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Fourth flash flood victim recovered
|The body of a young Vanceburg woman, missing
since an accident in a flash flood on May 27/28, was recovered Wednesday near where the
three other victims were recovered earlier.
The body of Crystal Renae Rigdon, 21, was
discovered by a diver in an area about a half-mile from where the bodies of three young
men were recovered following the accident at Crooked Creek nearly a week earlier.
The storms that swept through the northern portion of Kentucky on May 27 dumped heavy
rains and caused flooding that resulted in rapidly rising waters in the western part of
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the four victims and another young man were in a 2000 Chevrolet
Silverado extended cab pickup truck and were driving along Crooked Creek Road and came
upon a water-covered portion of the road.
He said the vehicle was apparently overtaken by the quickly moving water or that the
vehicle went of the road and into the creek.
|Crews continued searching for Ms. Rigdon
through the say Saturday and again on Sunday, battling delays caused by more rain and high
water levels in the creek.
The search continued Monday and Tuesday and again on
Wednesday until her body was discovered at about Noon, according to Lewis.
Hundreds of rescue personnel and volunteers carried out the search, some with dogs and
others with boats and dive teams.
Agencies helping in the recovery efforts, along with every Lewis County agency,
included the Kentucky Search Dog Association, Bluegrass Search and Rescue Team, search and
rescue teams from Carter and Bath counties, Fleming County Dive Rescue and Recovery Team,
several area volunteer fire departments, Mason County Emergency Management Office,
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services from Portsmouth, Ohio, Maysville Police
Department, and numerous other volunteers who assisted in various capacities following the
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The passing of a President
|By Al Owens
At 4:09 p.m. on
Saturday, June 5, 2004, former President Ronald Reagan passed into eternity at age 93
after a ten-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Reagan was America's 40th Chief Executive and the most popular of the post World War II
He was conservative and patriotic with unsurpassed skill as a communicator.
On June 12, 1987, he traveled to West Berlin and made the famous speech known for the
lines, "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" It
came down after his presidency but he received credit for inspiring the act.
Appearing before the Republican National Convention in August, 1992 Reagan stated,
"Whatever else history may say about me when Im gone I hope it will be recorded
that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than
Basically Reagan was a good man. That's why we liked him. He was a realist and unafraid
of America's opponents in the world.
His economic policies of reducing taxes and cutting spending began badly by bringing on
a recession, but that was balanced by stopping inflation dead in its tracks. As time
passed and his policies had opportunity to kick in the economy began to recover and
finally to prosper. Other polices initiated by the two-term Democratic liberal that
followed his successor led to a downturn in the economy, again over time when the results
came into effect.
|Reagan was tall, stately and handsome and
possessed a commanding appearance. He earned the respect of foreign dignitaries who now
sound forth his praises at his passing.
His legacy will include the fact that he brought
the Cold War to a close.
We recall that Iranian terrorists released 52 hostages just after he took the oath of
office. Why, we're not sure, but perhaps they knew with Reagan as President America would
be coming to call.
The former President radiated a positive attitude and fostered an unquenchable spirit.
He had confidence in the common folk of the United States and inspired their confidence in
themselves. He held to old-fashioned values and propagated them to calm the nerves of a
Reagan survived an assassination attempt and won re-election by a landslide, getting 60
percent of the vote. 'Nuff said! America loved Ronald Reagan as President.
No doubt history will be kind to the man who made a slogan out of "Win one for the
Where would the USA be today if Reagan had not strengthened our military?
Perhaps Ronald Reagan was great because he believed in America and all she stands for.
That attitude is reflected in his words, "America is too great for small
May we, too, so believe.
May God bless the memory of Ronald Reagan.
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Relay for Life is Friday night
|The American Cancer Society is the leading private
non-profit source of cancer research dollars.
The American Cancer Society is available
24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and provide support. Simply call
800-ACS2345 or visit www.cancer.org
|The American Cancer Society helps to improve the quality
of life of cancer patients through programs such as Reach and Recovery, I Can Cope, and
college scholarships for your survivors.
No matter who you are, there is a place for you
at Relay for Life. Please join your friends, neighbors and relatives Friday evening, June
11, at the Lewis County High School football field to honor those we loved, celebrate
life, and obtain cancer information from the most trusted source in the country.
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Stamper/Lewis County Herald
VFW Post 5438 conducted a special ceremony last week
for the unveiling of markers for two Union veterans of the Civil War buried in Skidmore
Cemetery in Garrison.
Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
Injuries were reportedly minor as the result of an
accident last week at the intersection of the AA Highway and Ky. Rt. 57 at Tollesboro. The
accident, which involved three vehicles, is under investigation by the Lewis County
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