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Rewards offered in burglaries
Rewards are being offered for information on separate burglaries last week at a Lewis County man's home and his business.
Deputy Johnny Bivens said the home of Harry Burriss on Town Branch Road was burglarized Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Bivens said several firearms were taken along with about $300 in currency.
Vandals also broke into Burriss Variety Store on Lexington Avenue in Vanceburg late Friday or early Saturday.
A glass in the front door of the business was broken and the door was forced open.
There was evidence that the burglar or burglars had rummaged through the store although it was not immediately known what may have been taken. Burriss said he does not keep cash on the premises.
Burriss said he did not have either location insured for such occurrences.
The break-in is being investigated by Vanceburg Police Lt. Tom Flannigan.
A $500 reward is being offered in each incident for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Anyone with information should contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office or Vanceburg Police Department.
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Accidents under investigation
Officials are investigating separate accident on the AA Highway resulting in only relatively minor injuries.
The first accident happened Wednesday afternoon on the Grayson Spur and involved a passenger car and a tractor trailer.
The tractor trailer was hauling a cylindrical container of radioactive material. The driver of the rig, which was traveling north on the roadway, said a southbound auto veered into the northbound lane and sideswiped the rig.
The driver's side of the auto sustained moderate damage and the trailer sustained minor damage. The container was not damaged and did not leak.
The roadway was shut down for several hours until the accident scene was cleared.
Departments responding to the accident included the Kentucky State Police, Department of Transportation, Lewis County Sheriff's Department, Lewis County Emergency Management, Vanceburg Fire and Rescue and Garrison Fire and Rescue.
A second accident was reported Friday afternoon and involved one vehicle.
Deputy Dwayne Stone said a 1996 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Brian K. Bonner, 35, of Vanceburg, was traveling west on the AA Highway when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway.
Stone said the vehicle traveled 300 feet, struck a mailbox, traveled 78 feet through the
ditchline, struck a driveway culvert, went airborne for about 42 feet, struck an earth embankment and rolled 54 feet until coming to rest in the ditch.
Stone said Bonner suffered injuries to his back and both lower legs. A 10-year-old passenger was not seriously injured.
Both were taken to Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville by Portsmouth Ambulance.
The accident remains under investigation and Stone was assisted at he scene by Sheriff Bill Lewis, Kentucky State Police and Tollesboro Fire and Rescue.
Stone said seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.
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Replica ship Nina to
The Nina, a replica of Christopher Columbus' favorite ship, will be open for tours in Portsmouth and Maysville as the ship makes its way down the Ohio River.
The ship will be docked in Portsmouth at the Court Street Landing from November 3 until her departure early on November 9. From there it will travel to Maysville where it will be docked at Limestone Landing from November 10 until departure early on November 16.
The ship should pass Vanceburg mid-day November 9.
The public may visit the ship for self-guided tours each day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children four and younger will be admitted free. Reservations are not necessary.
The ship will be available for 30-minute guided tours on some days. Teachers should call the ship directly at 787-421-0402 for information.
The ship, which recently traveled past Vanceburg on her way up the river, was built completely by hand and without the use of any power tools
Archaeology magazine called the ship "the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built." The ship was utilized in the production of the film
1492 starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott.
The ship has been touring continually since 1992 as a sailing museum to educate the public and school children of the "caravel", a type of Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
The ship was built in Bahia, Brazil, by the Columbus Foundation, which is based in the British Virgin Islands.
For more information, visit the website at www.thenina.com
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A tractor drive that had been set for Saturday has been postponed a week due to cool wet weather.
Organizer Jenny Applegate said the inclement weather would likely have made the event less than comfortable for the participants. The drive in now planned for October 29.
Applegate said farm tractors and their drivers will be assembled at the Northern Contours (old show factory) parking lot on Ky. Rt. 8 in Vanceburg and the drive will commence at 10:00 a.m. Saturday.
From there, participants will travel west on Ky. Rt. 8 to Concord, then south on Ky. Rt. 57 to Tollesboro.
There the group will stop at the Tollesboro Lions Club Park for a picnic lunch and some tractor talk.
Following lunch, the caravan will travel east on the AA Highway back to Vanceburg where they will return to the Northern Contours parking lot.
Applegate said there will be a truck to follow the tractors for the 45-mile trek to have fuel available as well as other items participants may want to take along.
Those interested in participating may contact Applegate at 606-796-3567. Participants would have a visible slow moving vehicle sign attached to the tractor.
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