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  • Kentucky-American may have tax refund coming

    Owen County may soon be sending some hefty checks to Kentucky-American Water.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith has been notified that taxing districts in Owen County could be giving money back to the utility after the company apparently overpaid its tax obligation.

  • Community aims to help special guests enjoy their time in Owen County

    Owen County has often been recognized for its beautiful landscape, its number of skilled craftsmen and a strong sense of community.

    This summer, Owen County will be recognized on a worldwide level when the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championship takes place at Elk Creek Hunt Club.

    The U.S. Open is the second-largest sporting clay event in the world. More than 1,000 shooters from all over the world are expected to compete in the event, which started Tuesday and goes through Friday.

  • Hammond urges public to watch out for salesmen

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is warning area residents to be alert and on the lookout for fake salesmen.

    The sheriff’s department received a phone call Saturday from a woman who reported that two men claiming to be linoleum salesmen allegedly entered her Hesler home without permission.

    The woman had gone out to her mailbox when the two pulled into her driveway and told her  they were opening a business in Owenton and had linoleum they were attempting to get rid.

  • Open for business

    Tim Hudnall, who has worked in automotive repair for the last 20 years has decided to begin his own business.

    Hudnall, who opened Tim’s Auto Repair last month, made his decision to begin his own business based on the need for a steady income and to provide excellent service at a better price for Owen County citizens.

    “I just wanted to work for myself,” Hudnall said. “I wanted to get money for myself instead of someone else and I think working for yourself is a lot less stress.”

  • Roo may still be on the loose

    Angela Perkins’ life has not been an easy one since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over two years ago.

     But she said that with the help of a unique miniature kangaroo named Cletus Eugene, she became more at ease with her disability – until Cletus went missing.

    Initially Cletus was to be a pet, but upon learning that he could sense MS attacks Cletus transformed into a service pet.

  • Magistrates approve first reading of membership fees with changes

    Some magistrates had mixed feelings when an updated version of a county ordinance that grants the authority for collection of fire department membership fees was given its first reading at the June 9 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting. The first reading of the ordinance passed. The second reading is scheduled for June 25..

    The first version of the ordinance was approved during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting. At that time, members of the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed yearly.

  • Woman who helped end last summer’s string of burglaries gets recognition

    During the summer of 2008, 70 burglaries took place in and around Owen County. Now, one year later, the Farmer cousins are behind bars and one woman has received a reward for her effort toward putting them there.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cousins Eric and Matthew Farmer, both of northern Kentucky, could be facing life in prison.

    “The two pled 15 years a piece through federal court,” Hammond said. “Some could be life charges. Once they are sentenced we’ll get them back in our court system.”

  • With water-line project complete, city looks to spruce up for big event

    The Owenton City Council is looking for ways to spruce up the city before the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships comes to town.

    At its Monday meeting, the council discussed several other issues including the completion of the Severn Creek water intake project.

    The water intake restoration project at Severn Creek took three years to complete. During that time, upgrades and/or replacement of lines, equipment, telemetry and pumps took place.

  • Relay organizers looking ahead

    This year’s Relay for Life was a successful event that raised thousands of dollars to go toward finding a cure for cancer. Now, less than two weeks after the event ,it’s time to start looking ahead to next year’s Relay and what can be done year-round to support the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s Relay For Life, held May 29-30 raised $59,000. Owen County is part of the Mid-South Division of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Twelve-hour event raises thousands for cancer research

    Twenty-five teams gathered Friday night to launch the 11th annual Relay for Life, which is held each year to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and in remembrance of its victims.

    This year’s event raised $59,000, with over 700 luminaries sold.

    The 12-hour event kicked off with a welcome by Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, followed by the National Anthem, which was sung by Debra McMillien, the invocation, and a speech by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.