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Disaster aid tops $1 million
|Federal and state assistance for residents of
Kentucky's 15 disaster counties has passed the million-dollar mark as the number of
families registering for recovery aid reached 1,300.
President Bush declared a major
disaster for Kentucky on March 14, making federal funding available for some of the
state's recovery efforts from last month's severe winter storm.
The president ordered federal public assistance funding for 51 counties and individual
assistance in 15 counties.
Individual assistance goes to residents and business owners whose homes or property
were damaged in the storm. Meanwhile, public assistance is earmarked to help pay for the
cost of damaged roads, buildings and utilities, and also to help pay for removing debris,
according to the release.
Assistance for housing and essential needs of those who suffered losses in the storms
totaled $1.16 million Saturday, eight days after the declaration was issued.
Individual and family assistance totaling $466,000 was approved to help 147 families
with serious needs not covered by insurance or met by charitable organizations.
Grants totaling $688,259 were approved for 274 families in need of disaster housing and
the US Small Business Administration issued 394 home and 110 business loan applications,
and approved $72,900 in loans.
"Registration so far is about what we expected," said Gracia Szezech of FEMA.
"We think the number will increase as more people in the disaster counties make that
important registration call."
Cash Centers, assistance director of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management,
urges resident to register. "It takes only a few minutes and we don't want to see
anyone who has suffered a loss not take advantage of the assistance that is
available," he said.
|Assistance can include grants for temporary
housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other
programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the disaster.
suffered losses in the named counties (which include Lewis, Carter and Greenup) can apply
for help by calling 1-800-621-3362. People who are hearing or speech impaired may call
1-800-462-7585. Information is also available on the Internet at www.fema.gov.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to
cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business
owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
The US Small Business Administration will also be available to cover residential and
business losses not covered by insurance.
Lewis County has also been approved to conduct a sign-up for the Emergency Conservation
Program due to the storm. Eligible practices include debris removal from farmland and
building or repairing fence due to damage from the ice storm.
Producers should have some idea of the extent to the damage when completing an
application. Producers must file an application before starting any debris removal or
repairs in order to be eligible for cost-share assistance.
For more information about the Emergency Conservation Program, call the FSA office at
606-796-3866. Sign-up for this program ends on April 11.
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Ground broken for SLCWP
|Work got underway symbolically and literally
recently on the long awaited Southern Lewis County water project.
Local and state
officials gathered with area residents at Laurel Point Christian Holiness Church to break
ground for the project, which will include 64 miles of water mains, two water storage
tanks and four pump stations.
An estimated 384 households will be connected to the system by the time the project is
Vanceburg Mayor W.T. Cooper recognized the officials on hand and made some opening
comments recalling when well water was the only drinking water to be had in the entire
Vanceburg Electric Plant Board Superintendent Phil Kennedy outlined the steps
taken to get to the actual beginning of the project.
|State Director for USDA Rural Development Ken
Slone outlined funding for the $4.177 million project.
Slone said Rural Development will
loan $1.515 million and grant $900,000 toward the project. An Appalachian Regional
Commission Grant of $450,000 along with a state grant of $1.177 million and local
contribution of $135,000 will round out funding on the water expansion.
Contractors for the project include G&W Construction, Kentucky Glass Lined Tanks
and Micro-Comm Inc. Haworth, Meyer and Boleyn Engineering will be doing the planning and
Much of the materials for the project have already been delivered to the sites and work
is beginning to get underway.
|Dennis Brown/Lewis County
Area residents joined local officials
for a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Southern Lewis County Water Project. Work is
underway on the $4.177 million project, which will supply water to an estimated 384
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Firebrick VFD gets new truck
|Members of the Firebrick Volunteer Fire Department and
community residents hosted an open house recently to showcase a new $130,000 Class A
Local and state officials attended the open house to get a first hand look
at the new equipment and to join the community in celebrating its delivery.
FVFD Chief Johnny Evans spoke to those in attendance and expressed appreciation to the
officials, area residents and firefighters for working to improve the department and
expand protection to Firebrick area residents.
State Director for USDA Rural Development Ken Slone outlined funding for the purchase
of the pumper.
Slone said Rural Development will loan $40,000 and grant $10,000 toward the project. A
Kentucky State Fire Commission loan of $60,000 along with $20,000 from the fire department
round out the financing for the new truck.
The 1,250 gallon-per-minute pumper truck was purchased from Central States Fire
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
Firebrick Volunteer Fire Department held an open house
recently to show off their new 1,250 GPM pumper truck. The truck replaces an older truck,
which is no longer serviceable.
Rural Development Specialist Elwood Howe said this was the third fire department in
Lewis County that Rural Development has helped to provide funding for a new truck in the
past two years. The other departments are Garrison and Black Oak.
The new truck will replace an older truck, which is no longer serviceable.
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Dwayne Stone is investigating separate burglaries including one on county-owned property.
Stone said the first burglary was reported on March 14 when Anthony Henderson of
Sullivan Ridge reported that an outbuilding had been burglarized.
Stone said items taken included a Sears air compressor, an 029 Lincoln welder, a Stihl
chainsaw, a water pump, assorted welding equipment and extension cords.
The second reported break-in was at the county impound lot located west of Vanceburg
off Ky. Rt. 3037.
Stone said the burglary was discovered March 19 when employees discovered that an
office trailer at the lot had been broken into.
He said a police radio was taken from the office trailer. Two Stihl FS-55 string
trimmers and a Warner winch were taken from a storage unit on the lot.
|Anyone with information should contact the Lewis County
Sheriff's office at 606-796-2912. Callers may remain anonymous.
Four charged following fire
Four Lewis County residents were arrested last week and charged with third degree arson
in connection with a fire on March 1.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the charges are in connection to a barn fire on Big Cabin
Creek. Lewis said Deputies Mark Snedegar and Tom Polley conducted an aggressive
investigation and followed several leads to track down the suspects.
Lewis said the four suspects are Shannon Keeton, 18, Richard Thoroughman, 19, Ashley
Kennedy, 18, and Heath J. Malone, 22, all of western Lewis County.
He said the four were arrested and lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
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