October 6, 2009,
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Area traffic accidents result in
several injuries - PSHH goes green on latest homes
- Slip repairs complete on Ky. Rt. 8 - Larry
Mason is candidate for Lewis County Jailer - Jailer
Tim Underwood is candidate for judge executive
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accidents result in several injuries
By Dennis Brown
traffic accidents were reported around the area last week, one resulting in
injuries to several teenagers.
Tom Polley said a single accident on Ky. Rt. 59 near the mouth of Scott’s
Branch happened Saturday morning and all five passengers in the vehicle were
said an auto, operated by Derek Bush, 17, of Owingsville, was traveling south on
Ky. Rt. 59 and apparently failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the
left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail, utility pole guy wire and tree
before coming to rest near the intersection of Ky. Rt. 474.
said a passenger in the vehicle, Joshua W. Branham, 21, of Jeffersonville, was
airlifted from the scene and taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center
other passengers in the vehicle, Samantha L. Cornell, 18, of Vanceburg, and
Brittany Smith, 15, of Olive Hill, were taken to St. Claire Regional Medical
Center in Morehead by ambulance and Courtney Dunaway of Vanceburg was taken to
the Morehead hospital by private vehicle, according to Polley.
who is continuing the investigation into the accident, was assisted at the scene
by Camp Dix Fire and Rescue, MedCorp Ambulance, Carter County Ambulance and
Deputy Johnny Bivens is investigating two separate accidents Wednesday. Bivens
said the first accident involved a single vehicle and the second accident
involved two vehicles.
to Bivens, Tracy Clark, 40, was operating a 2004
Ford Focus north on Kinney Road when she reportedly swerved to avoid an
animal that had traveled in front of her vehicle.
said Clark lost control of her vehicle and exited the south side of the roadway,
impacting with a utility pole.
A passenger in the vehicle, Joyce Gamble, 53, was injured in the accident and
was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio.
was not injured in the accident, according to Bivens.
was assisted at the scene by Garrison Fire & Rescue and MedCorp
said the two-vehicle accident involved a 1982 Chevy Pick-up, operated by
Robert Bane, 69, of Tollesboro.
said the pick-up was pulling a wagon loaded with tobacco north on Ky. Rt. 57
when the wagon was struck in the rear by a 2007 Ford, operated by Rickey
Gilbert, 55, of Vanceburg.
said that on impact, the wagon came loose from the truck and traveled across
the roadway, where it came to rest on the south side of Ky. Rt. 57.
were no injuries in the accident but the Gilbert vehicle sustained serious
damage, Bivens said. He was assisted at the scene by Tollesboro Fire &
accidents remain under investigation by Bivens.
Lewis County residents were taken to a Portsmouth hospital Tuesday night
following a two vehicle accident on Ky. Rt. 8 in Vanceburg.
Police Sgt. Joe Paul Gilbert said the accident happened about 8:00 p.m. as a
2004 Honda Accord, operated by Faye Allen, 76, of Vanceburg, was pulling out
from Lewis County Central lot and turning left onto Ky. Rt. 8.
said at that time a 2000 Ford Focus, operated by Savanna McCane, 17, of
Garrison, was traveling east on Ky. Rt. 8 and collided with the Allen
vehicle. He added that McCane reported she attempted to avoid the collision.
Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway.
passengers in the McCane vehicle, Joseph Workman, 18, and Haley Osborne, 14,
both of Garrison, and Allen were taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center by
MedCorp Ambulance. McCane was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle,
who is continuing the investigation, was assisted at the scene by members of
the Vanceburg and Black Oak Fire and Rescue Squads, MedCorp Ambulance and
Dobo's Wrecker Service.
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PSHH goes green on latest homes
By Dennis Brown
Self-Help Housing recently held an open house for two new 1,210 square foot
homes in Katelyn Corner Subdivision at Tollesboro.
Executive Director Dave Kreher said the homes are “green” certified under
the Green Build Kentucky program and both homes are also Energy Star certified
said that each home is priced for sale at the appraised value of $85,000 to
eligible buyers. Applications are still being taken from those interested in
purchasing one of the homes.
Semisch with PSHH said more than 90 people visited and toured the homes during
the open house along with several officials from Fleming-Mason Energy, USDA
Rural Development and the Kentucky Housing Corporation.
described some of the features of the homes and said solar electric to help
power the homes is generated from a photovoltaic system.
32”x 62”panels are installed at each home. The panels, which cost about $970
each, are rated to generate 2.52 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. Kreher
said that is about one-third of projected electricity usage.
said that excess electricity generated feeds back into the grid through the
meter and is credited by the supplier, in this case, Fleming-Mason Energy.
said Solar Renewable Energy Credits for the homes are payable annually to
homeowner at about $900 per year and a federal tax credit is also available to
homeowner up to 30 percent of the cost.
additional associated costs are effectively paid pack in 13 years, not including
the savings on the electric bill, he said.
homes also are equipped with solar water heaters. Each is comprised of a
pressurized propylene glycol system with two collector panels and a photovoltaic
powered circulation pump to supplement electric water heating.
said the homes are super sealed and insulated
four inches of R-26 rated spray-on foam on exterior walls.
ceiling has 15 inches of blown in cellulose and the floors feature passive
solar areas in the south rooms.
homes have ultra-efficient heating and air conditioning featuring a 1.5 ton
electric heat pump system with energy recovery ventilation system, located
in attic space, for fresh air, and a programmable thermostat which can be
programmed to automatically adjust temperatures when no one is in the home
or everyone is asleep.
and exterior doors with energy conserving features have also been selected
for the homes.
said that other green features are throughout the home include solar and
Energy Star lighting and ventilation, efficient dual flush toilets, and
water saving faucets and showerheads.
added that paints, primers, sealants and adhesives all have low Volatile
Organic Compounds to provide the best possible air quality and the
utilization of building materials made with recycled products.
said that during construction that waste meterials were sent for recycling.
other measures built into the homes were 30 inch overhangs which shade sun
out of windows during the summer and allow winter sun in the home to help
warm the concrete floor for passive solar heat.
said powder coating on the metal roofing reflects heat and reduces heat
build-up in home, adding that the surface is cool to touch, even in the
bright summer sun.
said that many of the building products used in the homes were manufactured
within a 500 mile radius of Tollesboro, resulting in reduced transportation
costs and lower CO2 emissions.
said those interested in going “green” are invited to contact PSHH or
visit them on the Web at www.pshhinc.org for more information.
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Slip repair complete on Ky.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reopened Ky. Rt. 8 between Vanceburg and Black
Oak early last week after contractors used “soil nails” to strengthen the
Blair, KTC District Nine spokesman, said weeks of heavy rains earlier this
summer led to the closure after a section of the roadway buckled as
water-saturated soil beneath the pavement
with Department of Highways District Nine assessed the embankment failure,
conducted geotechnical studies and ordered $360,000 in emergency repairs.
August, highway crews began excavation work at the slide location. Then, crews
with Soil Nail Launcher Inc. began drilling holes underneath the roadway and
installing dozens of soil nails – lengths of hollow steel rods.
holes and nails, which are filled with grout and tied
with rebar and concrete on the face of the embankment, form an anchoring
system for the hillside. Blair said it can be a more cost- and time-efficient
method of repair than traditional slide repairs, and can provide a more
permanent fix than asphalt patching.
said video footage of repair efforts can be found on District Nine’s YouTube
channel at http://www.youtube.com/HighwayDistrictNine.
appreciate the public’s patience during these repairs,” said Bart
Bryant, chief district engineer for Department of Highways District Nine in
they took some time, the result is a more significant reinforcement of the road
that will reduce the risk of future embankment failures,” Bryant added.
detoured around the area by way of the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway and the AA
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Jailer Tim Underwood is candidate for judge
Tim Underwood has announced his Republican candidacy for Lewis County Judge
Executive in the May 2010 primary election.
is with great excitement, joy and expectation
family and I share with the citizens
of Lewis County my intention to be a candidate
for the office of Lewis County
Judge Executive in the May 18, 2010, Primary Election,” Underwood
said in making the announcement.
“I am forever grateful for the opportunity
to have served as the Lewis County
Jailer for the last 7 years,” he said. “This
along with a previous four year term as Magistrate of District Three
and being the current Pastor of Faith
Baptist Church for the last 17
years has given me the experience, leadership
and ability to listen and work through
challenges, problems and
everyday issues that affect you, the citizens
of Lewis County.
“I was raised by my late father, Bill Underwood,
and my wonderful mother, Mary
to treat all people with kindness, compassion,
fairness, courtesy and respect,” Underwood stated.
the help of my Lord, I
will continue to do just that.”
said that as judge executive, he pledges to protect existing Lewis County
businesses while still devoting the necessary time to bring good paying jobs
into the county.
in more cell phone towers to provide better countywide coverage
will be of top priority,” he added. “Upgrading and demanding that our cable television
systems bring back the channels from Lexington
that we enjoy is also an important issue I will address.”
further pledge to work with the new jailer
to keep our beautiful county clean
of roadside litter, stop illegal
dumpsites, and keep our county rights-of-way
free of brush and weeds,” Underwood said.
“Securing the necessary funding to be able to
start on a time table to blacktop all our county roads is
a must. Capitalizing on our county’s
beauty to attract more of the tourism
trade and providing more recreational areas for our families and citizens to
enjoy is of great importance to me,” he
work hard to establish proactive measures
to help with the problem of drug and alcohol abuse in our county along with working with our sheriff’s
office to ensure the adequate funding continues to be in
place to protect all of the citizens
of Lewis County,” Underwood said.
“County property made
available for use by individuals and
to grow a vegetable garden will
be of great benefit and value,” he said.
is my prayer that Almighty God will allow me the privilege to be
the next County Judge Executive of this
great county,” Underwood stated. “I
have the desire, determination and drive to move Lewis County forward in a
positive and progressive way.”
said that he will enjoy talking with the residents of Lewis County over the next
several months about these issues as well as other worthwhile plans and
“I humbly ask for your prayers, trust, support and vote on May 18, 2010.”
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Mason is candidate for Lewis County Jailer
Larry E. Mason has
announced that he has filed a letter of intent with the Registry of Election
Finance as a Republican candidate for the office of Lewis County Jailer.
"I grew up at Cabin
Creek and lived there several years while attending Trinity and Tollesboro
Elementary Schools," Mason said. "Later I moved to Vanceburg where I
graduated from Lewis County High School."
Mason resides at Camp
Dix with his wife of 33, years, Karen Logan Mason. They have two children and
three grandchildren. Daughter Susan and son-in-law Joe Paul Gilbert live nearby
with their children, Samantha Hughes, Tristan Gilbert and Tatem Gilbert. Their
son is the late Joey Mason.
"I am currently
employed at Carmeuse Lime in Maysville and have been there 30 years," Mason
"I'm a member of
the Blankenship Christian Holiness Church at Camp Dix and I enjoy visiting and
singing gospel music in other local churches," he said.
He is a Master Mason and
member of St. Mary's Lodge #240 in Tollesboro.
"I look forward to
meeting and talking with each of you and hope for your support in the upcoming
election," Mason said.
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Mason has announced his Republican
candidacy for the office of Lewis County Jailer.
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