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  • While some county taxes go up, others fall

    Although members of the Owen County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise the county’s property tax to 11.8 from last year’s 11.7, some tangible or personal property tax rates have been lowered.

    The 2009 watercraft and motor-vehicle tax rate will stay the same as last year’s 14.8. The aircraft and personal property rates have been lowered from 15 to 14.2.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said any time the real estate rate goes up, the tangible rates come down.

  • School board raises tax rate

    Due to cuts in funding and mandated salary increases, the Owen County School Board has decided to increase its 2010 tax rate.

    The board voted to take the 4-percent increase. This year’s real estate rate will be 56.6, up from last year’s rate of 54.8. The personal property rates have dropped from last year’s rate of 60.4 to 58.8. The motor vehicle rate and utility tax rate will remain the same.

    Owen County Board of Education Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the Owen County school district is not the only district to experience a budget problem.

  • Police seize over 200 marijuana plants in Owen

    The Kentucky State Police and the Owen County Sheriff’s department conducted a marijuana eradication detail Aug. 19 in southern Owen County.

    Two large plots, containing 225 plants, were spotted in southeast Owen County by police aircraft. The surveillance.

    According to Kevin Woosley of the Kentucky State Police, depending on the quality of buds, the plants could fetch up to $1,000 per plant in the illegal drug trade.

  • Owen County Emergency Management releases basic supply list

    Owen County EM Director Rick Morgan recommends that every resident should have on hand a Basic Emergency Supply Kit in case of disaster.

  • Kangaroo sighting

    At 1:30 a.m., a week ago last Saturday, Mike Rollins was driving to work on Hwy. 1883 when he spotted a very unusual animal. Rollins said when he realized he had seen something out of the ordinary, he stopped his truck and backed up.

    “I’ve seen a lot of exotic animals,” Rollins said. “I’d never seen a kangaroo before though.”

    The animal “was standing alongside a fence row with several deer,” Rollins said. “He didn’t seem too scared because once I stopped I sat and stared at it for a while.”

  • City looks for new street light contract

    The Owenton City Council is preparing to take bids on a contract that expired three years ago.

    The contract, which provides every street light in the city of Owenton, was first signed in 1986 with Kentucky Utilities. 

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the contract was signed before he became mayor.

    Wotier said he was unaware the contract had expired and had not been contacted by KU until now.

  • Fire destroys one of the oldest homes in county

    Fire claimed a home belonging to Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha.

    Some people say the home had the distinction as being one of the oldest – if not the oldest – homes in Owen County.

    Firefighters said the blaze began early Saturday morning and was still smoking late into the evening. Firefighters stayed at the site Saturday and most of Sunday to make sure the blaze didn’t reignite.

    Bee Spicer, columnist for the News-Herald, told firefighters her family once lived in the home, and it was the oldest in the county and once served as a trading post.

  • Businessman leaves legacy for community

    Owen County has lost one of its most recognizable citizens.

    James Edgar “Ed” Ashcraft, originally from Covington, passed away Saturday after a long battle with cancer.

    Ashcraft was the former publisher and owner of The News-Herald, a retired horse trainer and owner of Ashcraft Realty.

    Ashcraft was extremely involved with Owen County in many different aspects.

    Ashcraft’s son, John Ashcraft, said his father will be remembered for his commitment to the community.

  • Owen County grand jury indictments

    Aug. 11, 2009

    On Aug. 11, 2009, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

    • Lafe. A. Humble, 44, on the charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

  • Owen Co. property taxes rise

    The Owen County Fiscal Court voted to raise the property tax rate from 11.7 to 11.8.

    The 11.8 tax rate means a property owner will pay 11.8 cents for every $100 of a property’s value.

    Owen County PVA Jimmy Coyle said the rate had gone up due to a reduction in new construction. “There just isn’t as much new building going on,” Coyle said. “There’s not as many property sales either, but I’d say the bulk of it is the fact that people are not building new homes.”