January 12, 2010,
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Winter weather arrives here
- Council meets in abbreviated session - Group
working to establish Special Olympics here - Applegate files
for reelection as judge executive - Lewis
County officials present monthly reports
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week was a busy week for crews responsible for keeping roadways cleared and for
residents trying to keep walkways cleared of snow as a winter storm settled into
the area, bringing with it near constant snow and temperatures in the teens and
storm moved into the area on Monday night and continued to keep the area in
sub-freezing temperatures into this week. Lewis County Schools cancelled classes
Tuesday through Friday and again yesterday (Monday).
LCHS varsity basketball games scheduled for last week were cancelled and
numerous church services were called off because of the weather.
working to clear roadways worked around the clock in Lewis County and Vanceburg
for most of the week battling the constantly falling snow and extreme
winter weather covered most of the US by the weekend and reached deep into
Florida where growers were scrambling to protect their crops from the
National Weather Service is predicting warmer temperatures and some sunshine
for this week in Lewis County. Some precipitation is also in the forecast in
the form of rain and snow showers.
weather also resulted in postponing a meeting of the Lewis County Grand Jury
last week. Grand Jury members should report Friday, January 15, at 1:00 p.m.
Songfest of Sacred Music at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vanceburg was
also postponed. The songfest will feature Anita Bowles McAdams and Family,
and Diane Wilson.
songfest has been rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, January
15, at the church. A spaghetti supper will be served following
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Council meets in abbreviated session
By Dennis Brown
City Council met in a brief regular session last week as a winter storm system
was beginning to move in to the area.
Attorney John Holder and Kevin Cornette with Buffalo Trace Area Development
District were unable to attend the meeting and the only business conducted was a
report by Councilman Denver Moore who serves as the city’s representative on
the Vanceburg Electric Plant Board.
said that although it had been quite a challenge,
utility company was able to work out an agreement with the Rattlesnake Ridge
Water District to get water to customers on Old Trace Ridge.
also said the city had been requested to apply for a grant which would help
to convert street lights in the city to LED. He said the move would cut the
consumption of electricity for street lighting by 50 to 55 percent.
meeting was recessed until Noon on Monday, January 11, when regular agenda
items were scheduled to be addressed.
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Group working to establish
Special Olympics here
An effort to bring the Special
Olympics program to Lewis County is underway by several community members and a
meeting has been scheduled to help in that effort.
The meeting will be Thursday
evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Lewis County Health Department on the AA Highway in
Organizers are looking for
volunteers in all age groups as well as parents, service organizations, coaches
and others to assist in getting the Special Olympics organization established in
the county and to keep it going.
The group is also planning an
Indoor Yard Sale to benefit the local Special Olympics Chapter. It is scheduled
for Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Harmany House on
Front Street in Vanceburg. Chili and refreshments will be on sale throughout the
Those who would like to make a
contribution to the event may drop them off during the day of the Indoor Yard
Sale or by making arrangements with any committee member beforeheand.
Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic
competition for more than one million children and adults with intellectual
available on the Special Olympics Kentucky Website (soky.org) outlines the
premises of the organization:
Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities
can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from
participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the
needs of those special mental and physical limitations.
“Special Olympics believes that consistent training,
with emphasis on physical conditioning, is essential to the development of
sports skills, and that competition
among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these
skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.
“Special Olympics believes that through sports training and
competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally,
socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large,
both through participation and observation, is united with people with
intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.
“Special Olympics believes that every person with an
intellectual disability who is at least eight years old should have the
opportunity to participate in and benefit from sports training and competition.
goal is for all persons with
intellectual disabilities to have the chance to become useful and productive
citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities.
benefits of participation in Special
Olympics for people with intellectual disabilities include improved physical
fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image,
friendships, and increased family support. Special Olympics athletes carry these
benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job,
and in the community. Families who participate become stronger as they learn a
greater appreciation of their athlete’s talents. Community volunteers
out what good friends the athletes can be. And everyone learns more about the
capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
“Special Olympics believes that
competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test its
athletes’ skills, measure their progress, and inspire them to grow. Special
Olympics believes that its program of sports training and competition helps
people with intellectual disabilities become physically fit and grow mentally,
socially, and spiritually. Special Olympics believes that consistent training is
required to develop sports skills.
“The Spirit of Special
courage, sharing, and joy-transcends boundaries of geography, nationality,
political philosophy, gender, age, race, or religion.
“Special Olympics began in
1968 when Eunice Kennedy Shriver organized the First International Special
Olympics Games at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The concept was born in
the early 1960s when Mrs. Shriver started a day camp for people with
intellectual disabilities. She saw that people with intellectual disabilities
were far more capable in sports and physical activities than many experts
thought. Since 1968, millions of children and adults with intellectual
disabilities have participated in Special Olympics.
“In the United States ... Special
Olympics Chapters are established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. About 25,000 communities in the
United States have Special Olympics programs. Through the Special Olympics Model
School District programs, public school districts include Special Olympics in
their physical education curriculum and provide extracurricular and
interscholastic sports to elementary and secondary students with intellectual
disabilities. The Special Olympics Mega-Cities program coordinates Special
Olympics training and competition in schools, community recreation programs,
group homes, and institutions in 11 large metropolitan areas.”
To be eligible
to participate in
Special Olympics, you must be at least eight years old and identified by an
agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual
disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant
learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have
required specially-designed instruction.
The program provides year-round training and
competition in 30 official sports. By assigning athletes to divisions commensurate
with their ability, Special Olympics gives every athlete a reasonable chance to
win. Athletes from all divisions may advance to Chapter, National, and World Games.
For athletes with severe disabilities Special
Olympics Kentucky offers Developmental Events. This program has been developed
for those athletes who, without these events may never be able to compete in
patterned after the Olympic Games. More than 30,000 Games, meets, and
tournaments in both summer and winter sports are held worldwide each year. World
Games for selected representatives of all programs are held worldwide each year.
World Games for selected representatives of all programs are held every two
years, alternating between summer and winter.
than one million volunteers
and run local Special Olympics programs, serving as coaches, Games officials,
drivers, and in many other capacities. Anyone can learn how to participate
through the many training programs Special Olympics offers for coaches,
officials, and volunteers.
For more information about Special Olympics in Lewis
County, or to volunteer, contact Connie Richardson at 606-207-7608.
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Applegate files for reelection as judge
Steve Applegate has announced his candidacy for
re-election to the office of Lewis County Judge Executive.
“I am, and have been, very proud to serve the
people of Lewis County as your Lewis County Judge Executive,” Applegate said
on making his announcement.
Applegate, 47, resides on Blue Springs Road at
Clarksburg and is the son of Douglas and Nancy (Esham) Applegate. He is married
to Deana (Jordan) and has two daughters, Brittany, 23, who is a recent graduate
of Morehead State University, and Megan, 15, a sophomore at Lewis County High
He has owned and operated Steve’s Market on
Fairlane Drive in Vanceburg for more than 25 years. He is a 1980 LCHS graduate
and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting Degree from Morehead
State University in 1984.
Applegate said since being elected as judge
executive he has received at least 40 hours of continuing education each year in
many areas of local government.
“I am an active member of many organizations in
our county and I believe it is important to be involved in our community,” he
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve
the people of Lewis County for the last seven years,” he said. “We have been
fortunate to have completed many projects including the courthouse restoration,
two recreational facilities, a new animal shelter, new health department, new
E-911 and Emergency Operation Center, new fire department near the middle and
high schools, new helicopter pad, ‘Welcome to Lewis County’ signs, new
Ronald Reagan Connector Road, new red light at Tollesboro, and others,” he
“We have been able to receive a $75,000
recreational grant to apply toward the improvements at the Tollesboro Lions Club
Park. Many new concrete bridges have been installed, millions of dollars in
asphalt has been laid, chip seal and guard rail projects completed.
“The Solid Waste Department has received over
$200,000 in grants, cleaning up more than 40 illegal dump sites. We have
received $78,000 to purchase recycle trailers and continue our recycling
program. Federal funds were used to employ a crew to cut brush and clear debris
from the county roads at no cost to the county.
“We have been able to host several County
Clean-Up and Tire Amnesty Weeks. Lewis County Fiscal Court has secured $2.3
million in funding to relocate the entrance to Straight Fork Road and $175,000
to improve Indian Run Road at Firebrick.
Garrison Sewer Project has been fully funded, as well as the Cabin Creek Covered
Bridge restoration project. Funding has been applied for to replace the bridges
at Cottageville and Lower Kinney.
Applegate has filed for reelection as Lewis County Judge Executive.
“The Lewis County Road Department has better
equipment than ever in the history of the department. This is just a partial
list of what we have been able to accomplish,” Applegate said.
“It is my goal to continue to work to provide
services to the people of Lewis County, including working with Federal, State,
and local officials to attract industry and jobs; to improve our county roads
and bridges, making them safer; to increase our county infrastructure (water and
sewer projects); to work to increase the number of cellular telephone towers; to
continue to assist community involved groups such as the Tollesboro Lions Club
Park and Trinity Fish and Game Club. It is my desire to be the best public
servant I can be,” he said.
“All of these things I have mentioned bring
attention to our county giving Lewis County the opportunity to be competitive
for industrial opportunities and making Lewis County a good place to live. Just
as our ‘Welcome to Lewis County’ signs state, we welcome people and industry
to come to Lewis County,” he said.
Applegate said he ran for the office because he
believes he could make a difference in helping Lewis County and the people who
live here. He said Lewis County has been, and will always be, his home.
“I believe the people deserve to be treated
fairly and with compassion, caring and on a one to one basis, regardless of
their rank, wealth or politics in the county,” he said.
“I ask for your consideration and vote for
re-election in the May 2010 primary. It is my intention to run this campaign
professionally and with courtesy to the people.”
intend to visit with as many people as possible without sacrificing my duties as
your judge executive. I truly believe that this, or any election, is not about
our elected officials but is about the people who elect those officials,” he
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County officials present monthly reports
Lewis County officials
presented their monthly activity reports during the December meeting of Lewis
County Fiscal Court.
Sheriff Bill Lewis filed
his department’s report for activities from November 9, 2009, to December 14,
* Subpoenas Served
* Domestic Related Calls
* Civil Summons Served
* Felony Arrests
* Misdemeanor Arrests
* Criminal Summons
* Prisoners Transp. to
Secure Facility 536 miles
* Juveniles Transported
* DVOs and EPOs
* Court Bailiff Hours
* Auto Inspections
* Funeral Escorts
Property Taxes Collected
* Tools & welder
* Semi batteries
* Stolen checks
Lewis County Emergency
Management Director Carl Chaney reported the following activities:
* Performed all routine
administrative/office tasks as required by KyEM.
* Turned in all monthly
reports for KyEM.
* Participated in an EM
* Located a stranded
* Provided dispatch
* Attended a County Fire
* Working on FEMA
* Working on 911 issues.
* Working of Flood Plain
The Lewis County E-911
Dispatch Center received a total of 421 calls for service for the following
* Sheriff’s Department
* Vanceburg Police
* Traffic Stops
* Injury Accidents
* Non-injury Accidents
Fire Department and
* Lewis Co. FD
* Camp Dix FD
* Garrison FD
* Vanceburg FD
* Firebrick FD
* Black Oak FD
* Kinniconick FD
* Tollesboro FD
* Med Corp Ambulance
Road Supervisor Dane
Howard reported that more than 2,701 tons of gravel and 61.1 tons of asphalt had
been hauled over
the previous month and
said pothole repairs had been made at Scaffold Lick Road, Old Trace Ridge Road,
Miller Lane, Garrison area, Toller Hollow Road, Vance’s Creek Road and Beechy
Graded roads included
Heddleston Church Road, Harrison Hollow, Oak Hill Road, Crooked Creek, River
Hill Road, Watering Trough, Lumpy Lane, Liles Lane, Slate Point, Straight Fork
Road, Bethel Church Road, Trinity Station Road, East Fork Church Road, Hazel
Road and Fly Branch.
Howard reported that
pipe had been installed or repaired at Oak Hill Road, Old County Road, Rock Run
Road, Spence Lane, McDowell Road, Swearingen Branch, Toller Hollow, Birchwood
Lane, Straight Fork Road, South Bend Road and Quicks Run Road.
Old County Road,
McDowell Road, Fly Branch, Squires Lane, Toller Hollow and Quicks Run Road
received ditching or road widening.
Tree and debris
removal/brush cutting/mowing was reported for Goodwin Branch, Buck Lick Road,
Brackman Hollow, Montieth Hollow, Swearingen Branch, Firebrick Road, McCarthy
Bend Road and Woodland Cemetery Road.
Various road and
shoulder repairs were made at Fingerboard Road, Gander Branch, Oak Hill Road,
Rock Run Road, Peyton Road, Dye Lane, Vance’s Creek Road, Pine Grove, Elk Lick
Tower, Stone Branch/Davis Fork, Fly Branch, Squires Lane, State Fork Road, Amish
House Lane, Holly Hill Road, Blue Springs Road, Jordan Lane, Slate Hollow Road
and Paint Lick Road.
Signs were printed
and/or installed at McCaullary Cemetery, Tannery School Cemetery, Bradner
Cemetery, Mason-Lewis Cemetery, Stephen-Lewis Cemetery, Old Lock and Dam Road
and Logan Fork Bridge.
Bridge work was
performed on Norman Lane.
Howard also reported a
road reconstruction project on Firebrick Indian Run Road.
Lewis County Jailer Tim
Underwood filed the following activity report for November 1 – 30, 2009:
* State Inmates CC/CD/CI
* Served Out
* County Inmates
* Inmates Booked In
* Average Daily Jail
* Booking, Housing,
Medical, Damaged Property $1,796.49
* Telephone Commission
* Class D/CC/CI Pay for
* Somerset Food in
Traveled 200 Miles
* Casey County Detention
Underwood reported that
31 Class D inmates participated in the work program totaling 3,760 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
Areas covered by the
Clean Highways Program included Ky. Rt. 8, Quicks Run, Lions Lane, Holly Road,
Poplar Flats, Ky. Rt. 59, Ky. Rt. 344, Ky. Rt. 922, AA Highway, Dudley Road,
Smooth Rock, Greenbriar Road, Ky. Rt. 3037, Garrison Avenue and Simmons Lane. A
total of 647 bags of waste were picked up.
Underwood reported the
commissary account at the jail totaled $10,477.94 and the inmate account had a
balance of $6,914.69.
Lewis County Animal
Control Officer Shawn Henderson reported that for the previous month: five dogs
had been tagged; four adopted; none picked up; 26 dropped off; and 47 put down.
He said that $110.00 worth of supplies had been donated including a digital
camera, batteries, pet supplies and dog food.
County Treasurer Kathy
Dillow reported the total of all county funds for the month of November had a
beginning balance of $816,867.44 and an ending balance of $842,759.11. Receipts
for the month totaled $425, 113.51 while disbursements totaled $399,221.84.
The next regular meeting
of Lewis County Fiscal Court will be at 9:30 a.m. January 11, 2010, in the third
floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.
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