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Bath County News-Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper Nov. 17, 2010 13 Fiscal Court from Page I over a period of about five years. Thus far, two criminal charges have resulted from a police in- vestigation into the mat- ter. Lyons also asked Coun- ty Attorney Leslie Rich- ardson Smith to "prepare something to make sure people handling pub- lic funds are bonded to avoid the loss of funds." Smith replied that a stat- ute exists that addresses that issue, specifically KRS 65.067, but that the county could augment that law by requiring employees who handle money to provide proof that they are bonded when they submit their annual budget. In other action, the court helped the rescue squad avoid forfeiture of its rescue truck and some of its equipment by pledging to pay Citi- zens Bank a little more than $3,000 to cover the squad's delinquent loan payments. In return, the bank agreed to re- new the loan, which was in default, and let to the court meeting. the squad keep its truck "We don't want the ve- and equipment, provid- hicle and we certainly ing it makes monthly don't want someone to payments of $450. not be rescued." The squad's only The court learned meetings. "We want to be good corporate citizens an& we don't want the citi- zens to be without a res- cue squad," said Critt Murphy, the bank's marketing manager, who accompanied Day lane at Crossroads Ele- mentary School to ease the traffic congestion there. "It needs a stop light," offered Sheriff Tuffy Snedegar. Lyons, who leaves of- fice in January, asked County Attorney Smith to contact the Kentucky Association of Counties about settling a civil suit against fiscal court dropped the politically motivated part of the. suit. The procedural allegation appears to have merit, courthouse sources say. The court also: Altered the dog war- den's employment con- tract from hourly to salaried, which means h~'s on call 24/7. Agreed to the pur- chase of four new tires and the county judge, for Sheriff Snedegar's sources of income are of the delinquent pay- In the suit, two former county vehicle. fund--raisers and a ments only after b-eingemployees of the coun- Agreed to the pur- $500-a-month stipend told by Murphy and ty road department, chase of new leg irons it receives from the fire Day. Rescue squad di- Mitchell Thompson and for use by Jailer Jay- district. To receive the stipend, squad members must attend monthly fire district meetings. Loan officer Sandy Day asked fire district of- ficials who were at~t~he court meeting to let the bank know whether squad members are at- tending the required rector Stephanie Stew- Gordie Staton who bird Crouch and his art didn't attend the were laid off about a deputies. meeting. The squad year ago by then-countyGave Crouch permis- owes $16,000 on the judge Carolyn Belcher, sion to hire as deputy 1998 truck, allege theirterminationjailers Terry Hughes The court agreed to was politically moti- and Glen Hartley to partner with the Bath vated and that Belcher~ replace Omer Ever- County Board of didn't follow proper man and Anthony Ev- Education and the procedure in letting erman, who resigned. Bath County Water them go. Thompson Agreed to pave a District to add a turn and Staton have since portion of Old Slate Road. Declined to take Pond Circle Road into the county road sys- tem. OK'd a request from 911 Director Rickie Faudier to purchase a new CAD (computer- aided 'dispatch) com- puter to complement the "new equipment that will be installed as part of a system that will allow communica- tions with police and other emergency per- sonnel by text message and employ the latest technology to pinpoint accident scenes. The Next Generation 911, as it's called, is fund- ed by a $47,500 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Bath County is among a handful of Kentucky counties chosen to test the new system. e e rum "This stuff turns you on?" my young son asked after listening a minute to a record I was playing on our stereo. "Like gangbusters," I told him "Real patriotic salt-of-the-earth sound, baby." "No guitars?" "Nope," I answered. "Just a fife player and a couple of drummers, like the history books show." I thought this sound might get to him if [ gave him a little back- ground fill-in. The re- cord is something of a collector's item, a thing done by the "Spirit of 76" fife and drum band on July Fourth a num- ber of years ago in a Sa- lem, Ind. backyard. The fifer made his in- strument from a light- ning rod. He pipes out the melody, while three drummers beat out the cadence. Their average age is past 80 and they play for all picnics and patriotic functions in the area. "No guitars, huh?" he asked. "This is the sound that stirred the heart- beat of a new nation," I tried to flag him into my pit. "And you may read about the fifer at Ander- sonville," making it clear that Andersonville was a Civil War prison, not a rock musical festival. The young boy had inherited his grandfa- ther's fife and a neigh- bor, who had served in the Revolutionary War, taught him the tunes. He learned Eighteen- Twelve stop March, Charley Over The Wa- ter, Cuckoo's Nest, Jay- bird, Stop March, Old Seventy Six, Tattered Jack, Gilderpoy, Adam Bell's March, Turkey Gobbler, Haste To The Wedding, Paul Revere's Ride and The Gobby O. Later, when the young man joined the Con- federate Army, he also learned Peas upon a Trencher, Surgeon's Call, All Take Tea, The Squirrel Hunters, Biddy Oats. On the Road to Boston, Corn Cob, and Go To The Devil And Shake Yourself. The Spirit of 76 boys are a little too slow on the march, so they al- ways ride on a pickup truck when playing for a parade. Once the truck lurched f~rward and the little bass drummer cart- wheeled back over the tailgate and rolled dov~n the street. The others swore he picked himselt up and raced back to the truck without missing a beat of "Charley Over The Water." "Jefferson Airplane and The Tunas are far out _and they have gui- tars," he insisted. "So I've heard tell," I dusted off my Spirit of 76 record, and put it away in the vault. "And their music sounds like they all fell out of a pick- up truck." By-George Lewis News Reporter george~bathconewsoudook.com Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, port our Troops swea~- their heads.~in bemuse- shirt. Mr. Penick saw ment: I know the Rev. his action in the Pacific. Alton Norman spoke I do wish that Mr. from his heart when he Penick. had been hon- delivered the main mes- ored specifically in some sage Thursday. I respect the committee members who worked long and way Thursday. He de- him for that. hard to organize this served to be the center I like any man who year's Veteran's Day cer- of attention, and for acomes right out and says emony are drawing some while there, before thewhat he believes, But mild criticism for a small ceremony started,he Thursday was r/either portion of the otherwise was. the time nor the piace t6 excellent ceremony. I don't know how the pit the theories of.cre- By all accounts, Thurs-other veterans in the ationism against evolu- day's celebration honor- audience felt, but Imust tion against each other. ing military veterans say I was a bit perplexed A message that should drew the largest crowd by this year's theme: re- have focused on honor compared to similar Vet- storing honor to our vet- and bravery and sudden eran's Day ceremonies in erans, death and sacrifice and recent years. Reportedly,'Restoring honor im-bad food and homesick- plies that honor had hess and long marChes last year's ceremony was somewhat paltry, insuffi: been lost in some way., and aching feet quickly cient, so some communi-Now, I don't think became a sermon. ty-minded citizens decid- that's what the Veteran's That's not what peo- ed that wouldn't happenDay committee members ple came to hear. meant when they chose I don't know if we, again this year. It didn't. Thursday's the theme. I think they as the Rev. Norman ceremony was nearly probably meant restoreput it, descended from flawlessly. Robin Tollehonor to all veterans,monkeys. I know that rocked the house (actu-since Korean War veter- we often act like mon- ans often feel left out in keys, but I don't know ally the courthouse lawn) favor of WWII vets when if we came from them. with moving renditions of The National Anthem it comes to being hon- (For the record, and to and The Battle Hymn of ored on Veteran's Day. play it safe, I believe the Republic that had At least one member of God created us.) What I some onlookers singing the committee is a Ko- do know is all veterans along patriotically, rean War veteran, were cheated a little bit The talented and well- So, even though I had Thursday. But just a rehearsed Bath County to thinkon it for a while, little bit. The rest of the High School Specia! I suppose the theme ceremony was superb Ensemble roused ev- worked, in its own way.and the Veteran's Day eryone's patriotic spir- Now on to the portion committee should be its by playing America of theceremonythatleft applauded. Make that the Beautiful and the some people scratching saluted. 3 1/2 miles SE of Flemingsburg, Ky. on Rt. 32 Armed Forces March. Heck, I almost started marching myself, espe- cially during the An- chors Aweigh portion of the military marching tune. Go Navy. As special as those features were, I knew we had something really special this year when I looked up and saw decorated World War II combat veteran Ewell Penick, replete with rib- bons and medals and his Combat Infantry Badge, being wheeled across Main Street by his son- in-law, Vincent Tucker, who was clad in a Sup- Photo by George Lewis A list of World War U veterans from Bath County stood prominently Thursday during Bath County's Veteran's Day ceremony. i 3 !.2 ,~:~ ~. # ~;- (~ FURNIT