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Ground work for success Trotting the trot Paul Benham prides his 18-year-old highlift and trucking business on principles of customer satisfaction, no matter what state the ever-fluctuating economy is in. At Camp Piomingo’s equestrian program, riders of all skill levels are talking the talk and trotting the trot while enjoying the amenities of summer camp. Business, A11 Motocross mayhem Motocross fever is in full effect at the recently revamped dirt track at the Meade County Fairgrounds. Agriculture, A12 The News Standard Meade County's Award-Winning Paper for the People Friday, July 3, 2009 Meade County, Kentucky Sports, B1 55¢ Volume 3, No. 39 Mysterious purple prisms set to catch disastrous beetles 20 Kentucky counties quarantined, state’s wood industry at risk By Laura Saylor Local motorists may have begun noticing peculiar purple prisms hanging from tree branches along Meade County roadways. What have been miscon- ceived as birdhouses or tree placards are actually traps for the emerald ash borer beetle — a shimmering green insect that could wreak havoc on the state’s wood and lumber industry. The beetle — which is native to Asia and first ap- Probable causes named for fire truck accident By Crystal Benham The Meade County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) held a special meeting Monday night during which fire chief Larry Naser revealed the probable causes of the June 8 motor vehicle accident involving engine 42 and five firefighters. On June 23 Naser met with deputy chief Steve Slinger, assistant chiefs Terry Carter and Mike Curl and Central Hardin Fire Chief Everette Roberts to review and analyze the Kentucky State Police (KSP) report findings. Naser’s report included injury mitigating factors, as well as a list of reinforced and new/modified policies for all MCFPD firefighters. “The stated goals were to identify possible causes or contributing factors to this accident, to make recommendations, and to See CAUSES, A5 Fireworks shows begin tonight for Fourth of July By Crystal Benham Millions of Americans will celebrate the great red, white and blue this weekend, with picnics and cookouts and, of course, fireworks. However, fireworks festivities lead to nearly 10,000 injuries nationwide each year, according to the Center of Disease Control, which is why Meade County Fire Protection District Chief Larry Naser said it’s important to always be cautious. Naser said the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display such as those scheduled at Doe Valley, Fort Knox and Corydon, Ind. “Those displays are created by licensed commercial companies who are trained and well insured,” Naser said. He said firefighters are often on hand at the shows, for quick medical response in peared in the United States in 2002 — has destroyed 40 million trees in more than a dozen states and also has been attributed to millions of dollars spent by homeowners who have removed and replaced infected ash trees, according to the University of Kentucky Department of Agriculture. On Monday, 20 Kentucky counties were quarantined uarantined Purple traps hang from local ash trees as the department of agriculture and entomology office try to control the emerald ash borer infestation. as the Kentucky’s Office of the State Entomologist and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture try to control infestation. “It’s important that we act quickly and aggressively to contain the spread of this pest in Kentucky,” said Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. “Kentucky is the See PRISMS,, A5 COURTESY PHOTO Celebrating 233 years of Independence THE NEWS STANDARD/CHARLOTTE FACKLER A bald eagle perches in the highest branches of a tree early this spring in Battletown. National symbol of freedom lives comfortably in tree tops of Meade Co. By Laura Saylor E ven if the Second Continental Congress would have selected the wild turkey — which was strongly considered — over the bald eagle to be the bird depicted in the national emblem, it would still be a prospering resident of Meade County. America’s Founding Fathers selected the bald eagle because it, like the wild turkey, is unique to North America, according to Demetris Summers, faculty member at Morehead University’s Department of History. The bald eagle trumped the turkey, Summers said, because of the bald eagle’s “regal, powerful aesthetics.” “Benjamin Franklin and some others were big fans of the (wild turkey) being the national bird ... but in the end the bald eagle was the bird of the hour,” Summers said. The livelihood of the bald eagle has been tumultuous in America; in the late 1960s it was placed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species list. Summers said pesticides — especially DDT — and hunters were the main human perils to the bird. In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list, though hunting one for any means is still unlawful — even owning a bald eagle feather is illegal, according to Summers. Avian biologist Shawchyi Vorisek said the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is tracking a pair of eagles that nest in Battletown — a prime spot since eagles prefer areas near large bodies of water like the Ohio River. “Over the winter, (Kentucky) is home to anywhere from 150 to over 300 wintering eagles throughout the state,” Vorisek said. “The winter numbers is dependent on the weather, if bodies of water are frozen up north to where they can’t hunt for food, they will move further south in search of open waters.” The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife reports bald eagles have been sighted in 42 counties in Kentucky, and their numbers continue to prosper each year since its extinction scare decades ago. “They are a tenacious creature,” Summers said. “I think our Founding Fathers made a pretty good choice when they decided to make it America’s symbol ... they encompass ideas of strength and freedom.” See FOURTH, A5 Setbacks sprouting with Meade Co. Farmers Market pavilion Katie, left, and Hannah Thomas tend their booth at the farmers market on Tuesday. THE NEWS STANDARD/ LAURA SAYLOR Building may not be open this season as anticipated By Laura Saylor Since the county was first awarded funds for constructing a farmer’s market pavilion in January, some hoped to have the pavilion up and running this season, but those hopes are now beginning to fade. The Meade County Farmer’s Market became incorporated in 2004 and has grown in popularity over the last few years. Presently, the market is held two days a week in the parking lot of the Meade County Extension Service office where vendors set up their produce booths under individuallyowned canopies. In an effort to give the farmer’s market a more substantial home, members of the Meade County Extension District board drafted a proposal to construct a permanent open-air building on extension service property. The proposal describes the project as a 4,800-square-foot pavilion to be located on the extension office campus. See SETBACKS, A9

2009.07.03 The News Standard

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