September 8, 2009,
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Improvements to ball field a
community volunteer effort - Emergency funding
allocated for Straight Fork - Residents invited to Tea
Party rally - Premier Financial Bancorp announces rival
acquisition - Gary Corns
is Lewis County Sheriff candidate
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to ball field a community volunteer effort
By Dennis Brown
to some generous donations of time and equipment, the ballfield at Garrison
Elementary School is being significantly upgraded.
the children walk on the field to play ball next year, they may not recognize
it,” said Thomas Massie, a parent who helped organize efforts to get the work
years, the ballfield has been plagued by poor drainage,” Massie said. Runoff
from the outfield has traditionally gone directly onto the infield, sometimes
sitting in low areas for several days.
said the conditions have lead to frequent game cancellations and disappointing
postponements during the spring baseball season. “Coaches have literally
faced an uphill battle trying to get the field in shape after every rain
shower,” he said.
and businesses in the area have recently undertaken a major project that will
hopefully change that.
the improvements are finished, the infield will be elevated eight inches,”
Massie said. “And some parts of the outfield will be over three feet lower
than before, which will facilitate a one percent to two percent grade, sloping
away from the infield to promote natural drainage.”
LeMaster, President of Tram Construction, has been the lead sponsor of the
project. He provided extensive use of his John Deere
850 dozer and his road grader, along with the fuel to keep them running.
glad to do anything to help the kids in the community,” LeMaster said.
“It’s something that has needed to be done for a long time and we recently
had the opportunity to get things together and complete the project.”
equipment operators Andy Justice and Robi Bentley selflessly donated their
evenings and weekends to move over 1,000 cubic yards of dirt, in what has been
very challenging weather. One Saturday alone, they each put in 11 hours on
the equipment, and would have worked longer if not for a sudden thunderstorm.
Massie said he and Henry Murnahan (Project Lead) hatched the plan and have
been coordinating the effort, shooting grade
with the transit, and running Massie's tractor with a 5,000 pound roller to
consolidate the dirt.
donated materials, Trent Underwood and Murnahan installed a tap and
waterline that will enable a pop-up sprinkler in the middle of the baseball
Bentley, of Big Barn Farm Store, has generously agreed to sow a low
maintenance, drought tolerant grass on the entire field as soon as the dirt
work is complete and the ground has settled sometime later this fall.
next spring, the Lewis County Little League
will provide the funds to cut out the base paths and put down brick dust.
said those involved in the project would like to thank Lewis County Schools
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr., Schools Facilities Coordinator Nick
Adams and GES Principal Dale McDowell for accommodating the
disruptions and allowing these changes to the school property.
also recognized others including Bill Tom Stone and the Little League Board
for support; all sponsors of the Lewis County
Little League; Garrison Fire Chief Marty Strong for helping the
project off on the right foot; and John Collins for graciously accommodating
significant disruptions to his property.
Adams said the school district is very appreciative and impressed with what
the community was able to come together and do with the baseball field.
a few months, and also 50 years from now, Lewis County Students will have
the opportunity to play baseball and softball on a nice field because of the
volunteers donating their time, hard work, money and equipment,” he said.
“We want to say ‘thanks’ to all involved.”
improved ballfield will be the backdrop for a lot of positive childhood
memories for decades to come, and has not cost taxpayers a single penny,”
is encouraged to come by and see the changes and improvements to the field.
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Emergency funding allocated for Straight
By Dennis Brown
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet last week authorized emergency funding for a
slide repair on Straight Fork Road to make immediate temporary repairs until a
more substantial job on the roadway gets underway.
Executive Steve Applegate said he had received word from Commissioner B.D.
Wilson with the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid that funds totaling
$28,300 would be allocated to Lewis County and that work on locating piling at
the slip will begin as soon as equipment could be brought to the location.
emergency funds are used to
repair roadways to improve safety and mobility,” Kentucky Transportation
Prather said. “This project is one example of the cabinet’s
commitment to providing a solid infrastructure in Lewis County and across the
said $2,330,000 had earlier been allocated for reconstruction of 2,100 feet of
Straight Fork Road beginning at the intersection with Ky. Rt. 59. He noted that
slides and slips along the steep bank along Kinniconick have been plaguing the
roadway for several years.
starting date for the bigger project has not yet been set, although Applegate
said it is on the short list of projects the state has laid out over the next
March of last year the county was awarded $17,000 for emergency repairs to
the roadway, also make temporary repairs. Approximately 65 homes are located
on Straight Fork Road.
said residents on the road are limited on the routes they can use because
high water also blocks their other route out.
projects include replacing the bridge and approaches on Skidmore Lane 0.1
mile south of the AA Highway at a cost of $200,000. That project is
currently underway. Constructing a new bridge crossing the North Fork of the
Licking River at the Lewis County-Fleming County line has been approved at a
cost of $5 million.
biennial budget for reconstructing along County Road 1026 to ensure that the
route is out of the flood plane is $175,000.
of Straight Fork have tolerated the roadway’s failings for several years
even walking their children around the slip areas to get them to the school
bus waiting on the other side.
said the state reconstruction of the 2,100 foot section will put good
roadway past the danger areas and would provide reliable access for those
traveling to and from the area for many years.
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Residents invited to Tea
residents are invited to a Tea Party Saturday at the Tollesboro Lions Club
Fairgrounds. This Tea Party will be more of the Boston type rather than one with
cookies and hot beverages served in dainty cups with saucers.
you’re tired of being taxed and not heard, then you should attend,” said
Rayetta Hull, who is organizing the event.
group will meet for the rally from Noon until about 2:00 p.m. at the
fairgrounds. “It will be a bipartisan event,” Hull said. “And everyone is
is time to stand up, be heard and take back the country we love,” she added.
said several guest speakers are scheduled and attendees are asked to bring their
own chairs and soft-drinks. “We will learn peaceful, positive ways to make a
difference,” she said.
will be a family oriented event,” Hull stated, adding she is sure everyone
will learn something and enjoy the experience.
Parties have been held across the nation over the past several months and
websites have noted that working class taxpayers are primarily behind the
grassroots effort. Those who are upset with government intrusion and waste have
coordinated efforts to bring their voices to their government representatives.
Tea Party website calls for an end to government bailouts; no government-run
health care; reducing the size and intrusiveness of government; stopping
out-of-control spending; and stopping raising taxes.
said more information about the event is available by calling 859-537-5372 or
sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
noted that the Tollesboro Lions Club is not affiliated with the rally in any
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Premium Financial Bancorp announces
Premier Financial Bancorp, the parent company of
Citizens Deposit Bank and Bank of Germantown, says its shareholders have
approved its acquisition of Washington, DC-based rival Abigail Adams National
Premier Financial, which is based in Huntington,
West Virginia, says in a regulatory filing it expects the deal to close October
1, which marks the start of the fourth quarter. The document filed last week
says Premier still needs approval for an investment of up to $24.1 million in
federal bailout funds from the U.S. Treasury.
The combined company would have more than $1.1
billion in assets and banks in Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia,
Kentucky and Ohio.
Premier is a
$734 million community bank holding company with six bank subsidiaries announced
that the shareholders of Premier and the shareholders of Abigail Adams National
Bancorp, (Adams), a $382 million bank holding company (NASDAQ/GM-AANB), each
voted to authorize the completion of the merger of the two companies.
December 31, 2008, Premier announced an agreement to acquire Adams. Under the
terms of the agreement Premier will issue 0.4461 shares of its common stock for
each share of Adams common stock in a 100% stock exchange.
is parent company to two subsidiary banks, Adams National Bank, headquartered in
Washington, DC, and Consolidated Bank & Trust, headquartered in Richmond,
of each company’s shareholders were held last Tuesday in the respective cities
in which they are headquartered. The results of balloting at each meeting
were more than sufficient to approve the merger, according to documents
conditions to be met before completing the merger include the approval by
various bank regulatory agencies and Premier’s participation in the U.S.
Treasury Department’s Capital Purchase Program.
August 2009, Premier received written permission from the Federal Reserve Board
of Governors and from the Commonwealth of Virginia to merge the two companies.
In April 2009, Premier announced that it has received preliminary approval for
the sale of up to $24.1 million of preferred stock and related common warrants
under the U.S. Treasury Department’s Capital Purchase Program.
final approval for Premier’s participation in the Capital Purchase Program is
subject to satisfaction of standard closing conditions and the execution of
definitive agreements and closing documents. The amount to be received by
Premier is subject to change based upon confirmation by the U.S. Treasury
Department of eligible risk-weighted assets as of the latest calendar quarter
prior to closing. Completion of the merger is subject to this and other
conditions set forth in the merger agreement.
President and CEO Robert W. Walker commented regarding the shareholder vote,
“We are pleased to have such strong support from our shareholders to go ahead
with the merger. I am also pleased to announce that Adams National Bank has
replaced me as their acting President and Chief Executive Officer.
August 10, 2009, the bank hired Duane Bickings as its new President and CEO
after the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) completed their
review of Mr. Bickings’ qualifications. Mr. Bickings graduated from the United
States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1974, and following five
years as an Artillery Officer stationed in Germany and South Korea, he spent 21
years with Bank of America and predecessor banks.
past nine years he was Chief Credit Officer at a large regional bank. He has
extensive experience working with regulatory agencies in improving the asset
quality of community banks in the Southeast. We are certainly delighted to have
such a talented individual on board to lead the team in Washington.”
Financial Bancorp, Inc. was formed on October 29, 1992, with Citizens Deposit
Bank & Trust and Bank of Germantown.
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is Lewis County Sheriff candidate
Corns has announced that he is a candidate for Lewis County Sheriff in the May
is a nine year veteran employee of the Lewis County Road Department and said he
has met and talked with several residents of the county during that time and
while he helped following snow and ice storms.
am looking forward to getting out and meeting all of the people of Lewis
County,” Corns said. “I am asking for your vote and I hope to serve the
people of Lewis County as Sheriff.”
said he is active in community events and has had experience in watching over
class D inmates while they have been on work detail.
want to serve the people of Lewis County to the best of my ability,” he said.
“I pledge to address the concerns of our residents and make Lewis County a
safe place to live and work.”
Corns has announced he is a candidate for Sheriff of Lewis County.
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