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MOUNTAIN MAN SCARES OWNERS OF REMOTE UTAH CABINS — STORY ON A6 SPORTS I B1 OPINION I A7 Donovan always big Miller fan Expanded gaming should go to voters, Beshear says Religion: What becomes of the broken-hearted? — B8 Ole Miss next text for Cats Advocate-Messenger The to passing g 75¢ | Danville, Kentucky www.amnews.com Friday, February 17, 2012 Bill would let counties decide constables’ duties Editor’s Note: Advocate-Messen- sibilities and duties. By a 7-1 vote, the Senate ger staff writer David Brock conState and Local Government tributed to this story. Committee on Wednesday approved the proposal by Sen. By RANDY PATRICK Julie Denton, a Louisville ReAssociated Press publican, that would give the FRANKFORT — State sena- county legislative bodies tors have backed off a pro- “home rule” authority to deposed constitutional fine the responsibilities of amendment to abolish the of- constables. In his testimony before the fice of county constable, opting instead to allow fiscal committee, Garrard Judge-Excourts to decide their respon- ecutive John Wilson, who is www.amnews.com also president of the Kentucky Association of Counties, said fiscal courts cannot constitutionally add responsibilities to the office of constable but may limit them. ey cannot, however, remove all duties. “You cannot strip all their power and leave the office an empty shell,” Wilson said. Constables are elected law enforcement officers who have no clearly defined authority under the constitution. ey were originally intended to serve county magistrates when magistrates had judicial duties. But that was before a constitutional amendment in the late 1970s created Kentucky’s unified judicial system. Wilson said there is a disturbing lack of accountability for what is now “an office that answers to no one” and has no training requirements. Some constables are asked to serve court papers, a role typically undertaken by sheriff’s departments, but unlike the sheriff, they are not audited, Wilson said. In some counties, constables are asked, but cannot be required, to help with things such as security at events. “Some counties don’t ask their constables to do anything,” said Hubert Pollett, a Shelby County magistrate. See CONSTABLES, on A6 Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson heads the Kentucky Association of Counties. Spreading kindness Photos by Clay Jackson/ cjackson@amnews.com Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com Two fires at East Anderson Hardwoods in southern Lincoln County are among those under investigation. Lull in fires has residents breathing a sigh of relief By TODD KLEFFMAN tkleffman@amnews.com WAYNESBURG — It’s been nearly a month since a significant fire has been reported in the Waynesburg-Eubank area. For the people who live in and around the communities in southern Lincoln and northern Pulaski counties, where about a dozen suspicious fires have occurred since late Novem- By STEPHANIE MOJICA smojica@amnews.com FRANKFORT — e city of Danville and Garrard County have received grants to improve community parks through the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails program. Danville received $43,500 for trail improvements at Jackson Park, and Garrard County received $60,000 to KENTUCKY LOTTERY Danville receives good audit report dbrock@amnews.com Danville has received a clean financial audit for Fiscal Year 2011. e report by Ray, Foley, Hensley & Co. PLLC, which performed the city’s audit for the second year in a row, showed no significant findings or recommendations about the city’s financial controls for the fiscal year that ended June 30. In addition to giving a clean review of the city’s handling of major and minor accounts, the audit See FIRES, on A6 Funds awarded for area parks Hannah Cornett, above, writes kind words Thursday on a small pink heart in teacher Missy Pittman’s class at Junction City Elementary School. The school is celebrating a Week of Caring, which teaches being kind to others, friendship, etc. The kindergartners focused on a game with two buckets, one representing people who do good deeds and the other representing people who are unkind. The game is based on a book titled “Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” by Carol McCloud. At top, guidance specialist Sharon Todd reads a note with kindergartner Christopher Isaacs. At right, Todd talks to Pittman’s class. By DAVID BROCK ber, that’s long enough to start breathing a little easier. “Everyone is still concerned, but there has been a sigh of relief we haven’t had one in a while,” Lincoln County Magistrate Johnnie Padgett said this morning. “Everyone was worried about who was going to be next. Some business owners had employees take SO YOU KNOW The city collected about $320,000 in revenue from alcohol fees and licenses during the first full year with alcohol sales. found no problems with the administration of grants tied to several projects and noted no problems with cooperation from city staff. Interim City Manager Ron Scott, who took over the job in August, just after the audit period ended, said no news was largely “I think it’s great that we received an unqualified opinion from the auditors, which means the audit fairly reflects the financial condition of the city at June 30,” Scott wrote in an email.  “e auditors also reported (they) did not encounter any difficulties with staff in performing their audit, which is a positive reInterim City Manager Ron Scott flection on staff.” took over the job in August, just Michele Gosser, a finanafter the audit period ended. cial advisor for the city, has conducted numerous augood news when it comes dits on small governments to how city finances were See AUDIT, on A6 handled prior to his arrival. The Advocate-Messenger | www.amnews.com THURSDAY MIDDAY Pick 3: 1-8-9 Pick 4: 1-5-5-8 EVENING Pick 3: 3-7-7 Pick 4: 8-2-5-6 Cash Ball: 6-8-11-17 Cash Ball 13; Kicker 2-9-4-7-3 Decades of Dollars: 3-5-9-19-24-44 5 Card Cash: 4C, JH, AH, 7C, QC create a walking trail at Logan-Hubble Memorial Park, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear’s office announced. At Logan-Hubble Memorial Park off U.S. 27 south of Lancaster, the grant funds will go toward construction of a walking and bicycling trail, said Garrard County Deputy Judge-Executive See PARKS, on A6 TONIGHT Mostly cloudy. High: 50s Low: 30s Complete weather map, A8 INDEX Advice Classifieds Comics Deaths Local News Opinion Religion Sports Follow us on Facebook and Twitter ONLINE @ WWW.AMNEWS.COM A8 B5-B6 B7 A2 A2-A3 A7 B8 B1-B4 Vol. 146, No. 200 6 05358 12300 7 Printed on recycled paper © 2012 The Advocate-Messenger

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