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State law indicates that local option elections must be held between 60 and 90 days after the petition is filed which would fall be- tween May 30 and June 29. The election also would have to be held on a Tues- day, so potential dates would be May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20, or June 26. Also on Friday, Judge Rogers posted a status up- date on his Facebook page indicating that the petition had been submitted and that he was aware of the conflicting opinions sur- rounding the issue. Coyle said on Tuesday afternoon that he and his staff were still in the pro- cess of verifying the signa- tures and may be done by the end of the week. the opportunity to vote on He also noted that the the legal sale of alcoholic petition was being kept in a beverages in their county. secure location while veil- Bath County should keep fication was taking place, the tax dollars in our local A petition drive last year economy when purchas- to gather signatures for a ing beer, wine and spirits. local wet/dry vote collect- Several communities sur- ed the required number of rounding our county have signatures but a tangle of election laws prevented it from being scheduled with- in the 60 to 90 day range. The petition drive has elicited a great deal of de- bate over Bath County's wet/dry status on the streets and on social me- dia. Since last October, Dal- las Whisman has taken the lead with the Progress in Bath County group. They have a 727 mem- ber Facebook group whose stated purpose is that "the citizens of Bath County should be given already been reaping the benefits of legalized alco- hol sales and the taxation that comes with it." Whisman stated "Most People I talked to were fine with it. Some opposed it. I always told them to make sure that they were op- pose l to it based on facts, not fearmongering or be- cause of scare tactics." He said that "an over- whelming number" were Photo by Cecil Lawson At right, Bath County Clerk Roger Coyle looks over a petition requesting a local wet/dry election handed in support of it but would to him by Dallas Whisman and other members of the not sign their namesto the group Progress in Bath County last Friday afternoon. W~/][]ht~ Show above, from left, are Rick Rogers, Carmen Elam, Stephanie Crouch, County Judge Executive Bobby Rog- cont. on pg. 8 ors, David Jackson, Coyle, and Whisman. 0 an by Jerry Wallace It has been called the Ca- dillac of all saddles. Many knowledgeable horsemen consider the "Kentucky Springseat" the- finest riding saddle ever made, but few know the story of its creator;, Eugene Minihan, who fashioned the unique product in his shop in Owingsville, Ken- tucky, from the late 1880s until his death in 1926. Now, an Eastern Ken- tucky University senior is helping to perpetuate his legacy. Jessica Tallailgo, a se- nior animal studies major from nearby Mt. Sterling, has worked with local and regional community lead- ers and others familiar with Minihan's work, to launch a GoFundMe campaign ofundme.com/ Photos courtesy of EKU Pictured with a Minihan saddle just outside of the loca- tion of Minihan's shop in Owingsville, from left, are Bath County Judge-Executive Bobby Rogers, Langley Franklin of West Liberty; and Owingsville Mayor Gary Hunt. eugene-minihan-memorial- statue) aimed at funding and placing a statue com- memorating the craftsman at the Bath County Court- house, not far from what was once the Eugene Mini- han Saddle and Harness Shop.Based in EKU's De- par tn nt of Anthropology, Socio )gy and SocialWork and u der supervision of Stephanie McSpiilt, the '"heritage preserva- tion project" is designed to raise awareness about the important roles that horses and horsemen played in the regional economy and in history of Appalachian Kentucky. The initial goal of $10,500 will cover the cost of a life- size bronze saddle statue. If $38,500 can be raised, a life-size bronze statue of Minihan will be built. The sculptor in either case will be Sam McKinney, a highly regarded artist from Elliot- Mhdhmt nt. on ..... F by Cecil Lawson Bath County Memorial Library I~irector Michael Richter, standing, spoke with Sharpsburg City Council members Monday evening about upcoming events at the library and the Sharpsburg branch. .>.:, l Further: preparations Bicentennial celebration. under way, for Sharps-She noted that she has burg's Bicentennial year also invited ministers from were dis ssed during all local churches to Monday S. regular Aprilpart in each of the i -: City Coun it meeting. The following is Mayor orothy Clem- . schedule of all ons said their she had more ' details to add to the exist..., cont. t 7th annual March Against Drugs cancelled due to weather but powerful message still By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com message. The Bath County High School Band performed as well as a local church youth group, Fully Persuaded, fol- lowing by a duet from senior Alyssa Williams and Cross- roads Elementary Assistant Principal Sean Bailey. This year's guest speak- er was Jeff Wilson, a 1976 graduate of Bath County High School and a basket- The threat of rain forced the cancellation of the 7th annual March Against Drugs last Friday, but the program was still held at the Bath County High School gym with all of the countiy's 4th through 12th graders assembled for the anti-drug ball standout who went on to play at Morehead State University and North Cen- tral Texas College, which he led to a 1980 NAIA Division I Championship. Wilson's life took many wrong turns after college, including facing decades in prison for multiple counts of armed robbery. "I could have been one of the best basketball players in the Country, right here from Bath County, but I destroyed my life," he told the Wilson said that he Photo ed out smoking marijuana and later graduated to using harder drugs such as LSD, angel dusty, ar!d cocaine. "I want you to know what was out in front of me be- cause of my alcohol and drug problem," he said. Wilson now has ten years of sobriety under his belt and works as an alcohol and drug counselor. His message to students was clean. "Alcohol and drugs will destroy your life." Following Wilson's speech, Owingsville Mayor Gary Hunt, Supt. Harvey Tackett, and County Judge Executive Bobby Roger all signed a proclamation de- claring March 31 at March Against Drugs Day. 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