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Beshear outlines success as Owen County Chamber of Commerce celebrates local businesses

By Molly Haines

Following a keynote address by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear at the 10th annual Owen County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Monday, awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the Owen County Retired Teacher’s Association Wall of Fame.

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Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Dallas Stafford.

The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.

Stafford said Hetterman, a native of Harrison County, has lived and worked in Owen County for more than 26 years.

“If you walk into her office, her walls are covered in awards – local, state and national,” Stafford said.

Stafford said working with Leadership Owen County and the Owen County quilt trail, Hetterman stays busy at her post.

“If she’s not already doing a program, she’s planning one,” Stafford said.

Hetterman said she wasn’t expecting the award.

“I’ve enjoyed my years in Owen County and its been a privilege to serve in this county,” Hetterman said.

Stafford said the winner of the outstanding business award is one of the oldest businesses in Owen County.

The award went to Peoples Bank & Trust Co., which began serving Owen County May 20, 1902.

“In 1921 it established a trust department and added that to their name,” Stafford said. “In 1963 the bank moved to its current location. The bank has been through a lot and seen a lot of changes, but its commitment to the community has not changed.”

President and Chairman of the Board at Peoples Bank, James Beech, said the business wouldn’t be what it is without the employees, the customers and their loyalty.

“This is quite an honor,” Beech said.

This year’s inductee to the Owen County Wall of Fame for retired teachers was Joyce DuVall.

Stafford said DuVall taught seventh/eighth-grade social studies.

“There was no question whether or not she would teach,” Stafford said. “The question was what would she teach.”

DuVall said she enjoyed her time as a teacher in Owen County.

“I had a wonderful time teaching,” DuVall said. “I accept this as a teacher and for teachers everywhere.”

The 2010 Leadership Owen County class was also recognized.

The group of 15 began in February, from March through September, they toured many facilities in Owen County.

This year’s leadership group project will clear and landscape a scenic lookout between New Liberty and Worthville. The lookout is on the Owen County Quilt Trail.

Beshear spoke on the economic impact of the Sprint Cup coming to Sparta Speedway.

“All along we said if they could bring a Sprint Cup to Kentucky, they would get tax incentives,” Beshear said. “It’s the kind of thing we need more of.”

Beshear said the Sporting Clays U.S. Open, held at Elk Creek Hunt Club and Winery in 2009 was the kind of thing that puts Owen County and Kentucky on the map.

“We need those tourism dollars,” Beshear said.

On the economy, Beshear said things were slowly starting to turn around.

“There are still a lot of people hurting,” Beshear said. “If we can keep our people working, other problems will fix themselves.”