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  • State agency says no to West Perry project funding

    After months of consideration, debate and hope, a final word has been rendered on the Owenton City Council’s grant request for West Perry Street renovation.

    Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier received a letter from the Department of Local Government that stated the renovation project will not be funded.

    The process began last August when Wotier announced that the City of Owenton would be applying for grant funds to spruce up one of Owenton’s streets. East and West Perry were the main targets for the program.

  • Kids help build stepping stones at library

    We were thrilled to see 130 parents and children attend our last summer reading session with Nelstone Stone Carving. With a little help from Penny and Al, we completed four new limestone stepping stones for our landscaping that were made by members of our community.

    They look great, and every time we see them, we’ll remember what a great day we had at the library with all of the program participants. The stones are currently on display at the front desk, so take a look as you check out your favorite books, movies or CDs.

  • Elk Creek wins awards at national competition

    Elk Creek Vineyard recently received two silver medals and a bronze medal in the Third Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held at the Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny, Iowa campus.

    “These wines were top notch,” Bob Foster, director of the Mid-American Wine Competition, said. “Consumers ought to track them down and taste them.”

  • Owen County Court Records

    Editor’s note: The News-Herald reports all misdemeanors, felonies and small claims judgments in district court, except for juvenile court proceedings which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in circuit court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case.

    Charges or citations reported to The News-Herald do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court.

    Information on this page is public record. Names will not be withheld by request.

    June 23, 2009

  • Cornerstone Edging adds touch of beauty to local properties

    When Dave Williams began his business, Cornerstone Edging, in 2007 it was with the intent to save enough money to send his children to college. Two years later, he’s not only helping build his children’s  future, but he’s also teaching them that hard work can be rewarding.

    Cornerstone Edging offers a variety of landscape trim as well as patio walkways in many different patterns and colors.

    Williams said landscape trim is popular in Florida and that’s where he and his 16-year-old son, Trevor, were trained.

  • Servolution project helps community, young people

    Last week, 65 young people asked what they could do to help.

    Patti Clark, coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project, said this is the third year local youth have volunteered their muscles and sweat to improve the lives of others through the Servolution Program

    In its first year, youth volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help the residents rebuild their city.

  • Impact of U.S. Open felt across Owen

    Two weeks have passed since thousands of people visited Owen County for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship, but the event is still a popular topic among many and its success will be remembered for years to come.

    The event took place during the week of June 23-28 at Elk Creek Hunt Club. Shooters from all over the continental United States, as well as some from Canada, participated in the event.

    Elk Creek Hunt Club manager Gary Kathman said the event turned out to be a complete success.

  • PSC grants rate adjustment to Owen Electric Coop

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued an order granting Owen Electric Cooperative Inc. a rate adjustment that will increase its annual revenue by $3.84 million, or about 3.1 percent.

    With the increase, Owen Electric’s annual revenue will be $129.8 million.

    Owen Electric applied to the PSC for the rate increase in Aug. 2008. A public hearing on the application was held March 25.

  • Music, arts and shotguns make for busy week

    Despite the heat, citizens of Owen County and those visiting for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship came out strong for the first annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park held at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.

    Thirty artists set up at the fairgrounds to display and sell their work. Musical entertainment was provided throughout the day.

    Jennifer Nippert, chairman of the Owen County Arts Council said she felt the event was a success.

  • Fiscal court strips opt-out provision for fees

    After several months of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that makes it mandatory for property owners to pay fire department membership fees. The ordinance was passed during a special June 25 meeting.

    When ordinance 156 was passed during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting, the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed annually.

    Upon reviewing the ordinance this year, the court concluded that ordinance 156 was illegal because it gave property owners the option of not paying the fire department membership fees.