July 20, 2010,
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Missing youth found unharmed
- Some hurt, some charged in Quincy accidents - Plant
Board to save by refinancing bonds - House Speaker visits
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youth found unharmed
A Lewis County youth was found unharmed
last week less than 24 hours after he had been reported missing by his parents.
Larry Colley, who coordinated search efforts in Lewis
County, said a call was received from the boy’s parents about 10:15 a.m.
Tuesday reporting that the 12-year-old had walked away from his home sometime
“A prime concern of mine was that the parents reported
the boy has asthma and was without an inhaler,” Colley said.
Colley said he contacted Larry Dixon, the area manager
for Kentucky Emergency Management’s Morehead office, and relayed the
information to him.
Colley said he met Dixon at the boy’s home and they
interviewed his mother and father to gather as much information as possible to
use in searching for the youth. Colley had also put out a call to fire
departments for volunteers and four-wheelers to be used in the search.
He said an organizational headquarters was set up near
the home about 2.6 miles from the Carter County line on Ky. Rt. 59. Volunteers
responded with equipment from Camp Dix, Kinniconick and Garrison Volunteer Fire
Departments and were working in conjunction with Lewis County Sheriff’s
Deputies, KSP Troopers and a unit from Rowan County Rescue.
The initial search area included wooded areas around the
home and questioning nearby residents to ask if they had seen the youngster.
As the day progressed other agencies were notified and
the search area expanded. Colley said a team from Commonwealth Search and Rescue
arrived on the scene as well as volunteers from Olive Hill Fire Department.
He said because of the proximity of Interstate 64 to the
search area, Department of Transportation and Vehicle Enforcement units were
alerted and were checking along the highway and at rest areas.
“The alert went out statewide,” Colley said.
“Pretty much every unit operating in Kentucky was aware of the missing boy and
was looking for him.”
Colley said separate witness reported having seen the
boy in the early morning hours near the intersection of Ky. Rt. 59 and Ky. Rt. 2
in Carter County and the search progressed in that direction.
He said KSP sent out an alert to the media along with a
photo of the boy asking for any information that could be helpful in the search.
He said evidence was found that the boy had been at that
location and concentrated search efforts were moved to that area. The
command center was relocated to the fire department
in Olive Hill and volunteers joined officials in searching the city street
by street and door to door.
Colley said the search extended several miles in
each direction from Olive Hill and officials with the Kentucky Department of
Fish and Wildlife Resources helped to search in rural areas as well as barns
and buildings in the area.
Colley noted that a city park at Olive Hill was
searched more than once on Tuesday with no signs that the youngster had been
Colley said a heavy rain lasting about 40 minutes
Tuesday afternoon only slightly hampered search activities because of
limited visibility. It was at about that time, he said, that officials and
volunteers were comparing notes and putting additional ideas together to
continue the search.
Colley said full search efforts continued until
about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when the effort was relaxed until early the next
As the search efforts picked back up Wednesday
morning, Olive Hill Police Officers discovered the boy inside a building at
the Olive Hill City Park.
“He had been asleep in the building and the door
was locked,” Colley said. “Officers found him and a short time later he
was reunited with his parents safe and sound.”
Colley commended everyone involved in the search
efforts. “We used every resource available,” he said. “They searched
miles and miles of roadways, ditch lines, culverts, under bridges, in barns
and door-to-door. No stone was left unturned.”
“Everyone worked great together,” Colley said of
the search effort. “I especially appreciate the efforts of Dispatcher
Patty Beth Moore,” he added. He said Moore was helping to coordinate
search efforts from the dispatch center while also handling and directing
calls for several other agencies.
“I’m thankful for the input of information from
people,” Colley said. “It made a turning point in the direction of the
search,” he said. Witnesses had reported to officials that the boy had
been seen at various locations between his home and Olive Hill.
Colley said having cellular telephone service
available in the search area also was a great help in his coordination of
field efforts during the search efforts.
“We are very happy the situation ended the way it
did,” Colley said. “Knowing his medical condition and history of asthma,
we increased our efforts to do everything we could to find him,” he said.
He said the boy reportedly had taken a few things
with him, including some food and a change of clothes. “He did have some
nourishment and dry clothes,” Colley said. “The main thing is he is safe
and back at home.”
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some charged in Quincy accidents
By Dennis Brown
separate accidents near Quincy last week are under investigation by the Lewis
County Sheriff’s Department.
Tom Polley is investigating a two vehicle last Monday afternoon that sent three
people to the hospital.
said the accident happened about 12:30 p.m. Monday on Ky. Rt. 8 at Quincy Curve.
said a 2004 Ford Escort, operated by Paul Cooper, 36, of Garrison and a 2005
Chevrolet Silverado pick-up, operated by Jan Bolander, 26, of Garrison, were
traveling west on the roadway.
said the Cooper vehicle had stopped to pick up "Doc" Martin Wilburn
and was struck in the rear by the pick-up.
Cooper and a passenger in the Escort, Michelle Cooper, 33, of Garrison, were
taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, by ambulance.
Bolander was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.
of the Garrison and Black Oak Fire and Rescue Squads assisted at the scene.
Polley is continuing the investigation into the accident.
second accident happened on Ky. Rt. 8 just west of Quincy on Tuesday
Deputy Johnny Bivens said the accident happened as a 2000 Ford Ranger,
operated by Brandon Brickey, 35, of Blue Creek, Ohio, was traveling east on
the roadway when Brickey apparently lost control of the vehicle.
said the vehicle traveled across the center line and into the west bound
lane when the operator overcorrected. He said the vehicle then went off the
right side of the roadway and struck a ditch causing the vehicle to overturn
and finally come to rest in an upright position.
said Brickey was taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center at Maysville
for treatment of minor injuries.
He said following
Brickey’s release from the hospital, he was taken to the Lewis Coutny
Detention Center and charged with first offense DUI.
Two passengers in the
vehicle, Greg Masters, 46, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Johnda Kerns, 45, were
arrested at the scene and lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center on
charges of alcohol intoxication.
Bivens was assisted at the
scene by Deputy Dwayne Stone, Deputy Joe Templeman and Garrison Fire and
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Board to save by refinancing bonds
Members of the Vanceburg Electric
Plant Board took steps last week that should save the local utility more than
$300,000 in interest payments over the next 20 years.
Board members took the first steps
in refinancing some revenue bonds that were initially issued in 2000 for
electric improvements. About $4.1 million remains of the original $5 million
Plant Board Superintendent Bill Tom
Stone said officials with Ross, Sinclaire and Associates, a Cincinnati brokerage
and investment banking firm, contacted him concerning the matter.
R.J. Palmer, an associate with the
firm, presented information to board members showing projected annual savings of
between $15,000 and $23,000 on interest payments by refinancing.
“Refinancing is very common in our
world,” Palmer told board members.
While the current principal balance
is $4.15 million, the newly financed amount will be about $390,000 more. That
amount, according to Palmer, includes costs associated with refinancing the
“It is in excess of a good time to
refinance,” Palmer said. “Rates are near historic lows.”
Total projected payments on the
proposed bond issue would amount to $6,934,625 compared with total payments of
$7,317,230 if the plant board continued to pay off the current bonds at the
higher interest rate.
Since the bonds are issued to the
City of Vanceburg, Plant Board members voted to request the city adopt an
ordinance to allow for the refinancing of the bonds. Council agreed to the
request during its regular meeting last week by holding a first reading of the
Palmer said it will take about 30 to
60 days to get the bonds refinanced after authorization is granted. Council
plans a second reading of the ordinance during regular session on August 2.
During the superintendent’s report
to board members, Stone said a project to provide water service to residents on
Old Trace is near completion with lines set to be tied in with the Rattlesnake
Ridge Water District.
Stone said FEMA officials are
working with utility officials to complete applications for fund reimbursement
to pay for damage following flooding in May. He said the costs associated with
damage repairs are expected to exceed $100,000.
He told board members that two firms
have responded to a request to provide a rate study to the utility company. The
study was suggested at an earlier meeting to help get rates for the different
utility services in line with what they should be. Some rates, including water
and sewer, have remained unchanged for several years.
Stone said the estimates for the
rate study ranged significantly between the two firms with the higher end at
He suggested the possibility of
having USDA conduct the rate study at no cost since they would likely do a study
anyway in preparing to loan money to the utility company for impending sewer
“The time has come for us to do
that,” said board member Charles Ross.
Stone discussed new requirements
concerning mapping of the company’s natural gas lines and requested authority
to name assistant supervisors for the water and electric departments.
Board members authorized Stone to
discuss the positions with each department’s supervisor and fill the positions
with the employees who are next in line.
The board voted to go into closed
session to discuss proposed or pending litigation and took no action when
returning to open session.
The board approved financial reports
and the payment of bills before adjourning.
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Speaker visits fiscal court
House Speaker Greg Stumbo stopped in Lewis
County last week to address magistrates and offer his support for the betterment
of Lewis County through his position in state government.
Stumbo told magistrates the best way to help out
Kentucky counties is to figure out a way to bring jobs and opportunities to the
“I believe that to make Kentucky grow, we have
to make ourselves attractive,” he said.
He said improvements should be made in schools
and infrastructure as well as cultivating entertainment opportunities. “And we
need to bring our communications systems up,” he said.
“We need to sell the quality of life that we
are enjoying,” Stumbo said. “Sometimes we forget what we have and how lucky
we are to have it.”
said he has enjoyed hunting and fishing in Lewis County and mentioned those are
marketable things as far as attracting some business to the area. “Lewis
County is a remarkable county,” he said.
“We have to promote what we have. Kentucky
can’t grow unless all of Kentucky grows,” he said.
“We need to think outside the box a little
bit,” he continued. “We may not be able to get Toyota here, but we can get
workers from here to Toyota.”
Stumbo said workers from Lewis County, as well as his
home county of Floyd, travel to Toyota Manufacturing facilities in Georgetown
each week to work. He noted that growth in one part of the state can help
Before closing, Stumbo told magistrates they could
contact him any time. “I can give you two things,” he said. “As much time
as you need, and the truth.”
David Hayes, a candidate for 96th District
State Representative, was traveling with Stumbo and also addressed court
“I’m proud of these Ten Commandments hanging on the
wall here,” Hayes told magistrates as he motioned to the document.
“I went down to Frankfort recently and told them two
things I wanted to see done in the 96th District,” Hayes said.
“One of those things was improving cell phone service in Lewis County.”
Hayes said he was put in contact with AT&T officials
who gave him some good news for Lewis County.
He said the officials confirmed a new cellular site was
planned to be put into operation next year to improve cell service between
Tollesboro and Maysville. He added he will be pressing for improved service in
Vanceburg and other areas of the county where service is inadequate.
“I want to show that I am serious about serving the
people,” he said.
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Speaker Greg Stumbo spoke to fiscal court members during a regular session last
week at the Lewis County Courthouse.
Judge Executive Steve Applegate thanked Stumbo and Hayes
for their words. “And I appreciate anything you can do for the people of Lewis
County,” he added.
Taking up regular business last week, magistrates
approved an offer to sell property in the Tollesboro Industrial Park adjacent to
Primary Plus at a cost of $10,000 per acre.
Applegate said a medical type facility that would create
20 to 25 jobs is interested in locating near Primary Plus.
In related measures, magistrates agreed to offer
property to Primary Plus surrounding their facility for any future growth, also
at $10,000 per acre, and approved to advertise for logging and pulp wood in an
area behind Primary Plus.
Applegate said three to four acres in the industrial
park could be cleared to create more space in that area of the park. All of the
items were recommended by the Industrial Park advisory board.
Magistrates tabled a matter to advertise about 55 acres
of property in the Industrial Park for hay production. The acreage has been
leased on an annual basis for the past several years for the purpose of growing
and harvesting hay.
Magistrates raised the possibility of increasing the
term to more than one year to allow the tenant to apply fertilizer in the fall
and reap the benefits the following year. Magistrates said they would follow the
recommendation of the Industrial Park advisory board.
Magistrates approved the appointment of Andrea Buckner
to the Camp Dix Volunteer Fire Department Tax Board to a term expiring in 2012
and approved the acknowledgement of the receipt of annual budgets for several
taxing districts in the county.
Magistrates approved the annual county treasurer’s
settlement after presentation by Treasurer Kathy Dillow. “Every fund is in
balance to the penny,” she told magistrates.
County officials presented their monthly reports and
magistrates approved the payment of bills before adjourning.
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hears complaints of nuisances
Fast drivers and trashy properties were the hot
topics last week at the regular meeting of Vanceburg City Council.
Vanceburg businessman Danny McCane addressed
council and said speeding on Market Street, where he operates his business, has
been a problem for some time.
He said a recent auto accident on the street finally
prompted him to see if something could be done.
McCane said the operator of the speeding vehicle
involved in the accident was not insured and one of the vehicles damaged was
covered only by liability insurance.
“What can we do to slow these people down?” he
The possibility of locating speed bumps on the street
was brought up and soon discounted because the speed control devices can only be
used in certain residential areas, not through streets.
McCane noted there are no posted speed limits on the
street and Mayor Angie Patton responded she would research the speed limit for
Market Street and have the limit posted. She added she would notify city police
officers of the problem and have patrols increased in the area to slow down the
Patty Kennard, who serves as the city’s zoning
enforcement official, said she had received numerous complaints concerning
property on Halbert Street littered with junk and that people who rent the
property have chickens, which are prohibited in the city limits.
Kennard said she had spoken with the owner and given him
two weeks to correct the problems. She added another property on Fairlane Drive
is home to some 60 chickens.
“This goes against the nuisance ordinance,” she told
council members. “If they don’t comply, we can fine them $500. We need the
money. Why don’t we do it?”
Kennard also mentioned other properties in the city she
called “eyesores”. “People should come in and file a complaint. The
property owners will have seven days to comply and then we need to fine them,”
“It really, really, really needs to be done,” she
added. “We need to enforce the law.”
Kennard said property owners who live near the offending
properties are the ones who suffer the consequences because of having to put up
with the problems and the devaluation of their property.
Council member Denver Moore, who serves as the city’s
representative on the Electric Plant Board, gave a Plant Board update to
Moore said the Plant Board adopted a budget in June and
gave an update on the progress of the upcoming sewer upgrade project in the
Council heard the first reading of two ordinances which
will allow the Plant Board to refinance a loan at lower interest rates to save
money and approved a legal services agreement which allows City Attorney John
Holder to handle issues relating to a Rural Development loan for the
construction of a new fire station/community center.
Patton said she would discuss a possible maximum number
of hours to allow for Holder in the agreement and bring it back before the
council. Holder’s fees would be $100 per hour after three hours.
Anita Gilbert, a candidate for Lewis County Judge
Executive, addressed council and informed them a company that had applied to
dredge sand for profit from the Ohio River at Lewis County has tentatively
withdrawn their application.
Gilbert said the dredging would not improve navigation
in the river and said it would likely hurt the environment as well as cause
erosion problems on both sides of the river. She thanked council members for
signing a petition to keep the dredging from happening.
She also informed council members that a company which
had looked at the speculative building at the Black Oak Industrial Park had
chosen to locate in Morgan County.
Gilbert said the prospect had told her the restrictions
associated with the spec building were prohibitive and that the judge executive
in Morgan County was very aggressive in marketing that county to the company.
She said Morgan County was able to offer a better deal for the company.
Council approved minutes of the previous meeting and
payment of bills before adjourning.
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