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Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce has announced their Annual Dinner and Banquet is set for November 29, 2018 at the Heritage Centre on Washington Street, Brownsville, Kentucky.
“We are pleased to offer our Annual Banquet in the heart of our community” said Rhonda Clemmons, Chamber and Tourism Director. “We feel the Heritage Centre is a beautiful facility and will be convenient for our attendees. Laura’s Hilltop Restaurant will be doing the catering for us with a wonderful home cooked holiday meal."
Ticket sales have begun and available by clicking here or by visiting the Chamber Office. Tickets are $25 each. Gold, Silver, and Bronze members who support the chamber with their $2000, $1000 and $500 annual memberships will be receiving their complimentary tickets via mail in the next two weeks per their Partner Level agreements. Chamber memberships are available for as little as $50 for businesses and for as little as $30 for family/non-profits.
Clemmons said you do not have to be a member to attend the dinner and banquet, but must have a ticket. Individuals are encouraged to attend for community involvement and networking. The Edmonson County Tourism Commission will be co-sponsoring the event. Both organizations will be thanking volunteers who have helped throughout the year and the Chamber of Commerce will be awarding their annual Business and Citizen of the Year awards.
This year's keynote speaker is Jason Koger, a 33 year old father of three from Owensboro who on March 1, 2008, struck a fallen live power line while riding his atv on his family farm and suffered near fatal injuries. To save his life, doctors had to amputate both his arms. Jason has since taken on the mission to share his life story in the hope to be a source of encouragement to others. He works alongside his Father in the family construction business, enjoys time with family and friends, spending time in the woods hunting, or in his garage working on cars. He has been featured in USA today in the article “App lets amputees program their bionic hands” as well as appeared in newspapers, TV news reports and nationally on CNN. For more information go to www.jasonkoger.com.
“All are welcome to join us on November 29. Folks begin arriving at 6 pm to enjoy coffee and cider and dinner is served at 6:30 pm,” said Clemmons.
Cave Mountain Clays at the Rock Castle Shooting Center in Park Mammoth Resort is holding a fun shoot benefit to support the new faith based film production mini series being filmed in the area, "The Dream Hotel."
Some of the actors and actresses from the series will be onsite that day for filming that begins on December 2nd. Check out all the details in the flyer below, and click to register for this fun event:
Theme: Christmas On The Green River
The 2018 Edmonson County Lions Club Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, November 24th, at 6pm.
Parade participants may begin lining up at ECHS beginning at 4pm. You don't have to preregister to participate. Those in the parade are encouraged to toss candy and treats to the onlookers.
This year's theme is "Christmas on the Green River." For more information, contact A.B. Webb at 270-597-6623
by Terry Watts:
Lake conditions are changing fast. Temperatures are in the high 50's to 60 degrees. Elevation is about 7 feet below summer pool and falling very fast. It's time to get those cold water crankbaits out.
Crawfish are a food source for bass with the water falling. Rocky banks that are near deep water is a good place to find the fish. Rip rap also holds fish in the late fall and winter.
Ten feet appears to be a good depth to find active bass. Balsa baits such as the Rapala DT series and Shad Rap are good choices. A model 6A Bomber has been good for years. A Wiggle Wart or Brad's Wriggler has been very reliable.
Wear your PFD and be aware of hypothermia when on the water!
Arthur "Tonn" Wilkerson and the former Ruby Wells were married in Chalybeate Springs, KY on November 27, 2018 by the late Rev. Junior Parker.
Over the past 60 years, the Lord has blessed them with joy and happiness, with 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. The couple will celebrate their 60th anniversary on Thanksgiving day with family and loved ones.
After marriage, they lived in Hart County where they both worked and farm. Tonn was a state highway foreman for 4 years.
They moved to Edmonson County in 1970 and have lived in the Cedar Springs Community since 1975. There, they dedicated their lives to serving God, farming, and raising their family. Tonn served as District 3 Magistrate for 25 years before retiring.
Dale & Kayla Cassidy, owners of Check’s Pool Room in Bowling Green held a fundraiser with silent auctions on Nov 9th at their facility which raised over $5,000 for Santa’s Helping Hands.
Dale is an Edmonson County native and graduate of ECHS with many family members in Edmonson County, according to SHH board member Mark Wardlow.
"We would like to thank Dale & Kayla and all the friends of Check’s who donated items and attended the fund raising event," Wardlow said. "This is the 5th year Dale and Kayla have put this fundraiser on and have donated over $20,000 to SHH during this time. It’s people like this that make our little charity what it is."
Local Students Get Bill Passed In Mock Legislative Process
Twenty-six students from Edmonson County High School attended YMCA’s flagship program, Kentucky Youth Assembly, in Louisville November 15th-17th. 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.
ECHS students presented three bills for debate at this year’s conference. The first team consisted of Noah Parsley, Jarrett Prunty, and Evan Stice. This team passed by vote in both chambers and was signed by the student lieutenant governor.
The second team consisted of Danyale Atwell, Macy Cassady, Josi Morrison, and Maham Shahbaz. Their bill was ranked highly on the opening day, passed one chamber, but was defeated in the second chamber.
The third team consisted of Lauren Ballance, Madison Harrison, and Emma Rose Vincent. Their bill was also ranked highly on the first day of debate but wasn’t able to pass in chambers. All three teams worked hard and started preparation in August.
On the final day of the conference during the closing awards ceremony, Premier Delegation recognition was given to the entire group, and Outstanding Delegate was awarded to Mollie Cassady.
Sponsors for this conference were Mrs. Corentha Cole, Mrs. Britney Franich, Mrs. Bridget Simon, and Mrs. Carol Stice.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park will host the 39th annual Cave Sing on Sunday, December 2, 2018. This year’s free event will feature the Lindsey Wilson College Singers who will present traditional holiday music a cappella within the cave at Rafinesque Hall.
“The Lindsey Wilson College Singers have always been a favorite among park visitors and staff,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “We are very happy they will once again join us for our traditional holiday celebration of music in the cave.”
Besides holiday music the singers will perform “Children’s Earth Anthem,” a special song written by artist Louise Philips and artistic director, Charles Eversole, to celebrate the appreciation of nature in national parks. Ms. Phillips is also donating an original piece of artwork to the park which will be on display during the event.
Cave Sing participants will depart for the Historic Entrance from behind the park visitor center at 2:00 pm. Participants should be prepared to walk up and down a steep hill, climb 160 steps, and dress in warm layers and comfortable shoes or boots. Even though the cave air stays at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills in the entrance are much cooler.
In addition to the free Cave Sing event, the Mammoth Cave will host several other opportunities for visitors to kick off the holiday season and celebrate the park.
Beginning at 1:00 pm world renowned musician and former cave guide, Janet Bass Smith, will entertain guests with piano music in the Lodge at Mammoth Cave’s Rotunda Room. Dr. Smith will be joined by her son, Randall Smith, a professional saxophonist and retired music professor emeritus from Truman State University.
Immediately after the Cave Sing event, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave will host complimentary refreshments for park guests in the lodge. Visitors will be encouraged to watch for Santa.
The Friends of Mammoth Cave will hold their annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Mammoth Cave. The public is encouraged to stop by to learn about the work of the Friends to Protect-Connect-Inspire.
Check out all the info below and download the application.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Edmonson County students, faculty, and staff that show outstanding achievements in and out of the classroom are regularly recognized at regular school board meetings.
The following were recognized at the Edmonson County Board of Education meeting held at Kyrock Elementary on Monday, November 12, 2018.
Pictured L to R: Mrs. Dawn Decker, Hayden Hayes, Ally Browning, Zoe Reed, Aidan Meredith, Nathan Salleng, Thomas James, Brooklyn Vincent, Nate Harper, Emma Ray, Charligh Helson, Emma Davis, and Mrs. Mindy Vincent. Not pictured is Jack Browning.
by Terry Watts:
Nolin is currently around 4 feet above pool and falling about 6 inches per day. Surface temps are in the high 50's to 60 degrees. Fishing is a challenge. Bass can be taken with a #5 or #7 shad rap. An a-rig with speed shad swimbaits can be good. As the lake cools, a ned rig gets good bites off docks.
Wear your PFD and be aware of hypothermia.
Zackery Graham and Abby Stice have announced their upcoming wedding that is set for Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1:00pm at Elkins Grove in Smiths Grove, KY.
Abby is the daughter of Mark and Christy Stice, and Zackery is the son of Larry and Felicia Graham. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be a reception following the ceremony.
Edmonson Voice Welcomes New Family Member
Benjamin Beach Peterson was born on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 9:49am to Edmonson Voice Staff Reporter/Photographer Moriah Peterson and her husband Jake in Bowling Green.
Benjamin weighed 6lbs, 12oz. and he measured 19 inches long.
Moriah will return to her normal duties at the Edmonson Voice following a maternity leave. She, Jake, and Benjamin are all doing well
Two Different Businesses, One Main St. Center Location
Two local businesses located in the same facility celebrated their ribbon cuttings today in the Main Street Center.
Down Home Primitives, a local retail shop, and Mutts-N-Suds, a pet grooming facility, welcomed the public to their event, which was hosted by the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce.
Ken and Mary Puckett, owners of Down Home Primitives, said even though their business had been located in the Main Street Center for a year, the ribbon cutting was a good opportunity to celebrate their growth with a one-year anniversary event.
"When we started here a year ago, we only had a handful of Christmas stuff," said Mary. "We didn't feel like it was the right time to have a ribbon cutting. But since we offer much more, we thought we'd celebrate our anniversary with the ribbon cutting and open house."
Mrs. Puckett, a native of the Sweeden community, said she loves running a local business. "You couldn't hire us to move out of Edmonson County," she said.
The store offers primitives and holiday and farmhouse decor, many items of which are handmade by the Pucketts. They can be contacted at 270-597-8475 or 270-779-4784 or on Facebook.
The retail store shares a facility with Mutts-N-Suds Pet Grooming, owned by Priscilla Abrams, which also celebrated the event today.
Mutts-N-Suds offers your pet baths, nail trims, ear cleaning, and blow drying. Abrams said they are a full-service pet grooming facility.
"Brownsville really needed this," she said. "No one else really offered this here. We used to operate through mobile grooming but we wanted to set up something here. We wanted to be community-involved and finally, here we are."
They're open Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm and can be reached at 270-597-1119 or on their Facebook page.
Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons said it's always good for the chamber to welcome new businesses.
"Most people think of only one business when there's a ribbon cutting, but here we had the unique opportunity to celebrate two businesses at once," she said. "We're happy to welcome both Down Home Primitives and Mutts-N-Suds to the chamber, and we wish them much success in Brownsville."
Check out this video from another upcoming auction from Ken Byrd Realty & Auctioneer:
14th Annual Event Brings More Auction Items Than Ever
Darren Doyle, story:
The annual Santa's Helping Hands charity auction has been set for Saturday, November 10th, beginning at 12 noon at the Brownsville Community Center. According to Mark Wardlow, one of the founding members of the organization, this year's event is set to be the biggest yet, with more items than ever, and local business sponsorship.
"This year Jacob's Furniture has really stepped up," said Wardlow. "We'll have a new bedroom suite, living room suite with matching coffee and end tables, and a kitchen table and chairs. Also again this year we will have several Lower Level UK packages; each will include a night at the Hyatt with Rafferty's gift cards."
Also included in the featured auction items is a seven-night Smoky Mountain vacation, (3BR,2 bath), huge wooden play barn with accessories, floral arrangements, wreaths, gun concealment items, rifle scopes, hunting items,tools, home and garden items, garage items, and the list goes on and on. There will also be numerous silent auction items as well.
Wardlow said SHH Inc. is still in search of additional items that would suitable donations for the benefit auction.
"We're still seeking donations of quality items. We ask that they're new-in-box items. Lots of us have stuff laying around our house that we haven't even opened and will probably never use. You can donate it to us for auction and it will go to help the people of Edmonson County."
All money made from the auction and collaborative events sponsored by SHH, Inc. will go to benefit needy seniors and children and 100% of the money stays in Edmonson County. The program provides Christmas gifts and necessities to locals that are in need.
If you wish to donate please contact Mark Wardlow 270-991-2972, or Jeff Rich 270-246-2222.