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cases continue to rise
By Dennis Brown
Department for Public Health (DPH) has reported one confirmed case and three
probable cases of swine flu to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The officials are reporting the state's third probable swine flu case,
this one in a Montgomery County infant.
State Health Commissioner William Hacker says officials are awaiting
confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The infant has not been hospitalized and the Montgomery County Health
Department is investigating the case.
Kentucky confirmed its first case of swine flu on Thursday in a Warren
County woman who is hospitalized in Georgia. There are also probable cases
involving an infant in the Barren River Health District and a Fayette County
probable case reported is an infant from another area within the Barren River
Health District who had been in close contact with someone who recently traveled
to Mexico. It is unrelated to the confirmed case. The child's family and other
close contacts are being evaluated for illness and possible preventive
treatment. The child has not been hospitalized. A sample from the patient has
been sent to the CDC for further testing to determine whether swine flu is the
cause of illness. The name of the county in which the patient resides will be
released if the case is confirmed.
health officials ask that Kentuckians who have traveled recently to Mexico or
other countries or communities within the U.S. where the new H1N1 influenza
strain known as swine flu has been reported, or who are planning such travel, be
alert for the symptoms of swine flu in the following ways:
yourself and travel companions for symptoms of fever, chills, headache, sore
throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
of illness develop within seven days of travel return, seek evaluation by a
health care provider as soon as possible.
Be sure to
tell your health care provider about your recent travel and suggest testing
* Stay home
from work, school and other public places until you are feeling well.
have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with swine
flu or who reside in communities where there are one or more confirmed swine
flu cases should also be alert for these symptoms.
precautions to prevent illness include: avoiding close contact with those
who are ill; staying home when sick; covering the mouth and nose when
coughing or sneezing; avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth; and
frequent hand washing.
there are more than 225 confirmed cases of swine flu reported in the U.S., a
number that is expected to continue to grow. The World Health Organization
and CDC have reported numerous human cases of a severe respiratory illness
in at least three different regions of Mexico. The number of cases has risen
steadily during April 2009. Laboratory testing of patient specimens has
confirmed infections with swine influenza ("swine flu") A/H1N1
virus. This is a newly emerging, animal-origin virus that is now being
spread from an infected person to another person.
information on swine flu, visit: http://cdc.gov/swineflu. Individuals can also visit http://healthalerts.ky.gov for information on swine flu and Kentucky, or follow
KYHealthAlerts on Twitter to be notified when new information is posted at
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Goodwill Store opens in Vanceburg
By Dennis Brown
Goodwill Industries Week underway across the US, one of the newest Goodwill
stores will be holding a grand opening and open house right here in Lewis
store is located in the Lewis County Mall on Clarksburg Road in the location of
the former Vanceburg Sundries and More.
Goodwill Manager Pam Carroll said the store opened in mid-February and has done
brisk business since then. She added that most people visit the store just after
the weekly delivery arrives on Thursday.
cutting and open house will be held at the Vanceburg location on Wednesday, May
6, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Lenore Mason, Executive Director and CEO of Goodwill
Industries of Southern Ohio, extends an invitation to everyone to visit during
the grand opening or at any time.
Goodwill Industries week got underway Sunday and will continue through Saturday.
“At this special time, our employees and staff of Goodwill Industries would
like to thank the community for the continued support through their donations
and purchases,” she added.
will be served and door prizes will be awarded on Wednesday and Steve Hayes with
WNXT Radio will be on hand to do on-air remote broadcasts.
Electric Plant Board Superintended Eric Bloomfield said he has worked with
Goodwill Industries of Southern Ohio for several years as an accountant and said
he has supported the opening of a Lewis County location for some time and said
about three years ago the Southern Ohio chapter of Goodwill Industries sought,
and was granted, approval from the Lexington Chapter to locate a store here.
Lewis County technically falls into the Lexington Chapter’s geographic
Ohio Chapter of Goodwill Industries has retail stores and donation centers
in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Gallipolis and Middleport in Ohio along with the
Greenup and Vanceburg locations.
explained that donations from all of the locations are taken to the primary
location in Portsmouth where they are inspected, cleaned and then
distributed back to the locations to be offered for sale.
may find for sale in the Vanceburg store may have been donated at any of the
other Goodwill locations,” Bloomfield said. “Each store has a particular
inventory and the donations are distributed to keep the quota of all items
in stock at each location.”
noted that a donation to Goodwill is tax deductible and is also an
environmentally friendly way to pass along items that are no longer needed
or wanted. He said many new items are regularly found on Goodwill racks and
Goodwill store stocks many clothing items along with furniture, electronics,
kitchen necessities, books, music, toys and miscellaneous.
downturn in the economy nationwide, media reports have noted that many
people who had not shopped at Goodwill stores previously have been shopping
there to find items at a savings from retail stores.
a non-profit organization that provides training and employment
opportunities for people with disabilities and other disadvantages to become
Industries of Southern Ohio corporate offices are located at 324 Chillicothe
Street in Portsmouth and more information about Goodwill may be obtained by
calling 740-353-4394 or by visiting any Goodwill location.
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Law enforcement receives
Mobile Data Computers
enforcement agencies have become more efficient thanks to a grant to the Buffalo
Trace Area Development District in the amount of $145,000 to purchase new Mobile
are laptop computers which are installed in cruisers to allow officers a direct
link to gather information quickly right from the cruiser.
computers are linked to dispatch centers and allow officers to immediately
receive information needed during traffic stops and criminal investigations.
alerts may also be sent to the terminals or from one terminal to many others.
They are used in conjunction with the police radios and provide officers with
additional information which could be invaluable in dangerous situations.
Trace is proud to partner with Kentucky homeland Security to provide law
enforcement with this new technology,” said Kevin Cornette, Economic
Development Director with Buffalo Trace.
Data Computers provide the officer with information in their vehicle at their
fingertips,” he added.
allow the officer to run license checks, check for stolen property, communicate
with all agencies across the state during emergencies and communicate with the
Kentucky State Police network,” Cornette said.
Police Lt. Tom Flannigan and VPD Officer John Ferguson demonstrated an MDC last
week which features a driver’s license scanner which is swiped across the
license and immediately shows any prior offenses and information on file
associated with the license holder.
said the units are also capable of printing any citations and will store
information which can be retrieved at any time. He noted that officers appearing
in court would be able to take and MDC unit with them to have case information
available rather than having to carry many files around with them.
Vanceburg Police Department received two installed units and the Lewis County
Sheriff’s Department received three installed units.
Trace will be applying for additional funding later this year to complete the
project which will provide MDCs to all police cruisers in the Buffalo Trace
region in Fiscal Year 2010.
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Names added to law enforcement
(AP) _ During the more than 100 years since William S. Wright's
assassination in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, details of his murder _ at
the hands of two Ku Klux Klan members _ has been left largely to the annals of
The story of the Letcher County deputy sheriff's Jan. 30, 1900 slaying
became a dangerous subject that was not often discussed, said Benjamin Luntz,
Wright's 59-year-old grandson. But last Monday, Wright's death was
memorialized along with more than two dozen other fallen Kentucky officers.
Their names will be added to the state's memorial for fallen officers.
``For 100 years they didn't really mention anything about it,'' Luntz said
of his grandfather's ambush. ``It's just too sensitive and it would have
The names of 28 fallen officers were added last Monday to a statewide
memorial, bringing to 530 the number of inscribed names remembering Kentucky's
slain police and law enforcement personnel. That includes two officers whose
deaths occurred last year and 26 who died dating back to the 19th Century. The
ceremony was attended by Vanceburg Police Lt. Tom Flannigan who was in
Richmond to attend a training session.
Kentucky lost two officers last year, Bell County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Sean Pursifull and Harlan County Constable Joe E. Howard. Pursifull was killed
while sitting in his parked patrol car. His car was struck by another vehicle
and he was killed.
Howard died of a heart attack after arresting a suspect who was wanted on a
The names going on the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial at Eastern
Kentucky University are also being added to a national monument in Washington
D.C. This year the names of 387 fallen officers from across the country,
including 133 who were killed last year and 254 who died in past years, will
A candlelight ceremony scheduled for next month will formally dedicate the
new names to the national memorial later this month.
When Wright's name is added, he'll join his 18-year-old son, William
Wright, who was killed a year later and whose name is already engraved on the
He was killed in an ambush just outside his home a few months later,
Wright's son, also a deputy sheriff in Letcher County, was killed in
action the following April.
``It's just good to have him remembered and his son remembered, Luntz
said. ``They were so badly maligned and we could not really reply for so
long. It's just nice that it's finally done.''
Wright's story is just one that had been lost through the years.
Often family members, friends or local historians come forward with
suggested names that should be added to the memorial, said Kevin Morison, a
spokesman for the National Fallen Officer Memorial. By next month there will
be 18,661 names engraved on the memorial, Morison said.
Jennifer Thacker, president of victim support group, Concerns of Police
Survivors, said the names of officers killed in the line of duty weren't
steadily tracked until the 1980s. Recently, there have been an increasing
number of historical names being added to the memorial, Thacker said.
Thacker, whose husband Brandon Thacker was killed in the line of duty,
said the distinction on the memorial is an honor to her husband's memory.
``I'm proud that he's recognized for the sacrifice that he made and for
the service that he provided,'' Thacker said. ``I think it's honorable to
know that my husband's sacrifice will always be remembered and that people
will know he died in a noble fashion.''
For Don Sturgill, seeing his the name of his grandfather, Jason Andrew ``BeeAn''
Webb, added to the memorial gave him a chance to learn about a grandfather
he never knew. Webb was murdered in his barn on Christmas Eve 1931, by a man
who wanted revenge for getting arrested on an illegal alcohol charge the day
Webb was nearly forgotten for years after his death because it was such a
sorrowful subject, Sturgill said. It wasn't until Sturgill was a teenager
that he even learned of his existence, he said.
Opening old wounds has given the family a chance to mourn his loss,
``Such events are not primarily aimed at the deceased. Nor are they
really about making the survivors feel better,'' Sturgill said. ``The real
value of honoring our heroes is so that we can learn from their lives and
try to emulate them in our own.''
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may find gap in benefits
The Associated Press
(AP) _ Jobless Kentuckians whose state and federal unemployment checks have
run out may have an eight-week gap before their newly extended benefits start
A spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear told The Courier-Journal that while the
unemployed will receive all the money that is due to them, it may take time
for state workers to be trained and for computer systems to be updated.
Beshear signed an emergency order April 17 that allows Kentucky to use
no-strings-attached federal stimulus money to help unemployed workers who have
used up their 26 weeks of state benefits and 33 weeks of federal benefits and
still haven't found jobs.
Jay Blanton, a spokesman for the governor, said jobless workers are now
eligible for an extra 13 weeks of benefits.
``The experience in other states has been that it can take up to eight
weeks to get everything in place,'' he said. ``We will get everyone their
payments and benefits, but it will take some time to get the processes in
place to make sure we're doing it right.''
The delay worries some unemployed workers who say they've already drained
their savings and retirement plans to survive the past year.
``If I have to wait eight weeks from the time my extended benefits run out
(in early May), it will be difficult to pay my bills,'' said Christina Dillon,
who is now searching for work out of state.
Dillon, 44, said she has a bachelor's degree in marketing and 20 years of
product management experience and ``can't even get nibbles on my resume. I
never in my lifetime thought I'd have this much of a problem finding work.''
Beshear issued the emergency order when it became clear that the benefits
wouldn't automatically kick in before jobless workers began exhausting
He said last month that he believed the workers would be eligible for the
additional benefits because the state's ``insured unemployment rate'' would
reach 5 percent _ high enough to automatically trigger the additional
But that did not happen.
In fact, the rate, which is calculated weekly by the U.S. Department of
Labor, dropped from 4.91 percent April 12 to 4.84 percent last Sunday.
The insured unemployment rate is the percentage of workers who have
received benefits in the past quarter. Workers who have exhausted their 26
weeks of state benefits but have not found jobs and are collecting federal
benefits are not counted.
Under the emergency regulation, the state can now use a different
unemployment calculation to provide the extra 13 weeks of coverage after
residents exhaust their regular state and federal benefits.
Also under the emergency regulation, once the 13 weeks are exhausted,
jobless Kentuckians may be eligible for another seven weeks of assistance if
Kentucky's three-month unemployment rate remains above 8 percent. The current
three-month rate is 9.3 percent.
To receive the extended benefits, jobless workers will face more demanding
requirements to prove they are searching for work, Blanton said.
``They have to show pretty detailed evidence, as I understand it, of an
active job search,'' he said.
Blanton said the more rigorous requirements are the reason for the
additional training and computer updates.
``Once all that is in place, the Office of Employment and Training will
notify those eligible to apply for the extended benefits,'' he said.
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