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Today's News

  • County begins budget process

    Being new to the judge-executive office has kept Carolyn Keith’s hands full. Her most recent task has been overseeing the 2009-2010 Owen County budget.

    Members of the fiscal court met April 23 for a budget workshop. The main topic discussed was how to get advanced life support (ALS) established in Owen County.

    An ALS ambulance is one that is equipped with all of the supplies needed to care for a severely injured or ill person and has at least one paramedic and one EMT on board. The paramedic on board would have the ability to administer life-saving drugs.

  • Busy week for Lady Rebels softball team

    The Owen County softball team had a couple  of days early last week when the weather played havoc with their schedule. As a result, they got a little rest. They needed it because they finished the week with single games on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before playing three more on Saturday.

  • Floor drops out of courthouse plans

    A slightly shorter version of the new Owen County Courthouse was unveiled Monday.

    Under the new design, the proposed family courtroom will remain but the second floor of the building will be removed.

    The change was necessary after the state’s Court Facilities Standards Committee rejected the three-story design and directed the county to remove  6,500 square feet from the project.

    The state follows guidelines established for courthouses serving similar demographics across the country.

  • Making the cut

    In today’s economy people everywhere are being forced to make cuts. It may be not eating out as much or buying that new outfit. Whatever the cut, it is not always easy.

    On Saturday, at First Baptist Church in Owenton, 17 women showed up to make another kind of cut. For them, it too was a sacrifice. It was well worth it.

    The Mothers of Preschoolers group from the church hosted a hair donation event where people were invited to donate their hair to those who may have lost theirs as a result of Cancer or other diseases.

  • Owen landscaper looks to sow the seeds of success

    When local man Clark Roberts received a degree in landscape design, he was offered a job with a Disney World landscaping team – but nothing could keep him away from Owen County.

    Roberts recently began his own landscaping business, Four Seasons, which specializes in mulching, hedging and also offers year-round maintenance.

    Roberts said his love for landscaping began when he was a teenager, attending Owen County High School.

  • Mistake could delay school

    Building a new middle school has long been the dream of Owen County School Superintendent Mark Cleveland. But with recent problems in the bidding process for contractors, Cleveland’s dream may be delayed.

    Bidding for the project opened up to contractors March 24, although several companies placed bids Quantum Construction Company out of Cincinnati appeared to win. Quantum’s bid was $200,000 lower than the second lowest bidder.

  • Rebels pick up two more victories

    The Owen County baseball team is coming off a busy week. The team took on Gallatin County and Williamstown April 15 and 16 before heading off to Lexington to play three tough teams in Tates Creek, Paul Dunbar and Ballard Memorial.

    The Rebels got the week off to a good start by knocking off district rival Gallatin County.

    The weather was cold but the Rebels continued their hot play by winning their fourth game in five tries 4-3 over the Wildcats.

    The sun came out April 16 as the Rebels welcomed the Demons from Williamstown to Dunavent Field.

  • Owen teams having strong seasons and setting records along the way

    The 2009 track season has been a successful one for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

    So far this year, the boys have set seven school records while the girls have set eight new ones. Both teams took part last week in a pair of events – Shelby County High School on Thursday night and Grant County High School Saturday.

    Both teams were at the Shelby County Invitational and both captured the team titles.

    The boys got a strong performance from Clayton Cook, who set a school record with his fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.

  • 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.

  • Owen County track team runs in All “A” Classic meet

     The Owen County track teams took part in a pair of meets last week.

    The first was at Walton before heading to Danville Friday for the All “A” Classic.

    At the Walton-Verona Tri Meet, the Rebels competed against both Grant County and Walton.