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Meet the Candidates event
On Thursday, October 26, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Meet the Candidates event. The information session was intended to give Lewis Countians a chance to meet with the candidates, learn more about their objectives, and help the citizens make an informed decision on November 7.
The evening began at Lewis County High School with a delicious fundraiser dinner benefiting the Lewis County High School Boosters. The group raised a respectable amount of money that can be used to fund or grow current programs. Next the evening proceeded with a Meet and Greet session where citizens were able to meet one on one with the candidates allowing them to ask questions that were important to them. Over 25 candidates attended this portion handing out goodies and getting to better know the community.
"Meet and Greet can be considered a listen and learn session. It is beneficial to both the candidate and the voter in letting the candidates hear first hand what the voters wants or letting the candidate explain their plans and get feedback from the community," states Tracy McGuire, chamber member and coordinator of the Meet the Candidates Night event.
The highlight of the Meet the Candidates night was the Candidates Forum which took place in the LCHS auditorium. This session allowed candidates a chance to discus general topics that were selected by the moderator. Approximately 125 voters turned out to become educated before they head to the polls.
Some of the topics for the evening included economic development, agritourism, fuel source diversification and transportation. Judicial candidates, as well as, magistrates, and city council members were given two minutes to speak on their experience, goals, etc. The chamber was very pleased with the amount of candidates that participated and hope all involved found it effective for their campaigns.
Candidates were in attendance included:
Congress Race: Cassie Ruhlman representing Congressman Geoff Davis.
Senate Race: Sen. Charlie Borders and Carol Rice Allen.
State Representative Race: Representative Robin Webb and Perry Kouns.
KY Court of Appeals-1st Division Race: Michelle Keller represented by Dr. Jim Keller.
KY Court of Appeals- 2nd Division Race: Joy Moore represented by Mr. Gary Moore and Mr. Buddy
District Judge Race: Brian McCloud and Bruce Blackburn.
Family Court Judge Race: Tom Bertram, Jeff Preston, Katherine Kendall and Charles Douglas, Jr.
Mayor Race: Al Owens and Angie Patton.
Judge Executive Race: Steve Applegate and Eugene Kinney.
County Attorney: Buddy Lykins.
Circuit Clerk: Kathy Hardy.
Sheriff: Bill Lewis.
Jailer Race: Tim Underwood.
Coroner: Tony Gaydos.
Magistrate #2 Race: Danny McCane and Paul-Bruce Swearigen.
Magistrate #3 Race: Joe Bentley.
City Council Race: Joni Pugh, Janie Nute-Thomas, Katie Aker, Gary Hobbs, Brenda Lykins, Ed Taylor, T.W. "Grover" Evans, Dorcas Gilbert and Pam Blevins .
New for the 2006 Meet the Candidates was the Prizes for Pride program. The idea was developed to try to encourage strong participation in the evening. Individuals who were present for the entire forum were registered to win over $600 worth of prizes including UK basketball tickets donated by Senator Charlie Borders, numerous gasoline gift certificates, Wal-Mart gift cards, restaurant certificates and several gift baskets. Prizes for the evening were donated by candidates and local chamber members.
Thanks to all who participated. This program was a success and hopes to grow to become a routine part of the Meet the Candidates night event.
There are many individuals and/or businesses that helped to make this event possible and the Chamber of Commerce would like to extend their greatest appreciation for their work -- Lewis County High School, Craig Stanfield for moderating the event, Lacey Wright (Miss Lewis County) for volunteering to help throughout the evening, Chase Hieneman for singing the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home, LCHS Boosters and volunteers, the candidates, the voters, and its members.
If you would like more information on the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce or are interested in becoming a member please contact, Tracy McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 606-796-0183.
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PSHH announces winners
People's Self-Help Housing, Inc. (PSHH) held its annual drawing for carbon monoxide (CO) detectors at its Board of Directors meeting on Monday, October 24.
Winners of the free detectors included Rose Applegate, Coyd Bloomfield, Christy Cooper, Ina Doyle, Robert Dummitt, Nan Fite, Nellie Henderson, Keith Lewis, Gene Love, Carol McClurg, Helen Moore, Patty Owens, Otie Penrod, Betty Reis, Tim Reynolds, Stephany Richmond, Sue Silvey, Janie Thomas, Vickie Toller, Jewell Walker, Tom Walker, Mary Weddington, Ed Willim IV and Carolyn Zornes.
PSHH would like to thank Lowe’s in Ashland, Graham Lumber in Flemingsburg, and State Electric in New Boston for donating some of the carbon monoxide detectors.
Finally, PSHH would like to thank WKKS and the Lewis County Herald in helping to spread the word about the dangers of CO poisoning.
PSHH would again like to remind everyone that carbon monoxide is a lethal gas that can escape from improperly installed or poorly maintained heaters, furnaces, ovens or fireplaces. Installing a CO detector in your home will ensure that you and your loved ones are protected from this "silent killer" since CO gas cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted.
PSHH offers a full range of housing opportunities for low and moderate-income families from emergency shelter and transitional housing to long-term rental housing and homeownership. For more information on PSHH programs, call 606-796-6333 or stop by the main office on Fairlane Drive any weekday between 7:30 am and 4:00 p.m. PSHH offers Equal Housing Opportunities.
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Thomas Home dedication
Members of the public and a number of dignitaries braved the cold and blustery weather Saturday for the dedication and open house of the George Morgan and Catherine Willim Thomas Home, at the corner of Main and Third Streets in Vanceburg.
Speakers for the dedication included Mayor Bill Tom Cooper, State Representative Robin Webb, State Senator Charlie Borders, Congressman Geoff Davis, Dr. William Talley, Helen Smith and Patty Kennard. Catie Akers sand the National Anthem and Rev. Al Owens gave the invocation.
Approximately 300 people toured the house throughout the day before the doors closed at 6:00 p.m.
The home, built in 1883, has undergone extensive renovation.
The public was invited to be part of the historic home by donating or loaning furniture to be displayed in the rooms of the house: a parlor, dining room, study or library, and several bedrooms. Furnishings reflect the Victorian Period.
The Renaissance Committee with the City of Vanceburg obtained the grant to restore the house. It is historically significant and worthy of preservation not only because of the structure, but because it was the home of George Morgan Thomas (1828-1914) and his wife Catherine (1830-1912).
George Morgan Thomas was a very well known lawyer, judge and legislator, as well as serving in other public capacities. He was elected to almost every county and district office as well as being advisor to presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to William Howard Taft.
The building will serve as a visitors center and will also be available for weddings and other events. Regular hours of operation will be announced later.
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Three injured in accident
Three people were injured as a result of a multi-vehicle accident at 10:30 .m. Thursday on the AA Highway at Route 3037.
According to State Police, a dump truck was backing off the northbound AA into a private drive. A semi-truck was stopped in the northbound lane, waiting for the dump truck to clear out of the travel portion of the road. Also stopped were a 1989 Buick station wagon, driven by Orville Ginn, 54, of Vanceburg, and a 2001 Freightliner semi-truck, driven by Robert Nester, 48, of Christiansburg, Virginia.
A 1993 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by Jewell Kinney, 66, of Vanceburg, was also traveling north on the AA.
Police said that Kinney apparently did not see the stopped vehicles and applied brakes too late to avoid a collision. Kinney's vehicle struck the station wagon, pushing it into the back of the Freightliner.
Kinney and Ginn were injured, as well as a passenger in Ginn's vehicle, Dorothy Ginn, 46, of Vanceburg. All were transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, where they were treated and released.
The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jeff Lewis, who was assisted at the scene by Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.
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