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Magistrates deadlock on insurance
|By Al Owens
Meeting last Monday in
the second recessed session of November the Lewis County Fiscal Court came to a tie vote
on the selection of property liability and workers compensation insurance for the county.
County Judge Executive Steve Applegate moved to accept the offer from KACo based on the
$34,507.75 lower cost for total coverage.
St. Paul Insurance Company represented by Ron LeMaster Insurance and KACo with
representative Sue Porter from Lexington are competing for the business.
After the deadlock both companies agreed to continue the current coverage until the
court can resolve the issue. At present St. Paul provides the property liability insurance
and KACo the workers comp coverage.
County Attorney Clayton "Buddy" Lykins Jr. told the court that his job was to
make sure the county has insurance, and if the court can't come to some agreement to
provide coverage he would have to take non-adversarial action by filing a declaratory
action lawsuit in Circuit Court. He wasn't sure what kind of ruling the Circuit Court
Judge would make.
First District Magistrate Milt Stanfield joined Applegate with a yes vote. Second
District Magistrate Todd Ruckel and Third District Magistrate Keith Chapman voted against
Applegate's motion to accept the offer from KACo.
|Chapman voiced concern over the lack of
KACo's net worth saying that St. Paul Insurance has a net worth over $800 million while
KACo can claim a worth of only $135,000. He added that if the court went with KACo they
would not be buying insurance and would even be assuming part of their own risk.
said, "If the Insurance Commission of the state of Kentucky was regulating KACo they
wouldn't even allow them to do business in Kentucky."
Ruckel, who has been in the insurance business for 12 years, added that the definition
of insurance is "the transfer of risk", and KACo has no rating whatsoever.
He added that when he listed the pros and cons of each company the only pro for KACo
was that it is less expensive. The other company had a list of about 10 pros.
Stanfield sided with the Judge Executive on the lower cost. He said, "I feel if
KACo is good enough for 110 or 112 counties it would be good enough for Lewis
Applegate said, "I just think we need to save money any way we can." He also
stated that Lewis County is surrounded by counties using KACo for their insurance
After the discussion and move to maintain current insurance coverage until the issue is
settled the court adjourned until its next regular session at 9:30 a.m., on Monday,
December 13, in the third floor courtroom of the Lewis County Courthouse.
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LCFHC welcomes eye doctor to
|As always the Lewis County Primary Care
Center and its entities, including the Lewis County Family Health Center, has a mission to
provide Lewis and surrounding counties with the most affordable, advanced family
Within the last couple of years LCPCC has teamed up with several
outstanding medical providers throughout the Northeastern Kentucky region to bring new
services close to home. Some of these specialties include MRI, mammography, pediatric
care, physical therapy, a dietician, a cardiologist, a psychologist, just recently an
endocrinologist, and now an optometrist.
Because of a strong working relationship with Dr. Bryan Prater with the Eyecare Network
in Maysville, LCPCC able to jointly continue with a mission of providing qualitative and
affordable services for this area. As a result, Austin Lifferth, OD, will be providing eye
care services to Lewis County Family Health Center on Fridays in building C of the LCPCC
"It is with great excitement that once again we are able to provide Lewis
Countians with a needed service close to home. Dr. Bryan Prater, Dr. Austin Lifferth, and
the staff of the Eyecare Network represent superior service and it is a privilege to have
them work with us to provide quality eye care," stated Jerry Ugrin, CEO of LCPCC.
Dr. Lifferth is a 1999 graduate of Indiana University where he graduated with a
bachelor's degree in optometry. After the completion of his degree he continued his
studies at the Indiana University School of Optometry, which he graduated from in 2003.
With a successful future ahead of him, the graduate completed an intensive ocular disease
residency at the VA Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia. During this year-long residency
he focused on diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
In July of 2004 Dr. Lifferth moved to Maysville with his wife and three
"wonderful, beautiful, and intelligent children" (as he commented) and joined
Dr. Bryan Prater and the staff of the Eyecare Network.
Lifferth, OD, will provide eye care services to Lewis County Family Health Center on
Dr. Prater, owner of the Eyecare Network, comments that, "Dr. Lifferth is an
intelligent, vibrant individual who is well received by patients -- it is wonderful to
have him on our staff as well as be able to share his talent and services with Lewis
"It is our goal to help meet the eye care needs of this community," explains
Through this joint venture, Dr. Lifferth will be offering routine eye exams at LCPCC
for all ages, but also wants to place a focus on medical eye problems like glaucoma,
cataracts, and diabetes, which is one of the most prevalent diseases in our area. Did you
know that is recommended that diabetics should have an eye exam at least once a year?
Dr. Lifferth will be in Vanceburg on Fridays at the Lewis County Family Health Center
(Building C). If you would like an appointment please call 606-796-3660 for an
appointment. For questions regarding billing or a list of additional services contact the
Eye Care Network at 606-759-5341.
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301st Chemical Company deployed
|By Paula Franke
A standing room only crowd was
on hand Sunday morning at Mason County Middle School to support members of the Kentucky
National Guard's 301st Chemical Smoke/Decon unit, based in Maysville, as they are deployed
to the Middle East.
The 301st is attached to the 940th Military Police and will provide security and
protection for military personnel in Iraq. Lewis County members of the 301st who deployed
Sunday morning were Staff Sergeant Carlos Farler, Spec 4 John Hardymon, Spec 4 Michael
Moran and Spec 4 Kelly Stone.
The four Guardsmen will join other Lewis County soldiers, airmen and Marines currently
serving in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.
A troop support group, the Family Readiness Group, is in place with June Farler of
Tollesboro as president. Anyone wanting to help support our local troops may contact her
Paula Franke/Lewis County
The Kentucky National Guard 301st Chemical
Smoke/Decon Company was deployed Sunday morning.
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Unemployment down in Lewis County
|Unemployment rates decreased in 101 Kentucky
counties between October 2003 and October 2004, rose in 17 and remained the same in
Livingston and Scott counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training
in the Education Cabinet.
In October 2004, three counties had jobless rates at or above
10 percent, and 10 counties recorded double-digit rates in October 2003. Woodford County's
2.5 percent jobless rate was the lowest in the commonwealth.
Other low rates were recorded in Oldham County, 2.6 percent; Metcalfe County, 2.7
percent; Menifee County, 2.8 percent; Anderson, Barren, Jessamine and Trigg counties, 2.9
percent each; and Fayette and Monroe counties, 3 percent each.
|Magoffin County recorded the state's highest
unemployment rate - 12.9 percent. It was followed by Elliott County, 12.7 percent; Carter
County, 10.3 percent; Lewis County, 9.3 percent; Morgan County, 8.3 percent; Fulton
County, 8.2 percent; Allen County, 7.9 percent; McCreary County, 7.8 percent; Wolfe
County, 7.6 percent; and Graves, Mason and Muhlenberg counties, 7.3 percent each.
statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually
to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and
unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed
Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.
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