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  • Owen County District Court

    Aug. 28, 2009

    Michael Asher, 1988, second-degree fleeing or evading the police, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

    Michael Asher, 1988, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, one headlight, rear license not illuminated, contempt of court, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

    Michael W. Asher, 1988, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contempt of court, bench trial set for Sept. 11.

  • Library board approves tax rate increase

    With an eye toward building a new facility to better serve the public, the Owen County Public Library Board approved a tax increase.

    The board voted to take a 4-percent increase. This year’s real-estate rate will be 10.8, up from last year’s rate of 9.5. The personal property and motor vehicle rates will remain the same as last year.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said an architectural firm, Brandstetter Carroll Inc., has been selected to assist the library board in site selection and design of a new facility.

  • Water will soon flow along Harmony Road

    After years of being promised water, the dream has finally come true for those living on Harmony Road.

    The Peaks Mill Water District in Franklin County will be providing water once all of the property easements for water lines are in place. Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said all but two easements have been signed.

    Davis said bids for construction on the water line will be put out in September and bidding will open the first of October. If all goes well, Harmony Road should have water by Christmas.

  • Fiscal court alters road repair plans

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is looking for ways to stretch some highway repair dollars.

    Earlier this year, the county received its annual allotment from the state’s fund for secondary roads. The money is given out each year to help repair and renovate county roads.

    The county received thousands of dollars from the state’s secondary road fund. The funding was earmarked for one project on U.S. 36 and three projects for Ky. 1883.

    But by the time the U.S. 36 renovations were complete, only about $164,000 was left.

  • While some county taxes go up, others fall

    Although members of the Owen County Fiscal Court recently voted to raise the county’s property tax to 11.8 from last year’s 11.7, some tangible or personal property tax rates have been lowered.

    The 2009 watercraft and motor-vehicle tax rate will stay the same as last year’s 14.8. The aircraft and personal property rates have been lowered from 15 to 14.2.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said any time the real estate rate goes up, the tangible rates come down.

  • School board raises tax rate

    Due to cuts in funding and mandated salary increases, the Owen County School Board has decided to increase its 2010 tax rate.

    The board voted to take the 4-percent increase. This year’s real estate rate will be 56.6, up from last year’s rate of 54.8. The personal property rates have dropped from last year’s rate of 60.4 to 58.8. The motor vehicle rate and utility tax rate will remain the same.

    Owen County Board of Education Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the Owen County school district is not the only district to experience a budget problem.

  • Police seize over 200 marijuana plants in Owen

    The Kentucky State Police and the Owen County Sheriff’s department conducted a marijuana eradication detail Aug. 19 in southern Owen County.

    Two large plots, containing 225 plants, were spotted in southeast Owen County by police aircraft. The surveillance.

    According to Kevin Woosley of the Kentucky State Police, depending on the quality of buds, the plants could fetch up to $1,000 per plant in the illegal drug trade.

  • Owen County Emergency Management releases basic supply list

    Owen County EM Director Rick Morgan recommends that every resident should have on hand a Basic Emergency Supply Kit in case of disaster.

  • Kangaroo sighting

    At 1:30 a.m., a week ago last Saturday, Mike Rollins was driving to work on Hwy. 1883 when he spotted a very unusual animal. Rollins said when he realized he had seen something out of the ordinary, he stopped his truck and backed up.

    “I’ve seen a lot of exotic animals,” Rollins said. “I’d never seen a kangaroo before though.”

    The animal “was standing alongside a fence row with several deer,” Rollins said. “He didn’t seem too scared because once I stopped I sat and stared at it for a while.”

  • City looks for new street light contract

    The Owenton City Council is preparing to take bids on a contract that expired three years ago.

    The contract, which provides every street light in the city of Owenton, was first signed in 1986 with Kentucky Utilities. 

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the contract was signed before he became mayor.

    Wotier said he was unaware the contract had expired and had not been contacted by KU until now.