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Carter House to have new owner
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House to have new owner
City Council last week approved giving the Carter House building to a non-profit
group based in Portsmouth, Ohio.
group plans to utilize the building as a bed-and-breakfast facility,
community/conference center, training space, a marketplace for locally made
goods and products, and to house a local office for the group.
Carter House building is located at the corner of Second and Main Streets in
Vanceburg and most recently housed the law practice for Stanley and Bertram and
the Department of Social Services.
property was acquired by the city with plans to restore the building.
letter from Mandilyn Hart, Executive Director of The Center for Appalachian
Philanthropy (AppaPhil), outlined plans for the building in a letter to Mayor
Angie Patton and council members dated December 6. The plans weren’t made
public prior to last week’s regular meeting of city council.
requested the property be “transferred without compensation” to the Center
for Appalachian Philanthropy under a state law allowing the city to transfer the
property without compensation for economic development purposes.
letter also notes that if the property would no longer be used for the approved
purposes, the property would revert back to the city or, with the approval of
the city, “be transferred to another similar nonprofit with substantially the
same or similar purpose for economic development.”
law also requires the city to make a written determination describing the
property, its intended use at the time of acquisition, the reasons why it is in
the public interest to dispose of it and the method of disposition.
determination, which is being published this week, notes the property was
purchased with Community Development Funds. At the time the property was
acquired by the city, the intentions were to renovate the building to its
original state as a hotel and to add convention rooms.
City of Vanceburg has been unsuccessful in receiving funds to continue to the
Second Phase of the renovation project. This property continues to be a
liability to the City of Vanceburg,” according to the determination.
said she had met with Patton and Council Member Joni Pugh to discuss the plans
for the building.
going to take a little time, a lot of work, a lot of money,” Hart told council
members. “It’s going to take us time to attract that money,” she added.
can’t tell you where the money is going to come from until we actually fully
develop a plan,” she said.
said attempts would be made to secure governmental as well as private funding
for the proposed project.
said they would look at all funding opportunities for the project including
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).
Member Denver Moore stated two major projects are currently in line for funding
by CDBGs including the mandated sewer upgrade and new fire department/community
center. “It’s going to be a long time before those funds would be available
for this,” he said.
said they would try to attract federal funding but would not interfere with
funding for other projects in the city. Funding from other sources would also be
sought, she added.
feel it’s a win-win situation for the community,” said Council Member Joni
Pugh. “We’re not really risking anything. There’s a contingency if it
doesn’t happen but if it does happen we’re going to have a hotel, we’re
going to have a gift center, an educational facility, so I’m very much for
it,” she said.
Brown/Lewis County Herald
Hart addressed Vanceburg City Council last week to request the donation of
the Carter House building to AppaPhil.
also would like to consider what other properties are vacant here in the
community as well,” Hart said. “Maybe help you design, as part of our
also requested the city continue to pay liability insurance premiums until
suitable coverage could be found, but no longer than June 30, 2011, and to
continue to pay utilities for up to 90 days after the gift, allowing
AppaPhil time to gain the financial support to assume full responsibility of
said the cost of providing liability insurance is about $289.00 for a year
and is paid through June 2011. She said the cost of providing utilities to
the building is the minimum amount per month, about $24.00.
also noted local jobs could be created through the project.
Member Matt Jarrells asked about the time period for getting the project
going and completed. Hart responded the project would be done in phases, the
first being planning and engineering studies. She said that process would
take five to six months.
following phases would include a training center on the first floor to be
the first part of the project to get underway, she said, followed by
conference area, also on the first floor. The second floor would be
developed in time, she added.
said immediate work is needed on the roof because of leaks. “I feel it’s
just a liability for the city,” she said.
motion was made by Pugh and seconded by Council Member Ed Taylor for “the
donation of the Carter House building to the Center for Appalachian
Philanthropy.” All members voted in favor of the motion with the exception
of Denver Moore who said he “would like a little more time to look at
said the city would begin work on getting a contract put together for the
letter to Patton and council explains that “AppaPhil is a nonprofit,
exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Service Code 501 (c)(3). It
exists for the purpose of connecting people’s time, talent, and treasure
for the good of Appalachian communities.
primary goal is to attract philanthropic investment in Appalachia by
offering networking platforms and educational support services to nonprofits
and by providing and attracting resources that help organizations fulfill
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made during Vanceburg City Council meeting
appointment is nullified due to Kentucky's anit-nepotism laws
By Dennis Brown
members of Vanceburg City Council and Mayor Angie Patton attended the final
regular meeting of the year for the last time in their official capacities.
and council members Shannon Gilbert, Dorcas Gilbert and Ed Taylor lost their
bids for re-election last month.
Dorcas Gilbert, however, will
still be making trips to the city’s Municipal Building as a member of the
city’s Planning and Zoning Board.
Patton said the city had
received a letter of resignation from Zoning Board Member Duncan Aker who is
relocating. She recommended Dorcas Gilbert to replace Aker beginning the January
Patton said Gilbert has
already completed required training for the appointed position. A motion was
made by Council Member Joni Pugh and seconded by Council Member Denver Moore.
The motion was approved by council.
Gilbert’s daughter, Patty
Kennard, serves as the head of the city’s planning and zoning.
Patton also made a
recommendation to replace a member of the Electric Plant Board of the City of
Patton said Plant Board Member
Jack Prater’s appointment was scheduled to be renewed on July 1, 2010. She
said Prater told her at that time he wasn’t sure he wanted to continue as a
member and a few months ago told her that he had “some things going on” and
the matter wasn’t followed up.
“I called him today
(December 6) but he was out of town,” she said. “I would like to recommend
that his appointment end December 30, 2010, and make a recommendation to appoint
Leigh Taylor to the Electric Plant Board as of January 2011.”
The appointment was approved
On Friday, December 10, Patton
said the move to appoint Leigh Taylor to the Plant Board was invalid.
said Kentucky Revised Statutes state that a relative of the mayor or governing
body must wait one year after the relative is no longer on the governing body
before becoming eligible to serve. Council Member Ed Taylor is Leigh Taylor’s
She said Prater agreed to stay
on the board and added council was in agreement on the matter.
In other business last week
Bill Teegarden, Director of Adult Education with Maysville Community and
Technical College, addressed council and asked for funds to pay for10 Vanceburg
residents to take GED tests.
Teegarden said the state
wouldn’t allow the college to pay for GED testing and that he worked to raise
the funds to pay for the testing since many of those taking the tests are
low-income and have to take off work two days to travel and take the tests.
Council approved allocating
$550.00 to the program to pay for GED testing for Vanceburg residents.
“We have a good program
developed here in Lewis County,” Teegarden said. “About 85 to 90 percent of
graduates go on for an associate’s degree or technical training,” he added.
“It’s an investment.”
Teegarden said GED classes are
offered at the Esham Building in Vanceburg as well as locations at Quincy,
Tollesboro and Camp Dix.
Patton announced the city’s
annual Christmas Breakfast for employees and officials would be held December 22
and invited everyone to a groundbreaking for the city’s firehouse/community
center to be held on December 10.
Brown/Lewis County Herald
Teegarden asked council for funding to pay for GED testing for Vanceburg
Council went into closed
session for the purpose of discussing the possible sale and disbursement of
surplus properties and possible litigation.
Patton said upon returning to
open session that council took no action concerning the possible litigation
but did take action concerning the disposal of some property.
Council approved the sale of
property on Town Branch to People’s Self-Help Housing for $1,200. Patton
said the property, about one-half acre was advertised and offered at auction
but no bids were place on the property at that time.
Council approved a request
from Harvey Denham to place a monument at Veterans Memorial Park in honor of
Pvt. Edward Chatman. Denham said he would take care of any costs associated
with the monument and locating it in the park.
Denham said Chatman was
awarded the distinguished Service Cross for risking his life for his fellow
In paperwork submitted to
council by Denham, it stated: “Pvt. Edward Chatman, Infantry, United
States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action of 3 February 1945, near
Loi-Kany, Burma. During the attack on a strongly entrenched and determined
enemy, Pvt. Chatman’s platoon was pinned down by intense machine gun and
“Pvt. Chatman and another
soldier, of their own volition, crawled from the comparative safety of a
shellcrater, through withering crossfire which tore their clothing and
equipment to shreds, thirty yards from their position to the emplacement and
succeeded in knocking out the machine gun with hand grenade.
“Unable to kill the
occupants of the machine gun bunker due to its form, Pvt. Chatman crawled to
the rear of the position, drawing heavy rifle fire from other Japanese
“He did not withdraw to
cover and safety until he had killed the five Japanese soldiers who had
manned the machine gun.
“As a result of his action,
his platoon was able to advance and accomplish its mission. The heroism
displayed by Pvt. Chatman reflects great credit upon himself and the armed
forces of the United States.”
Chatman went into service when
he was 20 years of age and had been overseas for two years and seven months.
Patty Kennard addressed
council stating she is honored to have worked with the mayor and council.
“I feel the last four years have been very progressive for the city,”
Patton agreed with Kennard’s
remarks and told council members she had enjoyed working with them as well
as the employees of the city.
“I am very honored to have
had the opportunity to serve as Mayor of Vanceburg,” she said.
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arrested following undercover drug deal
people have been arrested last week following an undercover drug investigation
in Vanceburg by the FIVCO Area Drug Task Force.
Police Chief Joe Billman said officers from the Vanceburg Police Department,
Lewis County Sheriff's Office and FADE detectives made the arrests on Tuesday at
said Oxycodone pills seized in the case are believed to have originated from
pain clinics in Florida and that further arrests may result from the
said those arrested and charged were:
Dyer, 32, of Citra, Florida, charged with first degree trafficking in a
Hill, 28, of Weirsdale, Florida, charged with first degree trafficking in a
controlled substance and first degree possession of a controlled substance.
Taylor-Dyer, 32, of Vanceburg, charged with first degree trafficking in a
controlled substance, third degree possession of a controlled substance and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Billman said task force officials received an anonymous tip that the three
individuals originally had 1,000 pills to sell and about 125 pills were
available for sale.
An agent with the task force said the informant was equipped
with audio and video recording capabilities and a meeting was set up with the
The informant was also provided $500 in marked bills to purchase 20 of the
30 milligram oxycodone pills, according to the agent. After the transaction was
made, the informant was removed from the area, he added.
Police stopped the suspect’s vehicle and recovered the marked money and
an additional $700 in cash, according to the agent.
He said two prescription bottles for oxycodone, one containing 104 pills,
the other 30 pills, were also recovered. Both prescriptions were made out to
Dyer from two different physicians in Florida, according to the spokesman.
Hill reportedly told officers she was getting pills from Florida and
putting them in prescription medicine bottles to make possession of the pills
Billman said an investigation is ongoing investigation and more arrests
Dyer, Taylor and Hill were lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center,
each under a $20,000 cash bond.
The FADE Drug Task Force operates in Greenup, Lewis and Carter counties
and is made up of officers from Flatwoods, Russell, Raceland, Vanceburg and
Olive Hill police departments and Carter County Sheriff's Office.
having information related to drug trafficking may contact the Vanceburg Police
Department at 606-796-6563; the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 606-796-2912;
or FADE at 606-836-0442.
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Community Drug Forum was held last week at Lewis County High School to update
community leaders, parents, law enforcement and school personnel in an effort to
combat illegal drug use in the area.
The forum and discussion was led by Detective Bret Kirkland of the
Kentucky State Police Detective/Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East
Kirkland has been active with drug enforcement since 2004 and has worked
closely with the Florida law enforcement to stop the drugs coming into Kentucky.
State Representative Jill York and Judge Executive Steve Applegate also
participated in the forum. Jeff Hord of the Buffalo Trace Drug Task Force from
Maysville was in attendance along with some concerned citizens from the
When asked what the community could do to help stop the narcotic epidemic
in Lewis County, Det. Kirkland said, “Get people in the community together and
get involved.” He stated drug
overdose is now the number one killer in Kentucky with 900 over dose cases
reported last year for people ages 18 to 30.
He stressed that sudafedren needs to be controlled through physician prescriptions to limit access to illegal
drug operations. This cold medication is the key ingredient in making
methamphetamine and if it can be kept out of the hands of the drug makers, we
can start making progress in the war against drugs, he added.
Kirkland stressed that
tougher laws are needed and the dealers, suppliers and customers need to be
“We need to get our
elected officials involved,” Kirkland said. “They can protect their
constituents by sponsoring and approving legislation to make a physician
prescription a requirement to purchase the cold medication.”
He went on to say
everyone needs to come together as a team to start making a difference. He noted
that churches, civic groups, community leaders and elected officials, law
enforcement, health care providers, school administration,
teachers, judges, lawyers,
students, business owners, pharmacists and private citizens need to send letters
and make phone calls to elected officials in Frankfort and in Washington.
“Let them know that
it is time to put the health and well-being of the citizens ahead of the profits
for the pharmaceutical manufacturers,” he said.
A down side, he noted,
passing this legislation may make it less convenient for the honest, law-abiding
citizens; but, the number of lives that can be saved will be worth it. He urged
those in attendance to help stop it at the source and make it more difficult for
the meth makers to get the main ingredient for their illegal operation.
York urged those attending to send the letters and make the calls. She also
suggested getting surrounding counties involved and have those residents contact
their elected officials.
need to stand together and let them know we are serious about protecting our
communities and we want them to do their part,” she said.
stated Kentucky has some of the strictest laws on the books right now. He said
the state is a leader in some legislation and the KASPER (Kentucky All Schedule
Prescription Electronic Reporting) system
has been successful but more needs to be done.
Kirkland said the
makers of meth are putting it in bottles and jars and placing them in backpacks
while it “cooks”. He mentioned
the backpack is often put out along roads or in ditches and they will
periodically return to check on its progress.
He urged everyone to
always be leery if they see a backpack out of place and to contact local law
enforcement. The bottles or jars, he said, could explode and seriously hurt
someone. The fumes from the meth could also cause serious health problems. So
you should always be cautious around suspected meth products or items that have
been used it its production.
He shared a success
story of a recent drug bust in
that involved the “corner junkies” all the way up to the drug cartel in
. He said it was a two year investigation that involved a lot of undercover work
but paid off big for the community.
Another community drug
forum is being planned and details will be announced.
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KSP seeks hit and run
State Police are seeking information on a hit and run accident last week on Ky.
Rt. 377 at the intersection of Elk Lick Road.
KSP spokesman said the incident happened about 2:17 p.m. Friday when the
Morehead Post received a report in reference to an accident involving a
spokesman said Jeffrey Scott Jr. of Mt. Sterling was walking southbound on the
northbound shoulder when an unidentified vehicle traveling northbound struck him
on the right side.
vehicle description was available, according to the spokesman.
was taken to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead where he was
admitted with non life-threatening injuries.
who may have information that may assist in determining who was involved in the
incident should contact the Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police at
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