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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • Lady Rebels earn split

    The two games played by the Owen County softball team last week could not have been any more different – one was a blowout win while the other was an extra-inning defeat.

    The Lady Rebels opened up the week with a road game at Frankfort. The game was not much of a contest as Owen County scored nine runs in the sixth inning to win the game 14-0.

  • Track teams run well at Walton

    The Owen County track teams should be well acquainted with the track at Walton-Verona. The teams competed in two events at the facility last week. The first came May 7 when they took part in the NCKC Meet and the second Saturday in the Class “A” Meet. In the May 7 NCKC meet, both the boys and the girls finished fourth in the overall team standings.

    For the girls, Melina Bress finished second in the 100-meter dash. Kelsey Johnson finished eighth and Rachel Dauwe 10th in the 100-meter hurdles.

  • Rebels fall in title game

    The schedule has not been easy for the Owen County baseball team. As the season winds down, however, it looks like the degree of difficulty may be paying off.

    After playing two games May 4 and 5, the Rebels entered the NCKC Tournament May 6 at Dunavent Field looking to turn things around.

  • 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.

  • Teacher finds handgun in student’s jacket

    An Owen County student has been suspended for bringing a handgun to the high school Friday.

    According to Owen County Superintedent Mark Cleveland, the male student left class with an excused absence.

    About 1:30 p.m., the student’s teacher noticed the boy had left his jacket.

    When the teacher lifted the jacket, she found it was unusually heavy and immediately took it to assistant principal Charles Hagg.

    Inside the jacket, Hagg found a Browning 25mm handgun, two boxes of ammunition and some alleged drug paraphernalia.

  • Floating a new idea around

    Owen County High School teacher Rusty Willhoite’s Technical Design and Application class has kept busy this year designing and building a hovercraft.

    The class recently completed the project, which was more than a year in the making and was a group effort by the class.

    Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland said seven years ago he toured several schools in Indiana that incorporated robotics within the classroom. Cleveland was so awed by the classrooms that he had an industrial arts room built at OCHS.