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Rail improvements continue
|Improvements to the CSX rail system in Lewis
County are continuing with thousands of ties and several crossings replaced.
working the past few weeks in Lewis County replaced approximately 3,000 ties each day
utilizing specialized equipment.
Although temperatures exceeded 90 degrees for several days, workers continued at a
steady pace and drank plenty of liquids.
Vic Krebs, project foreman, said each member of the crew specialized in each aspect of
the project much the same as each piece of equipment was manufactured to do each step in
One machine removes spikes, the next, utilizing large magnets, collects the old spikes,
another comes along to remove plates, the next pulls out old ties, one puts in the new
ties, the next puts the plates back, another puts in new spikes.
Interspersed are equipment and workers who get the new ties, which had been left near
the railroad earlier, lined up for replacement. Others collect the old ties and ready them
to be removed.
Several crossings have also been replaced as part of the project including a
state-of-the-art concrete crossing at Main Street in Vanceburg.
Crews working to replace ties and
crossings passed through Vanceburg last week. The project encompasses several miles of CSX
track and will be completed in Lewis County later this summer.
The Second Street crossing was replaced last year and was not scheduled
for replacement as part of this project.
Krebs said the crew completed the work from the east end of Lewis County to a few
miles west of Vanceburg and would be going to Cincinnati to do a project there before
coming back to continue work in Lewis County.
Krebs said crew members were from several states and included a couple from the
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City Council purchases accounting
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week, the Vanceburg City Council moved to acquire a new computer program to
enhance the record keeping and auditing systems for the city.
Mayor William T. Cooper said that the action is a result of the recently discovered
accounting scandals involving Enron and other large corporations in America.
Jeffrey D. Newman, CPA, of West Union, Ohio, presented the proposal that was accepted
by the council. Newman will install QuickBooks Pro 2002 for $450 and include payroll
subscription for $200. The program will be installed on one computer work station and
includes setting up three funds/companies, general ledger and a chart of accounts. The
proposal also includes three days of training on accounts receivable, payroll, general
ledger and reporting.
The total cost comes to $2,400. Additional technical support will cost $50 per hour for
the first 25 calls.
The council also donated a 1994 police
cruiser to the Vanceburg Volunteer Fire Department. Parts will be taken off another old
cruiser to put the donated vehicle in running order.
Cooper read a letter from the Department for Local Government informing the city that
funding for construction of a new bridge leading to the park at the boat dock recreation
area was not selected for funding.
Application for the assistance was made in January. If it had been approved, the city
would match the $42,500 applied for to complete the $85,000 project. The letter advised
the city to re-apply for the funds by October.
Council members also approved a $1,000 donation to the Lewis County Little League. That
donation was already in the new budget but the action was taken to officially voice the
city's support of the Little League.
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Fire destroys home
|Several firefighters responded to a fire early Sunday
afternoon at Camp Dix.
The fire was reported shortly before 1:00 p.m. by neighbors of
Roscoe and Betty Gilliam on Ky. Rt. 59 near Pine Hill Bed and Breakfast.
The home was destroyed and the couple lost all of their belongings in the fire, which
spread quickly after being ignited.
A spokesman with the Camp Dix Volunteer Fire Department said Roscoe Gilliam was
preparing to cook out on a gas grill on the back porch of the residence when the grill
exploded. Several people were in the vicinity of the grill for a birthday party being held
for Gilliam's grandson, but none were reported injured.
Nearly 20 firefighters from Camp Dix, Vanceburg, Garrison, Kinniconick and Black Oak
Fire Departments responded to the fire.
Firefighters spray water on a fire at
the home of Roscoe and Betty Gilliam near Camp Dix Sunday. The fire is thought to have
been caused when a gas grill on the back porch of the home exploded. No one was reportedly
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Unemployment in Lewis County
|Lewis County dropped out of the top ten counties in
unemployment for May with an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, an improvement over the April
rate of 8.9 percent.
Magoffin County reported the highest rate at 13 percent. It was
followed by Carter County at 11.4 percent, Elliott County at 11.3 percent, Clay County at
10.4 percent and Harlan County at 9.4 percent.
The state average jobless rate remained at 5.1 percent for the month.
Compared with surrounding counties, Carter and Lewis Counties were followed by Rowan
County with 5.2 percent, Fleming County with 4.8 percent, Greenup County with 4.7 percent
and Mason County with 3.7 percent.
|The rate for the Buffalo Trace Area Development District
was 4.8 percent in May, down from 5.2 percent in April and 5.8 percent a year ago.
County was a 10.5 percent in May 2001.
The report shows Lewis County with a labor force of 4,193 and 341 of those unemployed.
The statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends. Civilian
labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are
actively seeking work.
They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within
the past four weeks.
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