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U.S. Postal Customer Standard Mail Permit No. 5 Postage Paid at Battletown, KY The News Standard Delivered to Meade County FREE S t r a i g h t fo r wa r d • S t e a d fa s t • S o l i d Friday, March 2, 2007 Meade County, Kentucky SPORTS ......B1 Volume 1, No. 21 Missing teens found in Florida 4-H Equestrians kick up dust Waves push on Girls are guaranteed a spot in the regional tournament after whipping Frederick Fraize 81-10. Coach, players say they’ll be ready for regionals, no matter who they play. YOUTHS: Girl returns with family, boyfriend to be extradited for felony charge BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Boys prepare for district title game Greenwave look for their second straight district title by defeating Hancock County tonight for the third time this year. Eleven-year-old Bradee Addison holds steady as she rounds the last barrel during the Junior Youth Barrel Race at the 4-C Arena on Sunday. The 4-H Horse Show was the arena’s first of the year. Turn ‘n MAGAZINE Burn N ot even a weekend of rain and a harsh winter chill could keep local equine enthusiasts from mounting their steeds and competing in the 4-C Arena’s first 4-H Horse Show of the season. More than 30 riders competed in the categories of: showmanship, jumping, poles, flags and barrel and stake racing. Event Coordinator Jennifer Lyons said she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout and hopes even more people will participate at the March 17 event. For more information about the 4-H Horse Club contact the Meade County Extension Office at 422-4958. For event results see page B7. Check out this week’s American Profile magazine inside. VIEWPOINTS ....A3 Tough times call for tough actions New water and sewer ordinances will cost Muldraugh residents now, but will save money later. BUSINESS........A5 Kentucky ag producers to go high-tech soon Web-based sysem will connect businesses, farmers and market in a unique way. OBITUARIES ....A6 Marguerite Wininger, 83 Jackie Conroe, 75 Robert Dustin, 74 Gail Adkisson, 47 Roy Chee, 85 FAITH ............A7 Sticks and stones Adults underestimate the effect bullying has on young kids. YOUTH............B7 THE NEWS STANDARD/CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND ABOVE: Katie Knisely holds on tight as her horse clears an oxmoor during the Junior Youth Hunter Over Fences competition. RIGHT: C.J. Crow rounds the final pole and heads to the finish line during the Senior Youth pole competition. Also, Crow placed second in the Senior Youth barrel race, behind Brandon Scott. There goes the neighborhood ZONING: Four Oaks residents say possible new road threatens their community BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Residents in the Four Oaks subdivision are banding together to prevent a commercial developer from using their roadway. The Heritage Center, Inc. is develop- ing the two-acres at the intersection of the By-Pass and Four Oaks Road and the company’s owners have not officially requested to use the road. But Four Oaks residents are concerned the developers may want to use their road for the thoroughfare to their commercial property. The Brandenburg Planning and Zoning Commission will meet March 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a public discussion about the properties and if a new road should be allowed. The meeting will be held at the Meade County Public Library Annex. However, Four Oaks residents say there is nothing to discuss because their zoning application, which was approved by the Brandenburg Planning and Zoning Commission in 1994, has restrictions in place protecting the privacy of the 22-home community. The zoning application was approved with two conditions: an adequate buffer zone of existing trees be maintained between the properties, and thoroughfares be planned so commercial and industrial traffic is directed away from residential streets. “I think Planning and Zoning should respect those restrictions,” Four PLEASE SEE ROAD, PAGE A8 The search for a missing teenage couple ended this week, but in the unlikeliest of places. While parents and authorities scoured Meade County and neighboring areas for the couple, the teens were hiding out more than 1,000 miles away in Florida. Seventeen-year-old Kayla Wilkins and her boyfriend, Cory Whittaker, 19, were discovered in Largo, Fla., around 1:28 a.m. Feb. 26 by the Pinellis County Sheriff’s Department. Wilkins’ parents drove to Florida to pick her up Wednesday. Whittaker, who is wanted on a felony charge of custodial interference since Wilkins is a minor, will be extradited this weekend, Meade County Sheriff Butch Kerrick said. Whittaker could face up to Cory five years in prison Whittaker if found guilty. What began as a routine traffic stop ended a month-and-a-half long manhunt for the two runaways, who left their homes Jan. 18 so they could “be together all the Kayla Wilkins time,” family members said. Wilkins, who is a junior at Meade County High School, was absent from school and her car was later found abandoned at the BP gas station in Brandenburg on the By-pass. In the passenger seat was her cell phone and the only outgoing call made that morning was to Whittaker. Wilkins’ grandmother, Mary Carter, said her prayers were answered when she received a phone call around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning that her granddaughter had been found and was safe. “I immediately jumped out of bed and started crying and thanked the Lord she was safe,” she said. “We’re very grateful she was found, but I was surprised she was found in the state of Florida.” Carter said her granddaughter and Whitaker both need to be held accountable for their actions. “Just because it’s something you want doesn’t mean you should get it at all costs,” she said of their decision to run away. “I’m upset with (Whittaker) in that he could have influenced Kayla, but I don’t know if the blame is on him, on her or both of them. A Pinellis County spokeswoman said deputies observed Whittaker’s blue 1996 Chevrolet Camaro in front of a business in Clearwater, Fla., and the car’s occupants “were acting in a suspicious manner.” “Deputies conducted a traffic stop and determined that the Kentucky tags were associated with a missing persons report,” spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said. Weeks earlier, Kerrick had the car’s information entered into a state-wide system in case the car was pulled over a “red flag” would go up, notifying authorities PLEASE SEE FOUND, PAGE A2 Muldraugh water utility, sewer laws to change Pumpin’ up the crowd Dance Team, Cheerleading squad show their spirit ALSO INSIDE Weather .........A2 News Briefs...A2 Heritage..........A4 Viewing..........B4 Fun & Games..B5 Classifieds....B6 BY CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND Muldraugh City Council unanimously passed new ordinances that will protect the city from losing money when residents skip town without paying their water bill, but the ordinances will likely upset landlords by holding them liable for the unpaid bills. Ordinance No. 266, Section 41.50.1, will now make landlords pay all expenses not covered by their tenants’ water deposits if tenants leave town without paying their bill. City Council member Ralph Lee said during previous meetings that landlords should be treated like a business, and that means taking responsibility when their customers don’t pay. He said the city shouldn’t lose money because landlords allow irresponsible tenants to move in. Dean Dresel, a former Muldraugh City Council member and the owner of numerous rental properties, said the ordinance is unfair to property owners and that he finds out about deadbeat tenants the same way as the city — they move out and leave him with unpaid bills. “You find out they’re a bad tenant afford to keep paying don’t pay their bills DEAN DRESEL, for bad tenants. then I can’t pay my City Council held bills. The new law RENTAL PROPERTY OWNER off on the ordinance’s absolutely is not first reading earlier fair, if the city has a last month to add a deposit. The city clause that requires can absorb that late bills to be sent to much easier. property owners, notiDresel said the fying them when a new ordinance tenant’s bill is late. could “put some The same ordipeople out of businance also will hold rental property ness.” Mayor Danny Tate said Muldraugh owners responsible for fixing faulty has constant problems with tenants suddenly moving out and leaving behind PLEASE SEE UTILITY, PAGE A8 “ You find out they’re a bad tenant when they move out.”

2007.03.02 The News Standard

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