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Copyright 2007,
Paula Franke
Lewis County resolves to recycle
Tuesday, January 1, 2008: With costs rising everywhere we look, Lewis
County is actively addressing one important aspect of modern life: how to
deal with trash.
 In 2007, the county's waste haulers, citing rising costs of fuel and landfill tip
fees, approached fiscal court with a request to raise rates. Magistrates were
hesitant and looked for other ways to reduce the burden.
 With grant monies, the county and school district were able to purchase a
number of recycling trailers, which have been located at every school
(except Laurel) as well as at Big Barn Farm Store in Garrison, Orcutt's
Grocery in Camp Dix, Foodland in Vanceburg and Ron's IGA in Tollesboro.
Lewis County Solid Waste Director John Teager has noted that as public
awareness increases, recycling in the county continues to divert record
amounts of recyclable material from the landfill.
 Teager urges the "Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". Residents can
"Reduce" the amount of garbage by buying fewer disposable items, avoiding
the purchase of over-packaged items, and by reusing and recycling. Teager
suggests that residents have a second trash container available, specifically
for recyclables (items do not have to be separated).
 As a guide, the following items are acceptable:
  • Glass bottles and jars: rinse out, do not break, all glass is acceptable.
  • Newspaper, computer paper, notebook paper, envelopes, paper bags
    and cardboard.
  • Beverage cans and steel food cans: rinse out, labels may remain, food
    can lids should remain attached otherwise discarded.
  • Plastic containers (milk, water, soda pop, detergent/bleach jugs, plastic
    shopping bags and any type of storage bags): empty contents, crush
    when possible, labels may remain.
 Items that cannot be accepted include aerosol cans, paint cans, oil cans,
plastic food bags (unless rinsed clean), oil containers, hazardous material
containers, Styrofoam and wood products. Used oil, however, is accepted at
the county recycling yard on Route 3037 during regular business hours,
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each year the county also
sponsors a week-long collection effort for larger items such as appliances,
junk vehicles, etc., as well as a separate tire collection.
 For more information, contact Teager at 606-796-0624.

Haunted Hotel & Monster Bash
Wednesday, October 24, 2007: Be afraid, be very afraid, Saturday evening in
The city is planning a Haunted Hotel at the George Morgan Thomas Home /
Vanceburg Visitors Center and a Monster Bash outdoor dance at the
Vanceburg Depot parking lot from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.
The hotel will have spooky experiences in every room. The dance, held
across the street from the hotel, will include live music and food.
Admission is free. For more information, call the Visitors Center at 606-796-

Farmers' Market Week cooking contest
Sunday, August 12, 2007: Kentucky's farmers' markets celebrated Kentucky
Farmers' Markets Week  Aug. 4-11, culminating in a cooking contest Saturday
The theme of the week was "Kentucky's Farmers' Markets – Buy local;
everyone wins".
The Lewis County Farmers' Market sponsored a cooking contest using at
least one ingredient from the market in five categories (appetizer, main dish,
vegetable, diabetic and dessert) on Saturday, Aug. 11, from Noon to 2 p.m.
Participants must be at least 18 years old. There's a limit of one entry per
category and the recipe must be submitted with the dish.  Ribbons and prize
money will be awarded in each category: first place $30, second place $20,
and third place $10.
First place winners in each category were: main dish, Leoma Rigdon;
vegetable, Leoma Rigdon; dessert, Betty White; diabetic, Regina Stone; and
appetizer, Marinell Ash.
"We invite all Kentuckians to come out and fellowship with their friends and
neighbors while supporting their local farmers," Agriculture Commissioner
Richie Farmer said. "Locally-grown food is not only good for you, it's good for
our economy by keeping your dollars here at home."
The number of farmers' markets in Kentucky has increased by nearly a third
during the past four years, from 85 at the end of 2003 to 112 this year,
including seven new markets this year.
The Lewis County Farmers' Market, located at the farmers' market shed on
the AA Highway at Vanceburg, is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
from 8 a.m. until sold out. For more information call the Lewis County
Cooperative Extension at 606-796-2732

Women's Center open house
Tuesday, July 31, 2007: After almost a year of deconstruction and
reconstruction, the PrimaryPlus-Women’s Center hosted an open house
celebration on Thursday, August 2, from 4 to 6 p.m.. The event included
refreshments, prizes, tours of the Vanceburg PrimaryPlus campus, plus a
meet and greet with PrimaryPlus medical providers.
In late August of 2006, the decision was made to deconstruct the old women’
s center office space and rebuild (in the same location) to create a newer,
more modern atmosphere for patients. During that time women’s health
nurse practitioner, Gwen Webb, and staff relocated to the family health
building, located in Building A on the PrimaryPlus campus.
Construction began in March for the new site and was completed in June
thanks to Trace Creek Construction headquartered in Vanceburg. The new
women’s center office has three spacious patient rooms, a waiting area, and
also houses dietitian, Martha Parker, and several administrative offices.
“We are a community-minded health organization, serving our local citizens
is part of our founding mission. Therefore, we hope that the community
comes and partakes in the open house celebration of this beautiful new
building,” says Tracy McGuire, Marketing Director of PrimaryPlus.
Lewis County Primary Care Center just recently simplified its name to
PrimaryPlus to help better brand its sites. PrimaryPlus has grown to include
family health sites in Vanceburg, Tollesboro, Flemingsburg and Maysville.
They also operate specialty services in Vanceburg including Women’s
Health, Dental, and Rehab & Fitness, plus OB/GYN services in Maysville and
Flemingsburg. For more information about PrimaryPlus call 606-796-3029 or
visit the website at

Chamber announces Best of the Best for 2007
Monday, July 30 2007: The Lewis County area thrives on great people and
great business! That is why the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce is
sponsoring the third annual "Best of the Best" awards for 2007.
This program recognizes those individuals and businesses which have
helped make Lewis County a wonderful place to live. The Chamber
presented these awards at the Chamber's annual dinner meeting on
Thursday, July 26.
Award winners for 2007 are as follows:
The "Spirit Award for Business Beautification", presented to the business
that has made the best effort to upgrade and beautify its store front/office
property, went to The City of Vanceburg for the restoration work on the
George Morgan Thomas Home/Vanceburg Visitors Center.
"Manufacturer/Industry of the Year", presented to a manufacturer/industry
that has shown commitment to the county by involvement in the creation of
jobs, capital investments and/or endowments, went to Coroplast at Black Oak
Industrial Park
"New Business of the Year", presented to a new business that opened its
doors between January 2006 and the present. The new business needs to
have shown commitment to the county by involvement in the creation of jobs
and capital investments, went to Corner Cupboard Flowers and Gifts in
Vanceburg, owned and oeprated by Beverly Moore.
"Educator of the Year", presented to an individual employed by the Lewis
County School System or who lives in Lewis County and is employed in an
educational capacity at a college/university who supports and encourages
advances in education of Lewis Countians, went to Jerry Bloomfield,
principal at Laurel Elementary School.
"Agribusiness of the Year", presented to the enterprise that represents
outstanding knowledge and understanding of agriculture and its impact on
Lewis County, went to Dee's Greenhouse in Garrison, owned and operated
by Dee Potter.
"Community Organization of the Year", presented to the Lewis County
organization that displays outstanding community support for programs that
benefit the citizens of Lewis County, went to Lending a Helping Hand Food
Pantry in Tollesboro, coordinated by Sue and George Calvert.
"Lewis County Business of the Year", presented to a locally owned business
that has shown support and persistence in working toward improving the
quality of life in Lewis County, went to Custom Impact Graphics/The Sign
Shop at Charters, owned and operated by Jamie Christy.
The "Meriwether Lewis Award", presented to an individual in recognition of
outstanding contributions enhancing the quality of life in Lewis County, went
to Dr. William M. Talley recognizing his long-time support of Lewis County
history and genealogy.

Lewis County man dies in AA Highway
Friday, July 13 2007: A Vanceburg man died Friday morning as a result of a
traffic accident at 8 a.m. Friday, August 13, at the intersection of Ky. Rt. 57
and the AA Highway (Ky. Rt. 9) in Tollesboro.
According to Kentucky State Police, Laura Clark, 38, of Vanceburg, attempted
to cross the AA Highway and pulled into the path of a 2000 Kawasaki
motorcycle, operated by Michael Bivens, 30, of Vanceburg. Bivens, while
wearing a helmet, was unable to avoid colliding with Clark's 2002 Dodge
Durango and was pronounced dead at the scene by Lewis County Coroner
Tony Gaydos,
Clark, while wearing a seatbelt, was not injured, according to KSP. The
accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jeff Lewis, who was
assisted at the scene by Tollesboro Fire Department.

Conservation District seeks tax levy
Tuesday, July 10, 2007: Members of the Lewis County Conservation District
were on hand for Monday's fiscal court meeting, seeking a millage tax to
fund the local conservation district.
Terry Thomas, representing the district, explained that the tax is necessary if
the district is to keep a physical presence in Lewis County.
The US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service
is planning to reduce the number of service centers from 95 to 41 offices by
consolidating counties, in an effort to reduce the cost of leasing space
where workloads are low.
Under the proposal, Lewis County would be merged into a larger district
along with Carter, Greenup and Boyd counties, with the main office located
at Grayson in Carter County.
Thomas pointed out that the local conservation district has provided
significant support to area farmers and landowners, and members of the
court agreed that Lewis County can't afford to lose this office.
With the millage tax, the local district would be able build and operate its
own facility in Lewis County, preserving access to local services currently
The local district is requesting a .029 tax levy on real property.
The court tabled the request until the August meeting while County Attorney
Buddy Lykins Jr. researches the legal procedures involved.

Good Agricultural Practices Program
Monday, June 18, 2007: Worried about the quality of fresh fruit and produce in
the wake of numerous news reports about food-related illnesses such as e-
coli and salmonella?
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, UK Cooperative Extension Service
and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are working together to
assure the safety of Kentucky's food supply and has introduced the
"Kentucky Good Agricultural Practices Program" (GAP) to address these
The program is voluntary and begins with education.
Kentucky growers recently received pamphlets and other information to
introduce them to GAP. A website has been set up where producers can
download a 54-page self-audit workbook and related record-keeping
worksheets. Producers can also download a variety of brochures related to
specific fruit and vegetable production issues.
GAP guidelines cover every step of production from field preparation,
planting, fertilizing, irrigation, pesticide and herbicide applications,
harvesting, storage and distribution, packaging and processing.
Using the materials provided, producers can document the management
practices of their operations and help ensure the production of the safest
food possible.
For more information, visit

USDA program information
now available via email
Wednesday, June 13, 2007: Attention all landowners! You can now receive
program information from your local Conservation District and USDA-Natural
Resources Conservation Service via e-mail!
Programs that will be announced via e-mail include, but are not limited to:
Phase I Tobacco Program, Kentucky Cost Share Program, Environmental
Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, Wetlands
Reserve Program and Conservation Reserve Program. Announcements will
be sent to e-mail recipients when news releases are sent to local news
To take advantage of these e-mail announcements, and to be the first in the
know, simply send an e-mail to or call 606-796-
3831 ext. 3. Be sure to include your name, phone number, and mailing
address. Your e-mail address will be kept confidential, and will only be used
to contact you regarding USDA announcements and official business.

County awards insurance contracts
Tuesday, June 12, 2007: Lewis County Fiscal Court voted unanimously
Monday morning to accept a proposal from KACo (Kentucky Association of
Counties) to provide worker's compensation as well as property and liability
insurance for the county.
The court heard proposals for the worker's compensation insurance, which
comes up for renewal in July, at last month's meeting. KACo had also
provided a proposal for the property and liability insurance, which comes up
for renewal in November.
Tim Perry, representing the current provider, St. Paul Insurance/Ron
Lemaster Insurance, had addressed just the worker's compensation
component at the May meeting and expressed concern that KACo was
presenting a property and liability proposal as well.
At the June meeting, KACo representative Sue Porter told the court that
KACo can provide lower deductibles and higher limits than St. Paul, and
detailed specific line items.
Ron LeMaster responded that St. Paul's worker's compensation should be
the only policy to be determined right now and that property and liability
shouldn't be changed mid-year. He also pointed out that loyalty to local
businesses should be a factor in awarding county contracts.
LeMaster and Porter took turns at the podium to answer magistrates'
Following the vote to accept KACo's proposal, Third District Magistrate Joe
Bentley said that he had thought long and lost sleep over this decision and
noted "by far, this has been the toughest decision" he's had as magistrate.
Bentley said is was a difficult decision but the fiscal court has to do what's
best for the county. He thanked LeMaster for his long-standing relationship
with the county and expressed hope that LeMaster will come back every year
to compete for the contract.
Judge Executive Steve Applegate echoed those sentiments saying, "We
simply trying to do the best we can for the people of Lewis County.".
KACo will pick up the workers' compensation on July 1. The property and
liability will be picked up in November and pro-rated so that both policies will
come due for renewal at the same time in July next year. Applegate said it
would be more efficient if the policies came due at the same time so
decisions could be made before the end of the fiscal year.

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As part of Lewis County's solid waste program, several recycling trailers
have been located throughout the county.