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  • Fiscal court ponders new transient tax

    With an eye toward the future of Owen County tourism, the Owen County Fiscal Court may soon pass an ordinance for a transient room tax.
    The tax was first discussed nearly a year ago when several alumni of the Owen County Visioneers — formerly known as Leadership Owen County — attended a fiscal court workshop to discuss the benefits of a transient room tax.
    If the ordinance is passed, it would mean a 3-percent tax would be charged to anyone renting a place to sleep in Owen County.

  • Kentucky American Water offering scholarships

    Kentucky American Water is now accepting applications from area high school seniors for its 2011 Ripple Effect Scholarship Program.
    Students in the company’s 10-county service area (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Owen, Scott and Woodford counties) are eligible to apply.

  • In the cards

    Nearly seven years ago, Mark W. Roach Jr. was found at his Monterey home, barely alive and with multiple blunt force injuries to the head.
    Roach was transported via Lifeflight to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he was unable to recover from his injuries and died Oct. 22, 2004.
    Today, Roach’s murder remains unsolved, but his picture and case information have recently become part of Kentucky’s first unsolved-cases initiative.

  • Homeless count to be held

    Owen County will be included in an eight-county, Northern Kentucky count of homeless men, women, children, and families beginning at midnight tonight.
    The count, officially called the Point-In-Time Count, will include those who are living in shelters, on the streets and other places not meant for habitation.
    The count is coordinated by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is coordinating the count for Owen, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, and Pendleton counties.

  • Have a heart

    God’s Special Little Hearts, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Homemakers, will be hosting the Sixth Annual Walk for Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Owenton First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
    CHDs are the No. 1 birth defect, affecting approximately 40,000 babies each year, and it is the leading cause of death in infants under the age of 1.
    If you are interested in forming a team for the walk, contact Katie Columbia at 463-2450 and a walk packet can be mailed to you.

  • Wet-dry petition making rounds

    A petition for a wet/dry vote in Owen County recently began circulating, which Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said could lead to a costly special election.
    The petition asks if Owen countians would be in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County.
    Kincaid said in order for a special election to be held, a total of 901 registered Owen County voters would need to sign the petition.
    Under state law, 25 percent of registered Owen County voters will have to sign the petition to get it on the ballot.

  • Group seeks to help students pay for education

    Ask a 4- or 5-year-old what they want to be when they grow up and many of them will tell you they want to be a doctor. But often, the harsh realities of time and finances make this dream improbable if not impossible for many.
    The New Horizons Medical Foundation wants to change that for Owen County residents who are seeking a career as a doctor, nurse, physical therapist or careers in a number of other medical fields in an effort to increase those trained to provide services right here in the community.

  • Owen grand jury indicts alleged meth makers

    Following the arrests of two Owen County residents for “one-shot” methamphetamine labs, two other residents were recently indicted for methamphetamine-related charges.
    Bobby L. Schulz, 23, and Shane C. Schulz, 18, were indicted Jan. 11 and warrants have been issued for their arrest.
    Bobby L. Schulz was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (first offense) and three counts of unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor (first offense).

  • Despite snow, school still on schedule to end in May

    Because Owen County was hit with another wintery mess last week, local students will be in school until the end of May.
    Owen County Schools were closed Jan. 11, 12 and 13 due to snow.
    Combined with four snow-days in December, the students have now missed seven days of classes during this school year.
    Owen County Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said students will make up the days missed in December by attending May 20, 23, 24 and 25. And the makeup days for last week will be Feb. 21, May 26 and 27.

  • Rate hike announced by electricity provider

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently granted a rate increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the wholesale electric power supplier for Owen Electric Cooperative and 15 other member cooperatives.
    The PSC approved the rate increase for service rendered on and after Jan. 14.
    According to a statement released by the company, EKPC sought the rate increase to “strengthen its financial condition and continue building equity.”