March 17, 2009,
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Lions in Regional Final, first
trip there since '53 - Emergency measures taken
for Cabin Creek Bridge - Fiscal Court hears stimulus update
- Genesis to close Vanceburg location - One
hurt in Ky. Rt. 59 accident
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Regional Final, first trip there since 1953
By Dennis Brown
The Lewis County Lions
made their first trip to play in the final game of the 16 Region Tournament last
week to take on one of the top ranked teams in Kentucky. The last Lewis County
team to play in a final regional game was the Vanceburg Lions in 1953.
Lewis County fought hard
but lost to the Lions of Elliott County, who have lost only twice this season,
Lewis County came out
fighting and was ahead at the end of the first quarter after scoring 24 points
to Elliott County’s 19. That soon changed as Elliott County put 22 points on
the scoreboard in the second quarter while Lewis County put in seven, bringing
the score at the half to 41-31 in Elliott County’s favor.
The Sandy Hook team led
after three at 70-42 and, although Lewis County outpaced Elliott County 24-13 in
the final quarter, at the end of regulation came out on top with a final 83-61
showing on the scorecard.
Coach Joe Hampton
praised the team for their work and tenacity throughout district and region
play. “Our kids fought hard,” he said. “They didn’t quit. I’m just
very proud of those guys,” he said after the game at Johnson Arena on the
campus of Morehead State University.
“They’re a great
ball club,” Hampton said. “They’re like men playing out there. They are so
smart and the play so well together.”
Hampton said the Lions
had a window of opportunity just before the half to even up the score. “We
didn’t handle the pressure. Didn’t get it inside like we wanted to,” he
said. “I give Elliott County credit for their defense on that.”
Lewis County also lost
to Elliott County early in the season when the Elliot Lions defeated Lewis
County 109-60 in December. Elliott County has lost only twice this season, once
to Cedar Hill, Texas, in the Beach Ball Classic at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
by a 63-53 score and again to Shelby Valley with a 52-55 final tally.
Lewis County ends their
season with an 18-16 record while Elliott County goes to the Sweet 16, for the
third straight year, with a record of 30-2.
Elliott County, under
Coach Rick Mays, will take on 8th Region Tournament Champion
Anderson County Thursday in the first round of the Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena in
Chris Thompson was the
leading scorer for Lewis County Tuesday with 28 points and 18 rebounds. Koty
Riley had 15 points and three rebounds while Terrence Smith contributed 11
points and had five rebounds for the Lions, and Frankie Witten put seven
points on the board and came down with four rebounds.
Three starters will be
returning next season for Lewis County while five seniors wrapped up their
high school career last week; Thompson, Witten, Ryan Calvert, Andy Downing
and Nick Colvin.
“We need to get back
and work and make sure we have this opportunity next year,” Hampton said.
“We want to make sure it doesn’t take us that long (56 years) to get
“They’re one of the
best teams ever in the 16th Region,” Hampton said of the
Elliott County Lions. “Our kids have nothing to hang their heads about.”
Lewis County defeated
the Bath County Wildcats in the semi-final game last Monday by a score of
The Wildcats led at the
end of the first quarter by two when the score stood at 14-12 but Lewis
County kept a narrow lead at each remain quarter stop with 32-29 showing at
the half and 42-41 after three.
Smith and Riley each
contributed 21 points for the Lions during the semi-final game while Riley
had 12 rebounds and Smith had two. Others scoring against Bath County were
Witten with nine points and two rebounds, Thompson, who fouled out, scored
four points and one rebound, Jared Pruitt had three points and Kilgore and
Cropper each added two.
In 1953 the Vanceburg
Lions advanced to 16th Region Tournament by defeating Laurel
66-40 in the District Championship game at Grayson and won their first
regional victory in the school’s 43 year history by winning over Salt Lick
at Winchester 75-56.
The Vanceburg Lions
squeaked by Mt. Sterling in the Regional semi-final 71-68 then lost to
Ashland in the final game 112-49. Players named in The
Lewis County Herald game recap were Orville Beair, Tracy Shumway, Ross
Ruckel, Karl Chapman and Johnny Lykins. The coach was Bob Wright.
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Emergency measures taken for Cabin Creek
By Dennis Brown
The Cabin Creek Covered
Bridge is getting some emergency assistance to keep the structure from further
deteriorating until final funding comes through for an approved restoration
Bridgewrights were on
hand last week assembling a 200 foot long metal skeleton which will be placed
inside the historic structure to hold things in place and ensure against further
The bridge was damaged
by high water on June 4, 2008, and emergency procurement action was taken by the
Kentucky Department of Parks in August to secure $223,000 to provide remedial
repairs to the bridge.
Don Walker, a foreman
with Arnold M. Graton and Associates in Ashland, New Hampshire, said the company
received the contract to install supportive steel trusses, steel upper needle
beams and steel supports to prevent any further degradation to the delicate
structure. He said the company will be bidding on the restoration project, which
is separate from the immediate actions being taken.
The steel skeleton
structure was relocated to Cabin Creek from the nearly completed Johnson Creek
Covered Bridge restoration project near Blue Licks State Park in Robertson
Graton and Associates
specializes in covered bridge restoration, said Walker, who is himself enamored
with the historic structures and emphasizes restoration and preservation over
Walker said only 13
covered bridges remain in Kentucky, which just over a century ago had more than
700 of the structures. He noted there is a large percentage of the nation’s
remaining covered bridges in the northeast and said 37 states are home to at
least one historic crossing.
Iowa, he recalled, has
725 and Indiana, like Kentucky, has 13 of the architectural spans still
Records indicate the
Cabin Creek Bridge was built in 1867 (or 1873, depending on the source) and
spans 114 feet. Some documents indicate the bridge features a Burr truss while
others note that it has a multiple kingpost truss. The bridge received extensive
repairs around 1912 when the arches and iron tension rods were added. The
braces, which were washed out last year, were put into place in 1978.
The bridge was closed to
auto traffic in 1983 then, last year, was closed to pedestrians.
The bridge has been
known, according to various documents, as the Rectorville Covered Bridge and the
Mackey-Hughes Bridge. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
The state received
$503,904 from the 2007 National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program for
Judge Executive Steve
Applegate visited the site last week and said he is pleased that the steel
framework is being put into place before the structure completely collapses.
“They’ve moved these sections in on three tractor-trailers,” he said.
“I’m glad to see this taking place and helping to preserve some of our
Vandals have also left
their marks on the bridge and adjacent guardrails with various shades of
spray paint, in addition to the many names and initials carved inside the
bridge over the past 140 years or so.
Applegate said the Cabin
Creek Bridge is next in line for restoration and noted that Kentucky has now
adopted the principles of the Burlington Charter for the preservation of
historic covered bridges as the primary design document for restoration.
He said the approach
emphasizes restoration as opposed to replacement of bridge components.
Historians have been vocal on their opposition to efforts taken on earlier
projects in which they argued the projects amounted to razing the old
structure and building a new one in its place.
The Burlington Charter
states, in part, that “. . . covered bridges are vitally important
cultural, economic, educational, aesthetic, and historic resources.” The
first goal, according to the charter, is to preserve the historic structural
and material integrity of covered bridges to the maximum extent possible,
consistent with public safety.
Other Kentucky covered
bridges slated for restoration include Ringo’s Mill and Hillsboro, both in
Fleming County, and Beech Fork in Washington County.
Don Walker and Ron Gallagher, who is helping with the Johnson Creek Bridge
project, will be working to assemble and place a temporary steel backbone in
the Cabin Creek Bridge. “We enjoy ourselves,” Walker said in his New
England dialect. “We like visiting with people who stop by and are curious
about what we are doing.”
Walker explained that
assembling the steel structure seems to onlookers like slow work, but it is
very exacting and something that is worth taking time on. He said all of the
steel must be bolted together very tightly and is a precise fit. “People
may pass through here and for a few days it seems like we aren’t doing
much. Then, all of a sudden, they say, ‘Wow, they must have hired 14 extra
guys to work on it,’” he said in explaining the preparatory work and
then the placement.
Walker said when the
structure is pulled through the bridge and nearing placement that there may
be some delays on the roadway near the bridge’s east entrance. He said
signs will be posted to advise motorists of the delay or any detour.
Some examples of
restoration and new work done by the company can be found on the Internet at
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Fiscal court hears stimulus
Lewis County Fiscal
Court met in regular session week and heard an update on the recently announced
federal stimulus package which may hold some funding to help out some Lewis
Judge Executive Steve
Applegate said he attended some seminars dealing with the stimulus plan the
previous week in Washington, D.C. with other officials from the Buffalo Trace
Area Development District.
Applegate reviewed a
Power Point presentation he attended with the other officials concerning the
Federal Economic Recover Package.
Applegate said the
projects outlined in the presentation are projects that can be done quickly and
much of the funding to be made available is for infrastructure. He said a
wastewater project at Garrison will likely benefit from the assistance.
Applegate also said he
would like to explore requesting funding for some new buildings for the road
department and the possibility of expanding broadband Internet service in the
county with funding made available through the stimulus package.
Applegate also mentioned
working with the Corps of Engineers for a dredging project at the Vanceburg Boat
Dock area on Salt Lick.
Thomas Massie, who was
attending the meeting, asked if some of the funds could be put back for the
future since the money being spent now will have to be paid back by future
generations. Applegate responded by saying the money is intended to stimulate
the economy now and is only to be used on immediate projects.
Massie then suggested
using the money to put something in that will be here in 20 to 30 years so the
younger generation can see some benefit from the projects they will be paying
Applegate said the
county should apply for all the funding it can get because the money will be
given to the communities that ask for it until the funds are deleted.
Applegate gave another
update on the loss of Lexington television channels on the local cable system.
He said a letter from Time Warner indicated they would not be reinstating those
channels to the local lineup and they suggested residents installing their own
receiving antenna and getting state news and sports information from the
Magistrate Paul Bruce
Swearingen said Time Warner representatives had attended earlier meetings and
had “ . . . made a lot of empty promises.” “I wish they would come to a
fiscal court meeting and tell us this in person,” Applegate responded.
A representative for the
State Department of Transportation was on hand to present Lewis County’s
recommendations for work to be performed in the Rural Secondary Road Program.
The recommendations included resurfacing a section of Ky. Rt. 989 and Ky. Rt.
guardrail on sections of
Ky. Rts. 1021, 474 and 1068 as well as resurfacing about a half-mile of Ky. Rt.
2525 in Vanceburg.
Magistrates accepted the
proposed resolution as presented.
In other business
magistrates approved budget amendments and approved advertising for bids on
three road department trucks which have been declared as surplus property. There
will be a minimum bid set on the trucks and if that amount is not met the county
will refinance the vehicles and continue to use them. He estimated the reserve
on one of the trucks will be about $90,000 and for two tri-axle trucks the
reserve will be about $268,000.
Applegate said there had
been some interest locally in purchasing the trucks and because of the recent
economic conditions, selling them at auction had been ruled out.
Sheriff Bill Lewis
commented that his department responsible for delivering court papers to many
residents of Lewis County and he has noticed that many residences do not have
E-911 addresses posted on their homes or mailboxes and noted that it would be a
problem during an emergency to quickly locate some of those houses.
E-911 Director Carl
Chaney said residents have one year from the time of notification of their new
address to have it conspicuously posted. County Attorney Buddy Lykins affirmed
that an ordinance is in place to that effect and that homeowners can be cited if
the address is not properly displayed.
Stanfield said residents of Jordan Lane off Poplar Flat Road had requested that
speed limit signs be posted on the roadway. Magistrates set the speed limit on
the road at 15 miles-per-hour.
Applegate reported on
the recent hiring of Shawn Henderson as the county’s animal control officer.
Applegate said Henderson has brought down expenses for the department and noted
he will be a good asset for the county. He said Henderson has also been working
to get more animals adopted rather than having them put down.
Magistrates were given a
proposed jail budget to review by the next meeting. Applegate noted that there
were two versions of the budget, one of which included bond and interest
payments. He said the Department of Local Government had recommended that
version which will reflect a transfer of the payments from the general fund to
the jail fund.
Resident Anita Gilbert
addressed the court with her concerns about some properties in the county which
are in need of clean-up. She said the county is trying to attract business to
the area and should be making the area look nice, primarily along main roads.
Applegate said he had
been working with some of the property owners and they are making efforts
although they are restricted by lack of resources. He said he would continue to
monitor those areas.
Several county officials
presented their monthly reports to magistrates before the meeting was adjourned.
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Genesis closing Vanceburg location
Genesis Oxygen and Home
Medical Equipment on Main Street in Vanceburg will be closing effective March
Brian Poynter, Marketing
Director for Genesis, said the company regrets closing the Vanceburg location
and added that customers will still be able to receive service through the
company’s other locations.
Genesis opened the
Vanceburg location in October, 2004, and Judy Kegley, who manages the Vanceburg
store, said she will miss seeing customers at the store but is looking forward
Kegley said she wants to
thank everyone who participated in the company’s Support Our Troops program
and noted that Genesis will continue to provide customers and area residents
with quality home medical equipment and services.
The company was formed
in 1977 and has clinicians on call 24 hours a day. Poynter said Genesis is
planning a Spring opening of a store in Hillsboro, Ohio, and will continue to
operate at their seven other locations which include New Boston, Coal Grove,
Jackson, Waverly, West Union and Georgetown in Ohio as well as Louisa.
“I especially want to
thank Genesis for allowing me to work with them to assist the public with their
home medical needs,” Kegley said. “I plan to retire and see what else is
around the corner that the Lord has planned for me.”
She noted Genesis’
practice of treating patients with the utmost respect and high quality care and
Kegley said the Support
Our Troops program will continue through the Lewis County Support Group which
Kegley takes a break from her duties at Genesis Oxygen and Home Medical
Equipment. The company will be closing the Vanceburg location at the end of
this month. Kegley says she is looking forward to her retirement.
at 7:00 p.m. on the
first Monday of each month at Clarksburg Church. Paula Burriss is the contact
and may be reached at 606-796-3543.
Genesis customers may
continue to receive service and care through the New Boston location. The
toll-free number is 800-842-6597. The website is located at www.genesisoxygen.com.
“Don’t forget to
pray for Sherman,” Kegley said of her husband. “Since I will be home 24/7
giving him his ‘honey-do’ list daily.
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in Ky. Rt. 59 accident
A single vehicle
accident Friday afternoon that injured a Lewis County woman is under
investigation by Chief Deputy Sheriff Johnny Bivens.
Bivens said the accident
happened on Ky. Rt. 59 south of Vanceburg when a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee,
operated by Rebecca Stamper, 27, of Lewis County, was traveling north on the
Bivens said the vehicle
dropped off the right side of the roadway and Stamper apparently overcorrected
causing the vehicle to travel back across both lanes before going off the left
side of the
roadway and striking an
embankment. The vehicle then overturned, coming to rest on its side on the
Bivens said Stamper was
taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead by Carter county
EMS. She was treated for minor injuries, he stated.
He said Stamper was
wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident which prevented more
Bivens, who is continuing the investigation,
was assisted at the scene by Camp Dix Fire and Rescue, Carter County EMS
and MedCorp Ambulance.
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