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Lewis County gets funds for road
|Governor Ernie Fletcher announced recently
that Lewis County has received more than $330,000 from the Rural and Secondary Road Fund.
The money will be used specifically for road improvement projects throughout Lewis County.
Commonwealth and the people of Lewis County need a road system that is safe and promotes
economic opportunity for the people of Kentucky," Stated Gov. Fletcher. "I am
proud to announce this award as it will improve the roads the people of Lewis County
travel on each day. All of the funding in this announcement will go toward improving
public roads in Lewis County."
In the past there have been no guarantees that the money would go toward improvements
on county and secondary state roads. By making this disbursement, 100 percent will go
toward improvement on public roads.
|Additionally, Gov. Fletcher created the
Department of Intergovernmental Programs within the Transportation Cabinet in order to
improve communication and work with local elected officials to provide a more fair and
balanced approach to distributing these funds.
"Under the Governor's leadership,
the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is working to improve the infrastructure throughout
the Commonwealth," said Transportation Secretary Maxwell Clay Bailey. "That
includes the more than 59,000 miles of rural and secondary roads across Kentucky."
The money for the Rural Secondary fund comes from collection of the motor fuels tax in
Kentucky. Approximately half of the motor fuels tax is mandated by law to be used
specifically for improvement and maintenance of Kentucky's city streets, county roads and
secondary state roads, including resurfacing of roadways, placing guardrails and making
design changes in areas with a high rate of accidents.
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PSHH raises house for Ronda Wilson
|By David Kreher
from Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust and volunteers from the Glenmary Farm as well as
other volunteers and family joined Ronda Wilson and People's Self-Help Housing employees
in raising a new home for Ronda and her children on October 20 and 21 on Black John Hollow
Starting with only the foundation, the home took shape by noon of the first day as the
floor was installed and the walls were constructed and raised. By the end of the second
day the roof had been completed, windows and doors installed, porches constructed and
siding hung. Permanent financing for the new home is being made possible by a mortgage
with Citizens Deposit Bank & Trust, a mortgage using HUD HOMEbuyer funding through the
Kentucky Housing Corporation and deferred, forgivable funding from the Federal Home Loan
Bank of Cincinnati.
After the tools were put up on the second day everyone gathered to celebrate the
completed work. During that time PSHH drew names for 21 carbon monoxide detectors given
away as the culmination of PSHH's Carbon Monoxide Awareness campaign in memory of Herb
Bloomfield, a lifelong Lewis County resident and victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.
People's Self-Help Housing, Inc. has been providing affordable housing opportunities in
Lewis County since 1982 and has constructed 20 new homes per year in each of the past five
David Kreher/Lewis County Herald
PSHH employee Mitch Tolle and Citizens
Deposit Bank & Trust emplooyee Sonia Shaw cut porch beams on the first morning of the
House Raising Project. The flooring and walls of the new home (shown behind Mitch and
Sonia) were constructed during the first four hours of the project.
PSHH also manages emergency shelter and transitional units and has a
variety of affordable rental opportunities. For more information call 606-796-6333 or stop
by the office on Fairlane Drive. PSHH provides Equal Housing Opportunities.
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|Just as little ghosts and goblins were hitting the streets
in Vanceburg Friday evening to gather some Halloween treats, Deputies Johnny Bivens and
Joe Paul Gilbert were preparing to serve a warrant on a Vanceburg man.
Bivens said the
deputies approached Jackie Flinders, 23, of Vanceburg, on Second Street about 5:00 p.m.
Friday and told him he was under arrest.
Bivens said Flinders fled on foot east on Second Street, up Howe Street and onto Front
Street. He said Flinders then flagged down a motorist and got into the vehicle.
Bivens said Flinders was arrested on the scene, charged with resisting arrest and was
lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
He said the warrant was being served for fourth degree assault on an unrelated
matter. Deputies Bivens and Gilbert were assisted by Larry Smith.
|On Saturday, Deputy Bivens said a routine call turned into
a pursuit on a roadway, a rural road, a log road and finally after a short foot chase in
the woods in southern Lewis County.
Bivens said that on Saturday, he was dispatched to
Ky. Rt. 1068 on a complaint of a vehicle being operated recklessly by a possibly
Bivens said he was traveling west on the roadway when he saw the suspect sitting in the
vehicle on the side of the road. Bivens said he started to turn his cruiser around and the
suspect fled in his vehicle and turned onto Hamilton Branch Road. The suspect then turned
onto a log road and traveled through a wooded area before abandoning his vehicle and
feeling on foot, Bivens said. Bivens said he apprehended the suspect following a short
Bivens said Curtis Bloomfield, 33, of Route 1 Vanceburg, was arrested and charged with
first offense DUI, second degree fleeing and evading police, and expired registration
plates. He was lodged in the Lewis County Detention Center.
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Questions raised on fund raiser
|A fund raising campaign aimed at helping with
legal and medical expenses for a Lewis County native in an Indiana jail came to an abrupt
halt last week when questions were raised concerning the validity of the campaign.
Bill Lewis said he received an anonymous telephone call last Tuesday informing him that
the money raising campaign could be misleading and that the funds raised may be going to
help pay legal fees resulting from felony charges against 19-year-old Michael Walters.
Lewis said the caller advised him that Walters is incarcerated at the Allen County Jail
in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and went into detail on the fund raising campaign as well as the
charges against Walters in Indiana.
Lewis said that based on the information, his office started an effort to collect the
money receptacles that had been placed in area businesses and he also contacted officials
in Fleming and Mason counties, and contacted media in the region to apprise them of the
Lewis said his office had collected some 13 canisters by the weekend and noted that
other canisters had also been collected by Walters' mother, Kay Walters, who had allegedly
initiated the campaign.
He noted that the canisters collected by his office contained little money.
A spokesperson with the Allen County Jail confirmed that an inmate by the name of
Michael Walters was presently being held in the facility under a $10,000 bond, noting that
the inmate had been arrested September 20 and was charged with child molestation.
|The spokesman said the charge is a class B
felony and that the inmate was awaiting a court date on the matter.
An anonymous call
was received at the offices of the Lewis County Herald on Tuesday providing information
similar to that as was given Sheriff Lewis.
Attorney Lloyd Spear, who said he is representing Kay Walters, said that there was no
intent to deceive and no deception in the matter. "Mikey does have legal expenses and
medical expenses," Spear said. "He is recently divorced and his recent legal
problems may have helped lead to some of the medical problems he's having."
Spear said that any of the monies collected were earmarked for obtaining legal and
medical services for Michael Walters. "Some apparently have speculated that the money
would have been used for travel expenses for the family, or even personally," he
added. "That's far from the truth."
Kay Walters initially brought several pages of information concerning the campaign to
the Lewis County Herald and was advised that the information would have to be placed in a
paid advertisement, and to trim her costs on placing an ad she could condense the
information thus making the advertising space and, likewise, her expenses smaller.
The finalized plea appeared last week in The Herald at a cost of $10.
Sheriff Lewis said he is still looking into charges being filed in the matter, possibly
theft by deception, because a detailed explanation for the plea was not noted in the
newspaper plea or on the canisters.
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