October 27, 2009,
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Interagency Council hears of
offered help - Geagley's creations move into shop
made from recycled barn - Library Board gets building fund
update - Teens injured in traffic accidents - Four
arrested in burglary
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Council hears of offered help
Lewis County Interagency Council met last week and heard a presentation from
Andrea Miller and Mary O’Doherty with the Kentucky Domestic Violence
two presented information on the programs available through the KASI, an asset
building project that provides free tax preparation services and financial
education to low and moderate-income working families.
has established free tax preparation sites throughout the state and is looking
to branch out into other rural counties. In 2009, these tax preparation sites
helped approximately 8,500 families in Kentucky receive almost $8.8 million in
tax refunds and saved those families over $2 million in tax preparation fees and
refund anticipation loan fees.
available programs which aid families include: Individual Development Accounts (IDAs)
which allow families to build savings by offering a $2 match for each $1 saved
by the family and micro-loans which allow families to build a strong credit
history by offering short-term loans as an alternative to payday lenders.
of KASI are willing to partner with organizations in Lewis County if there is an
interest in bringing some of these services to our county.
and Andrea also discussed the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending. The
Coalition is currently seeking to combat predatory payday lending in Kentucky
through education and legislative efforts.
to the efforts of the Coalition, the state legislature has imposed a 10 year
moratorium prohibiting the establishment of any new payday lending stores in
Coalition is also pursuing legislative efforts to cap predatory payday loans at
36 percent. Such a cap already exists on loans to military families and is
considerably lower than the average 400 percent interest rate currently charged
by many payday lenders in Kentucky.
Coalition needs more organizations willing to support their efforts on behalf of
Kentuckians. For more information,
or contact Mary at email@example.com.
committee updates at the meeting Meredith Johns with FTSB reported that
there were almost 500 rides provided on the L-Trans system last month.
tentative schedule for the vans has been established and will soon be made
public. The majority of riders are utilizing the vans to attend classes at
Maysville Community College but several are also using the vans to go to
work at the hospital, Wal-Mart and other businesses in the Maysville area.
efforts are ongoing and the schedule of pick-up times and locations will be
made available as soon as it is finalized.
Christmas Committee met on September 28 to begin preparations for this
year’s Christmas programs. Sign-up for Project Merry Christmas will take
place October 26-27 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the First Baptist Church
Family Resource/Youth Service Centers are already working on their Christmas
programs, including the Angel Tree, Christmas Cops and Children
Incorporated. As in years past, names of recipients for all programs will be
shared among the programs to avoid duplication of services and to ensure
efficient use of resources.
representatives had the opportunity to share information about upcoming
events, special announcements and general program updates.
resource guide has been updated for 2009 and will be sent via e-mail to
everyone on the interagency mailing list within the next few weeks. The
resource guide can be printed or utilized online. If you are aware of any
corrections or updates to the guide, please contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lewis County
Interagency Council will meet again on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. at the Extension Office. The topic of
discussion will be programs and resources for engaging our community to
prevent and reduce alcohol and substance abuse among youth.
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Geagley's creations move into shop made
from recycled barn
By Dennis Brown
and Gordon Geagley have had lots of experience turning otherwise discarded items
into creations which have an entirely new life and purpose.
most recent reincarnation was to turn an 1800s tobacco barn into a workshop and
display area which houses the creations which the Geagleys have been turning out
for more than three decades.
Geagley by Hand was chosen as the name for what was formerly Judy’s Kentucky
Crafts in Tollesboro, a shop located in an old house on Ky. Rt. 10.
opening for the new location, in the Geagley’s back yard on Garrad Road at
Tollesboro, is set for this weekend.
were green when green wasn’t cool,” said Judy Geagley of she and her
husband. “I’ve been using fabric from old clothing to make doll clothing and
animals for years.”
said the beginning of the business was about 1974 when she put together some
doll clothing and corn shuck dolls in her basement. The items were sold around
the area by friends who would take them to work and offer them to coworkers.
1983, she said, she and Gordon attended their first craft show as vendors and
cleared a whopping $20.
1986 the couple expanded the line to include handmade stuffed animals and
Judy’s Kentucky Crafts moved into an old house on Ky. Rt. 10 at Tollesboro, a
stone’s throw from their home, where they remained for the next 10 years.
Geagley said she became interested in reaching a larger market and in 1997 she
and Gordon traveled to New York City (her first trip on an airplane) where they
were exhibitors at the International Gift Fair. There, she said, they met buyers
from outlets far and wide. Many of those same high-end stores still offer her
creations for sale today.
Geagley said the old barn, which sat near where their old shop was located in
the old house, was in danger of falling down. It was constructed of hand hewn
posts and put together with cut nails and wooden pegs.
April he began the task of dismantling the barn and hauling the usable lumber
across a field to their back yard where the new shop would be located.
Geagley had shown him some photos in a book which had caught her eye. His
ambition had become to construct the building in the photo by giving new life to
the lumber which had earlier protected scores of tobacco crops from the
used the same foundation rocks from the barn to
the foundation for the new building, the same posts, pegs and siding. Over
the porch is a trellis made from the tobacco sticks which had supported
stalks of burley inside the barn years earlier.
Geagley said she identified the vines shown in the book photo as potato
vines. She plans to get them started around the porch early next year.
Geagley added a flowing stream with complete with a footbridge and ponds
inhabited by goldfish.
Geagley’s have been busy the past few weeks decorating the inside of the
shop with Judy’s creations. From custom bears (one made from Gordon’s
old Marine uniform trousers) to Christmas decorations designed by grandson
Michael Geagley, age seven. Also on display, and for sale, are a mirror and
fireplace fabricated from identifiable fragments of plates, saucers and
the other creations in the menagerie inhabiting the shop are a family of
rabbits who live in a stove, various sea creatures, farm animals and one of
Judy Geagley’s more popular stuffed critters, Tattered Old Bear.
of the animals have illustrated stories attached with their origins going
back to Judy Geagley’s childhood on Lee’s Creek near Dover.
are also baby quilts and toys along with several Christmas decorations
offered for sale in the shop.
Geagley said she plans to host a series of workshops in her new space and
has scheduled the first one, Christmas gifts and decorations on a budget, on
November 16. “It’s about using things you already have on hand to create
something new,” she said. Another planned workshop will be on getting a
craft business started.
shop will open with special hours this Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00
p.m. with refreshments and registration for door prizes. The shop will be
open this Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.
hours for the shop will be 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through
Geagley said the shop will be dedicated to former Kentucky First Lady
Phyllis George Brown on Thursday at Noon. A buyer’s preview will also be
held Thursday for commercial accounts.
Judy Geagley by Hand creations can be found at
such outlets as Barney’s and Takashimya in New York City, Kentucky Art and
Craft Museum in Louisville, Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea and Gallery on
the Square in Franklin. Her Web address is www.judygeagleybyhand.com.
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Library Board gets building
Meeting in regular session last week the Trustee Board
of the Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis
County learned that the effort to raise funds for a new library building
is not dead.
Kevin Cornette from the Buffalo
Trace Area Development District has given Library Director Marilyn Conway
an update on the project. It is still on the front burner at BTADD and at KDLA.
The library owns the vacant property next to the Lewis
County Post Office. All the paperwork and other requirements for the
project are completed and in order. When funding is provided the construction
project can begin.
presented some new forms to the board and said that the libraries now have to
sign a document in order to receive state aid. She said that the state wants
more accountability from the libraries, a move no doubt instigated by the
alleged misspending recently discovered at the Lexington
that state aid this year would be received in two installments. The first one
would be 75 percent of the total to be received. That comes to $12,773. The
other 25 percent would come later.
be $4,258 but will be allocated according to the availability of funds. The
libraries are taking another cut in funds because of the shortfall in state
revenue. This time the cut is a 10 percent reduction in state funding.
members are required to sign a form affirming that each has taken the oath
of office. At this month’s meeting all the members signed the forms,
and Lena Fugate and Sandy Bivens
took that oath.
presented the current financial
statement form to the board and asked if the board wanted to continue
using that form or one of the others revealed during a Trustee Workshop that was
conducted at the Fleming
County Public Library on Tuesday, October 6.
determined to continue using the current form because it contains all the
necessary information and is simpler and easier to understand than the others.
briefly discussed the Library
Policies and Procedures manual. KDLA Regional Consultant Charlotte
McIntosh said that she would review the current manual to see if it is up to
date and would report to the board at next month’s session.
announced that the estate of the late Dr. William Talley has donated his entire
library to the local
told the board that the elevator company has been working on the elevator and as
far as she knows it is fixed.
monthly Director’s Report shows that 808 patrons came to the library. The main
library checked out a total of 4431 books, and the Bookmobile
checked out 1518 volumes.
1368 patrons that signed up for the free computer usage 684 of them accessed the
Internet. Many folk use the computers to fill out job applications or to take
college courses or other training online.
President Lena Fugate announced that the next regular session of the Trustee
Board will be on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 PM at the library. The meeting is
open to the public.
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Teens injured in traffic accidents
Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies are
investigating traffic accidents around the area in which teenagers were injured.
Deputy Gary Sparks is investigating a single
vehicle accident at about 9:30 p.m. on October 20 which injured 17-year-old
Casey Clark of Lower Kinney Road.
Sparks reported that a 1998 Ford Explorer, which
was being operated by Clark, was traveling west on Lower Kinney Road about three
miles east of Camp Dix when he apparently lost control of the vehicle.
According to the report, the vehicle went off the
right side of the roadway, traveled about76 feet along the edge of the roadway,
reentered the roadway and traveled about another 75 feet before impacting a tree
on the left side of the road.
Clark was airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical
Center in Huntington, West Virginia, for treatment.
Deputy Dwayne Stone is investigating a single
vehicle accident that happened about 9:25 p.m. on October 14 on Ky. Rt. 8 about
2.5 miles east of Vanceburg.
Stone reported that a 2004 Ford Ranger, operated
by Terrence Smith, 17, of Meadowbrook, was traveling east on Ky. Rt. 8, rounded
a curve and encountered an animal in the roadway. Stone said the vehicle skidded
sideways off the north side of the roadway, overturned twice and came to rest on
Stone said Smith was trapped under the vehicle
for about two hours until he was freed by firefighters utilizing the Jaws of
Life. Stone reported that deer hair was found on the right side of the truck and
that people on the scene reported they had seen three deer standing in the
Smith was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center
in Portsmouth, Ohio, by MedCorp Ambulance, according to Stone.
State Police are also investigating an accident Wednesday evening on Ky. Rt. 57
Tollesboro. Information about that accident was unavailable by press time.
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arrested in burglary
County Sheriff's Office arrested four people over the weekend in
connection with a burglary that occurred on Friday evening.
Chief Deputy Johnny Bivens said he was called to a burglary in
progress on Friday evening on Ky. Rt. 344.
Bivens said the caller stated that one of the suspects was being
detained. Bivens said a passing motorist
observed a suspicious vehicle parked outside an unoccupied residence and when
the motorist approached the residence he could hear someone talking from inside.
Bivens said when those inside the residence were ordered to
exit, three suspects ran into the woods. Bivens said Michael Fife, 25, of
Morehead, was detained at the residence until police arrived.
Two other individuals, Kristy Carter, 21, of Morehead, and Sherry
Carter, 19, also of Morehead,
were located and arrested a short time later, he said.
Bivens said the fourth suspect, Shane Ross,
24, of Maysville, was arrested early Saturday morning as he exited the
Bivens said an investigation into the incident revealed that the
rear door of the residence had been kicked in and several items had already been
placed into bags, adding that items that had been removed from the residence
were located near the scene.
All four individuals were arrested and lodged in the Lewis
County Detention Center. Shane Ross was charged with second degree
burglary and the other three suspects were charged with second degree complicity
to commit burglary.
Bivens encourages anyone who may see suspicious
activity to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office to report it.
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