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10- June 05, 2014 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook LOCAL NEWS Photo by Cecil Lawson Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Vietnam Veteran and tireless advocate for the United States' POWlMIAs since the 1980s, spoke with WKYT Channel 27's Seen Moody Sunday afternoon as the annual Blessing of the Bikes/Ben and Bryan Memorial Ride at the Owingsville First Church of God on yesterday's release of American POW Bowe Begdahl. Bergdahl, an Idaho native, had been held captive for five years as a POW of the Taliban in Afghanistan and whose release was a top priority of Belcher's organization, Task Force Omega. Belcher thanked the efforts of all who lobbied the U. S. government, as well as top government officials, who worked for his release. Belcher said that Task Force Omega is holding a Welcome Home Rally in Frankfort for Bergdahl at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial on June 29. POW cont. from page 1. Texas. • Danny "Greasy" Belcher, a Bath County native, Viet- nam Veteran, and Execu- tive Director of Task Force Omega, has been a tireless activist for the recognition and release of American POWs and for American soldiers missing in action, beginning in the 1980s. Task Force Omega took up Bergdahl's cause a few years ago when it appeared that the U. S. government was not making his release a priority in their military or foreign policy. Belcher said he wanted to express a big thank you to everyone who wrote let- ters to their representatives and government officials expressing their desire for more action to be taken to further the release of Berg- dalai. Since 1988, Belcher and many other veterans and motorcycle enthusiasts have participated in an an- nual ride to Washington, D. C. to raise awareness of America's forgotten POWs and MIAs. "" Belcher is now proudthat at least one American POW is returning home alive from Afghanistan. Following his return from the latest Ride for Freedom, Belcher was in attendance this past Sunday at the an- nual Blessing of the Bikes, an event accompanying a local memorial bike ride sponsored by the Owings- ville First Church of God. His activist efforts gar- nered the attention of WKYT Channel 27 the same day, whose reporter, Scan Moody, interviewed him during the ceremony. Belcher also spoke with the News-Outlook about Bergdahl's release. He said that he especially wanted to thank the efforts of Kentucky Sen. Mitch Mc- Connell, Rep. Andy Barr, Rep. Brett Guthrie, and former Rep. Geoff Davis for keeping the issue at the forefront of their attention in Congress. He also singled out the work of U. S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who in February 2014 had ap- pointed acting Undersecre- tary of Defense" for Policy Michael Lumpkin as the lead official in reorganizing the Defense Department's efforts bring home Amer- ica's only captive of the Af- ghanistan War. "Everybody that worked on this needs to look in the mirror and smile," he added. Although he acknowl- edged that some might be critical of trading militant Islamic detainees held at Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba for Bergda- hl, Belcher refused to lose sight of the big picture. "The time was fight;" Belcher said. 'q'he main thing.is, we have something to be happy about- we got a live American home." Belcher said that Task Force Omega had origi- nally planned on having a rally in Frankfort in sup- port of Bergdahl, but they are now going to change it to a welcome home rally for Bergdahl. "Every American citi- zens need to be proud," he said. "We showed that our soldiers are not expend- able. ". I Several display models on sale grea= t oea!l now. Check our website for a Come see Dan for a full listing.  Since 1991 3 1/2 miles SE of Flemingsburg, Ky. on Rt. 32 (next to the Valero Gas Station) 606-845-0540 • 1-800-710-4822 Quality is our Goal! Ask for Sam Yoder or Mark Yoder Thank You I would like to say Thank You to everyone who helped with my campaign for Bath County PVA. Whether it was your prayers, words of encouragement or your vote. I am humbled by the support I received. This was a great experience for me as I met many great people that I may not have got a chance to meet otherwise. Your support was greatly appreciated. Thanks again, ]eremy Paid for by leremy Bailey Thank OU I would like to thank the vot- ers of District 1 for your vote & support. They were greatly• appreciated. Thank you, Millard Pettit III Paid for by Millard Pettit III gomery and surrounding counties for almost 14 years. Bilt Grimes who has tire- lessly worked along with many others to make the clinic a beacon of hope for the poorest of the poor with- out medical help, said that now 800 to 1000 of their pa- tients are now on Medicaid and are no longer in need of their services. However, Grimes said, the clinic remains open, and, due to an upcoming change of policy, will still provide medical care to those who are still financially strug- gling. "We want people to know that we are still here," he said. "We didn't want to l closethe doors." [ While the clinic's gov- I erning board had yet to ap- [ prove official, Grimes said l that care will still be avail-[ able for those who still have I low incomes and still not signed up for health insur- ance coverage. It will also be available for those who have health insurance but who have high deductibles and catastrophic health care coverage. "The Affordable Care Act has been good for us and for Bath Countians," Grimes said, noting that over 500 of the clinics most active pa- tients have been signed up for health insurance. Julia Maness, nurse prac- titioner at the clinic, noted, "The level of care these pa- tients are now receiving is a lot more formal to'them. It's causing some of them anxi- ety." Grimes added, "We have : aspect of health care here at the clinic." The NewHope Clinic is still located on 41 South Court Street in Owingsville, Shields also discussed with council members at length about funding cus- todial services at the com- munity center. She said that, while she recognized their energy and dedica- tion, she didn't think that having council members themselves oversee the custodial duties "them- selves was a workable solution in the long-term, and she suggested options for funding, including an- ticipated increased fund- ing from the county's oc- cupational tax (due to the expansion of the CTI/Cus- tom Foods plant in Ow- ingsville), the use of Area Development Funds from the Fiscal Court, negotiat- ing lower bank payments on the loan, and increased support from the Friends of the Sharpsburg Com- munity Center. "This will be a new ndventure for you all," Shields said. In other business, coun- cil members approved second readings of the 2014-15 budget for the city, a revised nuisance ordinance, .and blighted property ordinance. Mayor Clemons also made several announce- ments in relation to the community center, includ- ing the Bath Memorial Library's Summer Read- ing Program, which will have two events at the gym on Friday, June 13, and Friday, June 20, both at 1 p.m.; the Bath County School District's Summer Feeding Program and Cool School Machine mo- bile learning lab, which will be at the community center every Tuesday, from June 9 to July 15; a Labor Day Festival, on Sat- urday, July 20. Bath County Schools Preschool Registration Preschool registration for the 2014-15 school year will take place on qhursday, June 5th at the Bath County Board of Education Annex. Contact Christina Grace or Lisa Stewart at 606.674.6314 to schedule a screening appointment. Income eligible children that will be four-years-old by AUGUST 1st can attend preschool. Identified disabled three-year-olds are eligible for preschool services as of their third birthday. A small number of four-year-olds may be enrolled by paying tuition. This number is determined by space available upon enrollment of all income eligible and disabled students. At registration, each child will be provided with free hearifig screening, vision screening and developmental screenings. These screenings take approximately an hour to complete. Parents need to make sure that their children have been fed and have rested properly prior to registration. Please bring the following pieces of information to registration: 1. an official birth certificate 2. an official immunization document 3. current physical examination (within last 6 months) 4. eye examination conducted by an optometrist or ophthal- and there office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thurs- mologist days. Call 606 -674 - 8822 5. proof of income (W-2s or last year's tax forms preferred) for more information and to et, up an appointment. ............. II I Thank you Task Force Omega of KY Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization. We are a POW/MIA and veteran activ- ist organization. WE would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support for our recent ceremony at the Lions Club Park. This was our 26th year to be doing our Annual Ride for Freedom for POW/MIAs. The first 17 years starting in 1988 we went to Washington, DC. For the last 9 years we stay in Rainelle, WV for LZ Rainelle/WV Veterans Reunion. Everyone is always welcome to any meeting or event we have or even join as a member. It is not about motor- cycles or even being a veteran. It is about being patri- otic and doing something for our POW/MIAs and our veterans. Thank you all again for your support. • Lions Club • Town and Country Food Mart • Owingsville Banking Co, • Family Discount Drugs • Richardson Funeral Home • Doug Copher, Bath Co. Treasurer • Doug Moore CPA • Madhatter's Country Store . Peoples Bank • WKCA and WMST Radio • Senator Albert Robinson • Senator Walter "Doc" Blevins • Rev Lowell Rice • SAG M/C . Ronnie Martin • Owingsville Police Dept. • Father Paul Prabel • Bill Grimes • Larry Hamlin, DDS Danny Greasy Belcher Executive Director Task Force Omega of KY Inc. Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 1968-69 D Troop 7th Sqdn 1st Air Cav