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  • County begins budget process

    Being new to the judge-executive office has kept Carolyn Keith’s hands full. Her most recent task has been overseeing the 2009-2010 Owen County budget.

    Members of the fiscal court met April 23 for a budget workshop. The main topic discussed was how to get advanced life support (ALS) established in Owen County.

    An ALS ambulance is one that is equipped with all of the supplies needed to care for a severely injured or ill person and has at least one paramedic and one EMT on board. The paramedic on board would have the ability to administer life-saving drugs.

  • Floor drops out of courthouse plans

    A slightly shorter version of the new Owen County Courthouse was unveiled Monday.

    Under the new design, the proposed family courtroom will remain but the second floor of the building will be removed.

    The change was necessary after the state’s Court Facilities Standards Committee rejected the three-story design and directed the county to remove  6,500 square feet from the project.

    The state follows guidelines established for courthouses serving similar demographics across the country.

  • Making the cut

    In today’s economy people everywhere are being forced to make cuts. It may be not eating out as much or buying that new outfit. Whatever the cut, it is not always easy.

    On Saturday, at First Baptist Church in Owenton, 17 women showed up to make another kind of cut. For them, it too was a sacrifice. It was well worth it.

    The Mothers of Preschoolers group from the church hosted a hair donation event where people were invited to donate their hair to those who may have lost theirs as a result of Cancer or other diseases.

  • Owen landscaper looks to sow the seeds of success

    When local man Clark Roberts received a degree in landscape design, he was offered a job with a Disney World landscaping team – but nothing could keep him away from Owen County.

    Roberts recently began his own landscaping business, Four Seasons, which specializes in mulching, hedging and also offers year-round maintenance.

    Roberts said his love for landscaping began when he was a teenager, attending Owen County High School.

  • Mistake could delay school

    Building a new middle school has long been the dream of Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland. But with recent problems in the bidding process for contractors, Cleveland’s dream may be delayed.

    Bidding for the project opened up to contractors March 24, although several companies placed bids Quantum Construction Company out of Cincinnati appeared to win. Quantum’s bid was $200,000 lower than the second lowest bidder.

  • City looks to adopt policy on abandoned homes

    Where a home once stood in Monterey now lies a pile of rubble on abandoned property, and Monterey Mayor Dennis Atha is determined to clean up the mess.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court and Atha are currently working together on an interlocal agreement, which would enforce Owen County’s nuisance ordinance within the City of Monterey.

    The property became abandoned after a fire left the home in shambles. The property is located at 365 Taylor Street in Moterey.

  • Championship event to bring thousands to Owen County

    Owen County has often been recognized for its beautiful landscape, its number of skilled craftsmen, and a strong sense of community. However, 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 takes place June 23-28.

    Elk Creek Hunt Club Manager Gary Kathman said planning the event has been a two-year process.

  • Market to reopen with some surprises

    For many farmers and vendors in Owen County, the return of spring also means the return of the Owen County Farmers’ Market.

    This year, over 20 vendors are expected to take part in the market, which makes its home on the grounds of the Owen County Courthouse.

    Opening day for the market will be May 8 with hours from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

    The hours will remain the same throughout this year’s market.

  • Mayor wants inmates to help clean up the streets of Owenton

    Spring has sprung in the city of Owenton and Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier is making plans for spring cleaning.

    At the April 7 meeting of the Owenton City Council, Wotier announced plans for several things he would like to see done over the next few months.

    Wotier said he would like to bring in volunteer help from the Carroll County Detention Center to assist with a street cleanup.

  • Library welcomes author Berry for celebration

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert keeps a busy schedule in order to make sure adults and children alike get the best use of the library.

    It’s National Library Week, a week that the library staff will use to get to know library patrons better, and a week to demonstrate how they serve the community.

    Tuesday, the library hosted a meet-and-greet for the community.

    “We wanted to be able to show the community exactly what all it is we do here,” Nippert said.