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  • Audit finds no major problems in city finances

    After a year of changes within city hall, auditors reported that the city of Owenton is in good financial shape.

    During the Dec. 1 Owenton City Council meeting, Dennis Raisor of Raisor, Zapp and Woods, P.S.C. reported a decrease of liabilities and an increase in those paying their property and franchise taxes.

    Raisor said although many cities are facing financial difficulties, Owenton has stayed steady.

    “In a year of downturns, Owenton has really held its own,” Raisor said.

  • Spirit of giving grows in annual Angel Tree program

    For many people across Owen County, Christmas is a tough time. Parents scramble to make ends meet and provide their children with the best Christmas possible; and each year the Owen County Extension Office provides many with a little extra help.

    The extension office’s support member, Stephanie Howard, said each year families throughout Owen County request assistance through their office.

  • Owen Electric Cooperative announces capital credits refund to some customers

    Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has authorized the 20th consecutive annual refund of capital credits to its members.

    In a statement, the company said “continued growth in our service area coupled with sound management and diligent work by the employees have contributed to the cooperative’s financial ability to return approximately $750,000 in this year’s general refund.”

    Owen Electric is a nonprofit, electric cooperative owned by those it serves.

  • Food, fun and firefighters

    Terri Anderson was happy with her homemade apple pie and offered guests a sample.

    It was one of many tempting desserts filling up one of the tables at the second annual Monterey Volunteer Fire Department Community  and Thanksgiving Dinner held Saturday night.

    “We enjoy doing this,” Anderson said. “The people of Owen County are some of the most wonderful people you will find in the world. This is just one way we can bring everyone together and share that kind of closeness and community that exists in Owen County.”

  • Community ready to kick off Christmas

    “Christmas: A Time for Memories” is the theme for this year’s Owen County Christmas Parade, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

    Owen County Extension Office support member, Stephanie Howard, said this year’s theme was chosen by Diana Dawson.

    “Each year, we have a contest that’s sponsored by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce for the theme,” Howard said. “People submit their theme idea and we choose from them. The winner of this year’s theme has since received a $50 check from the chamber.”

  • KRCC announces plans for high-speed Internet service

    Kentucky Ridge Country Communications will begin installing high-speed Internet throughout Owenton.

    Ron Rymer, general manager of KRCC, said the company began work on providing this service before the ice storm in January.

    “We’ve been working on this for a good number of months to get it to this point,” Rymer said. “When we launch the service, it will be ongoing.”

    Rymer said eventually Owenton citizens will see the same speed of Internet as major cities like Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.

  • Owen County Christmas Parade Schedule

    Owen County Christmas Parade

    “Christmas: A Time for Memories”

    Dec. 6, 2009

    • Open house at participating merchants, 1-5 p.m.

    • Local crafters sell their products at Odd Fellows Lodge

    • Lining up of floats at Southern States’ parking lot, 2 p.m.

    • Judging of floats, 2:15 p.m.

    • Other groups in parade start lining up at Southern States, 2:30 p.m.

    • Leave Southern States, 3 p.m.

    • Singing at the courthouse square, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

  • A day of thanksgiving

    Thursday will be filled with food, family, friends and parades. Families will gather around roasted turkeys to give thanks.

    Despite the economic crisis the country is currently facing, many say Thanksgiving sales are up slightly or have not changed from last year.

    Rod Foresee, owner of Meadowview said Monday he can’t be sure of this year’s sales until after Thanksgiving.

  • New center will impact courthouse finances

    While plans continue to move forward on the new Owen County Judicial Center, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith has some financial concerns connected to the existing courthouse.

    Groundbreaking on the new judicial center is expected to take place in early March of 2010. The new building will take 18 months to two years to complete.

    The judicial center will be built on five acres on South Main Street across from the fire station.

    Keith said many people do not realize that the center is strictly for courts only.

  • Crash takes life of Owen man

    An Owen County man is dead following a crash Nov. 18.

    Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Seth Willis said in a release that at approximately 3:15 p.m. Nov. 18 troopers responded to a report of a  two-vehicle collision at Kentucky 330 and Wild Deer Road in Owen County.

     A Toyota passenger car, driven by Matthew R. Fernandez, 21, of Owenton, was traveling east on Ky. 330, when the operator apparently lost control of the vehicle and traveled into the westbound lane.