December 28, 2010,
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Board authorizes sale of bonds
Meeting in regular session this month the Trustee Board of the
Helen H. Rayburn Public Library of Lewis County adopted a resolution officially
authorizing the sale of $1.1 million dollars in Series 2010 Build America Bonds
through Rural Development.
The only bid received for the sale of the bonds was from Rural
Development. The interest rate on the bonds will be 4.125 percent.
Architect Jeff Pearson conducted a Progress Meeting as part of
the board’s monthly session. He told the board that the completion date for
the project is October 12, 2011. If things go as planned that means that Lewis
County will have a brand new library next Fall.
Pearson said that during the project he will conduct two
Progress Meetings per month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Speaking to the folk involved in the project he discussed not
only the contract date but also the proper forms to be used, who would
have shop drawings and how they are to be used, the connecting of all the
utilities on the local level and excavation and special inspections.
The consultant regarding the new library’s furnishings, Mandy
Flynn, presented a slide show of other libraries she has helped so the board
could get a feel for and see the looks of the new furnishings. She also
explained the procedures for ordering, delivering and installing the
The monthly report from Library Director Marilyn Conway showed
that 863 patrons checked out books in November, 4,683 from the downtown
library and 1,224 from the Bookmobile.
Magazines, newspapers, reference books, music and books on
CD’s, videos, audio cassettes and DVD’s are also available at the
library. Computer sign-in records reveal that the patrons signed on to the
computers 1,319 times and the Internet was accessed 625 times. Use of the
computers at the library is free. Patrons can also send faxes or make copies
for nominal fees.
Prior to the meeting the library board and guests enjoyed the
annual Christmas dinner. Catered by Ron’s IGA, the meal consisted of
turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls with cake and
pumpkin pie for dessert. Beverages were soft drinks and coffee.
Board President Lena Fugate announced the next regular session
of the board will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the
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O'Cull at Shepherd Center
By Dennis Brown
O’Cull has been transferred from the University of Kentucky Medical Center in
Lexington to Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The 24-year-old was seriously
injured in an auto accident November 28 and has remained in a coma since that
O’Cull’s sister, Chelcee O’Cull, and brother, Brock O’Cull, have been
regularly updating an Internet blog on Lance’s progress and the move to the
Atlanta facility on December 22. The blog may be found at www.livethelion.blogspot.com.
Center is listed as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation,
specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with
spinal cord or brain injury. The center has a coma stimulation program which
family members hope will coax Lance out of his comatose state.
members and friends consider the move to Shepherd Center is an opportunity to
progress Lance’s condition and help to speed his recovery.
mother, Jill O’Cull, traveled with him to Atlanta on Wednesday. Other family
members followed and will take turns traveling to be with him.
community prayer service was held in Vanceburg on December 19 and was well
attended. A generous offering for the family was collected.
was traveling to Morehead State University on the evening of November 28, where
he was taking classes. He was involved in a three vehicle accident at Cranston
on Ky. Rt. 377 in Rowan County.
and the driver of the other vehicle were airlifted to the UK Medical Center. A
passenger in the other vehicle was pronounced dead at St. Claire Medical Center
secondary accident resulted as a third vehicle struck one of the vehicles
involved in the initial crash and resulted in minor injuries to the driver.
O’Cull, said Lance had spent the Thanksgiving holiday with family and had left
her home near Vanceburg around 6:30 p.m. Sunday to return to Morehead.
O’Cull, said Lance suffered multiple broken bones, some internal injuries
including a lacerated liver, and injuries to his brain. He said Lance had
undergone multiple surgeries for the injuries.
said a neurologist at UK Medical Center said his son’s brain suffered a
diffuse axonal injury.
O’Cull said some people who suffer this type of brain injury awake after days
or weeks, others come out of it in months and a few will remain comatose
added Lance’s spinal cord doesn’t appear to have any injury.
of love and support of friends that surround our family has lifted our
spirits,” John O’Cull said. “Thanks to all who have prayed to God and
asked Him to help Lance. Please continue to pray as we trust In God's
miraculous power to heal and save."
A spokesman with the
Morehead Post of the Kentucky State Police said the accident happened about
7:10 p.m. November 28.
The spokesman said KSP
received the report of a multi-vehicle fatality accident from Morehead
Police Department Dispatch. Trooper David Zimmerman, Trooper Jason Brown and
Sgt. Rob Conn responded to the scene along with Det. Toby Gardner, an
accident reconstruction specialist.
The spokesman said Justin
A. Robinson, 25, of Olive Hill was northbound on Ky. Rt. 377 in a 2006
Chevrolet Malibu when he crossed the center line and struck a southbound
2002 Chrysler sedan operated by Lance O’Cull, 24, of Vanceburg.
The spokesman said after
striking O’Cull’s vehicle, the Malibu came to rest in the northbound
lane facing southbound.
He said a 1998 Oldsmobile
sedan, operated by Anna M. Richmond, 18, of Vanceburg, was traveling north
and collided with the Malibu causing the vehicle to turn back northbound and
come to rest on the northbound shoulder. The Richmond vehicle continued
traveling northbound across the southbound lane, coming to rest in a
A passenger in the
Malibu, Karie L. Huynh, 21, of Olive Hill suffered fatal injuries and was
pronounced dead at St. Claire Medical Center in Morehead by Rowan County
Coroner John Northcutt.
Detective Toby Gardner is
continuing the investigation into the accident.
John O’Cull said the accident happened at the
crest of a rise in the roadway and investigators believe he had little time
to react to the oncoming vehicle.
John O’Cull said Lance was taking courses at
Morehead State University leaning toward the medical field, although he was
undecided about a future career.
Lance had been working part-time with the Nunn
Center for Oral History at UK and was planning to take some courses there
next semester while continuing to work for the Nunn Center.
Lance, a 2004 graduate of Lewis County High
School, already earned a bachelor’s degree in history and classical
languages from University of Louisville and a master’s degree in finance
and international relations from the UK Patterson School of Diplomacy.
“Lance is someone who loves life,” Jill
O’Cull said. “We feel he’s going to be OK.”
“Prayers are still needed as we get through
this time in our lives,” John O’Cull said. “We are so grateful for
everything and every prayer.”
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is alternative for farmers and power plants
A project to
assist Kentucky farmers in their switch from raising tobacco is continuing to
make strides across the area.
Forage and Grassland Council and University of Kentucky
Plant and Soil Science Department established 20 research plots of
Switchgrass in 2007 that were used for electric energy
production across Northeast Kentucky.
research is now drawing to a close and there is a new program that began this
year and will continue into 2011. The goal is to establish 700 more acres
of Switchgrass in the northeastern quadrant of Kentucky.
interested in growing Switchgrass should apply for EQIP by January 11, 2011, at
their local NRCS Office, and specifically mention Energy Initiative Funding
Pool with the acres they wish to establish.
applicants will be ranked within this funding pool, instead of competing with
all other EQIP applicants for all other conservation practices, typically
increasing the likelihood of a successful contract. Application for EQIP does
not obligate the producer.
When an applicant
is approved, then and only then, when they sign their contract do they
become obligated, according to a program spokesman.
If farmers are
contracted they will then follow NRCS
protocol for planting the Switchgrass along with guidance from University
of Kentucky College of Agriculture personnel.
When the existing
vegetation has been controlled and Switchgrass is no-till planted according to
NRCS requirements, the producer will be eligible for a conservation payment of
Farmers will also
receive a "lost opportunity cost" of $100 per acre later from the
“New Switchgrass Program” itself once the crop has been harvested in the late
fall. There is a five acre minimum and it must be contiguous. The
Switchgrass stands have to remain in place for five years.
of Kentucky specialists fully expect East
Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) will pursue
the continuation of generating electricity from Switchgrass.
EKPC has been
encouraged to offer program participants a contract for Switchgrass bales. EKPC
is said to be very interested and are discussing the options that will meet
their product expectations and the financial needs of the farmers.
A decision from
EKPC is expected prior to a meeting in January and before farmers would need to
sign the five year commitment with NRCS.
information concerning the program, contact the Extension Office.
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Portal in the works for school district
Lewis County Board of Education met in regular session last week and was updated
on efforts to allow parents access to an Internet based program to follow their
children’s progress in school.
Weddington, Director of Pupil Personnel, said progress is continuing in making
the Parent Portal operational.
demonstrated the program to board members and said parents will be able to
access the information through the district’s website at www.lewis.kyschools.us in the Infinite Campus tab.
said information will be available concerning student grades, schedules,
attendance, assignments, and medical information.
said user groups are continuing to be defined and that nurses, for instance,
would have access to medical information on students while teachers would not
have access to that information.
said he will work to have user names and passwords available for parents by the
time parent-teacher conferences roll around next Spring. Training will be
available at the schools to show parents how to access and utilize the
said he would update the board again at the February meeting.
Maurice Reeder Jr. updated board members on Ralph Davis Jr. night.
was honored just prior to the Lewis County – Greenup County basketball game.
can’t think of a time that I was more proud to be a Lewis County resident and
part of the Lewis County school system,” he said. “That went over just
amazingly well. I think Ralph and his family were totally appreciative of all
that,” he added.
thought our pep band just played great, the cheerleaders do what they do, the
boys played great, our fans were great and even Greenup County fans were good. I
was really proud for everybody that night,” Reeder said.
was just really a good night for everybody,” he said. “I appreciate
everybody’s effort that went into that.”
jersey was retired during a ceremony prior to the game.
said because of the weather auditors didn’t make the trip from Louisville to
present the audit to board members. Joe Kennedy summarized the audit for board
agreed to approve the audit as presented.
other business, board members approved an offer of assistance for matching funds
from KETS for technology. That amount is $27, 231.
approved training hours for two board members and also approved a search dog for
Lewis County Schools. Reeder said the KSP search dog would primarily be utilized
at LCMS and LCHS.
approved non-resident contracts with surrounding counties and gave their
approval to the proposed 2011-2012 school calendar.
said teachers provided much useful input in establishing the calendar. The
recommendations included shortening Fall break, beginning with a partial week,
having two full weeks for Christmas break, and moving Spring break back in hopes
of having better weather.
approved an overnight trip for the boys varsity basketball team to travel to
reported the certified resignation of Connie S. Dixon as a substitute teacher.
The retirement of Kenneth Cooley Sr. as of December 21; the classified
substitute hire of Tonya Dixon; and the certified substitute hires of Alyssa
Clark, Matthew Porter and Gloria Grierson.
adjourning the meeting, Reeder presented Board Member Joe LeMaster with a plaque
for his service to the Board of Education.
was elected to the board in 1995 and decided to retire after completing this
term. Sara Willis will replace LeMaster on the board beginning in January.
plaque is a memento of all the services that you’ve given and all the efforts
that you’ve put out and all the good things that you’ve done, not only for
the children and the students of Lewis County, but all of us here,” Reeder
got a cake in there . . . we can’t put everything on it that Joe’s meant to
us over the years, so we just put ‘Thanks Joe for everything’.”
wish you the very best for your retirement from the Board of Education,”
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Five hurt in accident
By Dennis Brown
Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating a two vehicle that injured
five people at the intersection of the AA Highway and Montgomery Road at
Garrison last week.
Dwayne Stone said the accident happened about 7:40 p.m. December 20 when a 1992
Dodge pick-up, operated by Jacob Osborne, 19, of Garrison, was traveling south
on Montgomery Road and reportedly ran a stop sign.
said a 1998 Oldsmobile, operated by Lafe Walters, 17, was traveling east on the
AA Highway and struck the pick-up. Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch line
on the southeast shoulder of the intersection.
and a passenger in the pick-up, Bradley Adams, 17, of Garrison, were both
injured, Stone said.
and two passengers in the Oldsmobile, Colton Bentley , 17, and Austin Walters,
13, both of Garrison, were also injured, he added.
five were taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, by
ambulance. Austin Walters was later transferred to Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Stone said all suffered facial injuries.
said charges pending against Osborne include disobeying a stop sign, no seat
belts, no insurance and no registration.
accident remains under investigation by Stone. He was assisted at the scene by
Deputy Tom Polley and Garrison Fire and Rescue.
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