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20 - October 18, 2012 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Lady Cats ranked Bath County is ranked ninth in The Catsv Pause 2012-13 Kentucky Basket- ball Yearbook Preseason 16th Region Girls' Bas- ketball Poll. The Lady Cats, under the guidance of head coach Troy Lee Thomas, feature freshman Sarah Price, one of the 16th Region's top players. The Cats' Pause 2012- 13 Kentucky Basketball Yearbook was published last week. The yearbook is available throughout the state. A dominant player for Bath County in the front- court, Price has already garnered the attention C of numerous college pro- grains. A transportation fuel testing lab that state De- partment of Agriculture officials say was losing around $900,000 a year un- der the department's last administration is on track to save roughly $400,000 this year, according to de- partment officials. State Agriculture Com- missioner James Comer told the Interim Joint Com- mittee on Agriculture on Wednesday that savings have come from reduced expenses on the project which Comer said was billed as a "money mak- er" to lawmakers by the department when it was overseen by state Agricul- ture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Farmer's admin- istration began construc- tion of the lab in fiscal year 2007. Comer gave Larry Cox, the executive director of the department's Office for Consumer and En- vironmental Protection, authority to improve lab operations. That resulted in changes--including ffampling fuel based only on complaints beginning , about two months ago, said Cox. The lab was unable to randomly test samples under its original concept, he said, creating a large backlog. 'The visual and chemi- cal elements of the analysis moved rapidly, but octane and cetane testing proved to be a choke point, mak- ing the entire lab process unable to meet its promot- ed objective of performing anywhere from 40 to 50 tests per day," Cox told the The Kentucky State Parks are offering lodging discounts to current and former members of our na- tion's military services with the "USA Military Pass" program from Nov. 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013. The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, mem- bers of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of mil- itary service is required at check-in. 'The Kentucky State Parks appreciate the men and women who serve or who have served in uniform for our country and want to let them know how much we appreciate their ser- vice," said Parks Commis- sioner Elaine Walker. 'The parks offer great outdoor opportunities for families." With the USA Military Pass, lodge rooms are available starting at $44.95 a night; one bedroom cot- tages for $74.95 a night; two bedroom cottages for $84.95 a night and three bedroom cottages for $94.95 a night. Tax is not in- cluded in these rates. These rates are good at 11 resort parks plus the cottages at John James Audubon State Park. The rate is $5 more per night at these parks: Barren River, Cumberland Fails, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, Lake Cum- berland and Natural Bridge. ninth in preseason 16th Region poll Thomas is in his second year as head coach of the Bath County girls' basket- ball team following suc- cessful tenures at neigh- boring Rowan County and West Jessamine. Bath County is ranked one spot ahead of Mor- gan County (10). Fleming County (8), Rowan County (7), Greenup County (6), Russell (5), East Carter (4), Lewis County (3), Boyd County (2) and reigning champion/pre- season favorite Ashland (1) are listed ahead of the Lady Cats in the preseason poll. Bath County concluded the 2011-12 season 10-21. The Lady Cats fell to Row- an County in the opening round of the 61st District Tournament. Bath County hosted last year's district tournament. The Lady Cats compete in the 61st District along with Rowan County, Flem- ing County and Menifee County. Fleming County is the reigning 61st Dis- trict champion. The Lady Panthers upended long- time powerhouse Rowan County for the title in late- February. Bath County will tip off the 2012-13 season at home on Nov. 30 versus district champion Fleming County. ag committee. "In fact, only 10 tests at most could be performed on an ideal day because of time required for the octane and cetane testS?' Today, the backlog is eliminated and sampling amounts to one or two tests in a typical week, said Cox, unless there is a problem reported with a barge load of fuel or with fuel from a major supplier. An excess amount of ethanol found in fuel from a major supplier had to be handled by the department early this year, said Cox. Committee co-chairman Rep. Tom McKee, D- Cynthiana, asked agricul- ture officials if sampling on a complaint basis is enough, or if more needs to be done. Right now, Cox said, the sampling process is working--although he said the department would have to be prepared to do broader-based sampling for regulation of fuel qual- ity, with the university performing all fuel testing before providing results to the department for admin- istrative action." "If we can work out this arrangement, and once again we're very early in those discussions, but if we can work them out, we can sharply reduce the cost of fuel testing to the Com- monwealth, we can place fuel testing in the hands of a dedicated and respected research institution, and we can conduct testing on a scale that is appropriate to current Kentucky fuel quality issues," said Cox. Sen. Paul Hornback, R- Shelbyville, asked what the benefit of working with UK would be over farming out to private industry. State Agriculture department official Steve Kelly said that was discussed during a recent meeting of a state task force looking into the should the number of com- fuel lab. An attorney repre- plaints rise. senting the state Finance Talks with officials at Cabinet at that meeting the University of Kentucky explained, said Kelly, that about turning fuel lest- ~'if there was a possibility ing over to the university are also in the works, said Cox, who said Kentucky is burdened by its $200,000 annual rent on the lab building, a $3.1 million in- vestment in underutilized equipment, underutilized staff, and testing costs that outstrip annual fees col- lected from fuel outlets. Cox said a testing part- nership with UK would be one "in which the De- partment of Agriculture continues to carry its statutory responsibility to do something like this (with the university) then it's obviously much faster and much cheaper. "And then from our point of view, if we can do something with the uni- versity and its Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) --they're the experts in energy right now We feel like if we can get it in someone's hands like that, that we're protecting the consumer to the best of our ability," said Kelly. The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resorts that offer golf, fishing, hiking on scenic trails, beautiful scenery and full-service restaurants. Many resorts are near or include historic sites and museums and of- fer programs during the fall and winter, such as elk tours, eagle watching tours and entertainment. This ,offer may not be used in conjunction with other special discounts or packages. The discount is based on availability, for leisure travel only, and may exclude special events and holidays. For more informati9n about Kentucky State Parks and to make reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov or call 1-800-255-7275. During the months of April through October, cur- rent and former members of the military can get a 10 percent lodging or camping discount. (If you're making your reservation online, use "USA"for the promo code for reservations' between Nov. 1 and March 31. Dur- ing the April through Octo- ber period, select "military discount" when making an online reservation.) 8th Annual Gateway Regional Bred Heifer Sale Selling 350 Spring Bred Heifers Mon Oct. 22, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Bluegrass Stockyards East, Mt. Sterling 3025 Owingsville Rd Highway US 60 East During the rebuilding phase of the U.S. Cowherds, young high quality females will be difficult to locate, and will in- crease in value, let us contribute to your success. For details contact John McDonald, 859-585-0448 or email johnk.mcdonald@ky.gov. e Governor Steve Beshear joined public safety and business leaders today to announce a campaign to encourage Kentuckians to pledge to abstain from tex- ring while driving. The initiative is a part- nership among the Gov- ernor's Office, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentuckians for Better Transportation and AT&T Window cling decals fea- turing the message "No Text on Board" will be af- fixed to Kentucky state vehicles across the Com- monwealth, including those of state law enforce- ment, Motorists also will see "don't text and drive" messages on electronic sign boards along state highways. "Our goal is to save lives," Gov. Beshear said. "R is critical that Ken- tuckians learn about the dangers of texting while driving, and abstain from doing it, I have taken the pledge to never text and drive, and I encourage Kentuckians everywhere to join me. When you are driving, don't text- it can wait," Gov. Beshear also signed a proclamation stating that October 10 is "Don't Text and Drive Day" in Kentucky. The Governor asked all state employees to join him in taking the pledge not to text and drive. In 2009, Gov. Beshear signed an executive order prohibiting state employ- ees from texting while driving state vehicles. A few months later, in 2010, the Kentucky General As- sembly passed a law mak- ing the practice of texting while driving illegal. The law bans texting for driv- ers of all ages while the ve- hicle.is in motion. For driv- ers over 18, it allows the use of global positioning devices and reading, se- lecting or entering a tele- phone number or name for the purpose of making a phone call. Texting is al- lowed only to report illegal activity or to request medi- cal or emergency aid. For drivers under 18, no use of personal commu- 'nication devices such as cell phones and pagers is allowed while the vehicle is in motion. The use of a global positioning system is allowed, but manually entering information must be completed while the vehicle is stopped. Emer- gency and public safety vehicles are exempt when the use of a personal com- munication device is es- sential to the operator's official duties. "Too many lives have been forever changed by a texting-while-driving ac- cident, and together, we want to spread the word about how deadly a single text can be," said Ken- tucky State Police Com- missioner Rodney Brewer. Wil Craig, a Louisville resident who was injured in an accident caused when the driver of the car he was riding in was texting behind the wheel, shared his personal story at the announcement. Craig now travels the country speak- ing to groups about the im- portance of waiting to text. There are currently more than 11,000 Ken- tucky state vehicles and more than 4,000 state law enforcement vehicles. The window cling decals also feature the Kentucky Un- bridled logo. "Texting while driving is , foolhardy at best, and le- thal at worst," said AT&T Kentucky President Mary Pat Regan. "We hope this campaign will encourage all Kentuckians to take the pledge to never text and drive and to make it a life- long commitment." During the announce- ment" Beshear and Re- gan presented a Samsung Galaxy tablet to Benjamin Mills, a senior at Barbo- ursville High School, for winning an essay contest about the dangers of tex- ting while driving spon- sored by the Kentucky State Police. Mills is the son of Judge John and Jen- nifer Mills of Knox County. This month, AT&T is bringing a driving gunula- tor to high schools in sLx Kentucky communities, including Lexington, Ow- ensboro, Paris, Louisa, Manchester and Pkkeville. Earlier this year, events were held in Louisville, Radcliff and Bedford. The driving simulator experi- ence allows a student to be seated in a stationary car that is connected to sen- sors enabling the driver to use the steering wheel and pedals while wearing virtual reality goggles. The driver then navigates a virtual road course while being asked to send and receive text messages in real time on a mobile de- vice. Other individuals can observe the driver's performance on a monitor outside the car. Dr. Kleber to lecture on history Dr. John Edward Kleber, professor emeritus at Morehead State University, will present "Blood, Buses and Beyond the Stars" a look at the 125 years of MSU history Thurs- day, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at historic Button Au- ditorinm. Dr. Kleber was hired in 1968 as an assistant professor of history at MSU. He retired 28-years later in May 1996. He was director of the Academic Honors Program (1973-1988) and interim dean of the Caudill College of Hu- manities (1993-1995). Dr. Kleber received both the Outstand- ing Teacher (1982) and Distinguished Researcher (1993) Awards, f om More headState. The Louisville na- tive was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Medal by the United States Army of MSU, 0ct.18 (1971), the Governor's Outstanding Kentuck- Jan Award (1992), and the Catholic Alumni Award by the Arch- diocese of Louisville (2002). He is the editor of six books, including, The Kentucky Ency- clopedia, The Louis- ville Encyclopedia, and Thomas D. Clark of Kentucky: An Uncom- mon Life in the Com- monwealth. Dr. Kleber's appear- ance is part of the Presidential Perform- ing Arts and Speakers Program. Additional informa- tion is available by call- ing 606-783-2022. aO, O00 be u llll lhelmge dmJlial on in the oreu retxinlj our The Ik m cotm NL Otaloa The CmlJe Skm. C.out C.tmntV U.S. CONGRESS Presents "al Jn" ,9o. Greenwood abo mtu : Brad Alford Saturday October 20th 2:00 PM Rudy's Ranch and Horse Camp (Behind Carrington Green Golf Course) 11980 KY 36 in Salt Lick, KY For more information please call: 859-806-8683 [ Paid for by Andy Barr For Congress ] @