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  • Sweet Owen vendors cut to single day

    For one day out of each year, the Owen County Courthouse square is transformed into a community-gathering place, filled with street vendors, local bands and lots of fun for all.

    The ninth annual Sweet Owen Day festival will be held Sept. 19.

    The event will kick off with the Owenton Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m.

    A 5-K run/walk will take place, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • Owen County Property Transfers

    G.C. Clark and Louise Clark to Jimmy and Marilyn Earl, lot 13A, Owen County Sportsmans Club Farm, $5,000.

    Ruth A. Judy, Ruth Judy, Wachovia Corporation, Ace Securities Corp. Home Loan Trust, Unknown Defendant Ruth A. Judy, Unknown Defendants Unknown Occupants, Steven Roland Smith LLC, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, Mark R. Cobb, Master Commissioner, andFirst Union National Bank to Fred and Linda Evans, U.S. 127.

    Jerry Meyer to Carol Hollingsworth, lot 1, Eagle Creek Subdivision, $9,000.

  • Sept. 11 event to be held in Owen County

    Members of the community will unite Friday to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

    A memorial prayer will take place on the courthouse lawn at noon and the public is invited to attend. Pastors from various churches around the county will be in attendance to lead the prayer.

    Peggie Tisch, who is organizing this year’s event ,said this will be the third year it has been held.

  • Dairy Queen reign ends with restaurant closure

    The signs outside invited friends and customers to come inside for one final cup of coffee at the Dairy Queen that has been a part of the lives of countless Owen County residents for years.

    Inside, employees who had made such an impact on the lives of owners Doug and Letitia Lubbe said their goodbyes amid handshakes and hugs.

    Tuesday, the doors closed on the local landmark.

  • Owen County District Court

    Aug. 28, 2009

    Michael Asher, 1988, second-degree fleeing or evading the police, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

    Michael Asher, 1988, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, one headlight, rear license not illuminated, contempt of court, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

    Michael W. Asher, 1988, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contempt of court, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

  • Library board approves tax rate increase

    With an eye toward building a new facility to better serve the public, the Owen County Public Library Board approved a tax increase.

    The board voted to take a 4-percent increase. This year’s real-estate rate will be 10.8, up from last year’s rate of 9.5. The personal property and motor vehicle rates will remain the same as last year.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said an architectural firm, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., has been selected to assist the library board in site selection and design of a new facility.

  • Water will soon flow along Harmony Road

    After years of being promised water, the dream has finally come true for those living on Harmony Road.

    The Peaks Mill Water District in Franklin County will be providing water once all of the property easements for water lines are in place. Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said all but two easements have been signed.

    Davis said bids for construction on the water line will be put out in September and bidding will open the first of October. If all goes well, Harmony Road should have water by Christmas.

  • Fiscal court alters road repair plans

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is looking for ways to stretch some highway repair dollars.

    Earlier this year, the county received its annual allotment from the state’s fund for secondary roads. The money is given out each year to help repair and renovate county roads.

    The county received thousands of dollars from the state’s secondary road fund. The funding was earmarked for one project on U.S. 36 and three projects for Ky. 1883.

    But by the time the U.S. 36 renovations were complete, only about $164,000 was left.

  • While some county taxes go up, others fall

    Although members of the Owen County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise the county’s property tax to 11.8 from last year’s 11.7, some tangible or personal property tax rates have been lowered.

    The 2009 watercraft and motor-vehicle tax rate will stay the same as last year’s 14.8. The aircraft and personal property rates have been lowered from 15 to 14.2.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said any time the real estate rate goes up, the tangible rates come down.

  • School board raises tax rate

    Due to cuts in funding and mandated salary increases, the Owen County School Board has decided to increase its 2010 tax rate.

    The board voted to take the 4-percent increase. This year’s real estate rate will be 56.6, up from last year’s rate of 54.8. The personal property rates have dropped from last year’s rate of 60.4 to 58.8. The motor vehicle rate and utility tax rate will remain the same.

    Owen County Board of Education Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the Owen County school district is not the only district to experience a budget problem.