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Charges pending in growing operation
The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is investigating an indoor marijuana growing operation after executing a search warrant at a residence in Kentucky Heights last week.
Deputy Dwayne Stone said the elaborate system contained several marijuana plants ranging between two and four feet in height, lights, a watering system, fans, soil testers, thermometers, fertilizers and the like.
He added that an assortment of drug paraphernalia and an undetermined amount of cash were also seized from the residence of Robert Brown.
Stone, who is continuing the investigation, said that although arrests have not yet been made, charges are pending.
Assisting Stone with the execution of the search warrant on Friday were Deputy Joe Paul Gilbert, Vanceburg Police Sgt. Mark Jordan and KSP Trooper Jeff Lewis.
Anyone who may have information concerning illegal drug operations in Lewis County should call the Drug Tip Line at 606-796-0123. Callers may remain anonymous.
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Local efforts underway for Hurricane
Some efforts are underway in Lewis County to collect items and funding to help provide some relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Howard Wilson of the Vanceburg First Baptist Church said drop-ff locations, including his church, are at various places in Lewis County. The Lewis County Ministerial Association is heading up one of the local efforts.
Locations include Garrison Funeral Chapel, Lewis County High School ROTC, Lewis County Central Elementary School, Comprehend, Tollesboro Christian Church and Vanceburg Christian Baptist Church.
Wilson said there are many other churches, businesses and organizations in the county involved in relief efforts.
He said that residents of Lewis County have come together many times in the past to assist those in need. He added that many times residents of Lewis County, when displaced by flooding, fire or other tragedy, have been recipients of the kindness of others to get their lives back together.
Wilson said items most sought include bottled water, diapers, soap, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths, towels, non-perishable food items and the like.
He said the list of needed items will change over time and added that the Ministerial Association will be helping those in need for some time to come.
Dan Gilliam and Katie Pollitt stand by the truck and trailer at the Christian Baptist Church, Vanceburg, waiting for donations to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Gilliam with his wife Kim and Dr. Pete Egan will take the truck south as soon as it's full. Students from Morehead State University donated $200 for fuel and several boxes of brand new supplies.
A tractor-trailer will be at the parking lot of the Vanceburg Christian Baptist Church Friday from Noon to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to collect items.
Wilson said money is also being collected to be distributed to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Checks may be sent to the Lewis County Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 306, Vanceburg, KY 41179.
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Minor quake hits NE
(AP)-No major damage or injuries were reported last Monday from an earthquake that hit northeastern Kentucky.
"We had one report of objects knocked off the shelf and some reported weak shaking," said Jason Moran, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Jackson.
The 2.5 magnitude quake hit at 4:02 p.m. EDT, Moran said. The epicenter was about seven miles northeast of Sharpsburg in Bath County.
The information was relayed to the National Weather Service in Jackson from the US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.
Kentucky State Police in Morehead had not received any reports of damage or injuries, according to dispatcher Sean Donathan.
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2005 Pleasant Ridge
The 2005 Pleasant Ridge Dove-A-Rama was a huge success, despite the low number of birds.
Hurricane Katrina may have pushed the doves north, but that didn't stop the more than 40 people who attended the September 3 event sponsored by McCane and Bartee Farms. Hunters gathered from all over the area, some from as far as Piqua, Ohio.
The day started out with a grilled lunch and lots of enthusiasm. After lunch, the hunters were transported to the field where they would spend the rest of the afternoon watching for doves, enjoying time with their friends and family, and meeting new people.
"We want everyone to have a good time," said Randall Bartee, one of the co-sponsors of the event, "but we also want them to be safe and legal."
Before the hunting could begin, game wardens with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources checked everyone’s guns for the correct plugs, and for proper hunting license.
The day ended with a BBQ dinner and lots of talk about how many doves everyone killed. In total, there were approximately 70 birds harvested during the hunt, which was drastically low compared to the previous year.
"We had a good day on Pleasant Ridge," Randall stated, "but we want to provide an experience that makes everyone want to come back next year."
Considering the low number of birds, Randall and co-sponsor Mark McCane decided to invite everyone back for a complimentary hunt on September 17.
For some, this was their first experience with dove hunting while others were seasoned dove hunters. Regardless, everyone had a great time and there was already talk of going back next year.
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