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LCHS academic team wins District
|The Lewis County High School's Academic Quick
Recall team won the 37th District Governor's Cup Quick Recall competition by defeating
Maysville St. Patrick 28-21 in the Championship match held at St. Patrick High School.
Academic Lions defeated Deming 46-19 in the opening round and Mason County 38-25 in the
second round to advance to the championship match.
Members of the Quick Recall team are Lyle Goodwin, Drew Gaydos, Robbi Highfield, Aaron
Caskey, Stephen Polley, Chris Breeze, Brandon Howe, Gloria Butler, Kim Hardeman, Jordan
Curtis, Bill Henderson and Tyler Harris.
|In individual written assessment, Lyle
Goodwin placed first in science and second in math; Robbi Highfield placed third in
humanities and fourth in language arts; Brittany Jamison placed third in English
composition; Lance O'Cull placed fourth in English composition; Carrie Noble placed fourth
in science; Stephen Polley placed fifth in social studies and fifth in humanities.
academic team placed second overall on points earned in all of the competitions and also
won the Katherine Hume Sportsmanship Award.
The Quick Recall team and all of the individual winners will advance to the Regional
Governor's Cup Competition at Paris High School on February 28.
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Board hears annual report
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session this month the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg received its annual
report from Superintendent Phil Kennedy.
Kennedy told the board members that some of the workers would like to forget last year
because of the ice storm that hit in mid-February. He said that repair work from the storm
was still in progress in June and July. He announced that the utility company had received
another payment from FEMA, this one for $156,000.
Board member Tim Bowden asked Kennedy about recouping losses that occur from automobile
accidents. Kennedy answered that any time a wreck destroys a light pole or other property
that belongs to the company the law enforcement personnel on the scene file an accident
report and the company follows that up. Most everyone has insurance and the company
collects payment for those damages.
Kennedy informed the board that the Governor's new budget includes $50 million for
water and sewer projects, and upgrading the sewer in Vanceburg is on the agenda for future
Referring to the 2004 Water Line Extension Project he said the bids for the KY 8
relocation are in. However, he explained that this is a state project and will be paid for
by the state so it's not the company's decision who gets that contract.
The apparent low bidder is Double D
Enterprises out of Maysville.
Kennedy said, "My main concern is in a situation like this is that we cannot have
people out of water up there, and we cannot have Hollinee out of gas, and some of these
contractors when they get in a situation start tearing up stuff, and we can't have
He continued, "I'm not saying that Double D would do that but they're going to
have to have the liability for this project because this project is very critical to us
even though the state is paying for it, but I don't know what the state will do."
Double D's low bid was for $197,861.
Kennedy told the board that the utility company had appropriately advertised for
qualifications for engineers and the only response came from Haworth, Meyer & Boleyn,
Inc., (HMB) Frankfort. He said that that was fine because the company has worked with HMB
a lot, and he recommended that the board approve hiring them for the 2004 Water Line
Extension Project. The board complied and so moved to make that approval.
Kennedy reminded the board that the project would extend water lines on Hackworth
Hollow, Big Salt Lick, Toller Hollow, Scotts Branch and Finger Board.
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Funding delayed for construction
|By Al Owens
The Lewis County Board of Health
learned at a meeting this month that funding for construction of the new health department
building has been delayed.
Amy Kennedy from the Buffalo Trace Area Development District told the board that the
project had been ranked and was third on the list in Frankfort. The state funded the first
two projects but then ran out of funds so the health department's Community Block
Development Grant of $1,000,000 for the building project has been deferred until the next
funding round. That will be the first full week of April. She said that the board would
know the exact date of that funding round by March 11.
The project will also be funded by a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)
grant, and by a $25,000 grant and loans from Rural Development.
Frankfort advised the board of health to continue with the design so that could be
approved by the Housing and Building Code. That way they can be ready to bid and advertise
the project when the funding is finally received.
Kennedy said the board will be required to have a new public hearing on behalf of the
city and the county, and that the city and county would have to pass new resolutions
because of the new funding round for the fiscal year 2004.
Frankfort has said that the new building is a valid project.
The board moved to approve the architect's drawings of the building as presented with
Kennedy informed the board that the option to buy the property next to Bee Mart on the
AA Highway expires on February 15 but the owner has extended that for 90 days in order for
the board to have time to acquire the funding.
The board appointed Steve Applegate, Dr. Karl Smith and Denise Markins to a
three-person committee to decide some basic details of the building such as the color of
the exterior brick, the tile, roof and some of the interior design.
The State Board of Health disqualified Jacqueline
Harrison from becoming a member of the local board because she works for the Meadowview
Regional Medical Center and the local department has contracts that exceed $10,000 with
that institution. Board members will recommend the nomination of a new board member at the
Board member Darren Stanfield asked Health Department Administrator Kathleen Ginn about
the changes in the compensation for some health department employees.
Ginn replied that the changes were because of the large increase in the cost of health
insurance benefits. Not all employees opted into the program so their paychecks did not
change. However, across the board raises were given to the employees that opted for one of
the health insurance programs to offset the increased cost. In some cases the amount the
employee would have to pay for the program doubled. The take home pay for some did not
change but for others it decreased some.
Stanfield opined that that plan seemed to penalize the workers that did not choose one
of the insurance program options; that some seemed to get a raise and others did not.
Ginn said that some of the employees only took home about $200 every two weeks and
implied that the increased insurance costs would really hurt them financially. She also
said that other health departments were doing the same thing and that the plan had been
approved in Frankfort.
Steve Applegate said as the County Judge Executive that the county could not give a
raise to one without giving a raise to all the workers.
Stanfield asked how much the increased insurance costs raised the department's budget
for a year. Ginn said that she did not have that figure with her.
Board Chairman Maurice Esham, PhD., asked Ginn if she could have that figure by the
She replied that she could, and the board will review the matter at the next meeting.
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Tiffany Stamper/Lewis County Herald
The 2004 Fire Queen was crowned February 21 at the
Male Beauty Contest hosted by the Vanceburg Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Pictured, left to right, are first runner-up Eric Switzer; 2004 Fire Queen Ronnie Lewis;
and second runner-up Lucas Justice.
The Lewis County Leadership Horizons group visited
the Capitol and Sen. Charlie Borders on February 12. Pictured are, back row lft to right,
Michael Clark, Kathy Dryden, Justin Horch, Joy Gooding, Sen. Borders, Linda Applegate and
Patsy Arnold; front row, Amanda Kimbler, Betty Ripato, Peggy Hefflin, Kim Meade, Becky
Moore and Vicki Steigleder.
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