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]he News-Outlook is now published on Thursday (USPS 045260) 127th Year--Edition 52 98584-2263 44P P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 * l-'n.: b9994 July 26, 2012 e By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The monthly school board drama returned Tuesday evening as board members Bill Boyd, B. A Franklin, and Chairman Hurschell Rawl- ings voted to remove board attorney Ifim Hunt Price once again and rehire Lex- ington attorney Dana Fohl in her place. The board also voted on but failed to remove Steve Meadows as Interim Super- intendent Present for the meeting were Boyd, Franklin, Rawl- ings, board member Lisa McFarhnd, Interim Supt Meadows, and board attor- ney Price. Board member Sandy Crouch was not pres- ent Boyd made the motion to hire Dana Fohl near the end of the meeting. There was a brief discussion between Boyd and Franklin follow- ing the motion, and Franklin then seconded the motion. Franklin then said that he had recently attempted to visit the central office while elections were being held for the parent and classified employee member posi- tions on the superintendent screening committee. He "Some might say you have that capacity ended in May. no right to be there." Meadows said, threw out a bomb there," and said that he entered the voting room at one time, to ask Franklin to leave. Franklin reminded Mead- ows that he was a board member. Meadows replied her to do with the superin- that he is a board member tendent applications she had only when he meets with other board members and that he was not authorized to be present at the voting place. Boyd brought the discus- siGn back to the board at- Photo by Cecil Lawson torney. "An attorney cannot Interim Supt. Steve Meadows, left, board attorney Kim force a contract on the board kJunt Price, second from left, both traded words wlth of education," he sald. vice chairman B. A. Frenklln, second from right, durlng McFar]and said that the Tuesday's regular called meeting, board has already had five said that Interim Stipt Steve Meadows asked him to leave. When Franklin asked him why, he said that Mead- ows said that he was intimi- dating voters. "I didn't like that," Franklin said. Franklin said that he left and that he called Rawlings, who had said that Meadows had contacted Price. Price responded by saying that it was "my advice" that no one be present in the vot- ing area except for those di- rectly responsible for caring for the election. She also said that there was no case law on this mat- attorneys and that all of ter, but that in most public them had been directed to elections, no one is allowed get rid of former Supt. Nan- in the voting area except cy Hutchinson but none of election workers and voters, them were able to do so. She She said that the priority of also said that the board was the community should be no setting itself up for a hwsuit interference, by hiring another attorney. Meadows said that Frank- Franklin responded by lin had entered the building saying that the board could through a side door, did not hire or let go of its attorney. announce his presence, and The board then voted 3 to went s!raight to the voting 1, which McFarland casting room. the single no vote, to hire Boyd shot back at Mead- Dana Fohl as the board at- ows and said to him that torney. he was a candidate for the Fohl has been a presence superintendenfs position, at the Bath County School Board since November 2011, when she was first hired as board attorney renewing the brief return of Boyd from a 90 day suspension. Fohl Boyd made a motion' to hire Fohl as board attorney during last month's regular meeting, but the motion died for lack of a second. Following the rehiring of Fohl, Price asked board members what they wanted in her possession. Rawlings said that he would pick them up. Boyd made another mo- tion to allow Fohl to submit a contract with the terms of her previous contract with the board. This was also approved 3 to 1, with McFar- land again voting no. Following this, Franklin made a motion to remove Meadows as Interim Super- intendent The motion was seconded by Boyd. There was no discussion, and when a vote was taken, it was 2 to 2, with McFarland and Rawl- ings vo ug against the mo- tion. The motion failed to carry. On other agenda items, board members: - were informed by Chair- man Rawlings that the su- perintendent screening com- mittee's membership was complete 'and that he was appointing himself as the board member representa- five on the committee. He also said that a date and time had been set for thdw first meeting. - recognized employees to Crossmads School but did not approve the addition of a special edu- cation teacher's position to the high school; - tabled consideration o! ten requests for proposals (RFP) for the Owingsvflle El- ementary School project but agreed to meet on August 2 at 6 p.m. to come up with a list of the top 3 or 4 proposals to consider, - accepted the two bids submitted for Occupational and Psychological,services; - approved the participa- tion of the School Age Child Care Program in the Child and Adult Care Food Pro- gram, a federal program funded by the U. S. Depart- ment of Agriculture. - approved advertisement for proposals to take sports team pictures for the 2012-13 School Year. Boyd included an amendment for advertis- ing outside of the county. McFarland also noted that school employees who take photographs who have their own business name and tax ID number may also apply. - authorized Gary ' urn- sy" SteWart, facilities man- ager, following a closed ses- sion, to begin checking With realtors and advertising the Bethel Elementary School building for sale. Hewas au- thorized to advertise it for 30 days and to allow a realtor's commission fee ofno greater than 6%. announced, following had 0pliedfortheboardat- Eddie Mcnvain and Gary other closed session, that ' torney's position along with Faudere for the i award a trial date has been moved tfirn Price following the dis- missal of attorney David Bar- ber in October. Price was rehired as board attorney in December. Board members hired Fohl as an outside attorney in March to research Supt. Nancy Hutchinson's con- tract. Fohi's employment in they received in June for "Outstanding Maintenance Department" given by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Student Transportation Assodation of Kentucky. - voted to add a kindergar- ten teacher and an instruc- tional assistant's positions fromAugust to October 1. - approved a motion by McFarland for the school district to pay the $10 back- ground check fee for school volunteers for the 2012-13 School Year. Meadows said that he would introduce an updated policy on this mat- tar at next month's meeting. Produce auction draws interest from far and wide By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com While we've all enjoyed the cooler temperatures and the relief from an impending drought, July's afternoon thunderstorms have also caused damage in surround- ing counties. They have produced ominous looking clouds and quickly flooded streets, roads, and streams in the county. Bridge replacement ect will temporarily close US 60 near Bath-Montgomery County line Closure expected July 30 through Aug. 8 Repairs to an aging Ken- tucky Transportation Cabi- net bridge will require a 10 lay closure of US 60 near the Bath-Montgomery county line beginning Mon- day, July 30. The concrete bridge, located on US 60 at mile marker 2 just west of W'fld- wood Estates in Bath Coun- ty, has deteriorated and will be replaced by pre-fabricat- ed aluminum culvert The work will begin at 7:30 am. Monday, and will require closing US 60 to all traffic By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The Bath County Produce Auction is under way once again for the 2012 growing season. The produce auction is now in its 9th year and re- mains highly successful. It is held every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at the giant green hoop barn at the Bath (Munty Ag Center at 2419 East U. S 60, Owings- ville, located just off 1-64 exit 123. The auction is being man- aged by the Joe Girod family, and auctioneers are Bobby Rogers and Vernon Stamper. Local farmers and garden- ers have the opportunity to sell the'n" produce to the highest bidder. Susie Gkod, whose par- Aug. 8, while Kentucky' ants manage the auction, Department of Highways said that the auction sold crews remove the old struc- ture and replace it with the new bridge. A s' ned detour will be posted directing motor- ists to Interstate 64 at Exit 113 and Exit 121 to access US 60 on either side of the work site. Motorists should heed all warning signs, slow down in work zones, remain aware of workers and construc- around $80,000 in 2010 and about $100,000 in 2011. She added that the amount of produce sold this year is greater than last year, mainly largely of the weather. The auction remains a centerpiece of the spring, mamner, and fall seasons at the Bath County Ag Center, alongside the Farmer's Mar- ket, which starts at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sat- tion equipment when tray- urdays, and runs through eling, and remember that October 31. road work schedules are Susie said that sellers at subject to change depend- the auction come from all ing onweather conditions, over the Commonwealth, and last year there were a 53 W 2nd St Maysville, KY 41056 www.maysvillegoldandcoin.com Christopher Lee * Zak Sauler * Michael Rosenbaum Photo by Cecil Lawson There was a big selection of produce available one re. cent evening dudng the Bath County Produce Auctlon as buyers and sellers gathered around to start the bidding. The auction takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at thebig hoop barn behind the Bath County Ag Center on U. S. 60 East. few sellers that came from Ohio and West Virginia. She also said that she has talked to a number of people who are confflsed about the auction. The auction allows all produce to go to the highest bidder, and pro- duce comes in a variety of quantities, for buyers who want anything from a pallet of cantaloupes or just a sack of corn and few tomatoes. There is something for ev- erybody. All sellers pay a %12 fee on all produce they see All produce growers are encouraged to sell their fruits and vegetables at this auction. For more information, call 606-3360103. Are you tired of your money only earning 1/4%, 1/2%, 3/4%, or 1$!!!!!!!!!!!!! - BUY GOLD OR SILVER Gold projected to go $5,000.00 an ounce btj 2015. Silver p, rojects to tdple in price bu 2013 Need help moving uour 401 It, IRA, or Rothllll Call the Gates Insurance team at (606)683-2104 @ t