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Image 1 of The Winchester Sun April 26, 2012

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TENNIS: Rain puts end to Cards matches with Harrison County — B1 ONLY $ 14.95 plus tax While supplies last, limited number of copies available at this newspaper. The Winchester Sun THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 Fiscal Court throw down: Commissioners, judge-executive spar over road vote By Katie Perkowski The Winchester Sun It was a game of he-said, shesaid during Wednesday’s Clark County Fiscal Court meeting when commissioners said they didn’t receive enough information beforehand concerning a visit from a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet representative at the last meeting. Because of this, the vote they made to keep $195,000 in rural secondary road funds from the state to resurface Gay Evans and Pretty Run roads was an uninformed one, they said. They could have either voted to keep those funds for county road projects, or to give them to the state for state road projects within the county. At the April 11 meeting, Transportation Cabinet representative Bret Blair told commissioners he wanted a decision that day. He recommended that if the court were going to give the money back to the state, that it be used to resur- JoEllen Reed Henry Branham face Becknerville Road. Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham said at the time that after he and Clark County Road Supervisor Kevin Wilson reviewed the county road plan, they thought Gay Evans and Pretty Run roads were in greater need of resurfacing. Commissioner Vanessa Rogers made the motion to accept Branham’s recommendation, and Commissioner JoEllen Reed seconded. Commissioner Rick Smith opposed the motion, because he thought the money should be used to resurface Becknerville Road. Wednesday, commissioners said since the last meeting, they had driven Pretty Run, Gay Evans and Becknerville roads, and they thought Gay Evans Road, then Becknerville Road were most in need of resurfacing. They ranked Pretty Run Road as the last one needing resurfacing. “We voted without knowing which roads we were going to be voting on,” said Rogers. “I went out and drove them, and I think the See SPAR, A7 DISTRICT COURT FISCAL COURT Attempted murder case goes to Clark grand jury Clark County workers ask for raises By Fred Petke The Winchester Sun The victim in a home invasion and attempted murder case took the witness stand Wednesday afternoon to testify against her estranged husband and said Joseph Clower she heard a bullet from his gun fly past her head. Joseph Clower, 41, of 1363 Ruckerville Road, remains in the Clark County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond for attempted murder and firstdegree burglary from the April 4 incident. The judge presiding over Clower’s preliminary hearing Wednesday in Clark District Court bound the case over to the grand jury. Melissa Clower, who has since filed for divorce, testified during the hearing that she and Joseph Clower had fought much of the weekend before, which ended with her See CASE, A3 IN YOUR WORLD OBITS Ronald Milton Mayer, 61, Cynthiana R.G. “Dick” Helphrey, 90, Winchester — A2 WWW.WINCHESTERSUN.COM VOL. 134, NO. 97 75¢ PER COPY Commissioners asked to use unawarded grant funds to offer cost-of-living adjustments By Katie Perkowski The Winchester Sun Remembering Whitt P rovidence Elementary School third grader Claire Goff reads excerpts from letters and cards sent to her family after the death of her brother, Whitt Goff, on Aug. 19, 2011, during a celebration of his life Wednesday afternoon at the school, top photo. Standing by her is Terri Tye, the school guidance counselor. After a short service in the school, a tulip poplar tree was planted in his memory outside the school. Planting the tree is school principal Mark Rose, and Whitt’s family, his brother, Tucker, mother, Kelly and sister, Claire, middle photo. There were moments of tears and moments of laughter, which included a time of sharing by Whitt’s first grade teacher at Hannah McClure Elementary School, Kathy Miller, left, bottom photo. With Miller are Kelly and Claire Whitt. The school is establishing the Whitt Goff Physical Education Award to be presented to a fourth-grade student at the end of each school year beginning this year. James Mann/jmann@winchestersun.com RELIVE KENTUCKY’S DOMINATING SEASON Clark County government department supervisors and employees have asked the Fiscal Court to use $82,000 in unawarded Community Foundation grants to pay for county worker cost-of-living raises. Last week, county commissioners, after studying a draft budget that contains no worker raises, opted not to award any grants from the Community Foundation fund. Supervisors and employees of the road, fire and solid waste departments, animal shelter, jail and JudgeExecutive’s Office have signed the memo asking the funds be made available for raises. “Members of the court stated that should the county ascertain that additional monies can be found in the proposed budget that employee raises would be a consideration,” the memo states. “It was approved by a consensus of the Fiscal Court in the budget meeting of April 18, 2012, that $82,000 budgeted for the Clark County Community Foundation would be retained by the court for other purposes. “Therefore, considering the county now has available funds already included in the budget in the amount of $82,000, employees are asking the court to take into consideration a 2.96 percent (Consumer Price Index) raise for all county employees.” The memo states that the total cost of this raise See RAISE, A3 Advocate Communications Proudly Presents Our Exclusive Book On The Kentucky Championship Season! 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