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This winter. the frequency of snows has been more than usual. making each accumulation a little less enjoyable as residents look forward to the coming of spring. (News-Outlook photo. Ken Metz) COunc I i)r,:)poses an ordinance for 1013, meeting of the zil covered a including an ordinance a recreation, tourist and i for the city. was sparse, as Bath Coun- Walter Shrout council and willingness :overnments Kincaid thanked xpressed his own the county gov- the city )urism and convention tax road crew for a job well done regard- ing snow removal and informed the council and audience that the Ow- ingsville Police Department is now at full staff, with five members. Street lights have been ordered for two locations in the city. The first location is the McDonalds turn-in to the Kiwanis sign and the second is a short stretch beginning at the turn-in to Pathways and extending up the hill towards the city. The mayor also announced that the city will be giving away 200 trees to Owingsville water and sewer cus- tomers. Getting into agenda business, one item garnering much discussion was Ordinance #3-2002. The ordinance creates a recreational, tourist and convention commission for the city of Owingsville and establishes a 3 percent transient room tax and estab- lished a I percent restaurant tax. The formation of this commis- sion, to be composed of seven ap- pointed people, is necessary before a city park is established. Realizing that no one likes to hear of new taxes, the mayor explained that they want to ensure that the money to maintain the park is there. It was suggested that the city seek out grant money. The problem is that grants are seldom long-term and can't be depended on to keep the park Turn to CITY COUNCIL PROPOSES, Page 22 make it Cable Wright 'loves the game' and enjoys officiating the heckling and gaff he often has to put up with from some to watch sons and their best to improve make their way to goodgames become intense and es- Ihe end of the game, SCore is close, officials often the wrath of irate fans times when crowds mistreated, Bath Athletic Director looks forward to games and says referee is not noticed by the ng his work very seriously, studies the game tg up on all the nentally pre- high-pressure situ- court dressed for tip-off to final move" in view of the play. down the basket- the actionis Wright has enjoyed 16th region. So just where does Wright offici- ate games? "Everywhere from More- head to Ashland and places in be- tween," he says. It was Wright's wife's cousin, Joe Thompson, from Mt. Sterling, who tempted Wright to become one. Thompson was a referee in a Lexing- ton association. Having refereed middle school and freshmen games, Wright decided to give it a try. To meet eligibility requirements, he had to pass two separate tests. The first was an KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) open book test. Passing this one allowed him to coach regular season games. The second was not open book, and was much tougher. Passing it allowed him to coach post-season games. "After I got into it, 1 enjoyed it," he says. So he kept doing it and regularly referees ballgames. "I'll average two games a week," he says. One place you won't see him is at Bath County games. The association won't allow him to do this, and Wright says he wouldn't want to anyway. As far as the sex of the teams go, Wright says he has no preference. "You just want good teams," he answers nodding his head. But what characterists make for a good referee? "Number one, you have to know the game," says Wright. "And nur two, I've coached." Wright says having been on "both sides of the fence" has helped a great deal. Especially in understanding where the coach is coming from when one argues a call. Wright says there have been times when he's acknowl- edged to the coach that maybe he didn't see what the coach saw. "Being able to make the call in a pressure situation is also important," he says. Wright says there is a lot more to the job than most people assume. He puts a lot of homework into getting the hand signals and calls right for the scorekeepers, coaches and crowd. "When the fans don't notice a refer- ee--that's how they know the referee has been a good one." There are, inevitably, instances where fans get ugly and see the inci- dent in question, completely different. Sometimes they even get personal in their heckling. In his eight years, Wright has had to throw two or three people out of a game. "You have to be thick-skinned," he says with a smile. Interestingly, Wright contends that the bigger the crowd, the less he heaa's from the crowd. He tunes them out; it's his job to focus on the game. "Referees don't decide games," he contends. "They don't affect the out- come." He says sometimes one bad call can of the North- Basketball Officials tnd referees boys and basketball in the pe0r c( py in Bath, Rowan, (045260) Telephone (606) P: O: Box 57"7, ngsvill, Ii!40 million d00xit ,n still begging for budget approval increase is only answer utive order. Patton highlighted that if a budget is not passed during this session, the state will be completely out of funds the first of July. For many members of the General Assembly, Patron's speech Wednes- day night mfght have fallen on deaf ears. Leaders in both the House and the Senate have previously voiced their opposition to tax increases and stated they want to look primarily at cuts in government as a solution to easing the state's budget woes. Law- makers believe that these cuts can be made without hurting essential gov- ernment services. Earlier in the week Rep. Harry Moberly, D-Richmond, told reporters the House's budget plan would most likely protect elementary and second- ary education, and they would look at other areas to make cuts. Speaking trom the House floor Wednesday afternoon, Rep. Joe Bar- rows, D-Versailles, told the House of Representatives that while it was the governor's prerogative and duty to present a budget address and explain to the public the state's condition, what the governor was going to say that night was "really irrelevant to what Make it special! .,t a reminder that Friday is Valentine's Day and giving a gift as a token of love and affection is really what this holiday is all about. It's not just something that women appreciate, but men like being acknowleged as well. For women, flowers, a card, or an article of jewelry is acceptable. If you've been really neglectful, all three might be a good idea. For men, an 18-volt cordless power tool will do the trick, tick- ets to a UK ball game, or a new Hog in the driveway is guaranteed to put a smile on his face. we have to do." Both Barrows and Speaker of the House Jody Richzls, D-Bowling Green, have indicated that the short session will provide an obstacle for working on the budget, Barrows said the only way to get a budget passed is to move quickly. Barrows said it was a mistake for the General Assembly to adjourn last year without passing a budget. Cam- paign finance contribution seemed to be the major hold up in last year's budget process. Barrows said the is- sue at hand this year, balancing a budget with little t'unds, might prove more difficult. If a budget is passed during this session, it will be in effect until the end of the next fiscal year in July 2004. "That budget is only going to be in effect for a year and a half," Barrows said, "By not passing a budget the ; affects will be far greater." Some areas that will be touched by Gov. Paul Patton's proposed budget: , * [ncrease the corporate license tax form 21 cents to 41 cents per $1fl0 of ' capital employed in Kertky atd extended it to LLCs. Replace corporate income tax with a"business activity" tax on sales, 13 cents per $100 of sales in Ken- tucky, and payroll, 6 cents per $100. Require dot-corns of compames with Kentucky stores to collect Ken- tucky sales tax on purchases. Restore sales tax to certain natural gas purchases by manufacturers. impose a tax on laundry anti dry cleaning; linen and uniforms; janito- rial, carpet and upholstery; pest con- trol and exterminators; admissions fees to golf, bowling, skating and amuse- ment park ride and car washes. Raise excise tax on cigarettes to 40 cents a pack. Impose a 13 percent excise tax on other tobacco products. . Increase provider tax from 2 per- cent to 6 percent on nursing facilities and intermediate-care/mental retarda- tion facilities. and: is down to the wire. If it came in the first seconds, it wouldn't necessarily be remem- bered. All referees are monitored by the association and are assigned ratings once a year. "We get ratings at the end of the year," says Wright. In the last four years, Wright has been rated in the association's top five (he's been as high as number 2). In his association, the 16th re- gion, there are about 34 referees. In the state, there are 500+, says Wright. February 5-9, he refereed the All 'A' Tournament, held at Eastern Ken- tucky University. The coaches in his region voted and he was chosen as one of 16 referees for the tourna- ment. Last year, he called the All 'A' Tournament when it was held at Morehead State University. Officiating the tournaments is an exciting pan of Wright's,job. He loves doing it'and says he d like to referee the state tournament at Rupp Arena one day. He is content in the 16th region and has no real desire to work in a college basketball arena, where he might have to drive six hours for a game. Maintaining his eligibility entails  urn m KOY (.:ABLE WRIGHT, Page 22 Roy Cable Wright preparing to officiate'a recent game.