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One dies in auto accident
|A Lewis County man died following a single
vehicle accident last week and a passenger in the vehicle, an escapee from the Mason
County Detention Center, was seriously injured.
Deputy Mark Snedegar said the accident
happened about 4:55 p.m. Thursday, eight miles south of Vanceburg on Ky. Rt. 344.
Snedegar said a 1987 Buick Century operated by Ronnie A. Ruark, 29, of Vanceburg, was
traveling south on the roadway at an apparent high rate of speed. Ruark apparently lost
control of the vehicle, went off the right side of the roadway, and struck a tree head-on.
Snedegar said Ruark and his passenger, Charles Ruark, 24, of Maysville, were trapped in
the vehicle for nearly an hour before volunteer firefighters from the Vanceburg and Camp
Dix rescue squads were able to free them, utilizing the Jaws of Life.
The two were airlifted from a nearby landing zone to St. Mary's Medical Center in
Huntington, West Virginia. Ronnie Ruark was pronounced dead there about six hours after
the accident, Snedegar said.
Charles Ruark was listed in serious condition by a spokesperson at the medical center.
Rescue workers from the Camp Dix and Vanceburg Fire
Department responded to a call to assist in eforts to remove two men from this care
following an accident last week on Ky. Rt. 344.
Snedegar said Charles Ruark had no identification on him at the time of the accident,
but was later determined to be the man sought by authorities for escaping from the Mason
County Detention Center on June 16. Snedegar added that he believed the two men were
Snedegar said the automobile is owned by Larry Fontaine of Cincinnati, Ohio, and added
that the vehicle had not been reported stolen.
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Trash containers now available
|The Lewis County Solid Waste Office is
offering outside trash storage containers for sale to Lewis County residents.
Waste Coordinator John Teager said the containers have an aluminum frame with a plastic
liner and are about 40 inches square and about four feet high. The containers can be used
to store trash roadside until it is picked up by haulers.
Teager said the containers are being sold at cost, which is $20 each. Checks should be
made out to Lewis County Fiscal Court.
|The containers may be picked up at the Solid
Waste Office lot, located on Ky. Rt. 3037 west of Vanceburg, during regular business
Teager said a limited number of the containers are on hand and more will be
ordered as needed. Teager noted that he containers appear to have been used to transport
soft drink ingredients and can be used with or without the heavy plastic liner.
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Fire believed intentional
|Authorities are investigating a fire last week on Halbert
Avenue that is thought to have been intentionally set.
Vanceburg Fire Chief James
"Bubbles" Switzer said Vanceburg Police Officer Mark Jordan was responding to a
call at one of the apartments on Halbert Avenue at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday when he
spotted a fire in Apartment 302 at the Vanceburg Housing Authority. The apartment was
occupied by Glen Flinders.
Jordan radioed the dispatcher and reported the fire. The flames had been extinguished
by the time firefighters arrived.
|Switzer said Randy and Ronald Lykins were nearby and had
also spotted the fire, then took action to put it out.
Switzer said the damage was
contained to a bedroom of the apartment and added that no injuries were reported.
Switzer credits the quick action of the two men for keeping damage minimal and keeping
the fire from spreading to other apartments.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by State Police Arson Investigator Tim
Plank, VVFD Lt. Eric Switzer and Chief Switzer.
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Farmers Market program expanded
|The Lewis County Farmers Market is now open and a new
nutrition program has been added this year.
The WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
Farmers Market Nutrition Program is returning for its third year in Lewis County. New this
year is the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
Both programs provide coupons, which are redeemable for fresh fruit and vegetables at
Lewis County Farmers Market or any other farmers market certified for the programs. The
coupons are in $2 increments and farmers at the market are not allowed to give change.
Eligibility for participation in the WIC farmers market program includes: women who are
pregnant, postpartum (up to six months) or breastfeeding (up to one year; an infant at
least one year old by September); or a child up to age five. Participants must be Kentucky
residents. Coupons are distributed by the Lewis County Health Department.
Eligibility participants in the Senior
Farmers Market Nutrition Program must be over the age of 60 at the time the coupons are
issued. Coupons are distributed at the Lewis County Senior Center, 702 Front Street in
Participants in either program must provide proof of income and meet the income
criteria of less than or equal to 185 percent of the poverty level. Those who receive
Medicaid or food stamp benefits automatically meet the income requirements. The coupons
are redeemable through October.
What's available at the Lewis County Farmers Market right now? Last week farmers had
green beans, new potatoes, zucchini, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, Swiss chard, kohlrabi,
onions, bok choi, turnips and squash. Sweet corn is expected later in the week.
The farmers market is located on the AA Highway in Vanceburg, just east of the BeeMart,
and opens at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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