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  • School employee indicted

    An Owen County Primary School bookkeeper has been fired after allegedly taking money that was to be deposited in the bank.

    Jennifer Bishop, 35, has been charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Parent blocks Owen bus

    An Owen County mom used her car to block an Owen County school bus that was heading back to school after a field trip in Frankfort March 9. She demanded that her child get off the bus.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seniors had gone to a movie and restaurant in Frankfort.

    As they returned on U.S. Hwy. 127, the woman blocked the bus with her car.

    Cleveland said if the parent had called ahead of time and requested to pick up the child at one of their destinations, it would have been allowed.

  • Tobacco trouble

    For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County.

    As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International.

    The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

    Owen County saw a major decline in the number of farmers raising tobacco in 2004 when a tobacco buyout bill was passed.

  • Owen to break ground for judicial center Thursday

    The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the planned Owen County Judicial Center Thursday at 3 p.m. The event will take place at the existing courthouse at 100 N. Thomas St. in Owenton. The construction site is located at 401 S. Main St. in Owenton.

    The Kentucky General Assembly authorized the judicial center project for Owen County in 2006 and approved funding in 2008.

    The total project cost is $11.47 million. The building will be approximately 33,000 square feet.

  • City looks for ways to welcome visitors

    A temporary Owen County welcome center could find a home at Owenton City Hall.

    The Owenton City Council met March 2, where Leadership Owen County alumni David and Joy Morgan were present.

    David Morgan discussed the need for a welcome center and tourism director with council members and Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier.

    Morgan said the county is ineligible for some programs and grants due to its lack of a tourism director.

  • Spring break stays

    If old man winter can stay out of Owen County, students will enjoy a full week of spring break.

    The Owen County Board of Education met March 3 to amend the 2009-2010 school calendar.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar has been extended to June 4 for students.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said as of Monday spring break is still intact.

  • Snow, ice take toll on mailboxes

    As the snow melted, some Owen countians found that their mailboxes had been damaged by the snow.

    Nancy Wood, a public information officer for Kentucky Department of Transportation, said, “We’ve had a lot of snow this winter. We’ve had a lot of high, drifting snow and in the process of getting roads open or passable sometimes mailboxes are not visible to the driver of snow removal equipment.”

  • Water coming to Teresita Road

    First the water flowed through Harmony Road, then Paytons Ridge Road; and now, residents of Teresita Road will receive the same luxury.

    Water will be provided through the Peaks Mill Water District in Franklin County.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said funding will come from the Harmony Road project.

    Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said once water was brought to Paytons Ridge Road, there was nowhere else to go except Teresita Road.

  • Judicial center ceremony to be held March 11

    The new Owen County judicial center has taken another step toward ground-breaking.

    Bids for the new judicial center were opened Thursday, and a bid for “general trades” was awarded to Hawkins Construction for $2.8 million.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she was told by the project manager that once the bids were totaled, they came in under budget.

    Ground-breaking for the new judicial center was expected to take place in September 2009, but was postponed due to architectural changes.

  • Court, civic group looking to boost tourism

    Members of Leadership Owen County are looking toward the future of tourism within the community.

    Several alumni of Leadership Owen County attended the Feb. 23 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to discuss a possible transient room tax.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said this type of tax is charged to people renting rooms on a daily basis – such as motels and hotels. She said it would not affect residents. Keith said the size of the county determines the amount of the tax, and it would be a 3-percent tax in Owen County’s case.