February 24, 2009,
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FSA holds meeting to update
farmers - County officials present monthly reports
- LCHS seniors eligible for medical program - Concord man charged in tobacco knife assault -
Bill targets drunken drivers
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meeting to update farmers
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County Farmers gathered last week at the Tollesboro Lions Club to hear
updates and reviews of a number of programs created by the 2008 Farm Bill.
Filing deadlines for some of those programs are coming up within the next few
Blevins and Kathy Holder presented information and answered several questions
concerning some of the programs with fast-approaching deadlines.
reviewed the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program which
provides benefits for farm revenue losses due to natural disaster.
program replaces prior Ad Hoc Crop Disaster Programs which were known as CDP or
Crop Disaster Programs. SURE is legislated through 2011.
reviewed which farms are eligible for the programs, which producers are eligible
and went over payment calculations and examples for those attending the meeting.
Lewis County farms are eligible because of a USDA Secretarial Declaration of a
reviewed the Livestock Forage Disaster Program and noted that eligibility for
farmers is dependent on drought levels as determined by the US Drought Monitor,
which is posted
week. She said Lewis County showed up on the monitor for the first time in
noted that many of the details of the Farm Bill Program had not yet been
finalized and that handbooks were not yet available which would further
explain eligibility, filing deadlines and methods for calculating losses.
said livestock owners who were affected by natural disasters such as
blizzards, flooding, lightning, wind storms and the like have 30 days to
file their loss and said that record keeping by the farmer is very
important, as well as keeping track of reporting deadlines.
said farmers have until April 13 to file under the Emergency Conservation
Program for debris removal and permanent fence restoration.
said other programs available to farmers through the FSA office include
Livestock Indemnity Payments, Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees
and Farm-Raised Fish, Tree Assistance Program, Non-insured Crop Disaster
Assistance Program and Emergency Loans.
information is available to farmers at the local Farm Service Agency Office
and online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ky.
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County officials present monthly
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County officials
presented their monthly activity reports during the February meeting of Lewis
County Fiscal Court.
Sheriff Bill Lewis filed
his department’s report for activities from January 12, 2009, through February
Subpoenas Served 66
* Domestic Related Calls
* Civil Summons Served
* Felony Arrests
* Misdemeanor Arrests
* Criminal Summons
* Prisoners Transp. to
Secure Facility 341 miles
* Juveniles Transported
* DVOs and EPOs
* Court Bailiff Hours
* Auto Inspections
* Funeral Escorts
* Property Taxes
* Franchise Taxes
Lewis County Emergency
Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following activities:
* Performed all routine
administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
* Turned in all monthly
reports for KyEM.
* Responded to Ice/Snow
* Attended a
Transportation Meeting at BTADD with Judge Applegate.
at Morehead KyEM Office for State Response to Current Disaster.
* Attended a KyEM
Quarterly Meeting at Morehead.
* Working on 911 issues.
* Working of Flood Plain
* Provided dispatch
The Lewis County E-911
Dispatch Center received a total of 348 calls for service for the following
* Sheriff’s Department
* Vanceburg Police
* Traffic Stops
* Injury Accidents
* Non-injury Accidents
Fire Department and
* Lewis Co. FD
* Camp Dix FD
* Garrison FD
* Vanceburg FD
* Firebrick FD
* Black Oak FD
* Kinniconick FD
* Tollesboro FD
* Med Corp Ambulance
Road Supervisor Dane
Howard reported that the road department was presently limited to what it
could do for gravel roadways in the county following the storm due to
funding. Howard also heard of several compliments on road workers following
the storm because of their efforts in clearing roadways and making repairs.
Howard said a
Preliminary Disaster Assessment Team from FEMA was scheduled to visit Lewis
County to survey damages in the county. He said the road department would be
working toward some cost recovery associated with expenses during and
following the storm. He noted that the department had e*pended about $50,000
over the two week period for snow removal and damages associated with the
He reported that nearly
1,200 tons of gravel had been hauled over the previous month and said
pothole repairs had been made on Scaffold Lick and at Quincy. Fuller Branch,
Buckner Lane and May Hollow roadways had been graded.
Howard’s report also
listed repairs and projects for Happy Hollow, Fingerboard and River Road.
Lewis County Jailer Tim
Underwood filed the following activity report for January 1 – 31, 2009:
* State Inmates CC/CD/CI
* County Inmates
* Inmates Booked In
* Average Daily Jail
* Booking, Housing,
Medical, Damaged Property $1,892.10
* Telephone Commission
* Class D/CC/CI Pay for
* Somerset Food in
January (5 Weeks) $7,855.62
Traveled 722 Miles
* Casey County Detention
* Little Sandy
Underwood reported that
40 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling 3,736 man
hours. The agencies they assisted included The Lewis County Courthouse,
Justice Center, Sheriff’s Department, City of Vanceburg, Solid Waste
Program, Clean Highways Program, Garrison Little League, Garrison Boat
Docks, Tollesboro Little League, Lewis County Historical Society, Lewis
County Board of Education, Corps of Engineers, Helen Rayburn Library, and
the Black Oak, Tollesboro and Camp Dix Fire Departments.
Areas covered by the
Clean Highways Program included Ky. Rt. 10, Garrison Lane, Old Trace Creek,
Rock Run, Warrens Cemetery Lane, Hickle Drive, Briary Road, Martin Lane, Ky.
Rt. 8 and Murphy Lane. A total of 625 bags of waste were picked up.
Underwood reported the
commissary account at the jail totaled $5,437.91 and the inmate account had
a balance of $6,635.91.
The next regular meeting
of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. March 9, 2009, in the
third floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.
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LCHS seniors eligible for
County High School seniors and college students interested in pursuing careers
as physicians or dentists are eligible to participate in summer programs at the
University of Kentucky offered through its Professional Education Preparation
Scholars Summer Program,
designed for students from medically underserved areas such as Lewis County, is
open to current high school seniors. The PEPP
II Medical and Dental School Preparation Program
is open to students who have completed at least two years of college.
participants will stay on the
campus for four weeks, interacting with
physicians and dentists, and participating in weekly hospital rotations, health
seminars and other educational experiences.
Scholars will take enrichment classes and learn about surgery and labor and
delivery. PEPP II students prepare for the admissions process to medical or
dental school and learn about surgery, labor and delivery, emergency medicine
and pediatrics. Students interested in careers in dentistry have rotations in
dental clinics, including oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, and the
dental emergency clinic.
topics in both programs include medical admissions, dental admissions, cancer,
organ transplants, rural medicine, autopsy/pathology, trauma surgery, medical
mission trips, gross anatomy lecture and lab, ethics, and compassion.
to area hospitals, camps for special-needs children, a psychiatric hospital, and
a children's hospital are included in the weekly activities. Recreational
activities include sports, music, and dining out at restaurants.
Eligible students who are selected to participate receive dormitory
housing and a stipend to assist with paying for meals.
the PEPP Scholars and PEPP II programs begin on June17 and conclude on July 14.
The deadline to apply for the PEPP Scholars is March 3. The PEPP II
deadline is March 11.
do not have to attend the
to be eligible to participate in either summer program.
However, to be eligible, an
applicant must be a resident of one of the following Kentucky counties: Adair,
Allen, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt,
Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Casey,
Clark, Clay, Crittenden, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd,
Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Grayson, Green, Greenup, Hancock, Harlan, Hart, Henry,
Hickman, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, LaRue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie,
Letcher, Lincoln, Livingston, Lewis, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Magoffin, Marion,
Martin, McLean, McCreary, Meade, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Muhlenberg,
Nicholas, Ohio, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Robertson,
Rockcastle, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren,
Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley and Wolfe.
more information regarding the programs or to request an application, e-mail
Carol Leslie at email@example.com
or call the University of Kentucky PEPP Office at 859-257-1968.
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Concord man charged in tobacco knife
Deputies from the Lewis
County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged a Concord man following an
incident involving a tobacco knife, according to a Sheriff’s Department
The spokesman said the
incident happened last Tuesday evening when Michael Stanton, Chris Stanton and
Misty Thurman traveled to the residence of Ricky Smith on Ky. Rt. 8 about a mile
west of Concord.
The spokesman said that
following a heated argument, Smith, 44, allegedly assaulted Chris Stanton and
Thurman with a tobacco knife as Michael Stanton pulled away in a vehicle.
Michael Stanton then
lost control of the vehicle went over a hillside and collided with a tree.
According to the
spokesman, Michael Stanton fled the scene while Chris Stanton and Thurman
sustained knife wounds to their backs. They were taken to Meadowview Regional
Medical Center in Maysville for treatment.
The spokesman said Smith
was arrested and charged with second degree assault and lodged in the Lewis
County Detention Center. Further charges are pending. The incident remains under
investigation by Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens and Deputy Dwayne Stone.
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targets drunken drivers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - People caught driving drunk just once could be forced
to install breath-alcohol monitoring devices in their cars, as Kentucky
lawmakers consider toughening the state's DUI laws.
House lawmakers are considering proposals aimed at increasing the use of
ignition locks, which require people to prove they're not drunk by blowing
into a device before starting their vehicles. Another plan would also decrease
the current blood-alcohol level that triggers an aggravating factor in DUI
``The problem is we've got people that are driving 100 times before they
even get caught drinking and driving,'' state Rep. Dennis Keene, a Democrat
from Wilder, said. ``A lot of these people re-offend and this would curtail
them from using their car while they're out drinking and driving. There's a
tremendous call for this.''
Advocates have been pushing for tougher DUI laws across the country.
Recently, that push has included widening the use of ignition locks for people
with one conviction for driving drunk.
Nationally, states have different levels of use for the breath-monitoring
devices. They're imposed on motorists ranging from people getting driving
drunk their first time to hard-core multiple offenders.
This year six states _ Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Washington
_ began requiring first-time drunken drivers to install the gadgets on their
cars. Repeat offenders in South Carolina, meanwhile, were also required to use
the devices if they want to keep driving.
Arizona, Louisiana and New Mexico have similar laws on the books.
Kentucky is one of 11 states currently considering such legislation,
according to the Washington-based American Beverage Institute, which
represents restaurants and retailers.
Kentucky judges have already had the authority to impose the devices _
which also require periodic tests while the vehicle is in use _ on people
who get caught driving drunk more than once.
Keene's proposal would require it. And for more people.State Rep. Dennis
Horlander, a Democrat from Shively, has proposed requiring motorists caught
driving with a blood-alcohol level of .15 _ less than twice the legal limit
_ or who refuse a breathalyzer test to have an ignition lock installed on
vehicles. Horlander is also one of 21 co-sponsors on Keene's
``I think the guys that are going out here constantly having
problems, the repeat offenders, I think this will help a lot with
them,'' Horlander said.
Keene said his proposal is modeled after the plan Mothers Against
Drunk Driving has been pushing nationally.
Angela Criswell, executive director of Kentucky's chapter of MADD,
said requiring the devices would lower the number of people who
repeatedly drive drunk. The move would also reduce alcohol related
traffic fatalities in the state, Criswell said.
Criswell said that New Mexico _ which made ignition interlocks
mandatory for repeat offenders in 2003 and all drunk drivers in 2005 _
has seen fatal crashes involving alcohol drop 38 percent. Overall,
Criswell said, that since 2003 alcohol-involved crashes in New Mexico
are down 31 percent.
``We want to see its maximum usage on all convicted drunk drivers,''
But not everyone supports the idea.
Sarah Longwell, managing director of American Beverage Institute,
said the legislation does not take into account a motorist's level of
The legal blood alcohol concentration in Kentucky is 0.08 or higher.
Someone who has just barely exceeded the limit should not punished as
severely as someone who's far more drunk, Longwell said.
Instead, the ABI supports giving judges discretion when dealing with
first-time offenders, she said. Mandatory interlocks should also be
required on people with blood alcohol concentrations above .15 and
repeat offenders, Longwell said.
``For people who repeatedly flout the law, these interlocks are an
excellent way to make sure that those people don't put us at risk on the
highway,'' Longwell said. ``But expanding them to a low BAC, first-time
offender goes too far.''
Nevertheless, Keene said doesn't believe there should be any mercy
for people who drive while intoxicated and risk hurting others. Keene
said his daughter suffered a serious foot injury in a crash nearly six
years ago that involved a drunk driver.
``It's not asking a lot,'' Keene said. ``They've made a mistake and
the public needs to be protected.''
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