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4 December 1 7, 2008 Your Hometown Newspaper Bath County News-Outlook Nathaniel Vice shot a seven point buck on October 19, during Black Powder Season. The deer has a 13 1/8 inch spread. It was bagged in the Preston area. Aaron Allen bagged his I deer on November 9, 2008 while hunting with his dad, Chris Allen at his Papaw Steve Allen's in Fleming County. The deer was a six pointer. Letters to the Editor Dear Editor: The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program would like to thank the following individuals and agencies for their physical and monetary assistance for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs 2008 Christmas Dinner: The Morgan, Menifee, Rowan, Bath, and Montgomery County Judge Executives; the mayors of West Liberty, Morehead, Frenchburg, Owingsville, and Mount Sterling; Senator Walter Blevins; Mr. Jim Shaw, VP for Development at Morehead State University; St. Claire Medical Center; Regina Thompson; Thelma Johnson; Cheryl Barber; Wal-Mart of Mount Sterling; Lowe's of Mount Sterling; Cracker Barrel of Mount Sterling; Family Discount Drug Store of Owingsville; Morgan County Food and Clothing Center; Dr. David Fugate and the West Liberty Veterinary Clinic and ALL the Community Volunteers that helped serve dinner and refreshments. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is very grateful to all of these agencies and individuals. Without their assistance this dinner and celebration of these volunteers would not have been possible. emembe When We welcome your Letters to the Please sign and include address. Mail to P.O. Box 577, Owingsville Bath County News-Outlook The Bath County News-Outlook (USPS 045260) is owned by M.C. Investments, d/b/a, Bath County News-Outlook, P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360, and is published each Wednesday at its offices on Water Street, in Owingsville, KY. Subscription rates are: $25 per year in Bath County; $30 per year in Kentucky; $35.00 per year out of state, all payable in advance. Periodicals postage paid at the Post Office, at Owingsville, KY 40360. Member of Kentucky Press Association Chris McGehee Tisha Mitchell Publisher/ Creative Manager/Sales Consultant Editor tisha@ bathconewsoutlook.com Harry Patrick Leslie Sparks News Writer Marketing Consultant advertising@ bathconewsoutlook.com Ph.: 606-674-2181 Fax: 606-674-9994 The Bath County News-Outlook reserves the right to reject any submis- sion to this newspaper. While it is the policy of this paper to print as much local material as possible, it is necessary to retain this right. We reserve the right to edit any submitted editorial material. The publication reserves the right to use the word Advertising at any time management feels it is appropriate. Advertisers assume responsibility for advertising content and shall hold without claim The Bath County News-Outlook for advertising published. The publisher is not liable for verbal or telephone materials taken with the publishing. Any legal fees, collection costs or related charges will be the responsibility of the advertiser. HEAVEN IS A LOT LIKE KENTUCKY by Charles Mattox BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL As I walked along Vista Lane, in that beautiful sec- tion of Bath County known as Olympia, back toward my truck and away from the smol- dering ruins of the Withrow home last Wednesday morn- ing, my heart was heavy with the knowledge that two little sisters had lost their lives there. Young Lucy Withrow, after leading her brother to safety amid the otherwise com- pletely black, smoke-filled inferno, had re-entered the home to find her sister Kayla and lead her likewise to safety. Investigators say they be- lieve Lucy did find Kayla and the two sisters were rac- ing for the front door when the burning floor gave way beneath them and they plunged into the basement, where they were later found. As I walked along with my heavy heart, I could not help but notice the silence The Willow Weeps Again By: h.d.patrick Down by the muddy banks of the river, The willow weeps again, Because of foul things That are swept our way By the tide of humanity Who cares little for the Environment. Time was when everything God made was held sacred. But His beautiful landscape Has turned into something Dirty and ugly. Even the snow on the Ground today can't and stillness that had engulfed the meadows and woods that embraced the few homes that lined either side of the road. It seemed to me as I shuffled slowly along, that even the birds and small creatures of the forest were in mourning, for the two children they had often seen playing and laughing in their front yard so many times. And later, on that very same day, as I stood alongside a curvy section of Myers Station Road, just north of Carlisle, where emergency responders worked diligently and quickly amid the wreckage of a cataclysmic auto- mobile accident, my heart sank even lower with the realization that the efforts of the emergency responders, though valiant, were not enough to save the lives of a young couple: Timmy 'Timbo' Mitchell and Brittany Ruble. I said a quick prayer when I first came upon the accident and saw the massive destruction and I said another when I saw the look of pain in the eyes of the EMS personnel, firefighters and others who worked fever- ishly to prevent the loss of life. Within the next hour, after I returned to the Carlisle Mercury office, I learned of the death of Bath County native Jason Hunt who had perished from suspect- ed hypothermia the night before and/or early that morning, also in Bath County near Midland. Mr. Hunt's 4-wheeler ran out of gas and as he left il Hide the destruction We seem to inflict On the trees and land We call our own. In the name of progress, Land is stripped bare And trees and shrubbery Are thrown to the elements, To rot and die in an instant. I would like to look out This window I'm looking out Of today, And see beautiful things again. Green, abundant trees and bushe~ ........ ~:: The color of flowers, The smell of beauty Instead of the smell Of upturned dirt, Sitting under the monstrous Wheels of a yellow Caterpillar. The willow weeps again -- It won't be the last time. he fell into a stream where his body was later found. Mr. Hunt and Mr. Mitchell were young men, but were the oldest two of the five precious, vibrant, beautiful, and young lives that were lost that day. And there was nothing any of the dedicated, and strong, and wise, and caring emergen- cy workers or family members could do to save any of those young lives, though they tried. The laughter of young Lucy and Kayla Withrow will no longer reverberate along the halls of the Bath County Mid- dle School nor will that of their sister Danielle in BCHS in the next few days, though we hope her return will come and will be swift and strong. The beautiful smile of Brit- tany Ruble, will no longer shine light among the halls of Nicho- las County High School and bring joy to her many friends. "She was a real sweet girl who never did anything wrong to anybody," I heard one of her classmates say quietly last week. I sought comfort in the wise words of the Holy Bible and the Old and New Testament, a practice I do not engage in with as much frequency as a man should. And though my heart is still heavy with sorrow, I did find some comfort, particularly after reading and re-reading several times, one particular passage from one of my favor- ite books of the Old Testament. "As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all." The Old Testament, Ecclesias- tes, Chapter 11, verse 5, reads. And I couldn't help but also think of some wise words I had read as I drove past a small Robertson County Church several weeks earlier and be- held the statement someone had carefully placed on the church's placard near the road. "You should pray the hardest when it is the hardest to pray." I am a melancholy man by nature, and one who is no stranger to pain, sorrow and death, yet my heart still hurts from last week's tragedies. I was painfully remind- ed once again that there are no guarantees in this good, yet fragile life, dear reader. All can be gone in the blink of an eye. But I hope the family and friends of Lucy and Kayla and Timbo and Brittany and Jason will remember them with a more- powerful emotion than sorrow. I hope they will remember them with LOVE, and I hope in time that when their thoughts drift among their lost loved ones, they will smile at all of the JOYFUL memories they have of their dearly departed. They will indeed be missed. Jefferson Donald Scott Oldfield Jeff and Susan Oldfield of Bath County are the proud parents of a baby boy, Jefferson Donald Scott Oldfield. Jefferson was born on Oct. 23, 2008 weighing in at 7 pounds 7 ounces. Jefferson is joined at home by a sister Marleigh Adair Norton. Jefferson is the paternal grandson of Tom & Becky Oldfield. Maternal grandparents are Scottie & Susan Hicks, Millie and the late Donald Utterback. Jefferson is also welcomed by many aunts, uncles and cousins. December 17, 1929 Miss Susan Richards of Hamilton College, is here with her aunt, Mrs. Howard Gudgell. Mr. Earl Rogers of MMI, at Millersburg, is here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omer Rogers. Mrs. Mattie Rawlings of Owingsville, was called to the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Nannie Myers, who is very ill. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Henson and daughter Lorena of Flemingsburg, and the Rev. A.F. Shields Lt. Virgil Thompson of Mt. Sterling, spent of Fort Thomas is spending the holidays with her mother Mrs. S.D. Thompson. December 17, 1941 Miss Mildred Nevola Patton and Mr. Howard B. Wills were married by the Rev. R.T. Moores of Salt Lick Tuesday, Dec. 16. Mrs. Wills is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Patton and Mr. Wills is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lindolph J. Wills. Miss Mary Smith, University of Kentucky, is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Smith. Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. George Hendrix. Mr. Ray Vice and Scottie McCarty spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Woodard. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Anderson, and Mrs. Herbert Anderson of Fleming County, spent Sunday week with Mr. and Mrs. Tipton Curry. Mr. and Mrs. John Traylor and daughter Peggy Jane, Mr. W.O. Traylor, Miss Iolene Bailey, W.S. Barber, Charlie Buford and Jimmie Manley spent Tuesday in Maysville. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Carpenter and Mr. Daily Carpenter, of Owingsville, spent last Sundy in Ashland with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Reynolds and son Erwin. Mr. Russell Goodpaster lost his pocketbook a few weeks ago with, as he thought, something over $17 in it. About ten days ago, his dog came bringing it in with something over $16 in it. Another time the dog brought in a glove which had been lost by one of Tom Six's boys. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lindsey, Mrs. Ray Hart, Mr. Chester Snedegar and Miss Lucille Snedegar spent Tuesday of last week in Mt. Sterling. Please tell us what you like or dislike in the Bath County News-Outlook We want your opinions to help continue to make the Outlook your hometown newspaper Mail this form to P.O. Box 577, Owingsville, KY 40360 or email tisha@bathconewsoutlook.com I *t