Day luncheon, hosted by the Wand B. Doyle Chapter 32 DAV and Auxiliary, has been moved from the Community Center to the Edmonson County Public Library. Due to Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, the luncheon will take place on Friday, November 10, to coincide with veterans programs at the schools. Please see all the details in the flyer below.
Stop by the Byrd Activity Center off of Hwy 101 on Saturday, November 11th from 9am to 2pm for a fun-filled day of shopping, food, and giving, all in the spirit of the coming Christmas season! Grab your girlfriends and enjoy everything from top trends to unique, handmade gifts and decor! With over 18 vendors, there will be something for everyone on your list! And don’t forget to pick up a delicious meal for your family from Uncle Ham’s BBQ Truck!
As you shop, help fight hunger in our communities by donating items to the on-site food drive benefiting the Edmonson County Senior Pantry. For every 5 non-perishable items donated, you will receive 1 raffle entry towards an amazing prize basket from our vendors filled with over $200 in products, coupons, and gift certificates! Click the flyer below to visit our Facebook page.
Santa's Secret Hands has released information regarding the process and requirements for requesting assistance from their charitable organization which provides Christmas gifts and necessities to Edmonson County children and senior citizens.
Coordinator Mark Wardlow has outlined some helpful information for those who are interested in writing a letter to SSH for a request. All letters must be sent to an Edmonson County School's Family Resource Center, Brownsville Lifeskills, Community Action, or Brownsville Headstart/Daycare. Check out all the information below.
GETTING ASSISTANCE FROM SANTA’S SECRET HANDS
We do have a few rules in order to get assistance from Santa’s Secret Hands. Please read the following guidelines before applying for assistance.
If you have any questions, please contact Mark Wardlow @ 270-991-2972
The following letter of thanks was submitted by Mr. Mark Wardlow, a coordinator of Santa's Secret Hands:
Everyone at Santa’s Secret Hands would like to send out a huge thank you to the community of Edmonson County, as last Saturday was our biggest day by far. We set records for attendance, bidders, and for the total amount of money raised. All of this was possible because we had a wide variety of quality items donated by the people of Edmonson County, as well as other counties.
2015 Dodge Grand Caravan R/T
5 year/$100,000 mi. Warranty
V6 Flex Fuel Vehicle
Third Row Seat
Sirius XM radio
Priced at $16,995
This year Edmonson County will have a drop-off location at The Community Church at Cedar Springs, located at 8825 Brownsville Rd. During National Collection Week, donors can drop off packed shoeboxes filled with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, which will go to children in need around the world.
Operation Christmas Child is an Outreach Ministry of Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org/occ). For more information please contact Carol Coleman at 270-791-2962.
Operation Christmas Child
National Collection Week
November 13th -November 20th
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sat.-9am-12pm
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday-3pm-6pm