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Lewis County Public Library gets
|By Al Owens
On Friday, October 17,
the Lewis County Public Library received a federal automation grant of $9319 as a result
of the Library Service Technology Act.
The funds came through the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives. Actually the
money received is only half the grant. The balance will be issued to the library after the
first of the year.
The automation in the local facility will require some changes. New plastic library
cards will be required. Library Director Marilyn Conway said that the staff has been
updating information from local patrons for some time in preparation for the move to
She explained that 30,000 books plus all the audio and video cassettes, magazines and
other materials will have to be entered into the data bank and bar-coded.
The library also received a $5,000 grant to purchase a Data Projector. The equipment
includes a laptop computer, a digital camera, a projector and screen and an Audio-Visual
cart. The Data Projector will be available to the public.
|The Experience Works program will also
provide a part time helper at the library for this year. The program will cost the library
a mere $300 annually.
Experience Works is actually the Green Thumb program with a new
name. From 1965 to January of 2002 it was know as the Green Thumb.
This coming January the organization will celebrate the first anniversary with its new
name Experience Works. The mission of the non-profit organization is "To Put
Experience to Work."
President and CEO Andrea Wooten wrote that the new name is a natural fit because of
that mission. The agency offers training, employment and community service opportunities
for mature workers.
That includes a variety of programs designed to help older individuals enter the
workforce, secure more challenging positions, move into new career areas or supplement
The library board held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 21.
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Cabin Creek Watershed Council
|Plans are underway to create a Cabin Creek
A meeting for anyone interested in the project has been tentatively
set for Wednesday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m., at the diner on Route 10 in Tollesboro.
Hilary Lambert, associate director of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA), will be on
hand to discuss what is a watershed council and why Cabin Creek was selected by the State
Division of Water as a watershed council location.
|The Cabin Creek Watershed Council has $5,000
to spend on watershed and non-point source pollution education. Lambert says this can lead
to more grants for other related purposed. Those taking part in the initial meeting will
develop a prelimary list of what could be done with the $5,000.
KWA is currently
celebrating its 10th anniversary as an independent non-profit organization. It works at
both state and national levels to protect Kentucky's clean waters.
For more information, contact Lambert at 859-255-8216 or by email at email@example.com.
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School Board approves financial
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session on Monday
evening, October 13, the Lewis County Board of Education received and approved the annual
financial audit report as presented by Kelly Adkins of Reynolds & Company, Portsmouth,
Adkins said that Reynolds has issued an unqualified opinion meaning that the school's
financial statements are fairly stated and we found no material mis-statements this year.
All the school system funds were in compliance with only two minor errors found in the
Auditor Kenny Walters said those errors involved the handling of receipts at the first
two basketball games at a couple of the schools and were not recurring errors. Action was
taken to insure those small errors are not repeated.
Adkins said the audit shows that Lewis County Schools has capital assets of 21 million
dollars with 11 1/2 million dollars in bond obligations.
Belinda Forman reported that the portfolios at Central Elementary were audited by the
state department and the results were pleasing. The portfolios are randomly audited
annually. The state has readers that actually read and score the portfolios to see if they
match what the local educators say they scored. In the case of Central the scores posted
by the state auditors were higher than the scores determined by the school and that's
good. Central's score was 74.5 while the state scored the portfolios at 75.4.
She further stated that only seven of the 114 schools
audited had a 90 percent or higher agreement rate. Central had a 91.89 agreement rate and
is one of those seven schools. The state considers a 70 percent agreement rate as good.
She indicated that Central's high score validates the kind of scoring and training Lewis
County is doing with the local teachers.
Forman also reported on the CATS scores. She said that the schools are just now at
mid-point and every school is in a range where they can reach their goals for the year.
The idea is to raise the scores and to reduce the number of novice or low scoring students
and the schools are doing that.
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr. informed the board about viral meningitis in the
schools. Three cases have been reported school wide.
He said that two kinds of meningitis exist. One is serious and the other is not too
serious. The cases in Lewis County are of the non-serious viral variety. Bacterial
meningitis is the serious kind.
Reeder explained how the school system handles such cases. He told the board that the
schools educate the children about meningitis. That education includes teaching good
hygiene, getting the students to wash their hands and to cover their mouths when coughing.
Otherwise, the parents are advised to take their children to their personal physicians.
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Petersville First Church of God
|By Le Ann Kamer
A dreadful fire took the
Petersville First Church of God in September of 201.
The fire was sparked by a lightning strike early in the morning. Firefighters worked
vigorously to save the church, but the fire was out of control.
Soon after the fire, members of the church pulled together to build the church back.
Services are being held in the shelter house that was saved from the fire. Services
have been going on for about a year with different guest speakers.
|Members attend services as strongly as they did before,
with great hope and faith to rebuild their church.
The church was covered with some
insurance, but not enough to pay for the furnishings and parking lot. Donations are needed
to help bring Petersville First Church of God to completion. All donations are welcome.
Contact May Davis at 606-876-2842, Jessie Humphries at 606-849-2991, Danny Blankenship at
606-796-3583, or Bill and Connie Denton at 606-798-2487.
Services are planned to take place in the new building in November.
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