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  • County approves $4.9 million budget

    After several months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    The court held several workshops throughout the spring to discuss the budget, only making minor changes.

    With all expenditures combined, the budget has a total of $4,995,743.

    The court held a second reading on budget ordinance 169 at its June 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

    The court also approved a resolution for developing the Kentucky River.

  • Two Owen County projects included in next state road plan

    Two Owen County projects have been included in the next Kentucky Road Plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said the first project will replace a bridge on Hwy. 355 over Little Twin Creek.

    More than $130,000 has been allotted for right of way acquisition and utilities relocation in 2011 and over $935,000 has been designated for the construction in 2012,

    Thayer said the money will come from the Federal Bridge Replacement Program.

  • Owenton to review nuisance ordinance

    After several months of revising an outdated ordinance, the Owenton City Council is on its way toward a cleaner city.

    The nuisance ordinance, which hasn’t been updated since the late 1960s or early 1970s, has recently been a main topic during the council’s meetings.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said complaints from citizens have motivated the council to revise the ordinance.

  • Owen County High School Graduation 2010

    Parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers and friends filled the gymnasium at Owen County High School Friday to watch 102 students take another step into adulthood and to receive their diplomas.

    Graduate Daniel Dauwe opened the ceremony with invocation, followed by remarks from Owen County High School Principal Shannon Treece.

    Treece said she was proud of each graduate and that their potential was proved by beating their highest CATS scores from last year, 80.6 to 81.

  • Owen emergency manager urges public to be prepared

    Rick Morgan, Owen County emergency management director, would like to remind residents that a flood can happen to your home even if you are not near a river or creek. Floods can happen anywhere, throughout the year, and are more common than you might think.

    Some of the information we have learned during the 2010 flood are: Where it can rain it can flood. Floods are consistently the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster Americans face each year – 90 percent of all natural disasters in North America involve flooding.

  • Recanvass won’t change results

    A requested recanvass of votes in the May primary election came up with the same results.

    According to Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid, a recanvass was requested by second-district constable candidate Bryan Riddle.

    The race was very close with incumbent Don Slaughter holding off Riddle’s challenge by three votes, 287-284.

    “In a close race like this, a recanvass is pretty common,” Kincaid said.

  • Relay raises over $70,000

    There is supporting a cause and then there is dedicating yourself to a cause.

    This weekend, dozens of Owen countians braved some showers and then some humidity and then long hours to show how much they care about and will sacrifice for the people in Owen County who are, or perhaps will be, battling cancer.

    Although the 13th annual Owen County Relay for Life formally kicked off promptly at 7 p.m. Friday, the work that led to that moment began months before. That dedication also led to a happy announcement during the opening ceremonies.

  • Festival celebrates talent and art in Owen

    Dozens of local artists and students had the chance to display their work and talent Saturday at the second annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park celebration.

    Over 660 visitors got to experience a wide variety of art and music during the day-long affair.

    There were also many different types of handmade arts and crafts, ranging from pottery, basket weaving, glass blowing to hand-painted signs.

  • Cleveland out at Owen schools

    After serving 10 years as Owen County schools superintendent, Mark Cleveland’s contract was not renewed by the Owen County School Board in a special called meeting Monday.

    The school board made a statement after announcing its decision to not renew Cleveland’s contract.

  • Students bring home top honors in leadership showcase

    Just call them the champs.

    More than 3,500 students from across Kentucky competed in the Student Technology Leadership Program State Showcase competition May 11 in Lexington where students from Maurice Bowling Middle School captured both first and second place.

    According to a press release, STLP is a project-based learning program that empowers students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve.

    The event provided primary through 12th-grade students opportunities to present their projects to people outside the classroom.