March 24, 2009,
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needed for L-Trans to begin
By Dennis Brown
Officials say they need
information immediately as they prepare to begin transportation services for
Lewis County residents.
Pam Shepherd, Executive
Director of Federated Transportation in Lexington, said they are in the
scheduling process and planning to begin service with L-Trans on April 6. She
said they need people interested in utilizing the service to contact schedulers
with specific information.
She said, during a Lewis
County Transportation Committee meeting last week, that although several people
have returned surveys and questionnaires, they should check back with
information on where they need to go and what times they need to get there and
back so schedules can be developed.
Those interested in the
service should call 888-848-0989 and follow the prompts to talk to a person and
answer specific questions so the schedule can be finalized. Scheduling will be
on a first-come, first-served basis.
The program is available
to all Lewis County residents needing transportation to work or to job related
destinations including education and job interviews. The program is being
financed through Job Access funding.
Shepherd said the two
new 14 passenger buses have been delivered and that work was being done to
install computer equipment along with logos and lettering. The buses are
Although grants are paying for the biggest part of the project, there will be
a small fee to take advantage of the transportation program. Costs to ride to
destinations outside the county will likely be $2.00 each way or monthly passes
will be made available at a proposed cost of $40.00. Destinations inside Lewis
County will be $1.00 each way.
Marketing Assistant Meredith Johns said judging from the surveys that have been
County Transportation Committee members look over one of the two
14-passenger buses set to begin service in Lewis County early next month.
Information is needed from prospective passengers before the final schedules
and routes are set.
people will be
traveling to jobs in Maysville. Routes can still be set up for Portsmouth,
Ohio, Morehead and Grayson areas, however.
One of the new Ford
E-350 vehicles was brought to Vanceburg last week for members of the
Transportation Committee to look over. Two drivers have been hired thus far
and Shepherd said another driver will be needed for backup. She noted that
although central locations to pick up passengers would be ideal, they will
do door-to-door transportation for participants.
“Right now we just
need specific information from people who will be riding and who are
interested in taking advantage of the program,” Shepherd said.
She said the program is
designed for transportation to job and job education related activities and
to help stimulate the economy.
discussed setting up information areas around the county to distribute
literature about the program and help to get more participants.
The next meeting of the
Transportation Committee was set for Monday, April 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the
Vanceburg Municipal Building on Second Street.
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Plant board to refund deposits
By Dennis Brown
The Electric Plant Board
of the City of Vanceburg met in a delayed regular session last week and members
voted to refund deposits to customers who have remained current on their bills
for at least 18 months.
Bloomfield made the recommendation Tuesday evening noting that a policy is in
place to refund utility deposits back to customers who have been in good
standing for 18 consecutive months, but that a plan by the utility company has
not been put into place to periodically review and issue refunds. Customers have
been getting refunds if they have requested them.
Bloomfield said the
company is holding about $100,000 in such deposits that he expects to begin
refunding to customers shortly. He said the refunds will also help to stimulate
the local economy by making the money available to area residents.
The board also noted
that regular reviews of records will ensure customers who have kept current with
payments will be refunded the deposits made when they applied for utility
The board also approved
the implementation of a new system which will determine deposit amounts for new
customers and help to reduce the number of customers who move out of the service
are while still owing money to the utility company.
The web based system
will allow the utility company to enter information on a new customer and the
information will be
reviewed and compared
with other utility companies as well as a review of the applicant’s credit
history. The deposit, which will range from zero to $500, will then be
determined by the system. In addition the board authorized utilizing the
same system to aid in collections for customers who have outstanding unpaid
bills with the utility company.
The board authorized
Bloomfield to apply for a $2 million grant for emergency disaster funding
for the renovation to the combined sewer overflow project.
Bloomfield reported that
mandatory reports had been completed in-house and filed in a timely manner
resulting in savings to the utility company and its customers. He said that
Catlettsburg had received a stiff fine for not having the reports submitted
by the deadline.
Bloomfield also reported
on the system-wide power outage on February 11 and said steps have been
taken to minimize damage to the system and downtime should a similar
windstorm occur. He also reported that some of the effects of the weaker
economy on the utility company were fewer commercial customers and
commercial demand for electricity, higher fuel costs from suppliers and an
increase in the number of past due accounts.
The board went into closed session to discuss
personnel matters before adjourning. No action was taken following the
closed portion of the meeting.
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School calendar amended to
make up for missed days
The Lewis County Board
of Education met in a make-up regular session last Monday and amended the school
calendar to continue making up for days missed because of weather. Two of the
days that will be made up will be during the Spring Break next month. Students
will now be attending April 6 and 7 with the last day for students tentatively
set for June 4.
In February the board
considered various options and chose one that gained three days, school was in
session Presidents Day and was also in session last Thursday and Friday.
Although the state legislature approved a measure a week earlier allowing many
school districts an opportunity to recover some of the days missed,
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. said it wasn’t what it appeared to be.
Reeder said there were
several strings attached to House Bill 322 and that most districts would not be
taking advantage of it because of the catches. The board opted to take two days
of Spring Break and use banked time accumulated since the beginning of the
school year. The calendar will be reviewed again during the April meeting.
Director of Pupil Personnel
Kevin Duff said he will be visiting all schools in the district over the next
couple of weeks to brief faculties and answer any questions. The amended
calendar is posted on the district’s web site and can also be found by
Reeder said that
attendance had been down some because of some sickness going around including a
few cases of flu in the district but noted that it hadn’t been considered to
suspend classes because of illness as some districts had done. He noted
school didn’t seem to help cut down on absences or curb their spread and that
the viruses and other winter time maladies just had to run their courses.
In other business the
board approved a job description of an athletic trainer for the district and
approved a change order for construction being done at Tollesboro Elementary.
Reeder said Lewis County
is one of the few districts that does not have an athletic trainer. He the ideal
situation will be to find someone who could also teach because the athletic
trainer position is part-time. He noted that the trainer will assist “on and
off the court” and will help to minimize risk of injury to student athletes.
board also approved an amendment to the procedures manual and agreed to apply
for a distance learning grant. Belinda Forman briefed members on the grant and
reviewed gap reduction targets for each school in the district.
Reeder reported that the
middle school and high school students did well in the Governor’s Cup academic
competitions. He said LCHS student Cory Collins was state runner-up in the
written competition held earlier in the day Monday.
Reeder also noted the
achievements of the LCHS girls and boys basketball teams in district and region
He reported the
certified resignation of Janet Jordan as a sub teacher, the extra duty
resignation of John Liles as LCMS baseball coach, the extra duty hire of Keith
Prater as LCMS baseball coach and ESS hires of Sherri Lewis, Jodi Plank and Jane
Elliott as ESS teachers at LCMS.
Board members approved minutes of the previous
meeting and payment of bills before adjourning.
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Local Red Cross Chapter to host spaghetti
Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross will be sponsoring a kick-off
fundraiser for their Red Cross Heroes Campaign in Lewis County. The local
chapter will host a spaghetti dinner at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the
Vanceburg United Methodist Church.
Debbie Lewis, Co-Chair
of the local chapter, said the fundraising and awareness campaign kick-off will
begin its Hunt for Heroes to help those in Lewis and Greenup Counties when
Col. Vance Huston, USMC
retired, is the honorary chairman of the campaign and was on hand for a local
meeting of the chapter last week in Vanceburg. Huston said his definition of a
hero is “someone who recognizes the needs of the community and does what he or
she can do to help meet that need.”
The goal of the campaign
is to raise $50,000 by May 1. The funds can be utilized by the Red Cross in many
ways and can include helping a family who has lost their home to fire, providing
shelter and assistance during a natural disaster, or notifying a family military
member of an emergency and helping them to find a way home.
Huston said that as an
example, $1,000 can provide 571 toiletries kits, 198 blankets or 37 cots. The
same amount could also provide groceries for 34 disaster victims or help a
family of four to get shoes and clothing after they have lost their home to a
“A hero is someone who
steps up to the plate,” Huston said last week. “It is someone who is civic
minded and who doesn’t do this to be famous. It is somebody who recognizes the
importance and the necessity of organizations like the American Red Cross.”
The chapter responded to
25 disasters last year in Lewis and Greenup Counties including 22 house fires
and provided assistance to 68 individuals with emergency food supplies and
The chapter helped
provide emergency connections for 19 military families and taught 520
individuals lifesaving skills such as first aid, CPR and AED training.
“The American Red
Cross is there when it happens and it has the resources available immediately
when there is need,” Huston said.
He noted he has had
dealings with the Red Cross for more than 50 years. When he was in the US
Marine Corps, the agency would help Marines get in contact with their families
in cases of a death. He said he has been a volunteer blood donor for many
years and contributed more than 11 gallons during that time.
Huston said there are
lots of local heroes who help without being asked from local business owners
to retired teachers. “The local staff of the Red Cross is very selfless
people who go above and beyond what they are asked,” Huston said. Lewis and
Greenup Counties can be very proud of these people and we are lucky to have
them in our midst.”
The Red Cross is
chartered by the federal government but receives no governmental funding. It
relies on donations to continue its work.
For local information
you can contact Debbie Lewis at 606-796-6761, Lloyd Spear at 606-796-3873 or
Tom Bertram at 606-796-3024. Checks for donations may be made to NEKY Chapter
Heroes or American Red Cross and may be mailed to 129 Second Street, Vanceburg
The local spaghetti
dinner will include baked spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert for $5.00 and
will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 3, at the Vanceburg United Methodist
Church across from the Lewis County Courthouse on Second Street in Vanceburg.
Lewis said donations are
sincerely appreciated and will benefit families locally. The Hunt for Heroes
Campaign will run throughout April.
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in Ky. Rt. 59 accident/One
injured in fire
The Lewis County
Sheriff’s Department is investigating a single vehicle accident Thursday night
that resulted in injuries to a Vanceburg woman.
Deputy Jason Hill said
the accident happened about 8:00 p.m. Thursday on Ky. Rt. 59 about six miles
south of Vanceburg as an auto, operated by Janie Faul, 50, of Vanceburg was
traveling south on the highway.
Hill said Faul
apparently lost control of the vehicle in a curve, went off the right side of
the roadway and through a guardrail, continued for about 75 feet and stopped
after striking some trees.
Hill said the vehicle
caught fire and a nearby resident, Kenton Staggs, extinguished the fire and
helped to get Faul out of the vehicle.
He said Faul was wearing
a seatbelt at the time of the accident and received relatively minor injuries.
She was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville by MedCorp
He said a worker with
MedCorp Ambulance became nauseous after apparently inhaling some fumes emanating
from the wrecked vehicle and was treated at the scene by other ambulance
workers. He had cautioned other fire and rescue personnel on the scene about the
Hill, who is continuing
the investigation, was assisted at the scene by Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens, Camp
Dix Fire and Rescue, MedCorp Ambulance and A&B Towing.
Garrison mobile home was destroyed by fire Saturday night and its occupant
sustained minor injuries trying to douse the blaze.
Lt. Larry Colley of the
Garrison Fire Department said the cause of the fire is thought to be
electrical but a cause has not yet been determined.
The fire was reported
about 8:00 p.m. at the residence of Cathy Potter. Potter said she had been
sleeping and was awakened by the smoke alarm. She said she saw fire around
the furnace area and was attempting to put out the fire with blanket when
flames came through the wall.
Potter said her hair
caught fire and burned her neck and she got out of the mobile home to
escape further injury.
Potter was treated at
the scene by MedCorp Ambulance personnel.
Colley said about 25
firefighters were on the scene with six fire trucks from the Garrison,
Black Oak, Vanceburg and Lewis County Fire Departments. Firefighters
remained on the scene for more than two hours.
Colley is continuing the
investigation into the cause of the fire.
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