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  • Board looking for ways to save

    As the time to adopt a 2010-2011 Owen County School District budget narrows down, the lack of a state budget and possible position cuts are still major concerns.

    The Owen County School Board held a working budget session Thursday.

    Terry Patterson, chairman of the school board, said the budget issues facing the board are not unlike those facing other districts throughout the state.

  • City council may consider adopting recommendations

    Some revisions to the city of Owenton’s zoning regulations could be back on the table.

    The Northern Kentucky Area Development District had proposed the adjustments to the current regulations in the late 1990s. The changes proposed by the A.D. district would reflect some of the changes that have happened across the city.

    According to Owenton City Clerk Laura Aldridge, the Owenton City Council never voted on the changes when they were originally proposed.

  • County looks for ways to cut next budget

    Officials are saying some minor cuts could be seen throughout the 2010-2011 Owen County budget.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special workshop April 19 to look over a draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the court is looking at the budget section by section to see where possible cuts could be made.

    Keith said so far the draft budget has no significant changes from last year’s budget.

  • Celebration of rural heritage brings art to local barns

    People driving west on Hwy. 22 last week were able to catch a glimpse of the first installment to the Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trails.

    The first painting, a 32 1/2 by 12 1/2 feet mural, is being painted on a peg barn that was moved to its current location on O’Banion Lane in 1918.

    The mural depicts a group of tobacco farmers in the process of cutting and housing tobacco.

    The murals are the brainchild of four volunteers who formed the agricultural heritage trail committee.

  • Celebrating Owen County 20/20 Vision

    Five years after the development of Owen County 20/20 Vision, those involved are celebrating the success of progress.

    The Owen County 20/20 Vision launched a process in the spring of 2005 to help define the future of Owen County.

    As part of the project, volunteers were encouraged to speak to members of groups or organizations to which they belonged or invite neighbors in on discussions that revolved around four questions that included a vision for 20 years down the road and what needed to be accomplished to achieve that vision.

  • Owen County Vision to be celebrated

    Owen County citizens are invited to a Celebration of the 20/20 Vision Successes 7 p.m. Thursday at the extension office.

    During this free event, Leadership Owen County Alumni will be showcasing the accomplishments of the past two years and invite citizens to be part of building the future of our county. Displays will show in detail projects that have been accomplished and many volunteers will be recognized for their part in helping to accomplish the Vision.

  • Ky. River lock work proceeds

    The Owen County Fiscal Court has entered an agreement with Brayman Construction Corporation to protect the county against any damages to Point of Rock Road during work on Kentucky River lock and dam three.

    According to the agreement, Brayman Construction, which is located in Saxonburg, Penn., has a contract for work on the lock and dam near Monterey and will be hauling unusually heavy equipment and supplies over Point of Rock Road.

    The agreement says the road is not designed to withstand such loads and amounts of traffic.

  • Cuts coming to Owen school district

    Teachers and teachers’ aides – primarily from Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County Primary School  – attended Monday night’s Owen County Board of Education meeting in hopes of receiving information about rumors of teacher cuts.

    Several district employees cited a lack of a state budget as a major contributor to these rumors.

    The Kentucky General Assembly ended its regular session last week without passing a budget for the next two-year period, which begins July 1.

  • Owen Co. native dies in plane crash

    An Owen County native and author was killed in a single-engine plane crash in Indiana Monday.

    Dr. Henry Shirmer Riley, 81, of Hanover, Ind., died when the Piper Comanche 250 airplane he was flying crashed.

    According to Indiana State Police, witnesses said the plane crashed in a field off Rector Road and State Road 250 in western Jefferson County in Indiana.

    When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they discovered the wreckage and deceased victim.

  • Annual event at Elk Creek helps keep OCFA up and running

    The success of the second annual Fido Fiesta fund-raiser Saturday at Elk Creek Vineyard will ensure the Owen County Friends of Animals (OCFA) can continue its work.

    Hilari M. Gentry, founder/director/president of OCFA, said the event was well-attended and helped cover some of the organization’s debts.

    “It went pretty well,” Gentry said. “It was a good crowd of people out there, ready and willing to support the Friends of Animals.”