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Bath Coun Suspect remains According to Kentucky "The subject then held 150 pounds. He was at large State Police personnel, a the pistol to the clerk's wearing a black zippered By Charles Mattox white man armed with head and took $782 in hoodie, black ski mask, News Editor a semiautomatic pistol cash money from the black gloves and blue chartes~..arlislemercury.com entered the store at register," a KSP press jean pants. approximately 7:48 p.m., release states. "The Police believe the An armed, masked and pointed.a pistol at subject fled, dropping robber fled .in a Ford man robbed the Salt the clerk and demanded $10 in one dollar bills in truck onto US 60 East Lick BP Monday night the clerk put his head on the parking lot." toward Midland. at gunpoint and remains the counter and open the Police say the man is Veteran Kentucky at large as the Bath register, approximately five feet State Police Detective County News Outlook The store was seven inches tall and Larry Bowlingisleading goes to press, otherwise unoccupied. L weighs approximately the robbery investigation Salt Lick business robbed at gun point and is being assisted by KSP Trooper Nathan Shortridge who joined Det. Bowling at the scene as did Post Commander Capt. Murray. Police sources say the business had no phone service, but the clerk was able to contact police with a cell phone. Detective Bowling said Tuesday morning that he was able to gather good evidence from the scene and continues to process that evidence as well as other evidence garnered since. Anyone with any information regarding the incident or possible suspect is urged to contact Post 8 Kentucky State Police at 606-784- 4127. ByChaHes Mattox NewsEditor ~@thecarlislemercury.com A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Ky. 11 and Ky. 36 on Sunday morning, in Sharpsburg, sent five individuals; two adults and three children, to the hospital, according to police. According to Kentucky State ,Police, Jeremiah Johnson, Sharpsburg accident sends two adults, three children to hospital 29, of Sharpsburg, to avoid the collision, UKMedical Center. Police Trooper Flanders was not was operating a 2002< according to KSP. Chevy Caviler, west Johnson was wearing on KY 36 and failed ta a seat belt at the time yield at a stop sign at of the collision, but approximately 10:51 still sustained injuries a.m., Sunday morning, and was transported to pulling in front of Saint Joseph Hospital a vehicle driven by Calista Flanders, 22, of Maysville. Flanders was traveling north on KY 11 in a 1999 Chevy Blazer. in Mt. Sterling, as were his passengers: Jessica Parks, 24, also of Sharpsburg, and three unidentified juveniles. Johnson was later Members of the Michael Armstrong injured and had no Sharpsburg Fire and also responded to the passengers in her Rescue and Bethel Fire scene and he continues vehicle at the time of and Rescue converged to lead the accident the accident according on the scene where they, investigation, to KSP officials. members of the Bath I "tY ' ce E X P l 0 S i 0 n[ and Bath Ambulance Service, extracfed, treated and transprted I ro cks Peasticks the injured and helped prevent additional accidents and injury, By George Lewis The blaze destroyed the Flanders was unable transferred by air to the Kentucky State Make-u da schallenin, for schools; ..... ...... Y_ ............ g.=_g Saturday ..... classes- ...... considered By George Lewis be quite as daunting as News Reporter it seems. geoq~ - ,~- corn "Six of those days we As of Monday> Bath do not have to make County schools had up," Briddle said, missed 12 instructional "since we are allotted days due to snowy, exi~ra minutes on our icy weather, said Kim original calendar and Biddle, director of pupil instructional minutes. personnel. We call those Teacher Schools were in Equivalency Days. The session here Tuesday, other six days are up but another wave to the board on how we of precipitation was must make them up." predicted. Briddle explained Clearly, there's more that state law requires winter in store for us. 170 instructional days How best to make and 1,062 hours of up those snow days instruction each school is a decision that's year. challenging school "We are now at 170 officials all across the instructional days, so state, especially those in every day we miss we rural areas, must make up. The But the predicament law also allows five facing Bath County emergency hours and school officials may not we have used two of those. We like to keep these just in case we get snow while students are in school and we haveto dismiss early," Briddle said. Late last week; Bath County Schools Superintendent Nancy Hutchinson e-mailed stakeholders seeking their input on options the district has in making up snow days. Option 1: Add minutes to existing school days, if made possible by the General Assembly. This may not be enough to ,make up completely, but partial make-up time/days could be completed. Option 2: Make up all days by adding the days to the end of the school calendar. Option 3: Make up days by attending school on Saturdays. Option 4: Use all spring break days to make up time. Option 5: Use a combination of the above-listed options. The Bath County Board of Education was scheduled to meet Tuesday night with discussion possibly considering make-up options. The result of that meeting arrived too late for inclusion in this week's edition of this newspaper.Any recommendations, the board may'have reached regarding make-up days will require state approval, said Assistant Superintendent Steve Meadows. News Reporter o~-~'ge@be~hconewsoudoolc com The big boom has been explained, but the origin ,of t~]~re that touched it off remains a mystery. About 7 o'clock Sunday evening, an explosion startled residents of Peasticks. "You could hear it from ;a couple of miles away," said Owingsville Fire Chief Randy Denton. Denton said oxygen tanks inside a burning double-wide trailer belonging to Leroy Dennis were the cause of the explosion. No one was in the trailer home at the time of the blaze; Dennis had left home the previous day for a campground on Lake Barkley, Denton said. Reached by phone after the fire, Dennis told Denton he was on oxygen therapy and kept several oxygen tanks in his home. trailer, the fire chief said. "It was on the ground by the time we got there," he said. He explained that the trailer was located off the road quite a piece, so the blaze couldn't be seen until the structure was fully involved. The fire chief said the cause of the blaze remained under investigation. 'There weren't any tracks around, the trailer or anything," he said. The~ explosion sent rumors reverberating throughout the community. Some people wondered whether a natural-gas line exploded, but Denton discounted that theory. 'There aren't any gas lines or pipelines around there," he said. Dentonsaidtopography may have amplified the explosion. Because the trailer was'located on a creek bank over a holler, "it echoed quite a bit," he said. You can blame it on "the girl" By George Lewis district s accumulating pattern, or the weather and fall continued to Atlantic Oscillation Kentucky with an number of sn.ow days. pattern for this winter, Good question, has nothing to do with "I wonder that global warming or myself- every day," global cooling," Priddy. said University of revealed Monday. It Kentucky Extension has everything to do Meteorologist Tom with the Southern Priddy, who has long Oscillation, of which been the go-to guy in La Nina (Spanish for Kentucky for weather "the girl") is a part, he questions, said. "The current Priddy said the La Kentu, weather Nina that brought summer drought to News Reporter , ., i , -- ook.com "What happened to global warming?" wondered Bath County Schools Superintendent Nancy Hutchinson in her "Updates and Celebrations" e-mail sent Friday as she and other administrators grappled with how best to deal with the OLP PIOTU E5 strengthen this winter, causing cold sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific, which impacted global weather patterns. "Typically, that would provide Kentucky and the entire Ohio River Valley with a mild, wet winter," Priddy said. But this winter is atypical, Priddy said. "In combination with (NAO), La Nina caused large-scale changes in the intensity and location of the North Atlantic jet stream and in normal patterns of heat and moisture transport, which in turn resulted in changes in temperature and precipitation patterns." So, in short, and to paraphrase Priddy, the current NAO has providedKentucky with cold waves, and the La Nina has provided active jet stream directing weather systems through and south of the Ohio River Valley, which created the ingredients for a cold and snowy winter in Kentucky. "My views are not necessarilyvery popular in some scientific circles," Priddy said, "but that's the way I see it after 34 years working with Kentucky and world weather and 26 years as a U.S. Navy meteorologist."