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  • Agricultural program approved for Owen

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $300,000 in Owen County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program at its June business meeting. The Owen County Farm Bureau submitted a proposal to the Owen County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.
    CAIP is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.

  • Working on the water

    It didn’t take Rosa long to catch the smell of human blood.
    Before she and the other potential rescuers moved into the search area, Rosa was reacting to the scent.
    Intently looking out at the water at Elmer Davis Lake, Rosa, a 7-year-old German shepherd, sniffed and offered her owner some clues that what they were searching for was near.
    Rosa spotted a piece of debris with slight blood spatters and immediately lead her owner to the site.

  • Natlee Slatin Road bridge to be replaced

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that Owen County Fiscal Court will receive $116,300 in county road aid emergency funds.
    This funds will be used for a bridge replacement and approaches on Natlee Slatin Road.
    The road serves several residences in Owen County. The repairs will make it safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles.
    “This project is an example of the cabinet’s commitment to provide a solid infrastructure in Owen County and across the Commonwealth,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said in a statement.

  • 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.