October 19, 2010,
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accident - Fiscal Court OKs jail loan extension
- Robbery suspect bound over to Mason County Grand Jury - School
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trapped in truck cab after accident
A single vehicle accident involving a dump truck last week
left the truck driver trapped for about two hours as rescuers worked to free him
from the cab of the overturned truck.
The accident happened Monday morning on Ky. Rt. 8 near the
mouth of Quicks Run Road, according to a spokesman with the Lewis County
A dump truck, loaded with sand, was traveling east on the
roadway when a rear axle on the truck broke and caused the brakes to lock up,
the spokesman said.
The truck skidded about 45 feet, went off the right side of
the roadway and overturned onto the driver’s side, scattering several tons of
sand over the roadway and in the ditch line, the spokesman said.
The spokesman identified the driver of the truck as Wiley
R. Garland, 60, of Stanton. The truck was licensed to Red River Ranch LLC in
The cab of the truck was heavily damaged and the driver
was trapped inside the vehicle as rescuers attempted to utilize the Jaws of
Life and other hydraulic equipment to free the trapped driver.
A large front end loader was summoned from nearby River
Sand and Gravel, and workers connected chains to the bent dump bed and truck
cab to the loader. The bed and cab were straightened enough to free the
driver. Workers took him to a waiting King’s Daughters Medical Center
medical helicopter and he was airlifted to a Huntington, West Virginia,
hospital for treatment.
Traffic on Ky. Rt. 8 was disrupted from the time of the
accident until the truck was removed and workers with the Kentucky
Department of Transportation could remove the sand from the roadway.
Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens is continuing the
investigation into the accident. He was assisted at the scene by Deputy Gary
Sparks, Lewis County and Vanceburg Fire and Rescue, MedCorp Ambulance and
River Sand and Gravel workers.
Officials with the Kentucky Department of
Transportation are also investigating the accident.
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Court OKs jail loan extension
By Dennis Brown
Magistrates approved a loan extension on $900,000 which is part of
a refinancing package for the Lewis County Detention Center.
Judge Executive Steve Applegate said the Kentucky Association of
Counties (KACo) is handling the refinancing of jail funding to save money over
the life of financing for the detention center and had arranged to borrow the
funds for six months from US Bank while they prepare for a bond sale.
Applegate said the bond sale program has not yet been completed
and more time was requested for KACo to prepare for the bond sale making it
necessary to extend the term of the loan for another six months.
He said the interest rate will remain low at about 1.2 percent and
there will be no costs associated with renewing the loan.
Applegate said the extension will also allow the new
administration to make decisions concerning the future of the detention center
and place any additional needed funding on the bond reissue.
Magistrates agreed to the extension requested by KACo.
Magistrates also adopted a budget ordinance to show unbudgeted
receipts from the state into the road department fund.
In new business last week, magistrates approved an annual
recycling agreement with Mason County and approved the acknowledgement of
receipt of the Black Oak Volunteer Fire Department for the current fiscal
Road Foreman Dane Howard told magistrates that asphalt projects in
the county are underway and have been completed on Beechy and were underway
on Indian Run at Firebrick. Other projects are also planned this fall, he
He said the projects, funded through the state’s rural secondary
road program, total $916,488.
Howard also requested the county advertise for bids for a piling
project on Cabin Creek near Cottageville to make repairs associated with
flooding earlier this year. Magistrates approved a motion to solicit bids
for the project.
Magistrates also approved of acknowledgement of receipt of the
Lewis County Public Health Taxing District’s annual budget for the current
Magistrates entered into closed session to discuss personnel
matters. When returning to the open session magistrates gave approval to
compensate the road foreman for sick days accumulated prior to the
administration change in 2005.
County officials presented their monthly reports and magistrates
approved payment of bills before adjourning.
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suspect bound over to Mason Grand Jury
against a Lewis County woman charged in connection with the robbery of Citizens
Deposit Bank in Maysville has been bound over to the Mason County Grand Jury.
At a preliminary hearing last week in Mason County District
Court, Maysville Police Detective Ken Fuller testified concerning information
uncovered during the investigation into the robbery of Citizens Deposit Bank on
Walmart Way in Maysville on September 30.
Ruby F. Turner, 32, of Vanceburg, was arrested and charged
with first degree robbery, a class B felony.
Detective Fuller said during the preliminary hearing last
week that he responded to the robbery at the bank. He said he interviewed
tellers as well as the manager at the bank and reviewed video taken during the
time of the robbery from both the bank and a nearby business.
The suspect in the robbery was described as a black female,
about five feet, six inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. The suspect was
said to be wearing a purple shirt, jeans and large sunglasses, according to
Fuller said the suspect entered the bank, went to a teller
window and said she wanted cash, then placed a checkbook on the
counter, visible to the teller. He said inside the
checkbook was a note demanding $6,000 and directing the teller not to trigger
Fuller said video obtained from the bank was processed and
photos were developed and distributed to news agencies. He said Kentucky State
Police received a tip indicating the suspect was Turner.
He said Turner was identified by multiple sources as the
suspect on the video and an arrest warrant and search warrant were obtained.
Fuller said Turner was arrested and her vehicle, a home she
was in the process of moving into, and the home of her mother where she had been
staying, were all searched.
Fuller said Turner admitted she was the person who robbed
the bank and evidence was recovered. He said Turner said the vehicle used in the
robbery was a white Chevrolet Cavalier, not a van which had originally been
reported as the vehicle seen leaving the scene after the robbery.
Mason District Judge Todd Walton ruled probable cause had
been established for the charge of first degree robbery and bound the case over
to the grand jury. She remains lodged in the Mason County Detention Center under
$250,000 cash bond.
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board hears score stories
Lewis County Board of Education heard from the principals of Tollesboro and
Garrison Elementary Schools concerning recently released test scores. Both
schools met all their goals for the testing.
McDowell, principal at GES, told board members the school would “keep working
smart” to work toward meeting their goals again this year.
Principal Tim Douglas echoed McDowell’s statements and praised the staff and
students at the school for the “tremendous amount of work” they put into
preparing for the tests taken earlier this year.
principals reviewed their respective schools’ test scores and outlined what
steps they are taking to ensure they reach the goals set each year.
of Academic Progress, or MAP, is a series of tests given to students three times
during the school year in reading, math, language and science.
test results help educators identify skills students need to work on. Student
scores allow teachers to develop individual programs for each student to
concentrate work on areas the students need assistance in.
said some of the reasons for success at TES were the outstanding staff including
bus drivers, cooks, custodians, instructional assistants, the school secretary
and, of course, the teachers.
praised the students for their efforts in working toward reaching the
ever-increasing goals and said the parents and entire community are extremely
supportive of the efforts put toward achieving the educational goals.
said volunteers, including foster grandparents, are also beneficial in helping
students throughout the school year.
outlined the approach at GES to meet the goals set the previous school year.
also credited staff at the school, parents, students and the community for
helping to work toward the goals each year.
reviewed this year’s goals and said staff members are diligent in working with
all of the students to help them prepare for the testing and be better prepared
to advance to the next school year.
goals are unique to each school and are established in line with the federal No
Child Left Behind program.
Enix, Instructional Supervisor, told board members last week that it will take
continued hard work in all of the district’s schools to meet the goals each
have better planning,” said Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr., “Morale is
good and focus is good,” he added.
is an example,” Reeder said after Douglas and McDowell made their
presentations to the board. “A lot of work and planning goes into this. It was
no accident that we met our goals,” he said.
Harold Harrison, Medical Director of the Lewis County Health Department, and
Anita Bertram, Health Department Director, also addressed the board.
local health department is under contract by the school district to provide
health services to the elementary schools in the county.
said the local health department is one of 47 in the state contracted to provide
services to school districts.
told board members the health department has been proactive in dealing with
health issues in the schools and, as an example, said the head lice issue was
recurring with several students. He said some research showed money available to
pay for treatment was a problem for several families.
said although treatment for head lice is available over-the-counter, it is
expensive. In response, prescriptions for treatment were written and the
treatment could be obtained at minimal out-of-pocket expense for parents on
limited budgets through the Medicare program.
said 23 students generated about two-thirds of the more than 450 visits to
school medical personnel for head lice. He said by writing prescriptions for
treatment, the numbers are declining.
other business last week, board members adopted an insect policy for the school
system. The policy was prompted by concern over the possible problem of bedbugs.
said although the school environment is not suitable for the parasitic insects,
several school districts have adopted policies to deal with the matter should it
become a problem.
nurses had earlier addressed board members and said although bedbugs could be
brought to the schools by students in clothing or backpacks, they most likely
will be dealing with students who have encountered bedbugs elsewhere and may
have bites, indicated by small red bumps.
members approved a revised working budget to show additional federal revenue of
about $100,000 for the school district. Members also approved field trips for
the second and fifth grades at LCCE.
the monthly superintendent’s report, Reeder noted the hiring of Angela
Williams as a substitute teacher; Lisa Fetters as a cook/baker at LCHS; and
Tammy Lyons as a substitute cook.
members approved the payment of bills and the treasurer’s report before
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Treasure hunters aplenty
Lewis County residents discovered some money last week they didn’t know they
Finders, a program implemented by Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, was
in Lewis County on Friday to help return about $156,000 in unclaimed funds to
more than 1,000 residents.
said response for the program in Lewis County was excellent with several
thousand dollars now on its way back to its rightful owners.
had a great turnout today. For a county this size to have that number of people
it was very, very impressive,” Hollenbach said Friday.
of the battle is making sure people aware that this program exists,” he added.
called people on a list of those having unclaimed property held by the state.
Many people also stopped by the E-911 Dispatch Center to see if their names were
on the list.
said the funds are mostly from unclaimed property of some sort, usually amounts
from insurance companies and banks who were unable to locate the intended
recipient and are required, by law, to turn the funds over to the state.
said the program was at no additional cost to taxpayers since his office
partnered with the city and county, along with volunteers, to provide the
is not our money, it belongs to the original owner,” he said, adding there is
no time limit on claiming funds that had been turned over to the state. Heirs
are also entitled to funds which were due to someone who may have passed away.
said physical property turned over to the state is held for a time and then sold
at auction. The original property owner is entitled to the proceeds from the
sale. After a while the money goes into the state’s general fund as a
contingent liability. It is paid out when the rightful owner is found.
said those who weren’t contacted Friday could access a website at www.kytreasury.com
or call the state treasurer’s office toll-free at 800-465-4722 to see if they
have any unclaimed property and to learn how to begin the process of getting
trying as hard as we can to push as much money back out into the counties, into
the hands of the people to whom it belongs, as possible because economic times
are tough and as badly as we need the money in Frankfort, we know it’s not our
money,” he said.
said Lewis County is one of the top 30 counties in the state being targeted in
the program. “We want to make sure you know we’re working as hard as we can
to push the program out to you,” he said. “We’re looking forward to making
this a successful program in Lewis County.”
year about 20 percent of the unclaimed property is returned to owners,” he
said. “That percentage is far too small. That’s why I created the Treasure
said treasury staff will also train a designee of Vanceburg and Lewis County to
research and fill out forms for unclaimed property so there will be a local
contact for the public.
will be an ongoing service at no cost to taxpayers,” Hollenbach said.
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