September 15, 2009,
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Schools prepared for swine flu
- Plant Board hires auditor - Chaney wants
residents to be prepared for emergencies - Couple linked to
several burglaries around area - Cooper
is judge executive candidate
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prepared for swine flu
By Dennis Brown
the H1N1 swine flu making it rounds, and targeting those age 25 and under, the
Lewis County School District has been making preparations in case the virus
should work its way here.
Adams, Director of District Services for Lewis County Schools, said all staff
members have been briefed concerning the virus and procedures are in place
should an outbreak of the virus happen here.
feel we are as prepared as we can be,” Adams said. “There are nurses at each
of the schools who have been trained to recognize and treat such situations and
we have a response matrix in place with step-by-step procedures to follow should
the pandemic hit here.”
said the school district has been working with local and area health officials
and extra steps are being taken at the school and student levels to educate the
students and parents about the virus.
Liles, the school nurse at Lewis County High School addressed members of the
Board of Education last month about the H1N1 virus and reviewed some of the
steps being taken to diagnose the strain of flu virus and how to address it.
who has been a school nurse for the past 15 years, said the school nursing
program in the district has the best coverage and overall preparedness it has
ever had. The district recently added nurses to cover each school in the
district and has adequately equipped nursing areas at each school.
said she recently attended a pandemic flu summit and learned that officials have
determined that the upcoming flu season is potentially serious with the H1N1
swine flu as well as the regular flu expected.
suggested that routine flu vaccinations be stepped up so the H1N1 strain can be
more easily diagnosed and treated early. Vaccinations for the H1N1 strain are
being tested and will soon be available and should be taken in addition to the
standard annual flu vaccination.
said the H1N1 virus attacks school-age children at a higher rate than the other
strains of flu which tend to strike the elderly and young children more
are taking this very seriously and are working to educate students, teachers and
parents on swine flu,” she told board members.
a letter to school superintendents across the state, Interim Education
Commissioner Kevin Noland stated the H1N1 virus takes its heavies toll in
children and young adults, while seasonal flu usually strikes the elderly
said health officials are concerned that the virus may mutate and become more
virulent as it spreads through the population and could impact up to 40 percent
of the US population, possible resulting in long closures of schools and
Kentucky Department of Public Health has received $3.6 million to disperse to
local health departments for supplies, training and staffing for the vaccination
campaign. Another $1.2 million has been distributed to hospitals across the
Commonwealth to help prepare for a surge in patients.
additional $2 million grant has been awarded to the University of Kentucky
and University of Louisville to help with community preparedness.
recommend basic good hygiene, such as handwashing, as an effective way to
keep the virus at bay. Any students or staff members should stay home at
least 24 hours after symptoms of the flu have ended.
of the signs of H1N1 flu include a sudden onset of illness, fever higher
than 100 degrees, chills, cough, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, muscle
aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and fatigue. A symptom more common
in children is exhaustion.
is recommended that students and school staff stay home when they have any
of the symptoms. The symptoms may last for up to seven days.
you are exposed to the H1N1 virus and are sick, you should stay home and
avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading
the illness on to others. If you have any of the symptoms you should talk
with a health care provider by phone. The health care provider will
determine whether testing or treatment is needed.
links to information about the H1N1 virus have been posted on the Lewis
County Schools website at www.lewis.kyschools.us.
County Schools Procedure for Wellness lists several steps being taken by
school personnel to lessen the risk for students:
cleaning schedule for the restrooms throughout the day.
of disinfectants on door handles, water fountains and other surfaces
health information with all staff.
importance of hand-washing by students and staff (and check to see
that it is done).
Remind students that they should scrub their hands long enough to be able to
say their ABCs. They should be sure to wash, rinse and dry thoroughly.
that soap and towels are available at all times.
FRYSC for support.
Clorox wipes for teachers to use in their classrooms.
each teacher with cleaning solution for desks.
hand sanitizer in classrooms.
Kleenex program through Primary Care/Lori McCane (Elementary schools).
students with tissues.
with students proper way to cover when coughing (in elbow, not hands).
procedures with staff periodically.
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Plant Board hires auditor
By Dennis Brown
The Vanceburg Electric Plant Board met in
regular session last week and approved Caudill and Associates, CPAs, to perform
the annual audit for the utility company.
Superintendent Eric Bloomfield said he had
contacted some accounting agencies who had experience in auditing accounts for
utility companies and, after consideration, recommended the Portsmouth, Ohio,
firm of Caudill and Associates to the board.
Bloomfield said the cost of the audit will be in
the $12,000 to $13,000 range. He said those doing the audit will be getting
prepared information from Rodney Robinette who had previously performed audits
for the utility company. Robinette was retained to do some monthly accounting
work for the utility company.
Bloomfield told board members he had been
working with the utility company’s billing software to try to compile a more
comprehensive monthly financial statement for them. He said new software could
cost between $30,000 and $50,000 and he is delaying that expenditure for as long
He told board members a plan had been submitted
to the EPA and Kentucky Division of Water for the upgrades to the city’s sewer
system and separating the storm sewer from the sanitary sewer. The agencies will
review the plan and notify the local utility company of any needed changes.
Bloomfield said he would be attending a grant
hosted by the EPA and planned to submit an
application for a grant to help fund the upgrades to the sewer system. He
said the review process on this particular grant is a short one and that
they should hear about the status of the application by mid-October.
Bloomfield told board members he had met with
officials from the Kentucky Department of Transportation and learned that
the state’s plan to repave Second Street in Vanceburg has been delayed at
Bloomfield said the state had planned the
repaving project for this fall, but that work by the utility company to
update the sewer and water system next fall would result in most of the
street being dug up for the work. He said transportation officials will
allocate money from the repaving project to the utility company and the
street will be repaved along with the project.
He said he had talked with transportation
department officials and learned that natural gas and water lines located
adjacent to an embankment failure on Ky. Rt. 8 between Black Oak and
Vanceburg are out of the danger area.
He said the projected repairs to the roadway
will not cause a disruption of service and that the lines are not in any
immediate danger of damage from the slip.
Board members approved the financial reports and
September invoices before adjourning.
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Chaney wants residents to
be prepared for emergencies
has been designated as National Preparedness Month and Lewis County Emergency
Management Director Carl Chaney wants every resident to be ready in case of an
as simple as having a flashlight and extra batteries available in the event of a
power outage can make anyone more comfortable,” Chaney said.
said that Kentuckians face many challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes,
flooding and winter storms to manmade hazards. “Every household should be
prepared to face these challenges at any given time.”
the state and local government is expected to assist the public during these
times, preparedness starts at home,” said Brig. Gen. John Heltzel, Director of
Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.
the event of large scale disasters the government may be unable to respond
immediately,” Heltzel added. You should have a three day supply of food and
water for each member of your family, along with essentials such as medicines,
flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies and
January ice storm of 2009 taught us many valuable lesions which we learned
from,” Chaney said. “One of the most important is the value of
said that along with an emergency kit you should have an emergency plan.
in advance your weather forecasts.
tuned to your local broadcasting stations.
conditions with family member and know their location during times of known
potentially threatening conditions.
your plan with family members and neighbors.
your plan periodically for necessary updates.
you emergency kit(s).
your plan with household members.
Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if
authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn
them back on.)
Identify safe locations within your residence.
Written contact information should include; relatives, neighbors, utility
companies, employers (employees) and local emergency contact telephone numbers.
Predetermine evacuation routes. Identify where you could go if told to
evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend or relative's home in another
town, a motel, or a shelter.
Make back up plans for children in case you (or they) can’t get home in an
Maintain a half tank of fuel in vehicles.
Move vehicles from under trees during possible wind events.
Keep an “Emergency Go Kit” in the vehicle.
prepare a list of all prescription drugs.
aid kit and essential medications.
food and can opener.
least three gallons of water per person .
clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
set of car keys.
said additional information on preparing for an emergency can be found online at
or by contacting him at 606-796-3464.
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Couple linked to several burglaries around
Tollesboro residents arrested and charged by Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies
have been linked to several burglaries in Lewis and surrounding counties. The
arrests came following a foot chase of one of the suspects.
started receiving reports of break-ins starting on Thursday (August 27) and
after interviewing neighbors and getting a vehicle description seen in the area,
these two immediately became suspects,” said Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens.
suspect they were involved in another daytime burglary on Friday (August 28) in
which I obtained some blood samples from the scene as a result of one of them
sustaining a cut to their hand,” he added.
Michael B. Thomas, 29, of Tollesboro, formerly of Chillicothe, Ohio, was
arrested September 2 near Quincy, following a chase which began in the Black Oak
area. Andrea Thomas was arrested earlier the same day at Clark’s Pump N Shop
(Formerly Bee mart) in Vanceburg.
Thomas and his wife, Andrea Thomas, 30, were each charged in connection with 11
thefts and burglaries in which the couple allegedly stole jewelry, firearms,
chain saws, various power tools and hand tools.
their arrests I have been able to link them to many other burglaries and
thefts,” Bivens said. “They have been linked to burglaries in Lewis
County, Fleming County, Robertson
County, Mason County
and Ross County, Ohio. I
have recovered a lot of stolen items but there are quite a few still unaccounted
said he spent approximately 48 straight hours looking for the pair and informing
people of the vehicle description and personal description in hopes that someone
would see them and contact the sheriff’s office.
crime spree was fueled
solely by drug addiction
which resulted in hard working, law abiding citizens being victimized,” Bivens
He said the two were charged with
first degree burglary and second degree burglary before being lodged in the
Lewis County Detention Center where they were being held on $75,000 bond each.
their arrests, information was received that they had been staying in a tent in
a wooded area in Tollesboro,” Bivens said.
Bill Lewis and Deputies Tom
Polley and Dwayne Stone were able to identify the location where the couple had
allegedly been staying and also recovered stolen items from there.
are continuing to receive reports of burglaries and thefts, which I'm sure these
two individuals were involved in,” Bivens stated. “It's extremely difficult
to locate all of the items because the majority of them are being sold and
traded on the streets for hardly any monetary value.”
Bivens and Deputy Dwayne Stone are continuing
the investigation and additional charges may be filed against the two.
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candidate for judge executive
Former Vanceburg Mayor William T. Cooper has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of
Election Finance as a Republican
candidate for Lewis County Judge Executive.
“I would like to take this opportunity to
announce my intent to seek the Office of
Lewis County Judge Executive. I would like to take this time to
introduce myself to the new voters of Lewis County and reintroduce myself to the
older voters of this great county,” Cooper said in making his announcement.
“I am the son of the Late Ray E. and Margaret
(Stafford) Cooper of Lewis County. I have been married to Barbara (Dummitt)
Cooper of Garrison for the past 37 years, we have one daughter Andrea (Eric)
Bloomfield of the Laurel community. We have three grandchildren, Grace Bloomfield, and
twin grandsons, Ethan and Evan Bloomfield,
also of the Laurel Community, Cooper said.
“I was deeply honored by the Citizens of
Vanceburg to serve as their Mayor for four consecutive terms, for a total of 17 years,
and during that time along with
members of the city council we made many changes to the City of
Vanceburg that will be enjoyed for
centuries to come,” he stated. “When
I retired from the city, I left the city
in great financial shape without ever raising taxes on the citizens of Vanceburg.”
said that after learning of his retirement as
Vanceburg’s mayor, Congressman Geoff
Davis’ Chief of Staff asked him
if he would be interested in working for the Congressman in the newly opened
office in Maysville.
“Always willing to take on a new challenge,”
Cooper said, “I accepted the offer and worked for the
Congressman serving in the Buffalo Trace Counties consisting of Mason, Fleming,
Bracken, Robertson, and Lewis Counties.”
“I served the Congressman for two-and-a-half years, starting January 2, 2007, until June 26,
2009,” he said. “I was very honored to serve one of the smartest
and most brilliant Congressmen serving in Washington, D.C.”
“We are fortunate to have Geoff Davis serving
the Fourth Congressional District, which includes Lewis
County. I resigned that position June 26 to explore the possibility
of running for County Judge Executive
of Lewis County.”
said he talked to several people around
the county who encouraged him to run and also
pledged their support. “I will do my very best
to not let those people down,” he added.
“In my 20 years in the political arena I have
met many key people in state government and at the federal level that will be
beneficial in moving this county
forward,” Cooper said.
“I served 17 years on the Board of
Directors of Buffalo Trace, two years as chairman. I have served as President of the Vanceburg Lions Club,
Chairman of the Vanceburg Lewis County Industrial Authority, and
was instrumental in bringing two new industries to Lewis County; Coroplast and Northern Contours. I have served
as Chairman of Vanceburg Utilities and Chairman of the Republican
Party of Lewis County,” Cooper stated.
“I hold dual membership in the Saint Mary’s
Lodge in Concord, (now located in Tollesboro), and Polar Star Lodge in
am a Vietnam Era veteran, serving in the US Army from 1964 to 1968.
I am a lifetime member of the Disabled
Americans Veterans and was recently honored by the members of the Monte
Lewis Stamm VFW Post with a lifetime membership
voted on by the members, which I was
truly honored,” he continued.
William T. Cooper has announced his Republican
candidacy for the office of Lewis County Judge Executive.
“I have the knowledge, the qualifications and
the leadership ability to move this County
forward in a new direction,” Cooper stated.
pledge to work with the county road department workers to come up with new ideas to
better serve the citizens of Lewis County.”
pledge to work with all county officials and members of the fiscal court,
who you the voters have selected to serve. I will work
with our two cities in the county,
Concord and Vanceburg, and members of
their councils to assist in any
way we can at the county level,” he added.
said he has served on many boards as a citizen member,
was a soldier in
the US Army,
worked for a US Congressman and
at the grass roots level of government as mayor of Vanceburg.
I ask you, the Citizens of Lewis County, Republicans,
Democrats, and Independents for the opportunity to serve
you at the county
level as your County Judge
Executive of Lewis County.”
“I look forward to the coming months to visit
every home in Lewis County
so you, the people, can tell me your thoughts, and I can share
with you my plans on how we together can be
proud of this great county again,” Cooper said.
said he also looks forward to debating with all candidates seeking the office of
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