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News Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper August 29, 2013 -15 MENIFEE COUNTY Menifee Wildcats drop district opener The Menifee County Wildcats dropped their 61st District opener on Saturday, falling to the Fleming County Pan- thers. Visiting Fleming County managed to edge the Wildcats 3-2. Following the district loss to Fleming County, the Wildcats dropped to 1-2. Menifee County suf- fered its second straight setback after defeating Elliott County 3-1 in a season-opener on Mon- day, Aug. 19. In a game played Tuesday, Aug. 20, Jackson City blanked Menifee County 3-0. Menifee County was back in action at press time on Wednesday, hosting Bath County for another 61st Dis- trict game. The Menffee County-Bath County game ended too late to make this edition. Menifee County has additional regular-sea- son games remaining versus Belfry (Sept. 3), West Carter (Sept 5, Sept. 7, Oct. 2), Rose Hill Christian (Sept. 13, Sept. 24),. Fleming County (Sept. 17), Rowan Coun- ty (Sept. 19), St. Patrick (Sept. 21, Oct. 7), Estill County (Sept 23, Sept. 28) Bath County (Sept. 30), EUiott County (Oct 8) and Jackson City (Oct. 10). The Menifee County girls&apos; soccer team is also 1-2 through its first three games. After disman- tling Elliott County 9-0 in a season-opener, the Menffee County girls dropped games to Paris and Fleming County late last week. Paris edged the Wildcats 1-0 on Fri- day. In a game on Sat- urday, Fleming County shut out the Lady Cats 2-0. Extension Community Appreciation Dinner Slated September 6th to include 4-H Country Ham Auction Please join the Menifee County Cooperative Extension Service on Friday, September 6th, at the Farmers' Market Pavilion on Backstreet in Frenchburg for the 2013 Extension Community Appreciation Dinner. This is a free event which allows the Exten- sion Service to express appreciation for the sup- port they have received from clientele and local businesses throughout the year, and to increase awareness of the Exten- sion Service and what it has to offer. The event will highlight Extension and local businesses and organizations, and there will be youth activities, entertainment, and a soup bean supper for ev- eryone in attendance. In addition to booths, activities, and entertain- ment, there will be a 4-H Country Ham Auction beginning at approxi- mately 6:30 p.m. The hams were cured as part of the 4-H Country Ham project in which seven youth participated and five competed at the KY State Fair. There will be a total of eight hams up for auction and pro- ceeds will benefit youth who participated in this year's project as well as those who participate in 2014. Door' prize drawings will also be held and will include items from local of the Menifee County artisans and a $100 Visa Gift Card donated by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America. The Extension Ser- vice will also present the 2013 Asa Hale Leader- ship Award. This award is presented to an out- standing, devoted citizen and dedicated volunteer Cooperative Extension Service. If you would like more information about the Extension Community Appreciation Dinner, or would like to set up an informational booth, please contact the Exten- sion Office at 606768- 3866. COMMUNITY this week in Frankfort was: As always, you can leave a The Week in Frankfort: Redistricting Yes. With session's, adjourn- ment, the interim commit- tee study period resumes. A full 60<lay budget session will convene in the Capitol this coming Jan.7, 2014. message for your legislator By Scott Peyton, Legis- lative Research Commis- sion Most folks have only a vague idea of what 'redis- tricting' means, and how, really, it personally affects them. It's not like a pro- posed tax increase or some- thing hugely controversial like, say, casino gambling or legalizing pot It's political inside baseball to the aver- age person. But within any legislative body, anywhere, it's the World Series. It has huge personal and political significance. The stakes cannot be overstated. Couple of quotes: : 'Redistricting is one of the purest political actions a leg- islative body can take.' That's from John Engler, a former governor of Michi- gan. What he meant was, drawing districts can deter- mine what party controls a chamber. The history of that is bald, harsh, true, and consistent, wherever repre- sentative democracy exists. Some call it objection- able, raw partisan politics. But representative democ- racy is, by its very nature, partisan, as ours has been since the earliest days of the Republic. The Found- ers knew it would be that way, and warned against it - Madison in Federalist #10 wanted to %reak and con- trol (partisanship),' - but his effort was futile, and his and others' cautions collapsed almost immediately. Party control through reappor- tionment has been the rule, rather than the exception, on every level of legislative government through our history. Plus it's personal. Some- times painfully so. 'It gets very personal, when lines are redrawn so you lose longtime constitu- ents you've built a bond with over the years, been friends with, know by face and name, and you now have to start over in unfamiliar ground - or even have to move your residence be- cause your district has been moved dramatically.' That's from a longtime surveyor of the legislative landscape who's seen many redistrictings over 30 years, the political and personal pain they create, and the court interventions they fre- quently draw- as the most recent attempt did, in 2012. At bottom, redistricting seems simple. The cen- tral concept is 'one person, one vote,' which means we all have roughly the same voice in Frankfort (our Legislature) or Washington (Congress). That means districts have to be more or less equal in population. But other fac- tors also enter in, including cohesiveness - counties shouldn't (the law says) be split unless absolutely nec- essary, and gerrymander- ing (stringing geographical- ly and culturally unrelated counties together in odd combinations to give one party an advantage) is con- sidered, judicially, a no-no. It's a complex techni- cal task anyway, but with partisan politics dribbled freely into the mix, it often becomes a witch's brew of facts, near-facts, guesses, and motives only specula- tive that end up, often, in court, challenged by one aggrieved party or another, or several. The most recent Kentucky plan, passed in 2012, ran quickly aground in the state Supreme Court But this past week, on a third try, the Kentucky General Assembly met, this lime in special session, and in the minimum five days required to pass a bill, put forth and passed a plan that - given the near-impossible challenges facing them - probably raised fewer obvi- ous objections than any in recent memory. The redrawn lines would create four new House dis- tricts and pair.eight incum- bents in four other districts - four Democrats and four Republicans, an even split - numbers considered fairly negligible in any case Still, not everyone's happy. But no one ever is, entirely, in this bloodiest of political processes. Yet it did pass both chambers with overwhelming majorities. On its face, it seems to ad- dress the judicial objections to the first proposal in 2012, which was basically that too many counties were split Any assumption of court ap- proval, of course, remains in the air. This is where re- porters resort to the clichdd shibboleth 'Stay tuned.' Two-thirds of the House's minority Republicans, in- eluding all its leadership, voted yea on the bill. Only two House Democrats vot- ed no, mostly on concerns that fast-growing areas were being chopped up too drastically. As redistricting goes, this proved as close to onsensus as ,we're ever likely to get. The bill blew through the House like a gale Wednes- day, on an 83-17 vote - a harbinger that the special session would indeed end Friday, with full expectation Caw,e, Jo-/00 U.v o4- Owingsville Church of Christ 5410 Highway 60 East Owingsville, KY. 40360 for our Annual Home Coming September 8, 2013 DAN MURPHY FROM MT STERLING Sunday Bible class 10:00 AM: Sunday AM worship 11:00 AM: (A Covered Dish Dinner will follow our morning worship service) Sunday PM 1:30 PM: CASA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Who are CASA Volunteers? CASA Volunteers are EVERYDAY people who care about children! A CASA must be at least 21 years of age and pass a criminal background check to volunteer on a case. Volunteers of the CASA Program for Braken, Fleming, and Mason Counties, Inc. come from all walks of life and backgrounds: many work fulLtime, some are retired, some are stay-at-home moms. "Serving Bath, Fleming, & Mason Counties" What Does a CASA Volunteer Do? Once a volunteer is trained and accepted to the program, the CASA will be appointed to an abuse and/or neglect case by the juvenile judge. 3he CASA will conduct through research on the background of the case by reviewing docu- ments and interviewing everyone involved--including the child. A CASA volunteer provides the judge with informa- tion that will help him make informed decisions about the case. The CASA Mission To find a safe and loving home as soon as possible for the children we serve. Become a CASA volunteer, and help protect our most vunerable citizens. IT WILL TRULY WARM YOUR HEART. For more information, contact CASA at 606-563-7431. A new volunteer training class will start in mid September. of quick Senate approval (its plan seems well-received by the chamber) and the near- certainty that Gov. Steve Beshear would sign it int 9 law posthaste. Once again, this iteration of the Kentucky General As- sembly has shown its abil- ity to get hard things done, harmoniously. Some say Congress should look to Kentucky for schooling on how to govern with a split- party government. Here, in the Commonwealth, right now, it's working. Jefferson, as always, nailed it cold: "We have no interests nor passions different from our fellow citizens. We have the same objective: the success of representative govern- ment ..... Our experimenLis to show whether man can be trusted with self-govern- ment' It's still an American question after more than at 1-800-372-7181. The LRC website, www.lrc.ky.gov, is a wealth of legislative infor- marion, including meelkng schedules and pre-filed bills. Senate' President ' Robert Stiveis', R-Ma'lCi:msier: (leh); confers with Senate Oemocratlc Floor Leader R.J. Palm- er, D-Winchester, prior to the start of the day's legisle- tive session in the Kentucky Senate, (Photo by LRC Public Information) 13 Month CD APY* * Annual Percentage Yield * $1000 Minimum Deposit * Effective July 31, 2013 Early Withdraw Penalty May Apply ....... 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