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soldier Chris Wright killed in Afghanistan
Fighting in Afghanistan hit home last week when
family members of Army Specialist Christopher S. Wright of Tollesboro were
notified of his death.
Military officials notified Wright’s father,
Jim Cochran, on Thursday morning at Tollesboro Supply. The family operates
Tollesboro Supply and T-City Pizza on Ky. Rt. 10 in Tollesboro.
Initial reports were that Wright was struck in
the chest by shrapnel when an explosive device struck his unit and died while in
Wright, 23, was a 2005 graduate of Lewis County
High School and had worked at Ron’s IGA. He enlisted in the Army within a few
days of his 18th birthday. Friends said he had always had a passion
for military service.
Wright was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in
Savannah, Georgia. His body was returned to the United States on Saturday
morning at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Wright was on his second tour-of-duty and had
been deployed on this tour since June.
As word spread of the soldier’s death in the
Tollesboro community, words of condolence poured in to the family and
members of the community lowered flags to half-staff. Churches changed their
message boards and black ribbons were placed on storefronts and the front
doors at Tollesboro Elementary School where Cochran attended classes as a
Patriotic wreaths were placed at the entrance of
Tollesboro Supply as community members continued to stop by and express
their sympathies to the family.
Wright’s step-mother, Michele Cochran, said
after his stint in the Army, Wright had plans of earning a business degree
in college and starting his own business.
Michele Cochran said the family is touched by
the expressions of sympathy which continue to come from within, and far
from, the community. “He was a hero,” she said.
In addition to his father, step-mother and two
step-brothers in Tollesboro, Wright has family in Indiana.
Michele Cochran, said on Sunday that
arrangements are incomplete for services and the body hadn’t been returned
to Tollesboro yet by the military.
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hears AppaPhil philosophy
By Dennis Brown
Vanceburg City Council met in special session
last week and heard details of some of the plans for Lewis County by The Center
of Appalachian Philanthropy.
Mandilyn Hart, Executive Director of The Center
of Appalachian Philanthropy, or AppaPhil, said the primary objective of the
non-profit organization is to attract philanthropic investment in Appalachia.
Hart said the organization offers networking
platforms and educational support services to non-profits as well as providing
and attracting resources to help organizations fulfill their missions.
Hart told council members that Lewis and Carter
counties are two of the 10 Kentucky counties currently targeted. Eight others
are in West Virginia and seven, including Scioto County, are in Ohio.
The organization’s office is located in
Hart said several grant opportunities exist for
areas such as those in Vanceburg and Lewis County. “The community has to work
together,” she said. “Agencies should work together.”
Vanceburg’s Main Street Coordinator Patty
Kennard told Hart that local officials had heard the same sales pitch before but
that once the pitch was made, nothing further was heard from those making the
“Don’t do us the same old song and dance,”
Kennard said. “We want you to stick with us.”
Hart said a just completed grant proposal
written to benefit Vanceburg and Lewis County looks promising and a partnership
grant to benefit Lewis and Carter schools would
amount to $500,000 per year for five years.
She also suggested the creation of a marketing
plan for the community with three to five year milestone markers. She said
she had reviewed the community’s comprehensive plan and noted there are
some lofty goals that have no timelines or plans for meeting them.
Tammy Cooper, Director of AppaCARES, a division
of AppaPhil, reviewed local demographics with council members and pointed
out some deficiencies that could be addressed in partnership with
Hart distributed information in attaining a
Promising Future for Our Appalachian Communities targeting Vanceburg and
Hart made recommendations for helping to better
Lewis County and Vanceburg by enhancing education for students, promoting
tourism and building up Vanceburg to provide job growth and increased tax
revenues for Vanceburg and Lewis County.
Hart said expanding broadband service and making
it available in rural areas of the county would be a priority and that
working with providers and landowners would be a step in the right
Hart discussed some local projects with council
members including the location of a hotel in the city, utilizing the old
grade school on Second Street as a community center and developing the
Additional information on the organization is
available at www.appalachianphilanthropy.org
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roll in for Amnesty Program
Thousands of used tires made a final trip last week to a collection area
at the Lewis County Solid Waste lot near Vanceburg.
The tires will be recycled into other products or become a type of fuel.
The tire disposal program helps keep tires out of landfills and from being
improperly disposed of where they could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes,
or burned where they would create environmental problems.
Lewis County Solid Waste Coordinator John Teager oversaw the unloading and
sorting of the tires last week as workers and locally housed state inmates
offloaded tires from the backs of pick-ups, low-boys and horse trailers.
Disposal of the tires is at no cost to the individuals dropping them off.
Ricky Solomon, Recycling Assistance Section Supervisor with the Kentucky
Division of Waste Management, said the Tire Amnesty Program has been successful
statewide and credited Teager with his work in coordinating the Lewis County
“John has done an excellent job,” he said. “The great success with
the program in Lewis County is a result of his promotion of the program and his
help in rounding up the tires.”
Solomon said the program was established in 1998 and this tire roundup
marked the fourth held in Lewis County. Previous Lewis County roundups were held
in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Solomon said the program is currently being funded through the state’s
budget bill and the program will allow for 59 counties to participate over the
two year budget period.
More than 10,000 Lewis County tires were disposed of through the program
in 1999, nearly doubled to 19,749 in 2003, and increased again to nearly 24,000
tires in 2007.
Solomon said he has noticed fewer tires being brought in to participating
counties this year, an indication the program is working. “There are fewer
tires around out there,” he said Friday.
The program is part of the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s (EEC)
ongoing effort to rid Kentucky’s landscape of waste tires.
During a waste tire amnesty individuals drop off their unwanted tires
at a location within their county. The EEC collects the tires and
recycles them through “beneficial end use” markets to become products such
as tire-derived fuel or crumb rubber.
The program is supported by the Waste Tire Trust Fund established by
the Kentucky General Assembly in 1998. The General Assembly passed legislation requiring
tire retailers to collect a $1 fee on all new replacement motor vehicle tires
Retailers may retain five cents to offset administrative costs, but
the balance is required to go in the Waste Tire Trust Fund. This fund is
dedicated to managing scrap tires and developing sustainable markets for
recycled tire products.
The Division of Waste Management uses a portion of the funds
collected to conduct the Tire Amnesty program in each Kentucky county. The
division contracts for the removal and delivery of the recovered tires to
beneficial end-use markets. Multiple-county programs are included under each
contract to achieve an economy of scale necessary to attract large,
The program was originally designed as a one-time offer to citizens, but
the success of the first Tire Amnesty resulted in the 2002 Kentucky General
Assembly authorizing its continuation.
To date, Tire Amnesty is responsible for the proper disposal of more than 16.5
million waste tires. The state has also developed an important end-use market
with Owensboro Municipal Utilities to burn waste tires as fuel in its operation.
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Fraley is candidate for City Council
Karen Fraley has filed as a candidate for
Vanceburg City Council in the upcoming November Election.
Fraley is a lifelong resident of Lewis
County and is a graduate of Lewis County High School. She has resided in
Vanceburg for the past 25 years.
Fraley is the daughter of the late Earl and
Molly Lewis. Her son, Jeremy, is an Occupational Therapist in Hillsboro, Ohio,
where he resides with his wife, Rachel.
“I held various operations and managerial positions
with US Shoe/Nine West for more than 28 years,” Fraley said. She has been an
employee of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office for the past 11 years. She also
works part-time at Vanceburg Foodland.
“I know what working with a budget and taxpayers’
money means,” she said. “If elected, I will work hard with the city, county
and state officials to improve our community and benefit the citizens,” she
“I look forward to speaking to each citizen and to
hearing all of your concerns and suggestions for making Vanceburg a better place
to live and work,” she said. “Let’s make a change.”
Photo/Lewis County Herald
Fraley is a candidate for Vanceburg City Council.
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library inches closer to reality
Meeting in regular session this month the
Trustee Board of the Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis County made
further progress toward the construction plans for a new public library.
Jeff Pearson of Pearson and Peters
Architects, Lexington, went over several drawings of different aspects of the
new building. He told the board that the square footage has been reduced from
nearly 9,600 square feet down to about 9,500 square feet because regulations
call for a one foot overhang on the roof. Therefore, the walls were all moved
He assured the board, however, that the
change did not affect the furnishings or the amount of shelving in the building.
Pearson told the board that a big tree on
the boundary of the board property and the Wolfe property is a threat in severe
weather to both the mobile home on that property and to the new library. It
needs to be removed but can only be removed with the consent of the owners of
both pieces of property. The library would foot the bill for the total removal
Jeremy Stamm from the Buffalo Trace Area Development District relayed a message
from Kevin Cornette that the specs need to be completed by September 15, so the
project could be bid out.
Pearson responded by saying that he
and Cornette had discussed that issue and that he had already said that deadline
is impossible to meet. He hopes to have the specs ready by October 1. The board
moved to adopt the Environmental Mitigation Resolution required by the EPA.
The board adopted tax rates for the next
fiscal year. For the motor vehicle and watercraft tax and the real property and
personal property taxes the board adopted the compensating rates. That’s the
lowest the board can adopt. The motor vehicle and watercraft rate is 1.76 per
$100 of assessed value. The real estate rate is 5.3 and the personal property
rate is 9.40.
Library Director Marilyn Conway told the
board that the library needs a new copier. The board moved to purchase a new one
at an estimated cost of $1,500.
The Director’s report showed that 876
patrons came to the library in July. Of those 1,364 signed up for the free
computer usage with the Internet being accessed 678 times. Patrons checked out
4,399 books from the library and 1,299 from the Bookmobile.
Board President Lena Fugate announced that
the next regular session of the board would be on Tuesday, September 14, at the
library at 1:00 p.m.
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