July 21, 2009,
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Fiscal court hears good news on
monetary standing - Additional arrests made - Accident
results in death of couple - Special election to fill
senatorial seat - Personnel
changes announced at board of ed meeting
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court hears good news on monetary standing
By Dennis Brown
County Fiscal Court met in regular session last week and received a promising
report from County Treasurer Kathy Dillow.
reported that in the 20 years she has served as treasurer for the county, this
is the first time she recalls having a cash balance of more than $635,000.
said she recently completed forms for disclosure of all receipts and
disbursements for fiscal 2008-2009 and was pleased to report the financial
standing to magistrates. She made the announcement while presenting the Annual
Treasurer’s Settlement to the court.
noted that although the City of Vanceburg had claimed a portion of the insurance
tax which had previously gone to the county, conservative steps taken by county
officials made a significant difference in the bottom line.
followed Dillow’s recommendation to make one annual premium payment for
property and casualty insurance rather than quarterly in order to save some more
money. She told magistrates that since the funds were available for the lump
payment, the county would realize a savings of $1,600 to $1,700.
Applegate addressed magistrates on behalf of his mother, Beulah Walker
Applegate. He requested that Simmons Road at Tollesboro be renamed Walker Pike
in honor of his grandfather, Rufus Walker.
Executive Steve Applegate said he would definitely look into the matter and
review process which must be completed to make the change.
adopted a taser use policy for the Lewis County Detention Center. The policy was
proposed during the June regular meeting and contains combined information from
other similar institutions. A recommendation to adopt the policy was made by
County Attorney Clayton “Buddy” Lykins Jr.
informed magistrates that steps had been taken to avert potential cyber-theft of
county funds. She said Bullitt County was recently scammed of more than $400,000
by criminals targeting wire transfers made by the county, adding the county has
little chance of recovering any of the stolen funds.
said Lewis County seldom uses wire transfers and
have been put into place where any wire transfers made will be required to
have personal approval of the county treasurer or judge executive.
Willim addressed the court asking if a sound system could be located in the
meeting room to allow soft spoken people to be more easily heard by those
attending meetings. Applegate said he had been considering installing a PA
system for some time and would make sure to get that done.
other business last week magistrates approved a resolution approving a lease
for the financing of a backhoe for the road department and approved the
reappointment of Dora Thomas as chairperson of Lewis County Sanitation
District #1. Her term is set to expire in 2012.
also approved the reappointment of Jeanette Applegate as treasurer and Sue
Jane Bane as secretary of Sanitation District #1 with their terms also set
to expire in 2012.
Maddix was reappointed to the Camp Dix Fire Department Board. That term will
expire July 31, 2012. Magistrates approved the acknowledgement of receipt of
the Lewis County Fire Tax District Annual Budget for 2009-2010.
approved hiring Teresa Parsons as a part-time employee at the E-911 Dispatch
Center to replace an employee who had been let go. The employee status of
Josh Lewis was changed from part-time to full-time at the Lewis County
Detention Center upon approval by magistrates.
commented that adoptions were going well at the county animal shelter and
said local volunteers have been helping out with daily tasks there. He also
told magistrates that Wal-Mart is donating all pet food required at the
the Public Properties Corp. portion of the meeting, Dillow reported that a
check for $19,537 had been received by fiscal court reflecting interest
earned on a sinking fund during construction of a speculative building in
the Black Oak Industrial Park.
noted that although the county owns the building, the state makes the
required payments on it.
officials presented their monthly activity reports and magistrates approved
claims and transfers before adjourning.
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Additional arrests made
By Dennis Brown
of the FIVCO Area Drug Enforcement (FADE) Task Force and the Vanceburg Police
Department made additional arrests in a roundup which began July 11 in the
Gillum, director of FADE, said the arrests stemmed from primarily informant buys
over the past several months in the Vanceburg area. Some buys, he said, were in
December while most took place during the past three months.
said the majority of the charges deal with trafficking in Oxycodone. The 30
grand jury indictments were sealed and the timing of the arrests was set to
catch the alleged dealers off-guard.
of the task force joined up with members of the Vanceburg Police Department
before 6:00 a.m. July 11 and reviewed folders on each of the cases then fanned
out to make arrests and lodge suspects in the Lewis County Detention Center.
Noon on Saturday the team had made 20 arrests and another arrest was made
Saturday evening. Two additional
were made last. A spokesman with the task force said seven other arrests are
arrested and charged last week were:
Zornes, 46, of Vanceburg, charged with first degree trafficking in a
Russell Dyer, 29, of Vanceburg, charged with first degree trafficking in a
arrests and charges made last week and July 11 are in addition to the 32
arrests made June 27 by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.
organizations of FADE are the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, Grayson
Police Department, Flatwoods Police Department, Raceland Police Department
and Russell Police Department. Officers from each of the departments make up
the FADE Task Force.
wishing to report illegal drug activity should call FADE at 606-836-0442 or
locally at 606-796-6563. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Accident results in death
A Lewis County couple has died as the result of
an accident involving three vehicles at Tollesboro.
According to a spokesman with the Morehead Post
of the Kentucky State Police, the accident happened at about 4:00 p.m. Friday at
the intersection of the AA Highway and Ky. Rt. 57 at Tollesboro.
The spokesman said the KSP Post received a call
from the Lewis County Dispatch Center informing the post of a fatal accident.
Trooper Chad Bowling was dispatched to the scene.
The spokesman said a 2004 Chevrolet pick-up
operated by Jack Mullikin, 88, of Salt Lick Road, Tollesboro, was traveling on
Ky. Rt. 57 and apparently pulled into the path of a 1997 International
tractor-trailer operated by Barry Pennington.
The tractor-trailer sent the pick-up into the
path of a 2005 Toyota Highlander operated by Gail Vice of Ewing. When the
pick-up struck the Highlander, it overturned and came to rest on its top,
according to the spokesman.
Mullikin and a passenger in the pick-up, Evelyn
Mullikin, 83, were pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner Tony
There were no other injuries, according to the
The accident remains under investigation by
Trooper Bowling. Members of the Tollesboro Fire and Rescue Squad assisted at the
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Special election to fill senatorial
Voters in Kentucky’s 18th
Senatorial District will be choosing who will finish the remainder of the term
left vacant after Charlie Borders stepped down from the position last week to
accept an appointment to the Public Service Commission.
A special election has been scheduled by
Governor Steve Beshear for Tuesday, August 25. Beshear appointed Borders last
Wednesday to the $117,000-a-year position with the PSC.
Borders had made an announcement on Monday that
he was considering stepping down. The appointment became effective immediately
and Beshear soon set a date for the special election.
The Republican Executive Committee met Saturday
morning at the Lewis County Courthouse and announced they unanimously selected
Dr. Jack Ditty, 60, of Bellefonte as their nominee to run for the seat. Democrat
leaders are scheduled to meet in Greenup on Tuesday to choose that party’s
State Representative Robin Webb and Greenup
businessman L. Todd Eashtam have each expressed an interest in running as the
The winner in the special election will hold the
seat through 2010. The 18th District is comprised of Bracken, Carter,
Greenup, Lewis, Mason and Robertson Counties.
The Senate is presently comprised of 21
Republicans, 16 Democrats and one Independent.
Borders said the move will allow him to spend
more time with his family and he will continue to maintain his home in Grayson.
He plans to rent a condo in Scott County where he will stay during the week.
In addition to his duties as State Senator,
Borders served as Executive Director of King’s Daughters Health Foundation and
Director of Administrative Services at King’s Daughters Medical Center in
Ashland. His appointment to the PSC is for four years.
Borders, who was chairman of the Appropriations
and Revenue Committee in the Senate, defeated incumbent Nelson Allen to win the
seat in 1990 and has held the position since. He was the second most influential
member of the Senate behind Senate President David Williams.
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changes announced at school board meeting
Members of the Lewis County Board of Education
learned of some changes in personnel in the school system and the hiring of a
new employee at the central office during the July regular meeting last week at
the central office.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. reported that
Nick Adams had been hired as Director of District Services and will work out of
the central office. Adams had previously worked with the Lewis County School
System and was most recently with the Carter County School System as principal
at West Carter High School.
Reeder announced the retirement of Belinda
Forman at the end of July, stating that she “. . . is a great co-worker and is
going to be missed.” He said duties handled by Forman will be divided among
other staff members at the central office.
Some of the other staff changes at the central
office announced by Reeder included Jamie Weddington, from principal at LCHS to
Director of Pupil Personnel and Kevin Duff, from Director of Pupil Personnel to
Director of Federal Programs.
Diane Johnson reported to board members about a
recent professional development session held for administrators and counselors.
Johnson said a representative from the US Census Bureau met with those in
attendance and discussed ways that teachers could work with students to help
educate about the upcoming census and help Lewis County to get a more accurate
count on population.
She said administrators were also given training
on recently installed computer software for the school system. Reeder noted that
concentration will now be on what attendees worked on during that session and
the need to implement what was learned.
Reeder said a site visit to Tollesboro
Elementary School was planned to see how the construction project was going and
to make sure everything would be in place there by the time classes get underway
for students on August 6.
In other business, board members approved the
second reading of 2009-2010 Policies which reflect recent changes in legislation
and a few updates; approved 2009-2010 Procedures with no major changes from the
previous version; approved a Pandemic Response Matrix to have a plan in place in
the event of a widespread health issue; approved a 25 cent increase on all lunch
and breakfast prices except reduced lunches; and approved a change order
totaling $187.48 for the Tollesboro Elementary project to add some vents and
In the Superintendent’s Report, Reeder noted
other transfers within the district including Jennie Enix to District-Wide
Secondary Instructional Coordinator; Stephanie Gastauer to District-Wide
Elementary Instructional Coordinator; Suzanne Pick, teacher at TES; Jessica
Holt, teacher at TES; Scott Sullivan, teacher at LES; Lori O’Keefe,
District-Wide Behavior Intervention Teacher; Bob Smith, LCMS Math Intervention
Teacher; Patty Owens, LCMS Reading Intervention Teacher; Tammy Ginn, TES Reading
Intervention Teacher; Sheila Ruark, GES Math Intervention Teacher; Missy Tuel,
Reading Intervention Teacher; Stacy Underwood, Math Intervention Teacher; Gigi
Mauney, Principal at LCHS; and Allen Chad Kidwell, Principal at LCMS.
Certified placements included Samantha Reams,
LCMS; Anna Davis, TES; Nicholle Routt, LES; Christel Harr and Sarah Porter, GES.
Classified resignation: Glenda Lewis as
instructional assistant. Classified hires: Johnda Wireman, athletic trainer; and
Keith Welch, computer technology maintenance technician I. Classified transfer:
Wanda Hobbs, teacher assistant at LCHS. Extra duties resignation: Kasey Nolen,
Board members approved the treasurer report and
payment of bills before adjourning.
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