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  • 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.

  • Poker run to help children

    The second annual “Helping Kids in Our Neighborhood” poker run will start at noon Aug. 21.
    This year’s theme will be “Christmas in August.”
    This year’s run is co-sponsored by Sunset Grill on the River in Warsaw. The run will begin at the restaurant and continue through Owen County and back to the restaurant.
    The fees will be $15 per bike, $5 per rider, and $5 for each extra hand.
    There will be door prizes, raffle items and a 50/50 split on the pot.

  • Sharing her songs

    Sixteen years ago, Mandy Holbert was a teenager writing poetry in her bedroom. That love of poetry evolved into passion and talent for writing her own music.
    Friday night, all those years of pouring herself out on paper in song resulted in the launch of her first CD, “Jesus Healer.” With all songs featured on “Jesus Healer” being her own original work, she said she was a little apprehensive about sharing her music and lyrics with others.

  • Putting all on the line

  • Community Events

    Soccer league extends deadlines
    The Owen County Youth Soccer League has extended registration deadlines for all age groups – U6, U8, U10 and U12 – through Aug. 15.
    Forms will be sent home with all primary school students and are available in the elementary and middle school offices and the Owen County Public Library.
    Contact bethgordon720@gmail.com with questions. Follow us on Facebook – facebook.com/owensoccer for pictures, news and other announcements.

  • Firefighters blame lightning for house fire

    Lightning is being blamed for the destruction of a home Aug. 3 on East Adair Street in Owenton.
    The home of Clark and Connie Shelton was destroyed after a bolt of lightning hit the home and triggered a fire in the southwest corner of the home.
    According to Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly, one person was home at the time.
    “She heard the lightning hit and wasn’t sure what had happened,” Lilly said. “Then she started hearing popping and crackling in the attic. That’s when she called 911.”