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he County --.NUMBER 47 HARTFORD AND BEAVER DAM, KENTUCKY, NOVEMBER 21,2002 3 SECTIONS ---40 PAGES-- 30 CENTS !: : ..... // ~ ~ Dustin Bratcher/Times-News photo right, helps a migrant tamH ick out books for each of ll lr agele ls. Aquaviva was part of Saturday's adamental at the Render Education Center in.Hartford, an Ohio County School System sponsored program, new free books to the county's migrant children. Schools' Mi- showed its Saturday after- Reading is book distribu- treated to a ' boug King and from a new books. program is in )art of a 14- gional It pre- associated with WILKINS Editor Stone is a his collection of and Ford are testa- liked working s, Stone said. around and the next I have a new auto me- wooden favored a walk- than it did a in 1979. the Slim Jim Stone also cre- board from it electric be hooked into to Stone, it was who inspired making the always play- When he was said. "I Daviess County. "Our goal is to ensure that migrant students get the best education possible," said Ellen Tichenor, migrant program ad- vocate. "We do that through tutoring and providing school supplies, home necessities and other things. The program, which has op- erated around seven years in Ohio. County, currently works with 60 American and 29 His- panic families, according to Tichenor. She said the prggram is completely separate from the ESL (English as a Second Lan- guage) program. It serves families as well as emanci- pated minors under age 22. Marie Bassett, Title I Coor- To be eligible, a parent or dinator for Ohio County the individual must work in an Schools, said the program of- agricultural field. Tichenor fersits own summer school. In said most of the people work two two-week sessions, a cer- at Perdue or in tobacco for tiffed teacher and assistant county farmers. Also, the fam- make several visits to homes. ily or person must have moved "Sometimes they even read to Ohio County within three outside under a tree, just years of signing up and can whatever suits individual only be served by the program needs," Bassett said. "Many of for three years, the students are also involved Annette Dant, migrant pro- in the regular summer school. gram recruiter for Ohio and According to her, the pro- McLean counties, said she gets gram is federally funded many referrals by word of through the Elementary-Sec- mouth, ondary Education Act. "I make home visits to the Tichenor said there are chil- families and explain the things dren of migrant families in ev- we offer," Dant said. ery school in the county. guess he's the one who really got me into it." Stone carved another guitar out of wood that was in be- tween the size of a mandolin and a guitar. He called it the Gibstone. But Stone's imagination didn't stop there. He went on to build three more guitars that even Orville Gibson, inventor of the Gibson guitar in 1894, would be scared to play on stage. The Texas Lollipop, which speaks for itself, was formed by matching the top and bot- tom of a 60 gallon water heater together as the body and add- ing the neck from another gui- tar to complete the instru- ment. And though Stone equipped it with a shoulder strap, the Texas Lollipop's 30- pound body that still reads "hot" and "cold" and awkward size make it tough to chord. But according to Stone, it was his toilet seat guitar that may have been his most infa- mous. "I just took some guitar strings and basically attached them to an old toilet seat," Stone said. "After a while, I got tired of people kidding me cars about it so I got rid of it." What Stone will sell is his The guitars that Stone have replica of a Ford Model-T that made over the years do come he used to cruise around pa- with irony, rades in. Stone doesn't know how to Like his guitars, Stone cre- strum a note but they will play ated the car with spare parts perfectly: from around his house and "Myson hasplayed a couple searching through junk of them on stage," Stone said. yards. "I've been offered money forThe black convertible them but they're not for sale." See reinventor, Page 20A Inside This Issue Dustin Bratcherfrimes-News photo Robert Stone of Beaver Dam displays his homemade guitars --- the Gibstone, the Slim Jim Music Maker and the Texas Lol- lipop --- that he has made over the last 20 years. Cooper says day. "People want to take things hotel-motel fee back to their home from your community so they can re- member their experience," Sparrow said. "You have every- thing here and I think it's time BY DON WILKINS (for a tourism commission)." Times-News Editor And though the approval of the Ohio Count Fiscal Court is still needed to create the corn- The focus was on establish- mission, Chamber of Com- ing an Ohio County tourismmerce President Dale Fazel commission during the Chain- said everything is moving in ber of Commerce's monthly the right direction. meeting on Tuesday night at "We've done our homework the Ohio County Senior Cen- really well on this," Fazel said. ter. "I've talked to a couple of the A large crowd of Chamber court members and they seem members and public leadersto be in favor of this." gathered to hear keynote By developing a tourism speaker Marcheta Sparrow, commission, the planis then to president/CEO of the Ken- implement a 3 percent hotel- tucky Tourism Council, give motel fee, which also includes her insight on the issue, bed and breakfasts, that will Sparrow said tourism is the be added to the regular room third largest industry in the rate. state, citing travelers spend an The Fiscal Court discussed average of $150 per person per See tourism, Page 20A An Ohio County grand jury tor vehicle under the influence returned 12 indictments on Oct of alcohol/drugs/etc. (second of- 24. The indictments included: fense). Emmett Wayne Taylor, Ben- Ronald Earl Basham, manu- ver Dam, first-degree assault, facturing methamphetamine. DUI (fourth offense), driving on Debra Vance, possession of DUI suspended license (thirdmarijuana, trafficking in a con- offense), trolled substance within 1,000 Sandra Ranson, Hartford, yards of a school, and first-de- first-degree possession of a con- gree trafficking in a controlled trolled substance (methamphet- substance. amine), third-degree possession Adam T. Williams, third-'de- of a controlled substance greeburglary, second-degreeas- (xanax), possession of marijuana sault, third-degree criminal mis- less than eight ounces, posses- chief, first-degree robbery. Ac- sion of drug paraphernalia (sec- cording to the indictment, Will- ond offense), and operating a mo- See Jury, Page 20A Don Wilkins[Hmes-News photo Mildred Smi(h of Hartford stands with a Beaver Dam Polica Of- ricer after running her car into a brick building beside the Swifty Oil station in Beaver Dam. According the bfficer, Smith's foot slipped off the break pedal and then hit the gas too hard. Smith was not hurt in the accident. Sheriff's Department issues warrant in switchblade stabbing The Ohio County Sheriff's Depa_rtment has issued a war- rant forAngela IC Duncan who is accused of stabbing another woman with a switchblade knife last Thursday. According to the sheriff's re- port, Duncan of Horse Branch is charged with stabbing 32- year-old Lisa C-all Tarrance of Horse Branch in her left side. Tarrance was taken to Ohio County Hospital were she was treated and released. Duncan has been charged with first-degree assault and a $50,000 cash bond has been set. Special call meeting for OC Fiscal Court The Ohio County Fiscal Court will hold a special call meeting at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Courthouse inside the judge-executive's of- rice. Classifieds ......... A12-19 Sports ................ B1-2 Obituaries ............. A2 Society. ............. B4-9 Church News ......... AS- 10 Those Were The Days .... C1 Commentary. .......... A4 TV .................... 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