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  • Ancient dance secrets

    For Jamee Jackson, dancing holds many different pleasures – fun, exercise, expression and a sense of self-confidence and beauty.

    After several years of teaching belly dancing throughout northern Kentucky, Jackson is now looking to bring those same pleasures to the women of Owen County.

    Jackson, a resident of Owen County, opened her first belly dancing studio earlier this month after a trip to downtown Owenton, when she noticed a building for rent on Seminary Street.

  • Owen flood plain map may change

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging those without flood insurance to become insured.

    FEMA recently provided county government with a new flood-insurance study and flood insurance rate map.

    According to the study, areas of Owen County that previously may have had a 1-percent chance of flooding may be more at risk than previously estimated.

    If the changes to the flood map are finalized, the modifications will become the basis for flood-plain management measures Owen County must adopt to be included in the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • City using zoning proposal to toughen nuisance laws

    Although the front page of an ordinance the City of Owenton has been reviewing reads “Zoning for the City of Owenton,” Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said it’s simply a means to toughen up the city’s current nuisance ordinance.

    The Owenton City Council has been reviewing the zoning ordinance, which the mayor has been referring to as a nuisance ordinance.

    Wotier said the terminology for the two has been used loosely.

  • Owen Electric to hold board election

    Although there will be a contested election Friday evening, not everyone in Owen County can vote.

    For the past few weeks, the election for the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has been heating up with supporters and candidates reaching out to the public for support.

    For Owen Electric district one, which covers Owen County, the candidates are incumbent Ann Bond, who has served on the board for eight years, and former Kentucky Educational Television Director of Communications Tona Barkley of Monterey.

  • Don Martin named interim superintendent

    The Owen County Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent to lead the way until the position can be filled permanently.

    Don Martin, a retired Grant County School District superintendent, was selected during a special meeting of the Owen County Board of Education Thursday.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairperson Terry Patterson said Martin was found through the help of the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent search service.

  • Delinquent taxes list incorrect

    A mistake by the Owen County clerk led to the accidental publication of several names as being delinquent on property taxes even though their taxes had been paid.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there have been several changes to the process of printing delinquent tax bills this year that resulted in her mistake.

    “In years past, the sheriff’s office did everything,” Kincaid said. “This year, the laws have changed on how the tax lists were to be handled.”

  • Board begins superintendent search

    With a timeline that projects a new school superintendent being named by Aug. 19, the Owen County School Board is moving forward in its search process.

    The board held a special meeting June 8 when members voted to use the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent-search service.

    KSBA representative Mike Oder reviewed the selection process with the board and helped it draft a timeline. The timeline began Thursday with advertising the open position. Advertising will continue approximately six weeks.

  • Owen arrest linked to robbery

    Two people have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at an elderly woman’s home in Glencoe.

    Kentucky State Police troopers were called to the home of 81-year-old Juanita Clark on May 26.

    Clark said she was robbed at knifepoint by a member of her family and an accomplice. The suspects allegedly stole prescription medication from Clark.

    Donna Glore, 34, a member of Clark’s family, was arrested May 27 in Owen County by trooper Brandon Maupin. The Sparta resident is charged with complicity to commit first-degree robbery.

  • County approves $4.9 million budget

    After several months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The court held several workshops throughout the spring to discuss the budget, only making minor changes.

    With all expenditures combined, the budget has a total of $4,995,743.

    The court held a second reading on budget ordinance 169 at its June 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

    The court also approved a resolution for developing the Kentucky River.

  • Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

    Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

    More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

    Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.