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  • 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.”

  • With water-line project complete, city looks to spruce up for big event

    The Owenton City Council is looking for ways to spruce up the city before the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships comes to town.

    At its Monday meeting, the council discussed several other issues including the completion of the Severn Creek water intake project.

    The water intake restoration project at Severn Creek took three years to complete. During that time, upgrades and/or replacement of lines, equipment, telemetry and pumps took place.

  • Relay organizers looking ahead

    This year’s Relay for Life was a successful event that raised thousands of dollars to go toward finding a cure for cancer. Now, less than two weeks after the event ,it’s time to start looking ahead to next year’s Relay and what can be done year-round to support the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s Relay For Life, held May 29-30 raised $59,000. Owen County is part of the Mid-South Division of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Twelve-hour event raises thousands for cancer research

    Twenty-five teams gathered Friday night to launch the 11th annual Relay for Life, which is held each year to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and in remembrance of its victims.

    This year’s event raised $59,000, with over 700 luminaries sold.

    The 12-hour event kicked off with a welcome by Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, followed by the National Anthem, which was sung by Debra McMillien, the invocation, and a speech by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.

  • City, county receive Homeland Security funds for armor

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department and Owenton City Police recently received a grant to purchase body armor through the Law Enforcement Protection Program, which will help further the safety of local law enforcement.

    The Law Enforcement Protection Program, formerly known as the Body Armor Program, enables the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to provide funds for equipment to law-enforcement agencies across the state.

  • Historical tour open to the public

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce has organized a historical tour, which will take place during the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship June 26. The purpose of the tour is to provide tourists with a rich knowledge and understanding of the county.

    Those participating in the tour will ride in a horse-drawn carriage that follows a winding route through Owenton. The route will highlight some of Owen County’s most historical spots and include a progressive tea.

  • New judicial center takes step forward

    The new Owen County judicial center is expected to take another step forward today when the property is formally sold to the county.

    At a special meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Tuesday, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith was elected by magistrates as the director and chairperson of the Owen County Public Properties Corporation.

    For legal protection, the corporation will be listed as the deed owner for the property. Once the bonds used to finance the property are paid off, the deed will be turned over to the county.