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  • Road work ahead

    County roads in need of maintenance could see improvements during the 2010-2011 fiscal year thanks to a state-road “flex fund.”

    During its March 9 meeting, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to approve recommendations from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for state road projects.

    Projects included Hammond School Road and Claxon Ridge Road.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court voted to take flex funds from the projects recommended by the cabinet to go toward maintenance of county roads.

  • County breaks ground for judicial center

    A new chapter in the history of Owen County began to be written Thursday when ground was broken for a new judicial center.

    At a ceremony and reception held at the Owen County Courthouse, state and local officials looked back at the nearly 150-year-old building and celebrated the past while looking to the future.

  • Conference helps hundreds of Owen County families

    Hundreds of individuals made their way through Owen County High School Saturday for an education in how to make Owen County a healthy, happier place.

    The Catalyst for Hope Conference, sponsored by Hope’s Hands Community Partnership and NorthKey along with Northern Kentucky Community Action and the Owen County School System, was deemed a successful event by Patti Clark, executive director of Hope’s Hands and coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project.

  • School employee indicted

    An Owen County Primary School bookkeeper has been fired after allegedly taking money that was to be deposited in the bank.

    Jennifer Bishop, 35, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Parent blocks Owen bus

    An Owen County mom used her car to block an Owen County school bus that was heading back to school after a field trip in Frankfort March 9. She demanded that her child get off the bus.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seniors had gone to a movie and restaurant in Frankfort.

    As they returned on U.S. Hwy. 127, the woman blocked the bus with her car.

    Cleveland said if the parent had called ahead of time and requested to pick up the child at one of their destinations, it would have been allowed.

  • Tobacco trouble

    For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County.

    As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International.

    The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

    Owen County saw a major decline in the number of farmers raising tobacco in 2004 when a tobacco buyout bill was passed.

  • Owen to break ground for judicial center Thursday

    The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Owen County Judicial Center Thursday at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the existing courthouse at 100 N. Thomas St. in Owenton. The construction site is located at 401 S. Main St. in Owenton.

    The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the judicial center project for Owen County in 2006 and approved funding in 2008.

    The total project cost is $11.47 million. The building will be approximately 33,000 square feet.

  • City looks for ways to welcome visitors

    A temporary Owen County welcome center could find a home at Owenton City Hall.

    The Owenton City Council met March 2, where Leadership Owen County alumni David and Joy Morgan were present.

    David Morgan discussed the need for a welcome center and tourism director with council members and Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.

    Morgan said the county is ineligible for some programs and grants due to its lack of a tourism director.

  • Spring break stays

    If old man winter can stay out of Owen County, students will enjoy a full week of spring break.

    The Owen County Board of Education met March 3 to amend the 2009-2010 school calendar.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar has been extended to June 4 for students.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said as of Monday spring break is still intact.

  • Snow, ice take toll on mailboxes

    As the snow melted, some Owen countians found that their mailboxes had been damaged by the snow.

    Nancy Wood, a public information officer for Kentucky Department of Transportation, said, “We’ve had a lot of snow this winter. We’ve had a lot of high, drifting snow and in the process of getting roads open or passable sometimes mailboxes are not visible to the driver of snow removal equipment.”