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UK dental teams visit Lewis County
|On Monday, October 27, a large cargo truck
and two 15-passenger vans with University of Kentucky logos pulled in the Lewis County
Middle School parking lot.
The 23 team members from the UK College of Dentistry took to
the court of the LCMS gym with as much ease as Tubby's crew.
The five members of the dental faculty, a dental hygienist, and two staff members were
accompanied by 15 first-year dental students. As part of the "Seal Kentucky
Program" they came to Lewis County to apply sealants to the teeth of students at LCMS
and Central Elementary.
David Bolt, of Lewis County Primary Care Center and one of the organizers of the
program, stated: "This is a continuing part of the community partnership to help
reduce tooth decay among the children of Lewis County."
The partnership includes Lewis County Board of Education, Lewis County Primary Care
Center, the Kentucky Department of Public Health's Oral Health Program, the local health
department and the UK Department of Dentistry.
"Two years ago the College of Dentistry helped us put numbers to the oral health
problems our school health nurse identified," Bolt said. "When we talked with
Mr. Reeder, the principals and the board were very supportive. As Mr. Reeder said, 'a
child in pain can't learn'.
|As a result of the oral health survey
completed by the college for the board of education and Lewis County Primary Care Center,
a dental clinic was established at the Vanceburg location of Lewis County Primary Care
More importantly, Dr. James Cecil, a UK College of Dentistry faculty
member and director of the Kentucky Department of Public Health's Oral Health Program,
provided funding to the Lewis County Health Department in January of this year to purchase
portable equipment to start a sealant program in the county. The program will involve
local dentists, Dr. John O'Cull, Dr. Ron Mays and Dr. Sheila Arnett, with Lewis County
Primary Care Center.
The College of Dentistry team came to Lewis County to kick off the local sealant
program. It was a very well organized effort.
The college has seven portable dental units. All of these were set up in the LCMS gym.
Two dental school students were at each portable chair screening students. The five
faulty dentists and hygienist oversaw every step.
After sixth grade students were seen, elementary students from Central were bussed in
for screening and application of sealants.
In a day and a half, actually about eight hours, more than 111 students had 551 teeth
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Soybean extruder is funded
|By Paula Franke
market for soybean producers is now available in Tollesboro.
The State Agricultural Development Board held a check presentation for SOYX, LLC last
Wednesday at Rip's Grainery in Lewis County.
SOYX, LLC (Jim and Jennifer Meadows of Tollesboro and Rick and Donna Lowe of
Flemingsburg) was awarded $112,000 in Lewis and $227,385 in Fleming County Agricultural
Development Funds to develop a soybean extrusion business in Lewis County. On hand for the
presentation were State Senator Charlie Borders and State Representatives Robin Webb and
Mike Denham, as well as a number of area farmers who had the opportunity to watch the
extruder in operation.
The facility will benefit regional soybean producers by providing a local market for
soybeans. The extruder extracts soy oil and then produces meal, which provides an
alternative feed source for area dairy producers and other livestock owners.
Lewis County Agriculture Extension Agent Richard Bowling pointed out that soybean
planting intentions in Lewis County have about doubled since the extruder project was
proposed about two years ago. He also noted that corn acreage has not decreased,
indicating that the increase in soybean acreage has not been at the expense of existing
Kentucky's Legislature has made a historic effort to diversify away from tobacco
production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's
Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
On hand for an Agricultural Board check presentation
for SOYX, LLC, in Tollesboro last week were, left to right, State Rep. Mike Denham, State
Sen. Charlie Borders, State Rep. Robin Webb, and SOYX, LLC, partners Jim and Jennifer
Meadows of Tollesboro and Rick and Donna Lowe of Flemingsburg.
Paula Franke/Lewis County Herald
A new market for soybeans is now available at Rip's
Grainery in Tollesboro, where soybeans are processed through this extruder to produce oil
To date Kentucky has invested over $152 million to an array of county, regional, and
state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based
The SOYX project represents just one of the over 1,300 projects that have been funded
through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
For more information regarding this project, contact Jim Meadows with SOYX, LLC at
The State Agricultural Development Board also recently delivered $150,900 in support of
diversification cost-share programs in Lewis County.
The Agricultural Diversification program provides cost-share assistance with individual
producers in Lewis County seeking to diversify production. The agricultural
diversification program includes: commercial vegetable and herb production, commercial
fruit and sweet sorghum production, equine production, direct-to-consumer livestock
production, dairy production, small animal production, commercial aquaculture, commercial
silviculture, commercial ornamental horticultural production, and greenhouse construction
or conversion for horticultural enterprises.
The Cattle Handling Facilities program provides cost-share assistance with individual
beef and dairy producers in Lewis County to implement best management and health practices
that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities.
For more information about the sign-up period and criteria for the program contact
Stephen Miller with Buffalo Trace Area Development District at 606-564-6894. To learn more
about available model cost-share and loan programs contact the Governor's Office of
Agricultural Policy at 502-564-4627.
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PSHH Blitz Build in Garrison
|"I can't believe all this is really happening"
Jackie Rigsby, a 75 year old widow of Garrison said Friday, October 24, at the dedication
ceremony and open house of a new home that had been constructed for her in just one week
by employees of People's Self-Help Housing, Inc. and Citizen's Deposit Bank & Trust.
door to her new home stood the old house that had been in the Rigsby family for years and
the place Mrs. Rigsby had called home for the past 12 years.
"The old house has been remodeled so many times there's very little left of the
original house" Mrs. Rigsby stated.
Living on a very limited fixed income, Mrs. Rigsby sought assistance to repair rotting
floors, replace drafty old windows and doors and to repair persistent plumbing problems.
She was advised that it would be too costly to make the needed repairs given the overall
condition of the old house.
Last winter, a slip on an icy sidewalk led to a badly broken ankle and confined Mrs.
Rigsby to a wheelchair for six weeks. She also had to contend with last winter's ice
storm, which left her without water and electricity for nearly two weeks. Her waterlines
froze and broke twice during the winter and her septic line separated under the rotted
Jackie closed off most of the rooms in her home during cold weather, camping out in the
two remaining rooms and still ended up with heating bills between $300 to $400, leaving
little income to buy groceries and medicine.
In early spring, Mrs. Rigsby contacted People's Self-Help Housing to see what, if
anything, could be done. Dave Kreher, Executive Director of People's Self-Help Housing met
with Mrs. Rigsby at her home and after assessing the situation told her about the many
programs available to assist her in having a new, safe, energy-efficient and low
maintenance home built to replace her old home.
After reviewing the options, Mr. Kreher decided on the program that best fit Mrs.
Rigsby's situation. Permanent financing for the home consists of a 20-year mortgage with
Citizen's Deposit Bank & Trust at a fixed interest rate of 4.99% and a monthly house
payment of $157.00. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati's Affordable Housing Program
is providing the remainder of the permanent financing with a five year forgivable loan.
Construction financing was made possible with proceeds from HUD's HOME Program.
Once a year PSHH builds a new home in a week to call attention to the fact that help
for safe, decent housing is indeed available and to showcase the skilled construction
crews of PSHH that build quality homes every day of the year.
|Since 1982, PSHH crews have constructed 190 new homes in
Lewis County and have repaired or rehabilitated over 400 homes. They have also developed
five emergency shelter units, 27 transitional housing units and 55 affordable rental units
throughout the area.
"This is about the many families in the area living in
substandard housing with a limited income, if you call that living," Dave Kreher said
at the dedication. "They need to realize that affording a new home can happen. There
is help available so that you don't have to spend most of your income on heating bills or
Building the new home in a week called attention to the plight of low-income neighbors
and the willingness to help in a rural community. PSHH and CDB&T employees were
assisted in the building by local volunteers and volunteers from Notre Dame University,
Villanova University and Mt. St. Mary's College. In all, nearly 100 people participated in
completing the project.
Lewis County Judge Executive Steve Applegate welcomed guests to the dedication. Melissa
Dallas, Vice-President of Public Affairs of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati spoke
of the help available to low-income citizens through the Federal Home Loan Bank as being a
well kept secret. "Folks don't realize we have help available to make housing
affordable" Ms. Dallas stated.
Steve Mineer, CEO & President of Citizen's Deposit Bank & Trust also lauded
those who worked together to complete the project and reiterated CDB&T's commitment to
the local community. Six CDB&T employees assisted in the construction of the home.
Marilyn Mason, field representative for Congressman Ken Lucas also spoke of his commitment
to providing affordable housing in his district. State Senator Charlie Borders and
Representative Robin Webb were unable to attend but sent their congratulations and regards
to Mrs. Rigsby.
After the ceremony and open house, Mrs. Rigsby just sat for awhile in her new home
letting all that had happened in one week sink in. This winter, there won't be any worries
about cold drafts, high heating bills and broken water pipes.
And there will be money left to buy some hummingbird wallpaper borders.
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Rescue workers used the jaws of Life to free an
occupant of the station wagon, above left, following a two-vehicle accident, also
involving the pickup truck, above right, late Sunday afternoon on the AA Highway at Willim
Branch. The highway was blocked for about an hour and traffic was backed up almost two
miles. No details of the accident were made available by presstime.
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