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................. ~MIXED ADC 450 958 01-91-50 59P 325 SMALl_TOWN NEWSPAPERS ~CO@6 5@26 CALIFORNIA AVE SW ## SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 Lyons wants Fiscal Court to control ambulance service By George Lewis persons handling u vOile auditing firm that News Reporter ~e@~~com Lyons wants fiscal court to control ambu- lance service By George Lewis The Bath County Amhulance Board should be disbanded and the ambulance service placed Under the control of fiscal court, Judge Executive Ronnie Lyons said last week. Magistrates unan- imously agreed. In a prepared state- merit read during last week's fiscal court meet- ing, Lyons said: "With the fiscal court's approval, I would like to direct the Bath County attorney to investigate what steps legally the county needs to take to reorganize the Bath County Ambulance Service to provide for greater accountability of III funds for the Ambulance Service. I feel that reor- ganization is necessa due to the findings of the recent audit of the Am- bulance Service that has outlined numerous irreg- ularities. I would like for there to be reorganiza- tion that would make the Ambulance Service an agency of county govern- ment, if possible." Lyons noted that other counties have reorga- nized control of their ambulances in a similar fashion. "All we're after is just to be more responsible with taxpayers' dollars and for the county to pro- vide the good service that the citizens deserve," Lyons said. The recent audit that Lyons referred to is still under way by a Louis- specializes in ferreting out fraud. While some findings of the audit have been made known to county officials, the full report may not be made public for quite some time, ff at all, according to comments made re- cently by a source close to the investigation who discussed the audit only on the condition of ano- nymity. When completed and vetted through the accounting firm, the au- dit findings will be turned over to state police, who will decide when and if to' release them to the pub- lic, the source said. . Fiscal court commis- sioned the audit to de- termine how more than a $150,000 in taxpayer money went missing See Fiscal Court Page 13 I g man By Charles Mattox News Editor charles@ becarlislemercury.com A Fleming County man was pronounced dead following a single- vehicle accident on East Fork Road, Owingsville, on Monday afternoon. According to Kentucky State Police, Wes Land- saw, 28, of the western Fleming County com- munity of Ewing, was driving a 2003 Chevy Suburban at approxi- PIm~o by George Lew/s Vearl Pennington played Taps at the conclusion of the Veteran's Day ceremony on the courthouse lawn. II I I mately 2:45 p.m., when Landsaw appeared to He suddenly veered off be suffering from a sud- the road, which caused the vehicle to turn onto its side. "Passengers in the ve- hicle reported that just before the accident, Mr. er, 29; Chris Lengach- ceased at the scene er, 29 and a juvenile shortly following the den unknown medical male 14- ear-old, all of accident. emergency," according Maysville, were unin- Kentucky State Police to KSP. jured. Troopers Jeremy Harem Three male passen- Bath County Coro- and Mike Armstrong gers in the Landsaw ner Robert Powell pro-continue to investigate vehicle: Victor Lengach- nounced Landsaw de- the accident. I II I III l .I l By George Lewis News Reporter _ _ =4= z = . ~ Friday's bid opening for construction of the first phase of the Streetscape Improvement Project in Owingsville was similar to the first bid opening held for the project last month -- the same com- pany was the low bidder. Whether that bid with- stands analysis the sec- ond time around remains to be seen. The company's bid was rejected in Oc- tober after city officials deemed it unbalanced, which is to say some items were bid unusually high or low, in relation to engineers' estimates. The Harris Group of Georgetown was the low bidder Friday at $195,623.25. The Neal Co. of Lex- ington submitted a bid of $198,284.28, Freder- ick and May Construc- tion of West Liberty bid $230,598, and in an ap- parent gross miscalcula- tion that left those in at- tendance scratching their heads in wonderment, Larry W. Coffey Con- struction of Berea sub- mitted a bid of $449,000. One possible reason Coffey's bid was so out of line with the other bids could be the difficulty the construction companies "had receiving complete information on the proj- ect from Lynn Imag- ing of Lexington, a firm contracted to disburse to retail construction companies schematics and other graphics on projects such as Owings- ville's. Reportedly, Lynn Imaging had switched to a new computer pro- gram, which was not working properly. whatever the reason, city officials are hopeful that the information- transfer snafu won't scuttle the second bid process and require the project to be rebid The city council has scheduled a called meet- ing for Monday, Nov. 22 at city hall to consider the more recent round of bids. In the first round of bidding last month, the Harris Group, which is said to be an upstart company, submitted the low bid of $188,000. However, the council awarded the contract to the second-lowest bid- der, Woodall Construc- tion Co., of Lexington, for a bid of $262,374 after disqualifying the Harris Group bid. Wood- all didn't rebid. The council was ready to go full speed ahead on the project last month after awarding the con- tract to Woodall. How, ever, an official at the Procurement Division of the state Department of Transportation didn't agree with the proce- dure the city council fol- lowed in rejecting the Harris Group bid arid ordered the project re- bid. The DOT oversees the $300,000 Transpor- tation Enhancement Grant the city received for the project. Rebidding delayed the project about a month, said Mayor Don Kin- caid. The project will in- clude installation of benches, sidewalks, street lights, trash re- ceptacles, brick pavers, curbs and gutters, possi- bly a bandstand, handi- capped parking signs, and two bike racks. I Photo by George Lew/s The Rev. Alton Norman of the Owingsville Church of Christ told a Veteran's Day crowd we must believe in creationism in order to honor military veterans. I I I Vet's Day message advances creationism By George Lewis News Reporter george@ _ %. . - cola What do Veteran's Day and the Scopes Monkey Trial have in common? Nothing, said Betty Bailey of Owi-gsville. Bailey took issue with the message delivered by the Rev. Alton Norman Thursday dur- ing the 2010 Veteran's Day Ceremony on the courthouse lawn in Owingsvffie. Norman, who was asked to speak on the topic ' Restoring Honor to All Veterans," made repeated references to the theory of creationsin and the 1925 Scopes Trial, in which high school biology teacher John Scopes was accused of violating the state's Buffer Act which made it tmlawful to teach evolution. was disappointed that he didn't show more gratitude for the bravery and courage of all our veterans," Bailey said. '2 don't think references to the Scopes Monkey Trial were appropriate on a day honor- mg our heroes, both fallen and living. We needed a mes- sage that was suitable to all religious faiths and beliefs." On Monday, Rev. Norman defended his choice of words: 'WIy message was that if we lose respect for God, and we do in the evolution discus: soon, then we can't respect each other until we recognize that we were created in the image of God and that evolu- tion takes that away." Otherwise, the program featured the following partic- ipants: Tony Belcher, intro- duction; John Hutchhson, welcome; Robin Tolle, the singing of the National An- them and the Battle Hymn of the Republic; Susannah Taylor and the Bath County High School Special Ensem- ble, the playing of America the Beautiful and the Armed Forces March; John Hutchin- sen, placement of wreaths on memorials and closing remarks; the Rev. Bob Ray, benediction; Vearl Penning- ton, the playing of Taps. Su- san Thompson furnished the sound system, Bath County Florist provided the wreaths, and Lowe's provided the American flags. lummm 1-800-252-5540 Wetl ut? ~ Td.M Wmul7 fnnd ~w.~ m~m