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127th Year--Edition 67 KyN00Group Bath County P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 403 The News-Outlook is now published on Thursday 045260) 9 2-02-50 MXEO ADC 450 LI=TOWN NEWSPAPEoc 37p 23S -L  COTA ST " **C005 :I'0N  98584--2263 ' ## Ph.: 606-674-9994 5O EACH November 08, 2012 General election brings sweeping changes e across the coun00 By Cecil Lawson City Council, in which their hunting and fishing KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com It was a night of change' Tuesday evening in Bath County and across Ken- tucky as a number of incum- bents were unseated in the general election. While the presidential race drew voters out to the polls, it was local interest in three school board races that made the races hotly competitive. Rogie Coyle, Dept. Bath County Clerk, said that turn- out seemed pretty heavy at most local polling places on Tuesday. The county had a turnout of 49.696, meaning 4339 out of 8748 registered voters went to the polls. When the dust settled in the Bath County Clerk's of- fice after the polls closed, Barbara Razor won over Brandon Green in the 3rd Educational District (White Sulphur, Olympia, Preston); Connie Grimes replaced B. A. Franklin in the 4th District (Owingsville 2 and Photo by Cecil Lawson It was a busy night In the Bath County Clerk's office as election results rolled in from the county's precincts one after the Other. Pictured above are, from left, Sharon Reffitt, Jeff Ray from WKCA, Rogle Coyle, Sheriff John "Tufty" Snedegar, Elaine Grimes, end County Clerk Carolyn Rogers. 3);and Shelly Sanders beat In the field for Soil Con- Aitkin Buckler took the four incumbent Bill Boyd in servation District Supervi-.openpositions. the 5th (Owingsville 1 and sors, Missy Ginter, Jacky The only other competi- Sharpsburg 1). Watson, Barbara Boyd, and five local race was Owings- Superintendent candidate named at Jenkins Independent School District, located in Letcher County. In a brief interview Wednesday morning, Tackett was quick to note t.h,lle he. had. been of. fered the positio,,'c6,,, negotiations were still on- gon. :  ::: Tackett, a native of Jen- kins in Letcher County, said that he was in his 29th year in education, having SnlHmMkmt cont. on pg. 2.6 By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The Bath County School District is a few steps clos- er to haag a  11 dent this week. Following months of the usual infighting an,d legal missteps, last Thurs- day evening school board members offered the su- perintendent's position to applicant Harvey Tackett. Tackett currently di- rector of pupil personnel Salt Lick Deposit Bank to merge with Peoples Bank of Flemingsburg Salt Lick Deposit Bank had assets totaling 874 million on September 30 of this year. According to the press release, the bank had doubled its assets dur- ing the time it was owned by Central Bancshares. Peoples Bank headquar- ters is located in Flem- ingsburg, and it is a locally owned, independent bank, charted in in 1906. James Hay is the current chair- man, president, CEO. The bank currently has branch locations in Flemingsburg, Hillsboro, Morehead, Maysvine, and Mayslick. Current assets are listed as 8192 million. ' ' .... "I have been very im- pressed with the ,Silt Lick personnel and their com- mitments to the commu- uities they serve,  stated Hay. "Peoples Bank im tends to continue Salt Lick's tradition of quality banking services and sup- port to the surrounding communities." Hay was hesitant to make further comments on the bank merger pend- ing its approval by the fed- eral government. No information was re- leased as to the terms of the sale or whether there will any turnover of era--.:. ployees, and : officials at the Salt Lick Deposit Bank : in Owingsville referred all requests for informaLion to the Central Bank head,: :: quarters in n, -;' : Charels Adkins, Laura Ellen Johnson, Nancy Purvis, Jim L Davis, Gary Bealert, and Greg Brooks were the top vote getters. Bath County will be a part of the 6th Congressional District in 2013, and Repub- lican challenger Andy Barr unseated Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler in a hotly contested race, winning with a little over 50% of the vote statewide to Chandler's nearly 47%. In Bath County, Burr received 2027 votes to Chandler's 1978. In a special election to fill the unexpired term of retired 4th District Con- gressman Geoff Davis, Re- publican candidate Thomas Massie won over Democrat- ic challenger William 1L "Bill" Adkins. Nine of Bath County's twelve precincts fell within the 4th District. In Bath County Massie re- ceived 1083 votes, and Ad- kins 1512. Kentuckians overwhelm- ingly supported a constitu- tional amendment to protect rights across the state, with over 84% voting yes and only 16% voting no. Bath County voters followed this trend, with 2782 votes for yes and 349 votes for no. Bath Countians showed their support for Republi- can Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his run- ning mate Paul Ryan, with 2275 votes to Pres. Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden's 1770. 72nd District State Rep- resentative Sannie Overly ran unopposed, as did 21st Judicial Circuit Common- wealth's Attorney Ronnie Goldy and Bath Circuit Clerk Claudette Faudere. All four members of the Sharpsburg City Council - David Jones, Patsy Rich- ardson, PhUllp Fetters, and Thelma June GuUey - ran unopposed. There were no candidates registered for Salt Hck City Council. Election Results on page 8. State test. scores00show Bath sch,)01s eea imp.rovement" 121 fell into By Cecil Lawson |. the "needs improvement" tor and/or careers), and grad- uation rates. Other scores released as part of the state's "School Report Card" included per- centile rank (which shows whether a school or district needs improvement, below 70; proficient, 70 to 89; and distinguished, above 90), classification, and rewards and assistance category. The Bath County School District's percentile rank was 32, and it was classified as "needs improvement." Out of 174 school dis- category, while 35 were classified as proficient, and 18 were considered distin- guished. "Because this year's data is the first from the Un- bridled Learning model, I encourage educators, par- ents, communities, elected officials and others with a stake in public education to think of these classifi- cations as a starting point for improvement," said state education commis- sioner Terry HoUiday in a statement released Friday. "Although more than two- thirds of schools and dis- tricts are in the Needs Im- provement category, this is not an indicator of failure. The Unbridled Learning model is one of continuous improvement, and schools and districts now have a wealth of data to use as they plan for improvement in student learning and achievement." Test Scores cont. on pg. 26 measure- able objective" improve- ment goal. The score is a combina- tion of achievement tests, gap (achievement levels of traditionally underper- forming student groups), growth (comparison of individual test scores to peer scores), College and Career Readiness (high school graduates who have By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com i i Central Bank of Lexing- ton has announced that it is preparing to sell the Salt Lick Deposit Bank. This announcement was made in a press release sent out jointly by PeOples Bank of Kentucky, Inc. and Central Bancshares Inc. Wednesday afternoon. The press release an- nounced a definitive agree- ment for Peoples Bank to acquire The Salt Lick De- posit Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Central." Luther Deaton, presi- dent of Central Bank, said in a brief interview Thurs- day that the sale of the Salt Lick Deposit Bank was undertaken wholly at the request of The People's Bank. "They came to us, and they really wanted it as part of their plan," Deaton said. According to the terms of the agreement, the Salt Lick Deposit Bank will -merge into the Peoples Bank and will take on the Peopies Bank name. Deiton said, I'ne staffat Salt Lick has done an out- standing job in the past 11 years. We are very pleased to have had the oppor- tunity to work alongside these fine people and to serve the citizens of Bath County." Salt Lick Deposit Bank celebrated its ll0th anni- versary last October. The bank was chartered in 1901 and remained an in- dependent local institution until its acquisition by Cen- tral Bank in May 2001. Deaton emphasized that the sale of the bank had nothing to do with any fi- nandal problems at the KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com i Bath County showed middling scores following the release Friday of the Kentucky Department of Education's first round of numbers from Unbridled Learning, the state's latest round of education rearm, from the 2011-12 school year. The school district had an accountability score of 52.4, out of a 100 point scale that applies to all school districts and individual pub- lic schools in the Common- wealth. The average statewide score was 55.2. The accountability score summarizes the status of a school or district under Unbridled Learning, and it allows the state to compare andrank school and district performance and to calcu- successfully met an indica- Accident in Sail Lick sends four to hospital By Cecil Lawson er traveling west on the KyNewsGroup same road. The Chevy was cecil@kynewsgroup.com hit on its passenger side and pushed into metal pipes A serious two vehicle ac- surrounding the fuel tank. cident in Salt Lick Tuesday Bath County EMS and Salt night sent four people to Lick Fire Department re- the hospital and led local sponded to the scene, along residents letting out a sigh with the Kentucky State Po- of relief as one of vehicles lice. Three of the patients was stopped just short of were .taken to St. Claire an above ground fuel taken. Medical Center, and a fe- The accident took phce male patient was airlifted around 7:30 p.m. by the Salt by PHI medical helicopter Lick BP gas station on U. S to University of Kentucky 60. Kentucky State Police Medical Center with a pos- Troopers Scott Caudill and sible head injury. Nathan Shortridge said that a Chevy Cobalt was travel- i I ] kng east on Hwy. 60 when A VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM IS SCHEDUID TO BE the driver attempted to turn HELD ON MONDAY, NOV. 12 AT 11A.M. 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