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Today's News

  • Owen County District Court - Aug. 12, 2011

    Stacey Copeland, 1981, two counts of theft by deception, in treatment, released.
    James H. Ferrell, 1979, non-payment of fines, in jail, $250 cash bond set, owes $198.
    Michael Partin, 1993, fourth-degree assault, in jail, $500 cash bond set, bonded out.
    Amanda Ann Rhodes, 1983, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, continued to Aug. 26.
    Amanda E. Morris, 1979, non-payment of fines, apply bond.
    Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. vs. James William Kinney, motion for default, see order.

  • What’s in a number?

    I love Chinese food. It’s one of my favorite types of food to eat and I especially like the fortune cookie you get when they give you the bill. I’ve traveled to Asia and they really don’t give you fortune cookies at most restaurants there.
    The fortune cookie is an American thing, but it’s fun anyway.
    While I don’t follow the signs or stars or don’t let astrology rule my thought process — except for belief in that whole full moon thing — I do save the fortunes from my cookies.

  • Saveway’s survival shouldn’t shock but there is a lesson to be learned

    One of the things that has impressed me most about Owen countiains since I came here nearly three years ago is the strong sense of independence people around here constantly display and their commitment to preserving the past.
    When word started circulating around town last week that Saveway would be closing its doors, people took it personally.
    “There has never been a time during my life when there wasn’t a Saveway,”

  • Owen County Historical Society News: Women warriors slowly getting honored

    They come in all shapes and sizes, but their influence on families, communities, and the world is undeniable. Their stalwart determination and bravery was succinctly demonstrated as a historical society member, Dr. Tom Marshall, presented a program on “Women in War” at the historical society meeting Thursday. Tom, who served in the armed forces, worked at the Veterans Hospital for 32 years. It wasn’t until the late 1970s and early ’80s that women began to receive benefits as veterans of wars, a disconcerting fact for both Tom and the nation.

  • Community Events

    Meet-and-greet with Johnson
    Pro-Israel voters for Bill Johnson will host a meet-and-greet with Kentucky Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Smith House. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Sweet Owen could take on political flavor

    With Sweet Owen Day right around the corner, the event’s committee is gearing up for what is expected to be another successful festival.
    The committee began prepping for this year’s event in the spring and expects 50-plus vendors.
    Megan Karsner, an administrative assistant at the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, has worked to make fliers, invite vendors and line up entertainment.

  • School board sets tax rate

    For the first time since the 2005-2006 school year, the Owen County Board of Education has opted to set its tax rates at the compensating level.
    The decision sparked little debate during the board’s monthly meeting Monday.
    Owen County School Board Vice Chairman Brian Young made a motion to set this year’s rates at the compensating level, with a second by Stuart Bowling. Board member Brett McDonald also voted yes, chairman Terry Patterson voted no, and Dr. Larry Johnson was absent.

  • Louisville firm wins library bid

    With a construction company in place and a groundbreaking expected in the near future, plans for the new Owen County Public Library continue to move forward.
    The Owen County Public Library Board recently advertised for construction bids and chose the low bidder — Sullivan-Cozart of Louisville.
    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the company is out of Louisville and recently completed construction on the Newburg Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

  • Back to the business of learning

    Students at Owen County Primary School got back to the books Aug. 10.
    Principal Sharen Hubbard said she’s looking forward to another year full of learning and fun.
    The school made strides in student attendance during the last school year and hopes to continue with the success this year.
    Hubbard said because the school has the youngest kids, attendance is usually down.

  • Court will keep current tax rate

    Owen countians can expect a tax bill similar to last year’s after the Owen County Fiscal Court set its 2011 tax rates.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said due to a struggling economy, the court decided to keep the rates the same as last year.
    “It just wasn’t realistic to raise taxes at this time,” Keith said. “We will meet our budget and now just isn’t the time to raise taxes on people.”
    The real estate rate will remain at 11.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, the tangible or personal property at 14.2, the water craft at 14.8 and motor vehicle at 14.8.