March 29, 2005, News
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Northern Contours to buy
By Al Owens
Meeting in special session last Friday, the Vanceburg City Council moved to waive a six-month waiting period required in the current lease agreement with Northern Contours so the company can purchase the Nine West Shoe Factory property on Route 8.
The lease agreement, entered into on October 1, 2003, gives Northern Contours an option to buy the business for $250,000. The company hopes to acquire the property in the next several weeks.
In a letter to Vanceburg Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper, the company's president Michael Rone stated, "Please be assured, we are quite satisfied with our two businesses in Vanceburg. Our intentions are to continue to invest capital in our facilities and personnel to support their strong growth trajectories."
The council moved to have the necessary legal documents for the transaction prepared by City Attorney E.V. Holder Jr. and to have them signed by Cooper and attested by City Clerk Jeanna Billman.
Nine West had given that property to the City of Vanceburg when the company closed the shoe factory. Northern Contours was leasing the property from the city but recently decided to purchase it.
Northern Contours also occupies the old Nine West Bow Factory property across from Lewis County High School on Lions Lane, west of Vanceburg.
That building was given to Lewis County has been leased to Northern Contours. Fiscal Court was scheduled to meet on Monday in an adjourned session with intentions to waive a waiting period to purchase that property.
In response to a question from Councilman Roy Lawson, Coooper told the council that in Washington D.C. he recently met with the staff of Congressman Geoff Davis. From there he was accompanied by Steve Miller from the Buffalo Trace Area Development District to Senator Jim Bunning's office.
Bunning looked at the process and at the potential of the Vanceburg Lake Project and somewhat indicated that he might be able to get the city the funds for the feasibility study.
Cooper plans to return to the nation's Capitol on April 10 for an event called Kentuckians in Washington. All the area development districts from the Commonwealth will be in Washington to meet with the legislators.
Cooper will introduce Representative Geoff Davis at the Congressional Breakfast with all the delegates from Kentucky.
Cooper said that at that time he hopes to learn if they met the deadline and if we can get the money for the project's feasibility study.
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Foodland robbed, reward is $2,000
Local authorities are seeking information concerning a Friday night robbery of Lewis County Foodland.
Vanceburg Police Lt. Tom Flannigan said a man wearing dark camouflage clothing and a mask entered Foodland about 9:00 p.m. with a handgun, demanded money and then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Officers arrived at the store within two minutes of receiving the call from one of the employees.
The store property was recently annexed into the City of Vanceburg and is now under the jurisdiction of the Vanceburg Police Department.
Flannigan said there were three employees in the store at the time and no
customers were present when the robbery took place.
Flannigan said no one was injured and the incident was captured by
Flannigan said the robber had the employees go to the back of the store before he left and no one was what type of vehicle the robber fled in.
cruiser was at the scene of the robbery at Foodland Friday night, March 25. The
robbery occurred about 9:00 p.m.
A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading the the arrest and conviction of the robber.
Anyone with information should contact the Vanceburg Police Department at
606-796-2111. Flannigan was assisted by Chief Joe Billman, Officer Mark Jordan, the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police.
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Deputies make first meth
The Lewis County Sheriff's Department made their first methamphetamine lab arrest early Wednesday morning, according to Deputy Dwayne Stone.
Stone said the Drug Tip Line received a call that a meth lab was located at a house on Holy Road.
Stone said Thomas Dwayne Coldiron, 33, of Vanceburg, was suspected of being the operator of the lab.
Officers obtained permission from the homeomer, Anne Kegley, to search to house. Stone said as officers were searching the premises, Coldiron drove up to the residence and went inside, where Stone confronted him.
Coldiron was initially charged with first degree driving on a suspended license, third degree possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of a prescription drug not in its proper container.
Stone said the Kentucky State Police Methamphetamine Unit confirmed that a meth lab was located at the house. The unit took control of removing all of the hazardous materials.
Stone said some past form of the finished meth product was recovered.
Coldiron was additionally charged with first degree manufacturing methamphetamine, a class B felony, and first degree possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class C felony. He was lodge in the Lewis County Detention Center. Stone said additional charges are pending.
Methoamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It is produced by combining cold or allergy medicine , which is available over-the-counter, with common chemicals.
The drug can be smoked, snorted or injected. The Kentucky Legislature recently passed legislation aimed at limiting the sales of certain over-the-counter medications which are used in the production of methamphetamine.
Stone was assisted at the scene by Deputies Johnny Bivens and Joe Paul Gilbert, Trooper Shawn Fearin and the KSP Methamphetamine Unit. Anyone with information on any illegal drug activity may call the Drug Tip Line anonymously at 796-0123.
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Governor announces road
Governor Ernie Fletcher recently announced the award of $497,285.71 in County Road bonds to Lewis County, and more than $32,000 in Municipal Road bonds to the communities of Concord and Vanceburg. The awards are part of $75,000,000 being given by Governor Fletcher and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as part of the recently approved state budget.
"The money being distributed to Lewis County and its communities reinforces our commitment to providing a safe and reliable transportation system for all our citizens," stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. "The award will allow local communities to make improvements to their roads and streets, including resurfacing and other needed repairs."
The awards to the two communities in Lewis County are:
Including this announcement, Governor Fletcher has directed an estimated $135 million to county and city governments from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Intergovernmental Programs since November 2004.
"Through the leadership and vision of Governor Fletcher, today's announcement is once again an example of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's commitment to improving the quality of life in our Communities through improving their roads," said Bill Nighbert, Acting Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The award is part of $150 million in bonding to county and city governments, which is the result of a measure placed in the budget by the Senate to permanently freeze the penny increase per gallon on the motor fuels usage fee. Approximately half of the one-cent increase will go toward funding for County and Municipal Aid, with the remaining half-cent to be used by the Transportation Cabinet in the general Road Fund.
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