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Two locations under
consideration for power plant
Two Lewis County
locations along the Ohio River are under consideration
for a $1.6 billion power plant by American Electric Power (AEP) to locate a
"clean coal" electric generating station.
One location, according to Vanceburg Utilities
Superintendent Phil Kennedy, is at Carrs on Ky. Rt. 8 west of Vanceburg, and the
second is at St. Paul on Ky. Rt. 8.
Kennedy said that Vanceburg Mayor W.T. Cooper and he had
been in negotiations with AEP for several months to try to lure the company to
locate in Lewis County.
"This would be great for Lewis
County, not only during the construction
phase but for those long term jobs that will have excellent pay and
benefits," Kennedy said.
Vanceburg Utilities purchases electricity from AEP now but that
contract will be up soon. AEP supplies electricity to companies which, in turn,
supply electricity to some 175,000 customers in Eastern Kentucky.
The mayor said that SEP has been a good neighbor and judging
from their previous record, he felt sure the preferred site would be the one at
"The lines are already there and they already own the
property," he said, echoing the sentiments of Kennedy.
"We're looking at some jobs, including out-of-county
workers along with in-county workers and then the long term jobs," he
said. "This is a tremendous opportunity for us."
"Things are looking up for us," he added.
"We're looking at access roads and line connections along with the local
jobs we'll have."
State Representative Robin Webb said Kentucky
has given a competitive offer to AEP and is confident that the Lewis
County locations are high on the
list of those locations being considered for the location of the "clean"
Locations in Ohio,
and Virginia are also vying to
locate the plant in their respective states.
A decision is expected to be made by Fall. AEP purchased
properties in the 70s and primary distribution lines have already been
constructed at the Carrs location.
Kennedy said the proximity to Dravo Lime, just downriver in Mason
County, and coal suppliers makes
the Carrs location lucrative.
AEP, he said, is considering a plant to produce somewhere
between 500 megawatts and 1,000 megawatts.
He said the plant would have less airborne emissions than
existing plants and would be in compliance with clean air laws for several
years to come.
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Ohio River crested Monday morning
The National Weather Service at Wilmington,
Ohio, has said the Ohio River
crested at Vanceburg early Monday morning.
The NWS spokesman said that the river had exceeded the flood
stage slightly and resulted in some flooding in low-lying areas along with
minor flooding in river tributaries including Kinniconick and Salt Lick.
Recent rains and melting snow have contributed to the situation
although water levels did not threaten Vanceburg businesses or homes. Some
areas prone to flooding have seen some flooding of homes along the river and
Early Monday, water was reported over Main
Street in Vanceburg between the railroad tracks
and Rt. 8, Quicks Run, Briary Road
at Quincy, Everman's Dreamview, Skidmore Drive,
Flag Point and entrances to Lewis County Central Elementary off Lexington
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Main Street between the Commercial Hotel
and Ky. Rt. 8 was one of several roads closed due to high water when the
Ohio River exceeded flood stage over the weekend. As a result of widespread
flooding, Lewis County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday.
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City Council considers
ownership of access road
in regular session last week the Vanceburg City Council tabled a request to
take over ownership of the access road at Bee-Mart to the AA Highway, site of the Farmers
Market and the new Human Resources Building.
Clark and Bill Fowler of Fowler-Clark Realty LLC, Danville, own the Human Resource Building and lease it to the
state. They attended the meeting along with R.B. Kirk, owner of Bee-Mart.
council approved the motion
made by Councilman Tim Bowden to table the issue until the city can
investigate all the matters relevant to ownership of the access road..
William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper said that paving and maintaining the
streets in Vanceburg usually costs about $100,000 annually. He estimated that
maintaining the access road could possibly add $60,000 to $70,000 to that
expense, and he wasn't sure the city had the finances to handle that
the absence of City Attorney E.V. Holder Jr., the Cooper swore in two new
firefighters. They are Ronnie Lewis and Benny Johnson.
then administered the oath of office to all the city council members for their
current term that will expire in two years.
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Kennard and Jolly achieve
professional development marks
like Lewis County's students, two members
of the Lewis County Board of Education did their homework in 2005, completing
the training required to attain special recognition from the Kentucky School
Boards Association (KSBA).
Kennard has achieved Level Two and Bonnie Jolly has achieved Level One
Certification in KSBA's Academy of Studies. Earning higher Academy of Studies certification means that
Kentucky board members have
completed a series of specific of courses and/or participation in association
leadership training. Level One is the initial certification degree and Level
Five is the most advanced.
state law, elected school board members must participate in approved
professional development training annually. The number of hours vary depending
on each board member's length of service.
a normal year, just one in 10 local school board members reaches a new level of
certification. KSBA President William Lovell said that achievement shows a
special attention to new ideas by Kennard and Jolly.
now have annual sessions of the legislature and that means new state laws every
year. There are changes proposed in the federal No Child Left Behind law. A
board member can't just go to monthly meetings and let his or her service end
at that. We have to find out who else is putting practical solutions in place
for problems common to all levels of public schools," said Lovell.
local school board members have demonstrated that they are willing to commit
the extra hours to find better ways to educate our children and use tax dollars
more efficiently," he said.
Academy of Studies training covers areas such as use of student achievement
data, budget development, education law, legislative advocacy, superintendent
selection and evaluation, school construction and safety, long-range planning,
policy development and community involvement.
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