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KyN00Group Bath County P.O. Box 577, March 1, 2012 .:.: 7*, SOME OF THE STORIES INSIDE THIS WEEK'S ISSUE Food Allergies in Children Up to 6 percent of children in the United States under age 3 have a food allergy, and this percentage keeps rising. It's importt to be aware of food allergies because they can be life threatening. Page 2 Obituaries Jimmie N. Parker Helen Hardin Maze David Joshawa Stegall Ida Mac Martin Charles L Howard Rufus William "Bill" Vance Bethel McCleanhan Mary Elizabeth Irvin Sutton James Robert Thomas Walter Irvin Karrick Pages 3 & 4 Community Calendar Page 4 Heaven is a lot like Kentucky THE HUNGER GAMES Don't you dare look out your window darling Everything's on fire The war outside our door keeps raging on Hold onto this lullaby Even when music's gone Gone Page 6 District Court News Page 6 Spelling bee winner, may compete at state The winner of the Coun- ty Spelling Bee is Makay- la Jones, Bath County Mid- die School 8th Grader. Page 7 Academic Team Academic Team mem- bers represented Bath County at the recent Dis- trict Competition at Cross- roads Elementary. Page 7 Junior Beta Club competes at national level Bath County Middle School Jr. Beta Club members attend- eel the State Jr. Beta Conven- tion recently under the direc- tion of Ms. Rehee Fugate. Page 7 This town's gone to the dogs! I Council hears neighborhood watch plan, sewer update By Cecil Lawson News Editor cecil@kynewsgroup.com Photo by Cecil Lawson .The local stray dogs held a brief meeting in front of the Owingsville IGA last week before heading out on their separate ways for the day. Rescued Bath County dog gets a second chance Now a celebrity in the World Spay Day Contest Submitted by Susan Harris A dog that was recently :'escued in Bath County is holding her own in first place in the World Spay Iay(mtest that is be- ing sponsored by the United States Hu- mane Society and the Humane Society In- ternational. Penny was rescued by a lo- cal Utility Service Tech, Anthony Horton, who works for KU Electric on December 12, 2011. Anthony found Penny chained and severely emaciated, with her puppy, Lenny. Penny had been chained, with- out food and water, for approximately 3 weeks. She had 6 puppies, 5 had starved to death. Penny ground her teeth off try- ing to free herself from the chain. Penny was found at an abandoned house on Mc- Carty Branch Road in Olympia on Decem- ber 12, when her puppy, Lenny, led An- thony Horton to the spot where she laid. No one helped her. Neighbors watched as she and her puppies starved. No one came. No one cared. KU Electric placed a call to Sylvia's An- imal Sanctuary to report that a dog had been found in deplorable condition. In turn, Bath County Animal Control Offi- cer David Jackson was called and imme- diately went to the location on McCarty Branch Road and took Penny to the Bath Vet Clinic. She was later released to Syl- via's with prayers that she would survive. Sadly, her last remaining puppy, Lenny, passed away 10 days later. Penny con- tinued to gain strength, and, right be- fore Christmas, Pem,y was transported to New Castle, Delaware, to the Lost And Found (LN10 Dog Adoption Center, for further rest and recovery LNF Founder and Director, Marleen Oetzel, was deter- mined that Penny would never, ever suf+ fer again, and that everyone would know her story. As Penny continued to re'gain her strength, she was entered into the World Spay Day Contest where she is a super- star! Funds from the voting and first prize will be used to provide funds for spay and neuter procedures to the homeless and abused animals, with Bath County to re- ceive future grants from this contest. In the first part of February, Sylvia's Animal Sanctuary received a grant of 81000 from the contest winnings in 2011. Look at Penny today! She continues to dazzle and be loved, and give love in re- turn. She is a celebrity, has a fan club on Facebook, and she will never know mis- ery and pain again in her life. Sylvia's Animal Sanctuary wishes to thank Anthony Horton for rescuing Pen- See Rescued on pg. 2 March proclaimed Severe Weather+Awareness Month Governor Beshear has signed a proc- lamation declaring March 2012 as Se- vere Weather Awareness Month, urging all Kentuckians to be prepared for severe weather. Bath County Emergency Man- agement and elected officials echo the need to be aware and be prepared when severe weather occurs. Weather is by far Kentucky's most com- mon, reoccurring threat. Kentucky has had ten declared presidential disasters, which ranks third in the nation over the past four years, and are all weather relat- ed. "Our state and our communities have all seen firsthand the effects severe weath- er can have on our families and our soci- ety," said Stephanie Stewart, Bath Coun- ty Emergency Management Director. "Tragically Kentuckians lose their lives each year to severe weather, the most. common being flash flooding. Which is why we must be aware, use caution and remain prepared for inclement weather at all times." If the lights go out, are you prepared? That is a simple but necessary question that we must all ask ourselves. In the event of a power outage something as simple as having a flashlight, radio and extra batteries available can make a dif- ference in your safety during these times. Every family and business should have an emergency kit and emergency plan. Bath County Emergency Management offers these guidelines: PLANNING FOR DISASTER: "Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan!" Be Aware: Know in advance your weather fore- casts. Own a battery backup NOAA Weather Alert Radio and battery (or crank) oper- ated AM/FM radio for local broadcasts. Stay tuned to your local broadcasting stations. +' Discuss conditions with family member and know their location during times of known potentially threatening conditions. Be Prepared: Discuss your plan with family members and neighbors. Review your plan periodically for neces- sary updates. Refresh you emergency kit(s). Drill: practice your plan with household members. If you own a generator, read and famil- iarize yourself with the owner's safety manual before ever attempting to use it. Have a plan: UTILITES: Writteninstructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if au- thorities advise you to do so (Remember, yourll need a professional to turn them back on). SHELTER: Identify safe locations with- in your residence and long term shelters See Severe on pg. 2 The Owingsville City Council had a special called meet- ing Monday evening as a make-up for the regular Febru- ary meeting that was cancelled earlier in the month. Present for the meeting were Mary Gary Hunt, City Clerk Cathy Conway, council members Jimmy Davis, Nancy Purvis, Faith Corbin, Laura Ellen Johnson, Gary Bealert, and Robert Bashford, City Attorney Earl Rogers III, and City Accountant Doug Moore. Prior to the meeting, Mayor Hunt and the council members presented a special honor to William Reed for his 50th birthday. Reed was given the very first "Distin- guished Citizen Award" in recognition for his years ot unselfish service to the community and the school dis- trict. Reed is a 1982 graduate of Bath County High School and was for many years the Wildcat mascot at the high school, and he continues to volunteer at the middle school. City council and audience members watched a video produced by students Hunter Kissick and Logan Routt about Reed and his life. "We are a really close family, and that's what I like about Owingsville," Reed said after receiving his award. The city audit report was delivered by Andy DeMoss and Jerry Hensley, representatives from the public ac- counting firm Ray, Foley, Hensley & Company. DeMoss said, "Not every city gets a good report like this," prais- ing the city office for its good accounting practices. DeMoss noted that the Streetscape project and the sewer expansion projects made up a good deal of the pre- vious year's budget, creating a lot of cash flow between accmmts as money was received from grants to pay for the projects over Fiscal Years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. Hensley said that both rev- enues and ex- penses for the city came in less than budgeted because of pro- jections based on the larger projects in the city. Members of the city council approved the au- dit report unani- mously. Mike and Jodie Ratliff made a presen- tation to the members of the city council re- garding their work in organizing the Preston Neighbor- hood Watch Group. Jodie said that her parents, Rube and Helen Blevins, who Own the Blevins Grocery in Preston, had experi- enced two break-ins in the last three years, the first time that has happened in their 40 years of operation. "I was so upset when I saw my mom and dad's faces that morn- ing," she said, referring to the most recent break-in in November. In response to these and other break-ins in the Preston area, they helped to form a neighborhood watch group. "We are not the police," Jodie said, "We want to be neighbors helping neighbors." Notice about the first meeting was spread through word of mouth and through churches and Facebook, and See Council on pl 2 Critical sign appears at bottom of town hill By Cecil Lawson This sign appeared over the weekend at the Miller Shopping Plaza at the bottom of "town hill" in Owingsville. It was located near the entrance to the Owingsville BP/Smoke-4-Less store, on property owned by Ricky Williams. A store employee said that she was not certain who placed the sign there, but that its message seemed very "inappropriate." She also said that the Bath County Sheriff's Office had been called about it and that there are some copyright concerns over the use of the BP symbol on the sign.