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, Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday High: 40 High: 42 High: 44 High: 40 Low: 26 LOW: 30 LOW: 30 LOW: 24 &edneday - Windy and cold: Thursday. - Sunny to partly cloudy; l -A chance el rain or snov, late; Saturday - Rain or snov* possible; Stmday - Clouds an some sun. i ..... ,i Are you spending i 'the,'r'money? Guest columnist Jim Davidson talks about parents spending their children's inheritance --Turn to Forum, Page 11 50 per copy Year- Number 31 of February 28 - March 7, 2002 { set--John Napier and Richie s, Inc., of Lexington, were at work many of the final components on the high-tech greenhouse at the Bath High School Vo-Ag Department Monday The house when completed, is full- top00 School finances, personnel, superintendent, among many il ares that go under discussion automated to control temperature and irrigation and can be monitored and controlled from a re- mote location via computer on the web.It is due to be completed in about three weeks. (News-Out- look photo, Ken Metz) Childhood Council gets $10,000 grant County Early Child- in writing the grant. After complet- Owingsville Elementary School Caf- od develop- .ath County. The monies vet in late January and the finalized the programs in Feb- with representatives agency in the county il and assist ing an assessment of the county and early childhood for children ages 0 to 5 years old, the BCECC decided on four major programs. One of the programs financed by this grant will be childcare providers training for any licensed and certi- fied childcare provider in Bath Coun- ty. On Saturday, March 2nd, there will be a Childcare Providers Train- ing from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the eteria. The presenter for this training will be Jennifer Perry, Behavior Management Consultant, Big East Educational Co-op of Ashland, KY. Those attending will receive 6 hours of certified training and a free lunch will be provided. You may register by Thursday, February 28th, by call- ing Michele Johnson or Willie Jones --Turn to EARLY CHILDHOOD, Page 18 This month's meeting of the Bath County Board of Education was one that won't soon be forgotten. It was a meeting full of comments and negatwe remarks. Many issues where addressed and rumors were brought up concerning Superinten- dent Woodie Cheek's use of funds, character and overall handling of his job. Due to a large crowd, the meeting was moved from the Central Office to the cafeteria of Bath County Mid- dle School, during the board's first item, an executive session to discuss potential litigation. Even after the move, the room was packed and peo- ple stood lining the walls. Audience members included Sen. R. J. Palmer, State Rep. Carolyn Belcher, and re- porters from Channel 36 in Lexing- ton. Most came after witnessing the evening newscast, and others were curious or even fuming after bits of rumored information. Perhaps the hottest item on the agenda was item number 26, discus- sion by Sandy Crouch on finance issues. Regular items on the agenda were overshadowed by the dark cloud looming over the room. As the cam- era rolled and the audience fumed, the board members conducted the meeting as best they could. Board members came out of ex- ecutive session and arrived at the cafeteria at 8:10 p.m. After denying an audience mem- ber's request to move item #26 on the agenda, board chairman Carroll Otis and the board moved on, with nor- mal board tasks. Approved were the minutes from the January 22 and January 31 board meetings, all claims and the finan- cial report. Also approved was Pay Applica- tion #3 on the Bath County Vo-Ag Renovation, to Marius Construction in the amount of $65,087.97. Architect Brent Richards was on :....:.::.:.::.>:...:.:.:.::::.:+:.: .. ======================================================== :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::i'] / Winfred Dimnlston li;iiiiiil ! "".I ii',iiii] il  Ken rth W. Coyle !!iiiiii] ],/an nnx Shrout P!il ii::ii:i::i[ / ,rv, n G, Carpenter jiiiiiiiiii'] hand to report me project was ap- was made by board vice-chairman proximately 41 percent complete, as Jackie Watson to table the issue until they were two months into the five- next meeting when they can discuss month schedule and that it would be it in greater detail. "probably the first of May when Two early dismissal requests were they'll be done." granted to students. Beth Moore, Change order #1 was also ap- from BCHS asked the school board proved in the amount of $8,850 for to rethink the policy on early dis- the project. Due to bad soil, an addi- missal requests for next year so stu- tional 2-foot excavation had to be dents will be encouraged to stay in done for the footer all the way around school. the building. BCHS Junior Class President Ja- Karen Hatfield provided a report son Butcher asked the board for ap- on the schools' progress in teaching proval to use the Bethel gymnasium and learning. After four years of for a dinner and silent auction to block scheduling, next fall the high raise money for the Derek Corbin school will move to modified block Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser. scheduling, a decision made by the The board approved the request. teachers at BCHS. BCMS has begun Cheek was approved as the secre- an afterschool, independent AC read- tary of the Chenault Foundation. er program. The next item on the agenda, an The board approved a fund-raiser item heavily discussed, was the staff- for the BCHS Beta Club. ing policy. After Randy Crouch conducted a Nancy Hutchinson, memberofthe presentation to the board concerning --Turn to SCHOOL FINANCES, theband's needfor funding, amotion Page 1 'Severe Storm Preparedness Month' designated to save lives Governor Paul E. Patton has pro- and their families to be aware and claimed March "Severe Storm Pre- prepared should severe weather paredness Month." Special activi- strike." ties are scheduled across the state The Division ofEmergency Man- during the month of March to draw agement partners each year with oth- attention to the dangers of severe er state, local and federal agencies, weather and how to protect against as well as businesses and private them. organizations to promote severe "Severe Storms are possibly the storm preparedness through publi- greatest threat to the lives and prop- cations and programs. This year's erty of Kentuckians," said Governor campaign, "Be a Storm Survivor" Patton. "It is essential that our citi- focuses on what we all can do to zens understand how to appropriate- prepare for severe weather. ly prepare for and respond to these Information about preparing a events." family disaster plan and coping with Severe weather can occur at any severe storms may be obtained by time, however it is most frequent contacting your local emergency during the spring months. "Severe management agency or the nearest Storms Preparedness Month" is des- office of the National Weather Ser- ignated as a time to place specific vice. Information is available via the emphasis on the threat of severe internet at HYPERLINK http:H weather and how to cope with it. As kyem.dma.state.ky,us, http:// recentlyaslastyear, flooding in east- kyem.dma.state.ky.us or HYPER- ern Kentucky resultedin aPresiden- LINK http:Hwww.nws.noaa.gov tial Major Disaster Declaration for http://www.nws.noaa.gov. The 2002 the Commonwealth, according to Severe Storms Preparedness Guide Kentucky Division of Emergency may be found on the KyEM web site Management Director W. R. Padgett. at HYPERLINK http:H "We frequently experience episodes kyem.dma.state.ky.us/news/publica- of damaging weather in Kentucky. tions http://kyem.dma.state.ky.us/ Our citizens owe it to themselves news/publications. research "-Assistant Librarian Lois Crump helps Dareen Caudill, of Mt. Sterling, look on her family's history. Caudill has been researching genealogy for 11 years. Bath County.Memorial Library Genealogy Department is the place to begin your extended journey into.your family history In a small room, tucked away on the first floor of the Bath County Memorial Library, is the Genealogy Department. A humble looking room, but with a wealth of information for genealo- gists, historians and people who are just plain curious. It is a room full of books, looking ordinary, but containing extraordi- nary facts and information regarding the past lives of our descendents who walked this earth before us. There are shelves of books and various publications, filing cabinets and an enclosed case containing note- books on family names. People seeking documentation of their past, will tell you that the search is endlessand it is. While genealogy can be intriguing and fun, it can also leave you feeling like you've gone mad. "It is overwhelming, but we have ways to make it easier," says library volunteer Linda Denton, who has been researching her family histo- ry. There are forms beginners can fill out to aid their search and even a genealogy dictionary, which de- fines older terminology. The library's department has mostly information on Bath Coun- ty, but also contains bits of informa- tion on surrounding counties and. the state of Kentucky itself. Sources for genealogical research include Bath County census infor- mation, records on the Owingsville cemetery, marriage licenses, an in- dex to wills, politicians and politics within the county, rosters of sol- diers from wars, and so much more. Even the Bath County News-Out- look, then the Owingsville Outlook, dating back to 1884, can be viewed via microfilm. The department began as one small shelf in an upstairs room. "You could only look if someone took you up there," says Lois Crump, assistant librarian. During the '90s they brought it downstairs and began adding infor- mation. When they remodeled they decided to make a seperate room for the department. Crump says, as far as the resourc- es go, the late Mildred Wonn is re- sponsible for a lot of the compiling. Jean Williams helped substantially and George Stone as well. Denton is also is among its contributors. A bit of our genealogy, for those gaining curiosity: Bath County was formed on January 13, 1811. The origin of its name came from the medicinal springs located within the county. The area now known as Kentucky was formerly a part of Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1770. In 1772 it --Turn to BATH COUNTY, Pag 18