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el !ili!00 Member of: /National Newspaper Association  Kentucky Press Association Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association /International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors Ken E. Metz, Publisher & Managing Editor Margaret C, Metz, Associate Publisher, Advwlising Manager Sunny Kramer, wrermhotogr= Lana McCoy, saiN Ropn,vo Harry Patrick, Om'cor.pos. Tonja May, Auimnt Offe Manger . Are you an honest person? Several years ago I heard my friend Bob Murphy from Nacogdoches, Texas, tell about a young man who had just gotten elected to his first term in the state legislature• When this young man arrived at the state capitol to per- form his duty, an old member who had been there for years, took him in tow to show him the ropes. After he had given him a tour and introduced him to a num- ber of prominent people, he said, "Son, I want to give you a little advice• You have been elected to represent your people. You are in a position of power where vou of eater • • - gr service than anyone In your district• With mind, above all else, be Honest, just take money stay with "em." I heard Bob tell that story, it was funny, but in it's not nearly as funny as it used to be. It's day in America when we see more and more executives being led away in handcuffs be- 1 indicted for participating in schemes dishonest gain. In other words, they have represent out of millions and millions Greed is a terrible thing. have not thought about it, the word honest person who will not lie, cheat or steal. One who and trustworthy." Obviously, the people who h revolved in variousdishonest schemes, thought can get away with it They either didn't care to consider their family'members who were or miliated, plus the fact they would wind in jail or prison• sure you know that dishonesty comes in many Here is a good example that I had never You may recall a recent column about s daughter being interviewed on televi- September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. she said, (or was supposed to have said) was and Ive had more positive feedback regarding than any in a long time• I totally with the content, otherwise I would not have fith you• is what happened. Some person took her a good number of things that she did not say to further their own cause. In her interview, Anne Graham Lotz did not say anything about Madeline Murray O'Hare, prayer in schools, Bible reading in schools, Dr. Benjamin Spock, teachers, principals, lack of school dis- cipline, abortions for our daughter, murder, suicide, sa- tanic themes and on and on. One of my very astute readers, Mr. Carroll Williams, called me the day the column ran and pointed this out to me. He was even kind enough to send me the transcript of the actual interview• The way this lie was perpetuated was by e-mail over the Internet. While I am naive and perhaps a little too trusting, I never even considered checking the transcript against the e-mail to see if it was accurate. When I contacted the ministry headed by Anne Graham Lotz, a staff member wrote me back to say they were aware that a false interview was being circulated• Here, I am reminded of what Gomer Pyle would say, "Shame, Shame, Shame." In my heart I believe this person thought they were furthering the claims of Christ, when all they really did was turn a wonderful interview into a lie and in doing so, they did more damlge than any good they could have ever hoped to achieve. What this person should have done is stand on his or her own two feet and shout it from the rooftop. In America, we have the freedom to do that. But don't ever lie by putting words into someone 1 ' e se s mouth to further your own cause• My sincere apologies to each of you who read my previous column• I will try to be more careful in the future. ,Ignorance is one thing, but deliberately lying is wrong. We all need to be honest, because there will be a payday someday• (Jim Davidson is a motivational speaker and syndicated columnist• You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034•) ' ooeeo Jim Davidson is a syndicated columnist who resides in Conway, Arkansas, and has served as a motivational consultant with the Chicago-based Nightengale-Conant Corporation. He founded Con- tinuing Education Services, Inc.. and has since developed a number of personal development products, including a cassette series. "America •.. A Brief Glimpse Of All 50 States" and "Staying Up in a Negative World". He is also the author of two books, titled How To Plan Your 1,bf£ and You Can Be the Best• now in its third printing. Davidson has spoken to over 1,600 audiences in 15 states. His engagements have covered almost eve. area of society and he has worked with administrators, teachers, and students in our nation'.; public schools. His personal philosophy of life centers around common sense, hard work, and treaqng-Ier people'Lh digni and respect. qualities that he feels are so t'nport'-'-ahi t'b'thei'-e of our'g'reat nation. You can contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway. AR 72032• nidentified wild animal has been running loose, killing farm animals County; The February term of Bath Circuit Court opens, 1964 15. 1900 bought the Matt Clay near Sprout, for $60 per acre•" l, of Farmers, was of Miss Pearl Landrum at of this week• Fe' aged 86 years, bruary 7 on the of Flat Creek. - , George ot Polksville and Miss Sallie of near Moores Ferry. 13, 1902 Sant Stevens and well known citi- Oak, left Wednesday to make their future home• Mary Burbridge will leave for Cincinnati to study the millinedT. Jackson, of Roe's Run, has s shop in the stand Y OCcupied by S. D. Thomp- vmg from the train Satur- Iton and Miss oodard had a narrow escape• were in a surrey driven by a g•boy when the horse touched a and was killed. The occu- carriage were consider- but not hurt. 12, 1903 bought from Mrs. her property on Wilson in Bethel for $1,000. of pneumonia, in his Ratliff. He leaves a children. are building for R. T. Richardson, 13,19 animal is running loose in reported strike was ; Manley at Slate where a hog was ,' en .... unable to get • uugn to the animal to identify the bushes, it as yellow with white on its breast Other re rts • ." po that killed a calf were not guests Tuesday night of were Mr. and family, Mr. and. Turner, Mr. and Mrs. George Garrard, Brendaand Douglas, Mrs• Estill Garrard and Mr. and Mrs. Emery Reed and Randy. Nancy Maze will be entering the Medical Center Clinic at Lexington Friday following an accident which happened near Paul Johnson's motel a week or so ago. A car traveling East hit her knocking her over in a field near by, after which a nervous disor- der has developed. James Albert Cook, 53, of Sharps- burg, Route 1, died Friday of injuries suffered in a fall in a tobacco barn. Other deaths this week include: Raymond W. Wright, 49, Montgom- ery businessman and farmer, died at his home Sunday night after appar- ently suffering a heart attack. Mrs• MarthaEllenConyers,62,ofOwings_ ville, Route 1, died at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Central Baptist Hospital in Lex- ington after a long illness• Mrs. Alice Maze Otis, 79, died at 5:45 p.m. Satur- day at the Mary Chiles Hospital after a short illness• Mrs. Martha Staton Shrout, 81, died Friday morning at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana after a short illness• Elbert Earl Harber, 60, of Lexington, a partner in Harber Shoe Repair, died at 12:55 a.m. Monday at the Good Samaritan Hospital. Mrs. Amasetta Pieratt, 75, Bethel, the widow of Luther Pieratt, died Mon- day morning at Bradenton, Florida of a heart attack. Charley William Bailey, 76, died of a heart attack while riding on a farm wagon pulled by a tractor driven by a son, Charley Bailey Jr., on Tunnel Hill Road about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Coroner Ray Gregory said the stricken man fell offthe wagon and died instantly. He was not run over by the wagon, the coroner said. Mrs. Dollie Ramey McGiothin, 56, wife of Coleman McGlothin, of Sharp- sburg, died about 3 p.m. Friday at the Mary Chiles Hospital in Mt. Sterling. Clifford H. Dragoo, 74, Paris, a retired farmer, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Bourbon County Hospital after a year's illness• Two Winchester men were injured when their truck left U.S. 60 about a mile east of Owingsville Wednesday night and overturned. Fred Burgess, driver of the tractor trailer, was treated at Clark County Hospital. His passen- ger, Morris Branham, suffered a back injury. He was taken to Central Bap- tist Hospital, in Lexington, for treat- ment. Ralph Oliver, of the firm, which owns the truck said the vehicle was carrying about 10,000 pounds of to- bacco in baskets. The tract was dam- aged, but, he added a large portion of the tobacco was saved. The February term of Bath Circuit Court will open Monday, February 24, with Judge John J. Winn presid- ing, Jurors drawn from the jury wheel toserve include Willie Highley, Elrfier Hargis, Coleman Shrout, Floyd Robinson, Walter E. Reynold, Allen Vanlandingham, Orville J. Sorrell, Jake Razor, Osbin Snedegar, Mill Carter, Herman Faudere, Ford' Manley, Ben Allen Sharp, Ben Petitt, Allen Vanlandingham, Sr., Ed Rice, Jr., Kenneth Williams, Jas D. Davis, Joe H. Anderson and Elgin Bromagen. Other are Clark Ramey, Jimmy Coyle, Russell Ingram, Eugene Smith, James D. Ledford, Herman Vance, John T. Everman, Norman Crump, Arnold Stacy, George Allen Manley, Milburn Shultz, Avery Ford, Jimmie L. Will- iams, Earl Vice, James V. Whitton, Adrian Coyle, Boone Razor, Arthur Roberts, Riggs Manley, Clarence Bristow, Estill Warren, Calvin Ingrain, Paul Story, Mrs. Dolly Cline, Dan Razor, Morgan McKee, Eugene E. Williams, Roger Norris, John W. Moore, Thurman Phillips, C. H. Markland, Russell Tapp, Raymond Bailey and Harmon Everman. Thursday, February 11, 1993 Kentucky Transportation Secretary Don. C. Kelly Friday announced an- other cooperative effort between his cabinet and a Kentucky school dis- trict. The Bath County School Dis- trict will be working hand in hand with the Transportation Cabinet to institute the High School Dropout Law, which prevents a person under age 18 from receiving a drivers li- cense if they are notenrolled in school or of they are academically deficient. The many curves on Ky 11 will be straightened in a construction project authorized by the Kentucky Depart- ment of Highways. The approximately one mile long project is expected to take one and a half years to complete by S. H. Contracting, in Flernings- burg• It is estimated that the project will cost $2,738,000. A Legislative Perspective by Rep. Carolyn Belcher Time and money--these are the essential elements legislators must reconcile as we work to establish a state spending plan that all Kentuck- ians know is way overdue. Time is a factor we cannot over- look. Working in an abbreviated, 30- day annual session, we are limited in our ability to investigate fully our options for reconstructing Ken- tucky's tax code in a meaningful way that is fair to all--businesses, fami- lies and individuals. We must work piecemeal to protect education and essential human services while en- suring that any government waste present in our account is expunged, and quickly• Money, or the lack of it, is not a problem unique to Kentucky. State budget debts are growing at an alarm- ing rate. A new report from the Na- tional Conference of State Legisla- tures show that two-thirds of the states must close a $26 billion gap between now and June 30. State leg- islatures around the country will have a common goal this year: balancing a budget with declining revenues and growing demands. During the economic boom of the late 1990s, the Kentucky General Assemble funded millions of dollars in programs and projects that helped all sectors of society--kindergarten through 12th grade, higher educa- tion, community infrastructure, ear- ly childhood development, expand- ed Medicaid and Medicare benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and eco- nomic developments in all parts of the state, to name a few worthy ef- forts. Along the way, we also cut 26 separate taxes to the tune of more than $50 million. We worked to provide the types of services that we believed would move Kentucky forward, and many of our efforts have brought great opportunity--and tax reliefto thousands of Kentuckians. We also returned dollars we believed would better be spent from your own pock- et by eliminating several onerous taxes• Now we find ourselves in a situa- tion of cross purposes--an increases need for services coupled with a de- crease in revenue• We know that the people of the Commonwealth de- serve a continued investment on their behalf, but in these difficult times, opportunities are few• . '"'., Gov. Paul E. Patton this week presented a complex spending plan that includes tax increases that would generate $573 million in revenue for the continuation of efforts to im- prove education, additional invest- ment in college campuses and capi- tal projects, and funding for all cur- rent social problems. Gov. Patton's proposal called for an increase in the state's cigarette tax and a number of reforms aimed at changing the way Kentucky collects taxes from businesses• Other parts of the governor's plan included an ex- pansion of the sales tax, an increase m the Medicaid provider tax, and a reduction in the pension tax exclu- sion. Some aspects of the governor's plan may have merit, but it is a com- plex  proposal that would require much more study than our short an- nual session provides. At this time, there seems to be little or no inclina- tion to raise taxes and, here again, numbers come into play. Any reve- nue enhancement plan considered in an annual session requires a "super majority" of three-fifths oftbe mem- bers in both the House and the Sen- ate. That's a level of consensus on a tax proposal that is unlikely to be achieved at this time. All of us are looking for ways to tighten the state's belt, without hurt- ing education and causing harm to those who are the most vulnerable in our society• How we do this in a short amount of time with a limited amount of money is the most crucial challenge many of us will ever face as legislators• I, along with my colleagues in the House, are moving forward in this difficult task. The continued input from our constituents will help guide the way for us to come forward with a plan that is in the best interest of Kentucky in these extremely diffi- cult times. Please contact me with your suggestions, your questions and your concerns by calling toll-free, 1- 800-372-7181. ACROSS 1 Strike-breaker 5 Apply lightly 8 Company founded by Rockefeller 12 Saxophone range 13 One of the Gershwins 14 Unstable par- ticle 15 Suitable 16 Word game 18 Show up 20 Prejudices 21 Morose 23 L-P center 24 Discarded 28 Handle 31 Motorists' org. 32 Scarecrow stuffing 34 Debtor's let- ters 35 Strait-laced 37 Slightly grat- ing 39 Enthusiast 41 Misfortunes 42 Houston ball club 45 Home of Cornell University 49 Pennsylvania city 51 1998 Goo Goo Dolls song King u:oss 00v)rd 7-- ;--- -- 12 15 18 lll 24 Z5 26 31 35 m m 42 43 49 5t) 52 55 52 Critic Pauline 7 Zinger 53 Work unit 8 Set up dikes 54 Harvest 9 Below the 55 Belligerent speed of deity sound 56 "- Doubtfire" 10 Shoe bottom 57 New Mexico 11 Individials art colony 17 Intention 19 Swiss peaks DOWN 22 Gracias, 1 Episodic tale across the 2 Hoofbeat Pyrenees sound 24 Potential 3 On syrup 4 Wine shop 25 Mercury or (Sp.) Saturn 5 Throws off 26 1957 movie, 6 Curved line "- County" 9 10 11 27 Sweethearts 29 La-la lead-in 30 Purchase 33 Poet Whitman 36 Large-scale artworks 38 Unisex top 40 Heavy weight 42 "- silly ques- tion, 43 Cicatrix 44 Branch 46 Vicinity 47 Florentine farewell 48 Snakes 50 Bobby of hockey lore 2003 Filing season begins new features on IRS.gov • Kentucky residents will find new Web site features, expanded free e- filing options and more helpful ser- vices as the Internal Revenue Ser- vice opens the 2003 tax filing sea- son. Taxpayers also will see reduced tax rates, more deductions and fewer forms to file. This week, more than 500,000 tax packages and 300,000 million elec- tronic-filing brochures will begin arriving in Kentucky mailboxes• The IRS estimates that more than 1.8 million individual returns will be filed this year by Kentucky taxpay- ers. Taxpayers will be provided with more options than ever with expand- ed online assistance at IRS.gov. Key changes being introduced for the 2003 filing season include: • Taxpayers can check on the sta- tus of their refund by visiting the "Where's My Refund" section on IRS.gov. • For the first time, more than 60 percent of all taxpayers will be able to prepare and electronically file tax returns for free on the Internet. The IRS Free File program, offered through private-sector partners, will be available beginning in mid-Janu- ary through IRS.gov. "The IRS makes history this year with new electronic services for tax- payers• We want to make it easier than ever for taxpayers to get help, and IRS .gov does just that," said IRS spokeswoman Pat Brummer. "Peo- ple can use the Web site to answer many of their tax questions• They can use IRS.gov to find options for free e-filing programs• And taxpay- ers can use the Web site to determine whether their refunds are on the way." The IRS.gov Web site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other 2002 tax year highlights for taxpayers include: • Reduced tax rates• Most tax rates have decreased by 1/2 percent and new 10 percent tax rate applies to all fliers• • Schedule B. Most taxpayers won't have to file a separate Sched- ule B unless either their interest or dividend income exceeds $1,500. The change means 15 million tax- payers will have one less form to fill out. Previously, taxpayers had to complete a Schedule B if they had more than $400 in either taxable interest or dividends. • Tax deduction for teachers. Ed- ucators may deduct up to $250 in out-of-pocket expenses they paid for classroom supplies. • More working families may qual- ify for the Earned Income Tax Credit as a new law excludes nontaxable income such as supplemental mili- tary pay for housing or combat from the credit comoutation. • Deduction for tuition and fees. : Taxpayers may be able to deduct up i to $3,000 of qualified tuition and fees paid in 2002 for higher educa- ', lion for themselves, their spouses or , dependents. • Retirement Savings Credit. Tax- payers who meet certain income! guidelines may be able to take a i credit up to $1,000 for qualified re-i tirement savings contributions. . In addition, the personal exemp- I tion increases to $3,000." For those' taxpayers who do not itemize, the', standard deduction increases to* $4,700 for single, $6,900 for head of! household and $7,850 for married; filing jointly• Also, the maximum' Individual Retirement Arrangement', • i contribution increased to $3,000 for the 2002 tax year ($3,500 for taxpay- i ers 50 and over in 2002). The IRS.gov Web silo is'a good! source to explore what tax changes i are in effect for the 2002 tax year. The Newsroom section contains many news releases and fact sheets on recent changes. Publication 553,' Highlights of 2002 Tax Changes, : will provide detail on tax law chang- i es of interest to individuals and busi-. nesses. The IRS also is introducing some, new toll-free telephone numberthis i year to expand customer services to individuals and businesses• Small businesses, corporations,; partnerships and trusts that need help i or information related to business returns can call 1-800-829-4933.1 Individuals needing tax help can call 1-800-829-1040 to speak to a cus tomer service representative or ar- range a visit to Taxpayer Assistance Center. Individuals can call 1-800- 829-4477 to hear pre-recorded tax information. Individuals, business- es can tax professionals can call 1- 800-829-3676 to order forms, in, structions and publications• For the 2003 filing season, help i i just a computer click or telephone call away. Alumni night at Morehead State University, Feb. 22 The Morehead State University Alumni Association, Inc., is spon- soring an "Alumni Night" on Satur- day, February 22, at the MSU vs; Murray State basketball game. The Lady Eagles will take on the Murray Racers in a match-up that begins at 5:30 p.m., while the Eagles will take to the court at 7:30 p.m. in the Academic-Athletic Center. Additional information and tick- ets are available by calling the Of- fice of Alumni Relations at (606) 783-2080 or (800) 783-ALUM (2586). Our policy... Any advertising offered by any person to any employee or agent of The Bath County News- Outlook is subject to final acceptance by the publisher at any'time prior to distribution of dds newspaper. The publisher reserves the fight to refund any money prod and to reject any offe to advertise, The right is also rese'rved to edit all news or advertising copy to expreSS clarity. The News-Outlook will extend credit for any exror made in an advertisement only for the actual space taken by the error and not for the full advertisement. Corrections of significant mistakes in this newspaper will he published when attention is called to these errors. Allletw to the editor should he no more than 200 words in length and must-he signed by the writer, with his or her phone number and mailing address listed, to he considered for publication. Equal Housing Opportunity: We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U. S, policy for the achievent of equal housing opportunity throughout qF'm"  the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and ! m i marketing program in which  are no barriers to obtaining housing Immm because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. i