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  • Board weighs next move on budget

    The Owen County Board of Education held its second budget work session Tuesday in front of a large crowd of teachers and parents.

    The board went through each line item on the budget, discussing many of the items at length.

    Owen County School District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said nothing in this year’s budget is a simple decision.

    “We’re trying to look at every single line item as worst-case scenario,” Miller said.

  • Cleveland responds to controversies

    Despite a pending complaint against him with the state, critical budget problems and recently being called before a grand jury, Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said he wants to look ahead and continue to do what is best for the students of the district.

    Earlier this month, Owen County Primary School site-based council member Kitty Cammack filed a formal complaint against Cleveland with the state’s Education Professional Standards Board following a confrontation at the Owen County Board of Education office.

  • County will avoid big budget cuts

    As discussion on the Owen County Fiscal Court budget continues, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said no major cuts will be seen.

    The fiscal court met for its regularly scheduled workshop April 27 and finished looking over the proposed budget. 

    Some possible changes were discussed during the workshop, including cutting back the park operation by $500.

  • Woman issues complaint against Cleveland

    An Owen County woman who is a member of the primary school site-based decision-making council has issued a formal complaint to the state concerning Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland.

    Kitty Cammack filed the complaint April 29 with the Education Professional Standards Board, the agency in charge of issuing teaching certificates in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

    In a copy of her complaint released to the News-Herald, Cammack outlined an alleged confrontation between her and Cleveland.

  • High water triggers evacuations

    Despite Tuesday’s sunny weather, some areas of Monterey and Gratz were still experiencing the fallout from the wet weekend.

    As the waters of the Kentucky River continued to rise above the 40-foot mark Tuesday morning, some Owen County roads were flooded.

    Hwy. 355 between Monterey and Gratz and Gratz and Perry Park were blocked, along with Old Landing Road, Point of Rock Road and the lower end of Big Twin Creek Road.

    Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said a temporary bypass had opened up Tuesday on Hwy. 22 above Gratz.

  • Candidates will take center stage at political forum

    With the primary election only 13 days away, members of Leadership Owen County are trying to help voters make informed decisions on May 18.

    Leadership Owen County will hold a county candidate forum  at 7 p.m. May 13 in the Owen County High School auditorium.

    Co-chairman of Leadership Owen County Dave Jones said the group wants to give Owen countians the opportunity to ask their own questions of candidates.

  • Board looking for ways to save

    As the time to adopt a 2010-2011 Owen County School District budget narrows down, the lack of a state budget and possible position cuts are still major concerns.

    The Owen County School Board held a working budget session Thursday.

    Terry Patterson, chairman of the school board, said the budget issues facing the board are not unlike those facing other districts throughout the state.

  • City council may consider adopting recommendations

    Some revisions to the city of Owenton’s zoning regulations could be back on the table.

    The Northern Kentucky Area Development District had proposed the adjustments to the current regulations in the late 1990s. The changes proposed by the A.D. district would reflect some of the changes that have happened across the city.

    According to Owenton City Clerk Laura Aldridge, the Owenton City Council never voted on the changes when they were originally proposed.

  • County looks for ways to cut next budget

    Officials are saying some minor cuts could be seen throughout the 2010-2011 Owen County budget.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special workshop April 19 to look over a draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year which begins July 1.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the court is looking at the budget section by section to see where possible cuts could be made.

    Keith said so far the draft budget has no significant changes from last year’s budget.

  • Celebration of rural heritage brings art to local barns

    People driving west on Hwy. 22 last week were able to catch a glimpse of the first installment to the Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trails.

    The first painting, a 32 1/2 by 12 1/2 feet mural, is being painted on a peg barn that was moved to its current location on O’Banion Lane in 1918.

    The mural depicts a group of tobacco farmers in the process of cutting and housing tobacco.

    The murals are the brainchild of four volunteers who formed the agricultural heritage trail committee.