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ahead on new library
Meeting in regular session this
month the Trustee Board of the Helen H. Rayburn Public
Library of Lewis County took further
steps in the process of having a new library constructed for the benefit of the
The board moved to acquire a Fidelity
Bond for Board President Lena Fugate and Treasurer Sandra Rouse for $1.1
million with Bertram-Hull Insurance Agency in Vanceburg. The law requires that
any person authorized to sign checks or who has access to the bank accounts in
such projects be bonded.
Sandy Bivens was nominated and
elected to be the new Vice President of the board. She replaces Ron Mays, whose
term expired on June 30.
Library Director Marilyn Conway
reported that Attorney Lloyd Spear has written a letter to the Fiscal
Court in behalf of the Library Board requesting that the county fairly
compensate the library for $18,123 of revenue lost due to an error in recording
the tax rates last year. The letter asks that fiscal court contact their
insurance carrier to see if it has coverage for such errors
Due to the resignation of
Theresa Rizzo, the board is looking for an accountant to serve as payroll clerk.
One person was suggested for the position, and Conway plans to ask if that
accountant will take the part time job.
Architect Jeff Pearson explained
his responses to a Correction Letter received from the Public Protection
Housing, Buildings and Construction; Division of Building
Codes Enforcement. Fourteen items were on the list, and they have all
Conway announced the board will
enjoy its annual Christmas Dinner during the
next meeting on Tuesday, December 14 at the library at 1:00 p.m.
Two important events pertaining
to the Library Project have been added to the calendar. On Monday, November
22, at 1:00 p.m. a pre-construction meeting is scheduled to be held
at the library. Ground breaking will take place on Friday, December 10, at
11:30 a.m. on the construction site next to
the Vanceburg Post Office.
Conway’s monthly director’s
report shows that 809 patrons checked out books last month. That total does
not include everyone who came to the library for other purposes, only those
that checked out books. Many others come to the library to read the
newspapers and magazines, or to make copies or send faxes. Some do research
in the library or take advantage of the free computer usage without being
added to the patron count.
The public checked out 4,639
books from the library and 1,184 from the Bookmobile.
Of the 1,450 times patrons signed in for computer usage the Internet was
accessed 722 times.
An ongoing effort is underway to
begin a “Friends of the Library” group in the county. Anyone interested
in fostering the work of the library may call 606-796-2532
for more information.
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submit monthly reports to magistrates
By Dennis Brown
County officials presented their monthly activity reports during the November
meeting of Lewis County Fiscal Court.
Bill Lewis filed his department’s report for activities from October 11, 2010,
to November 8, 2010:
Subpoenas Served 61
Domestic Related Calls 104
Civil Summons Served 29
Felony Arrests 20
Misdemeanor Arrests 11
Accident Investigations 8
Juvenile Investigations 14
Criminal Summons 12
Prisoners Transp. to Secure Facility 410
Juveniles Transported 637
DVOs and EPOs 12
Court Bailiff Hours 450
Prescription Deliveries 1
Auto Inspections 70
Funeral Escorts 8
Stolen Property Recovered
Chevy Suburban $2,000
Honda ATV 8,200
County Emergency Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following
Performed all routine administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
Turned in all monthly reports for KyEM.
Working with FEMA public assistance.
Attended a Hazardous Materials meeting in Fleming County.
Met with a FEMA representative at Morehead.
Taught Hazardous Materials Class at Maysville for two days.
Working on FEMA paperwork for May and July flooding.
Responded to a dump truck accident with possible diesel spill.
Provided dispatch coverage.
Working on 911 issues.
Working of Flood Plain issues.
Lewis County E-911 Dispatch Center received a total of 336 calls for service for
the following agencies:
Sheriff’s Department 147
Vanceburg Police Department 68
Traffic Stops 31
Injury Accidents 8
Non-injury Accidents 17
Department calls including fires, traffic accidents and EMS assistance:
Lewis Co. FD 4
Camp Dix FD 2
Garrison FD 7
Vanceburg FD 4
Firebrick FD 2
Black Oak FD 1
Kinniconick FD 2
Tollesboro FD 15
Med Corp Ambulance 82
Emergency Medical Assistance 2
Non-CAD Events 520
Supervisor Dane Howard reported that nearly 1,819 tons of gravel and nearly
234 tons of asphalt had been hauled over the previous month.
roads included Elk Lick, Black Lick, Paint Lick, Burnt Cabin, Stamper
Branch, Golden Ridge, Emerson area, Camp Dix area, Straight Fork and
Blankenship Cemetery Road.
reported that pipe had been installed or repaired at Garden Branch, Rose
Mountain Road, Holly Road and Cabin Creek. Ditching/road widening was
performed on Esham Fork.
were repaired at Buck Lick, Toller Hollow, Meadowbrook, Bradford Lane, River
View, Fannin Lane, Sand Branch, Tar Fork, Beechy Road, Little Sulphur Road
and Evans Lane approach.
cutting/mowing/tree and debris removal projects were completed for Waring
Cemetery, Amish House Lane and Firebrick Indian Run.
and other road repairs were made on Old Trace Ridge, Toller Hollow, Elk
Lick, Holly Road, Fingerboard Road, Evans Lane entrance, Rock Run Road and
Heddleston Church Road.
redecking/repairs were made on Aills Road.
County Jailer Tim Underwood filed the following activity report for
September 1– 30, 2010:
State Inmates CC/CD/CI 24
Served Out 0
County Inmates 52
Inmates Booked In 61
Average Daily Jail Population 68
Booking, Housing, Medical, Damaged Property
Telephone Commission $N/A
Class D/CC/CI Pay for April $11,658.48
Somerset Food in October $7,580.52
GPS System $985.00
300 Miles during the month to Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center and
Larue County Detention Center.
reported that 18 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling
1,280 man hours. The agencies they assisted included The Lewis County
Courthouse, Justice Center, Sheriff’s Department, City of Vanceburg, Solid
Waste Program, Clean Highways Program, Garrison Little League, Garrison Boat
Docks, Tollesboro Little League, Lewis County Historical Society, Lewis
County Board of Education, Corps of Engineers, Helen Rayburn Library, and
the Black Oak, Tollesboro and Camp Dix Fire Departments.
said 162 bags of waste were picked up in various locations for the Clean
reported the commissary account at the jail totaled $15,285.40 and the
inmate account had a balance of $2,264.56.
Lewis County Animal Shelter reported 11 total animals picked-up and 28
dropped off; 7 adopted; 22 put down or died; and 56 calls received.
Donations amounted to $140 for the month.
Treasurer Kathy Dillow reported the total of all county funds for the month
of October had a beginning balance of $653,405.877 and an ending balance of
$536,565.25. Receipts for the month totaled $433.892.74 while disbursements
next regular meeting of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m.
December 13, 2010, in the third floor courtroom of the Lewis County
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ready to tackle snow
It’s “snow season” in Kentucky
Department of Highways District 9, and highway crews in Bath, Boyd,
Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lewis, Mason, Nicholas and Rowan
counties are ready to keep 2,000 miles of state roads passable during inclement
Since October, district crews have
been inspecting snow plows, calibrating
salt-spreading equipment – trucks are put through a 300-foot test run to make
sure spreaders distribute the correct amount – and developing snowstorm
“We take snow and ice response very
seriously,” Chief District Engineer Bart Bryant said. “Highway safety is an
essential function of the Transportation Cabinet, and our crews are prepared to
meet that mandate by keeping our roads as safe as possible during bad
When bad weather hits, crews plow and treat roads using a priority system
based on the amount and nature of traffic within each individual county.
Priority A routes include major through routes and are those most heavily
traveled. Priority B routes include other important, but lesser traveled, state
routes. Other roads fall into Priority C.
While it’s the Transportation Cabinet’s goal to treat all routes
within eight hours of a routine winter storm event,
higher priority routes are treated within a one- to four-hour turnaround time.
Lewis County Priority A routes include KY 9/10 (AA Highway), KY 59 and KY
8 east of Vanceburg. Priority B routes are KY 57, KY 10 through Tollesboro, KY
344, KY 559, KY 377 and KY 3020. Other routes are Priority C.
More detailed information about the Department of Highways’ snow and ice
response plans, including maps of priority routes in each county, is available
on District 9’s web site at www.transportation.ky.gov/d9/
by clicking the “District Snow Operations!” link.
“The Transportation Cabinet recognizes how important roadway conditions
are to Kentucky motorists, especially during winter
storms,” Bryant said. “That’s why our highway crews often spend
long hours away from home to keep roadways clear and safe for the traveling
public. We appreciate their service.”
Throughout snow season, which runs from November to March, highway
response teams across Kentucky serve weekly
on-call rotations. The teams monitor weather reports when snow is in the
forecast and determine when to activate the state’s arsenal of snow-fighting
equipment, including more than 1,000 snow plows.
In District 9, more than 120 crew members operating 75 snow plows – plus
contract plows and crews – are involved with snow
removal operations. And, approximately 24,700 tons of salt are currently
stockpiled to battle winter precipitation. Crews work around the clock until
storms pass to keep roadways in the best possible condition.
Motorists are reminded to give a wide berth to plows, salt trucks and
other snow-clearing heavy equipment. To be effective in dispersing de-icing
material, trucks tend to travel at a slower speed. Also, snow plows may
create a snow cloud which can cause a white out or zero visibility condition, so
keep a safe distance away from the trucks.
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County Clerk dies
Former Lewis County Clerk Shirley A.
Hinton died last week. She retired from the office last June after nearly 56
years of filing deeds, overseeing elections, issuing fishing licenses and
handing out license plates to Lewis County motorists.
Hinton, 75, died at Southern Ohio
Medical Center Hospice at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, November 18.
Hinton began her stint in the clerk’s
office in January 1954 when she joined the staff of then County Clerk George
Martin Plummer as a deputy clerk, a position she held for the next 16 years.
In an interview for the story on her
retirement, she said she asked voters to support her bid to become clerk in 1969
and carried that first election to public office with 70 percent of the vote.
She was unopposed in the ten elections since then. Her term would have expired
this year. Hinton’s Chief Deputy Clerk Glenda Himes was appointed to complete
the term. Himes won in the primary and was unopposed in the general election.
“I sincerely hope that my legacy will
be one of a dedicated public servant committed to the betterment of Lewis County
and serving the needs of its great citizens,” she said on her last day in
Hinton recalled some of the major changes
in the clerk’s office during her time there. One of those came in 1981 when
the state implemented computer systems to handle automobile registrations and
“(Deputy Clerk) Virginia Ruark and I
went and took two days of training then came back and started training the other
deputies. It was a major step going from the old manual typewriters on the
counter to entering the information on computers,” she said.
Voting machines utilized in the county
have also been upgraded several times since Hinton first took office. Paper
ballots gave way to massive machines located at each precinct.
Because of their size, the 900 pound vote
counters remained at precinct locations and teams made visits to set them up for
each election. In 1998 touch voting machines, or 1242s, were introduced and in
2006 E-slate voting was brought into the county.
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Lewis County Clerk Shirley A. Hinton on her last day in office in 2009. Hinton
died last week at a Portsmouth hospice care center.
With the construction of the Lewis
County Justice Center in 2003, the clerk’s office expanded to encompass space
that had been occupied by the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office
relocated to the first floor of the courthouse when the court clerk’s office
moved into the new facility.
2008 saw the installation of equipment
to computerize delinquent real estate taxes and with computers to digitally
record deeds for the county.
“I have truly been blessed with a great
staff throughout the years,” she said. “They are the face of this office.
They are the people everyone sees when they come in to do business here and they
continually strive to assist everyone who comes through these doors.”
has always been so kind and gracious,” she said on her final day in office.
“I will never forget everything the wonderful people of our great county have
done for me. I love them all.”
Services were Monday at Vanceburg
United Methodist Church with burial in Lewis County Memory Gardens at Black Oak.
Memorial contributions are suggested
to Vanceburg United Methodist Church.
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Lewis County native
honored for heroic efforts
A Lewis County native and two of his
fishing buddies were honored recently for their part in saving the lives of a
couple at Wolf Creek Dam on the Cumberland River in Russell County. The incident
happened on September 20.
Harold Stamper said the couple, Walt
and Jean Schumn, was fishing from their boat near the dam and went past the boat
Stamper was in with friends Richard Smith and Randall Setters.
Stamper said for some reason the motor
was stopped and wouldn’t restart. He said the current was swift in that area
and the Schumn’s boat was pushed around and took on water. “The boat sank
and we were the only other boat in the area,” he said last week from his
barber shop, All About Hair, in Erlanger.
Stamper said the trio quickly made
their way to the couple and pulled them inside their own boat then made their
way to a nearby launch ramp where officials with the Corps of Engineers and
others had gathered.
Stamper said it was probably about 10
minutes from the time the boat capsized until they could reach the couple, who
were exhausted by the ordeal.
An ambulance had already been summoned
and soon picked up the Schumns to take them to nearby Russell County Hospital.
They were treated there and kept overnight. Stamper said he had an opportunity
to see the couple before they were released from the hospital.
“They couldn’t really remember
exactly what happened that day,” Stamper said.
Stamper said he has been traveling to
the area for about nine years, making four or five trips a year, to fish for
trout. “The trout fishing is really good there,” he said. The three
fishermen live within five miles of each other in Northern Kentucky and
regularly make the drive to angle for trout.
He said on the day before the boating
incident the trio had caught 15 trout and had already netted seven on that
morning before the accident. Although the rescue resulted in calling of further
angling for that day, it didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for trout fishing.
On October 26 Stamper, Smith and
Setters returned to a recreation area near where the incident happened where
they were honored by Corps of Engineer officials for their heroic efforts.
Lt. Col. Anthony P. Mitchell, commander of the Nashville
District, lauded Smith, Setters and Stamper for coming to the aid of the Schumns
when they were “near exhaustion and in serious danger of being swept under the
strong currents below Wolf Creek Dam.”
With the dam in the background during the award presentation, Mitchell told the
three heroes that their willingness to put
themselves at risk to save the lives of people they did not even
know was a very commendable and selfless act.
“They took quick action and saved the lives of this couple,” he said.
“This particular rescue speaks volumes about the characters of these three men
and I appreciate their willingness to do what others may not have done if put in
the same situation. They are heroes.”
The Schumns later said that they were just about to give up the fight when the
three men arrived.
Mitchell said that people can make false assumptions about the water levels, the
turbulence, and volume of water under the dam and allow themselves to get too
close. So it’s important others learn from this rescue to stay a safe distance
from the dam in order to avoid getting hurt or worse, the colonel said.
Following the rescue, Corps of Engineers Ranger Noel Smith and other staff
members from the powerhouse and fish hatchery nearby retrieved the couple’s
boat and secured it to the shore.
Smith said the situation below Wolf Creek Dam could have been much worse.
“If not for the rescuers, the couple would have most likely drowned. The
turbulent water due to the sluicing and generation created a very hazardous
ordeal for the Schumns,” Smith explained.
From a safety standpoint, Smith added that there are a couple lessons that can
be taken away from this mishap.
“Boaters below dams should be on high alert at all times when fishing in these
areas. Signs and warning horns should not be taken lightly. Secondly, life
jackets are a must in these areas. If the Schumns were not wearing their life
jackets, the opportunity to be rescued would never have presented itself,”
Corps safety officials said this incident did have a fantastic ending, but
stressed that all too often people are not so lucky when they get into trouble
on the water.
Rod Kellow, chief of the Nashville District Safety Office, said there have been
several fatalities on Corps lakes this year, so this near-fatal event should
serve not only to recognize heroism, but also to highlight the importance of
“It is fortunate we were in the right place when they needed help,” Stamper
Stamper, of Union in Boone County, grew up in the Petersville
area with brothers Forrest, who now lives in Edgewood, and Ron, who resides at
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