October 26, 2010,
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project is awarded to Trace Creek Construction
Meeting in regular session last
week the Trustee Board of the Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis
County accepted the low bid of $1,557,000 from the Trace Creek
Construction Company for the erection of the new library.
The board received six other
bids ranging up to $2,049,799.
The facility will be located next to the Vanceburg Post
Office. Construction could possibly begin in December. Plans call for the
building to be completed in ten months.
Architect Jeff Pearson of
Pearson and Peters Architects, PLC in Lexington advised the board that a special
meeting would be called in the near future for the signing of the documents for
the USDA loan and the grants for the project. He said that once the construction
starts project meetings will be held every two weeks.
Library Director Marilyn Conway
reported that 851 patrons of record used the library in September. She
pointed out that the figure doesn’t really reflect how many people
actually come in to the library during the month. That’s just the ones who
checked out books. The residents who came in to use the computers or for
some other purpose are not included in that count. She estimated that well
over 1,000 people came to the facility every month.
Her report also shows that the
patrons checked 4,909 books out of the main library and 1,441 from the Bookmobile.
The free computer usage remains popular with 1,377 registering to use the
computers last month. Of that number they accessed the Internet 690 times.
The next regular session of the
Trustee Board will be Tuesday, November 9 at
1:00 p.m. at the library.
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have busy weekend
By Dennis Brown
and windy conditions contributed to wildfires in Lewis County over the weekend
and two families lost their homes to fire on Sunday.
open burning ban remains in effect for Lewis County until further notice
although conditions are expected to improve this week with the arrival of some
battled wildfires in Lewis County including one at Harrison Hollow. Smoke from
the wildfire could be seen from several miles as the fire burned throughout the
day on Sunday and spread to nearby hollows.
also destroyed a hay-filled barn and mobile home on Little Cabin Creek Sunday. A
Vanceburg family also lost their home and belongings to fire on Sunday night.
fire at 36 West Second Street in Vanceburg heavily damaged one of the
city’s oldest structures, according to a spokesman.
in nearby homes were evacuated after the fire was reported about 9:00 p.m.
Sunday. Bill Tom Clark, who lives next door to the residence, said his
Grandmother Ort had lived there as a child.
cause of the Vanceburg fire remains under investigation. Firefighters
remained on the scene until past Midnight to ensure the fire didn’t
from Vanceburg, Lewis County, Black Oak and Garrison Volunteer Fire
Departments were on the scene to battle the fire and provide assistance.
county-wide burning ban is in effect until further notice and all open
outside burning is prohibited.
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is county attorney candidate
Attorney Thomas M. Bertram II has announced
his candidacy for the office of Lewis County Attorney in the November 2 General
who has maintained a law practice on Main Street in Vanceburg since 1976, said
the county attorney’s office performs many services and duties.
most obvious responsibility, he said, is the prosecution of all violations of
criminal law within the jurisdiction of the district court, including all
misdemeanors such as DUI offenses, other traffic violations, assault and theft
of less than $500.
county attorney also has prosecutorial jurisdiction over juvenile issues, which
include criminal acts, dependency, neglect, and abuse, he said.
said the county attorney also works with judges to issue emergency protective
orders in domestic violence cases, handle extraditions and oversee mental
commitments and disability cases.
district court, county attorneys handle felony preliminary hearings and
prosecute to recover delinquent taxes, he said.
said the county attorney also serves as counsel to Lewis County Fiscal Court,
districts, commissions, boards and county officials in all legal issues.
and his wife, Anita, reside at Charters on the family farm. He is the son of the
late William C. and Anne D. Bertram. Anita Bertram serves as Director of the
Lewis County Health Department and is the daughter of Norma Kennedy and the late
Bertrams have four children; Alex, Amanda, Katie and Charles; and three
is a 1969 graduate of Lewis County High School and earned degrees at the
University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. He has served as Assistant
Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 20th Judicial District for the past
M. Bertram is a candidate for Lewis County Attorney.
was a public defender from 1993 to 2000, has served as Master Commissioner and
Special Domestic Relations Commissioner of the 20th Judicial District
and for 12 years was Vanceburg City Attorney.
current and previous civic affiliations include the Kentucky Bar Association,
American Bar Association, Lewis and Greenup County Bar Association, U of L
School of Law Student Bar Association, Lewis County Industrial Authority, Junior
Chamber of Commerce, National Honor Society, Boy Scouts of America, Lewis County
4-H Council, 4-H Shooting Sports Coach, National Rifle Association, National
Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Vanceburg Lions Club, Little league
Baseball Coach, lifetime associate member of Monte Lewis Stamm VFW Post 5438,
and League of Kentucky Sportsmen. He is a member of the Vanceburg First Baptist
encourages questions and comments concerning the office of County Attorney of
Lewis County. He may be reached at 606-796-3024 or, evenings, at 606-796-3709.
appreciate the support and encouragement shown me by the great citizens of Lewis
County,” he said.
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Vanceburg Council Member Joni Pugh is seeking reelection to
a council seat.
Pugh has owned and operated The Victorian Rose in Vanceburg
since 1986. “In those 24 years I have seen and experienced the challenges
involved in keeping a small business operational,” she said.
Pugh is a member of the Vanceburg Depot Committee and is
secretary of the Renaissance on Main Board.
“I established the start-up of community theater in
Vanceburg with the Lewis County Theatre Guild,” she said.
Pugh also serves as the secretary of Primary Plus Board of
Directors and the Lewis County Interagency Council.
“I have worked diligently with the Lewis County
Transportation Committee to bring much needed transportation for employment and
education through the L-Trans bus service,” she said. “Many hard-working
citizens in our community who now have access to transportation have been able
to maintain employment to provide for their families.”
“They can now also further educational opportunities
which may lead to gainful employment,” she added.
Pugh is a candidate for Vanceburg City Council.
“Though the office of City Council is determined by
voters, I do not consider myself a politician but a public servant,” Pugh
“I will not make promises I cannot keep. What I promise
the voters of Vanceburg is to listen to your concerns, remain available and to
bring the mayor and fellow council members the issues that concern you most,”
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Jarrells is council
Councilman Matt Jarrells is seeking reelection to his seat
on Vanceburg City Council in the November 2 General Election.
Jarrells, 34, has lived in Vanceburg his entire life and is
a devoted father to his son, Kyle, 13. He is the son of Charles “Jinx”
Jarrells and Jill Bentley. His grandparents were Charles “Krog” and Lorene
“Dodie” Jarrells, and Carl “Jack” and Dorothy Bentley.
Jarrells is employed by PrimaryPlus in Vanceburg and
travels to their four other locations troubleshooting technological problems for
the locally based facility.
“I’ve enjoyed my first two years on council
tremendously and gained a lot of insight and feedback from the citizens of our
great town,” he said.
“I’m excited about the potential of serving the people
again and letting their concerns be heard through my voice,” Jarrells added.
“If reelected, I will work hard with whomever my other elected officials shall
“The company I work for employs 140 individuals
throughout Lewis, Mason, Fleming and Bracken Counties. Not only do I help my
co-workers out if they run into problems with their computers or electronic
medical records software but I’ve had at least one personal conversation with
everyone at all locations,” he said.
“As with family and friends, I like to keep a close relationship with my
co-workers. You spend about as much time with them as you do your own family,”
Jarrells is a candidate for Vanceburg City Council.
“It’s always nice to speak up when you have a problem
but it’s also crucial to listen to someone’s concerns too.”
“I use that same belief when it comes to Vanceburg’s
citizens,” Jarrells said. “I think it’s time we all get on the same page
and work towards making our great town even better.”
“When you go out to the polls on November 2, your
consideration and vote would be greatly appreciated,” he added.
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