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  • Wotier says he is encouraged by progress

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast at the Smith House restaurant Thursday. Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier gave his State of the City address, which encouraged citizens to come together and move forward.

    Wotier’s address included an update on drug abuse in Owenton, the natural gas line, the water intake project as well as future problems the city may face.

    Wotier said the City of Owenton recently had its first reading on the newly proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

  • Local students getting a kick out of karate classes

    Kelley and Kerri Runion recently opened the Owen County Martial Arts School in hopes of teaching children and adults the importance of self-defense and the confidence that comes with it.

    The school officially opened on May 5 to 60 students. The school now teaches about 70 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Kelley Runion said he felt Owen County needed a martial arts program for those who may not be interested in other sports but still wish to be a part of some physical activity.

  • For first time in 40 years, city updates nuisance laws

    The Owenton City Council met May 5 for the first reading of its updated nuisance ordinance, which had not seen any major changes in 40 years.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the council could only take action on grass, shrubs and other similar things with the current ordinance.

    “There are a lot of things that have changed in the last 40 years,” Wotier said. “With the new ordinance we will have the ability to take action on the overall structure of the property.”

  • State grant to provide armor for local cops

    The city of Owenton has been awarded $1,840 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase body armor, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday.

    Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.

  • Teacher finds handgun in student’s jacket

    An Owen County student has been suspended for bringing a handgun to the high school Friday.

    According to Owen County Superintedent Mark Cleveland, the male student left class with an excused absence.

    About 1:30 p.m., the student’s teacher noticed the boy had left his jacket.

    When the teacher lifted the jacket, she found it was unusually heavy and immediately took it to assistant principal Charles Hagg.

    Inside the jacket, Hagg found a Browning 25mm handgun, two boxes of ammunition and some alleged drug paraphernalia.

  • Court approves hirings for road department

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special meeting April 30 to approve two new employees for the county road department.

    Randy Fitzgerald and Travis Wainscott were hired to fill the vacancies left by Mark King and Welborne Grey.

    The vacancies were advertised during the winter, and Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot interviewed applicants.

    The fiscal court must approve all county employee appointments.

  • Beauty in a barrel

    The 2008 Leadership Owen County group is sprucing up the downtown area with a spring theme in hopes of leaving a lasting impression on its citizens and those visiting the area.

    The group took yearlong classes in leadership and the importance of community and graduated November of last year. Upon graduating, each group decides upon a project. The 2008 group chose Downtown Beautification.

  • High School Musical will be Owen’s last strictly senior play

    The 2009 Owen County High School Senior Class will be performing a play production of the smash movie Disney’s “High School Musical.” 

    At the beginning of this school year, Owen County drama teacher and director Lee Ann Gamm wasn’t sure if her senior drama class could pull off such a huge production. 

    One Sunday afternoon, she and 11 of her students drove 10 hours, round trip, to see the play performed in North Canton, Ohio. 

  • Board picks new construction firm

    Members of the Owen County Board of Education met April 28 to choose another construction company for the middle school project, which was delayed when problems arose with Quantum Construction’s bid.

    Members of the board voted to select D.W. Wilburn Inc. for the project. The company is located in Lexington and has completed projects that include the Pulaski County Public Library and Bryan Station High School in Lexington.

  • County begins budget process

    Being new to the judge-executive office has kept Carolyn Keith’s hands full. Her most recent task has been overseeing the 2009-2010 Owen County budget.

    Members of the fiscal court met April 23 for a budget workshop. The main topic discussed was how to get advanced life support (ALS) established in Owen County.

    An ALS ambulance is one that is equipped with all of the supplies needed to care for a severely injured or ill person and has at least one paramedic and one EMT on board. The paramedic on board would have the ability to administer life-saving drugs.