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Council hears audit report, acts on
|By Al Owens
in regular session last week, the Vanceburg City Council heard good news from the
certified public accountants firm of Smith, Goolsby, Artis & Reams in Ashland.
John Spears summarized the audit for the fiscal year from July 2, 1001, to June 30,
2002, and reported a clean audit.
Spears said that no items of non-compliance were found except one for internal controls
that is found every year. The reportable condition is due to improper segregation of
duties, a situation common to most small towns where one person performs many tasks. He
explained that larger cities with bigger budgets can hire more personnel and don't have
Council approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing and providing for the
issuance and sale of $1.515 million in water and sewer, and revenue bonds. The money is
part of the funding for the $4.177 million Southern Lewis County Water Project underway by
the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg. The balance of the funds will come from
grants in addition to $135,000 raised locally through tap on fees.
The city owns the utility company and must approve the bond program on its behalf.
Meeting in special session on Wednesday, the council passed a resolution accepting the
bid from Rural Development of the US Department of Agriculture for the purchase of water
and sewer revenue bonds totaling $1.515 million. The interest rate is not to exceed 4.5
percent per annum and is subject to the right of the city to request that all bonds will
bear an interest rate at a lower rate if one is in effect for RD loans at the time of the
delivery of the bonds.
Council also adopted a municipal order accepting the bid from Rural Development.
Council then passed another resolution approving and authorizing a loan agreement with
the Kentucky Rural Water Finance Corporation. The corporation will act as the city's
agency and instrumentality for the purpose of providing monies for the Southern Lewis
County Water Project.
Also adopted was a municipal order stating that any house built in a flood plain could
be refused water service unless no other alternative for construction is possible and
flood insurance is acquired.
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Area burglaries investigated
|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is
investigating three area burglaries, including one where an armed robbery occurred less
than three weeks earlier.
The department was notified of an apparent burglary at Quincy
Grocery about 7:00 a.m. Friday. Store owner James Morgan was notified and reported to the
store to work with deputies for several hours in determining what had been taken and what
damage was done to the building and its contents.
The previous incident there happened about 12:45 p.m. Jan. 20 when a suspect entered
the store, put a knife in Morgan's face and demanded money from the cash register and from
Deputy Mark Snedegar is investigating a burglary at the Black Oak Christian Church,
which was reported after it was discovered on Friday.
|Snedegar said the burglar, or burglars,
gained entry to the building through a back door. The church was vandalized and a 25-inch
Magnavox television was taken, he said, adding that the television was recovered about
three hours later.
He said there are suspects in the case and arrests are pending. He
added that the church building had been vandalized in the week prior to the burglary,
resulting in substantial damage.
Snedegar is also investigating the burglary of a residence on Ky. Rt. 1306, which was
reported on Tuesday.
He said the burglar, or burglars, gained entry to the residence, owned by Deborah
Stanley, through a back door and took valuables estimated to be worth about $2,800. Items
reported taken included jewelry and old money.
Anyone having information on any of the incidents should call the Lewis County
Sheriff's Office at 606-796-2912. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Numerous accidents investigated
|The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating
separate accidents, which were the apparent result of hazardous road conditions.
Mark Snedegar said the first accident happened Thursday evening on the AA Highway near
He said a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero, operated by Jennifer L. Dadosky of Wheelersburg, Ohio,
was traveling east on the highway when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and
began to spin in circles.
Snedegar said the auto went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment, and
turned over coming to rest on its top. Dadosky and two passengers, Jon Johnson of Piketon,
Ohio, and Joel Stanley of Portsmouth, Ohio, were wearing seat belts and were not injured.
Numerous accidents were investigated following heavy snow on Thursday night and into
Friday. Several of the accidents were minor, according to a sheriff's department
spokesman, and none resulted in serious injury.
One of the accidents occurred on Ky. Rt. 344 about 10 miles south of Vanceburg and
happened as a tractor-trailer, operated by Keith Evans. 37, of Vanceburg, was traveling
Snedegar said the tractor-trailer was rounding a curve and met a vehicle operated by
Laura Nolan, 36, of Morehead. He said the truck came across the center line and struck the
Nolan vehicle. No one was injured and Snedegar added that the road was blocked for nearly
an hour. The accident was attributed to snow and ice.
|On Friday morning, a 1985 Ford F-800 log truck, operated
by Charlie Dyer of Vanceburg, was traveling east on the AA Highway and making a left turn
on Ky. Rt. 8 when the load apparently shifted, causing a binder securing the logs to
Deputy Dwayne Stone said all of the logs rolled off the truck and off the main
part of the highway, coming to rest against a guardrail.
Stone said a loader from Bolander Lumber Company was summoned to reload the logs and
the scene was cleared at about 9:20 a.m. There were no injuries.
Deputy Snedegar is also investigating non-injury accident Friday in which the vehicle
came to rest on its top.
He said the accident happened on Ky. Rt. 377 about 18 miles south of Vanceburg when a
1996 Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Susan J. Harrison, 21, of Vanceburg, was traveling
south on the roadway when she lost control on the slick highway.
Snedegar said the vehicle went off the road, struck an embankment, flipped over on its
top and traveled another 89 feet on its top before stopping. He said Harrison was visibly
shaken by the incident but was not injured. She was wearing a seat belt when the accident
Local and state officials are investigating numerous other minor accidents which
resulted in only minor property damage.
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