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  • City, county brace for budget battles

    With the 2011-2012 budgets looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court and Owenton City Council, cuts are expected to come from both entities.
    Still in the earliest stages of preparing a budget, the fiscal court held its first budget workshop April 6.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said everything is being looked at when it comes to making cuts.
    Both of the county’s largest sources of revenue — the real-estate tax and insurance-premium tax — are down.

  • Wallace’s legacy

    During the formal public opening of the new facility, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace, right, was honored by the district for her dedication to the young people of Owen County by having the new gymnasium bear her name. Wallace was presented a plaque by Owen County School Board Vice Chairman Brian Young.

  • Hospice finds a new home

    Hospice of the Bluegrass has significantly expanded its facilities and moved into its new 21,000 square foot campus at 643 and 663 Teton Trail in Frankfort.
    The new campus will enhance services provided by Hospice to its four-county service area that includes Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.

  • Local agencies recognizing National Public Safety Week

    It only takes a moment for an injury to happen — a fall on a stair, a moment’s glance away from the road, a biking or sports-related injury, a medication mix-up. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make communities safer.
    In recognition of National Public Health Week, Three Rivers District Health Department, Owen County Health Center, wants to remind the public that “Safety Is No Accident.”
    Here are some ways that Owen County Health Center is helping the community stay safe:

  • DAV mobile services to be in the area for vets, families

    So many veterans feel confused about benefits and services they’ve earned. There’s so much to know and so many changes from one year to the next. That’s why the nonprofit DAV offers help. The DAV mobile service office will be at the following locations to provide the best counseling and claim-filing assistance available.  
    The mobile service office is free to all veterans and members of their families.
    •April 18 — 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Northern Kentucky Chapter No. 19,
    3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring

  • Crop for a cure

    On March 26, Memory Makers Homemakers Club hosted its seventh “Crop for the Cure” at the Owen County Extension Building.
    This is an all-day scrapbooking event where all proceeds raised are donated to Relay for Life. The event this year raised more than $2,000.
    The festivities began at 9 a.m. and continued into the wee hours of the morning. The 62 scrapbookers were treated to a brunch with café sliders and desserts donated by and prepared from scratch by the Owen County Homemakers organization.

  • New library inches closer to reality

    Anticipation continues to grow after federal money was secured for construction of the new Owen County Public Library.
    The Community Facilities loan will come from the United States Department of Agriculture.
    According to its website, the USDA provides assistance to rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. Small communities receive a higher percentage of grants.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the loan is for $2,163,000 and will cover  construction of the new facility.

  • Statewide candidates will be focus of primary

    Owen countians will vote on several state offices in May. But despite rumors that a wet-dry vote could show up on the ballot, no local-option election will be held during the primary.
    According to state law, a local-option election cannot be held on the same day that a primary or general election is held.
    If the date of the local-option election is not included in the petition for election, it is to be decided by the county judge-executive.
    A local-option election cannot be held 30 days prior to a primary or general election or 30 days after.

  • More roads to get makeover

    A discretionary road fund could lead to a total of 7.17 miles of maintenance on Owen County roads.
    The roads could include Calendar Road, from the Grant County line to Brush Creek, a total of 1.4 miles; Agee Road, from Hwy. 845 to Garnetts Lane, a total of 1.24 miles; New Liberty-Sparta Road, from the last paving, a distance of 1.5 miles; Pleasant Grove Road, from last paving to Hwy. 607, a distance of 1 mile; and Eagle Station Road, from Hwy. 227 to Eagle Valley Road, a distance of 2.103 miles.

  • Super Solvers

    Got a problem? Just ask the five students who participated in the Governor’s Cup. They competed in the area of Future Problem Solvers.
    Grace Chilton, Laura Duke, Adam Dunavent, Noah Malcomb and Adrian von Hellens dedicated every Tuesday and Thursday after school to practicing and learning the format of how to construct their answer.
    The students spent lots of hours outside of practice researching topics so they would be prepared to tackle any question.