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Bath County Citizens urged to get tough on,drugs and dealers prosecutors and judges can't stop it without a commitment from you," State Police Det. Larry Bowling told the crowd. As citizens filed into the Bath County High School gymnasium, they were given pencils and slips of paper whose significance became clear later• Perhaps the most dra- By George Lewis News Reporter george@lthconewsoudook.com Members of the judicia- ry and law enforcement . urged about 400 citizens at an anti-drug rally Sunday evening to take '. a tough-love approach in combating illegal drugs• '%aw enforcement, Photo by George Lew/s Dwayne Depp, former commander of the Morehead KSP post, recounted the number of drug-overdose deaths in the county, 37 in the last 3 years matic message of the eve- ning came from 24-year- old Megan McGlothen, who recounted her drug experience that ranged from experimentation with alcohol and mari- juana to drug addiction, rehab and now recovery. McGlothen said she drank a little in high school but graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and received an academic scholarship to Morehead State Univer- sity. Shortly after she ar- rived on the MSU cam- pus, a boy invited her to a fraternity party, where she smoked marijuana for the first time. Pot led to opiates, Oxy- contin in particular, col- lege fell by the wayside and thus McGlothen be- gan her descent into full- blown addiction and the accompanying turmoil and heartache. McGlothen said she fuelled her addiction by doctor shopping and deal- ing narcotics• '2VIy parents were my biggest enablers," she confided. Her mother,she said, became addicted to alcohol and drugs rela- tively late in life, and her father, although loving and free from addiction, "had no idea how to love a drug addict•" "ere's a fine line be- tween loving someone and enabling someone." Megan McGlothen "There's a fine line be- tween loving s®meone and enabling someone," she said. Her father talked her into a detoxification pro- gram, which she com- pleted; then, after three months of relapse, she rallied with the help of friends and now has been drug-free since Dec. 2, 2009. The crowd gave Mc- Glothen a standing ova- Photo by George Lew/s Megan McGIothen, a recovering drug addict, brought her personalized message to the crowd, which gave her a standing ovation. tion. use tough love." Bath County Circuit One night in jail isn't Judge Beth Maze fol- enough, she said, and lowed by urging those neither is a short stay in with family members rehab. who steal to buy drugs: "If they've been addict- "Have them arrested the ed for a year, they need first time they steal from to spend a year in rehab," you• Don't be afraid to See DRUGS Page 10 i " i i i I liB I Leadingham's, Possum Plight Continues By George Lewis News Reporter george@k.com Two civil actions filed recently in Bath CircUit Court extend the question of whethe a teacher will be fired or rein- stated wih back pay after ' • releasing to an animal-rights'group the names of middle- school students who supposedly tortured and killed a mother opossum and her ba- bies on school prop- erty. The Bath County School Board and Su- perintendent Nancy Hutchinson ask in their suit that the tribunal's order re- instating Lorraine Leadingham be void- ed and her termina- tion be reinstated be- cause the tribunal's decision "was arbi- trary and not sup- ported by mitigating circumstances." The suit further states that hear- ing officer Michael Head overstepped his authority when he summarily dis- missed the charge of threatening) e-mails rescinded her firing, bunal's order over- insubordination that to school officials, agreeing that Lead- turned. had been levied at calling for the boys ingham violated pol- Leadingham has Leadingham. to be charged with icies but modifying filed suit asking "The tribunal's animal cruelty. The her punishment to that the matter be finding of fact all school punished the suspension with pay returned to the tri- support the school's students but not to and benefits• The bunal for another decision to termi- the extent PETA tribunal cited her 17 hearing to clarify nate," the suit says. would have liked• years' service to the the tribunal's inten- The incident, which Hutchinson fired schools and her in- tion regarding Lead- occurred in April, Leadingham in tention to help the ingham's back pay. caused a commotion May for releasing students. In the meantime, when PETA (People the boys' names to Leadingham's back for the EthicalTreat- PETA. However, the in the classroom• ment of Animals) got Leadingham ap- school board voted The district assigned wind of it through pealed, and in Au- unanimously at its her to teach at its al- drama and arts gust  teacher most recent meeting ternative school,• a teacher Leadingham hearing tribunal ap- to withhold Leading- position she said she and began firing off pointed by the state ham's back pay and finds fulfilling. hateful (some say board of education seek to have the tri- City Partners Wit,h County By George Lewis . pointed by the city, News Reporter george@lrhconewsoutlooLcorn Owingsville City Council considered new ordinances and dusted off an 01d one Monday. The council agreed on • - first reading to an ordi- nance establishing an "interlocal agreement" with Bath County Fis- cal Court creating a joint city-county indus- trial development au- • thority. The purpose of the de- velopment authority is to "acquire, retain and develop land for indus- trial and commercial purposes, aid in the de- velopment of industrial sites, parks and subdi- • : visions to meet indus- trial and commercial needs in Bath County," according to the in- terlocal agreement. The industrial 'au- thority b3ard will be composed of seven' members, three ap- three by the county, and one jointly by the city and county. The council also dis- cussed an ordinance setting the pr0perty tax rate for 2010. Mayor Don Kincaid suggested a rate of 23.8 cents per $100 as- sessed value on all real estate. The council's options are to adopt• a com- pensating rate of 23.4 centers per $100 to produce revenues of ap- proximately $104,154, or a rate allowing a 4 percent increase to, 24.3 cents, which would yield approximately $108,160 in reveml, A vote on the mor's proposal resu/led in a tie, which-''te mayor declined to break. The tax ate was ta- bled until the council's next meeting. 5 There was new real property for 0]0, as deletions from he 2009 assessment ex- ceeded additions to the 2010 assessments, ac- cording to a letter from Douglas K. Moore, cer- tified public accoun- tant. The council also ap- proved on first reading an ordinance annexing 57.36 acres along 1- 64. The land is owned by the federal govern- ment. An ordinance estab- lishing a curfew for ju- veniles was resurrect- ed and tabled until the ensuring their children are off the streets from 1 a.m. until 6 a.m. Saturday and Sun- day and 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. The ordinance con- tains exceptions to those requirements. The council agreed to a one-year contract with the Bath County Water District that will allow the district to 100 customers will be affected, Kincaid said. In other business, the council heard an up- date on the streetscape project from a repre- sentative of the Nesbitt engineering firm. Abbie Jones of the firm said 10 companies have indicated they will bid on the project, which is good for the city because it • could mean a more competi- perform sewer-billing "tive bidding process. services for Owings-  be ville Water-fcon-=b-pened at city hall at council's next me eag. enience of customers 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 and • The ordinance, first who are served by both awarded Oct. 11. proposedin 1998, holds the district and the Jones said if the bids parents responsible for-water company. About come in lower than expected, the project could be expanded• The council appoint- ed Amble Kilburn to serve as a member ot the Parks and Recre- ation Commission and appointed Bayry Toy and Kenny Williams to the commission. Some of those attending the council meeting re- marked about the large turnout at the previous night's anti-drug rally at Bath County High School (see related sto- ries, this issue). "This could be the strongest front posed against the problem,". 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