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/ Friday Sunday High: 47 High: 58 High: 37 Low: 39 LOW: 43 LOW: 21 v, Lth  bit o! rain; Thura ('l,,.Is and un. mild in the ahemoon; Ffay - Rain, cloudy and milder; Saturday - Rain. then hec,ning windy, clmdy; Sunday. Turning cloudy, a few wers late, Buses remain parked thanks to additional bad weather that forces extension of the school calendar ....... ,, enew your subscription 50 per copy egce.formations._Nature has a unique was covered in a thick layer of ice as were trees making chilling sights like this one, artistic, andgrasslands.Hundredsofresidentsnthecounty Etor those who had to traverse the outdoors or are still without power as utility cornparfies work to littered from power losses due to heavy ice, the restore service to area customers. (News-Outlook :uty was far removed from their minds This photo, Ken Metz) ce line along Washington Branch in White Oak, al night meeting of Bath Fiscal Court 00raws good crowd to dis(',t00ss business a sparsely attended 1 ' the regular meeiing of the court, held last Thursday night ]l-m., drew a rather large crowd. e first meeting, to be held in the me slot, had a moderately filled a, but extended into a lengthy tssion of new business items. unty Treasurer Doug Copher is report to the members of the . After the request was made,a Pt carried to transfer $10,000 mmlt e general fund to the jail fund. tions to accept the treasurer's ,ni for the approval of the li'. ms both carried. Rummage from the State W ay Department in Flemins- as in attendance to discuss ai Secondary Roads Program gike the court's recommenda_ llfor the fiscal year 2003-2004. lage asked for the " issi--- judge and ulers to come u __41Jiized list of four---, wztha ed -,tes [o De /to ndf;a description of the antial sumofmon- -ounty for these road repairs. Rummage said he needed the list, handed down in the form of a resolu- tion, as soon as possible to forward to Frankfort. Once the list is ap- proved, the repairs will get under- way. Final settlements were approved for the Bath County Sheriffs Office and the Bath County Clerk's Office. A request was made from D.O.V.E.S. for financial support from the Fiscal Court in the amount of $5,000. The court agreed to table the discussion on the topic. It was noted by Commissioner Billy Martin that in December, the court gave $500 to the organization. A motion was made to accept the resignation of Walter Shrout from the Sharpsburg Water Board on Jan- uary 31, 2003. Following this mo- tion, a separate one was made to accept the appointment of James Jones, to fill Shrout's unexpired term. The term will end January 10, 2005. The court voted unanimously to appoint William Crump to the Bath County Fire Taxing Board. He re- places Nick Shrout, who is no longer eligible to serve. In new business, Judge-Execu- tive Walter Shrout brought up the idea of purchasing a grader for the county's use. Shrout noted that FEMA funds were available and could possibly help cover the cost of a new or used one. Turn to FIRST NIGHT MEETING, Page 14 'Don't cut a/ucatbn' Concern over ful alng for education biings thousands' 3 capital during last week's rally UyDana : lt1%ss soaatton Ne.,s Over 20,000 teachers and school employees traveledto the state's cap- ita] on Wednesday to show their con- cern over funding for education. Among the issues of concern were the high cost of the school employ- ee's health insurance and potential cuts to the educatiqn budget, but signs amidst the crowd stated that the protest was about more than money. "This is not just about money but about education and our children's future," said Sharon Barker, Ken- tucky PTA president. "We must in- vest in our children because they are our future." I4" education funds continue to decrease, teachers and other school employees are concerned that may drive workers to others states to seek employment, especially certified employees. 'Tin concerned that if they start cutting funds that will affect teach- ers aides in the classroom and there will be less one on one with teachers and students. We won't be able to teach the things they expect us to teach," .said Kathy Sorrell, an ele- mentary teicher in Fleming County. Debbie Clark, a high school teacher in Fleming County, said that her school district is close enough to Ohio for employees to leave and go to work there. That causes Clark to worry, she said. Another concern for Clark is the high cost of their medi- cal insurance. "There are single parents and aides who have nothing left of their check after paying their health insurance. Something has to be done about it," Clark said. Linda Courtney, a bus driver from Walton-Verona, said the healthcare problem was a big issue that needed to be addressed in this year's session. "Healthcare is vital to an educa- tion system. It's so unfair that we have to cut staff. We need aids and we need teachers," Courtney said. Bill Clements, a high school teach- er in Nelson County, echoes those statements saying that classified em- ployees can barely make ends meet on their salaries after paying for in- surance. The 33-year-veteran teacher said that when he began teaching "health insurance was the one good thing that teachers could say they had. Now we don't even have that." Clements too said that the rally in Frankfort was about more than mon- ey, "We are trying to impress upon state legislation that we are concerned about education not just money in general," he said. Susan Osborne, a principal in the Washington County School system, hopes that the message the teachers took to the capital Wednesday was clear. "We are asking our legislatures to keep education its top priority this year, next year and every year," Os- borne said. "I'm here as an educator. I'm here as a taxpayer. I'm here as a parent and I'm here to tell our legislators I expect them to live up to the promise of KERA. We are hold- ing (the legislators) accountable." Lauren Dedic, from Madison County High School, wore a button which read, "keep the promise." That was the message she and others were sending to the members of the Gen- eral Assembly. When KERA was enacted in 1990, Dedic said, the leg- islators promised to support educa- tion 100 percent, now she believes things are worse. While the proposed budget now in the House Appropriations and Revenue committee doesn't call for new cuts in the elementary and sec- ondary education budget it doesn,t call for an increase in funding either. Thousands of Kentucky Educa- tion Asstvciation members sent leg- islators postcards supporting an in- crease in funding. Barker also said they are sbpport- ing additional revenue being brought into the state of Kentucky to help in balancing the budget. Over 50 candidates, constitution- al officers and candidates for office signed a letter of support for the educators' plight. It states that they be listed among the supporters, that. --Turn to CONCERN OVER FUNDING, Page 14 They rallied in FrankfortT eachers, school administrators and concerned parents, rallied at the state's capital last Wednes- day, to demonstrate their concern over possible cuts in education. With the state facing a $500 million deficit, taxpayers are concerned that lawmakers will make budget cuts in education to help offset the deficit in state government. the tricks of the trade--Carol Stephens (glasses) shows her students at Nu- ut,- :- -- .Y' in Mr. Sterling, how to roll customer Mabel Keith's hair. Stephens, owned Carol's ary. Se  .u.Wmgsv!lle, for several years before selling the business to Tammy Jo White in late , ,vw wOrKS full time instructing. Students pictured include Deanna Mann, Shannon Ginter, Richmond, Kim Smith, Shelly Grace Marshall and Jennifer Donothan. Carol Stephens' dream was to become a retirement, she is-,teaching others how to late Everett Spencer) lap. He had popular belief, abeau- tician's life is not glamorous. Behind the women who emerge from a two-hour appointment, look- ing beautiful and fresh, there are the frazzled.beauticians who are respon- sible for their new look, Aside from a having a hectic work schedule, there is the threat of vari- cose veins from standing in one place for hours, sore arms from cutting and curling all day long, and then there is the inevitable hardship of having to deal with a fickle custom- er. As far as qualities as to what exactly makes a good hairdresser, Carol Stephens, is quick to answer. "You have to have a knack for it !" Stephens says she knew all along she had the knack. When she was a child, she re- ' members sittin8 in her father's (the longer hair and wore it parted in the middle and Stephens would comb his hair. She also shampooed, styled, and even cut hair on her dolls. She says to this day, she tells students, "We're just grown-ups who still like to play with hair and make- up." "The knack has to be there---but the desire is more important." Though she had both the "knack" and the "desire" to enter into the field, Stephens was loyal to her fam- ily first. Stephens married young, then had two children and finished rais- ing them before she answered what she felt was her heart's calling. "I had taken care of my children and it was time to take care of my- self," she says. She was 40 when she enrolled at Nu-Tek Beauty Academy, in Mr. Sterling. The year was 1991. Elev- beautician, so after pursue their dream en months later she was setting up her own shop. Her husband, Roger, transformed the family's small storage building behind their house, on the corner of Main Street and Cecil Avenue;into a workspace for her. She named her shop "Corner Cuts." After she graduated from Nu-Tek, she took an apprentice test, which consisted of a written and practical exam. Her passing the test allowed her to get her apprentice license, but she couldn't work i ndependenfl Y until she acquired her maters. Stephens worked under her sister, Nina Finch, who had been a retired hairdresser, for the next six months until she finished her masters. "She saw me through my,learning process and helped me in more ways than one. Words can never describe how I appreciate, her," she says. Tum to CAROL STEPHEN$' DREAM, Paffe 14