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  • 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.

  • Local EMS warns of flooding dangers

    The Owen County Emergency Management team reminds residents of possible flooding.

    Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. However, all floods are not alike.

  • Elk Creek kicks off summer concert series

    The Elk Creek Vineyards Concert Series is back with returning artists as well as some new.

    The concert series has been a part of Owen County culture since 2007. Acts like country music superstar Sarah Evans, blues artist Buddy Guy and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra have preformed at Elk Creek’s outdoor amphitheater.

    The concert series kicked off Saturday night with A1A: The Official Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band. The band has performed at Elk Creek each season since the series began.

  • Unbuckled driver killed in car wreck

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a wreck that left a Sanders woman dead.

    According to a statement from the Kentucky State Police, at about 6:37 p.m. Sunday,  a 1999 Ford truck driven by Brian J. Ritchey II, 28, of Bluff City, Tenn., was eastbound on U.S. 42 and turned in front of a westbound vehicle driven by Lonna D. Kehrer of Sanders.

    Kehrer was killed in the wreck

    A passenger in the vehicle, Cindy Keith, 30, of Norwood, Ohio, received serious injuries and was transported to University of Cincinnati.

  • Company will bring 32 new jobs to Owen

    A new business will be opening in the Owenton Industrial Park, bringing about 32 new jobs to the community.

    In a statement released late last week, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced KHI Foods Inc. will expand into Owen County.

    The company, which already has a facility in Burlington, will be expanding its operations. The new operation represents a $1.6 million investment.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she was “excited” about the announcement.

  • New county budget gets trimmed

    The Owen County Fiscal Court met Tuesday for the first reading of the 2009-2010 budget.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith held several budget workshops this year to help magistrates make decisions concerning the budget.

    The budget has been submitted to the Department of Local Government to be approved.

    Keith said the budget has seen some cuts this year.

    “The budget has been trimmed of some excess items,” Keith said. “We’ve cut back on training, conventions and things like that.”

  • Wotier says he is encouraged by progress

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast at the Smith House restaurant Thursday. Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier gave his State of the City address, which encouraged citizens to come together and move forward.

    Wotier’s address included an update on drug abuse in Owenton, the natural gas line, the water intake project as well as future problems the city may face.

    Wotier said the City of Owenton recently had its first reading on the newly proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

  • Local students getting a kick out of karate classes

    Kelley and Kerri Runion recently opened the Owen County Martial Arts School in hopes of teaching children and adults the importance of self-defense and the confidence that comes with it.

    The school officially opened on May 5 to 60 students. The school now teaches about 70 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Kelley Runion said he felt Owen County needed a martial arts program for those who may not be interested in other sports but still wish to be a part of some physical activity.

  • For first time in 40 years, city updates nuisance laws

    The Owenton City Council met May 5 for the first reading of its updated nuisance ordinance, which had not seen any major changes in 40 years.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said the council could only take action on grass, shrubs and other similar things with the current ordinance.

    “There are a lot of things that have changed in the last 40 years,” Wotier said. “With the new ordinance we will have the ability to take action on the overall structure of the property.”

  • State grant to provide armor for local cops

    The city of Owenton has been awarded $1,840 from the state Law Enforcement Protection Program (LEPP) to purchase body armor, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday.

    Under the LEPP, administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), appropriate agencies can seek financial help for certain defensive items essential in the course of their duties.