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127th Year'Editi0n 27 KyN00Group Bath County EO. Box Owmgsvin00 Ph.: The News-Outlook is now published on Thursday (USPS 045260) 50 EACH Couple charged with criminal abuse of child Courtesy of Montgomery Co. Regional Jail Left: Olivia Williams Right:. Shane Williams By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@floynewsgroup.com A couple in Bath County has been arrested follow- iug allegations that they abused their son. According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Na- than Shortridge, who is in charge of the investi- gation, his office received a complaint from King's Daughter's Medical Cen- ter in Ashland on January 24. lth7 TM grandmother of a month old boy had noticed that the child had bruises on his buttocks and cuts to his left ear and had been advised by au- thorities in Ashland to take the child for an examina- tion at the medical center. Kentucky State Police from Morehead Post 8 ex- ecuted a warrant on Shane Williams, 24, around 10 p. m. on January 26, who was residing at a location in Olympia. Troopers Kenna Burton and Jason Brown located Williams and at- rested him for Criminal Abuse, 1st Degree. His wife, Olivia Williams, 19, was arrested the next day by Bath County Dept. Sheriff Johnny Botts at the Social Services Office in Owiugsville. She was al- so charged with Criminal Abuse, 1st Degree. Williams' address was listed as West Liberty, but Trooper Shortridge described them as "tran- sients," having spent only two or three weeks at the Olympia location. Trooper Shortridge said that the 17th month old boy and another 6 month old male infant were taken into emergency protective custody. The Williams couple was lodged in the Mont- gomery County Regional Jail. According to the jail's booking department, Shane is being held under a $10,000 cash bond, while Olivia is being held under a $20,000 cash bond The case remains under the investigation by Troop- er Nathan Shortridge. Bethel blaze guts home Photo by Cecil Lawson Local fire fighters responded to a house fire around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon on Mt. Pleasant Road just outside of Bethel. Because of high winds and the hill top location, the house was almost entirely engulfed when trucks arrived. Neighbor Irene Thornsburg identified the homeowner as Glen TuRle. J. R Jones, Bethel Fire Chief, said that no one was in the house at the time of the fire. Jones said that Tuitle attempted to enter the home through a back door while it was on fire, but he was overcome by heat and smoke and had to be treated on the scene by the Bath County Ambulance Service. Units of the Bethel and Sharpsburg Fire Department responded to the blaze. Its cause remains unknown at Dress time. Candidates for May election By Cecil Lawson ' KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com January 31st marked the filing deadline for lo- cal and county elections, and Bath County will see its first competitive race for Circuit Clerk in over 30 years. Two candidates have filed to run in the May primary election for Bath County Circuit Clerk - in- cumbent Claudette Sne- degar Faudere and Misty Buckler Otis. According to Bath Coun- ty Clerk Crolyn Rogers, the last time there was op- position in this race was in May 1981 - 31 years ago - when incumbent Lou- is "Jake" Crouch faced off against Gary "Burnsy  Stewart and Mozell Man- ley. Rogers said that Jake Crouch later ran with no opposition during the 1987 and 1993 races and that he was succeeded in office by Nancy Crouch, who ran in 2000 with no opposition, and Claudette Faudere, who took office in 2006. In the 21st Judicial Dis- trict, which comprises Bath, Menifee, Montgom- ery, and Rowan Counties, there are three candidates who have filed to run for Co mmonweath's Attorney in the May election: Gary W. Adkins, Morehead; Ronny Goldy, Jr., More- head; and Cynthia Gale Rose, Mr. Sterling. During the upcoming primary election in No- vember, there will be three seats on the Bath Coun- ty School Board open for election, those currently held by Lisa McFarland, B. A. Franklin, and Bill Boyd. The filing deadline for these non-partisan seats is in August. County's animal shelter participation remains in limbo ary meeting and during a special called meeting. Doug Copher, Bath County Treasurer, said that the Fiscal Court add- ed the inter-local agree- ment to January's agenda because Teresa Shields, who now administers the grant through the Gate- way Area Development District, said that the coun- ty had yet to conduct a sec- ond reading of the agree- ment Bath County Attorney Leslie Smith noted that, in the original 2010 agree.. merit, the $150,000 grant was presented by the Ken- tucky Department of Ag- riculture directly to Bath County. She is currently researching the issue and will present her findings to the Bath Fiscal Court during February's regular called meeting. However, the other two counties who were party to the original agreement have proceeded in gfer- ent directions. Larry Fox- worthy, Fleming Coun- ty Judge Executive, con- firmed that Fleming Coun- ty was a part of the original tri-county agreement, but, like Bath County, "We opt- ed out of the agreement because of the high cost." Foxworthy also not- ed that there were initial problems in finding a lo- cation for the shelter that would be convenient for all three counties. Foxworthy said that in the interim, the Flem- ing County Fiscal Court had contracted with Tim Stamper, a private animal shelter owner, and later with Lewis County, to pro- vide housing for stray ani- mals. "If we need to sign an agreement with Rowan County to help them ob- tain the grant, we will," Foxworthy said. Jim Nickell, Rowan County Judge Executive, also said that both Bath and Fleming Counties backed out of the original agreement. He noted that the grant was given for a single facility for all three counties. Nickell said that e agreement was then re.. vised to allow Bath and Fleming to participate by allowing a pay-as-you-go arrangement, $10 per dog per day, up to 10 days. Currently, Rowan Coun- ty has gone ahead with the construction of the animal shelter and is now prep- ping the building location, which is on Hwy. 519, just outside of Morehead. By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com i As Kentucky's counties become more pressed for revenues during these economic hard times, they have had to turn to more creative solutions to pro- vide the most basic servic- es to their citizens. Since tougher regula- tions for animal shelters went into effect in the Commonwealth in 2007, smaller counties have struggled to find ways to carry out their obligations to control stray animals. Bath County's own an- imal shelter was no lon- ger in compliance with the new regulations, and the county's Fiscal Court sought ways to avoid fines by the state and lawsuits by animal welfare organi- zations. The Kentucky Depart- ment of Agriculture set aside $3 million to aid counties in the construc- tion and maintenance of animal shelters and made it available to them through grants. In late 2010, Bath Coun- ty, along with Rowan and Fleming Counties, ap- plied for a grant from the state to fund the construc- tion of a tri-county animal shelter. The original re- quest for the grant was for $400,000, but the Ken- tucky Department of Ag- riculture's Animal Control Advisory Board awarded only 8150,000. Under this grant agree- ment, Bath, Fleming, and Rowan Counties would each have had to contrib- ute $57,000 of their own money toward the con- struction of the shelter, in addition to a total of $50,000 estimated annual operating expenses. This agreement was re- jected by both Fleming and Bath Counties be- cause of the cost. Scott Templeton, owner of the Tin Woof Inn, a dog shelter in Rowan County, and one of the members of a group appointed to de: termine a location for the shelter and assess its cost under the original grant, said that Rowan County had proposed a new agree- ment in order to save the original grant. In an email communi- cation, Templeton said, I'he original project was estimated to cost in ex- cess of $[400,000]. When the counties found out the grant would only cover $[150,000] of the cost, both Fleming and Bath County said they could not afford that and the project near- ly met its demise. Rowan County stepped forward and said it would build and operate the new shelter if the other two counties would agree to house their animals at the facility. This would allow the use of the grant money. Revisions to the original location, build- hag design and interlocal agreement were submit- ted to the Advisory Board and approved in their Au- gust 2011 meeting." This revised inter-local agreement was presented to the Bath Fiscal Court in June 2011 by Scott Tem- pleton, but members of the Bath Fiscal Court took no action on the proposal. The Fiscal Court also ta- bled discussion of the shel- ter agreement during its most recent regular Janu- Community mourns passing of Ray Bailey Ray E Bailey of Owings- vine, Ky, born May 18, 1925, died on January 30, 2012. He was born in Pres- ton, Ky., to the late Walter J. and Fannie K. Bailey. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter J. Bai- ley II, Robert Bailey, Ross Bailey, and Woodrow W. Bailey, and his sisters, Ga- lena Clay, Amandalee Yar- ber, Lorena Rogers, and Mary Bailey Ginter. His is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Jean Reffitt Bailey; three sons, Anthony Bailey (wife Teresa), David B. Bailey, and Walter J. Bailey III (wif e Shella), all of Owings- ville, Ky.; a sister, Virginia "Ginny" Harris of Owings- to run his body shol af- ter the tragic death of his brother Walter Bailey II in a car accident. He owned and operated Bailey's Ga- rage for many years. He became, interested in politics and was elected and served as Bath Coun- ty Judge Executive for 20 years. He also worked as a state coordinator during the administration of Gov. Martha Layne Collins. He was an active mem- 'ber of the Owingsville First Church Of God for 57 years, loving the church and his church family. He was a member of the Ow- ingsville Lions Club, serv- ing as Horse Show Chair- man for many years. He ville; three grandchildren,, was a member ofe , Kelly Thompson of Nor- folk, Va.; Shawna Taulbee (husband Greg) of Nich- olasville, Ky.; and David B. Bailey, Jr. (wife Shan- non) of Morehead, Ky; six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and family. Ray served his country - in the Navy from Aug. 3, 1943 until May 3, 1946. He was a tail-gunner during the height of battles and a flew a mission over Japan the night of the final effort to bomb Japan from the decks of the aircraft carri- er, Bon Homme Richard. He returned to Pres- ton, where he worked as a body man for his brother Walter Bailey and later for Red Denton's Ford. After a few years he mar- ried his wife Donna Jean. They moved to Frankfort, where he worked for the state as a body man. He returned to Bath County American Le#: K. :,ol- onel, and 6"tlr - tions through t'years. He enjoyed 'fishing, all sports reading, and spending time with his family. He lived his life with dig- nity and humility. Visitation will be Thurs- day, February 2, at the Ow- ingsville First Church ot God from 5 to 8 p. m. Ser- vices will be Friday, Febru- ary 3, also at the Owings- ville First Church of God at 10 a. m. and officiated by Rev. Lowell Rice. The family is request- hag that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Owingsville First Church of God Building Fund or Christian Social Services ( E O. Box 111, Owingis- ville, KY, 40360) in memo- ry of Ray Bailey. Richardson Funeral Home is in charge of ar- rangements.