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Right to Work protest
State lawmakers discuss upcoming session
By Whitney Leggett
The Winchester Sun
Right to Work legislation, freezing
gas taxes and local option sales
taxes were the hot topics at a legislative coffee hosted Tuesday morning by the Winchester-Clark County
Chamber of Commerce.
The free forum at the Cairn Coffeehouse provided residents an
Whitney [email protected] opportunity to discuss these topics
and others with state Sen. Ralph
During a legislative coffee Tuesday at the Cairn
Coffeehouse, state Rep. Donna Mayfield disAlvarado and state Rep. Donna
cusses the most pressing bills facing the 2015
General Assembly when it reconvenes next week.
Alvarado and Mayfield, both
Republicans, shared what bills will
likely be discussed when Kentucky
legislators return to the General
Assembly Feb. 3.
Mayfield said the House will propose a bill focused on local option
sales taxes, which allow voters to
decide whether to levy sales taxes
paid on the purchase of specific
goods. Revenue from the tax would
be allocated for specific infrastructure projects. She said once the
project is completed, the tax will be
“Basically, the fact of it is, taxes
haddeus Moore, center, representing the
local machinists union at the AGM/Lockheed
Martin at Bluegrass Station stands in front
of an inflatable pig along with other protestors
Wednesday morning on South Main Street across
from the Clark County Courthouse to protest “right
to work” legislation which is being proposed in
counties throughout the state. “We want to let
our magistrates and our judge-executive know we
oppose the so-called ‘right to work’ legislation. We
want working people to have protections under
the law, and it should come from the state level,
not individual counties or cities or towns,” Moore
said. Machinists and several members of the Lexington-based Teamsters Local 651 took part in the
demonstration. Nearly 20 speakers addressed the
Clark County Fiscal Court during the public comment portion of its meeting this morning.
GRC hosts
science fair,
By Whitney Leggett
The Winchester Sun
Will someone’s blood pressure change
based on what type of music they listen to?
Can a 150-pound student lay on a bed of nails
without injury? Does age have any bearing on
levels of fear? These questions and more were
tested, and hopefully answered, as George
Rogers Clark High School students competed
in a school-wide science fair Tuesday.
Science teacher Katherine Carter helped
organize the event and said around 100 students were registered to participate.
The number of actual participants was
down slightly as judging took place Tuesday
morning because of a two-hour inclement
weather delay.
Carter, who planned the event along with
fellow teacher Daniel Burton as her teaching
internship project, said she couldn’t find any
records of previous science fairs at the high
school level, but students were excited about
the chance to compete in the event.
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Bed bugs found
at junior high
By Kendall Fletcher
The Winchester Sun
Photos by Whitney [email protected]
Andrew Clark, center, demonstrates his Ping Pong Robot for a judge during
the GRC science fair Tuesday morning. Clark’s robot is engineered using recycled household materials, like a mixing bowl and plastic spoon, to randomly
shoot ping pong balls to points on the table, above photo. It would be used in
training professional and amateur table tennis players. Woojin Shin, a junior
at GRC, center, discusses her science fair project about empathetic ability with
judges in the school’s gymnasium Tuesday morning, top left photo.
Clark School Board
Roger Williams,
91, Winchester
Dolly Smith Moore,
Marguerite Shearer,
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VOL. 137, NO. 23
reviews ‘structurally
sound’ draft budget
By Whitney Leggett
The Winchester Sun
Despite projected decreases in student enrollment and general fund
revenues, Clark County
Public Schools can look
forward to a “structurally
sound” budget in the coming fiscal year, according to
Bob Wagoner, a consultant
with OVEC Financial Services.
Wagoner presented the
2015-2016 draft budget to
the Clark County Board
of Education in a special
meeting Tuesday night.
State law requires school
boards to review a draft
budget prior to Jan. 31 for
the upcoming school year.
CCPS is projected to have
74 less students enrolled
next school year, with the
biggest decrease in enrollment coming from Baker
Intermediate School. The
school, which is the center
for fifth- and sixth-graders,
is expected to have 42 less
students enrolled next
school year.
Decreases in enrollment
are also projected at Justice Elementary School,
Shearer Elementary School
and George Rogers Clark
High School.
The board can expect
almost $3 million in revenue from assessed property
subject to school taxes,
including motor vehicles
taxes — an increase of 2.4
percent from 2014-2015.
Pest control workers
were called to Campbell
Junior High School Monday
after three incidents of bed
bugs were reported at the
Clark County Superintendent Paul Christy said
a single bug was found
in each of those three
instances in the former
George Rogers Clark High
School building, and the
areas were individually
“Some posts and blogs on
social media have excited a
lot of people and gotten
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A door
a day
inchester First and The
Winchester Sun present
Door No. 15 of the “A
Door A Day” scavenger hunt contest. Complete the entry form on
page A2 and turn it in with the
addresses of all 35 doors around
Winchester profiled in the contest. Prizes for correct entries
include Downtown Dollars, a
Doors of Winchester poster and a
subscription to the Sun. If there
are multiple correct forms, winners will be randomly selected.
Turn in entries at the Sun office
at 20 Wall St. or the Winchester
First office on the second floor of
Winchester City Hall. Good luck!
Photo by Chuck Witt