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February: County To Spend $1M On Roads, Washington Escapee Captured, Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

Last updated on Friday, December 30, 2016

(UNDATED) - February began with the naming of the 42nd Annual Lawrence County Spelling Bee Champion and ended with Lawrence County officials agreeing to spend $1 million to pave and improve county roads.

Amber Voigtschild, a 7th grade Lawrence County home school student, took the spelling bee title after spelling the word "glacier" correctly.

She received a $100 cash prize provided by Bedford Federal Savings Bank, a pizza party provided by Marcos Pizza, a 1340 AM WBIW Spelling Bee t-shirt, a certificate and a Spelling Bee bobble-head trophy. She advance to the 2016 Derby Festival Spelling Bee on March 5 at the Kentucky Center for The Arts.

Placing second was Owen Beaver, an 8th grader at Shawswick Middle School. Beaver misspelled the word "toboggan".

Sarah Getman, a 7th grader at St. Vincent de Paul, placed third.


A Daviess County escaped inmate was captured after the Daviess County Strategic Response Unit surrounded a Washington home.

Police arrested 23-year-old Shane Michael Alan Cates of Washington without incident.

According to Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstriet, police received a lead that Cates was in town. Sheriff Harbstriet says when officers entered the home they found Cates and a shotgun. But Cates was unable to get to the weapon, which police say was unloaded.

Cates had been in the Daviess County Security Center since December 2015 when he was arrested for two counts of assault. While at the jail he swallowed two small ink pens and was taken to the Daviess Community Hospital.

That is when he broke out a window in a second floor bathroom, ran along the roof and jumped to the ground. Police dogs tracked him to Memorial Avenue near 11th Street, where he got into a vehicle and escaped.

Cates was booked into the Daviess County jail and now faces an additional count of escape and other charges.


The month ended with Lawrence County officials agreeing to spend around $1 million to pave and improve county roads in 2016.

According to Lawrence County Commissioner Bill Spreen, the county has accumulated about $2.5 million over the past few years because of fuel savings, low overtime hours and coming in under budget on some of the county's bridge projects.

Commissioner Spreen requested that the county council allow $1 million of those savings to be used to prepare and pave county roads. The council approved the request.

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