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8 - April 6, 2017 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Bicentenial cont. from page 1. 5"H s'g J are growing." While he said that exact numbers are hard to come by, the closest comparison for economic growth and growth in tax revenues from the sale of alcohol in the county are with the city of Grayson in Carter Coun- ty. Grayson voters went wet in 2013, and Whisman said that the city collected around $213,000 in addi- tional tax revenues in its first year. Grayson has just over 4000 people, and Carter County has a population of around 27,000, over twice as large as Bath County. Whisman said that this is an imperfect comparison because of the difference in population and because Bath County has three in- corporated dries. He said that while the county and cities would benefi.t from tax revenues from alcohol sales as well as inventory taxes and proper- ty taxes, businesses would also benefit from the sales. The number of alcohol licenses available would be determined by population and by the state and a local alcohol beverage control of- ricer. "It is all very hard to cal- culate," he said. Whisman said he also took issue with many things said in a letter to the edi tor in last week's News-Out- look by Rev. Lowell Rice, Langley Fran- kling with Elliottville sculptor Sam McKinney, with a small-scale version of the proposed stat- ue of Eugene Minihan with his reknown saddle. urive Bobby Rogers remem- Minihan cont. fron page 1. bers his grandfather hav- ing a ' very good" Minihan saddle, and his father using tville, Kentucky, near More- one as well. "If I was out at head. Anyone donating an auction and saw one for $250 or more will receive sale, I'd definitely be inter- as a souvenir a handcrafted ested in it," he said. mini-statue of a Minihan Many apprentices copied saddle, a $20 value and suit- the "spring tree" saddle able to be placed on desk- design, including John and tops. Thomas Salmons, who According to Tallarigo, opened their own saddle the project originated with shop in Mt. Sterling around Langley Franklin, who was 1900 and were known for inspired by similar statues sewing Minihan's pattern in his hometown of West into their saddles. Liberty, longed for some Gary Hunt, a retired means to memorialize Mini- schoolteacher now serv- I han and approached Bath ing as Owingsville mayon County and Owingsville spoke of the need to "ex- officials with the idea. "I tend" Minihan's legacy "to think there's interest in it," our children, and to visitors Langley said, "and it's still here. It's a great resource growing." Franklin also ell- for our people here. Eco- visions a "Kentucky Planta- nomic development takes rion Saddle Trail" along 1-64 all kinds of shapes and in the area to further spot- forms. Hopefully, down the light the story of Minihan road, this will pay off for all and similar saddle makers, of us." As part of a very labor- Tallarigo, who said she intensive process, Minihan loves history, feels a certain took a standard Somerset connection to Minihan. Broad Cantle saddle tree "I want to help honor and removed the center of my Native American heri- the tree bars, then splicing tage and keep it alive by in pieces of stiff leather to handcrafdng beadwork, so make what amounted to I can relate to the crafts- a hinge, thus creating the manship of how the saddles first, and most successful, were made," Tallarigo said. flexible tree design. Each "What I have enjoyed the saddle was tailor-made to most about this project is fit the individual. Original seeing the craftsmanship Minihans are highly prized and the heart that went into possessions that have been making each one of these passed down through gen- saddles." erations." Other EKU students who has been a long-timeBath Cou0tyJudge-Exec- who played leading roles outspoken critic of alq hol - sales in the county. ,' the coun Whisman said that llow- ing the petition drive. ing the legal sale of alcohol in the county would not en- courage underage drinking but would do a great deal to curtail it by regulating its sale and by running illegal bootlegging sales of alcohol out of business. He also noted that local ordinances could be passed to regulate outdoor advertising of alco- hol sales. Whisman claimed . that Rice said many things in the editorial that are outland- ish, such as people from outside the county and even He agreed with Rice that "no one wants to see more drunks on the road, but the fact is that there is already going on, and it's not going to stop." "I disagree with people who say, Tnere is no such thing as responsible drink- ing.' There are people who drink responsibly, and you're not going to solve that problem by taking it away from people." The News-Outlook will continue to follow this story as it develops. with the project included Kailynn Eggett and/Kerie Steele. "A Quilted History: The Kentucky Riding Saddle," a documentary on the sub- ject directed by EKU faculty member Chad Cogdill, Mc- Spirit and Neil Kasiak, oral historian with EKU Librar- ies, is airing on Kentucky Educational Television this spring and helping to raise awareness of the region's heritage and Minihan's con- tributions. It will air on KET Kentucky on Monday, April 10, at 5:30 a.m. EDT, and again on Tuesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. EDT. planned so far for the year: * Saturday, April 22, Bi- centennial Celebration at the Sharpsburg Commu- nity Center - 11 a.m. Bath County Memorial Library Sharps- burg branch will present a slide show of citizens past and present, yearbooks from the old Sharpsburg High School will be on display; there will be spe- cial events in the class- room with Holly Howard and the Bath County Arts Council and others; local craft vendors will be set up in the gymnasium with baked goods, clothes, rio- ral, jewelry, shoes, and Mary Kay cosmetics; Co- operative Extension Agent for Consumer Sciences Nicole Gwishiri will be on hand with food samples, recipes, and incentives for healthy living - 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., live music and the Bath Coun- ty Cattlemen's Association will have steak sandwich- es for sales; and Coopera- tive Extension Agent for Agriculture Robert Am- burgey will be on hand - 2 p.m. Jamie's Dance Studio will be performing in the gym - WKCA will be on hand for a live broadcast during the festivities * Saturday, June 3, Re- lay for Life of Bath County will be having a Relay event at the community center for Sharpsburg and Bethel * Saturday, July 8, Sharpsburg Community Day, in which Main Street will be closed off, events at the old fire station, in- cluding Gospel singing from the Sharpsburg Bap- tist Church and Greater First Baptist Church Men's Group; and Citi- zensBank will be hosting an ice cream social for Customer Appreciation in the afternoon * Saturday, September 23, dedication of the Ma- jor General Henry T. Al- len historical Memorial placard and a ceremony to recognize local vet- erans at the community center, which will include Sharpsburg branch. Mayor Clemons told Richter and Crump that the library is a great asset to Sharpsburg. ' In other matters: * Mayor Clemons an, nounced to council memi bers that the 2016 delim a flyover from the Ken- quent tax tucky Air National Guard, and speakers Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Sannie Overly, Col. Lashawn Jones, and James MorrisJones. Oth- er local military units are also planned to be in atten- dance. * Saturday, November 18, Sharpsburg Christmas Parade, with the theme Red, White, & Blue * December events are not finalized, but the Sharpsburg Baptist Church is planning on having a live Nativity this year. Council members also heard from Bath County Memorial Library Direc- tor Michael Richter and newly promoted Assistant Director Christi Crump who shared the library's financial audit for the past four years and discussed upcoming events at the library, including a con- test to design the library's patron cards (designs due April 15), an heirloom to- mato seed program (this Thursday), an upcoming photo walk around Ow- ingsville (Saturday, April 8), and events on Bicen- tennial Day (April 22). Richter said that ex- tensive renovations at the Main Branch have al- lowed more materials, in- cluding more periodicals, to be circulated through the Sharpsburg Branch. Crumps said that Use of the Sharpsburg Branch is increasing, including circulation and use of the computers and internet. Richter added that because Crump will be world'ng more in Owings- ville in the future, he is working on getting a con- sistent staff settled at the amount fallen from $2053 to 8683 due to people paying this year's back taxes. 'i- * A survey of Back Street was completed by Allen Justice behind Peck's Farm Supply to de: termine right of way dis- tances, but the report was not available at the rime of Monday's meeting. * Council members ap- proved written contracts for city sub-contractors due to worker's compen- sation regulations. These coatracts were with Bill Clemons (mowing at city hall and the community center), $340 a month; George Wilson (mowing at the city park), $225 a month; and Terence Clemons (mowing at old Sharpsburg Cemetery) i $150 a month. * Council members also approved an annual fair housing resolution and proclamation of for build' ing and safety awareness? * A household shower to benefit two Sharpsburg residents who had their homes severe!y damaged in the March 1 storm will take place this Sunday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Community Center. * The National Work Zone Safety Memorial Wall, which contains the name of the late Kend- ale Ashby, who died in a workzone accident in 2014, will be on display at the Community Center on May 19 - 20 as it travel across the country. His sister, city clerk Tonya Ashby, will take part in a news conference in Frank. fort in connection with the Memorial. f L