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  • 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.”

  • Bargain Bonanza ends


    The annual 127 Yard Sale has once again run its course. First photo: dozens of vendors made the property in front of Hudnall’s Garage a popular place for bargain hunters from across the country to stop; seocnd photo: If you looked hard enough, almost anything could be found for sale along U.S. 127; third photo: Outside the Monterey Fire Department, hunting and fishing equipment was a topic of discussion; fourth photo: The front yards of many Owen County homes transformed into retail space for the “world’s longest yard sale.”

  • New formula blamed for apparent drop in grad rates

    Owen County graduation rates are down 2 percent after the state began using a new formula to calculate the rates.
    The Kentucky Department of Education released the data last week, which is required by the federal No Child Left Behind program.
    In comparison to the 2009 rate of graduation, which used the old method of calculating rates, Owen County High School’s 2010 rate is 2 percent lower at 67.11 percent.
    The new formula will be used through 2013, when Kentucky will begin using the “cohort” model, which will individually track students.

  • City facing lawsuit over Burke records request

    A co-executor of former Owenton City Clerk Charlotte Burke’s estate has filed suit against the City of Owenton, claiming the city’s responses to open-records requests were untimely and legally insufficient.
    Burke served as Owenton’s city clerk from 2008 until January of 2009, when she was found dead in the home of her ex-husband, Danny Cobb. Kentucky State Police said she shot Cobb and then turned the gun on herself.

  • Saving Saveway

    After Saveway Supermarket owner Malone Bourne began announcing the news he would soon close Owenton’s oldest grocery store, the question on all of his customer’s minds seemed to be, “where will we buy our meat?”
    Bourne began telling his customers last week that the store would likely be closed by Labor Day. Signs on the front windows of Saveway announced 20-percent discount on nearly everything in the store.
    But with some persuasion from loyal customers and employees, Bourne has decided to keep the store going, but with some major changes.