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peopiesbankefkymam -p’.v:,; -:—~‘/ 500ents Vol. 155 No.11 Final property purchased for new judicial center Photo by Cecil Lawson Just another reason _, You’ll Like Tl Willa-r Urn. {Joanna/“Jilin. KY 1",.)36“ Ph . : one +5 4-999 1 Architect Jeff Gregory with Sherman Carter Barnhart in Lexington discussed upcoming design development plans for the V’ new Bath County Justice Center. The building is expected be around 20,000 square feet on two floors and will house i the county’s Circuit and District Courts as well as the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The building will be located on Water : Street, with additional parking to be located off of Main Street. By cecil Lalwson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com After a few weeks of uncertainty, the Bath County Project Develop- ment Board approved the purchase of a final piece of property on East Main Street for a new judicial centerin Owingsville. members ,On . Monday Board approved a requisition request for $110,968 from the Ad- ministrative Office of the Courts, which included $90,150 for the purchase a residence at 52 East Main Street owned by Steve Bashford. Last month board chair- man Bobby Rogers said that Bashford was not will- ing to sell his residence because he was unable. to find another residence within the Owingsville City limits, because Bash- ford also serves on the Owingsville City Council. At Monday’s meeting Rogers said that Bashford had decided to rent a resi- dence at Creekside Vil- lage until he found some- thing more suitable. The board purchased a back lot from Bashford last year for $25,000 but decided that additional parking was needed at the new judicial center, so they made offers on Bashford’s residence as well as to Harold Bashford next door at 60 East Main Street. The judicial center, Property cont. on pg. 12 fiscal DOIII'ISWIIGIIES years on grant protects By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Bath County Fiscal Court members agreed at their regular March meet- ing last Thursday to not ac— cept grant and loan funding for several projects'for the county after getting esti- mates on the projects, but they agreed to move for- ward With plans for a new ambulance service build- ing. Judge/Executive Bobby Rogers made court mem- bers aware of USDA Rural Development grant and loan funding opportuni- ties last year for the proj- ects, which included a new dome roof on the old court house, a new Chairlift for the old courthouse, a'roof for the trash compactor and trash bin at the county transfer station, and a salt bin. The USDA program. would pay for 35 percent of I the project with grants and 65 percent with low inter- est loans Initial estimates for the Projects cont. on pg. 12 LOGGING Q 606-845-871 8 . Timber Management l logging Fence Boards 1 Barn Siding Sawdust l Firewood photo by Cecil Lawson County Judge/Executive Bobby Rogers, center, discusses high estimates on a proposed USDA grant funded project with court members. Also shown above are, from left, County Attorney Kim Price,‘ Valerie Ward; and Commis— sioner Jimmy Craig. submitted by Vickie Wells Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health in Augusta, Georgia has been named Hospital of the Year for 2020 for the Encompass Health company. Dr. Pamela B. Salazar, the Medical Director, applauds the hard work and commitment of the staff. Dr. Salazar has been working at Walton Rehab for 23 years and is very proud of the recognition bestowed upon the hospital, Dr. Salazar is a member of the Bath County High School Class of I978 and the University Of Kentucky College Of. Medi- cine Class of 1987. She is the daughter of Linda G. Barber and the late Roger L. Barber of Owingsville. Solid Oak Maple and Cherry Bedrooms Thursday, March 18, 2021 local Kontuolui BRIGHT graduate looks to the future photo by Cecil Lawson Andrew Owens By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com A class of thirty-eight young civic and commu- nity leaders took part in a graduation ceremony in Hazard on November 20, 2020, capping off sev- eral months of leadership training. Andrew, Owens, Bath County Coroner and fu- neral director of the Mi- chael R Gray Funeral Home in Owingsville, was a part of that ceremony. Owens graduated from Kentucky BRIGHT, now in its second year, one of four programs offered by the Leadership Kentucky Foundation which targets residents in 54 Kentucky counties designated as distressed communi- ties by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Fellow graduates from the area included Tyler Curran from Nicholas County, Sara Hacker and Gene Detherge, Jr. from Rowan County, and Ben Carr and Patrick Lager from Montgomery Coun- W. The program is aimed young residents age 21 to 40 and is provided at no cost to the participants thanks to a $500,000 ARC grant and private funding. This valuable learning opportunity takes place over the course of five monthly three-day ses- sions which allows par- ticipants to meet with the state’s leaders and learn about Kentucky’s resourc- es and opportunities. Owens said this year’s meetings took place in Somerset, Ashland, Berea, Pikeville, and Hazard. Each meeting included speakers from different areas of the states from all walks of life. “When I arrived I didn’t know what to expect,” Ow- ens aid. “I thought, why am I here, what can take from this? I Was nervous, but once we all got togeth- er, I realized they all felt exactly the same way.” “We were given tasks, projects, and the whole concept was to bring them to life. One of the projects did come to life, a piece of legislation on recovery- ready communities, to insure that Kentuckians struggling with substance abuse disorder are sup- ported in their communi- ties,” he said. From morning to night, each monthly meeting session was busy, Owens said. “We were always doing something, and it was all beneficial.” The focus of Kentucky BRIGHT is to train future local leaders to focus in on how to solve Eastern Kentucky’s most pressing problems. “We saw ideas such as homeless shelters, how each community deals with the homeless issue, how food pantries work. They toured AppHarvest in Rowan County. We fo- cused on supporting local BRIGHT cent. on pg. 12 ll 8 10499 02178 9 Pallets i Custom Sawing Buylng All Grades of Export Logs Includlng WalnutAnd Low Grade Logs as Well Specialized Logging ' Directional Falling C crtificd Master loggers 674 Turner Road, Flemingsburg, KY'41041 m SVME MRS: luau sud IA . i 5 4‘