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|By Dennis Brown
A lot has happened
over the past year and recently we asked our readers to rate the top stories for 2003.
What were the stories you ranked at the top of the list?
We all put Mother Nature in the top position. Headlines for stories on the "Great
Ice Storm of 2003" and the tornado frequently appeared on page one. Few, if any,
Lewis County residents were not affected in some way by the weather events in the first
few months of 2003. What other stories did you rank at the top of the list?
Taking second position was the election of new officers in Lewis County and in
Kentucky. Third place went to the implementation of a county mandatory trash collection
ordinance, efforts on recycling and generally cleaning up the county.
In fourth place was discussions of possibly implementing an Enhanced 911 system in the
county. A tie for fifth and sixth place went to utility improvements in the county,
including repairs and upgrades after the natural disasters, water line extensions and
improvements to the industrial parks, and to business expansions in the county.
Seventh place is occupied by news of some
area doctors illegally prescribing drugs. Eighth place belongs to Vanceburg Mayor W.T.
Cooper to locate a recreation lake at the mouth of South Lick.
Ninth place is based in agriculture with responders citing stories concerning tobacco,
blue mold, West Nile Virus and mad cow disease among the top stories.
Rounding out the top ten were the stories concerning the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial
and continuing accidents on the AA Highway.
Numerous mentions also went to national stories including the US involvement in
Afghanistan and Iraq, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster and the continuing battle
Bob Kimsey, who responded via email, was drawn from among those responding to receive a
one-year subscription to The Lewis County Herald.
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|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is
investigating a fatal accident Thursday night on the AA Highway near Garrison.
Mark Snedegar said the accident happened at the intersection of the AA Highway and Dry
Hollow Road as a Summit minivan, operated by Danny M. Evans, 37, of Circleville, Ohio, was
traveling west on the highway, and came up behind a tractor-trailer operated by Chris L.
Burns, 21, of Garrison.
Snedegar said Burns was slowing and preparing to make a right hand turn onto Dry Hollow
Road, and Evans apparently didn't notice in time to avoid hitting the rear of the trailer.
Snedegar said the trailer and minivan traveled about 96 feet following the impact.
Evans was pronounces dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos.
The accident remains under investigation by Snedegar, who was assisted at the scene by
Deputy Johnny Bivens, KSP Trooper Wes Prater, Garrison and Vanceburg Rescue Squads, and
Mark Snedegar/Lewis County Sheriff's Office
A minivan was pinned under a tractor-tailer following
an accident last week on the AA Highway near garrison. A Circleville, Ohio, man died as a
result of the accident.
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Tollesboro VFD awarded grant
|The Tollesboro Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded
a grant of $43,398 in federal funding as part of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant
Senator Jim Bunning made the announcement last week saying, "This is great
news for the Tollesboro Fire Department. These funds are vital to ensuring that our
firefighters in Kentucky have the tools necessary to handle emergencies in the safest and
most effective manner possible."
|The funding will be used for fire operations and
firefighter safety programs including training, wellness and fitness, firefighting
equipment, personal protective equipment and modifications to fire stations and
The award was made by the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of
the Department of Homeland Security.
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House passes bill limiting sweets
in school vending machines
|AP--Kentucky schools wouldn't be able to sell sugary or
fatty foods in their vending machines, under a measure the House passed Thursday.
many children in Kentucky are fat, and this is one way to eliminate their fattening
temptations, said Rep. Tom Burch, the bill's sponsor. Obesity among children is becoming a
threat to national security and creating more of a burden for the health care system,
Many children are developing weigh-related illnesses at earlier ages, said Burch, a
While the proposal was "watered down" compared to previous versions, it was a
step toward helping children maintain healthy figures, Burch said.
With exceptions for seeds and nuts, schools wouldn't be allowed to sell sugary or fatty
foods or drinks -- including chewing gum, potato chips and soda -- during the school day,
under the measure the House passed on a 51-37 vote.
However, schools could offer less fattening alternatives including crackers, pretzels,
fruits and nuts. Other snack with more than six grams of fat would be prohibited.
|School stores and canteens wouldn't be able to sell the
items, but teachers and school administrators would still be able to get the items at
School districts would have to appoint food service directors who would oversee
their districts' menus, under the proposal.
Some lawmakers who voted against the idea said it was unnecessary. Others worried
schools would lose out on the money they make from selling food in vending machines.
Instead, children need to get more exercise and parents should do a better job
monitoring what their children eat, said Rep. Charles Miller, a Louisville Democrat who
voted against the measure. "When parents are buying french fires and hamburgers for
their children all the time, then that's part of the problem," Miller said.
Still, Rep. Robin Webb, who voted for the proposal, said even parents who try to
maintain healthy diets for their children can't watch them all the time -- especially at
"What embarrasses me the most is junk food is subsidizing my children's education
and we're justifying it," Webb said.
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