July 19, 2005, News
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Volunteers needed for severe weather
Most Lewis County residents may recall the initial forecasts for the Ice Storm of 2003 calling for freezing rain. The tornado that same year in June. And any time severe weather lurks in Lewis County, looking toward the sky and wondering what kind of weather is headed this way.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Wilmington, Ohio, will be in Lewis County this week to train participants in severe weather spotting techniques to train volunteers to supply reliable on-the-ground weather observations to the NWS office during periods of significant weather.
These observations will supplement what forecasters in Wilmington are seeing on radar and satellite in an effort to provide more timely watches and warnings to the area.
No prior experience is necessary and the training is open to the general public.
The training will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Lewis County Community Center (senior citizens center), 702 Front Street in Vanceburg.
Those participating in the training are not expected to be "storm chasers" as depicted in the movies. Instead, you'll learn about various cloud formations and what they mean, how to estimate wind speeds, collect rainfall data in a simple rain gauge, measure hail sizes and more.
More importantly, you'll be able to put this information together on a timely basis to be forwarded to NWS in Wilmington so forecasters there can have a better view of what's happening on the ground to refine their forecasts quickly.
Be one of the "eyes on the ground" to help Lewis County be better prepared for natural disasters by making plans to attend the training session Thursday evening!
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New water project approved
By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg was greeted with good news from superintendent Phil Kennedy.
Kennedy told the board that the new water project has been funded. Total funding comes to $1,050,700.
He said that the utility company got a Rural Development grant of $230,000 in addition to a $331,000 loan from that same entity. The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority pitched in $471,000 with $300,000 of that money coming through the Lewis County Fiscal Court. The balance of $10,500 will come from the tap fees.
Kennedy noted that 67 percent of the funding came from grant money and only 33 percent from a loan. He said he’d take that deal any day.
The project includes water line extensions to Hackworth Hollow, Big Salt Lick, Toller Hollow, Scotts Branch, Fingerboard and Fuller Hollow has now been added to that list.
The project also includes a new well and upgrading the line from the Methodist Church at Black Oak up to Sandy Lane.
Kennedy said that this is probably the last major water project and that sewer projects are next. Those sewer projects are four or five miles down the road but upgrades and a lot of other things are planned.
He also told the board that the company has a new well and is repairing the infrastructure around the water tank on Salt Lick.
The superintendent reported that he is working on the new power contract. He is talking to Bethel, Ohio, and Olive Hill about going together to purchase power in order to get a better deal but nothing is settled yet.
He reminded the board that the last contract was for ten years but those long contracts will no longer be possible.
Kennedy said that the annual audit is still not completed and that the financial reports will not be ready in August. He cannot complete those reports and close out the year until the audit is finished.
In passing he mentioned that the he and the company wanting a contract to come into Vanceburg and pick up all the wood chips and cut down trees have been playing phone tag, and he hasn’t talked to them since the last session.
The board discussed conducting a customer appreciation month and began planning for that event.
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results in one fatality
A Vanceburg woman died last week as the result of injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident on the AA Highway west of Vanceburg.
A spokesman with the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police said Rebecca Wilson, 53, of Vanceburg, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier west on the highway and was preparing to turn onto Hazel Road when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a westbound 1995 Chevrolet pickup operated by Libby Bradford, 29, of Vanceburg.
The spokesman said the impact knocked the Cavalier into the eastbound lane where it collided with an eastbound 2002 Dodge Caravan operated by Joseph Charles, 24, of Vanceburg.
The accident happened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Tony Gaydos.
The spokesman said Bradford was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville and was listed in serious but stable condition. Three other occupants in the Bradford vehicle were not injured.
Charles and three-year-old James Matthews of Vanceburg, a passenger in the Charles vehicle, were also taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center, where they were treated and released.ection of Gaydos Funeral Home.
Al Owens/Lewis County
This car was smashed
against the guardrail in three-vehicle accident on the AA Highway at Hazel
Branch last Wednesday afternoon. A van and pickup truck were also involved
in the accident.
The accident is under investigation by Trooper Shaun Fearin. He was assisted at the scene by Lewis County Sheriff's deputies, Lewis County Fire and Rescue and the Lewis County Coroner's Office.
Services for Rebecca Wilson were conducted at Clarksburg Christian Church under the
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Dennis Brown/Lewis County
A TALL ORDER . . .Workers with RW Painting of
Grayson worked last week on a building on Main Street in Vanceburg. An adjacent
building had been damaged by fire and was razed recently.
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