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  • A few more neighbors

    While the populations of nearby counties continue to climb, the 2010 U.S. Census results show only a slight population increase for Owen County.
    According to the recently released 2010 census data, Owen County has a total population of 10,841 ­— a 2.79-percent increase — up only 294 from 2000.
    Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Franklin and Scott counties each had a higher population increase than Owen County.
    Scott County had the highest, with a 42.68-percent population increase.
    Henry County had a 2.36-percent increase.

  • Owen gearing up for race visitors

    With the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race only months away, local officials are beginning to weigh in on the economic impact the race could have on Owen County.
    The announcement of the Sprint Cup race coming to Kentucky Speedway, located off the Sparta exit on I-71, was made last August.
    Since the announcement of the Sprint Cup, the Kentucky Speedway has increased its stadium seating from 66,000 to 105,000.

  • Suspect in sheriff’s office break-in faces indictment

    A Wheatley man has been indicted after reportedly stealing office equipment, computer and radios from the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Chad A. Perkins, 27, has been charged with third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $500, second-degree criminal mischief, and flagrant nonsupport.
    The incident took place Feb. 5. State road crew workers called the police during the early hours of the morning to report a man was standing in the middle of West Seminary Street, holding an armload of junk, and unwilling to move.

  • Candidate hopes to grow support in Owen County

    With an eye on capturing the Democratic Party nomination for commissioner of agriculture, B.D. Wilson met with Owen County supporters Thursday as he criss-crossed the state along the campaign trail.
    Wilson, who served as Montgomery County judge-executive in the 1990s, said his background as an elected official, a businessman and a farmer makes him uniquely qualified to lead the department.
    “I have been a Kentucky farmer,” Wilson said. “I know what kinds of problems they face. Agriculture is the economic engine that drives this state.”

  • Busy time for Owen firefighters

    New Liberty, Jonesville and Owen County firefighters spent Thursday afternoon battling a mobile home fire near Gratz.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said they received a call at 12:20 p.m. indicating smoke coming from the mobile home located next to Frankie and Johnny’s restaurant on Hwy. 355.
    Davis said the man and woman living in the mobile home were not there at the time, and a passerby called 911 after seeing smoke.

  • Owen Farmers’ Market finds new home

    The Owen County Farmers’ Market will have a new home this spring.
    The Owen County Farm Bureau received an $82,419-grant for construction of a permanent structure for the market.
    When it reopens May 6, the market will be housed under a pavilion located behind Farm Bureau at 430 Roland Ave.
    The farmers’ market, which began in 2003, has been located on the Owen Country Courthouse lawn for six of its seven years.

  • Same name ...New building

    Although students have been enjoying the new school since January, parents and the community will get a chance to check out the new Maurice Bowling Middle School March 20.
    The open house, which will be held from 2 until 4 p.m., will feature tours, special speakers, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and refreshments.
    Student council members and peer helpers will take members of the public around the new school.
    Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Wallace said she is eager to show off the new school.

  • New Owen transient tax passes fiscal court

    After over a year since the first discussion on a transient room tax, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently held a second reading on an ordinance and put the tax into place.
    The passing of the ordinance means a 3-percent tax will be charged for anyone renting a place to sleep in Owen County.
    According to the ordinance, the tax would include motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or similar accommodations. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the ordinance would also include campgrounds.

  • Take action to learn diabetes risk

    In observance of Diabetes Alert Day (March 22), the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and Three Rivers District Health Department are encouraging people to take NDEP’s Diabetes Risk Test, which can be found at http://ndep.nih.gov/resources/ResourceDetail.aspx?ResId=252 — available in English and Spanish — to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

  • Owen County joins cleanup week

     March 20-26, 2011, marks the 13th anniversary of Commonwealth Cleanup Week — an annual week-long event implemented by the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC). This event also kicks off the Great American Cleanup, spanning from March-May. Its purpose is to provide Kentucky communities an opportunity to “spring clean,” recycle and promote personal responsibility across the commonwealth.