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  • Servolution project helps community, young people

    Last week, 65 young people asked what they could do to help.

    Patti Clark, coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project, said this is the third year local youth have volunteered their muscles and sweat to improve the lives of others through the Servolution Program

    In its first year, youth volunteers traveled to New Orleans to help the residents rebuild their city.

  • Impact of U.S. Open felt across Owen

    Two weeks have passed since thousands of people visited Owen County for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship, but the event is still a popular topic among many and its success will be remembered for years to come.

    The event took place during the week of June 23-28 at Elk Creek Hunt Club. Shooters from all over the continental United States, as well as some from Canada, participated in the event.

    Elk Creek Hunt Club manager Gary Kathman said the event turned out to be a complete success.

  • PSC grants rate adjustment to Owen Electric Coop

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has issued an order granting Owen Electric Cooperative Inc. a rate adjustment that will increase its annual revenue by $3.84 million, or about 3.1 percent.

    With the increase, Owen Electric’s annual revenue will be $129.8 million.

    Owen Electric applied to the PSC for the rate increase in Aug. 2008. A public hearing on the application was held March 25.

  • Music, arts and shotguns make for busy week

    Despite the heat, citizens of Owen County and those visiting for the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship came out strong for the first annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park held at the Owen County Fairgrounds Saturday.

    Thirty artists set up at the fairgrounds to display and sell their work. Musical entertainment was provided throughout the day.

    Jennifer Nippert, chairman of the Owen County Arts Council said she felt the event was a success.

  • 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.