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  • Machine malfunctions in Owenton Inc. precinct

    A malfunctioning machine may have triggered a slight delay for some voters in the Owenton Incorporated precinct.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said the e-scan machine at the Owenton Inc. precinct was jammed and not taking additional ballots.

    As per state law, Kincaid contacted Owen County Circuit Judge Stephen Bates in order to fix the problem and retrieve the ballots that had already been cast.

  • School board passes tentative budget

    After two budget work sessions and several months worth of planning, the Owen County School Board passed a tentative budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

    The board faced many issues since beginning work on the draft budget in January, including not knowing what the state budget would look like because the Kentucky General Assembly failed to pass a budget in April during their regular session.

    Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said normally the tentative and final budgets are close to the same with very few changes.

  • Voters pick Keith

    Owen County voters began making their way to the polls early Tuesday morning for the 2010 primary election.

    A close Owen County judge-executive race concluded Carolyn H. Keith, who was appointed as judge-executive in January 2009, would continue her tenure as Owen County’s top elected official.

    Keith won the election by 325 votes.

  • Relay almost ready

    With a record number of teams and over $32,000 already raised, this year’s Relay for Life could already be deemed a success.

    The 13th annual Owen County Relay for Life will be held from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. May 28-29 at Actaris Field.

    Owen County Relay for life Chairperson Jenni Duncan said fund-raising for this year’s event began last year, but the official kick-off fund-raiser was in February at a Lady Rebels’ basketball game.

  • Woman says she owes her life to stranger who towed her car from high water

    Andrea Brackin thought she was going to die.

    She had been driving down Ky 355 between the boat ramp and Ky 325 late Thursday afternoon. Concerned about the high water making the highway impassable, Brackin said she called the county road department and was allegedly told it was passable.

    But after a driving through a couple of stretches of deep water, Brankin’s car stalled in the water.

    Flood water was filling up her car and she could feel her heart pound faster and faster.

  • Board weighs next move on budget

    The Owen County Board of Education held its second budget work session Tuesday in front of a large crowd of teachers and parents.

    The board went through each line item on the budget, discussing many of the items at length.

    Owen County School District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said nothing in this year’s budget is a simple decision.

    “We’re trying to look at every single line item as worst-case scenario,” Miller said.

  • Cleveland responds to controversies

    Despite a pending complaint against him with the state, critical budget problems and recently being called before a grand jury, Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said he wants to look ahead and continue to do what is best for the students of the district.

    Earlier this month, Owen County Primary School site-based council member Kitty Cammack filed a formal complaint against Cleveland with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board following a confrontation at the Owen County Board of Education office.

  • County will avoid big budget cuts

    As discussion on the Owen County Fiscal Court budget continues, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said no major cuts will be seen.

    The fiscal court met for its regularly scheduled workshop April 27 and finished looking over the proposed budget. 

    Some possible changes were discussed during the workshop, including cutting back the park operation by $500.

  • Woman issues complaint against Cleveland

    An Owen County woman who is a member of the primary school site-based decision-making council has issued a formal complaint to the state concerning Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland.

    Kitty Cammack filed the complaint April 29 with the Education Professional Standards Board, the agency in charge of issuing teaching certificates in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    In a copy of her complaint released to the News-Herald, Cammack outlined an alleged confrontation between her and Cleveland.

  • 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.