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  • Fiscal court strips opt-out provision for fees

    After several months of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court passed an ordinance that makes it mandatory for property owners to pay fire department membership fees. The ordinance was passed during a special June 25 meeting.

    When ordinance 156 was passed during the June 2008 fiscal court meeting, the court agreed that the ordinance would be reviewed annually.

    Upon reviewing the ordinance this year, the court concluded that ordinance 156 was illegal because it gave property owners the option of not paying the fire department membership fees.

  • Storytellers, tour helps make history come alive for visitors

    Visitors from across the country received a glimpse into Owen County history Friday during the guided carriage tour.

    Those on the tour had the opportunity to visit the oldest surviving brick home in Owen County, the Owen County Historical Museum, the Owen County Courthouse and the Stafford House. Local storytellers were stationed at each location. A tea was included in the tour, which included soup, sandwiches and desserts.

  • Fair fun on the horizon

    Summer heat, barbecues and booths selling fireworks are all sure signs that summer is here; and with the start of summer comes the anticipation of the 2009 Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.

    This year’s fair will be held July 11-18 at the Owen County Fairgrounds. Fair board member Teresa Roberts is looking forward to a fun-filled week.

    Roberts said last year’s fair was a huge success.

  • 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.”