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  • County holds line on taxes

    Despite talk of the national economy being on the rise, the Owen County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10 and decided to keep last year’s tax rates.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the court could have taken the 4-percent increase.

    “With the way the economy has been, I just didn’t feel that people could take that increase,” Keith said. “A 4-percent increase would have amounted to about a $2,000 difference in revenue.”

  • Bike mystery solved

    For about week, Owen County’s Greg Estes has been all over the place.

    His picture has been prominently featured on Yahoo News. He’s fielded calls from local, regional and international media organizations.

    All this over a $5 bike.

    Last week, the News-Herald broke the story first of Estes, the custom-made racing bike, and former Tour de France champion Floyd Landis.

  • Sprint Cup gets green flag at Sparta

    One of the nation’s premier sporting events is coming to Kentucky. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a race at Kentucky Speedway in 2011.

    The much-anticipated announcement came yesterday after a week of speculation and 10 years of hard work.

    Since the track opened in 2000, the goal had been to host a race involving NASCAR’s top series. The dream became a reality when Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. (SMI), made the announcement at Tuesday’s press conference at the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Clark takes seat on Owen board

    A seat on the Owen County School Board that has been vacant since early June was filled during a special meeting of the board Thursday.

    Brian N. Clark, 44, was administered the Owen County Board of Education member oath of office, as well as the Kentucky Constitutional oath, by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.

    Clark, a 1984 graduate of Dixie High School in Edgewood and a 1989 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, said he decided to pursue the vacant seat after realizing the struggles his daughter, Samantha, faced after leaving Owen County for college.

  • What a big deal

    Everyone has heard the old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

    A bicycle priced at $5 – assumed to be junk in a 127 yard sale on Roland Avenue – turned out to be the find of a lifetime for Owenton resident Greg Estes.

    Regardless of its two flat tires and what appeared to be broken pedals, Estes said he thought it looked like an expensive sports bike.

    “I thought I could put it back in my sale and maybe get a couple hundred out of it,” Estes said.

  • Fiscal court will appeal ruling in road dispute

    A nearly two-year dispute over maintenance of a road will likely continue in the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    In October 2008, Robert VonBokern filed a lawsuit against the Owen County Fiscal Court after the county’s decision to stop maintaining Pleasant Home and Clay Lick Turnpike and sought to have the decision declaring “null, void, invalid and no further force or effect” and to have the road included in the Owen County road maintenance system.

  • Owen County Bus Routes

    Bus No. 1 – Driver, Robert Miller: Hwy. 227 from Scott County to school, Harmony Road and Teresita Road.

    Bus No. 2 – Driver, Lillian Peace: Sparta, end of two mile Manley, right on 36 to Sanders, backtrack out of Sanders, left on 227 through all of New Liberty to 127 South, 127 through Roland Ave.

    Bus No. 3 – Driver, Laurie Stivers: Hwy. 22 from the bus garage to Old Sweet Owen Road, Old Sweet Owen Road to fair grounds, Green Acres Drive, Harris Ridge Road, East Adair, Cardinal Drive, third buses elementary, middle and high school (p.m.).

  • Race fans may soon roll through Owen

    Is the Sprint Cup coming to Kentucky?

    According to several media outlets, a news conference has been set at the track for Tuesday. It’s believed that the announcement will include a date for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race for 2011.

    Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith will be on hand as well as Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the three-time NASCAR champion, Darrell Waltrip. Smith has told several in the media that it is a major announcement, but would not go as far as admitting it will include a date for a Sprint Cup race.

  • Living to the fullest

    In 1912, New Mexico and Arizona were admitted as the 47th and 48th states; the British ocean liner RMS Titanic sank in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean; Woodrow Wilson was elected 28th President of the United States; and on July 30, Lucy Smoot Hall was born in Owen County.

    Saturday, Hall will gather with friends and family at the Owen County Extension Building to celebrate her 98 years of life.

    “I’m proud to have been able to live this long,” Hall said. “The Lord has really blessed me all these years.”

  • Friends of Animals wants to educate public after dogs found abandoned

    After two incidents earlier this month, the Owen County Friends of Animals has stepped up their campaign to encourage everyone to spay and neuter their pets.

    The first incident occurred when a member of the road crew working near Monterey found a beer box with six new-born puppies.

    The puppies were taken to the Owen County Friends of Animals shelter, where they were bottle-fed.

    OCFA Director Hilari Gentry said four of the puppies made it, but two died.