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  • 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.

  • County goes back to the drawing board

    After reviewing plans for the new Owen County Judicial Center, the state board in charge of approving the designs has called on the county to remove over 6,500 square feet from the project.

    Under guidelines supported by Kentucky, the current design of the new courthouse must be scaled back to be approved by the Court Facilities Standards Committee.

    Although funding for the nearly $12 million dollar Owen project is secure, the design must be approved before the new courthouse can move forward.

  • Telling Tales

    Many Owen County people probably recognize local figure Bill Watson as preacher at Owenton First Christian Church – but to many students across Kentucky, Watson is known as James, the 90 plus Civil War veteran.

    Watson, who has been a professional storyteller for 20 years, was recently  recognized for his unique performances by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Artist in Louisville.

  • Four new teams signed for Relay

    Plans are being finalized with less than two months to go before Owen County’s 11th annual Relay for Life.

    Relay for Life is held each year in Owen County in support of cancer survivors, as well as its victims. The event will be held May 29-30 at  iTron Field.

    Co-Chair for the event, Jenny Duncan, said this year’s Relay for Life will see four new teams, with a total of 18 teams.

    “Our teams will come and camp all night,” Duncan said. “Someone from each team will be present on the track at all times.”

  • Greg Smoot named to county post

    When Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Dan Logan resigned from his position earlier this year, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith set out to find someone with the right qualifications and supervising skills.

    Keith’s search ended Friday when Greg Smoot was appointed to the position.

    Keith said the position was advertised and 27 applications were received.

  • County reacted quickly to escapees

    When prisoners Bobby Cockerell, Jerry Sargent and Christopher Marshall escaped from an Indiana prison March 20 and made their way to Carroll County, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond took every precaution to ensure that citizens of the county stayed alert and aware.

    Hammond said he and his deputies worked long hours throughout the county to keep an eye out for the escapees.

    “We stayed on patrol 24 hours a day,” Hammond said. “We had perimeters set up through Wheatley and New Liberty and extra patrol throughout the county.”