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  • 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.

  • Library plans moving ahead

    After several years of planning, the Owen County Public Library Board of Directors intends to build a new library facility, according to library Director Jennifer Nippert.

    Discussions began in 2007 and a long-range plan was formed by a committee of 15 Owen County citizens, the library staff, and a long-range plan facilitator from Kentucky Department of Library Archives (KDLA).

  • No charges will be filed in bus accident

    No charges will be filed in connection with an accident involving an Owen County school bus.

    According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb, the bus, driven by Curt Smith, 48, and a 2004 Chevy Blazer, driven by Marjorie Duvall, 71, were traveling eastbound on New Liberty Road Friday morning.

    Duvall, who was behind the bus, crashed into the back of the bus when it slowed to pick up a student

  • School year will stretch into June

    The snow and ice that fell in February will mean a longer school year for Owen County students.

    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 will be extended to June 3 for students.

    Under the old plan, the last day for students was scheduled for May 20 with teachers staying in school until May 21.

    With the snow days, the last day for teachers will be June 7.

  • Free Catalyst Conference comes to Owen March 13

    Did you know that each year, nearly 28 percent of all youth under the age of 21 use alcohol? Or that nearly 20 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 received mental health services in the past year?

    Did you realize that these two facts are related?

    More than 35 percent of youth who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year had also used an illicit drug in that time frame, including alcohol.

  • Owen man dies after fall in Red River Gorge

    An Owen County man rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area died Saturday.

    Menifee County Coroner Melody Smallwood told the Associated Press that Shaun Wilhoite, 28, of Owen County, fell to his death around 2:30 p.m. in the Indian Creek section of the gorge.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    According to Smallwood, Wilhoite was accompanied by about 12 other climbers.

    Smallwood said the other climbers told her Wilhoite visited the gorge about four times a year.

  • Owen begins to dig out

    When a winter storm began hitting Owen County during the early hours of the morning Monday, some wondered whether they should brave the snow and cold for a day at work.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she and her staff received several calls from Owen countians confused about the emergency snow levels.

  • New rules for meetings

    After the Owen County Fiscal Court workshops got off to a rocky start, the court voted to adopt a new resolution on procedures for addressing the court during its Feb. 9 meeting.

    The first workshop of the Owen County Fiscal Court was held Jan. 26.

    Owen County Judge-executive and magistrates’ Teresa Davis, Bobby Gaines and Ray Smith each agreed that the meeting got off to a good start, but turned confrontational after former judge-executive Billy O’Banion approached the court.

    Magistrate Jerry Jones declined to comment on the workshop.