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Farmers pack room for Phase I
|More than 70 people filled the meeting room
at the Lewis County Extension office to almost overflowing Tuesday night for a special
meeting of the county's Phase I Committee.
The meeting was designed as a public forum
for Lewis County farmers to learn more about the state-wide Phase I Tobacco Settlement
Program and to speak out on issues specific to Lewis County agriculture. Special invited
guests included John-Mark Hack, executive director of the Office of Agriculture Policy,
and Jeff Harper, representative for the Licking Valley area.
Thus far, Lewis County has had $647,540 of Phase I funds available. Approved expenses
to date include $112,000 for a soybean extruder in the Tollesboro area; $99,500 for the
farmers market; and $375,000 for various blanket programs.
Blanket programs are currently available in Lewis County for forage, handling
facilities, cattle genetics, agriculture diversification, and goat diversification. 50/50
cost-share funds are still available, in each of the blanket programs, up to a maximum of
$4,000 per producer household. Contact the Lewis County Extension office at 796-2732 for
A major comment from farmers during the past year has been in regards the 50/50
cost-share, and those attending the meeting vocally reinforced that concern. Several
farmers pointed out that many farm operators do not have the financial resources to match
a 50 percent grant without adding to existing farm debt. It was noted that last year's
extreme weather conditions severely stressed farm operations in the county. Others
observed that while some farmers may not have a problem with coming up with matching
funds, those who are struggling feel cut-out and see Phase I grants as a program for
Increasing the cost-share to 75/25 was looked upon favorably as a way to make the
program accessible to more farmers. Hack noted that this issue is being addressed at the
state level, with particular attention to tobacco-dependant counties, such as Lewis
Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
More than 70 farmers filled the meeting room
at the Lewis County Extension Office last week to hear the latest details of the state's
Phase I Tobacco Settlement Program and to offer suggestions to make the program more
useful to area farmers.
Other topics of discussion at the meeting included new blanket programs for fencing
and for hay/straw and grain. Farmers were invited to provide ideas and suggestions for
what these programs should include.
Beef cattle operations were also discussed extensively. The major point made by county
beef producers was that production quality methods need to be addressed to improve the
market quality of Lewis County.
Suggestions for future blanket programs were solicited. An immediate suggestion dealt
with water supplies, particularly in light of the fact that many farm ponds dried up this
past year. Ponds are used for crop irrigation and livestock watering. Improving water
supply availability at a reasonable cost is a serious consideration for many Lewis County
For almost an hour after the meeting adjourned, many members of the audience took
advantage of the opportunity to discuss the issues one-on-one with Hack and Harper, county
Phase I committee members, and with each other.
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Alarm system should be registered
|By Dennis Brown
Home and business
alarm systems are generally a good investment, unless when the alarm is triggers and a
monitoring service or the system itself dials up law enforcement and they don't know where
you are located.
Sheriff Bill Lewis said the problem has been on the increase lately but adds there is a
That solution is as simple as providing some basic information to the agency or
agencies that will be contacted when an alarm is triggered.
Lewis said the sheriff's department has received numerous calls recently in which the
location is given as a post office box or a confusing address, costing time for
dispatchers and responding unites to determine the location of the protected property.
Monitored systems attach to a telephone line and call a monitoring center. An operator
at the center, likely hundreds of miles away, determines whether the alarm is for motion
sensors, a smoke or fire sensor, a panic button sensor or, depending on the system,
|The operator then contacts the appropriate
local agency to respond to the property. Generally, the names and telephone numbers of
those agencies are supplied to the monitoring center by the person who had the system
installed. That information may be incomplete or inaccurate, Lewis said.
imperative that the monitoring center and the local agencies have accurate and up to date
information in the event the alarm is triggered," he said.
A direct call system will contact the telephones numbers programmed into the system and
play a recorded message. That message, Lewis said, should include the physical address,
whether the alarm is for fire, medical emergency or burglary, and should be repeated at
least twice to ensure the dispatcher has a chance to take down the information.
In any event, Lewis stressed, the agencies to be called should have some information on
file. He said the sheriff's department has a simple form and an agreement to be signed by
the owner or manager of the property.
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Sheriff's office investigates
|Deputy Dwayne Stone is investigating three separate
accidents in three days, two of which were the apparent result of hazardous road
Stone said the first accident happened about 1:35 p.m. January 25 on Quicks
Run Road. He said a 1989 Ford Probe, operated by John Buckner, and a 1985 Dodge pickup,
operated by Bonnie McCann, were traveling in opposite directions and the two vehicles
collided as they met at the crest of a hill. Stone said there were no injuries.
The second accident happened about 3:10 p.m. January 25 during a snowstorm that left
area roadways snow covered and slick.
Stone said a Toyota minivan, operated by Maryanna Hunt of Indianapolis, Indiana,
apparently slid near the intersection of the AA Highway and the Grayson Spur, striking a
2000 Hyundai operated by Mary Kovach of Cincinnati, Ohio. He said damage was minimal and
there were no injuries.
The third, and most damaging, accident happened about 1:45 p.m. on January 27 on Ky.
Rt. 8 at Dugan's Curve, east of Vanceburg.
Stone said a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier, operated by Ashley Jordan, 16, of Garrison, was
traveling west on the road and hit a patch of snow and ice while rounding the curve.
The vehicle went out of control, traveled across the eastbound lane, went off the south
side of the road and into a ditch, he said.
The operator of this vehicle received
relatively minor injuries last Monday after losing control of the auto on a snow and ice
covered section of Dugan's Curve east of Vanceburg.
The vehicle traveled 36 feet and struck an earthen embankment, which caused the
vehicle to overturn, travel another 39 feet and come to rest on the passenger side, Stone
He added that Jordan was assisted by other motorists and later taken to Southern Ohio
Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio, by Portsmouth Ambulance.
The road was closed for about 25 minutes to allow workers to clear the wreckage.
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And . . . the top stories are . . .
|The answer to the riddle, "What
begins and ends the same, has nothing in the middle, and won't exist in the future?"
is "2002" and was answered correctly by Wild Woman, AKA Edith Smith.
according to readers, are the top stories of 2002:
Fire claims the life of Joe McCane
Dour sentences to maximum in Charlie Prater's murder
Lewis County primary narrows slate of hopefuls
Region hit by flash flooding
Bartee rescued by daughter and son
|Doctor Williams arrested in Baltimore
Landham first to file for governor's race
Tollesboro Clinic a reality
Relay raises $36,500
KET program to feature Kinney and local fishermen
Bentley Market to close
911 service on the way
Ambulance service changes
Pot grown on county land
Clock donated by Al Roe
Bert Brown of Vanceburg was the winner of the annual
subscription to The Herald.
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