September 28, 2010,
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Local fiddler will perform for WEG
- Level One Drought declared here - School
officials pleased with local KCCT scores - Danny McCane is
candidate for Dist. 2 Magistrate - One
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fiddler to perform for WEG
Lewis County musician Roger Cooper has been invited to perform at the
Alltech World Equestrian Games this week at the Kentucky Horse Park in
“It’s a great honor,” Cooper said from his home last week.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are on the same level as the Olympics for
horse enthusiasts, some rank it higher.
Cooper was chosen by a panel of arts professionals based on his quality of
performance. Ultimately 64 artists were chosen to perform through the Kentucky
Cooper is slated to perform at Noon Thursday on stage at the Kentucky
Experience Pavilion on the grounds of the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park.
Cooper plays fiddle in the Lewis County style, having studied local
fiddlers Uncle Joe Stamper, Buddy Thomas, Bob Prater, the Kinneys and others.
“It’s a style that’s unique to Lewis County,” Cooper said. “I
learned it from the older fiddlers.”
Cooper said his goal is to promote the Lewis County style of fiddle
playing that has grabbed the attention of some major record labels as well as
musicians from all over.
“There are people studying this style of music,” Cooper said, quickly
adding that his efforts are to preserve our local heritage for future
generations as well as for those who want to learn the unique style. “It’s
not about me,” he said.
Cooper said his performance will last about 45 minutes and he will be
backed up by Chris Haas on banjo, Scott Miller on guitar and Michael Garvin
on bass, all also accomplished fiddlers.
The World Equestrian Games have been held every four years since 1990.
Before that, each of the 10 disciplines held separate championships, usually
in separate countries. The games are administered by the Federation Equestre
Eight of the 10 disciplines are included in the games, going on
through October 10. The games got underway in Lexington on September 25. The
remaining two disciplines still conduct their own separate championships.
This year’s games are the first held outside of Europe and the first
time that the eight championships will be held in one location. It is also
the first time the WEG will have a title sponsor, Alltech, which has its
headquarters in Nicholasville.
The world’s top riders and horses have been selected over the four
years since the last WEG with each participating country (there are 57)
having teams made up of the top equestrians in their discipline. There will
be more than 800 athletes competing.
Alltech, the sponsor this year, is an animal health and nutrition
group employing some 1,900 people in 85 countries.
The Kentucky Horse Park has added a climate-controlled, 6,000 seat
indoor arena and 7,500 seat outdoor stadium in preparation for the events.
“I feel very lucky to be invited,” Cooper said.
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Drought declared here
By Dennis Brown
County is included in the latest round of those under a Level I Drought
Office of the State Climatologist and the Kentucky Energy and Environment
Cabinet, in coordination with the Kentucky Drought Mitigation Team (KDMT),
issued a Level I Drought Declaration for five drought management areas (DMAs).
Those are in addition to the three already under the declaration
Level I drought indicates moderate drought conditions have developed primarily
affecting soil moisture and vegetative health. Serious impacts to agricultural
water needs, wildfire risk and other water-sensitive sectors can be expected in
the designated areas.
current Level I Drought Declaration, initially for Western Kentucky counties,
has been expanded eastward and northeast to cover areas that have widespread
dryness throughout with precipitation totals of only 50 to 60 percent of normal
for several consecutive months.
rainfall from the remnants of a tropical storm fell across parts of the
Commonwealth, including the drought-stricken Purchase and Pennyrile regions.
This rainfall did help alleviate some of the drought impacts, but many still
remain and will intensify without additional rainfall.
counties in the central part of the state that are not within the Level I
Drought Declaration are developing drought-like conditions and impacts.
conditions are the result of the extremely high summer temperatures combined
with the rapid change to a dry weather pattern over the past 30 to 60 days. If
this pattern persists, it is expected that drought declarations will be declared
for additional counties.
far, the drought has primarily impacted agriculture. The dry conditions have
resulted in an early harvest of corn and have substantially reduced corn and
soybean yields. Pastures still recovering from previous years’ droughts have
once again been negatively impacted, resulting in the early use of hay to feed
livestock water supplies have dried up and are forcing producers to rely on
municipal suppliers, or water districts. These alternate sources result in
higher costs for producers and increased demand on public water supplies.
Urban landscaping has also been impacted resulting in the browning of lawns
and the early loss of leaves on some trees.
of Kentucky’s potable water supply sources are currently at acceptable
levels. Streamflows are generally low but within a normal range for
areas of serious low flow have been observed in Salt River basins, including
Rolling Fork in Nelson County; Pond Creek in Jefferson County; West Fork
Drakes Creek in Simpson County; and Eagle Creek in Gallatin County.
outlooks provided by the National Weather Service indicate that chances for
widespread precipitation are slight for the widespread soaking rainfall
events that are needed to alleviate the drought over the next 60 to 90 days.
spotty events with no real regional improvements in drought status are
expected to continue. This will likely exacerbate the current impacts
including an increased need for livestock water supplies, the selling off of
livestock herds, difficulty planting winter wheat fields, and possible hay
forecast also suggests that the drought will spread into more of the central
portions of Kentucky, affecting many water supplies that are drought
state Drought Mitigation and Response Plan defines a tiered approach to
classifying drought severity using multiple indicators to assess the
intensity and location of developing drought.
indicators include the Drought Monitor, Palmer Drought Index, Crop Moisture
Index, and precipitation and streamflow measurements.
information about drought declaration criteria can be found in the Kentucky
Drought Mitigation and Response Plan at http://water.ky.gov/wa/Documents/State%20Plan_Final.pdf
County remains under a burning ban because of the dry conditions.
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officials pleased with local KCCT scores
for Kentucky Core Content Testing (KCCT) this Spring were released across the
Commonwealth last week. Officials with the Lewis County School System were
pleased with the results from the local students.
“After much hard work, all of
our elementary schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, this year,” said
Jennie Enix, Lewis County Instructional Supervisor.
The KCCT replaces the
Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) by legislation of the Kentucky
General Assembly and won’t be fully implemented until next school year.
“Under NCLB, the federal act
that measures student growth and progress on academic measures, schools must
increase the percentage of students scoring proficient or distinguished by about
10 points per year in reading and math and make gains in the remaining subject
areas as well, Enix said. “This is quite an achievement.”
Enix said a school can
actually make pretty substantial growth and still not make AYP.
“Our middle school actually
made several points of growth in reading, but fell short of the required target,
and still did not make it. That is very frustrating,” she said.
“Both the middle school and
the high school, like many of the schools in our neighboring systems, missed AYP,”
she said. LCMS met five of the 10 goals while LCHS met seven.
“Schools must meet these
goals for all students and for student
subpopulations categorized by
ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and ability. It is very difficult to meet this
moving target in all areas and for all subgroups, Enix stated. “Our schools
worked very hard to meet these targets.”
Figures released by the
Kentucky Department of Education also indicated percentages of students who have
earned “proficient” or “distinguished” rankings.
Lewis County’s combined
elementary school scores showed increases in the percentages of each of the
testing areas of reading, math, science, social studies and on-demand writing.
Compared to last year’s
scoring, LCCE increased the percentages of proficient and distinguished students
in all testing areas while TES and GES increased in reading, math and science.
LES had lower percentages in all but on-demand writing, which was unchanged from
LCMS had increased numbers of
proficient and distinguished students in reading and social studies while LCHS
showed increases in reading, science and on-demand writing.
TES had the highest percentage
of proficient and distinguished students in the district in reading and math;
LES had the highest percentages in social studies and on-demand writing; and
LCCE had the highest percentage in science.
“Lewis County School
District was one of the 64 school districts in Kentucky to meet AYP,” Enix
said. There is a total of 174 school districts in the state.
will need to continue to examine our data and make improvements and adjustments
on a regular basis if we hope to continue to be successful and meet the needs of
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McCane is candidate for District 2 Magistrate
Danny McCane is a Democratic
candidate for District Two Magistrate in Lewis County in the November General
“I want to make a positive change
in Lewis County,” McCane said.
He said he feels the most important
issue facing Lewis County is the lack of jobs, especially for young people.
Another concern, he said, is a lack of public recreational facilities that would
help draw potential business.
McCane says quality people are
leaving Lewis County to look for better opportunities. “We need the quality
people to stay and help make Lewis County more competitive with surrounding
counties,” he said.
He said his plan to help with these
issues within the scope of the office of magistrates is to work with state and
local officials to maintain and improve the infrastructure, making certain that
county roads are safe.
“I want to work with state and
local officials to seek funding for a county recreational park that would help
attract new businesses to the county as well as for year-round community
activities,” he said.
McCane says he will listen to the
needs and concerns of the citizens of Lewis County and be their voice in county
“I will work hard to create a
positive working relationship with the city, county and state officials to
improve the chances of attracting new business to Lewis County,” he said.
McCane’s parents are Sanford
“Hank” and Mary Kathryn McCane, lifelong Lewis County residents. He and his
wife, Portia, live at Clarksburg. He has four grown children and 10
He is a 1970 graduate of Lewis
County High School and 1976 graduate of Morehead State University. He retired as
an art and math teacher with the Lewis County School Stystem after 27 years of
He serves as a part-time instructor
at Shawnee State University, Maysville Community and Technical College and
Kentucky Christian University.
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Danny McCane is a
candidate for Lewis County District Two Magistrate.
McCane is a member of the Vanceburg
Renaissance Committee, Lewis Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments for
the City of Vanceburg. He is also a Kentucky Colonel.
“I’ve been active in major
building projects at Black Oak Christian Church and Clarksburg Christian
Church,” he said.
“I have a desire to help in any
way possible to bring new businesses and jobs into the county,” he said.
McCane said District Two encompasses
Black Oak and the four Vanceburg voting precincts.
“Please support me in the November
General Election if you are looking for a positive change in Lewis County,” he
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injured in AA Highway accident
investigating an auto accident last Wednesday on the AA Highway at Herron Hill.
A spokesman with the
Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police said an eastbound 2003 Dodge Caravan,
operated by Timothy W. Evans, 35, of Garrison, dropped off the right side of the
The spokesman said
Evans overcorrected causing the vehicle to turn over several times and coming to
rest on its top in a wooded area. A passerby reportedly noticed a wheel assembly
in the ditch line near Shaw Hollow Road, discovered the vehicle and notified
Evans was airlifted from
the scene by PHI after being removed by members of the Tollesboro Fire and
Rescue Squad. The AA Highway was closed for a short time to allow for the
medical helicopter to land and load the patient.
Evans was treated at
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, and was released the
The accident is under
investigation by Trooper Mike Fogleman with the Morehead Post of the Kentucky
State Police. He was assisted at the scene by Deputies Dwayne Stone and Jason
Hill, Tollesboro Fire and Rescue and MedCorp Ambulance.
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