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/ Mr / I[  Frozen people plan great, Friday Saturday Sunday , ,. I/( ...... ) but who ls gomg to turn crank? ,:; ............. !j ....:.. .... ,,,=, ............ .,..,-,,.,,- l[ RUSS METZ 50 per copy iNumberi4iiiiiiiiiiii!iiii!i!iii!iiii!ii!iiiiiiiii!!i?iiiii! This award-wlnning newspaper linvited into homes in Bath, Rowan, Montgomery, Menlfee, Nicholas and Fleming Counties disturbe, of several con- ;and parents ran high at a special called Bath County Board em of concern was a position the never had. of why , was posed. was visibly upset the board was firm on sticking with their a large crowd nd the meet- opened, a by board mem- rescind a mo- last called meeting, to of assistant su- deadline t 5 p.m, if it cnt effort to d#adline: eoopera- get the --The Editors irate {over motion to create assistant position in heu, budget deficits perintendent. Her motion carried 4-0. (Board member Bobby Rogers was not present for the meeting.) G. Crouch made a second too- don to then create the position of assistant superintendent, a motion that again carried 4-0. An audience member inquired as to why the school system needed an assistant superintendent. Board chairman Sandy Crouch answered that, "we deleted some positions at the central office--we'll get to that iateryour questions will be answered." Next, a motion was made by G. Crouch to employ Nancy Hutchinson as superintendent of Bath County Schools. With a sec- ond from board member Danita York.Richardson, her motion car- ried 4-0. The meeting then shifted to the subject of moving the fifth grade back to the elementary schools. This was an issue that G. Crouch said she was strongly in favor of. She asked that a committee to look into the issue be formed and asked for volunteers. As several teachers, administra- tors and parents came forward to become a committee member, their names were taken and a decision made to meet at the board office Thursday, May 1, at 6 p.m. This meeting is open to the Public. Owingsville Element,Guid-- ance Counselor Sherri Kissick asked the board if the schools' "open door" policy would be done away with, or if district lines would be drawn in the county to designate which of the three elementary school students would have to at- tend. S. Crouch replied that the matter would be left up to the committee. G. Crouch made a motion to form a committee to place the fifth grade back in the elementary schools. The committee will report back to the board at the May 28 regular board meeting. Treasurer Jo Brewer addressed the board concerning the budget. Brewer handed board members a copy of the tentative budget, re- -Tar. to MANY DISTURBED, Page 22 You can still help make this parade one of the greatest With May Day little more than a week away, plans are being final- ized for the 50th crowning of a new "Miss Bath County" on Saturday, May 10, at the Bath County Middle School. Each year, the Bath County May Day Festival is a grave undertaking forcoordinators and volunteers, but is a most worthy event as an annual spring celebration, bringing friends and families together, and show- casing some of our community's greatest talents. Technology grant--Thanks to a law enforcement technology grant awarded to The Center for Rural Development, local law en- forcement agencies are in the process of get- ting new equipment to help them better serve their jurisdiction. Here, Owingsville Police Ser- geant Todd Tout uses the laptbp in his cruiser. The laptop is part of the second phase of a four phase implementation. Soon, TOut will have a scanner in his cruiser to be used to scan the new driver's licenses in order to attain informa- tion. (News-Outlook photo, Sunny Kramer) Rural Development grant helps law agencies purchase new high-tech equipment for road It is still not too late to build a The Center for Rural Develop- float. If you have a grolap that is ment has'n awarded a grant interested in building a float,please designed to improve the effective- ness of law enforcement through the integration of technologies that enable local law enforcement agen- cies to access and share criminal justice information. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assis- tance primarily through the efforts of Congressman Hal Rogers. All county and municipal law enforce- contact Gloria Metz, May Day Pa- rade Chairman, at 674-2189. Also any other interested persons who would like to have an entry, contact her for clearance as well. Let's make this May Day another memorable one by participating in the parade and attending the pag- eant for the crowning of the 50th "Miss Bath County" of 2003. 2003 'MISS Bath Cou_nly' Contestants Jodi Lynette Triplett Daughter of Tlmmy and Gina Tdplett Brenda Sue Jordan Daughter of James and Phyllis Jordan Amanda Kay Mitchell Daughter of Danny and Patricia Goodpaster Rachelle Martin of Richard and ment agencies located within the 42 county area served by The Cen- ter are eligible for technology awards. The Center is working closely with the Kentucky Justice Cabinet, the Governor's Office of Technology and the Kentucky State Police in the developmentofa seam- less system for law enforcement information access. An Advisory Committee comprised of law en- forcement representatives, educa- tors, government officials and tech- nical advisors has been established to guide The Center on the admin- istration of the project. The project will be implemented in four-phases as follows: 1. "Starter kits" that include desk- top computers, appropriate soft- ware, printers, scanners and digital cameras for each agency. 2. "Field laptop" computers, ap- propriate software, bar code scan- ners, printers, vehicle mounting solutions and office docking sta- tions. Awards of "field laptops" will be made at a ration of one to five officer/deputies. This phase will also address voice radio "critical needs" issues. 3. Development of three model sites for mobile data computing networks. 4. Installation of records man- agement system (RMS) and com- puter aided dispatch (CAD) soft- ware solutions. Some phases will be implemented concurrently with others as the project time'fine progresses. This project will provide the much-needed communication be- tween jurisdictions to ensure the safety of our families, neighbors and friends. This is the most com- prehensive law enforcement tech- nology integration project ever un- dertaken in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Rogers, j day, May, tension Service, or 1  members, t# j, v Renee Baber, Owingsville, has taught students to play the piano in her :Udents have ranged from ages eight to over 60, and many have gone on to play Y or in their church. Baber, a faithful member of the Owingsvitle United Methodist a Gideon, plays the organ at the church and often accompanies her husband who Sings during services. Above, student Tammy Bailey, gets a lesson from Baber. Renee Baber gtves tile 'gift' of teaching to her students with help, guidance from above mny .... t, lews.Ou Staff Wer One of the greatest blessings an individual can possess is a particu- lar skill or talent, and many find that the best way to show their appreciation for that blessing, is to pass their knowledge on to some- one else. Lorena"Renee" Baber is one of those people, who felt that she .could demonstrate her gratitude for her musical talent, by teaching ,others to play the piano. For the past 30 years, "Miss Baber," as she is affectionately referred to by her students, has 'conveyed her love for music to her students through her teaching of beginning piano to hundreds of students throughout the years. When Baber first began teach- ing the piano, there was already someone teaching more advanced students, but no one was available to work with beginning students. Once her four children were grown and in college and needing extra income, Baber felt a calling to teach piano. "I,ve been blessed with wonder- ful children and wanted to keep children in my home, so I began teaching children piano." Thirty years ago, when she be- gan, Baber had 33 students and taught full-time. Nowadays, she teaches Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, averaging about 14 students. Students range in age from age 8 to 60 and over; and there is a wait- ing list for new students. Her students' personality, atti- tude and talent, vary as much as their age does. She gets students who have short attention spans, who would rather be playing video games and don't bother to practice, and she has stu- dents who are attentive and eager to develop a talent. However, she has never had a "bad" student, she says. Baberdescribes teaching as "fun, but taxing" and adds that she ad- mires teachers in schools who can teach a classroom of students all day. Her older students usually be- come close friends. She insists that "anyone" can play the piano. "Really wanting to; and having a passion and determination is im- portant," she contends. "We start right at the beginningS" she says, using a series of basic piano books. Her half-hour lessons fill her Turn to RENEE BABER, Page 22