City hears favorable audit review

Posted December 19, 2018 at 9:25 am

Albany City Council held its final meeting of 2018–a special call meeting–last Wednesday afternoon, December 12 with all council members present.

The only item of business on the agenda was a complete review of the 2017-18 audit report given by CPA Sammy Lee.

Overall, there was a “clean” opinion over all financial statements. Lee noted there were some good numbers for the city and it continued to have a strong cash flow.

However, in some areas, he warned the city, primarily in the water department, “was just breaking even” at this point.

The city has total assets of $27,606,251, according to the audit, with current liabilities at $931,391, with a net equity of $20,764,025.

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    School board holds final 2018 meeting

    Clinton County Board of Education closed out its meeting schedule Monday evening, December 17 with four of five members present. It followed a work session the previous Thursday in which newest member, Sue Irwin, served in her first official meeting.

    The business portion of the meeting was brief, lasting only about 20 minutes. However, that was followed by another “pair” of closed, separate, sessions on student discipline issues.

    The board first approved several consent items, including approving between meeting disbursements,

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    Reed Sloan, at 19, may be the youngest ever elected to office

    Albany native Reed Sloan, who is believed to be–at 19–the youngest person ever elected to the Albany City Council, despite his youth, is no stranger to politics in Albany and Clinton County.

    Although despite his youth and first time political experience, he said he felt some pressure but “I know I can do the job, I get caught up on things and will do the best of my ability to help the city.”

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    Clinton County News holiday schedule

    The Clinton County News will be operating on an altered schedule for the next two weeks, due to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

    The office of the Clinton County News will be closed Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday of this week, December 20-25.

    We will be open on Wednesday, December 26 and next week’s issue will be delayed by one day, delivered to the post office and on news stands on Thursday, December 27.

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    Nicky Smith looks back on 16 years as Albany Mayor

    John N. “Nicky” Smith has been at the helm of city government in Albany for the past 16 years, but will be leaving that position at the end of the month, after having served four full terms as Mayor of Albany.

    Smith was first elected in 2002, took office in January of 2003 and was elected three more times prior to deciding to retire at the end of this term and not seek re-election.

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    Meeting our newly elected officials

    Bobbi Ann (Young) Bair made her first political campaign a successful one and will take a seat on the Clinton County Board of Education in January.

    Bair was elected school board member in the fifth district, consisting of the Hayes-Maupin and South Albany precincts. She may also become part of board history, as for the first time in memory, women will outnumber men who make up the school board in Clinton County.

    Bair will become

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    Meeting our newly elected officials

    State appoints Irwin to school board

    Clinton County Board of Education will be back at full strength this week following the filling of a vacancy created by the resignation of former member Jeff Sams.

    The commission of the Kentucky Department of Education has appointed Sue Suratt Irwin to fill the seat left vacant since this past fall after Sams moved outside of Clinton County.

    Although she isn’t

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    Treasure Hunt starts Saturday

    In conjunction with the annual city/county Christmas at Home food and toy drive, the Treasure Hunt is set to begin another run with about a week delay this year.

    The almost annual ‘hunt’ for treasure leading up to a grand prize worth a few thousand dollars total in cash and merchandise will officially kick off this Saturday, December 8.

    WANY 100.9 FM radio, along with several other local participating businesses, is again sponsoring the Treasure Hunt, with this year’s theme

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    Weather halts community tree ceremony, other plans are in place

    The lighting of the Christmas Tree last week was called off due to weather, but plans to combine a couple of events this December might help to pull the community together around the Christmas holiday.

    “We are going to do a modified Christmas Village shopping experience for kids,” Christy Nuetzman, Clinton County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences said. “This year we were unable to secure as many gift items, so we will limit the number of shoppers.”


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    Meeting our newly elected officials

    Ricky Craig anxious to make move to Judge/Executive

    Ricky Craig is no stranger to local politics, having served four total terms as Magistrate for the Fourth District. He will now be moving up from a member of the fiscal court to leader of county government in January to serve his first term as Clinton County Judge/Executive.

    Craig, a Clinton County native and 1977 graduate of Clinton County High School, is the son

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