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Lewis County has heavy voter
|Of the 9,852 Lewis County voters eligible to
cast their ballots last week, 5,635 (57%) made the effort to get to the polls and do their
In all races except one, Lewis County voters chose the winning candidates.
Numbers were overwhelmingly in favor of George W. Bush for President, Jim Bunning for US
Senator, Geoff Davis for US Congress and "Yes" on the Constitutional Amendment.
While 65 percent of Lewis County voters cast their ballots for Jimmy Lykins for State
Representative, 65 percent of Carter County voters voted for incumbent Robin Webb.
Carter Countians voting in that race totaled 10, 696, while 5, 273 Lewis Countians
voted for one candidate or the other. Overall, Webb won with 55 percent of the vote.
The six incumbent Vanceburg City Council members ran for re-election and, with no
challengers, all of the incumbents will be returning for another two-year term.
The returning members, in order of number of votes, are Angie Patton, Roy Lawson,
Brenda Hester Lykins, Tim Bowden, Ed Taylor and Dorcas Taylor.
Fourth District School Board member Bonnie Jolly and Fifth District member Walter
"Jack" Sapp also went unopposed in their re-election bids.
By write-in vote, voters in the Concord-Mowers precinct chose to return Lovell Polley
as mayor of Kentucky's smallest city. Four City Commissioners were chosen, although a coin
toss was conducted to break a tie to decide on the fourth member of the commission.
Slusher/Lewis County Herald
Deputy Joe Paul Gilbert tosses a coin
Saturday morning to determine who will serve on the Concord City Commission, following a
tie last week in the election.
The four commissioners are Jerry Walker, Anthony Monroe, Sheila Walker and Chris
Dixon. Chris Dixon and Lillie Monroe had tied for the fourth position.
County Clerk Shirley Hinton said the coin toss was conducted Saturday morning in her
office. Since the candidates were not present, Hinton stood in for Lillie Monroe and
Charles Hall stood in for Chris Dixon. Deputy Joe Paul Gilbert tossed the coin and, with
Hall calling "heads", Dixon was named as the fourth member to the commission.
Hinton said that although turnout was heavy, there were no serious problems reported at
any of the precincts.
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Council hears right-of-way dispute
|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session last week the Vanceburg City Council heard a complaint from two residents
regarding interference of the right-of-way on Henderson Street.
Keith Lewis presented pictures to Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper and the
members of the City Council showing where another neighbor has placed some logs in one
location and staked down a concrete block in another corner to keep drivers off his
Lewis and Bill Jordan alleged that the obstacles are on the city right-of-way and make
getting to their homes difficult.
Lewis said a fire truck could not get through if it had to go up that street.
Jordan said he hoped that the matter could be peaceably settled.
Cooper said the city would determine the exact boundaries of the properties and the
citys right-of-way, and if the obstacles were on the right-of-way they would have to
be moved back onto owner's property at the property line.
The property owner was not at the meeting to comment about the situation.
The council gave first reading to an ordinance mandated by the state regarding flood
damage control in the city.
It also gave first reading to an ordinance approving entry of the city into an
agreement to form and operate a countywide Planning Commission in conjunction with the
town of Concord and the Lewis County Fiscal Court.
City Attorney E.V. Holder Jr. said that years ago he bitterly opposed such a commission
but after attending a seminar on the subject he has changed his mind.
One of the men conducting the seminar asked if the people had a poultry farm coming
into their community where would they want it.
Holder said that on a recent trip to Alabama he passed a poultry farm, and now he knows
what the man was talking about.
He said the Planning Commission is necessary for the protection of property.
Holder told the council that the Kentucky General Assembly, the Kentucky Organization
of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities are really pushing planning commissions.
He added, "It's something that is desperately needed to be done in Lewis County,
and that's my editorial opinion."
Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
Neighbors registered a complaint with
Vanceburg City Council about these logs and rocks placed on the edge of a property on
Fairlane Drive, placed there by a another neighbor attempting to protect his yard from
damage by drivers.
Cooper said that the commission would have seven members. One of them will represent
Concord, and two will be appointed by the City of Vanceburg.
Holder then updated the council on the annexation request made by the management of the
Vanceburg Senior Apartments on Route 59. He said that he has notified the management that
the actual owner of the property has to submit a written request to be voluntarily
annexed, and that he has also contacted the owners to inform them that he would prepare
all the necessary forms and make the proper arrangements if desired. No action on the
matter was required.
Holder then gave first reading to an ordinance amending the employment and compensation
schedule for city employees. It grants salary increases to members of the Vanceburg Police
Cooper clarified that new recruits would have to undergo training and become certified
before they could receive the benefits all city employees enjoy. He explained that the
policy is necessary because the city would invest a lot of money in hiring an officer that
would be wasted if the recruit did not pass muster for certification. He also emphasized,
however, that as soon as the recruit became certified he or she would immediately receive
the same benefits as all other city workers.
First reading was also given to a companion ordinance regarding a utility worker who
will be in charge of renovating the old Commercial Hotel. The worker will be paid $14.00
per hour with federal funds unless he wants to charge tool rental for the use of his
tools. Then he would be paid his regular salary plus $2.00 per hour for tool rental.
The amendment also authorizes the mayor to negotiate the salary of any part-time
construction worker not to exceed $12.00 per hour.
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Sealant program to help preserve
|Once again the Lewis County Primary Care Center, Lewis
County Board of Education, the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and the
Kentucky Department of Public Health Oral Health Program teamed up to keep the children of
Lewis County Smiling Healthy.
On October 18 and 19 the University College of Dentistry
and affiliates were at Lewis County Middle School to conduct their free dental sealant
program. Dr. James Cecil and Dr. Raynor Mullins, dentists at the University of Kentucky
School of Dentistry, accompanied by 15 dental students utilizing seven workstations,
worked diligently for a day and a half to examine, seal, and educate the children on
proper dental hygiene.
The "Seal Kentucky" program was first brought to Lewis County in the fall of
last year and proved to be very successful. This year approximately 124 children from
Garrison Elementary, Central Elementary, and Central Middle School were seen with over 369
teeth being sealed. The students of the other schools in the Lewis County School System
will receive sealants later in the year from local dentists and the Lewis County Health
The "Seal Kentucky" program is conducted statewide and throughout the course
of a year examines over 2,000 children. With the past and present success of the program,
Lewis County Primary Care Center and the Lewis County Board of Education plan to work hard
to keep the program coming back to the area year after year.
Kevin Duff of the Lewis County Board of Education states, "We support the program
because we feel that students benefit from the sealant. The program improves their health
which increases their chances of success."
A dental sealant is a plastic coating that protects the chewing surfaces of the back
teeth, helping to prevent cavities. Research shows that dental sealants are currently the
most effective method to prevent cavities. The examinations are painless and require no
drilling or shots.
|Seeing the smiles on the majority of the children's faces
after having sealants proved that they were painless or maybe it was the goody bag they
received after their examination was complete that kept them smiling! Whichever the case
may be it was an honor to have the opportunity to help these children.
To thank the
children for their good behavior and participation, each child's name was entered into a
drawing for a chance to win a University of Kentucky basketball autographed by Tubby
Smith. The winner was Central Elementary's Hailey Dyer.
It has been another successful year for the dental sealant program. Everyone involved
played an instrumental role in getting the program underway.
Lori Holder, the Health Educator for Lewis County Primary Care Center, stated "The
University of Kentucky; Lewis County Primary Care Center; Lewis County Health Department;
Sheila Arnett, DMD of Lewis County Family Dental Clinic; Ron Mays, DMD; John O'Cull, DMD;
Lewis County schools; students; and their parents have all worked together to make the
dental sealant program successful and bring better dental health to our children.
Also, we appreciate Jean Watson, Leanne Bryant and Sami Parker who played an important
role in making these two days run smoothly. I am thrilled to be part of this program and
hope to have it return every year."
Keeping the children of Lewis County healthy and smiling is our goal and all involved
are working to get the program coming back year after year. Thanks again to all those
involved, your time and support is appreciated. Remember to watch for update regarding the
dental sealants for the rest of the schools in the school systems.
If you have any questions regarding the program please contact Lori Holder at
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Brown/Lewis County Herald
Poll worker Lovell Polley looks on as
Sheriff Bill Lewis and Election Commissioner Dewayna Adams count up write-in votes for the
Ashley Logan/Lewis County Herald
Workers with Brown County Construction
made repairs to Main Street in Vanceburg last week. The repairs stem from buried gasoline
tanks removed several years ago, and years of testing to ensure there is no contamination
to the soil.
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