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  • High water triggers evacuations

    Despite Tuesday’s sunny weather, some areas of Monterey and Gratz were still experiencing the fallout from the wet weekend.

    As the waters of the Kentucky River continued to rise above the 40-foot mark Tuesday morning, some Owen County roads were flooded.

    Hwy. 355 between Monterey and Gratz and Gratz and Perry Park were blocked, along with Old Landing Road, Point of Rock Road and the lower end of Big Twin Creek Road.

    Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said a temporary bypass had opened up Tuesday on Hwy. 22 above Gratz.

  • Candidates will take center stage at political forum

    With the primary election only 13 days away, members of Leadership Owen County are trying to help voters make informed decisions on May 18.

    Leadership Owen County will hold a county candidate forum  at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Owen County High School auditorium.

    Co-chairman of Leadership Owen County Dave Jones said the group wants to give Owen countians the opportunity to ask their own questions of candidates.

  • 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.