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What were the top stories
By Dennis Brown
Plenty has happened here in the Lewis County area in 2004.
Looking back over the past 52 issues of The Lewis County Herald for 2004, several stories vie for inclusion in the top rankings. We need your assistance. Help us rate the top stories for 2004.
What stories would you rank at the top of the list?
we didn't have a "Great Ice Storm" or tornado as we did the year before, we did experience a lot of good news and some not-so-good news.
For a recap of what happened on the front pages of The Herald in 2004, check out pages seven and eight in this week's print version, or peruse our on-line archive. Using those as a base, put together a list of how you you rank the top ten stories of the year. If
you like, tell us how they impacted you. We'll use some of the comments when we print the results on February 1. We won't use any names.
Briefly looking back at last year's headlines, tobacco appears many times. From the buyout, the quality of the crop, the Phase II payments, the last year for the support program, the "no smoking" ordinances and on, and on.
State government also played quite a role in the news. Gov. Ernie Fletcher was sworn in, the first Republican governor in more than 30 years. The state budget woes, health insurance for state workers, and unemployment, to name a few.
The November General Election was also a constant source of stories. From the presidential election down, whether you tried to avoid them or not, the stories and candidates (and proposed amendment changes) were everywhere.
Other events over the past year included a roundup of several suspected drug traffickers, the accident that claimed four young Lewis County lives in the high waters at Crooked Creek, increased rates in heating fuels and gasoline, the war in Iraq, counterfeit money, a new VFW Post 5438 building, changes on Main Street, effective Taser use by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and a new fire district.
How 'bout those Lions winning the 62nd district basketball championship? All the grant money for our local fire departments? The Commercial Hotel renovation project? Unemployment, maybe?
Lots more happened in Lewis County and elsewhere last year. Let us know how you would rank the top stories. One for Lewis County and one for everywhere else. Or combine them, it's up to you.
Send your list(s) to The Lewis County Herald, 206 Main Street, Vanceburg, KY 41179, email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, fax to 606-796-3110, or just drop it off at the office.
Entries must be received by January 31, 2005. The compiled lists will be published in the February 1 issue of The Herald. A name will be drawn at random from those responding and a free one-year subscription will be awarded to that person.
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Train wheel falls off at crossing
A wheel on a CSX rail car fell off last week resulting in minor damage to the Main Street crossing and several hours work to replace the undercarriage on which the wheel and axle had been attached.
The incident happened about 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The eastbound train stopped and all Vanceburg crossing were blocked until CSX workers uncoupled the disabled car from all other cars in front. The engine and front cars were then located on a side track east of Vanceburg to open up all of the crossings east of Main Street.
A spokesperson with CSX said the care was loaded with lime and was on its way to AK Steel in Ashland.
Springs and other hardware adjacent to the wheel fell off prior to the car reaching the crossing, although they did not cause any damage, according to a spokesman.
A CSX spokesman said a hot box detector located at Sand Hill did not register any readings out of range and the next detector, located only a few hundred yards east of where the incident happened, most certainly would have thrown up a red flag.
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Another view of the damages "truck"
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Emergency personnel look on at the scene
of a CSX mishap in Vanceburg last week.
A hot box detector is a sensitive piece of equipment that monitors the temperature of each wheel as it passes the detector's sensors. If any readings are out of range, the equipment notifies train personnel of the readings and on which axle the problem was found.
Large cranes and other equipment, along with personnel, were brought in to lift the car, remove the bad "truck" and replace it. A truck is the assembly housing the four wheels.
Workers completed the task at about 7:00 p.m. The engine and other cars, which had earlier been parked on the side track, were backed up and reconnected to the now-repaired car and proceeded on their way.
The spokesman said the contents of the cars posed no immediate danger and noted that the minor damage to the rails and crossing were repaired quickly to allow subsequent trains to pass through the area as close to schedule as possible.
There were no injuries and no damage reported other than to CSX property. Vanceburg Police, Vanceburg Fire and Rescue, and Lewis County Emergency Management responded to the scene.
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Two hurt in accident
Two Lewis County teens were hurt last week when their auto was struck by a tractor-trailer on the AA Highway near the Maysville Stockyards in Mason County.
A spokesman with the Mason County Sheriff's Department said Carl Applegate, 17, of Vanceburg, was driving a 1998 Dodge Avenger east on the AA Highway when he apparently pulled onto the right shoulder of the roadway and then turned in front of a tractor-trailer operated by Major Rogers, 28, of Fairfield, Ohio.
Applegate's vehicle was struck on the driver's side by the tractor-trailer, according to the spokesman.
Applegate and a 14-year-old passenger were taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville. Applegate was listed in good condition with a shoulder injury.
The 14-year-old was later taken to University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where she was listed in fair to stable condition with head and neck injuries, according to the spokesman.
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KECI fellows learn
entrepreneurial coaching skills
By Gwenda Adkins
The Giants came to Kentucky!
No not the baseball team and, no, they weren't ten feet tall nor did they weigh 500 pounds. They are the giants in Economic Development through Entrepreneurial Coaching.
Jonathan Levie, Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and Sharon Ballard, former CEO, president and founder of Reticular Systems Inc., came to Natural Bridge State Resort Park to teach 30 fellows of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute how to coach entrepreneurs.
It was the first time the "Supercoaching" workshop had been taught in the United States.
Ballard and Levie had forewarned Ron Hustedde, the director of the KECI, that due to the intensive nature of the "Supercoaching" curriculum, six hours would be a long day of training. They required attendance and participation of six entrepreneurs for the fellows to coach or practice the information taught them.
There is no way to verbalize the level of learning that took place during the week at Natural Bridge but hopefully you will come to understand the level of training that is being taught to the fellows of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.
The official goal of the workshop was "to grow coaching skills with tools that accelerate entrepreneurial successes for economic development and quality of life."
The way I saw the goal was for the six entrepreneurs to leave with a complete business plan for the future of their business and the skills to present it to investors in 15 minutes and for the coaches to leave knowing the right questions to ask and how to ask them to empower the entrepreneur to create the business plan and be confident in presenting it to a group of investors.
Levie said, "These workshops are always an act of faith that one can change the way people behave in four days. I had no doubt that we could do it in Kentucky just as we have done it in Scotland, Finland and elsewhere."
The first day we learned how to phrase a 30-second "elevator message".
Think about that. Can you tell what your business or career is about in 30 seconds? If you had 15 minutes to present your business to a group of investors, can you do it well enough to make them want to become a funding partner?
There were whines and groans from both the coaches and entrepreneurs after the first day of training. Many of us saying "we just donít understand", but we are a group full of determination, perseverance and courage, so the second day began with bright eyes and an eagerness to learn.
The next three days were filled with the components of a business plan and how to look at a business starting in the future and working back to today. We learned how to do balance sheets, we learned about markets, advisory boards and management teams.
The coaches learned to ask questions only; we donít give advice or sit in judgment, we ask questions, hard questions that makes the entrepreneur look intently at their ventures.
And these were only a few of the topics taught at the "Supercoaching" seminar.
As the days progressed, there was a stronger bond between the fellows and the entrepreneurs that spent the week with us. It seemed that Levie and Ballard were our best friends and two of the most patient and capable instructors that have worked with the
As the entrepreneurs prepared to deliver their 15-minute presentation to the fellows on the last day there was a hush in the room.
The fellows were eagerly waiting to see and hear what the entrepreneurs learned and the plans they had designed for their business in the four days of training; the entrepreneurs were nervously making last minute changes and revisions to their presentations waiting to speak to the fellows as if we were investors waiting for just the right business to buy in to.
All the work of the week was about to be demonstrated to our instructors. It seemed the attitude had changed from "I don't understand" to "I knew we could do it".
As the first presentation came to an end, all the people in the room rose to their feet and the sound of applause and cheers echoed through the gorge. The presentation was fantastic as were the five that followed.
"I found the Kentucky entrepreneurs in the recent workshop to be as bright, energetic, committed, and innovative as any I have worked with anywhere," Ballard said. "I was so impressed with their work ethic and their openness to learning new ideas and their bravery in trying new things with so many strangers (the fellows learning to be coaches). Kentucky has much to be proud of with this group of entrepreneurs, and I donít see any difference between them and the best entrepreneurs Iíve coached, here in the US and in Europe."
Levie added to that, "As always, it is the entrepreneurs who shine through first, and it is they rather than Sharon and I who succeeded in convincing the fellows of the latent potential that exists in all of us to make the world a better place."
Many people have questioned the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute
(which is funded by Phase I Tobacco Settlement funds)
and what it will do for Eastern Kentucky; many question the investment of funds and time to a concept so new that understanding it is hard.
Ballard said it very eloquently: "Kentucky has a bright future if each of these coaches can help to grow even six to ten new entrepreneurial ventures each year. Imagine the economic development impact to the state! And with these new tools they can easily coach that many ventures a year, and even more than that, if their career and lifestyle can allow it. The tools they have learned will help the coaches to be more efficient in their coaching efforts, and help the entrepreneurs do the business development exercises in a systematic way, allowing the coaches to catch inconsistencies that can slow down or block business growth."
Between now and January the fellows of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute must find five people to serve as an advisory team and an entrepreneur from the community to coach through February and March.
And according to Levie, "The coaches now understand that their role is not to sit in judgment but to humbly ask the right questions that help the entrepreneurs come to their understanding of their own potential, and to shape their business idea to fulfill that potential."
If you or anyone you know wants to start a business or expand/improve
an existing business, please contact Paula Franke at 606-798-2553, the Lewis County fellow in the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute.
is also planning to present a workshop on "asset mapping" at the
next Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, January 11, at the Chamber
office in Vanceburg. Asset mapping is a tool that encourages identifying
positive assets to assist in creating a roadmap for future success.
Gwenda Adkins is Elliott County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences and also a KECI Fellow.
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