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Messenger year in review
January-June 2008

Former county ordinance officer Hank Schaffner was relieved of his duties Dec. 31 by county Judge Executive Harry Craycroft.

Fort Lewis, Wash., and I Corps Deputy Commanding Brig. Gen. Donald Campbell assumed command of Fort Knox in ceremonies Jan. 7. He arrived at the base at a busy time, especially as the Base Realignment and Closure process is well underway.

A youth town hall meeting, a gathering designed to hear straight from the youth what they would like from their community and church, was held Jan. 12. Planners encouraged youth to attend another forum.

Three Meade County High School alumni were inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. In a brief ceremony Jan. 18, Roger Cross, Class of 1970, Mark McMahan, Class of 1981, and John DeVries, Class of 1985, received their awards from principal Bill Adams.

A locally-formed and registered LLC in Kentucky, Meade County Energy, has joined with AgriFuels to accomplish the goal of building an ethanol plant at the industrial park. Land was sold for $17,000 per acre, or a total of $1,774.90 for the 104.41-acre parcel.

An Indiana firm, Koetter, was awarded the bid for architectural, engineering, construction and management services for a “turnkey” fire station for the Meade County Fire Protection District.

Area firefighters were on the scene of a veneer plant fire at Norstam in Mauckport, Ind. The firm is a leader in the manufacture of hardwood veneers and lumber products.

An F-1 tornado struck Brandenburg in early February, leaving behind a swath of destruction, but remarkably, no injuries. Areas hardest hit included Hwy 79 in the Midway area, between Old State Road and Broadway and extensive tree damage in the vicinity of Happy Ridge, Wood Dale and Maple Grove Drive.

Residents in Muldraugh will have an additional bite taken out of their paycheck, but the resultant hike will mean police protection will continue. An increase in the insurance premiums tax was approved in a 3-2 council vote.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency will make disaster relief funding available due to the tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from storms which struck Feb. 5 and 6. The federal disaster was requested by Gov. Steve Beshear after personally assessing the damage in several of the stricken counties, including Meade.

Both the Lady Waves and Greenwaves captured the 11th District basketball championships in great fashion. The Lady Waves defeated Hancock County with a 61-29 victory and the Greenwaves defeated Breckinridge County 55-42.

Meade County’s proposed comprehensive plan, a guide to the area’s future growth and development, won’t discourage residential development within one mile of Fort Knox, steering committee members informally agreed. County Judge Executive Harry Craycroft indicated the only plan which Fiscal Court members would likely endorse would be without the buffer designation.

County officials plan on using the funds from the sale of industrial park land, with $41 million of the total amount being used for the park’s debt, and the remaining $774,000 to be used for the Riverport Access Road.

Bruce Caster was named the 2007 Fair Person of the Year by Meade County Fair Board manager David Pace. Caster helps set up, tear down, provide equipment and has branched out to help with other events at the fair.

Meade and Breckinridge county officials tangled over a waterline extension which would run through a small portion of Breckinridge County. Meade County officials were working with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development to put the finishing touches on a grant for the proposed west-county water project.

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo was the guest of honor and featured speaker at the annual awards dinner and installation of officers hosted by the Meade County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mongiardo touched on the high cost of health care, the adventure tourism initiative, BRAC and the casino gaming amendment.

Between three and four inches of rain fell April 3 and 4, causing flooding damage around a house in Midway and bringing waterfalls, such as one along U.S. 31W near Muldraugh. Doe Run was flooded in the area typically used for weddings and access on Scott Hill Road was hampered by high water.

Meade County schools will not be required to make up the three instructional days lost in the aftermath of the Feb. 5 tornado, superintendent of schools Mitch Crump announced. With these three emergency days, granted the last day of school will be June 4 and graduation June 6.

An early morning tremor caught county residents unaware April 17. The event measured a 5.2 on the Richter scale, but county emergency services director Ron Dodson wasn’t made aware of any major damage locally from the incident, which occurred at 5:37 a.m.

Five Meade County students were selected as “OK” kids by the Optimist Club. The club searched for children in the community whose accomplishments, attitudes or efforts made them positive role models for their peers. Honored were Halle Mullenix, Tray Powers, Rachel Harreld, Bobby Rogers and Whitney Pack.

The Lady Waves were named the #1 seed in the district tournament, after they claimed victories over Hancock and Breckinridge counties. These wins guaranteed the team a trip to the regional tournament.

An option for about 400 acres of land at the industrial park site was extended for another 90 days by the Meade County/Brandenburg Industrial Development Authority. The undisclosed firm was expected to pay $25,000 per acre for the parcel.

Meade County archers hosted several of their Alaskan counterparts as they participated in a national archery tournament in Louisville at the Kentucky Fairgrounds and Exposition Center. The team took 24 out of 27 placings in their state competition.

The state’s homeland security director, Adam Edelen, a Meade County native, shared some advice about his department and offered hints on getting state grants with area emergency responders.

A 9-year-old horse, whose home was a grain bin for a period of time, can thank some observant four-wheelers in the Wolf Creek area for his rescue.

A five-alarm early morning June 6 fire decimated a metal shed used for storing members’ golf carts and gear at Hillcrest Country Club in Brandenburg. Firefighters from the Meade County Fire Protection District, Payneville, Battletown, Ekron and Flaherty assisted and Meade County EMS provided care for the personnel, who battled high humidity.

Deborah Benham-Sobel and Diane Bennett Medley were inducted into the Meade County High School Hall of Fame. Sobel from the Class of 1970, had an illustrious year in the U.S. Army and Medley, MCHS Class of 1973, is the co-founder, CEO and managing partner of Chilton & Medley, PLC, Certified Public Accountants, Louisville.

County Planning and Zoning Administrator Charles “Tony” Coletta is now “temporarily” in charge of abandoned building enforcement. County Judge Executive Harry Craycroft requested the move, which means Coletta also has citation powers to aid in cleaning up the structures.

A general fund budget of $7,306,871 won final approval on a 4-3 vote during a special-called meeting of the Meade County Fiscal Court June 19. Casting dissenting votes were Magistrates Herbie Chism, Tom Goddard and Tony Staples. Both Staples and Chism voted against the budget due to the large amount of funds being earmarked for the recycling department.

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