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Damon Huff, The Ledger Independent

Discussions on a fairness ordinance to protect LGBT residents of Maysville continued at the Maysville Commission on Human Rights meeting on Thursday.

Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign, spoke with the commission about fairness ordinances across the commonwealth.

The Fairness Campaign is Kentucky’s LGBT advocacy organization. According to its website, its primary goal is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and to dismantle systematic racism.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Eric and Michelle Crawford have been traveling to Frankfort for several years trying to gain support from state legislators for the legalization of medical cannabis.

Eric is a quadriplegic who suffers from pain, spasms, glaucoma and other debilitating conditions or symptoms.

“Medical cannabis helps me,” said Eric Crawford.

He realized he needed to do something about medical cannabis being legalized when he visited an optometrist who noticed his glaucoma was getting worse. The doctor didn’t realize that Eric had been taking cannabis before and stopped.

Fleming County Clerk

Fleming County Clerk Jarrod Fritz is celebrating 10 years as an elected official and bringing in $1 million in excess fees.

Fritz was elected to office in 2006 and officially began working in 2007.

“I was in banking before this,” said Fritz. ”I had a growing interest in the county government and I was already interested in the history of the area and the historical documents they had.”

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

More than two dozen decorated Christmas trees will be offered up for bids during the Season of Hope Festival of Trees beginning today at Phillips Folly on Sutton Street.

The event is a fund-raiser for Comprehend and the Women's Crisis Center, organizers said.

David Green of Comprehend said he has attended one in Ashland for the past several years and when Stephanie Gastauer mentioned it to him he was all in.

MCHS students advocate in D.C.

Nov 19, 2017
Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

A group of Mason County High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America students recently visited Washington D.C. in order to advocate for family consumer science funding.

Among the students to visit Washington D.C. were Hannah Applegate, 17, Abigail Spencer, 16, Noah Dunaway, 16, Joshua Coleman, 17, and Olivia O'Hearn, 16.

They were in the nation's capital, Nov. 9-12.

Applegate said FCS is just a newer version of home economics.

Storms, flooding, wind damage hit area

Jul 23, 2017
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Five or more inches of rain in a few hours overnight Saturday into early Sunday took a massive toll on area property, officials said Sunday.

No injuries were reported in Mason County, although a Bracken County man was reported missing after his mobile home was swept away.

In Maysville, a couple escaped their home after they discovered their house had been moved off its foundation by flood water from Lawrence Creek.

According to reports, Tim and Sheila Wheeler were roused from sleep around 2 a.m., Sunday when their home began moving.

The Ledger Independent

A Fleming County man was sentenced Thursday (June 29) in U.S. District Court in connection with the August 2016, drug overdose death of an Augusta woman at a park and ride area near Orangeburg in Mason County.

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Officials have scheduled the dedication of a 1.35 mile hiking trail at Crooked Creek State Nature Preserve with a free guided hike for attendees.

"This will be a great addition to the Crooked Creek Preserve," said Lewis County Judge Executive Todd Ruckel. "The trail will be open to the public during the daytime hours and will offer some of the best views to be found."

Ruckel said the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission (KSNP) is joining Lewis County Fiscal Court for the opening of the trail on the 728 acre preserve.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

A longtime fixture of the Maysville educational scene is closing its doors, officials said recently.

Nativity Montessori School will not open for the fall 2017 school year, according to information sent to parents. Declining enrollment and the inability to attract and keep high-quality support staff.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

After receiving the go-ahead from Mason County and Maysville City commissions earlier this month, local health officials now begin the work to establish a needle exchange program for IV drug users.

The program, more properly known as a syringe access exchange program, will be operated by the Buffalo Trace Health District, Executive Director Allison Adams said.

PC Mag

Officials at the Wendy's corporate headquarters have released locations of stores in cities where hackers may have been able to access customer credit card information.

The Wendy's restaurant on U.S. 62 (formerly US 68) in Maysville is on the list, along with several locations in the Covington, Florence and Cincinnati area.

The Maysville restaurant was apparently impacted for transactions Jan. 13 to June 8 of this year; other locations may have other dates.

The Ledger Independent

The new Fleming County Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brian Springate is settling in.

Springate began his duties as CEO in June and has spent the last few weeks getting to know the staff and starting a strategic plan to work with FCH's sister hospital, Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Maysville has once again been nationally accredited as a Main Street America community, Assistant City Manager Matt Wallingford said Monday.

Gaining accreditation is a year-long process, Wallingford said, with work completed in December for the re-accreditation each year. Receiving the status is a tribute to the Main Street Board, he said.

"The Main Street Board works hard to follow the 10 standards and utilize the four-point approach," Wallingford  said.

"I think it's an honor," he said.

MCTC Considering Name Change

Jun 21, 2016
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Maysville Community and Technical College is considering changing its name to reflect a more regional presence, officials said Tuesday.

"Names have meaning and they are important in how others perceive us," said MCTC President Dr. Stephen Vacik. "Sometimes ... they change in order to better define who and what we are. That does not negate the past or change the essence of someone’s or something’s character."

Vacik said a name change can signify the process of growth and evolution.

"This is the place that we find our college," he said.

Lillie Suburban Newspapers

Lewis County has been approved for emergency funding to repair slippage on Big Cabin Creek Road in Lewis County.

Lewis County Magistrate Terri Thomas said funding was approved this week and work is expected to begin sometime next week by E and E Construction. The estimated cost to repair the roadway is $41,063.

The funding will come from the Department of Rural Municipal Aid, according to Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel.

Thomas said she is unsure how long it will take to complete the work.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

A Fleming County woman is credited with returning a lost steel pedal guitar to singer Vince Gill.

In 2012, Lynda Gilvin traveled to Cincinnati to attend a Vince Gill concert and return to him a steel pedal guitar that once belonged to his band mate, John Hughey.

Hughey was a musician and steel guitar player. During his life, he recorded with several artists, including Conway Twitty, Vince Gill, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and many others.

The Ledger Independent

Most people would have trouble staying positive after a near-fatal car accident, but anyone who has met Shelley Gulley know she's not like most people.

For years, Shelley has been known by friends and family for having a certain...quirkiness. A unique quality that makes her very outgoing, very positive, and above all, very determined.

A graduate of Fleming County High School and Morehead State University, Shelley, 23, is a support broker at Buffalo Trace Area Development District.

The Ledger Independent

Volunteer registration for the Buffalo Soldiers Bike Ride fund-raiser will be Saturday, Feb. 27.

The registration will take place in the Fieldhouse at Mason County High School and will be hosted by the MCHS Col. Charles Young Battalion from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition to needing cyclists to ride the course, volunteers are being sought to help man stations along the route in both Ohio and Kentucky, as well as at the Young cabin, the beginning and ending point of the ride.

The Ledger Independent

Former State Senator Charlie Borders is joining the staff of U.S. Senator Rand Paul as field representative for Northeastern Kentucky area, Paul announced recently.

Borders will be serving as representative territory tha includes tBracken, Mason, Lewis, Greenup, Robertson, Fleming, Carter, Boyd, Bath, Rowan, Elliot, Lawrence, Montgomery, Menifee, and Morgan counties.

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An environmental engineer has been chosen to oversee the removal and clean-up of the old shoe factory building.

SRW, out of northern Kentucky, was chosen during a recent meeting of city council. The next step is to meet with the project manager to get paperwork started before the city can advertise for bids.

Buffalo Trace Area Development District representative Kristie Dodge said there is a three-year timeline on the project, but city officials are planning to have the building removed and the area ready for redevelopment in about two years.

Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

Billie Lofton and her husband, Larry, have honored their late son's memory by giving back to area children at Christmas and this year will be no different.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Lofton's will host the annual B.J.'s Gift of Giving Christmas Party, which makes sure every child in attendance receives a gift and visit with Santa Claus.

The Loftons lost their son, William, who they called B.J., in 1999 at the age of 17.  The family is from Maysville and relocated to Atlanta in 1986.

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

For groups and individuals interested in touring the Columbus Ships, the Nina and Pinta when they dock in Maysville in November, there has been a schedule change.

Originally, the ships were to dock at the Limestone Landing Pier from Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Monday, Nov. 16.

According to Maysville Tourism Director Suzie Pratt, the schedule was shortened by two days due to overbooking of tours during the stop in Ashland.

The ships are scheduled to be in port on Friday, Nov. 13 to Monday, Nov. 16.

Cody Evans, The Ledger Independent

The Mason County community gathered Wednesday evening to remember the victims of a fire that swept through a line of row houses Tuesday morning, just one indication of the overwhelming loss and an equally overwhelming response.

Rotary Park was crowded with people who wished to pay tribute to the mother and her three children and an elderly neighbor who died in the blaze along historic Armstrong Row on West Second Street.

Mason County Teen Drowns in Farm Pond

Oct 22, 2015
The Ledger Independent

A quick dip in a farm pond to cool off on a warm autumn day turned into a tragedy for a Mason County teenager Wednesday.

According to Mason County Coroner David Lawrence, Brandon Tucker, 19, of May's Lick, was working on private property on Hopper Lane, off Kentucky 596, in Germantown, erecting a fence with a group of workers. 

Late in the afternoon, he decided to swim across a large, deep pond on the property, Lawrence said. The teen made it about two-thirds of the way across when he began to yell for help, he said.