November 2, 2010,
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Voters wanted for General Election
- PSC sets public meetings in rate case - Lewis
County added to drought-stricken list - Moore is council candidate -
Hull is council candidate
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wanted for General Election
County residents eligible to vote in the General Election will be choosing
representatives from the local to federal level.
official ballot, found on page nine this week, shows all voters in Lewis County
will choose between Rand Paul and Jack Conway for US Senator; Geoff Davis and
John Waltz for US Representative; Jack Ditty and Robin Webb for State Senator;
Jill York and David Hayes for State Representative; Thomas Massie and Anita
Gilbert for Judge Executive; and will be able to vote for three of the five
candidates for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors, Chris Elam,
Bill Bertram, Silas Polston, Fred Bate and Jerry Bloomfield.
District voters, those in Vanceburg and Black Oak precincts, will choose between
Paul Bruce Swearingen and Danny McCane for Lewis County Magistrate.
voters in Vanceburg will choose between Angie Patton and Todd Ruckel for Mayor
of Vanceburg and will choose six of the nine candidates for Vanceburg City
Council. Those running for a seat on council are Shannon Gilbert, Karen Fraley,
Edward Taylor, Denver Moore, Matt Jarrells, Dorcas Gilbert, Shane Hull, Charles
Hall and Joni Pugh.
local races were decided in the May Primary with candidates running
unopposed in the General Election. They include Anthony Silvey for PVA,
Thomas M. Bertram for County Attorney, Glenda Himes for County Clerk, Johnny
Bivens for Sheriff, Chris McCane for Jailer, Tony Gaydos for Coroner,
Michael Ruggles for County Surveyor, Milt Stanfield for District One
Magistrate, David Lancaster for District One Constable, Aaron Gilbert for
District Two Constable, Joe Bentley for District Three Magistrate, Larry
Colley for District Three Constable, Brian McCloud for District Judge, Larry
Kegley for District One Board of Education, Robert Kennard for District Two
Board of Education and Sarah Willis for District Three Board of Education.
Polley is unopposed for Mayor of Concord and four candidates have filed for
the four seats on Concord City Commission. The candidates are Sheila Walker,
Lynda Polley, Jerry Walker and Carol Campbell.
polls in Lewis County will open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and close at 6:00 p.m.
Any voter in line at 6:00 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot.
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public meetings in rate case
By Dennis Brown
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold public to
receive comments on the request for a rate increase by the East Kentucky Power
Cooperative, Inc. (EKPC) and the resulting pass-through rates to the 16 electric
distribution cooperatives which own EKPC and to which it provides electricity.
“These meetings will allow the PSC to hear directly from the
public as it prepares to consider whether the proposed new rates are fair, just
and reasonable,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said.
The local meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 8,
at Rowan County High School Auditorium. Other meetings are scheduled in
Somerset, Nicholasville and Bardstown.
EKPC’s 16 member distribution cooperatives have over 500,000
customers in 87 counties in eastern and central Kentucky. EKPC generates
electricity at four plants and operates 2,755 miles of high-voltage transmission
EKPC is proposing to increase its wholesale rates by 5.27
percent in order to generate additional annual revenue of $49.4 million. Once
passed through to the distribution cooperatives, the proposed higher wholesale
rate would increase the typical residential customer’s monthly bill by $4.60
to $5.67, depending on the cooperative.
Fleming-Mason Energy customers would have an estimated monthly
increase of $5.23 on residential bills while Grayson RECC would have an
estimated monthly increase of $5.33, according to information released by the
The amounts vary because of differences in the operating
conditions and customer base of each cooperative.
The EKPC application, pass-through rate applications for the
distribution cooperatives and related documents are available on the PSC
website, www.psc.ky.gov. The case numbers are 2010-00167 for EKPC and
2010-00168 through 2010-00183 for the distribution cooperatives.
In response to public input at previous rate case meeting, the
PSC has changed the format for public meetings.
The EKPC meetings will begin with a presentation by the utility,
followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions. The parties
intervening in the case – the Kentucky Office of Attorney General and
Gallatin Steel Co. – also will have an opportunity to make presentations
and answer questions.
Members of the public then will be invited to make comments to
Written comments will be accepted at the meeting. Written
comments also may be mailed to the PSC at PO Box 615, Frankfort, KY 40602,
faxed to 502-564-9625 or e-mailed from the PSC website.
The evidentiary hearing in the cases will be combined into a
single proceeding, to be held at the PSC offices at 211 Sower Boulevard in
Frankfort on Tuesday, November 30, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
The hearing will be open to the public, but there will be only
limited opportunity for public comments. Written comments will be accepted
through the conclusion of the hearing.
The evidentiary hearing may be viewed live on the PSC website.
The PSC is an independent agency attached for
administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates
more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities
operating in Kentucky and has approximately 100 employees.
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County added to drought-stricken list
Last week’s rainfall in Kentucky was beneficial but
wasn't enough to erase the effects of the drought currently gripping Lewis
County and most of the Commonwealth.
The state on Thursday issued a Level 1 drought declaration for seven more
counties -- all in northeastern Kentucky. These new counties bring the total to
50 counties under a Level 2 declaration and 42 counties under a Level 1
Several counties in the central and eastern parts of the state that do not yet
fall within the Level 1 or 2 drought declaration areas are developing
drought-like conditions. If the dry pattern of the last 30-60 days continues,
more counties will be declared drought-stricken, according to a state press
Counties with the new Level 1 drought declaration include Fleming, Lewis, Boyd,
Carter, Elliott, Greenup and Lawrence.
Counties already having the Level 1 drought declaration include: Allen, Butler,
Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Simpson, Warren, Magoffin, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill,
Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell,
Bracken, Mason, Robertson, Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Rowan, Breathitt,
Lee, Wolfe, Green, Taylor, Marion and Washington.
Counties already with the Level 2 drought declaration include:
Anderson, Franklin, Harrison, Scott, Woodford, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson,
McLean, Ohio, Union, Webster, Bullitt,
Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin,
LaRue, Meade, Nelson, Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen,
Pendleton, Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon,
Muhlenberg, Todd, Trigg, Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman,
Marshall and McCracken.
Counties considered abnormally dry are: Barren, Metcalfe, Floyd, Johnson,
Martin, Pike, Jackson, Rockcastle, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and
A Level 1 drought means the state has officially designated a prolonged dry
period as a drought. Soil moisture, vegetative health and low fire fuel moisture
are primarily affected. Designated areas may experience serious impacts to
agricultural water needs, an increased wildfire risk and other water-sensitive
A Level 2 drought indicates that severe impacts can be expected, including an
increased number and intensity of wildfires, significant damage to agricultural
interests, water supply shortages and severe stress on other water-sensitive
Rainfall amounts of between 0.5 to 1.5 inches across the state Monday and
Tuesday did have a short-term impact on the drought, preventing areas in
southeast Kentucky from being upgraded to a Level 1 drought and helping to
extinguish most of the wildfires that had been burning across the state. The
rainfall, however, was not nearly enough to end the drought or lessen the
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Councilman Denver Moore is vying for reelection to
Vanceburg City Council.
“As a resident of Vanceburg for the past 25 years I have
been actively involved in the Lewis County Extension Board, Buffalo Trace Aging
Council, City Council appointed representative for the Electric Plant Board,
member of the Vanceburg United Methodist Church, Lewis County Gideon Camp, and
member of Kentucky State Legislative Research Commission,” Moore said.
“If reelected, I will continue to work with our mayor and
fellow city council members as well as other local officials to improve our
city,” he said.
“Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving our
community in the past and would appreciate your continued support in the
November 2 General Election,” he added.
Moore is a candidate for Vanceburg City Council.
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Hull is council
resident Shane Hull is seeking election to a City Council seat.
has been a resident of the city for 17 years and resides on Front Street with
his wife, Faith (Lawson) Hull, and their two children, Blake and Sarah.
is the son-in-law of former city council member Roy Lawson.
have campaigned in Vanceburg and heard the concerns of residents,” Hull said.
“If elected, I will address these issues. I want to represent the citizens of
Vanceburg in an honest and trustworthy manner.”
vote will be greatly appreciated,” he said.
Hull is a candidate for Vanceburg City Council.
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