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1o January 07, 2021 News Outlook COMMUNITY Year in Review cont. from pg. 4 merit Director Jason York oversaw a massive recovery effort that involved hundreds of people, including Kentucky Air National Guard, Kentucky State Police, local law en- forcement, fire department, and EMS personnel, and lo- cal volunteers, among many other organizations. All five of the children’s bodies were recovered by Saturday morn- ing, May 3. The tragedy drew state and national media atten- tion. Statewide coronavirus cases were 4375 at the end of April, with 225 deaths. MAY The last day of non-tradi- tional instruction for students was May 8. A Cruise Night for the Class of 2020 was organized by the Owingsville Trade Days Committee and sponsored by Owingsville Dairy Queen and Sterling Physical Therapy. It was held on May 15. The Class of 2020 had their own Senior Parade through Ow- ingsville on May 23. Senior Class members also agreed to delay their graduation cer- emony to July to allow for the possibility of having it in- person. The Owingsville May Day Committee announced that the Miss Bath County Pag- eant would be postponed to August 8 in a virtual contest to be livestreamed from the new High School Auditorium. BCHS senior James Simp- kins signed to play soccer for Georgetown College. Steve Thornsburg, custodi~ an at Crossroads Elementary School, was named as a state finalist for the aimual Fred Award by the Kentucky Asso- ciation of School Administra- tors. The award recognizes non-administrative staff who go out of their way to contrib- ute to a positive learning envi- ronment for students. " sesame impacts the coronavirus pan- demic was having on the local economy and city finances at their regular May meeting. Corey Bumby was sen- tenced to 30 years for the charge of raping a child un- der the age of 12, 30 years for sodomy, and 5 years ‘for unlawful imprisonment, all to be served concurrently. His charges stemmed from an August 3, 2018, incident in which he was accused of rap- ing and sodomizing a juvenile victim under age 12 and then taking away the child’s moth- er’s cell phone to prevent her from calling 911. He led law enforcement authdrities on a day-long search before his arrest just outside of Owings- ville. State and county offices be- gan the process of limited re~ opening following directives from Gov. Andy Beshear and other state officials. An unidentified Kentucky State Police detective from Lexington ordered I-64 Motor- plex owner Tim Baldridge on May 30 to cease operating the local drag strip until he had a permit. County Attorney Kim Price said that all drag strips and racetracks in the state re- quire a local permit to operate as a “place of entertainment” and that the last time the track had a permit issued was in 1995. Baldridge said he knew of no other track in the state that has such a permit but agreed to go ahead with the permit application. The track held a Memorial Day week- end race that drew complaints because racing weht on past agreed-upon hours. Coronavirus cases at the end of May in the state were 8961, with 393 deaths. In the Gateway Health District County, Bath County reported a total of 8 cases; Menifee, 10 cases; Rowan, cases; and E1- liott, 1 case. JUNE The City of Sharpsburg held its first in-person meet- ing, with social distancing and mask requirements, for the first time since March, as 10- cal governments continued to move toward reopening. Supt. Harvey Tackett ad- dressed the uncertainty with start of school in the fall fol- lowing the release of new guidelines from the Ken- tucky Department of Educa- tion. Later in the month he announced during a special called board meeting that fall. sports practices could begin on July 1 using state guide- lines, that School-Aged Child Care could reopen on June 29, and that the Class of 2020 graduation ceremony would take place July 17. Follow- ing another board meeting on June 22, Tackett announced the district’s plans for re- turning to classes on August 10, with options for both in- person and virtual classes for students. An announcement in the Hollywood press noted that The Big Ugly, a movie shot on location in Owingsville, More- head, and Olive Hill in 2018, was scheduled for public re- lease on July 31. Greene’s Creekside Cafe opened at the location of the old Greene’s Restaurant in Salt Lick on June 4. Salt Lick City Council mem— bers agreed to move forward with a mobile home ordinance for the city during their regu- lar June meeting. A Black Lives Matter pro- test march drew aboutx500 people in downtown More- head on June 6, with Only a couple of minor confronta- tions. This was one of several local marches in Eastern Ken- tucky Counties in the month of June following the death of George Floyd in police cus- tody in Wisconsin on May 25 and the March 2020 shooting death of Breonna Taylor of Louisville by police. ' Show manager Ginny Clark announced that the Owings- ville Lions Club Horse Show would be held at its regular time, July 2-4, with limited space for spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bath County Ambu- lance Service was recognized by the Kentucky Emergency Medical Services for Children for excellence in providing pe diatric care, one of only 24 am- bulance services in the state to receive this designation. John Patterson, 35, of Salt Iiclciwas’arrestedxbyeDeputy Taylor Davidson and chargwr with trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of pos- session of a controlled sub- stance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patterson was on probation at the time of his arrest for burglary and persis- tent felony offender charges in Rowan County from 2017. County Judge/Executive Bobby Rogers announCed that the county is eligible is $425,000 in CARES Act fund- ing. Local members of Task Force omega and family held a dedication ceremony for a new flagpole at the grave of Sgt. Phillip David McNeill in Owingsville Cemetery. '~ He was killed in action while serving as a US Army Medic in Anbar Province in Iraq in January 2007. Tyler Aaron Taborn, 31, of Olympia was-arrested by Deputy Twyavidson and charged ', ““inultiple drug trafficking charges. The state Primary Election‘ was held on June'23. Voters chose newcomer Brandon Storm for Republican state; senator over long-time incum- bent Albert Robinson, and for let Circuit Judge, Division 2, the top two vote-getters were David Barber and Elizabeth Davis. Board of Education mem- bers held a 3 hour special called meeting on June 24 to discuss Supt. Harvey Tack- ett’s annual evaluation but upon returning to open ses— sion, withheld the results of his evaluation, and Board Chairperson Christy Shaw said a written statement would be released at a later date. On June 25, during a spe- cial called meeting of the Bath County Fiscal Court, Judge/ Executive Bobby Rogers is- sued a permit to Tim Bal- dridge to operate the I-64 Mo- torplex but limited the hours of operation to Saturday, noon to 1 am, and Sundays, 1 to 6 pm. Racers from three states attended the videoconference meeting and lodged their objections to the restricted hours of operation. Senator Mitch McConnell" ,visited St. Claire Medical Center on June 26 to thank frontline health care workers for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic and to tout over $25 million in federal funding the hospital has re- ceived this year. The Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department h0sted their annual Fields and Wheels of Fire Car Show on June 27. A black bear was spotted in the Moores Ferry community on June 29. At the end of June, the Gateway Health District had reported a total of 11 corona- virus cases in Bath County; 3 in Elliott; 11 in Menifee; 8 in Morgan; and 21 in Rowan County. JULY Cubaka “Chui” Nehemia Mutayongwa, 22, of Lexing- ton, died on July 4 as a result of drowning at the Stoney Cove Recreation Area at Cave Run Lake. He and his girl- friend were in a kayak that ap- peared to overturn, and Mu- tayongwa did’ not resurface after he went underwater. Salt Lick Volunteer Fire De- partment members assisted by other agencies. conducted two swift water rescues on the Licking River near Cave Run lake on July 3 and 4. The opening day for Bath County Schools was moved from August 10 to 24 follow- ing a'request for more prepa- ration time from Supt. Harvey Tackett. Fall sports practices were also delayed from begin- ning on July 1 to July 13. A group of volunteers, in- cluding Edith Corey, Gekita F awns, Brenda Reynolds, and Lucinda Purvis, delivered thousands of homemade face coverings to schools and to lo- cal government offices Mike and Renee Cassidy announced the opening of The Store at the location of the old Blevins Grocery Store in Preston. Coach Neyland won the Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show’s Grand Champion Walking Horse Stake. The walking horse was ridden by Brent Grider, owned by Deedy Whitmore of Bowling Green, and trained by Derek Grant. While attendance at the annual horse show was down. shown managerGinny Clark sgiid’thefe were“ or; astyear'.“ Gov. Beshear issued his first executive order mandat- ing the wearing of masks or face coverings in indoor pub- lic places on July 9. Dailey Ginter, 47, suffered serious injuries when he Was struck by a car on Slate Av- enue crossing the street be- tween the courthouse annex and the old courthouse. Emergency Management Director Jason York as named a Kentucky Colonel in a cer— emony on July 8. The Bath County Sheriff’s Office took over administra- tion of both School Resource Officers for the Bath County School District after nearly a year of sharing those duties with the Owingsville Police Department. Riley Warner, from Bath County and who attends Montgomery County High School, was named State F FA Treasurer. ' The Bath County High School Class of 2020 held an outdoor graduation ceremony on July 17. The Bath Grand Jury re- turned a 31-count indictment against former Deputy Sher- iff Joshua Preece, includes charges of third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, possession of matter portray- ' ing a sexual performance by a minor, promoting a sexual performance by a minor, and distribution of a matter por- traying a sexual performance by a minor. 'The charges re- sulted from a joint investiga- tion by the Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force and Kentucky State Police. Preece was originally arrest- ed in November 2018 on one count of prohibited use of an electronic device to procure a minor. The indictment refers to incidents from Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2018 in which Preece allegedly requested and re- ceived sexually graphic im- ages from minors online. Chris Rankin, owner of C&C Industrial in Mt. Sterling and a 1992 graduate of Bath County High School, donated $700 to purchase STEM ma- terials for students at Ow- ingsville Elementary School and to help establish a STEM scholarship fund'for students. Gov. Beshear recommend- ed to school districts to delay the opening of classes until the third week of August due to the rise in coronavirus case numbers across the state. Bath County Schools decided to start classes on August 24. The Gateway District Health Counties had the fol- lowing total coronavirus case numbers at the end of July: Bath, 13; Elliott, 7; Menifee, 24; Morgan, 28; and Rowan, 28. AUGUST Owingsville Police Officer Billy Rudd and Sheriff’s Dep— uties Wes Everman and Chris Hall arrested Kyle D. Leggett, 34, of Mt. Sterling, and Ryan T. Manley, 37, of Sharpsburg, af- ter receiving a tip and charged them with two counts each of trafficking in a controlled sub- stance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The City of Sharpsburg began taking action against a number of nuisance proper- ties in the city limits. Victoria Otis was named the 67th Miss Bath County in the first ever virtual pageant held on August 9 at the Bath Coun— ty High School Auditorium. In another change of course, Gov. Beshear recom- mended that school districts put off the start of in—person classes until after September 28 during an August 10 news conference. Bath County Board of Education members voted to start school online on August 24 and continue through Sept 18 Bath County Project De- velopment Board members voted to request that the Fis- cal Court condemn a property belonging to Gary Denton on Water Street for a new judicial center. Fiscal Court members moved ahead with the con- demnation. Owingsville City Council members approved a zon- ing change that would allow prospective developers for a Frito—Lay distribution center to open behind Owingsville Save-A—Lot. Officials from the State Rev- enue Cabinet informed Bath County Fiscal Court mem— bers their-due to increased fireper "' e assessments on farm properties, increases in assessment in the Salt Lick quadrant, and the discovery of over 70 previously unlisted properties to be added to the county’s tax rolls, almost $50 million in assessed value was added to the county’s overall tax assessment 4'5 E. Main St, Mt. Sterling, 859-498-113 1 7 I . I 0. :n e PrinzipalBruker Auctioneer 438-4312 Realtor 585- 1071 Admin. Assistant Fiscal Court members did not take any action to cancel Preston Court Days in Octo- ber but did remove the coun- ty’s involvement in the popu- lar local event. Molly Stephens was arrest- ed on August 25 by Deputy Taylor Davidson and charged with attempted murder of a police officer after she fire shots at Davidson the previ- ous week during a traffic stop in Salt Lick. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control announced on Au- gust 20 that fall sports could get under way on September 7 with social distancing proto- cols in effect, despite school districts still holding virtual classes through Sept. 28. Bill Hornback, an EMT with 27 years of experience, announced his retirement from the Bath County Ambu- lance Service. The Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department, Owingsville Police Department, and Bath County EMS took part in a drive-by birthday parade for 6 year old J amyah Adelyn Har- din in Owingsville. SEPTEMBER Year in Review cont. on pg. 11 COMMUNITY CALENDAR Bath County Memorial Library Updates Due to the Pandemic, the Library is altering our services to keep our com— munity safe: The Library is,open by appointment from 9:30a- 5:00p Monday through Friday. Call ahead— at 606- 674-2531. The library will continue to have comput- ers, printing, copying, and fax services available. The Library will also have materials available for checkout by request through curbside services. The Library has materi- als available for checkout online if you need a li- brary card, call the library and we will help you check out books, movies, and more for free through Ken- tucky Libraries Unbound. The Bookmobile and the Sharpsburg ' branch will be returning to service as soon as possible. . The Library will be closed on Saturdays during December and January. Thank you for your pa- tience during this time. LEGAL NOTICE ' INVITATION TO BID The Menifee County Fiscal Court is accepting bids for the following: Installation of a 16 ft wide by 25 ft long steel bridge with 4-inch metal grid decking. This bid will be for steel bridge, labor and materials and to con- strucl the concrete piers and sidewalls as well as the removal of existing structure. Please contact our ofiice for bridge specs. There will be an onsite meeting for potential bidders on Friday, December 18 at 1:00pm. Located on Clifton Road located off KY HWY 1274. on Beaver Creek, All Bidders must be State Approved Contractors Bids should be mailed to the Menifee County Fiscal Court, P.O. Box 105 Frenchburg, Ky 40322. Bids may also be dropped off at 12 Main Street, Frenchburg, KY 40322 (Menifee County Courthouse). Bids need to be sealed and marked on the front of the envelope. Bids tone turned, in, no.lalecthan§2.90m;itl Bids will be opened during the Wednesday, January 13, 2021-nesting 8:00am. it dayfi‘jiJanuary 1‘ at]: l The Menifee County Fiscal Court reserves the right to reject any or all bids. “This advertisement was paid for by the Menifee County Fiscal Court using taxpayer dollars in the amount of $64." Published in the Menifee County News Outlook on 12.03, 12.10, 12.17, 12.24 of 2020 8.01.07 of 2021 HAPPY NEW YEAR www.mclaa.com KY 40353 " 7’6' I E@ Realm 80 DAVIS HOLLOW RD, Mt. Sterling: A very nice 31.13 acre farm with a beautiful Amish Built buildings. Improvements include a nice 5 year old 1468 sf vinyl sided home w/metal roof and walk out basement. A 12x50 covered balcony/ deck. Home offers 2 bdrms, living rm, kitchen, large pantry, canning rm and summer kitchen with hardwood floors thru-out. Basement has 1 bdrm, kitchen living area and large amount of storage. Basement area is not considered finished. Home is watered by a large cistern but city water available. Other improvements include a beautiful 32x64 metal shop w/ concrete floors. Fully insulated with chip board on the walls, guttered on both sides and has skylight ridge caps windows. An extended porch on _> one side with concrete floor. Absolutely a great building. Also a 32x64 super nice metal horse barn with stalls. Property has mixture of crop, pasture and wood land; road frontage, new fencing. Located close to Owingsville and Mt. Sterling. (no utilities connected but are available). Call Mickey Staton 859-333-9947. Mist? 20019470 $325,000. 1 1163 HOPE MEANS RD, Mt. Sterling: A well located 27.4 acre farm, with a beautifully built Amish home, 40x80 metal horse/livestock barn and a 36x40 wood barn. The home has 3480ft of living space and a 64x40 unfinished basement with a 20x32 area with lower ceilings. The home has vinyl siding and a metal roof, 7 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, utility room and a large summer kitchen with concrete floor. There is some painting and door trim that needs to be completed and owner will do that at his expense. They have offered to plumb and wire the house if buyer desires at a fair price. Property has city water plus a 12x12 cistern for the home. Farm about 50% cleared the rest in woods. A large amount of road frontage on Hope Means Rd. You have to see this home to believe it! Call Mickey Staton 859-333-9947. Mls# 20020733 $225,000. Mu: - Staton Re tnr Auctioneer 859-333-9941 TD . Realtor 390-5193