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  • Library board sets tax rate

    The Owen County Public Library Board recently met with a financial advisor and subsequently voted to levy its tax rates at the compensating level, which means it will not be taking any additional tax revenue.
    The district’s real estate rate will be 11.5 and tangible or personal property, aircraft and water-craft at 20.0.
    The property tax rate certifies that 11.5 cents per $100 of assessed value of real property and 20.0 cents per $100 of assessed personal property will be paid to the library district.

  • Gratz bank robbers found guilty

  • MRSA cases triggers closure of field house

    Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said a new field house is a much-needed facility after some students in the district contracted MRSA while using the Cochran Building.
    District sports teams have been utilizing the old Maurice Bowling Middle School cafeteria since the infections were brought to Raleigh’s attention.

  • Four Owen countians named Governor’s Scholars

    Gov. Steve Beshear recently graduated the 1,074 outstanding Kentucky high school juniors who attended this year’s Governor’s Scholars Program.
    By participating, students have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and discover different points of view while interacting with other students and learning new disciplines.

  • Community Events

    Meet-and-greet with Johnson
    Pro-Israel voters for Bill Johnson will host a meet-and-greet with Kentucky Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Smith House. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Sweet Owen could take on political flavor

    With Sweet Owen Day right around the corner, the event’s committee is gearing up for what is expected to be another successful festival.
    The committee began prepping for this year’s event in the spring and expects 50-plus vendors.
    Megan Karsner, an administrative assistant at the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, has worked to make fliers, invite vendors and line up entertainment.

  • School board sets tax rate

    For the first time since the 2005-2006 school year, the Owen County Board of Education has opted to set its tax rates at the compensating level.
    The decision sparked little debate during the board’s monthly meeting Monday.
    Owen County School Board Vice Chairman Brian Young made a motion to set this year’s rates at the compensating level, with a second by Stuart Bowling. Board member Brett McDonald also voted yes, chairman Terry Patterson voted no, and Dr. Larry Johnson was absent.

  • Louisville firm wins library bid

    With a construction company in place and a groundbreaking expected in the near future, plans for the new Owen County Public Library continue to move forward.
    The Owen County Public Library Board recently advertised for construction bids and chose the low bidder — Sullivan-Cozart of Louisville.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the company is out of Louisville and recently completed construction on the Newburg Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

  • Back to the business of learning

    Students at Owen County Primary School got back to the books Aug. 10.
    Principal Sharen Hubbard said she’s looking forward to another year full of learning and fun.
    The school made strides in student attendance during the last school year and hopes to continue with the success this year.
    Hubbard said because the school has the youngest kids, attendance is usually down.

  • Court will keep current tax rate

    Owen countians can expect a tax bill similar to last year’s after the Owen County Fiscal Court set its 2011 tax rates.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to a struggling economy, the court decided to keep the rates the same as last year.
    “It just wasn’t realistic to raise taxes at this time,” Keith said. “We will meet our budget and now just isn’t the time to raise taxes on people.”
    The real estate rate will remain at 11.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, the tangible or personal property at 14.2, the water craft at 14.8 and motor vehicle at 14.8.