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W" Shop LOCAL - Eat LOCAL Support LOCAL PEOPLES B OF KENTUCKY l . R01”: Vul‘ Mr \Nl‘nrl ” 7i ' _._ .._ - (USPS 045260) 50 Cents 71 Miller I)r., Owingsville, KY 40360 l’lr.: (306-674-9994 Bath County NIEWS .— Photo by Cecil Lawson Drivers entering Owings- ville on Slate Avenue have been greeted this week by V the Owingsville First Church of God’s message board asking them to “Please Get Vaccinated." In his weekly community email, Rev. Low- ell Rice said he was motivat- ed to put out that message 5following a recent conver- sation with Bro. Bill Grimes that churches needed to get more involved in promot- ing vaccinations and that vaccines available may be God's answer to the pan- demic. He encouraged his By Cecil Iawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com l and Vvife'were in- jured in a head-on two vehicle collision on Sunday afternoon in the Peasticks community, and the wreck remains un—_ der investigation by the Bath County Sheriff’s Office. 1 According to Deputy Sher- iff Tanner Tout, the accident occurred on Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. just past the intersection of Old Sand Road and Fearing Road. Deputy Tout said that a sil- ver Pontiac Grand Prix driven by George Reis, who also goes by Chris Reis, struck a black Ford Escape driven by his wife, Rebecca Reis, on Old Sand Road. ~ readers to not pay attention to “propaganda” on social media and to talk to their medical provider or doctor if they had reservations about the vaccines. Rev. Rice said he had six COVlD-related funerals and had attended many more of people who had died of COVID. Both individuals were trapped in their vehicles and had to beextricated, accord- ing to the Salt Lick Fire De partment’s Facebook page. Both George Reis and Re- becca Reis were airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where Depu- ty Tout said the extent of their injuries was unknoWn at press time. photo courtesy of Salt Lick Fire Rescue Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department, Salt Lick Volunteer Fire Department, Bath County EMS, and Bath County Sheriff’s Office, along with Air Evac Life Team, all responded to the accident scene. Deputy Tout said the cir- cumstances the accident re main unknown at this time as he continues his investigation. County, City of Owingsville opt for compensating rate for property taxes By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com It’s local property tax time again, but this year local gov- ernments have been voting to take the compensating rate due to increased local prop- erty assessments. While earlier this month the Sharpsburg City Council members voted to keep their city’s property tax rates at the same level, .3040 cents per $100 of assessed value due to an overall loss of $170,190 in local property assessments, Bath County Fiscal Court and Owingsville City Council ' members voted to take the compensating rate for their respective rates. The compensating rate is calculated by the state’s Rev- enue Cabinet to “provide the same amount of tax revenue as the previous year. Sometimes the rate goes up' or down, de- pending on the amount of lo— cal property value assessed. Last Thursday Fiscal Court members agreed to take the compensating rate, 10.10 cents per $100 of assessed value, for taxes on local real estate. The rate is down from last year’s rate of 10.2 cents SUNNY SLOPE PRODUCE . " Pumpkins, Mums, Gourds, Fodder Shock, Straw We sell wholesale too! n a aweek Set HE; Mon. 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Last year the county’s over- all property value assessment increased by nearly $49 mil— lion following state-wide ad- justments to farm property value assessments and the addition of over 70 previously unassessed properties from the Salt Lick area. K“: A member of I j l’NEWgfinoup Bringing you Bath County’s News Since 1884 Thursday, September 16, 2021 local new liolllll oases VACCINATION RATES RISE ACROSS THE GATEWAY HEALTH DISTRICT By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com For the fourth straight week new COVID-19 cases in the Gateway Health District have continued to surpass re- cord levels set in November 2020. The Gateway District Health Department reported a total of 575 new cases last, ' 74 more cases than reported the previous week. Here are the weekly case totals for the Gateway Health District, from July 9, 2021, to September 12, 2021, showing the dramatic rise in new case numbers week-by—week in the past three months: 1956 .957 9555 9.79 9.310 951 1 9:12 Tota! 9: 7} Bath M“ :7 35 37 v.25 it 115 Eliiett r 9 us 1 x 3 a 5.7 hieni fee 7 I l 2 3 5 56 hiargan 55 I 5 33 '24 325 152 Kenyan 263 39 61 45 28 190 Tom-l 221. :07 1:19 we 90 5.74 Last week the Kentucky Gen- threat of COVID—19 began. We reported a total of 9 positive stu- eral Assembly passed legisla- tion which did away the state- wide mask mandate for public schools and left the decision making up to local school dis- F tricts. Bath County Superintendent Steven Evans said in an email communication that he was awaiting guidance from both Board of Education members and from the Kentucky Depart- ment of Education. “My per- sonal goal is to keep as many kids in school as possible. De- pending on how the quarantine rules apply, masking in some form is definitely still on the table,” Evans said. V Prior to Gov. Andy Beshear’s now-nullified public school mask mandate in August, the Bath County School District’s policy was that masking was op tional for students and staff. Both Menifee County Supt. Tim Spencer and Rowan Coun— ty Supt. John Maxey both said this week that masks are re- quired in both districts. Assistant Menifee County Supt. Ashley Pelfrey issued the followed statement: “The health and safety of our school community has been the primary concern of the Menifee _ County School District sincethe have taken great precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus, while providing quality instruc- tion to our students. With that being said, the current mask re- quirement in the Menifee Coun- ty School District remains in ef- . fect and will not be impacted by the special session. The public transportation mandate, which includes school buses, still re- mains. The continuance of the existing requirements, which has been in place since the be- ginning of the school year, will assist in eliminating'the need for quarantine and will allow us to continue to provide in-person instruction to our students. We want to assure our community the Menifee County School Dis- trict and our Board remain com- mitted to prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our stakehold- ers and our community.” The Bath County School Dis- trict’s COVID—19 Dashboard reported on Tuesday, Sept. 14, that there was a total of 30 ac- tive student cases and 7 active staff cases, and there was a to tal of 176 student quarantines, with 78 of those due to school- related exposures and 98 due to non-school related exposures. On September 10, the Me- nifee County School District dent cases and 2 positive staff cases, with a total of 41 students in quarantine. As the newspaper goes to the press this week, the Rowan County School District did not have an update on new cases or quarantines in their district. Vaccines rates in the Gate way Health District showed sev- eral dramatic increases. Bath County continues to lead in the number vaccinations, with just over 51 percent the week, followed by Rowan County at nearly 50 percent. Vaccination rates in Menifee County jumped 4.5 percent this week and brought the county up to nearly 43 percent, while Elliott County jumped nearly 4 percent as well. Here are the vaccination rates, including percent in- crease since last week: United States, 63.2 % (+ 0.7 %) Kentucky, 59 % (+1 %) Bath County, 51.49 % (+ 2.1 %) ‘ Elliott County, 32.01 % (+ 3.9 %) Menifee County, 42.86 % (+ 4.5 %) Morgan County, 45.32 % (+ 1.9 %) Rowan County, 49.62 % (+ 2.1 %) LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PLANNING COMMITTEE TO MEET NEXT THURSDAY A meeting of the Bath' County School District Local Plan- ning Committee is scheduled for next Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. at the Board Annex Office. Members will meet to discuss the current District Facility Plan and changes needed for future renovations. The public is invited to attend. L} CURPORATIOH Large Selection of Rocker, Wall Saver, Power and Lift Recliners. 8 10499 02178 9 www.amishh(*rilagqfumiturc. mm 606-763-9048 5895 US 68 May's Lick, KY Hours: Mon—Sat 9am to 5pm Closed Thursday Sunday