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"These funds allow us to help some of the lowest-income families in our communities to become home- owners," commented Frontier Hous- ing's Executive Director, Stacey Epperson. "Thanks to the AHTF, we are able to make homeownership a reality for those who could not dream that it was a possibility. It's critical in to- day's budget climate that the AHTF is protected by state legislators," she added. Throughout Kentucky, some of the neediest families have been reap- ing the benefits of the AHTF legisla- tion passed by the 1998 and 2000 Kentucky General Assemblies. This legislation placed all unclaimed lot- tery prize winnings in excess of $6 million annually into the AHTF. To date, $22.5 million has been allocat- ed to the AHTF and, since 1998, nearly 80 percent or $17.5 million of that amount has been in the form of unclaimed lottery funds. Through the most recent funding round, AHTF will help produce more than 360 units of affordable housing across the Commonwealth. What's more, AHTF funds, since the program be- gan in 1994, have stimulated the investment of more than $150 mil- lion from other sources, producing 3,660 units through the first 297 projects. Representative Rocky Adkins, who attended the check presentation ceremony, indicated his support for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. "I cannot think of a better use for unclaimed lottery winnings than for providing affordable housing. When you attend a house dedication cere- mony where a family is receiving the keys to their new home and you see the look in their eyes, then you un- Turn to FUNDS FROM UNCLAIMED, Page 12 Suzanna Shrout presents a check to Linda Shrout, Christian Social Service Center board of directors, and Marcelle Doggett, CSSC director. (News-Outlook photo, Sunny Kramer) An image of a snowy winter--This picture was taken in town at the corner of Roger's Hardware and Owingsville Banking Company. The roads were still icy and slick. The snow started late Wednesday evening and finished around mid- morning on Thursday. (News-Outlook photo, Lana McCoy) 'Pink Christmas' features unique gifts with a portion of proceeds to charity The third annual Pink Christmas was held last weekend on Saturday at the home of Jill Toy and Sunday, at the home of Linda Shrout. The event featured unique gift items and handcrafted accessories presented by In the Pink, a company owned by Suzanna Shrout. Shrout began Pink Christmas three years ago. The purpose of the event, held in numerous locations, is to give back to the community. A per- centage of sales from Pink Christmas will be donated to local charities in the cities the shows are held. This year, Owingsville is one of those cities. Sunday evening, Shrout present- ed a check to Christian Social Ser- vice forA0 percent of her combined sales from the two shows. Shrout has been in the business, in Louisville, for over three years. While traveling around the world as a student, Shrout says she was captivated by the rich and diverse marketplaces of different cultures. Intrigued by the intricate workman- ship, she felt compelled to learn about the artisans. At each place she visit- ed, she says she sought out specialty products from that region and met the different people who made them. Her captivation with her discovered treasures led to a dream of becoming an importer. She desired a way to share the beauty of one world with people in another; the U.S. She had the opportunity to breathe life into that dream three years ago when she was introduced to a Nepali man who enlisted her to import pa- shima products for him. Her Company, In the Pink, was born. Shortly thereafter, she found a man in New Delhi, India, a place she had visited before. With his skilled craftspeople ready for her ideas, she launched her own line of handbags, suzanna layne. Her bags are currently sold in specialty shops in 10 states, includ- ing Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, South Dakota, North Dako- ta and Minnesota. She is represented by a professional sales force of 15 people. Beginning next month, she will add northern California to her territory and expansion is in the plan- ning stages for other regions. She also does shows all over from Lon- Turn to 'PINK CHRISTMAS', Page 12 Judge-Executive Elect, Walter Shrout, will be first in 60 years to be elected Sharpsburg area; grandfather of same name, held the office back in the 1940s Walter Shrout decided to Bath County Judge-Execu- he could win. ainsthim ght . public office; terms hadn't had one of serve in the capacity since are funny. can shift overnight. the voters of the county to the on November 5, :y wanted new, fresh, in county's top office. victory was a landslide. says he considers himself an with the Golden along with people is im- and I think I can get along given a chance." fact that he's never held a g he is forth- about. thing for me," he With a smile, "I know change is hard for a lot of people, but everything changes." Things are changing. Shrout de- feated incumbent Judge-Executive Ray Bailey in the May primary. Bai- ley had held the office for two de- cades. "Mr. Bailey's been in office a long time and done a lot of good things." Shrout says he just felt the county was ready. He had been asked by people]n the past to run for county commissioner, but he didn't think his area needed a new one. "Timing is 80 percent of politics," he says. "I thought it was time for change and obviously other people did." Shrout's grandfather, the late Walter Shrout, was Judge-Executive in the 1940s. "I remember him," says Shrout, "not his time (in office)." Shrout is the first Sharpsburg res- ident, since his grandfather, to be elected Judge-Executive. He says politics have been in his family all his life, but he had, up until this past election, never been a partic- ipant. Shrout is, however, currently the chair of the water board in Sharps- burg, a position appointed by Judge Bailey. When he takes office January 6, Shrout will get right to work executing the business of the county. "This first year will be a learning experience--all four years will be," he says nodding his head. Shrout says he knows all the people who work in the courthouse and is excited to work with them. "I'm not too stubborn to ask for helpI'll ask!" he says. A Sharpsburg resident all his life, Shrout, 51, resides there today with his wife Mary (Bromagen) and their daughter, Whitney. Shrout graduated from Bath County High School and then took college business classes at Morehead State University. He left college and founded Shrout Construc- tion 29 years ago. Shrout also raises tobacco. Election night Shrout was at home. He says everyone in his family was excited, but he was calm. He had the philosophy that if his getting elected was to be; it would be. Since his win was announced the night of November 5, he says he has experienced a great deal of support. He was also touched when Lowell Jamison, one of the candidates he defeated, wrote a congratulatory let- ter to Shrout and printed it in the News.Outlook. 'I appreciated that," he says. "Someone has to lose--and if it had been me I'd have accepted that." Shrout says he was surprised as anyone when he won the primary in the spring, especially being that he was running against a man who had been in office for such a long period of time. Shrout says he feels his was also a victory for the city of Sharpsburg. He sees his getting elected as a step in a new direction; one that may help to ease the tension separating the counties three cities. "I didn't know we were that far apart until I began campaigning," he said. Although he has experienced the separation, he feels it can be reme- died; but not overnight. "In my opinion we need to come together." "Whether people like it or not, County Judge-Executive Elect Walter Shrout Owingsville is the county seat." His campaign trail took him all over the county, door-to-door. He says he even visited places in the county that he'd never been to. "I really enjoyed the campaign," he says. "Even if you lose, you win because of all the friends you make." "You don't realize how many great people you don't know." "I'm more of a people-person than a politician." Shrout knows people in all cr- ners of the co ,, :y and says he wants to serve them all with fairness and honesty.