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127th Year--Edition 54 KyN0000Group P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 "[he News-Outlook is now published on Thursday (USPS 045260) L: Oh/IV lYE-- ZXEO W Cm-. WSP4p  44p rO, IV.(A ST "-RS WA 98584.2263 Ph.: 606-674-00,o.. 50 EACH .ugust 16, 2012 cSave00A0000Lot construction begins By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Ground was officially bro- ken for the construction of a new Save - A- Lot grocery store in Owingsville Tues- day afternoon at a ceremo- ny attended by the store&apos;s owners, corporate represere tatives, and local officials. The Conatser family, who owns the Mt. Sterling Save- A- Lot and who will be the owners of the Owingsve store, were on hand, along with Owingsvine Mayor and F'h-'st Lady Gary and Chris- tim Hunt; Save - A- Lot Licensed Market Develop manager Jan Crabtree, Re- tail Operations Director Jim Wheat, and District Manag- er Don Chancy;, contractor Eddie Cox of Cornerstone Constrution; landowners Jerry and Brenda Maze with their son John Maze; along with representatives from the Owingsvflle City Council, Bath County/Ow- ingsvflle Industrial Author- ity, Gateway Area Devel- opment District, and Bath County/OwingsvSe Cham- ber of Commerce President Steve Meadow. Mayor Hunt said, "It takes alot ofpeople working together to get something like this going." Hunt "introduced all of large group to the assem- bled audience and gave each time to say a few words beforeground was officially broken on the project. He said that work on this pro} ect has been going on for over a year, and that he Was pleased that construction was finally ready to begirL Ken Conatser said, "Well our people in Mt. Sterling., Save - A- Lots corporate representatives spoke high- ly of the Conatser family's operations: Jim Wheat said, "You will be pleased with how they operate," and Don Chaney said, qhey operate a pre- miere operation." Save - A - Lot has 1343 stores nationwide and over 704 of them are indepen- dently owned, according to Jim Crabtree. Save - A- Lot has area stores in NIL Sterling and Morehead, and other stores are planned tO be opened soon in Carlisle, Paris, and Campton. Ken Conatser and Eddie COx said that, weather per- mitling, construction of the 13,000 square foot store is expected to be completed by the end of December. treatyou all just like we treat Byrons scheduled to apPear on Aug. 20 American Pickers Photo by Cecil Lawson On hand for the official groundbreaking of the new Save - A - Lot grocery store in Owingsville, on Creekside Drive, were Jimmy Davis and Nancy Purvis, Owingsville CRy Council; Jeff, Sharon, and Ken Conatser, store owners; Jerry and Brenda Maze, landowners; Wayne Watson, Doug Copher, Kelly Wilson, and Tim Fawns, Bath County/ Owlngsville Industrial Authority; Steve Meadows, Bath County/Owingsville Chamber of Commerce President;, Don Chaney, Save - A - Lot District Manager, Jim Wheat, Save - A,- Lot Retail Operations Director, Eddie Cox, Cornerstone Construction; Jim Crebtree, Licensed Market Development Manager;, and Gary Hunt, Owingsville Mayor. Bear and cubs sighted near Owingsville city limits Photo by Cecil Lawson , t :j - Frank Fritz, shown in the center with ;bhm t-shirt, was in Owingsville this past April with fellow antique "picker" Mike Wolfe at the Byron warehouse on North Court Street. Fritz and Wolfe are the stars of the History Chan- nel hit Amedcan Pickers. Tom Byron uses the former family lumber and hardware business building for storage, including several pieces of local historical memorabilia. The Owingsville episode of American Pickers is set to air Monday evening at 9 p.m. By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com Tom and Judy Byron of Owingsvine are scheduled to be featured in the upcom- ing Aug. 20 episode "Guys and Dolouses" on the pop- ular History Channel show American Pickers. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the show's hosts, made a stop in Owingsville at the Byron family ware- house on North Court Street in April, and they and their crew spent the entire day filming for the episode. The upcoming episode's description reads, "The Pickers visit Tom whose amazing collection of archi- tectm salvage includes a vintage theater marquee and rare opera house rel- ics. Later, they spend time at a sprawling South Caro- lina warehouse where Mike gets in a heated negotiation over a Victorian don house." The Byrons said that the show's producers had been scouting their location and talking with them for sev- eral months in advance of American Picker's arrival in Owingsve. They also said that they signed a released that would not let them do interviews unti after the show aired. They explained that this al- lows Wolf and Fritz time to find buyers for the items they purchase on the show without media exposure. Wolfe owns a business called Antique Archaeology in Le Claire, Iowa, and he and Fritz are self<lescribxl "antique pickers." They scavenge the Ameri- can counTside looking for items of unique historical and collectl%le value. Their finds are chronicled each week on the show. They are assisted on the show by of- rice manager Daniel Colby Cushman. Don't miss the new epi- sode on Monday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. on the History Chart- net OPD helps located missing Tennessee woman under Silver Alert By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com had Alzheimer's disease. Sutherland said that Ev- erman made a call to Of- ricer David Adams, who initiated a traffic stop. The woman told Offi- cers Everman and Adams that she was "looking for mentia, and' othermental illnesses. Wolfe was taken to be checked at a local hospital, where she was reunited with her family. Sutherland said that her family had been looking An elderly Tennessee woman who was reported missing Monday evening under a Tennessee "Silver Photo by Cecil Lawson This hollow, which is part of the Prickly Ash Creek drainage area at the northern edge of Owingsville, provided cover for the escape of a bear and two cubs last Tuesday at a residence on Hwy. 36 West. life offidals who gave him search of alternate foods." By Cecil Lawson two pieces of advice for lo- KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com There are bears on the edge of town. This is not a joke. According to Bath County Sheriff John 'q'uffy" Snede- gal', he received a call about a bear sighting last Tuesday on West Highway 36, at the Owingsville dty limits. Snedegar said that when he arrived near the resi- dence of Doug and Pam Toy, he witnessed a black bear and two cubs walking back into the woods and hollow behind their house. 'They got away before I could get my camera out of the truck," he said. The hollow behind the houses drains into Prickly Ash Creek, which is a heav- ily wooded and sp,'sely populated area. Snedegar said that he had cal residents - don't throw out your scraps, and shoo bears away if anyone sees them around. Snedegar added that he would "do a little more than shoo them away." Bear sightings around human residences and dwellings are up this year, mainly due to weather and foraging conditions for for- est animals and the end of breeding season for black bears in July. According to a July press release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, bear biologist Steven Dobey is quoted as saying, "h most areas of eastern Kentucky, this summer's wild berry crop disappeared quickly. This is a very important food source for this time of year and with it gone, bears are roaming extensively in Holly Bay Campground at Laurel River Lake and the Great Meadows Camp- ground in McCreary Coun- ty were both temporarily closed at the end of July fol- lowing bear encounters by campers. They were re- opened after garbage was removed from both camp- grounds. Fish and Wildlife Re- sources Department of. fidals advise that in resi- dential areas to not leave garbage outside as night and to avoid leaving food scraps outside. Even bird seed in a bird feeder will at- tract a hungry bear. They also note that is illegal to feed wild animals. Snedegar said that he was told by fish and wildlife offi- cials that the bear and cubs will probably move on to an- other area and shouldn't be a problem there. spoken with fish and wild- Bridge project finished, US 60 has re- opened near Bath-Montgomery County line TRAFFIC ONE LANE FOR NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS of Highways District 9 structures and mainte- nance crews have worked since July 30 to reopen the roadway -'removing the old bridge and replacing it with a new arched alumi- num culvert. Roadway surface work the Work site will be one lane controlled by tempo- rary signals for the next several weeks. Motorists should heed all warning signs, sloW down in work zones, re- main aware of workers and construction equipment Work to replace an ag- ing culvert bridge under US 60 near the Bath-Mont- gomery county line is fin- ished, and the highway has reopened following its closure at mile marker 2 just west of Wildwood Es- tates. Alert" was found by Ow- ingsville Police officers early Tuesday morning and returned to. her family. Asst. Owingsville Police Chief John Sutherland said that Officer Wes Ev- erman was on foot patrol around 1:30 ,a.m, check- hag the town's buildings, when he noticed a silver Mercury Marquis weav- ing and :whose driver ap- peared confused, as if she food and gas." Further investigation re- vealed that the woman was Alma Wolfe, 75, of Hender- s0nville, Tennessee. They discovered that a "Silver Alert" had beenlssued for her Monday eening. The Silver Alert is simi- lar to the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Golden Alert, which is a public no- fificati0n system issued for missing elderly persons who have Alzheimer's, de- for her all day Monday. 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