The Ledger Independent

Exhibit highlights everyday tools of the past

Jan 24, 2021
Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

A new exhibit highlighting teacups and tool sets used in the 1800s and early 1900s is on display at the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

On the second floor of the Wormald Gallery are several items that give guests a glimpse of how life used to be. The pieces include tea sets, farm equipment, medical equipment and much more.

Special Exhibits Curator Marla Toncray said the exhibit is about showing what men and women would use in their daily lives.

Medical cannabis bill filed in Kentucky Senate

Jan 24, 2021

A Senate bill to legalize the use of medical cannabis in Kentucky has been filed.

Senate Bill 92 would make the recommendation of medical marijuana use by a practitioner, as well as the acquisition, cultivation, blending, delivery, distribution, manufacturing, manipulation, packaging for sale, preparation, possession, sale, testing, transportation, and transfer of it, legal.

Patients receiving medical cannabis would be issued a card stating they are allowed to do so at the recommendation of a physician.

Kentucky Sen. Steve West filed the bill.

Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

Donations for a city drug dog have come in from an unexpected source.

When Vanceburg Mayor Dane Blankenship put out a request for donations for the dog, he expected money to come from businesses or residents eager to help. What he did not expect, however, was a group of children to donate their savings.

Adam, Helen, Amelia, Katherine, Thomas, Patrick, Caroline and James are siblings who live in Lewis County. They had been saving their money to buy a swing set for their yard when they learned the city was trying to raise the money for a drug dog.

Fleming man publishes Christmas book

Jan 3, 2021
The Ledger-Independent

A local man recently released a book called Silas in the Old Barn: A Christmas Tale.

The story, written by James Colgan of Flemingsburg, is a story about a scruffy tabby cat named Silas that wanders into an old barn.

In the barn, the cat discovers a young couple and their newborn baby. Silas climbs into the baby’s crib and helps to calm the child. During the night, the cat meets many strangers who come to visit the baby and eventually leaves a magical gift with the new mother before departing.

Soccer Blade

With the future of sports in limbo, so are some coaching contracts for the next school year.

Upon recommendations and guidance regarding next school year’s athletic programs from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, extra-pay letters of non-renewals have been sent in some school districts.

Colemire chosen as interim MCPL director

May 17, 2020
The Ledger Independent

Alexa Colemire has been named interim director of the Mason County Public Library.

Colemire will be filling the position recently vacated by Director Steve Parrott, according to MCPL Board of Trustees President David Hord.

Hord said Colemire, who has been with the library for five years, was selected as interim director after Parrott announced his tentative resignation in March.

Wine and dash groups raising spirits

May 3, 2020
The Ledger Independent

Several groups of women in the local area have been leaving gifts, notes and drinks for others in order to lift their spirits.

Baskets filled with drinks, snacks and other gifts have been appearing on the porches of women throughout the local area.

The baskets are the result of three local groups working to spread cheer in a dark time.

It started with a group called Wine and Friends: Maysville Area, which was formed by three women who wanted to lift the spirits of the women in Maysville.


Kentucky schools will remain closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear made the recommendation on a call to the superintendents on Monday.

Beshear said he understands it is difficult for parents and educators, but the decision had to be made.

Six recover from COVID-19 in Mason

Apr 22, 2020

All six individuals who contracted COVID-19 in Mason County have recovered.

Buffalo Trace Health Department Director Allison Adams said there are no new active cases in Mason County. However, she wants everyone to remember that it is important to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Weddings, birthdays adapt to pandemic

Apr 14, 2020
Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

Due to concerns over COVID-19, many families have had to make changes to celebrations such as birthday parties and weddings.

Sarah Adkins, a Fleming County resident, said she had to hold a wedding ceremony without her family in attendance.

Adkins said she and her now husband were planning to marry on March 28. Nearly 200 guests had been invited to attend. However, that started to change when social distancing orders went into effect.

Jonathan Wright, The Ledger Independent

The grand opening for the Mason County Farmers Market’s winter market began Saturday morning in the Old Washington meeting house.

Andy and Tracy Hosfelt, co-chairs of the Mason County Farmers Market, said this is the first year in market history that a winter market has been held.

Several vendors set up at the grand opening, selling a variety of products to customers seeking locally produced goods. Among the products sold on Saturday were beef and pork products, produce and baked goods.

Jonathan Wright, The Ledger Independent

Lewis County was recently awarded $495,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds that will be used to renovate and repair the Firebrick Volunteer Fire Department.

Sarah Dunahoo, commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Local Government appeared at the Lewis County Fiscal Courtroom to make the announcement, emphasizing the importance of upkeeping vital facilities that serve the community.

MCMS student opens pet blessing box

Oct 27, 2019
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Mason County residents who are in need of food for their pets will now be able to find help at the “Pet Blessing Box” located in the parking lot of the YMCA.

Dylan Reed, a seventh grade at MCMS, said the idea for the box came to him because he understands there are a lot of families who are unable to afford food for their pets.

“We thought if a family can’t buy food for themselves, we would relieve the burdens of them having to feed their pets,” he said. “This is a way to help families who may be unable to feed their animals.”

Veteran returns from trail journey

Nov 11, 2018
Christy Howell-Hoots, The Ledger Independent

Just in time for Veteran’s Day, one former Marine returned home after walking the Appalachian Trail in order to bring awareness to the 22 military veterans who commit suicide everyday.

On Sunday, Eddie Arendell, a veteran from Maysville, stood along West Second Street, surrounded by family, a pack on his back with an American Flag sticking out. In the months since he left, he has grown a much longer beard.

Arendell left Maysville on June 4 to travel to Maine, where he began his journey at the top of Mount Katahdin. He ended in Springer Mountain in Georgia.

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.