August 10, 2010,
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Shooting incident leaves one dead,
one critical - Flood aid now available, help
centers opening - Three teens hurt in four-wheeler accident
- Thacker's Chapel could be beyond repair after flood - Council
meets in brief session
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incident leaves one dead, one critical
Charters man is dead and his common-law wife is in critical condition following
an incident Saturday morning at the woman's home on Holly Road.
Deputy Johnny Bivens said the incident happened about 10:00 a.m. at the
residence of of Shirley Thurman, 59, and her son. Bivens said Fred Bevins, 71,
had been hiding behind the residence and when Thurman stepped onto the front
porch to talk with her landlord, Bevins appeared and shot Thurman in the back
then turned the gun on himself.
was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, and
Bevins was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Jim Estepp.
April 27, Bevins was arrested and charged with third degree arson and fourth
degree assault by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department. The charges resulted
after Bevins allegedly
Thurman and set their Holly Road residence on fire.
said Lewis County Family Court issued a Domestic Violence Order prohibiting
Bevins from communicating with Thurman, remain at least 1,000 feet from
Thurman and her residence, and not possess any firearms for the duration of
the DVO, which was effective until May 6, 2013.
said Bevins was released from the Lewis County Detention Center on July 9 on
a $40,000 property bond.
landlord, Danny Rowe, called authorities for assistance when the incident
happened. Thurman was struck in the lower back, according to a spokesman,
who added that Bevins may have been waiting in the area for some time.
incident remains under investigation by Deputy Gary Sparks, Deputy Jason
Hill and Bivens. They were assisted at the scene by MedCorp Ambulance.
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flood aid now available, FEMA centers opening
By Dennis Brown
in Lewis and Carter counties who suffered damages during the July severe storms
and flooding will be able to get one-on-one information about federal and state
disaster assistance programs at Disaster Recovery Centers beginning this week.
centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, through
Saturday, August 14, at the Lewis County Volunteer Fire Department on Lions Lane
near Lewis County Middle School or at the Olive Hill Historical Society at 120
Comet Drive in Olive Hill.
centers are staffed by Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration
are encouraged to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free
at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585.
recovery specialists at the centers can check an individual's application
status, answer questions, or review information needed to process their
application. Recovery specialists also can supply contacts for other state,
federal and voluntary agency programs that may be able to help.
representatives will be there to answer any questions about the SBA's
low-interest disaster loans available to homeowners, renters, businesses and
private non-profit organizations of all sizes. SBA representatives are available
to assist with completing and submitting disaster loan applications.
mitigation specialists are also at the centers with information on flood
insurance and how to rebuild safer and stronger after a flood.
emergency managers also have information for people with unmet needs. A
list of all county emergency managers can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov.
information, photos and links for this and other open disasters can be found
at www.kyem.ky.gov and www.fema.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure
that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our
capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and
mitigate all hazards.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color,
religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic
status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against,
call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation
expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do
not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan.
However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit
them to the SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property,
vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
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teens hurt in accident involving four-wheelers
are investigating an accident involving two four-wheelers last Monday afternoon
on Laurel Road near the Lewis/Carter County line.
Gary Sparks said a Honda 400-EX operated by Blake Enix, 16, was traveling north
on the roadway. The four-wheeler was being followed by a Honda TRX-400 operated
by Trent Ryan, 16.
said the leading four-wheeler slowed and was struck in the rear by the second
four-wheeler causing the second four-wheeler to go off the right side of the
roadway and into a creek bed.
and a passenger on the second four-wheeler, Michael
16, were thrown from the vehicle and Enix was also thrown from the vehicle he
was operating. All three teenagers are from the Walnut Grove Ridge area in
Carter County, according to Sparks.
said a motorist came by on the roadway shortly after the accident and called for
help. Members of the Camp Dix Fire and Rescue Squad responded along with MedCorp
Ambulance. Garvin was airlifted from the scene to St. Mary's Medical Center in
Huntington, West Virginia, while Enix and Ryan were taken to St. Claire Medical
Center in Morehead for treatment, according to Sparks.
accident remains under investigation by Deputy Tom Polley and Deputy Sparks.
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Chapel could be beyond repair after flood
While damage to the church building
on Ky. Rt. 377 may not be evident to those passing by, the damage to the
foundation of the structure was extensive enough to relocate services to the
adjacent fellowship hall.
Thacker’s Chapel Church Pastor
Ronnie Riggs said when flood waters receded on July 21, he and some others
stopped by the church to check things out. They noticed the carpeting in the
building was dry and thought all was OK, excepting some displaced gravel and
A couple of days later the damage
became more evident.
Riggs said cracks began to appear in
the walls and the original part of the sanctuary, built in 1937, began to
separate from later additions.
Riggs said the original structure
was constructed on stacks of large rocks, following the building methods of the
time. The rushing water ran beneath the building and apparently washed away soil
beneath some of the stacks of rocks.
He said the building has been
settling down in the locations where the water appeared to have caused the most
erosion under the foundation stones.
The fellowship hall, located
directly behind the sanctuary, is located closer to ground level. Flood water
got inside that separate building to a depth of about one foot and left a layer
of mud on the concrete floor.
Riggs said church members jumped in
to clean the building and when it was determined that services could not be
conducted in the sanctuary, they began to prepare the fellowship hall for the
He said drinking water for workers
and cleaning supplies brought in by the Red Cross were picked up from the
Kinniconick Fire Department.
Floors were scrubbed and walls were
repainted, the pulpit, some pews and the altar were relocated to the fellowship
hall. The services, which average about 20 in attendance, were temporarily moved
until more long-term plans are made and implemented.
Riggs said there are about 12
children who attend Sunday School at the church. Classrooms had been added to
the rear of the church building in the 1960s but the only access was through the
Since that portion of the building
was not apparently damaged, members removed a window and replaced it with a
door, then added a porch to allow access to the classrooms without having to go
through the damaged sanctuary.
Riggs said he is afraid the
structure can’t be saved.
He said as the building continues to
settle the wall cracks are
expanding. “Rafters and joists are
broken,” he said. “The floor is pulled away from the pulpit area and
everything below the floor is ruined. We’ll probably need a new structure.”
“This is a time of healing for the
congregation,” Riggs said. “We just have to get over it first and we’ll
Riggs said this is the first time
that he knows of the water has been that deep in the area. He said there was no
water near the church building during May flooding around the county. “There
was never anything like this,” he said.
Several members have been working as
they can since the flood hit. Riggs said most of the members have jobs with
various shifts and with school preparing to start, he said, it’s been tough to
get workers there at the same time.
And many of the members also have
flood damage of their own to deal with.
Riggs, who works at Carmeuse Lime in
Mason County, said he has no idea of the dollar value of the damage, but the
church will continue. “We’ll do something,” he said. “I don’t know
when or how big, but we’ll do something.”
He said while there is insurance on
the building, it doesn’t cover flood damage. He’s been in contact with FEMA
representatives and is dealing with paperwork now to try and get some
“There was a lot of damage across
the county,” Riggs said. “People lost their homes, their crops, their
businesses. We were very fortunate there was no loss of life.”
The structure is much more than just
a building to Riggs, his family and the congregation. “Roots run deep in this
church,” he said.
Riggs met his wife, Sharon, there
when his father, Charlie, was preaching a revival. They were later married
“There are five generations here
now,” he said. One baby was born to a member the day before the flood.
He said the small church is in need
of monetary donations to do some of the major work but understands the economy
is tough and money is tight.
“When you go to building
something, it adds up,” he said. “The cost of a board or two may not be too
much, but when you put a lot of them together . . .”
The offering was $123 on the
previous Sunday. “With the regular bills and trying to help people in need,
there isn’t much left over,” he said.
Riggs said any donations to assist
with repairs or rebuilding would be appreciated. “We’ll take what we can,”
he said. “We’ll get it. We’re going to stay.”
Donations to Thacker’s Chapel
Church may be sent in care of Fredia Plank, 498 Thurman Branch, Vanceburg KY
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meets in brief session
Vanceburg City Council last week
adopted ordinances which will allow the Vanceburg Electric Plant Board to save a
projected $300,000 in interest payments over the next 20 years.
The $5 million bond issue was made
in 2000 for electric improvements. The ordinances will allow for the bonds to be
refinanced at a lower interest rate.
Council also approved a legal
services agreement with John Holder to handle issues related to a rural
development grant/loan for the construction of a new fire station/community
center for the city.
The agreement allows for Holder to
be paid $100 per hour for his services with an $800 cap unless approved by
council in advance.
People’s Self-Help Housing
presented their annual report on the Green Street Apartments to the city.
PSHH manages the city owned property
and since the apartments were constructed in 1998, $1,000 of the profits has
been turned over to the city each year. The report also noted total payments to
Kentucky Housing Corporation of just
over $77,000 of the $427,000 original loan on the project.
The final payment on the zero
percent interest loan is due to KHC in 2024.
Mayor Angie Patton reported that a
$25,000 grant applied for by the city to make repairs at the boat dock
recreation area was turned down.
Patton said she hopes to work with
the carpentry class at the Career and Technical Center to provide labor to
renovate the shelter and picnic tables if the city purchases the materials.
Council Member Denver Moore
presented an update on the Plant Board to council members. Moore said the
utility company is preparing to map the natural gas lines as part of a recent
mandate from the Department of Transportation.
Before adjourning, council voted to
go into closed session to discuss the possible sale of property and proposed or
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