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OHIO COUNTY NEWEST AND LARGEST NEWSPAPER THE OHIO COUNTY TIMES IS THE ONLY NEWSPAPER COMPLETELY CWNED, EDITED AND PUBLISHED IN OHIO COUNTY 13 - Number 27 Hartford and Beaver Dam, Kentucky, Thursday, March 30, 1978 20 Pages - 10 Cents a day late, parents connected with the Audubon Area Head Start program marched around the Ohio use Monday morning showing off the "very latest" in Easter bonnets. Taking part were Linda Judy Morris, Vickie Evans, Edna Fisher, Anna Oldham, Alice Allen, Betty Ford, Kim Sanders, Mary Annette Hicks, Ruby Herron, Lou Everly, Faye Wallace, Aimee Hicks and Drotha Wallace. 9 Grand Jury, in its Week to ( rcuit Judge Earl has taken issue with the improved in early members of Ohio County panel, following a session, said it found the magistrates' pay increase "in poor judgement." "We think that it was poor judgement on the part of the Fiscal Court to increase their salaries by such a large percentage when necessary road department equip- ment is sitting idle because of no money to make repairs. "We feel that the action of the elected officials in increasing their salaries during their term of office is in violation of Section 161 and Section 235 of the Kentucky Constitution," the report stated. The magistrates increased their pay from $360 a month, including $100 for expenses, to $650 a month, in- cluding $100 for expenses. 's income elite--the earnings of $25,000 or growing the local population. the latest figures from Economics Insituute, 870 households in the incomes above $25,000. of them are in the $25,000 bracket and 120 in the over category. general upward shift in more and more families elite circle. During years alone, the change in relation to total , dose to II.3 percent of the in Ohio County have an- of $25,000 or better, it is 1970, by way of com- 0.9 percent at that to a survey made by of Commerce. points out the Con- in a study enti ed of the Affluent," there million families in the These families account than 40 percent of the buying report states we continue to have social problems--a high level of unem- instance-the over- majority of Americans l participating in the are that the living of the average family about doubled" since the War II and that, in of time, for the dramatic up- has been the "multi- revolution," it concludes. , rio less than 77 percent of the upper income families in Ohio County have at least two members in the labor force, it is estimated on the basis of the national findings. Twenty years ago it was about 64 percent. In almost a third of the families there are three persons working. Only 22 percent or so rely on a single wage earner. O The Kentucky Public Service Commission has granted Kentucky Utilities Company a rate increase for retail electric customers amounting to $16,282,809 annually. Due to action now being undertaken by the com- mission to develop a uniform fuel clause for electric generating utility companies, the commission denied the company's request to place in effect a new fuel clause which would have substantially reduced its fuel adjustment charges. The company on September 28 requested an increase of $33.2 million for an overall revenue increase of 19.4 percent. The increase approved by the PSC was 9.28 percent which is less than half the amount requested. The company announced that the new approved rates would be placed in effect immediately. In responding to the rate increase Mr. W.A. Duncan, president, com- mented !'We are most disappointed that it does not adequately respond to the revenue needs of the company. ThiS means that it will be necessary to file another rate increase request as soon as possible." Annually, the lawmakers will draw $7,800 compared to $4,320 realized by the previous court members. In returning four indictments, the jury reported no serious crimes of violence since the first of the year and added "there has been a significant decrease in the routine type of crimes against property." Indictments included W. Stanley Sebastian, theft by decoction; Steve Shields, forgery in the third degree; Billy Smith, theft by failure to make required disposition of property, and Howard Frazier, burglary in the third de l eee'case against Larry Sallee, charged with theft by deception of property of less than $100, was remanded to district court. Another charge against Sallee, theft by deception of property with a value of more than $100, was referred to the next term of Circuit Court after a material witness failed to appear. The case of John Smith, charged with theft of services, was dismissed at the request of the prosecuting witness who was the victim of the alleged crime. The cases against Edgar Lee Leak and Mike Osborne were referred to the next term of court. Following its regular inspection, the jury determined that "some money" will have to be spent in making repairs to the Ohio County Jail. "It is recommended that the county judge-executive, a jail consultant from the state, and at least two other persons who have had considerable experience in law enforcement and-or jail or prison experience to be ap- pointed by the judge-executive to make a study of the jail with the purpose of repairing and altering the physical facilities. "Also, we feel that this group should set up guidelines for maintenance, visitation and security of the Jail. Immediate action should be taken as this is critical to the safety of the jailer, his family and to the general public." The Jury commended the hospital on its cleanliness and maintenance but was critical of conditions .in the courthouse. Thompson Homes, Inc Owensboro, has been given the green light to proceed with plans for construction of an apartmentaouse project on east Union Street in Hartford. Judge Robert Short, serving as special judge in the case brought by a group of Union Street residents opposed to the multi-family project, ruled Monday that Ohio County, including Hartford, does not have a valid planning and zoning ordinance, thereby authorizing Thompson Homes to use the property in question in accordance with the firm's original ap- plication to the Ohio County Planning and Zoning Commission. Short's opinion and summary judgement was released Monday following a hearing in Owensboro on March 17. A.V. Conway, representing Theima Parks and other residents of Union Street, said Tuesday he does not know what his next course of action will be. The controversy erupted last November when Tommy Thompson went before the Planning and Zoning Commission with a request to have the disputed property re-zoned from residential (R-l) to multiple-family residential (R-2). The commission rejected the request and forwarded its recommendation to the Hartford City Council. On Monday,December 12, the City Council,during a special hearing held at the Courthouse, turned its back on the Planning and Zoning recommendation and approved the zoning change. members that the decision reached at the hearing was not final. Still anothercouncil meeting - billed as a continuation of the previous hearing - was held in the small city hall meeting room. In attendance were all of the coun- cilmen, the mayor, Martin, and two members of the press. Another vote was taken on the issue and all six councilmen voted in favor of the zoning change. The legality of the last meeting was questioned since the opposing Union Street. residents or their attorney were not advised of or invited to attend. The $2 million rent-supplement project reportedly will contain 78 units and will be almost identical to one located on Burlew Boulevard in Owensboro. In his judgement, Short pointed out that the Union Street residents contend that the city council acted beyonds its authority but at the same time urged that the planning and zoning ordinance be held valid. The council, on the other hand, argued that the commission and the council acted in accordance with the law but urged that the court was not required to "reach the question of the validity of the ordinance." Thompson argued that the council acted properly in permitting the re-zonlng and, in the alternative, that Ohio County does not have a valid planning and zoning ordinance because one was never properly adopted by local authorities in conformance with Kentucky Revised Statute 100.193. It is now believed in some quarters that the city is playing both ends against the middle. Ron Tracy made the motion which was seconded by Harold Baize. Voting with Tracy and Baize was Dean Gray. Robbie Coppage and Bob Daugherty voted against the change. Berl Goodwin, the sixth member of the council, was not present at the hearing because of illness. Following the hearing, Frank Martin, serving as the attorney for the City of Hartford, informed the council By allowing construction of the apartment project on the grounds that there is no valid planning and zoning ordinance, the city is weakening its case against the proposed construction of a coal loading facility in Hartford. The city's case against the coal-loading facility reportedly will be based on the city's planning and zoning ordinance which Short said does not exist O Still looking The search for a car believed to be in the Rough River near the water works in Hartford Is continuing. The search began last Wed- nesday when tire tracks were discovered leading to the river bank behind the water plant. A unit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was on the scene Tuesday and was ex- pected to return Wednesday when the river's level was ex- pocted to be lower. Although he would not elaborate, one county official said he thinks the ear was deilbertately driven over the hank but that no casualitles are Involved. AKC luncheon The All-Kentucky Cities awards luncheon will be held April 5 at the Ramada Inn on Hurstborne Lane in Louisville. A free bus for interested persons will leave the KU Building in Hartford at 8:00 a.m. .Banquet tickets are $10.00. Reservations can be made by calling Kathryn Maddox at 298. 3612. Low bidder The Ohio County Board of Education, in a special meeting Monday afternoon, awarded a contract in excess of $I00,000 for re-wiring and re-Hghting work at three Ohio County Scheoli. After deductibles, Brlte Way Electric Company, Owensboro, submitted the low bid of 1107,482. Deductibles means work that will be done and paid for by concerned groups such as a PTA. Other bids were received from Crick Electric, Hopkinsvlile, $175,200; Hicks & Harwood Electric, Madisonville, 8118,777, and Whitehead Electric, Morganfleid, $108,640. Under terms of the contract, work is scheduled to start at the conclusion of the school year and be completed within 60 days. The board also discussed hiring of teachers for the next school year but no official action was taken. The matter will be taken up at the board's next regular meeting. P & Zmeet The Ohio County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night approved re-zoning ap. pilcations submitted by Bud Allen and Green River Development. Green River Development was successful in getting property on Main Street in Beaver Dam re-zoned from residential to commercial. Bud Allen, after at least two tries, was successful in getting 10 acres on U.S. 62 west of Beaver Dam re-zoned from agriculture to residential. The commission earlier rejected Allen's proposal, claiming his plans for a sub- division did not meet P & Z specifications. The commission also discussed but took no action of property owner by Dr. John Snyder. Dr. Snyder previously ob- tained a permit to construct eight apartment units but It was pointed out Monday night that the area of land on which the units would be constructed is suitable for only four units. Also, Snyder's adjoining neighbors claim they were not notified by letter prior to the property being re-zoned. A Princeton man was arrested and 19,000 believed taken from an elderly man in Michigan was recovered in Ohio County last Wednesday. Sheriff Hayward Minton arrested Robert Fersythe at the interchange of the Western Kentucky and the Green River Parkways. The suspect was identified as he passed through the Ellnbethtown toll plaza. Minion said the money ac- tully was taken from Jim Pinnegar by Fersythe's sister. Pinnegar, reportedly the step- grandfather of the unidentified woman, lives in West Bend, Michigan. According to Minton, the woman called her brother (Forsythe) in Princeton and told him to meet her at a bowling alley In West Bend where the money could be picked up. Forsythe, who was charged with grand larceny by Michigan authorities, waived extradition and was returned to Michigan. The $9,0o0 was found in the ashtray of hlI car. O o O O Streets, highways and traffic- control measures took up most of Tuesday night's special meeting of the Beaver Dam City Council. The council met with three mere- bets of the Green River Area Development District and representatives from the Kentucky Highway Department to go over recommendations previously drawn up by GRADD. The council was told that most of the traffic-control suggestions could be put into use but that permission would have to be obtained from the district highway office in Madison- Continued on Page 20