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The Citizen-Times 50 ¢ Per Copy Serving Scottsville and Allen County for 121 Years A Community Newspaper - Leader in Readership and Respect Since 1890 NUMBER 9 The Citizen (1908) Allen County Times (1890) Consolidated Oct. 10, 1918 SCOTTSVILLE, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 FRC: Kids are in Need Here, Too New AC-S Complex Works Out By Matt Pedigo C-T News Editor By Matt Pedigo Looking for a place to donate canned goods, or other easily-prepared foods? How about gently-used children’s clothing and shoes? Or unneeded school supplies? Try the Family Resource Centers (FRC) of Allen County Primary and Intermediate centers, or Youth Services Centers (YSC) of James E. Bazzell Middle School and Allen CountyScottsville High School. C-T News Editor “We just about live in here,” said Allen CountyScottsville High School senior John T. Williams. Now a lieutenant colonel in the AC-S Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), Williams was lining his fellow cadets up on the main floor of the new AC-S Athletic Complex for uniform inspection. “We get a lot of use out of this building,” he added, noting that JROTC has a lot of its obstacle course training and other physical regimen in the new building. And they’re by no means alone. With more than 19,000 square feet under roof, the new facility was built by Lexington-based D.W. Wilburn, Inc., the master contractor for the AC-S renovations, which have roughly reached the halfway point and are due for completion in 2013. Other projects include new geothermal and chilled-beam HVAC technology, the new administrative office area and new tennis courts. In a separate project, a new Allen County Techni- TWO SECTIONS — 20 PAGES (C-T Photo by Matt Pedigo) With James E. Bazzell Middle School Patriot Football Coach Taylor Berry, left, Allen County-Scottsville Patriot Defensive Line Coach James McReynolds, right, and Head Coach Brad Hood, center, spotting for him, Patriot defensive lineman Taylor Tinsley pushes hard to squatlift 675 pounds last Thursday during cal Center will also be built. The AC-S Athletic Complex is located behind ACS, beside the baseball field and where the old tennis courts were. It opened on a limited basis last fall, and has fully opened in 2012. It already has multiple sports programs spending more time training—and a lot less time competing for gym the team’s afternoon workout in the new AC-S Athletic Complex. The new building’s 3,500 square-foot weight room has helped make the football program’s physical training regimen much more efficient. The building is able to host multiple sports programs, all practicing or training at the same time. space and time. Administrators say scheduling conflicts among the athletic programs have become the exception, and students can now find one-stop shopping for their practice and physical training needs. “It’s a benefit to every program,” said AC-S Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Kerry Harwood. “We’re proud to have it.” Harwood notes that, between all the programs using the building, someone was typically in it until about 9 p.m. nightly. “It’s the most used building on campus,” adds Scott Stamper, an assistant baseball coach and head golf coach. (See Complex, Page 10) Children and families right here are in need, counselors say. A lot of children and families. “A lot of people don’t understand,” said Rhonda Kircher of the Intermediate Center’s FRC. “They live, work and go home, and think everyone lives like they do. Most people don’t realize there are children in Allen County who are going hungry, who aren’t eating when they go home on weekends.” (See Centers, Page 9) Full Cleanup Week Schedule Announced By Matt Pedigo C-T News Editor Regardless of whether you have anything new, a free opportunity for “out with the old” is coming up. Allen County’s observance of Commonwealth Cleanup Week is set for Monday through Saturday, March 19-24. On those days, the public can bring just about anything—except household garbage, brush, tires or hazardous wastes—to the Allen County Transfer Station for free dumping. An excep- tion is for-profit businesses bringing business-related waste; these will be charged on a normal rate schedule. “It’s more for individuals to have the opportunity to clean up waste items on their property,” Allen Judge/ Executive Johnny Hobdy said. “It makes the community look better, and maybe gives them some motivation to cleanup around their areas.” The Transfer Station’s operating hours are 7 a.m. to (See Cleanup Week, Page 8) Police Beat Sting Gets BG Man By Joe Hite C-T Staff Writer A Bowling Green man was arrested in Scottsville Friday by Assistant Detective Jeff Pearson following a creative sex-crime sting operation. Gambimael V. Garcia, 33, TB Hospital Road, allegedly had earlier posted an advertisement on the internet sales site Craigslist wanting to find a prostitute. But in seeking the world’s oldest profession, police say he wanted a very young victim. Pearson answered the ad and communicated with Garcia via Facebook, pretending to be a 15-year-old girl residing in Scottsville. Pearson later provided Garcia with a local phone number. When Garcia called the number, it was answered by a police dispatcher. (See Police Beat, Page 7) Group Eyes Pet Center By Matt Pedigo C-T News Editor Though there’s been no local elections since November of 2010, there’s a new “big dog” in town, and local school students will have the chance to name him. Through sales of Valentines Day bouquets at Scottsville’s Save-A-Lot grocery store, the all-volunteer group Friends of the Allen (C-T Photo by Matt Pedigo) ONE STAR TO ANOTHER—A former high-scoring Allen County-Scottsville Patriot basketball star, Caleb Carver, consoles senior star Josh Jones last Tuesday, Feb. 21, as the Patriots dropped another opening-round heartbreaker, a 53-52 last-second loss in overtime, to the Barren County Trojans as AC-S hosted the 2012 15th District Tournament. Jones ends a stellar Patriot career with 829 total points and a senior-season per-game average of 18 points. Jones also earned All-Tournament and All-Season honors in the district. For complete coverage of the overtime thriller as well as tournament winners and special awards, see page 14. County Animal Shelter purchased a mascot suit for the county-owned shelter and funded registration fees for the Shelter to have a booth in the April 28 Jacksonian Days Street Fair. The group also has plans it hopes will greatly increase local animal adoptions as well as decrease the number of animals being eutha(See Shelter, Page 10) F&W: Gators Aren’t Pets By Matt Pedigo C-T News Editor Oh, snap—another alligator’s been confiscated in Allen County. On Sunday, John Jackson, Allen County’s Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) officer, responded to a call of someone keeping an alligator as a pet. Arriving at 135 Clover Croft Drive, he discovered a 23-inch alligator being kept as a pet in a three-to fourfoot aquarium. Alligators are utterly illegal to own in Kentucky; permit programs are not even offered for them. Both state law and local ordinances in Allen County prohibit possession of such exotic animals. Jackson not(See Exotic Pets, Page 7) Girls Scouts’ 100th Year Party Set Scan this with your Smart Phone to go to The Citizen-Times online! In celebration of the Girl Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, all current and past Girl Scouts and leaders are invited to a party beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the Allen County Public Library. Sharing photos, scrapbooks and memories is encouraged. The party will then move to the Washington Office Center afterward for food and door prizes. For planning purposes, organizers ask that those who plan to attend RSVP by next Wednesday, March 8. They can do so by calling Bea Cooper at (270) 237-3350 or (270) 237-0451. (C-T Photo by Matt Pedigo) THE MESSAGE ON METH—Last Thursday, Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke and Drug Task Force Detective Michael Wilson addressed the Allen County Youth Services Center’s Grandparents Support Group in the Washington Office Center on what to look for in spotting methamphetamine activity in their areas. Cooke and Wilson described the meth waste—vented soda bottles, coffee filters, lithium battery skins, ephedrine pill packages and sulfuric acid products—that makers are leaving beside the county’s roads and streams, or around homes where children can find them. They warned the group of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren not to allow children too near the poisonous, flammable litter. Many meth makers are now burning their waste products. Wilson said the smoke will likely smell like a key component in the brewing process: Coleman® lantern fuel. To report illegal drug activity, call the Scottsville Police Department at 237-3611, the Sheriffs Office at 237-3210 or South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers at (866) 842-CLUE.

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