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  • New group hopes to touch lives of veterans

    Owen County veterans could soon be getting some much needed help.

    Hospice of the Bluegrass Frankfort recently received a grant, “Reaching Out,” funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

    The focus of the grant is to support innovative programs committed to increasing access to hospice and care to ease pain for rural and homeless veterans.

  • Primary school sees big rise in reading scores

    With a philosophy of “mission possible” Owen County Primary School students are going above and beyond with test scores in the 99th percentile.

    The school participated in a six-year federal grant, Group Reading and Diagnostic Evaluation, along with 75 other Kentucky schools.

    Out of those 75 schools, OCPS ranked third in the GRADE assessment scores for kindergarten through second grade.

    OCPS Principal Sharen Hubbard said when the school began with the program in the fall of 2004, only 31.9 students scored at or above grade-level reading.

  • Board rejects tax hike

    For the first time since the 2005-2006 school year, the Owen County Board of Education will not be taking the 4-percent tax increase.

    The board met Thursday to hear concerns from the public. Several citizens attended the meeting, including Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis, Owenton City Councilman and incoming magistrate Robert “Casey” Ellis.

    The board decided against the 4-percent increase and the compensating rate and levied a rate in between the two.

  • Still swingin’ for the fences

    Age is just a number.

    Damon Rains has been playing baseball and softball for a long time – a very long time.

     “I’ve played ball ever since I was 10 years old,” Rains said.

    That might not seem like a big deal until you realize that Rains is 88 years old.

  • Pair will share national stage

    The Maurice Bowling Middle School cheerleaders continue to shine.

    In July, the team attended camp at University of Kentucky and came away with lots of new material and more trophies for the school. This year, some of the awards included Superior Squad, first-place Middle School Crowd Cheer; first-place Middle School Extreme Routine; and Top Spirit Squad UK UCA Camp 2010.

    Three of this year’s eighth-graders were awarded top awards at camp also.

  • Group urges leaders to focus on the future

    With an eye set toward the future of Owen County, the Leadership Owen County Alumni members held a Rural Community Renewal event Thursday in hopes of getting more community leaders involved and brainstorming ideas for the revitalization of the county.

    Members of the Owenton and Monterey City Councils and the Sparta and Gratz Commissions were invited to attend the event. Those who won seats in the May primary election, as well as those who are running for positions in the November general election were also invited to the event.

  • West, Wotier to square off for mayor’s office

    For the first time since Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier was appointed to the position of mayor in 2000, the Owenton mayor’s race will be contested in the 2010 November general election.

    Horace “Doug” West, a former Owen County sheriff and former Owen County judge-executive, filed against Wotier only months after running for judge-executive in the May primary.

    West was beaten in May by incumbent Carolyn Keith, who was appointed to the position of Owen County judge-executive in February 2009.

  • And the races are on ...

    The deadline to file for races in the November general election has passed.

    In the coming weeks, the News-Herald will be profiling candidates in the contested races and their positions on the issues facing Owen County.

    The race that will likely generate the most interest will be challenger and former Owen County Judge-Executive Doug West taking on incumbent David “Milkweed” Wotier for mayor of the city of Owenton.

    Here is the list of candidates who have filed papers with Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid.

  • Board names new Owen County High principal

    On Aug. 30,  students will say goodbye to Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece and hello to their new leader, Danny Osborne.

    Osborne, a 33-year-old principal at Virgie Middle School in Pike County, signed his contract with the Owen County School District Monday.

    Owen County Schools Interim Superintendent Don Martin announced the new hire during Monday evening’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.

  • County holds line on taxes

    Despite talk of the national economy being on the rise, the Owen County Fiscal Court met Aug. 10 and decided to keep last year’s tax rates.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the court could have taken the 4-percent increase.

    “With the way the economy has been, I just didn’t feel that people could take that increase,” Keith said. “A 4-percent increase would have amounted to about a $2,000 difference in revenue.”