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March 4, 1976

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Rep. Willard Allen From report of gloom to optimimn. I II III I severance @ announ Following a month of speculating, guessing and hoping by two legislators representing Ohio County, the official coal severance tax figures have been released. Representatives WiUard "Woody" Allen, (R-Morgantown), first speculated that the county might get very little or nothing. Senator Joe Wright, (D-Harned), came back two weeks later and at- tempted to put a brighter tint in Allen's bleak picture. In a telephone call from Frankfort, Wright said the county would receive approximately $130,000 during the next fiscal year. Wright called again last week with "almost certain" word that Ohio county would receive $1,042,174 over the next two years from three separate funds set up by Governor Julian Carroll. Allen, in the meantime, came back to fiscal court Monday morning, claiming the severance tax picture is now "more real." He produced updated figures and added, "there is a feeling among some that I misrepresented the issue earlier." Allen qualified the statement by adding, "we were not sure at the time and I didn't want to see you left holding the bag." Then the official word came down from the halls of the Legislature. Over the next two years, pending the expected approval of the Senate sometime this week, Ohio County will receive $1,767,490.86. Broken down, the county, during the 1976-77 fiscal year, will receive $700,800 from the governor's Energy Road Fund. A total of $759,187 will come to the county out of that same fund during fiscal year 1977-78. Out of the governor's "flow through" fund, the county will receive $117,668.43 during each of the next two years. An additional $72,167 will be realized by the county out of the school fund but it will not come until the 1977-78 fiscal year. Also, Ohio County will benefit in some way from the $290,600 Gov. Carroll has earmarked for the Green River Area Development District. Sen. Joe Wright Three tries before solid hit. OHIO COUNTY'S NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY CWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO COUNTY 11 -- Number 25 Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, March 4, 1976 20 Pages -- 10 Cents be allowed to wear longer and all students Permitted to wear patches on ... providing they are not Obscene or un-patriotic nature. were two of the decisions Monday night during the of the Ohio County tion. board acted on recom- last month by a establishet to study and Possible changes in the dress code. have been two of sore points in the controversial code which more than two years ago. 14, dealing with male hair Was revised to allow lengths to one inch on the collar. The Originally was restricted to the cut or tight jeans, governed 5, will not be allowed as set out in the code. jeans may be m wearing apparel and providing they are not ob- in obscene places to cause will be tolerated. Reathel Golf said officials have never patches of similar color to and worn areas in jeans. look" in the form of clothing still is not allowed shirts and tank tops are have objected to the children in lower classes but, the board stuck to of uniformity at all levels.. can only be worn in physical classes. a making bare midriffs, bare ncl halters illegal, remained length was established for the code states it must groomed, out of the eyes, extreme. items will be given further by the board, with the more changes. was made up of teachers, parents and members. HUnter, board chairman, the board's appreciation effort of the committee in about the orderly changes. the dress code ," he said. Fuqua presented a in her case against refusal to grant her an day on Jan. 18 when she e 20 Workmen were busy Friday restoring water to the Centertown system after the line running from Hartford to Centertown separated following reported damage by a highway construction firm. Fresh water was trucked to the town until repairs could be made. Repairs were delayed because of water standing over the area. Ohio and adjoining counties have been declared major disaster areas by the Small Business Administration as a result of recent flooding. Persons who have suffered unin- sured losses on their homes or businesses due to flash flooding may be eligible for a six and five-eighths per cent interest disaster loan for rehabilitation of their property. The maturity and approval of the loan depends upon the repayment ability of the applicant. R.B. district opened in Beaver Dam and Nor- tonville for accepting applications from flood victims. The Beaver Dam office will be located at the Beaver Dam City Hall and will be open today and Friday, March 4-5 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday of each week thereafter as long as needed. Persons desiring to file an ap- plication or to seek further in- formatim) are asked to contact White the tative at either of locations. for four Otdo corn- ' followed by claiming that Governor and coolin problems in the county , mdnities was one of the top items on :Monday's Ohio County 'Fiscal Court comparable to monies received by dirty filters within the system. Julian Carroll's tax package would be agenda but, reality remains a distant coal-producing counties during the possibility.. , past two years. Reathel ,Goff, superintendent ol Allen, a Republican from Ohio County schools, led a delegation Morgantown, earlier indicated that of more than 30 residents of the Horse the county possibly could lose the Branch, Echols, Rosine and Adaburg communities in the quest for piped water. Goff noted that the Horse Branch School is now the only school in the county not on a rural or city water system and that problems have been encountered with the well source. "School has been dismissed several times because of the water's high sodium content. Many students refuse to drink it," Goff said. Golf indicated the situation sometimes reaches the point where water has to be trucked to the school. It was estimated in 1974 that the overall project would cost ap- proximately $1,078,732. Under the original proposal, fiscal court agreed to put up $100,000, with the remainder to come from a grant and a loan from the Farmers Home Administration. The FHA rejected that application. With the advent of coal severance tax money, the court voted to allocate $200,000, with the rest coming from the FHA in the form of a $414,000 loan and a $413,000 grant. This application was looked on favorably by the FHA but a backlog of applications from other areas throughout the state dimmed im- mediate possibilities. Another effort was made in 1975 and the county was informed by the FHA that the application was among the top 10 or 12 requests but that no action could be expected during the 1975-76 fiscal year. d County Judge C. B. Embry told the elegation there is a strong possibility approval will be forthcoming in the 1976-77 fiscal year. County Attorney A. V. Conway told the groUp that public pressure will play a major role in the proposed project. Another group, including residents of the areas in question, will go to Lexington in the near future to push for the water system extensions. State Representative Willard "Woody" Allen visited the court and "backed off" his original report on severance tax prospects for coal- producing counties. Allen and State Senator Joe Wright (D-Harned) have been throwing up figures from beth sides of the political fence in recent Weeks. Allen, in a report four weeks ago, told the court that the tax were and remainder of the tax money on deposit in Frankfort if it is not spent before the end of this fiscal year. That fear has since been allayed. Wright, on the other hand, managed to secure unofficial figures two weeks ago and another set of "near- accurate" figures last week. However, the Democrat from Horned still was far short of the county's official return as established late last week by the governor. Another severance tax story, containing official figures, can be found elsewhere on page 1. A representative from Owensboro Plumbing and Heating apparently satisfied the court by saying heating Prison sentences totaling 32 years were handed down Monday ano Tuesday during the March term of Ohio County Circuit Court. Michael Givens and Steven Lynn White, both charged with robbery in the first degree, were sentenced to 10 years each to the Kentucky Depart- ment of Corrections. Both men are being held in the Ohio County jail. pending a moving for probation. No bond was set. Michael Whitehouse, charged with Givens and White, was given a five- year sentence. He was released on bond pending a hearing for probation. Howard Frazier Jr., charged with The Beaver Dam City Council disposed of leftover business during a called meeting Friday night. On a motion by David Taylor, the council voted to publish a notice of annexation that would extend the city's limits north of the present boundaries. The primary purpose of the an- nexation would be to take in the property of the new Burger Queen now under just north on the on LS. 231. jailer's residence were brought on by Jailer Elgan Brigance has been complaining that part of the residence is too hot and another part too cold. John Young, representing Wayne Supply Company, had a "difficult" time convincing Magistrate Hugh Schroader that his company does not owe the county $5,000. The controversy arose over the purchase of a bulldozer for the county landfill. Under the original plan, Wayne Supply agreed to rent a dozer to the landfill for $2,500 a month and to apply the money paid in rent toward the purchase price of the machine. By way of a sealed bid, Wayne offered the $69,500 dozer for $62,00," crediting the $7,500 in rent to the actual cost. However, the county paid only Continued on pap 20 robbery in the first degree, was sentenced to seven years. His hearing for probation was set for April 2. Cases scheduled for today include Roscoe Cecil, theft by unlawful taking; Gene Gary, theft by unlawful taking; Thurman Conrad Gillmore, assault in the first degree, and Jerry Wayne Sorrells and Gary Wayne Leach, theft by unlawful taking. Cases continued until Sept. 7 in- cluded Billy Joe Alvey, theft by unlawful taking; Robert Davis, willful violation of KRS 292.320, and Larry Bullock, wanton endangerment in the first degree. Taylor's motion passed on a 3-1 vote. Two members were not present for the special meeting. Following a report by Taylor on the price of furniture for the new city building, the council, on a 2-0 vote, agreed to purchase furniture in the amount of $5,000. Two members abstained from voting. In other business, the council, on a motion by Gayle Givens, voted to pay on 20