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  • Court approves hirings for road department

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special meeting April 30 to approve two new employees for the county road department.

    Randy Fitzgerald and Travis Wainscott were hired to fill the vacancies left by Mark King and Welborne Grey.

    The vacancies were advertised during the winter, and Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot interviewed applicants.

    The fiscal court must approve all county employee appointments.

  • Beauty in a barrel

    The 2008 Leadership Owen County group is sprucing up the downtown area with a spring theme in hopes of leaving a lasting impression on its citizens and those visiting the area.

    The group took yearlong classes in leadership and the importance of community and graduated November of last year. Upon graduating, each group decides upon a project. The 2008 group chose Downtown Beautification.

  • High School Musical will be Owen’s last strictly senior play

    The 2009 Owen County High School Senior Class will be performing a play production of the smash movie Disney’s “High School Musical.” 

    At the beginning of this school year, Owen County drama teacher and director Lee Ann Gamm wasn’t sure if her senior drama class could pull off such a huge production. 

    One Sunday afternoon, she and 11 of her students drove 10 hours, round trip, to see the play performed in North Canton, Ohio. 

  • Board picks new construction firm

    Members of the Owen County Board of Education met April 28 to choose another construction company for the middle school project, which was delayed when problems arose with Quantum Construction’s bid.

    Members of the board voted to select D.W. Wilburn Inc. for the project. The company is located in Lexington and has completed projects that include the Pulaski County Public Library and Bryan Station High School in Lexington.

  • 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.