Magazine to spotlight Owen County

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City council reappoints David Lilly as fire chief

By Molly Haines

The Owenton City Council is hoping for an increase in local tourism after being featured in the spring issue of “Back Home in Kentucky” magazine.

When the council met Jan. 5, Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier announced that Owen County and the city of Owenton would be featured in the magazine.

“They were the ones that approached us about the idea,” Wotier said.

Wotier thinks the magazine article will be good advertisement for both the county and city.

“I don’t think Owen County has ever been featured in a magazine quite like this,” Wotier said. “I think they will be featuring the life and culture of Owen County, which is quite extensive.”

Wotier said the magazine will guide readers through a history of the county.

“I think they will also feature some of the marks of the past,” Wotier said. “The different variables that made us who we are today, jobs and economy. They’ll show that we see the need for some changes, but that we want to retain that hometown atmosphere.”

Wotier said he hopes the magazine will show others what the county has to offer.

“We want others to realize where we are,” Wotier said. “We’re at the center of the ‘Golden Triangle,’ but sometimes I think we’ve gotten a little lost in the shuffle. This county has a lot to offer. We’ve got a lot of good people and some good opportunities for others. I hope the magazine will help people realize all we have to offer.”

During the council meeting, Wotier also reappointed David Lilly as Owenton Fire Chief. 

“Every two years, I will appoint a fire chief,” Wotier said. “The name was submitted by the Owen County Fire Chief Larry Karsner. This is the first time we’ve only had one name submitted.”

Wotier said Lilly is very thorough in his work.

“David (Lilly) dots every ‘i’ and crosses every ‘t,’ ” Wotier said. “He is very loyal and he keeps everything in great shape. I didn’t have any reservations in reappointing him and I don’t think anyone wanted to go against him because he’s so experienced.”

The council briefly discussed a viscious-dog ordinance.

“We didn’t take any action on the vicious-dog issue,” Wotier said. “We’ve looked at some other cities’ ordinances and they’re not that much different from ours. It will be discussed more in the future.”