|Aaron Capps||Kyla Haire||Whitney Morris|
Tragic accident claims three youth
by Stephen Scalf
A single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning claimed the lives of three youth. Aaron Capps, 20, Kyla Hair, 20, and Whitney Morris, 21, died when the Ford F-250 pick-up truck Aaron was driving left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to friends, just before 4:30 a.m. Aaron met up with Josh Howard near the traffic islands at the intersection of US Highway 68 and Kentucky Highway 36 to transfer a passenger to Aaron's truck. Josh left to drive home, while the other three continued in the direction of Millersburg on US Hwy 68.
Less than a half-mile later, at the intersection with Walnut Grove Road, the Ford F-250 suddenly veered into the left hand lane, nearly leaving the roadway. As the truck over corrected, careening back into the right-hand lane, the truck began to spin. The truck slid partially backwards, partially sideways off the roadway and down an embankment and into a tree.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Chris Arnett and Nicholas County Sheriff Jeff Sidles stated that there was no evidence of alcohol involvement and confirmed that none of the passengers were wearing a seatbelt at the time. Wet roads were also a contributing factor.
Kyla had just recently returned to the area and was enjoying being back with her best friend, Whitney. The two young women were 2011 graduates of Nicholas County High School.
Aaron, who graduated from Nicholas County High School in 2012 was well-known in the community for his good nature and his work with breaking and training horses, and as a volunteer firefighter with the Nicholas County Fire Department.
Visitation for Kyla will be on Wednesday, July 23 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Lusk-McFarland Funeral Home in Paris, with the funeral on Thursday, July 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation for Whitney will be on Thursday, July 24 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Carlisle-Clark Funeral Home with the funeral on Friday, July 25 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation for Aaron will be at Nicholas County High School on Friday, July 25 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. with the funeral on Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m., also at the high school.
County first in nation for pilot dental program
by Stephen Scalf
During Monday evening's school board meeting, Mr. Doug Bechanen announced an agreement with the University of Kentucky to create a pilot dental program in Nicholas County that will be the first in the nation of its kind.
Over the past several years, UK Dental Program has sent an RV-type mobile dental clinic to Nicholas County. Last year, this program provided primary dental care for approximately 100 elementary school students who qualified for free or reduced lunches.
"This has been an extremely beneficial program," Mr. Bechanen told board members. "In many cases, this was the only source of dental treatment available to these children."
However, the RVs the university owns are aging and have become expensive to maintain, forcing the university to seek some other method of providing treatment.
Additionally, there is not enough participation in Lexington to provide an adequate number of training opportunities for pediatric dental students, Mr. Bechanen stated.
Working together with Dr. Pam Sparks Stein, daughter of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Carol Sparks of Carlisle, the school district is hoping to convert a trailer behind the school currently being used as storage by the Family Resource and Youth Services Center into a permanent dental clinic. This clinic would provide free dental clinic for all Nichols County students, not just those qualifying for free or reduced lunches, and unlike the current program which is limited to elementary school students, the pilot program would offer free treatment for middle school and high school students, as well.
"Under Obamacare, all students who qualify for free or reduce lunches automatically qualify for dental treatment under Medicaid," Mr. Bechanen explained. "The clinic would generate funds by billing for those students and would absorb the additional cost of treating students who do not qualify for Medicaid."
The school district is currently trying to negotiate to make the clinic available to staff as well.
"There is the potential of a huge benefit to the school," both Mr. Bechanan and Mr. Kevin Miller explained. "Students would no longer have to be pulled out of school and taken off campus for dental appointments, allowing the school to keep funding for those students for the day. If the program is extended to staff, they would no longer have to take sick days to schedule dental appointments."
In addition to the financial benefits to the school, it also means less missed classroom time for the students, improving education, Mr. Bechanen and Miller stated.
According to the University of Kentucky, there is no other program like this anywhere in the nation. Nicholas County's program, operated by UK, would serve as a model for the rest of the country.
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