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Vol. 155 No.33 Fiscal Court moves ahead with (Q— ‘ vv'vvr' S op LOCAL o Eat LOCAL Support L - PEOPLES B *6“ OF KENTUCKY 7] Miller l)r., Hwingsvillr’, KY 10360 l’h.: titNiJiT’lHUSrl infrastructure study in Sharpsburg area By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup ceci1@kynewsgroup.com The potential" for eco- nomic development in the Sharpsburg area led Bath County Fiscal Court members last Thursday to vote to provide funding for a future feasibility study for water and sewer infra- structure expansion in that part of the county. The opening of the Barn- yard Entertainment Venue in July and the upcoming opening of a new conve- nience store, The Sharps- burg Country Mart, has led to discussion about the possibility of further economic development around Sharpsburg. During Thursday’s regui Infrastructure. cont. on pg. 12 photo by Ce Lawson Project Director Jocelyn Gross and Executive Director Joshua Far- row, left, with Gateway Area Development District, and Christy and Jeff ViCe, right, co-owners of The Barnyard Entertainment Venue near Sharpsburg, took part in discussion with Bath County Fiscal Court members last Thursday regarding economic devel- opment in the county as court members approved the start of a feasibility study for infrastructure expansion in that part of the county. Salt Lick Homemakers requesting Blessing Box donations The Salt Lick Homemak- ers club are asking for do- nations for their "Blessing Box" program. These box: es are prepared and used for our homeless folks and also folks who are in need photo submitted of help. Some of the items that we need are as follows: toothbrushes, toothpaste, washcloths, socks, cough drops, mints, combs, soaps. Right now, some of our then help more in need. items no later than our September meeting, which will be the third Thursday of the month. Stay tuned for more details and for a drop off spot. members are buying the items on their own, but if we can get community help,’ we will be able to make more of them, and We would like to have Judicial center Imam holds million for a new justice center in Bath County dur- *************x*x*****MIXED ADC 450 01-01-50 ghiLLTowu NEWSPAPERS COTA ST SHELWl’ON WA 98584-226 A"’ A 105 448 **C005 ## h3|llunlIlltllllll|ll|l||lIllll Va r:- rlr; Wm <_l rmmhur Hi I ’NEWS'GROUP Thursday, August 19, 2021 noun-19 surge continues in Gateway Health ‘ m H r_ 2..., ‘ Photo courtesy of Commonwealth of Kentucky/Ky. De- partment for Public Health Incidence rates across Northeastern Kentucky, including the five counties of the Gateway District Health Depart- ment (Bath, Elliott, Menifee, Morgan, and Rowan Coun- ties), put most of the state in the red zone. new COVID-19 cases con— tinues across Kentucky, the Gateway Health Dis- trict has seen its local new case totals double over the past two weeks. By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com As the latest surge of m m E-_ rv 7"va v—ww vvvw James "Sonny" Rawlings, founder of Bath Lodge 55's "Batu Bear" program, with Larry, Teresa Bailey, and Makalyaypre- senting 10 bears to Justin Fugate from the Kentucky Cabi- net for Health and Family Services. Together with the help of Ruth Hunt Candies, Sonny, Teresa, and the kids donated 10 Bears to calm children in traumatic distress. Sr. LOGGING 606-845-8718 , Timber Management I Logging Fence Boards l Barn Siding Sawdustl Firewood Pallets i Custom Sawing Buying All Grades of Export Logs Including WalnutAnd Low Grade Logs as Well Specialized Logging ' Directional Falling ' “ Certified Master loggers 674 Turner Road, Flemingsburg, KY 41041 [Mi/r; It hall‘s Ifr‘xl Hr \u/rm' Bath County Project De- velopment Board members held a special called meet- ing through videoconfer- encing on Sunday evening and immediately went into closed session to discuss pro‘posed/ pending litiga- tion related to the planned county judicial center. Upon returning to open session, board members agreed to cancel their regular August meeting scheduled for Monday af- ternoon and to possibly schedule another special- called meeting “as need- ed,” according to board chairman, Bath County Judge-Executive Bobby Rogers. Corky Mohedano, facili- ties coordinator for the Ad- ministrative Office of the Courts, said architect Jeff Gregory will need to dis- cuss potential reductions for the new justice center project because “the proj- ect is already over budget.” AOC facilities direc- tors Danny Rhoades said that construction man— ager, Codell Construction, would provide a construc- tion estimate and include these reductions as “de- ductive or additive alterna- tives.” The next regular meet- ing of the Project Develop- ment Board is scheduled for September 20 at 4 pm. Background The Kentucky General Assembly approved $9.3 BchfiggSExson ing its 2018 session as part cecfl@3l’(ynewsgmu:com of the Administrative or- fice of the Court’s facility construction budget. The local Project Devel— opment Board overseeing the project began holding . regular meetings in Febru— ary 2019. Board members include, Chairman, County Judge/ Executive Bobby Rogers; District Judge Don Blair; Circuit Judge William Lane; Circuit Court Clerk Claudette Faudere; local Bar Association repre- sentative, attorney Leslie Smith; and citizen member, Steve Calvert. Bath County. Attorney Kim Price serves in a non—voting capacity, and representatives from the AOC’s Facilities De- partment also work closely with board members each month. The new 20,000 square foot justice center is ex- pected to be built on prop erties located ' on Water Street and Main Street in Owingsville. Properties so far sought in the project include portions of proper- ties belonging to Betty Bai- ley, Steve Bashford, Harold Bashford, and David Jack- son. In August 2020 Bath County Fiscal Court mem- bers voted to condemn a property on Water Street belonging to the Denton farme as part of the site plan. That matter remains in litigation in Bath Circuit Court. The justice center is ex- pected to be completed in 2022 or 2023. CORPOHA WON The Best Recliner Warranty Industry! - Mechanism LIFETIME in the O Seat 8- Back Springs LIFETIME - Seat Cushioning LIFETIME Wooden Frame LIFETIME Rowan -m sum 12s ,. The Gateway District Health Department also returned to its daily reporting of new COVID cases on thday. —Totai As of Tuesday evening, the following numbers of active cases were reported: Bath, 42; Elliott, 73; Me- nifee, 53; Morgan, 54; and Rowan, 89. Bath County students returned to school last Wednesday. Bath County Superintendent Steve Ev- ans said on Monday there were three positive cases among students in three of the district’s four school buildings. He said parents had been contacted regard- ing those students who may have been in contact with those students, in order to get them to quarantine as a precaution. Menifee County students returned to classes last Thursday, and Supt. Tim Spencer reported that, as of Wednesday morning, 2 staff members, 5 high school students, and 35 students at Menifee Central K-8, as well as a sports team, were in quarantine, mainly due to ing time,” Spencer said, but he also noted that students were doing well with mask- ing, and the room air puri- fiers in all classrooms ap peared to be working well. He continued to encourage anyone age 12 and older to take the vaccine. Rowan County students return to classes this Thurs- day. Vaccination numbers continue to slowly inch upwards in the Gateway Health District Counties. Bath County continues to lead in the district with a re ported 45.24 percent of resi- dents receiving at last one vaccination dose. Elliott County had 26.13 percent vaccinated; Menifee Coun- ty, 35.50 percent; Morgan County, 40.38 percent; and Rowan, 44.42 percent. Statewide the vaccination rate is 55 percent, while na— tionwide it is 59.9 percent. exposure to positive cases outside of the schools. 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