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  • 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.

  • Owenton to review nuisance ordinance

    After several months of revising an outdated ordinance, the Owenton City Council is on its way toward a cleaner city.

    The nuisance ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since the late 1960s or early 1970s, has recently been a main topic during the council’s meetings.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said complaints from citizens have motivated the council to revise the ordinance.

  • Owen County High School Graduation 2010

    Parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and friends filled the gymnasium at Owen County High School Friday to watch 102 students take another step into adulthood and to receive their diplomas.

    Graduate Daniel Dauwe opened the ceremony with invocation, followed by remarks from Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece.

    Treece said she was proud of each graduate and that their potential was proved by beating their highest CATS scores from last year, 80.6 to 81.