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....... Fr!day High 83 Low 112  Saturday High 84 Low 62  Sunday High 84 Low  bd sun; Sunday--Perills of clouds and sunshine For the birds.., winter bathing and great white hunters k,,' Read all about it in... RUSS MtTZ 75 pcr copy This award-winning newspapeIs invited into homes in Bath, Rowan. Montgomery. Menifee, Nicholas and Fleming Counties rees to grant BCIvlS assistant pending a one-year contract Board of Edu- up a few the start of the 13. up for discus- of an Assis- position at Bath ; School. 650 students has the largest in any county board meetings well as teach- about the need principal to handle pupils who attend Nancy to get behind this and say we're going 'way that we can," "If we're here for We want them to suc- Gayle Crouch on the sub- feels BCMS Prin- assis- overwhelming at BCMS. .Crouchinsisted she perma- at BCMS in future years. "I will vote for it, with the stipu- lation of one year," said G. Crouch. The motion to create an Assis- tant Principal position for one year at BCMS was made by G. Crouch and seconded by board member Danita York-Richardson. The vote carried 3-1, with board vice-chair Carroll Otis casting the nay vote. Otis cited "consistency with past votes" as his reason for voting against creating the new position at the middle school. Further discussion of the newly created position concerned qualifi- cations of anyone who filled this position, and salary ranges. During the discussion, Hutchinson told board members East Carter High School pays $60,000 per year for an assistant principal. The first suggestions of the board was to pay between $40,000-$45,000 for the BCMS assistant. A motion to pay the assistant principal $40,000 plus $2,000 in extra service pay for 200 days worked was made by G. Crouch and seconded by Richardson. The vote carried 3-1. Vice-chair Otis cast the nay vote. Another item on the agenda re- garded student insurance premiums. In previous years the Board of Edu- cation purchased student accident insurance for each child in the school system and was later reimbursed through state funds. According to Hutchinson, the state will no longer reimburse this purchase. Scholastic Insurers has made a bid to insure Bath County students at $5 per child. Hutchinson esti- mates it would cost the school sys- tem around $9,600 to pay for stu- dent insurance with general funds. Hutchinson then asked the board if the school system would pick up this expense. Board chairperson Sandy Crouch asked how many of the insurance premiums were actually used by the students in past. No definite answer was known. S. Crouch then asked, "Are we paying a $I0,000 insurance pre- mium that we're actually not us- ing?" Vice-chair Otis reminded the board that at one time, student in- surance was optional and paid for by the student if they so chose. Otis then added, "We're going to be even shorter on money next year. We can't pick up everything the state drops." After further discussion, a mo- tion to make student insurance op- tional was made by S. Crouch and[ seconded by G. Crouch. The vote carried 4-0. The board was asked to change the position of Migrant Director from a certified position to two Para Educator positions due to fed- eral migrant program funding cuts. Hutchinson said the duties of the position will remain the same. "They will be responsible for the same core content, and the same education," Hutchinson said. A motion was made by S. Crouch to change the position of Migrant Director from certified to two Para tucator positions (not to exceed $12 per hour or 200 days worked). The motion was seconded by Richardson and carried 4-0. Bath County schools have also received bids for propane, school pictures, tires and diesel fuel. Upon comparison and discus- sion of the bids, the board approved four companies' offers. The board selected Empire Gas of Mt. Sterling to provide propane to the schools and Bonfield Broth- ers of Mr. Sterling to provide diesel to the schools system this year. Image Photography of Harlan was chosen to supply school pic- tures for the upcoming year and Major Brands of Mt. Sterling was selected to provide tires. During the meeting the school board approved payment of $93,600 to Abner Construction for the HVAC project. The board also approved the substitute salary schedule for the upcoming school year and approved a certified hand- book given to Bath County school employees. .Salesmen at work--Paul Collins and Clarence Stapleton are pictured here at the Farmer's Market catching up on some news while offering home-grown vegetables. The Bath County Farrrvr's'Market is the prime place to get garden-fresh produce at low prices and also a place to meet neighbors and share the news. (News-Outlook photo, Kirby Haskins) PRIDE gives much 'relief' to people in dire need of a new septic system Those other two families The program provides the consist of two separate house- funds for the homeowner to holds, of a mother and daughter, connect to a sewer line, if avail- They are Nola Bowles and her able, or to install a septic sys- daughter, Wilma McCarty, who tern. live next door to each other, on The Bath County Conserva- Back Alley. They both agree tion District is working with the, with Munday that the system Gateway Resource Conserva- works well. tion and Development Council, Bowles, with her great sense Inc. (the RC&D), to promote of humor, recalls the time this this grant program in Bath past winter when the ice storm County. blocked her way to the out- What is PRIDE? house. s. an outhouse. (This PRIDE is (P)ersonal (R)e- reporter could relate to that sponsibility (l)n a (D)esirable incident, having grown up for (E)nvironment. many years without running Eastern Kentucky PRIDE water or an indoor bathroom.) unites volunteers with the Bowles says every now and resources of federal, state and then, she catches herself want- local governments, to clean the ing to go out the door when region's waterways, end illegal nature calls, but stops herself trash dumps, and promote envi- "just in time". Her daughter's ronmental awareness and edu- septic system is still in the cation. process of being finished. The PRIDE initiative was What is the Homeowner launched in 1997 by Congress- Septic System Grant Pro- man Harold "Hal" Rogers gram? (KY-5) and the late General This program helps low- James Bickford, former income homeowners to replace Secretary of the Kentucky their straight pipes or failing Natural Resources and septic systems with sanitary --Turnto PRIDE GIVES MUCH RELIEF, wastewater treatment systems, page I8 We take for granted many things in the modern world, like the flushing of the toileL when we get through doing what nature intended for us to do. But, when that sound is not heard, problems often get out of hand. For three families in Sharpsburg, the only answer to their septic system problems was the Homeowner Septic System Grant Program and PRIDE. Oscar Munday and his fami- ly can relate to those problems, and when they could not work out a solution for themselves, they turned to PRIDE. Munday's daughter read about the program in, the News- Outlook. He said the system works "perfect" and "yes, I would recommend it to anyone who is having these kind of problems." A private contractor, Hur- schell Rawlings, and his wife, installed the system for Munday and the two other fam- ilies. Owingsville United Methodist Church Pastor t stands behind the pulpit in church's sanctuary. New Owingsville United Methodist Church pastor, Grant Abemathy, feeling at home and ready to establish relationships with congregation With a little more than a month under his belt, Pastor Grant Abernathy, of the Owingsville United Methodist Church, says he already feels comfortable in his new dwelling place. Abernathy came to the Ow- ingsville United Methodist Church from Georgia, eager and excited to meet his new congre- gation, and get to know the mem- bers personally. He was appointed to fill the position left vacant by Pastor Mallonee Hubbard, who recently retired. On his first Sunday, he was touched when someone told him 'it seems like you've been here awhile.' "Rachel and I really were sur- prised at how fast we felt like we fit in hire," he says. He says he and his wife Rachel, love Kentucky's rolling hills and beautiful scenery. They also en- joy the "small-town feel." Abernathy, 29, came to the Owingsville United Methodist Church after serving as pastor at the Broxton United Methodist Church for four years. Before that, he spent five years working with youth programs. His path to the pulpit has been an indirect one, but Abernathy is confident in regard to his calling. He grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia, a town he says is "a lot like Owingsville." There he at- tended Bethany United Method- ist Church. "I was fortunate to grow up in a family where church was im- portant," he says, though like all small children, he can remember a time when he thought church was boring. "At age 13, I felt God was call- ing me to do something," he said. Abernathy said this feeling was both scary and confusing. It would take him years to come to grips with what he felt he was being called to do. "I struggled with it because I didn't want to do it," he says, "I was shy and terrified of public speaking," he explained. He remembers when he finally told someone what he was expe- riencing. "I woke my mother up at 3 a.m. to tell her and then we prayed together at the kitchen table." He says after that, his mother and family encouraged and sup- ported him. He recalls one church member comparing him to Moses and telling him a story about how shy Moses was and how he was able to overcome it and achieve great things. "It forced me to become more outgoing; now I love the preach- ing aspect." In speaking to other ministers, Abernathy says that he's learned that many experience the calling at a young age just like he did, but ignore it and pursue another ca- reer. Then later in life, they real- ize that unfulfilled calling and enter into the ministry. Abernathy is content now and says he has no regrets. Just like he felt his calling to enter into the ministry, he says he also felt he was called by God to come to Owingsville. He says from moving day on, that people in thecommunity have accepted them and gone out of their way to help them. Abernathy says it made the moving process a great deal e:sier When it came time for him to take his place behind the pulpit, Abernathy said that his mind was focused on finding a balance be- tween the old ways of the church, which he respected, and new ways that he would lead. "I'm not trying to fit a mold made by the old pastor, I'm trying to be myself," he says. Abernathy says that he loves leading Sunday morning service, but that it is only one of the many facets of being a church pastor. He says the best thing about his job is getting to know the congre- gation on a personal level and irteracting with them and the community. "You're able to be a part of people's lives," he says smiling. Abernathy says he has a pas- sion for the youth and so it comes as no surprise that he i set on revitalizing the church's youth program. He has broken the youth into two different groups that will each meet twice a month under he and his wife's leadership. There will also be Bible studies during the week and visits to shut- -Turn to NEW OWINGSVILLE UNITED, page 13