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i! i i , Hill ii u n  n , [r I 129th Year--Edition 3 ' WE HAVE 3 ),0()0 READE S! i A member of KyNewsGroup Bath County P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 Ph.: 606-67429994 (USPS 045260) 50 EACH ]1 Four arrested at Rowan hotel with suspect, heroin, crack cocaine WON/kN FROM OWINGSVILI00 AMONG THOSE ARRESTED By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com An Owingsville woman was among four arrested last Wednesday afternoon at a roadside hotel in Row- an County on drug-related charges. According to Kentucky State Police, the More- head Post 8 receivedtwo anonymous complaints around noon on Wednes- day, Jan. 8, reporting that drug activity was going on at the Comfort Inn and Suites hotel on Ky. 801 near the Sharkey exit in Rowan County. Trooper Chris Jones, Trooper Jared Wagner, and Rowan County Deputy Donnie Hall responded to the hotel and conducted Darrell Boddle, Jr. a "knock and talk" on a room. In the room were Dar- rell Boddie Jr., 25, and Andre Burns, 41, both of Dayton, Ohio; Joseph Mar- tin, 27, of Mt Sterling; and Christina Thornsburg, 19, of Owingsville. Kentucky State Police photos courtesy of Rowan Co. Detention Center Andre Burns spokesman Master Troop- er Joe Veeneman said that the the officers located suspected illegal drugs in the room, including a 29 capsules of heroin and a 1.5 gram rock of "crack" cocaine. All four individuals were arrested and lodged in the Joseph Martin Rowan County Detention Center. Boddie was charged with trafficking in a con- trolled substance, first de- gree, first offense, two Or more grams of heroin; and trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, less than four Christina Thornsburg grams of cocaine. Burns was arrested on an active bench warrant. Martin was charged with complicity, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, two or more grams of heroin; and complicity, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, less than four grams of co- caine. Thornsburg was also ar- rested on an active warrant from Montgomery County on traffic violations, and she was charged with complicity, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, two or more grams of heroin; and complicity, trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree, first offense, less than four grams of co- caine. Trooper Chris Jones is continuing the investiga- tion. All individuals are con- sidered innocent until proven guilty or pleading guilty in court. CUSTOM FOODS EXPANSION PRC JECT UPDATE Photo by Cecil Lawson The only Item of news business on the agenda of Mon- day evening's Owingsville City Councll meeting was a resolution to approve an agreement between the city and the Kentucky Rural Water Flnance Corporation (KRWFC). The agreement provldes the city wlth access to interim funding for the constructlon of a waste water pre-treatment facility, which will allow Custom Foods processing plant to expand Its own facilities this year. Mayor Gary Hunt explained to councll members that this was done with the clty's sewer extension project, and that grants from the U. S. Dept. of Commerce's Economic Development Admlnlstretlon (EDA) and the Appalachian Reglonal Commlsslon to finance the proj- ect will amount to $1.55 mllllon. Jocelyn Gross, Gate- way Area Development District Project Administrator, explained'that the fuiids from the KRWFC will be used on a "pay as you go" basis and that those funds will be reimbursed once the grants become available. Council members voted unanimously to approve the resolution. One of the most fulfill- ing moments I have had while serving as Mayor of Owingsville occurred back on September llth. On that day, I was honored to introduce Governor Steve Beshear who made the an=. noUncement that Citt6*" Foods was expanding its local plant to include an ad- ditional 200 jobs and invest more than $44 million in the project. Months and months of planning, meet- ings, conference calls, trips to Frankfort, and competing with four other states for this monumental announcement culminated on that day. It is now four months later, and I felt the need to update the citizens of Bath County on the progress be- ing made on this project. Custom Foods purchased the Cintas factory located next door along with its acreage and this expansion by Mayor GarYon M. Hunt will involve connecting the activeiy working their the city by Custom Foods. two plants. Construction crews are already in place and working. I spoke with officials at Custom Foods this week and they said, 'AVe are un- der construction and the project 'IS moving 'forward well. The weather slowed us down a little but we are still making progress against our original time- line. We have started hir- ing a few key positions that will be working on the ex- pansion and then staying with the facility." The original timeline they mentioned had called for construction to be com- plete by late sunlmer. Af- ter meeting with the head of their construction com- pany, I was impressed and confident that they will do whatever is necessary to stick closely to the time- line. While Custom Foods is Bath County School Board Members Honored in January servation of School Board 872 school board members Recognition Month. Mr. Hurschell Rawlings, Mrs. Sandy Crouch, Mrs. Barbara Razor, Mrs. Con- nie Grimes and Ms. Shelly Sanders are among the being honored across the Commonwealth this month by 174 local school districts. "Our school board mem- bers do far more than show up at one meeting a month, cast a few votes, pocket their total compensation of $75 and go home," said Mr. Har- vey Tackett, Superintendent of Bath County Schools. "Most folks would be very surprised at the hours of preparation, of questions, of discussion of options and sometimes differences of opinion that our board mem- bers are involved in for all of the issues that come up at every meeting and work session." "Our district is working in a new state school assess- ment system that gave us some good measurements as well as some challenges when the scores came out a few weeks ago," Mr. Tackett said. 'film board members are right in there as key players with the teachers and principals as we work to move every child to profi- ciency in learning skills. Our board members have spent countless hours gaining an understanding of the new accountability system to pre- pare them to make the deci- sions that will support our district wide improvement." "I'm proud to work side by side with this group of self- less colleagues. The people of our community should be just as proud," Tackett said. "I'd like to invite everyone to thank our board members for the important work they are doing." At our January 22,2013 board meeting we will be celebrating our board mem- bers with a reception before the 7 pmmeeting. The students, faculty, staff and administrators of the Bath County Schools are saluting this commu- nity's elected education leaders during January in Kentucky's 2nd annual ob- you tired of your money only earning 1/4%, 1/2%, 3/4%, or l%!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY GOLD OR SILVER Gold projected to go $5,000.00 an ounce bg 2015. Silver projects to triple in price b U 2013 Need help moving uour 401 It, IRA, or Rothlll! Call the Gates Insurance team at (606)683-2104 end of the project, we also are busy every day pre- paring to meet the waste water pre-treatment and water requirements for the facility. We will be building a new Waste Wa- ter  Pre-Treatment Plant beside our current plant which will pre-treat the waste flowing from the plant before it reaches our current plant. This is necessary due to the ad- dition of a cooked burger line and a sheet cook meat line, The addition of these lines will generate process wastewater with character- istics that cannot be treat- ed by our existing indus- trial wastewater treatment plant. The Waste Water Pre- Treatment Plant will be owned and operated by the City of Owingsville. Daily operating expenses for the plant will be reimbursed to The estimated cost of this facility will be $2,010,000. I have applied for an Eco- nomic Development Grant of $1,258,000 and an ARC grant of $350,000. The re- maining $402,000 will be paid as a local match by Custom Foods. Local tax- payers will not incur any cost on this project. From the beginning stages of this expansion I have insisted that we find a way to manage without going into debt. We have procured engineers for the Waste Water Pre-Treat- ment Plant and hopefully construction should begin by the middle of spring. In addition to the waste water needs for the ex- pansion, there will also be a substantial increase in the amount of water use at the factory. Therefore, Custom Foods cont. on pg. 8 I 64 Rehabilitation project to begin MILE POINTS 112.3 TO 117.83 IN MOMERY AND BATH COUNTIES The Kentucky Trans- portation Cabinet, De- partment of Highways, announced that work for the Interstate 64 Rehabili- tation project began Mon- day. The project limits are mile point 112.3 to mile point 117.83 in Montgom- ery and Bath Counties. The project was award- ed to MAC Construction with a bid of $3,942,618.00. Work will start with the replacement of Right of Way fencing. The begin- ning stages of the project will have minimal impact to traffic. Appropriate signage will be in place to alert motor- ists of any changes with the road work. The antici- ' pated completion date for the rehabilitation project is July 31, 2014. All scheduled work is subject to change depend- ing on weather, emergen- cies and other factors beyond the control of the Department of Highways. The Kentucky Transpor- tation Cabinet asks mo- torists to be aware of the work zone and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area. For up-to-date traffic and travel information dial 511 or visit www.511.ky.gov for the latest statewide traffic updates. ppI I I I I I I I I I I IpI I I I I I i n i i ilii " I I ,, FREE : INSTANT RleBATF:, :$10 OFFi' Plus $20 OFF, ' Reg, Price Any Brake Service n Any $100 Minimum $12o or More Purchase WRh mul O1 ooon pnr mtm. llet vllkl other coupons of dmcotmts. Exp. 01/$1/14  ether tqpem ef doecmm  01/31[14 Lube & Filter BATTERY CHECK $10 OFF