November 17, 2009,
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Several injured in bus/car
accident - School calendar amended for special
election - Decision delayed on jail medical administrator
- Thomas Massie is candidate for judge executive - Tip
leads to arrest of Garrison man
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injured in accident
Lewis County residents were injured last week in a two vehicle accident about a
half-mile west of Vanceburg on the AA Highway.
Bill Lewis said a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, operated by Shelley Ferguson, 34, was
traveling west on the roadway and attempted to make a left turn onto Hazel Road
when the vehicle was struck by a westbound Lewis Trans bus operated by Melissa
McCann, 36, of Vanceburg.
said Ferguson stated she had given a left turn signal prior to making the turn
onto Hazel Road. He said McCann stated she did not see the signal and swerved
left as the Cavalier was turning left.
said the bus collided into the left side of the Cavalier and traveled 189 feet,
coming to rest in the emergency lane on the north side of the roadway. The
Cavalier, he said, traveled 117
after impact, coming to rest against the guardrail on the south side of the
said there were two passengers in the cavalier; Brandon Ferguson, 18, and
Trevor Taylor, 15, both of Vanceburg. He said there were six passengers in
the Lewis Trans van; William T. Stone, 48, Rob Kennard, 48, Brittany
Caudill, 19, Jeffrey Fraley, 49, Sharon Campbell, 46, and Ayana Carrington,
31, all of Vanceburg.
said one person was airlifted to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington,
West Virginia, and others were taken to hospitals in Portsmouth, Ohio, and
Maysville. The accident happened about 7:05 a.m. Tuesday.
is continuing the investigation into the accident. He was assisted at the
scene by Lewis County Fire and Rescue, Vanceburg Fire and Rescue and MedCorp
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School calendar changed for special
By Dennis Brown
The Lewis County Board of Education made a change
to the school calendar to close schools on December 8 for a special election.
Meeting in regular session last week the Board of
Education approved cancelling classes for students on December 8 when a special
election will be held to fill a vacant house seat.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. said that in
exchange, February 15, 2010, will be day of classes for students. That day had
originally been scheduled as a holiday on the school calendar.
Reeder said safety and traffic concerns prompted
the decision to call off classes on the election day since Central and Laurel
Elementary are utilized as polling places. The last day of school for students
will remain May 21, 2010.
Board members last week heard success stories
from TES Principal Tim Douglas and GES Principal Dale McDowell.
Both principals told board members the steps they
are taking to reach goals for this academic year and outlined their priorities
for achieving those goals.
Board members approved a change order on the
Lewis County Sport Architecture Project to reflect an adjustment in cost.
Reeder said that since the bid on the project was more than $250,000 that
prevailing wages had to be paid to workers. The cost difference amounts to
The board gave final approval on the
Tollesboro Elementary Phase III Addition and Renovation, allowing for the
final payment to be made to the contractor on the project. Reeder said the
state had also looked over the project and given their approval on it.
Board members approved the KETS Technology
Activity Report allowing for a state matching offer of assistance on certain
Approval was also given for the LCHS ROTC to
attend the State Air Rifle Championship at Henderson, an overnight trip for
Reeder reported that Megan Dyer and Peggy
Nolen were certified substitute hires and a medical leave of absence was
approved for Judy Johnston.
Reeder also reported that the Lewis County
Health Department had set up at Lewis County Middle School and administered
about 600 flu vaccinations to community members.
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Magistrates delay decision
on jail health administrator
Lewis County Fiscal Court met in regular session
last week and tabled the decision on a matter to hire a firm to provide a
medical administrator for the Lewis County Detention Center.
Two companies had made proposals during the
October meeting to provide services at the detention center which would allow
for the staffing of a part-time nurse there and for a physician to be on call to
deal with medical issues of the jail’s occupants.
Jailer Tim Underwood recommended that magistrates
approve the plan to contract with one of the companies and gave several reasons
to do so.
Underwood said the contract with either company
could be terminated at any time the county is not satisfied with the services
and said the cost of hiring one of the companies to deal with the medical issues
wouldn’t cost any more than the county is now paying for health care of the
inmates. The lowest annual bid proposed in October was about $76,000.
Underwood said it could be an opportunity for the
county to save some money because the medical costs for inmates continue to rise
and that off-site visits to doctors and hospitals would be reduced with medical
personnel available at the jail.
He said that having the company make the
decisions concerning medical treatment of inmates would lessen the liability of
the county and provide better service to those who are incarcerated there.
Magistrate Joe Bentley said he would like to look
at some other options before making a decision on the matter. Judge Executive
Steve Applegate agreed. “I don’t want to put us in a financial situation we
can’t recover from. I want us to explore other possibilities,” he said.
“The proposed cost is lower than we spent last
fiscal year,” Underwood said, adding that he would be prepared to lobby for
the plan at the next fiscal court meeting.
County Treasurer Kathy Dillow said the county is
on track to spend about $96,000 on medical expenses for the detention center
this fiscal year.
“Under the plan,” Underwood said, “A
medical person will be on duty or on call to make the decisions. I’m not a
medical person. If I have to make the call, I’ll play it safe and say ‘send
that person to the hospital.’”
In other business, magistrates approved the
second reading of an ordinance to show the receipt of Community Development
Block Grant funds for the Garrison Wastewater Project and heard the first
reading of an ordinance that would approve refinancing of the Detention Center
with KACo. A second reading of that ordinance was scheduled for November 23 at
Magistrates approved procurement standards
relating to the Garrison Wastewater Project and also approved an interlocal
agreement concerning the Tenco Workforce Investment Area Workforce.
Magistrates approved the reappointment of Luke
Bentley Jr. to the Garrison, Quincy, Ky-O-Heights Water District; Jean Love to
the Lewis County Extension District Board; Greg Webb to the Lewis County
Extension District Board; and Gerald Meadows to the Lewis County Municipal
Court members approved the acknowledgement of
receipt of the Firebrick Fire District Annual Budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09.
Magistrates approved a resolution supporting the
Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security and its mission. Applegate
said the goal of the federation is to inform community members about the
important role coal plays in Kentucky.
He said coal generates 94 percent of the
state’s electricity and not only creates jobs for miners, but for people all
across the state.
Magistrate Paul Bruce Swearingen asked Applegate
if he had heard from the state if any reimbursement money would be available for
the two special elections in Lewis County. Applegate said he hadn’t been
notified of any funding assistance and said the county’s cost for the two
special elections will total about $45,000.
Thomas Massie asked the court for clarification
on funding for the Garrison Wastewater Project and if the county would be
responsible for any cost overruns.
Applegate responded that the total project cost
is $5.3 million and that the county would not be responsible for any of the
costs associated with the project. He said the county would only be acting as
the applicant agent for the water district and that funds would only pass
through the county to the water district.
County officials presented their monthly reports
to magistrates before the meeting was adjourned.
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Thomas Massie is candidate for judge
Massie has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election
Finance to run on the Republican ticket for Lewis County Judge Executive.
many who grow up in Lewis County, my wife and I graduated from LCHS and moved
away to pursue our dreams,” Massie said. “And like others who have left, we
found that the education, solid values, and common sense we learned in Lewis
County put us at a distinct advantage in the 'big world.' As entrepreneurs, we
worked hard, we competed, and we succeeded in the global economy. What makes our
story unique is that we left the city life and moved back to a farm in Lewis
County at a young age... for our kids, for our family, and for our community.”
like for our children to have the same solid rural upbringing as us, but we also
want them to have more opportunity within Lewis County,” Massie stated. “The
dilemma we face is that in the 20 years since we graduated from high school, our
county has in many ways moved backward, not forward.”
new brick government office buildings have been built or occupied in Vanceburg
in those 20 years, yet at least that many retail businesses have disappeared in
the county,” Massie continued. “Farmers and other working people, as well as
retirees on fixed incomes, now pay a larger percentage of their hard earned
money to the local government, yet there are fewer local jobs available. If
there ever were a textbook case that bigger government is not the answer, it
would be Lewis County.”
said that’s why he is entering the race. “All of the other candidates for
this seat represent the status quo in our county government, and the status quo
clearly isn’t working. We need new ideas and candidates with better
qualifications,” he said.
says there are several issues listed on his web site, www.thomasmassie.com, for
those who want to dig deeper. And he welcomes concerned citizens to leave
feedback and ideas there.
addition to recruiting jobs, my primary goal is to fix those aspects of our
county government that aren’t working instead of blindly spending more money.
I will never raise taxes,” he said.
says he feels an information infrastructure, comprised of better internet, cell
phone and cable services is more critical than industrial parks for enabling
jobs, business, and industry in Lewis County.
a CEO visits our county to evaluate our location for his company and finds that
his i-phone can’t get a signal, he’ll quietly place his i-phone back in his
pocket, thank us for the wonderful lunch at Kenny’s, and drive back to the
airport,” Massie said. “We’ll never see him again.”
claims that one key to getting these services in our county is communicating
with the service providers such as Verizon, Windstream, and Time-Warner. “Of
the candidates in this race, I am most qualified to engage in credible
conversation with these companies,” he stated.
graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in
Electrical Engineering and concentrated in Economics. He then went on to obtain
a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering with elective studies in Computer
an undergraduate, he was awarded an Eastman Kodak full scholarship based on
merit, and then a National Defense Fellowship from the Air Force for graduate
school. While at MIT,
Massie has field as a candidate for Lewis County Judge Executive
was awarded the $30K Lemelson Prize for inventiveness and the $10K Prize for
best business plan.
founded SensAble Technologies, Inc., to commercialize an invention for which he
holds 22 patents. While at SensAble, he successfully helped raise three rounds
of venture capital and built a company that provided over 70 full time, high
wage jobs. His company was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing
companies in the U.S.
also served as Chairman of the Board for EndActive Inc., a medical devices
company. He currently presides over the board of the newly formed Center for
Appalachian Philanthropy, a private nonprofit organization devoted to improving
life in Appalachia.
asking Lewis Countians to support me in what I hope will be a positive race
based on issues and qualifications. I won’t make any outlandish promises but I
do promise to work hard and to work smart, to improve our county,” he said.
seeking this position, not because I need a job, but because I love this county
and I think we can make it better. I hope voters will consider my solid record
as an active citizen at fiscal court meetings, leading successful efforts to
lower or defeat taxes and unnecessary regulations in this county over the past
three years,” he added.
his wife of 16 years Rhonda (Howard) Massie and their four children live in a
solar powered home they designed and built themselves with local lumber and
stones on Montgomery Creek at Garrison.
is the son of Roger and Gayle Massie of Vanceburg and the grandson of the late
Thomas Gayle Denham (proprietor of the old locker plant and author of Gayle’s
Gripes) and the late Elizabeth (Love) Denham.
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to arrest of Garrison man
Garrison man has been arrested after deputies received an anonymous tip leading
them to his whereabouts.
sheriff's department spokesman said Samuel Bertram, 38, of Garrison, had an
active warrant for his arrest and when he was taken into custody deputies found
Oxycodone, appointment cards for pain clinics, directions to pain clinics and a
large sum of cash in his clothing.
spokesman said Bertram was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking
in a controlled substance and the probation violation warrant. He was lodged in
the Lewis County Detention Center.
Dwayne Stone and Jason Hill are continuing an investigation into the incident.
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