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YOUTH NEWS SPORTS State may soon require drug testing for public assistance, A7 Greenwave rallies in 4th quarter for district win, B1 55¢ Stuart Pepper Middle School gets pumped up over academics, B11 The News Standard Meade County's Award-Winning Paper for the People Meade County, Kentucky Friday, Friday,January February28, 26,2011 2010 Volume 5, No. 17 Judge rules Meade County Quarry rezoning decision stands By Brian Graves The News Standard FILE PHOTO Meade Co. Planning Director Tony Coletta hangs a notice of zoning change sign at a local quarry in Aug. 2009. HIGHLIGHT A two-year challenge to the operations of a quarry in the Big Bend area has been ended by a decision of the Meade County Circuit Court. Circuit Court Judge Bruce Butler ruled Tuesday in favor of the Meade County Fiscal Court’s 2009 actions approving the rezoning of the property owned by Meade County Quarry from R-1 (agricultural) to H-1 (heavy industrial). The case was dismissed with prejudice meaning the plaintiff cannot bring an action on the same claim again. The controversy started in August of 2009 when representatives of the quarry complained about proceedings of the Meade County Planning and Zoning Commission to amend ordinances that would deter the use of explosives in agriculturalzoned areas. David Bell, a resident of the area and eventual plaintiff of the lawsuit, expressed his support of the changes saying it protected the rural nature of the county. He also presented a petition of 100 names in support of the proposed amendment. The quarry argued Planning Director Tony Coletta had presented only “assumptions” and “conjectures” as to why the ordinance was originally drafted to permit the use of explosives. Quarry representatives argued the change would be costly for the county’s economic development and would limit farmers from Mastering life’s rhythms By Jennifer Corbett The News Standard He was born without eyes and the ability to straighten his arms and legs. He’ll never be able to walk, but that’s not stopping Patrick Henry Hughes from achieving his dream of putting smiles on people’s faces whether it is playing the piano or his dream of hosting his own game show. Three years ago, Patrick Henry and his family got the opportunity of a lifetime when they were chosen for the Extreme Makeover Home Edition, where they received a brand spanking new home full of new amenities and an apartment so Patrick Henry could live his life with independence. “Life has been absolutely wonderful,” Patrick Henry said. “(The house) has been absolutely wonderful. See LIFE, Page A9 •Awaken your faith with the 2011 women’s conference, Feb. 11 and 12 featuring Meade County’s own MCHS girls basketball legend Dina Disney Hackert along with a concert by Tammy Trent and praise with the Desire Worship Team, A2 INDEX Agriculture............. A12 Business................. A11 Local Happenings... A8 Court News............ A5 Faith...................... A6 Features.................. A10 Games.................... B7 Heritage................. B12 Marketplace........... B8 Obituaries.............. A3 Viewpoints............. A4 Outdoors............... B4 Sports..................... B1 TV Listings.............. B5 Youth..................... B11 Patrick Henry Hughes performs some soft melodies on the piano in front of a packed house at Brandenburg United Methodist Church. WEATHER Fri 1/28 THE NEWS STANDARD/ JENNIFER CORBETT 38/33 Cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the low 30s. Sat 1/29 40/27 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s. Sun 1/30 39/27 Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the upper 20s. Mon 1/31 38/24 Cloudy with a light wintry mix. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the mid 20s. Tue 2/1 37/22 Rain and snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s and lows in the low 20s. PINS organization alters spay, neuter program By Casey Tolliver The News Standard The Pets In Need Society (PINS) recently received word they were the beneficiary of a $5,000 grant, it was announced at the group’s monthly meeting at Home Plate Restaurant on Monday. PINS received the funding from the Ephraim and Wilma Shaw Roseman Foundation. PINS members also heard that the group’s budget had a deficit of $10,154.40, which was down significantly from last year’s deficit of $19,000, according to PINS president David Kitson. The Shaw Roseman grant wasn’t included in the budget, so the deficit was actually nearer to $5,000 he added. In response to the deficit, Kitson announced PINS has altered it’s spay and neuter program. See PETS, Page A7 THE NEWS STANDARD/CASEY TOLLIVER The Pets In Need Society recently received a sizeable grant to help in its mission to find homes for animals like this dog at the shelter. having maximum use of their land. Both sides also disagreed on whether the meeting by Planning and Zoning was properly advertised in accordance with public meeting notification laws. Magistrates of Fiscal Court made the decision to begin the process from the beginning and in June voted on the issue citing hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes realized from the business. That vote failed saying See QUARRY, Page A9 Man targeted by officials for poaching deer By Casey Tolliver The News Standard It’s not its trophy-esque stature which first roused local interest in the deer, but the illegal prowess employed to obtain it. Meade County resident Ethan Adkisson stood accused of shooting a trophy buck deer on property belonging to his neighbor in Flaherty. “That was a once in a lifetime deer, right there,” Rob- Officer Milburn bie Ammons said, who is a close friend of the owner of the land Adkisson is accused of shooting the deer on and is speaking on behalf of the landowner. See DEER, Page A9 Derby princess crown goes to Big Spring gal By Jennifer Corbett The News Standard Often times, you can find Caitlin Carter behind the scenes of a high profile event at Western Kentucky University — whether it be interviewing the president at a Board of Regents meeting or talking about new solar panels installed to heat a swimming pool. Typically, Carter is the one telling people where to stand for picCaitlin Carter tures and asking people questions. Now, Carter has gotten a taste of what it’s like to be in front of the camera. Carter, a 19-year-old native of Big Spring, Ky., was recently crowned a 2011 Kentucky Derby Princess. She, along with four other women, will share the title for the Derby festival events. See DERBY, Page A7

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