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**************************** ADC 4@@ 95@ @1-@1-5@ 52P 41S SMALLTOWN NEWSPAPERS **C006 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-12@8 What's inside: | This award-winning newspaper is invited into homes in Bath, Rowan, Montgomery, Menifee, Nicholas, and Fleming Counties 124th Year--Edition 50 (045260) (606) 674-2181 FAX (606) 674-9994 l Thursday, July 6, 2006 Your Hometown Newspaper P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 ] Obituaries A-2 Area news A-3 Lifestyles A-4 School news A-5 Courthouse . A-6 Rural living . A-7 Forum A-8 Opinion A-9 = i n i m u n Fiscal court pproves payroll tax during emergency called meeting Lydia's new home -- Lydia Jaden Copher, with Cathy's Mom, Regina Kissick; Tim, Cathy Copher, with their dog "Doodle," at their home in Farmers. Lydia is two-years-old and recent- ly arrived here from China, to her new home in America. (News-Outlook photo, h.d.patrick) Tim and Cathy Copher adopt 2-year-old orphan girl; both say, 'she's our miracle' Lydia's real birthday is not the 1970s, to be worried that By: Ken Metz News-Outlook publisher In last Thursday's special called meeting to vote on the county-wide payroll tax, the legality of the meeting was a pri- mary issue in question. Meeting in the crowded con- ference room of the Gateway Area Development District, Judge-Executive Walter Shrout called the meeting to order and heard from concerned citizens about the proposed payroll tax that would affect the working "class but would exempt those 62 years of age or older, farmers, and businesses. Some expressed their opinion that they felt it was unfair to exempt retirees, farmers and businesses from the tax. Judge Shrout said he did not feel it was fair to tax retirees or farmers who had already lost tobacco and felt businesses already had enough of .a chal- lenge since there were a very limited number of businesses in the county. Judge Shrout said he had cut the budget in every area and if the tax was not passed, the state would come in and take over. Some present stated maybe the state should take the county over. "I want to know what we are going to get for our money," said Greg Highley, a clerk at the Owingsville Post Office. Judge Shrout stated that the county owed a local bank $100,000, plus there were some other significant bills that had to be paid first should the payroll tax pass. He said the additional revenue would go toward, improving roads, sewers and other programs in the county but most present were not satisified with that response. Maurice, plant manager of Custom Foods, one of the major employers in the county indus- trial park, asked if the county had explored other options. He said people would like to see options and what they will do for the county. He asked if the coun- ty had a plan that showed what the revenue from the tax would do over the next several years. Charlie Matthews stated that he felt the special called meeting was held illegally because the notice was not posted in specific places and did not specify the subject matter of the meeting. Judge Shrout said he had talked with the state attorney general's office and felt he had complied. Shortly after a brief adjournment, Judge Shrout said he had contact the attorney gen- eral's office again and agreed that Matthews was correct so he called to order an emergency meeting at that point and made a motion that the county vote on the second reading of the ordi- nance to enact a payroll tax. He received a second and the vote passed 3-1 with E. H. Snedegar voting no The 1.5 % payroll tax will be implemented and anyone who works in the county will be sub- ject to payroll deductions as soon as the county administra- tor's position and office is in place The county will set aside $50,000 for the position with $10,000 for equipment and the remaining $40,000 set aside for the salaried position The payroll tax will be imple- mented October t. More details about the tax will follow next week. By: h.d.patrick known, but it is celebrated on China would be unable to feed lectrician and former Owingsville Mayor Rawleigh M. Havens, expires on July 2 the first day of summer, June all the citizens. Rawleigh M Havens of East cian, former Deputy Sheriff and Graveside services were held i Imagine going to work in the 21st. . So, the Chinese government High Street in Owingsville, KY, magistrate of Fleming County, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5, morning, glancing over at the She had her first birthday lmp.lem.ented the One Child, passed away on Sunday, July 2, KY and former Mayor of. 2006, at Mr. Carmel Cemetery se.e g arriving,: in :- i, 20I ,'a'PM L"l TI gpitat -OWing.grille. ' ' in I Te ii g County, with Br0. i* new infant America, although she did- The goalof this policy was to in Mt. Sterling, KY. Survivors include his widow, Gaylord Gillespie officiating. in the dirt. n't know what tO make of all the keep .C hina s population below He was the son of the late Wilma Mineer Havens; two son,The Richardson Funeral That happened about two people, the candles and the 1.3 billion by the year 2000. Gilbert Havens and the late Tony Havens of Lexington, KY; Home in Owingsville was in years ago in northern China and cake, she did, however, like the Today, China is home to over Laura Reid Havens. and David Havens (wife, Pat) of charge of all arrangements. was the beginning of an odyssey that led Lydia Jaden Copher to the Farmers, area, just across the Bath County line. She is now in the loving care of her new patents, Tim Copher (who grew up in Salt Lick,) and Cathy Copher. The determined couple went through a long and tedious process of red tape and thou- sands of dollars, over the past two years, to make sure Lydia had a good home to be brought upin. To see Lydia today, healthy and full of life, dressed in pink with her sparkly new shoes on, you would.never know she start- ed out her life that way. With an aversion to strangers when she first meets one, she nevertheless knows who Mona, Dad and Grandma are. She has a fascination with cameras, but does not like to have her picture taken. Both Cathy and Tim beam with pride when talking about Lydia and the journey they made halfway around the world, to meet her for the tirst time. "She is our little miracle," they both said, Mr. Havens was an electri- Salyersville, KY. Grand champion--I'm Unarmed, ridden by Jason Hughes, and trained by Bill Hernandez, won the grand champion walking horse stake at th e climax of the Lions Club Horse Show. Making the presentation were "Miss Bath County 2006" Jennifer Goodpaster, escort Jeffery Boggs, Madison Wells, Ginny Richardson and escort Matt Thompson. L Relay for Life staff 2006 helps raise over $63,000 for ACS The night was cool and pleasant and at first glance, from a distance, with all the lights blazing, the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grills, and the laughter and squeals of children playing, you would think you were at the annual July 4th Fair. But, the somber meaning of the night came about 10 p.m. when the names of those who had survived and the ones who had passed away, were read. Then the luminaries were lighted, one by one, by a flame from a candle carried by one of the cancer ~t q survivors. As we all know, "Where there is light, there is hope." % I presents, lovingly given to her by family and friends. But, she has, indeed, become part of the Copher family, as if she had always meant to be there. Although China finally was the place the Cophers decided on, for their child, they did try to adopt an American child, but ran into obstacles that were far more daunting than the ones they encountered overseas. All in all, the mute they took was the right one for them. Here is some history, of China's adoption tmlicies: China is the world's fourth largest country and is the nation most people turn to when they decide international adoption is the fight way to build their fam- ily. From 1983 to 2002, Americans adopted 33,637 chil- dren from China, having come about as a result of China's "One Child Policy." The One Child Policy came to be in the 1950s. Chairman Mao Tse-Tung urged his people to have lots of children to strengthen the coun- try. The population growth from this edict led the government in 1.2 billion people," Couples who violate the One Child Policy are subject to fmes (equal to three years' salary!), community ostracism, and even jail time. Baby boys are more valued in Chinese society than are baby girls, because boys carry on the ancestral name, inheritance laws, pass property on to sons, and sons are responsible for tak- ing care of aged parents. Because of this, many couples will abandon a baby girl, as in Lydia's case. Hundreds of thousands of baby girls are abandoned every year in China. The babies are abandoned in public places (such as busy streets, railway stations, in front of public buildings, and by the side of the road), so they will be found quickly. The babies are abandoned as infants - usually when they are only a few days old. In addition to little gMs, "special need" babies (handi- capped, those with birthmarks, and sick babies (both boys and --Turn to TIM & CATHY, Page A.7 By: h'd~dck" News-Outlook staff wdter With more than a" little help from her friends," Relay for Life Chair, Gina Goodpaster, helped raise $63,103.52 at the Annual Relay for Life event, held June 24, 2006, at the Owingsville Lions Club Park. Gina said, "Without all these volunteers, who went above and beyond the call of duty, we would not have been able to pull this event together and make it a success." Although the turnout and the amount raised this year was a little below what last year's totals were, the bottom line was, "there is hope" for cancer survivors and those who are currently fighting against this terrible disease, Relay for Life staff members 2006: Co-Chair, Ashley Asbury; Team Recruiter, Meranda Cox; Tinker Ray (in charge of Logistics); and Chair, Gina Goodpaster, organized the annual event, which raised $63,103.52 for the American Cancer, Society, June 24th, 25th, 2006. (News-outlook photo, h.d.patrick)