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2 Nov. 17, 2010 Your Hometown Newspaper Bath County News-Outlook KENTUCKY KRYPTONITE Heaven Is A Lot Uke Kemuelq Charlu Mattox "On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound." From the song "A Horse with No Name", written by Dewey Bunnell in 1971, and performed in 1972 by Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and about a home I'll never see It may sound ab- surd...but don't be naive Even heroes have the right to bleed I may be dis- turbed..but won't you concede Even heroes have the right to dream." From the third and fourth stanza of the song "Superman," written by Vladmir John On- drasik, of the group Five For Fighting. If you, or a family member, have not been swept into the bottomless hole of substance abuse, in one form or another, Dan Peek, as the then you are a mem- bandAMERICA. The ber of a very small song has long been family or you 'just associated with the got off the bus, Gus.' drug culture and dis- Or you're living in soul of our communi- as only "good news", But since it is, it ties. is a luxury I can nei- remains my duty to The terrible, ter- ther embrace, toler- ensure to the best of rible statistics, cou- ate or respect, my ability, that the pled with a casual I am "duty-bound" communities under examination of any to inform the com- "my watch", which regionalcounty'sdis-munity of all the are shackled with trict or circuit court news: The Good, The this tragic reality, docket history will Bad, The Beautiful, are informed; and reinforce my conclu- and the Ugly. that duty under my sion. I feel it is a disser- watch is, in the words Membersofmygen- vice to fail to publish of the Pulitzer Prize eration and young- any news simply be- winning Columnist er adults of today cause certain indi-Walter Lippman, to aren't just abusing viduals or organiza- "shine light into the pain pills by swal- tions deem it "bad" darkness" for the lowing them, or even and therefore be- masses to better see crushing them and come uncomfortable, and understand. snorting them; now All jobs end, just The illicit, illegal the growing trend like all life ends. and deadly Black is to inject them by Knowing and em- Market pain pill needle bracing that truth epidemic that has Some publisher's motivates me to descended upon our of local and region- shy away from the region like the tal- al newspapers have wretched practice of ons of a vulture is, in dedicated them-"cowardly journal- my opinion, fueled selves to the duty ism." by widespread com- of largely printing By different corn- munal despair and "only the good news" putations from Law often financed by and as they are their enforcement offi- parasitical, powerful own bosses (some cials, and others, and wealthy, local with not-so-secretive Bath County alone individuals and spe- financial backers, in has endured nearly cial interest groups. one form or another) 40 civilian deaths These pain pills well, that is certain- in approximately 37 aren't falling from ly their prerogative, months, with each the sky like skittles More than one con- of those 40 deaths from the magical cerned citizen has being related in one candy rainbow we held I believeseveral oi: our elected officials aren't lifting a fin- ger to help solve the problem. Where I come from, if you aren't willing to work hard to be part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. When citizens de-: mand that this prob ' lem be better con trolled, then it wilt" be. I believe the Ken- tucky State Police are spearheading el'-'. forts to control this problem. They are failing miserably. Our Kentucky: State Police officers are astronomically understaffed and overworked, andthis too is the responsi- bility of our elected officials. When I was young, my friends and I, thought we were in: vincible. We thought we were supermen. Far too many Ken- conversations way or another to see on TV commer- tuckians of my gen- association of real- your own fool's para- ity brought about by disc and oblivious to with me about all substance abuse, or cials, eration and those of the drug-related pain pill overdose. No dear reader, younger than us prolonged drug use. the reality that sur- . .... I remember hearing stories i ensure gets Overdose deaths they are being pre- are falling prey to rounds thus regmn. _ it for the first time printed continue to climb in scribed by local and the use and trade of- Or you are very, " ,,, , . as your yews Nicholas, Menifee, out-of-state doctors. Black Market pain in the 2nd grade. very, lUCVy .... ........ :; , Editor, 1 believe Fleming and Robert= Some,of :the trips' pills. : -' "7wish that Icould rake a mechanical that i con holin cry fall upon my drill, pain pill abuse . _ P g . g County " these out of: state Weare falling prey: mibrmation, which knees Find a way to c0niirmes to bore itS I Sure do wish that doctors are being h- to ,Ken 4ael Krypc can be best described weren't the case. nanced locally, and tonite. lie way into the very On Friday, Nov. 5, Bath County High School wel- comed the Rachers Chal- lenge program to our school. This program was created in memory of Rachel Joy Scott by her compassion coupled family. Rachel Scott was with the contents of her the first person killed at six diaries have become Columbine High School the foundation of this on April 20, 1999. Her life-changing school pro- acts of kindness and gram. Larry Scott, uncle of the school. Rachel Scott, who alsoHis school presenta- had children in Colum-tion provided power- bine High School on the ful video/audio footage day of the tragedy, pro- of Rachers life and the vided the program to Columbine tragedy. The program provides an inspirational messag~ that motivates students~ to made positive chang-. es in the way they treat others. I I Here's a recap of the Bath County results of the recent general election: In perhaps the most- watched local race in the recent general election, Re- publican Lowell Jamison defeated incumbent Dem- ocrat Ronnie Lyons for county judge executive by a scant 50-vote margin, 1,837 to 1,787. Despite the close finish, Lyons chose not to request a recanvass or recount. Jamison carried all of the precincts in Districts 1 and 2. Lyons carried every pre- cinct in District 3, his home territory. Lyons contends he was defeated by an anonymous letter that circulated the Monday before the election accusing him of misdeeds regarding the county's dog pound. Jamison has been county judge before, having been appointed to that position by then-Gov. Ernie Fletch- es to fill the term of Walter Shrout. Jamison, as well as the other victorious candidates, will take office Jan. 1. In perhaps the second- most-watched race, Repub- lican Sheriff Tufty Snede- gar turned back Democratic challenger Wes Eveman with 2.487 votes to Ever- man's 1,165. Everman's 1,165. The two men were friendly rivals, both having served on the Owingsville Police Department, where Everman is currently a po- lice officer. In the race for property valuation administrator, incumbent Kathy Tapp turned back challenger Howard Stone 1,963 to 1,678. Tapp carried all pre- cincts except Owingsville 3 and Salt Lick 2. The two tied in the South Sher- burne precinct. Incumbent Bath Coun- ty Clerk Carolyn Rogers carried all precincts as she handily turned back challenger David Chancy 2,472 to 950. Apparently, the prospect of having the county clerk's office open on Saturday, which Chancy promised to do if elected, couldn't trump Rogers' ex- perience as county clerk. In the seven-person race for three offices of Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, Jamie Cline, Betty Bailey and Ver- non Stamper were victorious with 1,503, 1,169, and 1,005 votes, respectively Candidates in uncontest- ed races who returned to office included Bath County Attorney Leslie Richardson Smith, Palmer "Jaybird" Crouch, Coroner Robert J. Powell and County Surveyor Roy Wright as Bath County Surveyor. All three county commis- sioner's races were also un- contested as Millard B. Petitt III was elected Commissioner 1st District, Ray Toy was elected Corn- missioner 2nd District, and Jimmy D. Cline, Commis- sioner 3rd District. For mayor of Owingsville, Gary Hunt was the win- ner with 296 votes followed by B. A. Franklin with 74 votes, Chris Jamison with 64 votes, James Proffitt with 27 votes and former mayor Clarence Rister 18 votes. Hunt got a head start on the job by attending city council meetings prior to the election and staying abreast of the issues facing the city. Mayor Don Kincaid didn't seek reelection. In the race for six seats on the Owingsville City Coun- cil, the six top vote-getters were Laura Goodpaster Johnson (362), Jimmie L. Davis (335, replacing Chris Jamison, who ran for may- or), Nancy Purvis (329), Faith Corbin (291), Roberta Bashford (265), and Gary Bealert (260). In the race for school board in the First Edu- eational District, politi- cal newcomer and former school bus driver Hurschell Rawlings unseated incum- bent Gayle Crouch with 244 votes to Crouch's 120, caus- ing some people in the com- munity to speculate that people were eager to end the divisiveness that exists on the school board. The other school board J J i Don Blair garnered 2,06~ while running unoppose& for the other district judge~ ship. In the race for UIS. Sena) tor, Bath County ran con~ trary to statewide results~ by giving Democrat Jacl~ Conway the nod 1,881 tq Republican Rand Paul'~ 1,409. In the race for U.S. Rep~ seat that was up for grabs resentative 5th District,i was retained by incum- Hal Rogers (R) defeated: bent Sandy Crouch (no re- James E. Holbert 421 t(~ lation to Gayle), who was 393 in the Fifth Congressio4 unopposed after challenger nal District. George Clark dropped out Sannie Overly collectedi 2,472 votes to Stephen4 West's 950 in the State Rop-~ of the race due to a conflict of interest regarding his wife's purchase of a local pizza restaurant that does business with the school district. Sharpsburg Mayor Doro- thy Clemons and Salt Lick Mayor Brad Frizzell ran unopposed. In the race for 21st'Dis- trict Judge, Willie Roberts bested Keen Johnson Bath ath County News-Outlook is published every Wednesday by M.C. Investments d/b/a/Bath County News-Outlook, 71 Miller Drive, Owingsville, KY 40360 Periodicals Postage Rates are paid at Owingsville, KY 40360 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Bath County News-Outlook, PO Box 272, Carlisle, KY 40311 -~embers of the Kentucky Press Association The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors Z009 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $25.00 for year in Bath County, $30.00 elsewhere in Kentucky and $35.00 out of state. Subscriptions include sales tax where applicable. 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