Event To Feature Guest Speaker Johnny Webb
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce has announced their annual dinner and banquet has been scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2019.
The event will be held at the Heritage Centre, located at 504 Washington St, Brownsville, KY 42210, across from Patton Funeral Home.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online on the Chamber site, or by clicking the above banner. This year's featured speaker is entrepreneur Johnny Webb, who is an Edmonson County native.
The event begins at 6pm with dinner being served at 6:30pm.
column and photo by Josh Boyd:
As you wade through the thickets and brambles that dot the landscape before you, as if from the very ground beneath your feet, a cottontail rabbit emerges, sprinting toward the next available source of cover. In a flash, you shoulder your shotgun, swing to the target, and capitalize on the opportunity at hand.
With yet another fine specimen to add to your bag limit, you find yourself ever closer to the wonderful meal that awaits should the day's hunt find much success. Few things warm the chilled bones of a hunter that has been afield in winter's harsh grip as well as a simmering pot of rabbit stew.
Rabbit hunting is a time honored, classic outdoors endeavor that is enjoyed annually by a countless number of Kentucky hunters. With no shortage of quality rabbit habitat at the disposal of South Central Kentucky residents, opportunity awaits all who choose to seize upon it.
Your success when rabbit hunting relies solely on woodsmanship and a little good old-fashioned luck. Whether you return home with a limit of rabbits or not, the time spent in the vast expanses of nature's beauty and the camaraderie shared with friends and family is the true bounty of the day.
Part of the allure toward rabbit hunting stems from the fact that nothing is required to enjoy time afield, short of a shotgun or .22 rifle, a few shells, and a little slice of habitat. One can escape to the field in search of rabbits with little more than what most individuals carry in their truck.
A minimalist approach to rabbit hunting includes walking brushy field adjacent to areas of favored rabbit food sources such as clover. Alternatively, briar thickets or brush piles hold their fair share of rabbits and a half-hearted kick with a boot heel is often all that is required to send a rabbit sprinting from under foot.
This can be a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon, and hunting brush makes for an easy escape when time for your hunt is limited. By "kicking up rabbits", a woods wise hunter can work about the brush at any pace desired, often bagging a limit of cottontails in no more than a couple of hours.
Another significantly popular method for hunting rabbits includes the use of dogs. Beagles or other specially trained breeds run rabbits from their brush-clad hideaways in hopes of presenting the awaiting hunter with a clean shot. Rabbit hunting with the use of dogs often features fast-paced, relentless action.
This can be an immensely enjoyable way to hunt when multiple hunters are involved. When hunters stagger their location, a shot is often presented to one member of the party, no matter which course of escape a rabbit should choose.
When rabbit hunting, firearm selection is relatively straightforward. A shotgun of virtually any caliber is sufficient, although the use of an overly tight choke should be cautioned because of the potential for meat loss. #6 or #7 1/2 shot is often the preferred shot of many.
Some hunters prefer the use of a .22 rifle when rabbit hunting. A .22 will certainly get the job done. However, marksmanship is key, as hard running rabbits seldom stop long enough to present a hunter with a stationary target.
No matter your method or weapon of choice, rabbit hunting comes as an excellent source of outdoor entertainment for all who seek it out. Every hunt has the potential to make worthwhile memories with friends and family, while producing the main course for a dinner that your hunting party won’t soon forget.
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
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The November Edmonson County Board of Education meeting was held at Kyrock Elementary School on Monday, November 11, 2019. Kyrock principal, Mr. Shaun Stice, recognized the following students and staff members for their outstanding work: Blake Angel, Cathrine Spillman, Savanna Detweiler, Haley Stewart, Mrs. Heather Browning and Mrs. Therese Willoughby.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Mammoth Cave National Park will host the 40th annual Cave Sing starting at 2 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019. This year’s free event will feature the Caveman Chorus who will present traditional holiday music a cappella within the cave at Rafinesque Hall.
“Our modern day event is celebrating 40 years in the park, but the tradition of playing holiday music within Mammoth Cave goes back for well over a century when local residents of the Mammoth Cave community planned a Christmas celebration inside the cave,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “It is an honor for us to continue this tradition that was started so long ago. It is now become a great kick off to the holiday season for our local community and for visitors from all over who travel to Mammoth Cave for this special event.”
The Caveman Chorus are a group of 45 men from various walks of life, and varying degrees of musical experience who all enjoy singing and entertaining audiences. Their mission is to be excellent in their craft of acapella singing, while serving both the community and their families. The group has entertained thousands of people in Southern Kentucky as well as all over the United States.
Cave Sing participants will depart for the Historic Entrance from behind the park visitor center at 2 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.
Prior to the Cave Sing event, world renowned musician, and former cave guide, Janet Bass Smith, will entertain guests with holiday music in the Lodge at Mammoth Cave’s Rotunda Room starting at 1 pm.
In addition to the holiday festivities the Friends of Mammoth Cave will hold their annual meeting at the Spelunkers Café in the Lodge at Mammoth Cave starting at 1 pm. The public is encouraged to stop by the meeting to learn about the park and the important work of the Friends whose mission is to “Protect-Connect-Inspire.”
Immediately after the Cave Sing event, the Lodge at Mammoth Cave will host complimentary refreshments for park guests in the lodge.
For more information about Cave Sing or other park events call 270-758-2180 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
Local Pharmacy Accepting Donations At Brownsville Location, Will Match Up To $3000
Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice:
The transition year of Edmonson County's Affordable Christmas Program (formerly the Angel Tree Program) just got a boost from one local business who will match donations made at their location.
Alford's Pharmacy and Drive-Thru has announced that they will match up to $3000 in donations to the program (both gift and monetary) from now until November 30, 2019.
Simply bring your donation to the pharmacy location in the Main Street Center and they will match your donation for a worthy program that benefits Edmonson County students in need. Watch the video for an interview with Kasey Alford, who made the announcement this morning.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
U.S. Air Force Airman Jaret Dylan Basham graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, San Antonio Texas.
The airman completed an intensive 8.5 week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Basham is the son of Katina Griffis of Bowling Green and Keith Basham of Brownsville.
Basham is a 2019 graduate of Edmonson County High School.
Toy Donations Can Be Purchased, Shipped To Schools: Deadline is Approaching
Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County's "Affordable Christmas" program, formerly known as The Angel Tree Program, is in full swing and is on track to be better than ever.
The program has undergone changes to better suit the needs of the beneficiaries of the program and in a more efficient way.
Administered by the Edmonson County Family Resource & Youth Services Center, the program provides Christmas gifts to Edmonson County students in need, but allows the family the opportunity to shop for their personal needs for a small fee rather than providing general donations to families.
Patrick Merritt and Ashley Graham of A Plus Family Healthcare volunteered their time and services to create a website for the cause: www.ecaffordablechristmas.com.
There, you'll find all sorts of ways to be part of this fast-growing benefit, one of which is a user-friendly Amazon Wish List that will allow the user to choose a number of highly requested items needed for the program and have them shipped directly to Edmonson County Schools.
"So far, we have had over 100 gifts purchased from the wish list," said Alicia Edwards, Family Resource Center Coordinator for Kyrock Elementary School and South Edmonson Elementary. "We are still in great need of toys of all ages. We are so thankful in FRYSC for every donation that has been given to make this special opportunity a reality."
In addition, a T-Shirt fundraiser is also underway, also available on the website.
T-shirts are $15 and hoodies are available for $20 each. You can click the photo above for the complete order form.
A full calendar of events for the program is also available on the site. The deadline for monetary donations has already passed but toy donations will be accepted until Monday, November 25th and December 2nd for Black Friday Shoppers.
For more information, please visit the contact page of the new site by clicking here.
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
The Grand Avenue and Wild Cave Tours at Mammoth Cave National Park will be temporarily closed, and the Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour will be limited to weekends only during the first phase of a cave trail rehabilitation project which begins mobilization Monday, November 18th. The trail work will improve the walking path, stairs, handrails, seating, and resource issues along approximately two miles of cave trail that runs from the Snowball Room to the Grand Central Station, according to a press release fro the park. The entire project is scheduled to take 18-20 months to complete, but the remainder of the cave tours in the park will be open to visitors as usual.
“The trail that the Grand Avenue and Wild Cave tours follow is a popular tour route that over 150,000 of our visitors travel through each year,” said Chief of Facilities, Steve Kovar. “It is a route which has been around for over a century with most of the existing trail having been constructed in the late 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The work we are planning for this section of cave will be a great improvement in protecting our important cave resources and creating a better tour experience for our visitors.”
The cave trail rehabilitation project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will set the construction staging area in the Snowball Room, which is in close proximity to the only elevator that services the cave and provides visitor access for the Accessible tour. The contractor will utilize the elevator and coordinate the project equipment from this room for approximately twelve months before beginning phase two of the project. They will then relocate the staging area to the Frozen Niagara Entrance of the cave.
During phase two, the Domes and Dripstones and Frozen Niagara tours will be closed in addition to the Grand Avenue tour, but the Wild Cave and Accessible tours will reopen for normal visitation as the main construction work will no longer affect the access for these tour routes.
“We realize that this is a major project that will impact a handful of our cave tours,” said Superintendent Barclay Trimble. “We have scheduled much of the work to occur over our slower winter season, and have been working with our contractor to allow access to the Frozen Niagara section of cave for as long as possible. Mammoth Cave National Park is lucky because we have a very big and diverse cave with several other tour route options. We are also surrounded by many private show caves and recreational attractions in our neighboring communities which provide tour routes and wild cave tour experiences. Even with the trail rehabilitation, there is still plenty for visitors to South Central Kentucky to do and enjoy when they vacation here.”
For the most up to date information on Mammoth Cave’s tour schedule please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/maca.
column and photo by Josh Boyd:
The silence of a brisk autumn evening is pierced by the rhythmic sounds of treeing hounds. The hound’s vocalizations continue to ring forth as you begin your forward progress toward their origin.
As you traverse the landscape, one hillside to the next, the familiar barks and howls grow ever closer. At last, as you peer out over the countryside before you, a beam of light from your headlamp illuminates a raccoon high among the treetops.
Coon hunting has remained an immensely popular activity for outdoorsmen far and wide. The time spent in the tranquility of a cool fall evening with your friends and beloved hounds is a fine way to escape the pressures of day-to-day life.
Kentucky’s raccoon season runs from October 1st through February 29th, lending itself to an abundance of opportunity for interested parties to head to the field in search of this ring-tailed furbearer species. From the mild evenings of early season to the bitter cold of February, coon hunters in Kentucky can enjoy a wide array of hunting conditions that never lead to a stale experience.
Another factor that makes coon hunting a quite interesting endeavor is that you do not need to look far in order to locate quality habitat in which to hunt raccoons. At the bare minimum, nearly every field with a wooded fencerow holds at least some number of raccoons. An even mix of open agricultural and wooded ground will offer hours of endless coon hunting for those that have access.
In many instances, land access for the purpose of coon hunting is readily available. While the competition for turkey or deer hunting ground can often be fierce, far fewer individuals coon hunt, making for little, if any competition in the majority of areas.
There are more benefits to coon hunting than just those based on leisure and enjoyment. Coon hunting comes with the added benefit of being a relatively effective means of controlling the raccoon population within a given area.
As with any species of wildlife, once the carrying capacity of a particular region is exceeded, the rate of disease within the raccoon population of that given area increases. The overpopulation of raccoons can lead to the spread of such diseases like distemper, parvovirus, and rabies.
Turkey populations also benefit from the adequate management of raccoon numbers that is facilitated by coon hunting. Raccoons wreak havoc on the nest of wild turkeys, devouring the eggs within at any given opportunity. The more coon hunting that takes place within a specific area, the lower the prevalence of this nest destruction tends to be.
Deer hunters who feed corn or other supplemental feed also benefit from the effects of coon hunting. Anyone who runs trail cameras over feed sources knows the adverse impact that raccoon populations can have on such efforts. Coon hunting can be an effective means of minimizing such negative impacts.
With a lengthy season, relatively little difficulty in gaining access, and many numerous resulting ecological benefits, it is no wonder that so many South Central Kentucky outdoorsmen and women enjoy their time spent coon hunting.
If you have never experienced the echoing report of a hound that has treed its quarry, make a point this fall to see the vast enjoyment that this endeavor has to offer. You just might find yourself becoming quite the night owl as you seek out the thrills of coon hunting on an ever-increasing basis.
The Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce has announced their latest ribbon cutting for a new physical therapy facility in Brownsville for Friday, November 22, 2019 at 3pm, which is the brand-new McReynolds Physical Therapy.
The facility is located at 1430 S Main St., Suite 1, Brownsville.
"We hope all chamber members, neighboring businesses, friends, and family alike will join us," said Chamber Director Rhonda Clemmons. The ceremonial photo is scheduled to take place at 3pm.
In a statement provided from the Chamber, Clemmons said McReynolds Physical Therapy provides comprehensive, high quality, and individualized rehabilitation services. The statement also said the facility provides physical therapy following orthopedic surgeries, strokes, and also offers treatments for many conditions including: neck and back pain, joint pain, TMJ, vertigo, de-conditioning and weakness, sports and work injuries, balance and fall prevention, and headaches/migraines.
Dr. Lauren McReynolds received both her undergraduate degree in chemistry and doctorate of physical therapy at Western Kentucky University.
"She is a proud lifetime resident of Edmonson County and is dedicated to providing high quality health care to the community that she loves," said Clemmons.
Lauren is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and was inducted into the Kentucky Softball Hall of Fame for her athletic accomplishments.
Professionally, Lauren is trained in trigger point dry needling and spinal manipulations, the Chamber said. Lauren lives in Chalybeate with her husband, Jarad, and daughters Annslee and Ellington. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and coaching her daughters’ youth sports teams.
Hours for McReynolds Physical Therapy are from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturdays and Evenings by appointment. Patients can call 270-597-2100 for an appointment.
"Please join us in welcoming this hometown resident who has excelled in her career and has chosen to have her practice here in her hometown," Clemmons added.
For more information about Chamber events and ribbon cuttings please visit www.edmonsonchamber.com.
For Ages 3-5, Kindergarten Preparedness
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Local schools hosted Veterans Day Programs on Monday, November 11, 2019. The programs were all student led and included choir performances and tributes spoken by students.
The Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops also contributed to the program.
Two World War II Veterans attended the program at SEES.
Patton Funeral Home has announced that the 2019 Holiday Memorial Candlelight Ceremony scheduled for this Sunday, November 17, 2019 has been cancelled due to a family tragedy.
Activities planned for this year's ceremony will be included in the 2020 program.
Biggest Event To Date With Another Record-Breaking Total
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
For a tiny town that doesn't have a stoplight, Brownsville and Edmonson County knows how to have a big-time event. They've once again shown that they know how to care for their own with another record-breaking year at the annual Santa's Helping Hands, INC. benefit auction, which was held this past Saturday at the Community Center.
Over $50,000 was raised at the auction (auction items plus food sales and item raffles), which bested last year's event by more than $9K. Organization co-founder Mark Wardlow said all the credit goes to the community that supports the event, which in turn, supports Edmonson County's own needy seniors and children.
"We can get all the items, cook all the food, and work to put everything together, but that would mean nothing without our community showing up and making the difference that they do every year," Wardlow said. "We were blessed with good weather, which brought out a huge number of people that opened both their hearts and their checkbooks. A good time was had by all, and our volunteer auctioneers kept the mood lively and entertaining."
Wardlow said he tried to list all the businesses, organizations, and individuals that donated items or helped in any way, but the number quickly became to large to manage; however, he noted some of the largest auction items that sold on Saturday.
They included a handmade miniature barn with accessories donated by Dennis Basham ($3,000), a signed Pete Rose jersey donated by Scott Lindsey of Rafferty’s ($3,000), UK vs U of L tickets donated by State Rep Michael Meredith ($2,700) and a signed Mickey Mantle item donated by Scott Lindsey of Rafferty’s ($2,500). Also included were two leather recliners and a leather couch donated by Jacob’s Furniture ($2,200).
Wardlow also credited the large amount of volunteers that work behind the scenes that put in countless hours to gather donated items, set up the community center, prepare food and helped clean up after the event. He also wanted to thank the volunteer auctioneers, Jake Keith and Jeremy Spainhoward.
"This year has been a huge success for us with our golf tournament, raffles, and obviously our auction--but again, without the support of our county and all the volunteers, this would not be possible," he said.
This year's total that included the year-long activities directed by SHH, INC. volunteers is somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000, Wardlow said.
"Also for those interested in shopping with us, the shopping date is set for December 1st a 3:00pm," he added. "We always meet in the garden center of Wal-Mart on Morgantown Rd, which is the same place we have been for 15 years now. We encourage you to come out and help us shop. The more the merrier for us."
Santa's Helping Hands, INC. is a local non-profit organization run by Edmonson County residents which all work voluntarily. Team members work all year long to raise money and to prepare for the annual auction.
Josh Boyd, column and photo:
Excitement is building among many groups of outdoorsmen and women, in Edmonson County and surrounding areas, in anticipation for the upcoming opening day of the state’s modern gun season. We are mere days away from what is regarded by many as the high-point of the Kentucky deer season.
Saturday morning will see an army of camo and hunter orange clad hunters enthusiastically take to the woods in hopes of filling the freezer. Some will experience success, others will come away empty handed, but all will make memories. Even if a hunter does not harvest a deer, the camaraderie that is shared, and the stories that are recounted among fellow outdoorsmen undoubtedly make this a wonderful time to be a hunter.
Of added advantage is the fact that this weekend hunters will be taking to the woods during one of the most noteworthy and awe-inspiring portions of season to be afield, the rut. As bucks travel wherever necessary in search of available does, hunters are poised to experience fast-paced action and highly elevated levels of deer movement.
One distinctive quality of this noteworthy portion of season is that hunters gain the ability to make their own luck by attempting to take advantage of a buck’s love-struck and aggressive tendencies. Using calls, scents, and even a decoy in open areas can be of benefit during the rut, as all these tactics carry weight when playing off a buck’s natural instinct to assert his dominance.
Hunters can use several different methods when calling during the rut. One such method is using grunt or bleat calls to entice cruising bucks to investigate the underlying area. Likewise, rattling antlers can be used to peak a buck’s curiosity by simulating a dominance dispute within the herd.
Scents can be utilized to a hunter’s advantage by luring a cruising buck in for a closer assessment of what has caught his attention. Doe-in-heat scents can be especially useful at this point of the season. Doe-in-heat scent piques a buck’s curiosity as they seek out any does within the area. This can be an effective strategy when used while hunting areas such as travel corridors and other high deer traffic locations.
A commonly overlooked, but often effective strategy when hunting the rut is to use a decoy. The use of a buck decoy can be an excellent way to catch a cruising buck’s attention. This strategy shines at its brightest when hunting open ground such as fields and open river bottoms. Upon sight, an attentive buck will typically come to check out the new “intruder” to the area.
An additional strategy when hunting the rut is to lengthen your time spent on stand. Contrary to other portions of the season when the bulk of the day’s deer movement is conducted during the first and last hours of daylight, deer movement during the rut can remain relatively prominent throughout the day. By planning an all-day sit on stand, or at the very least, staying afield a few hours longer, your chances of successfully harvesting a deer rise significantly.
As we close out the work week, thoughts will undoubtedly turn to the upcoming weekend’s adventures that await. With a little rut hunting know-how and a dose of luck, you will fill your tag in short order. Above all else, be safe and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Darren Doyle, story:
Santa’s Helping Hands, INC. has announced the annual SHH Benefit Auction for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12 noon.
While the auction has been set, SHH is still looking for donations for their annual event, scheduled to take place at the Brownsville Community Center.
"We prefer new-in-the-box items, but we will consider other items," said coordinator Mark Wardlow. "In the past we have taken used golf carts, boats, and tons of other things. Items and donations are tax deductible."
Please call or text Mark Wardlow 270-991-2972 if you are interested in making a monetary donation or have a item you wish to donate.
"Remember, 100% of all money raised stays in Edmonson County, nobody associated with this charity is paid a cent." said Wardlow.
Community Celebrates New Location in Edmonson County
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Graves Gilbert Clinic's newest location was very crowded today despite cold and rainy conditions as they celebrated a ribbon cutting with the Edmonson County Chamber of Commerce.
The clinic says Melissa Baker, APRN will be the primary provider at Brownsville location under the collaboration of Pravin Avula, MD.
Chamber President Maegan Hance said the Chamber was excited for today's crowd at the event.
"Obviously we were hoping for nicer weather conditions, but we had a great crowd today anyway," she said. "We're so happy that Graves Gilbert Clinic now has a location here in Brownsville and it's an honor to welcome them to Edmonson County."
The clinic is located at 100 Park Place, Suite 6. Their hours of operation are Monday- Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. You can make an appointment or contact them by calling 270-597-8353.
Featured Speaker: Iraq War Veteran Kevin Engel, Breakfast Sponsored by Bank of Edmonson County
Darren Doyle, story:
The annual Edmonson County Veterans Day Program is scheduled for Monday, November 11, 2019 at ECHS in the gym at 9AM.
This year's featured speaker will be retired Army Command Sergeant Major Kevin Engel, a Veteran of the Iraq War and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medal recipient. Kevin is also the VFW 5th District Commander and Brownsville VFW Post 6937 Senior Vice Commander.
The Voice of Democracy student winners from Edmonson County High School will also deliver their winning speeches as they received their awards.
The annual Veterans Breakfast, sponsored by Bank of Edmonson County, will also be available to veterans and their families at the high school, beginning at 7:45 AM. Ham biscuits, sausage biscuits, fruit trays, cookies, juice, and coffee will be served in the cafeteria. Students volunteers will be available to assist veterans and families.
To see a complete list of participating vendors and some sneak peaks of items that will be available, check out the Brownsville Christmas Market Facebook page.