• Fiscal court ponders new transient tax
    Feb. 2, 2011
    5 years ago

    With an eye toward the future of Owen County tourism, the Owen County Fiscal Court may soon pass an ordinance for a transient room tax.

    The tax would include motor courts, motels, hotels, inns or similar accommodations.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the ordinance would also include campgrounds.

    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    The American Red Cross, of which Owen County is a part of, is seeking volunteers with flexible schedules to respond in events in Owen County.

    Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers respond to assist families with shelter, support and access to basic needs immediately following a house fire, flooding and severe weather, often arriving on scene even as the fire is still burning.

    The Owen County Red Cross has three DAT volunteers at present time.

    Youth Services and Family Resource Center Coordinators

    We are blessed to work in a community that is so giving and caring of the students in Owen County Schools. The Family Resource and Youth Service Centers work year rondo to make sure our Owen County Schools’ students have everything they need to be academically successful.

    Weekend Gardener

  • You don’t need to wait for warm weather to start your vegetable garden.

    Did you know there are several types of vegetables you can start as early as March? Radishes, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, onions and many more vegetables are all quite frost tolerant, and you can seed or transplant them in the garden from mid-March to early April.

    If you want to get an even earlier start, you could try covering an area with clear plastic film to create a mini greenhouse where plants will thrive.

  • Members of the Council for Burley Tobacco elected two representatives to the Board of Directors at the 2016 Council for Burley Tobacco Annual Meeting, January 16, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

    The two members elected to represent the Growers-at-Large for the organization are David Chappell from Sparta, Kentucky and Hampton Henton from Versailles, Kentucky. Chappell and Henton will join Greg Harris from Richmond, Kentucky; Rod Kuegel from Owensboro, Kentucky; Donald Mitchell from Midway, Kentucky and Al Pedigo from Scottsville, Kentucky as the Grower-at Large board members.

    Weekend Gardener

    Up until recently our mild winter has seen little snow. Snow has an insulating effect which is particularly useful when we have frigid temperatures, otherwise it can be a joy to snow lovers and a nuisance to those who would rather be “snow birds.”

    Ground level snow will actually protect the roots and crowns of perennial and woody plants, but you may notice a little burn above the snow level when it comes to broadleaf evergreens.

  • The three most important things you can do to protect livestock in cold weather are providing sufficient water, giving ample high-quality feed and offering weather protection. Cold stress reduces livestock productivity, including rate of gain, milk production and reproductive difficulty, and can cause disease problems.

  • Wet-dry petition making rounds
    Five years ago
    Jan. 26, 2011

    A petition for a wet/dry vote in Owen County recently began circulating, which Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said could lead to a costly special election.

    The petition asks if Owen contains would be in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County.

    Kincaid said in order for a special election to be held, a total of 901 registered Owen County voters would need to sign the petition, 25 percent of voters in the last general election.


    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    Plan now to be able to stay where you are when a storm hits. If you are not at home when the storm starts, you may need to stay where you are until the roads are safe. This means having basic supplies of food and water in several locations, including your workplace, vehicle, and, if possible, other places where you and members of your household regularly spend time (e.g., house of worship, community center, and school). 

  • 9th Grade Super Honor Roll

    Laura Duke, Hailee Gordon, Katie Hensley, Kaitlyn Parker, Kenneth Penn-Simpson, Jared Prather and Haley Young.

    9th Grade Honor Roll

  • Rate hike announced by electricity provider
    Jan. 19, 2011
    5 years ago

    The Kentucky Public Service commission recently granted a rate increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the wholesale electric power supplier for Owen Electric Cooperative and 15 other member cooperatives.

    According to a statement released by the company, EKPC sought the rate increase to “strengthen its financial condition and continue building equity.”

    Weekend Gardener

    The fire season has finally started- in the fireplace, that is! Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening. However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.

  • Police honor passing of former dispatcher
    Jan. 12, 2011
    Five years ago

    Local law enforcement vehicles lined West Seminary and North Main streets Monday in honor of a former Owen County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

    Marvin C. Ogden, a lifelong resident of Owen County, died Jan. 6.

    Ogden was a former deacon of the Owenton First Baptist Church, a 75-year member of the local Oddfellows Lodge No. 213 and a Purple Heart recipient.

  • Changes are coming in K-12 education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, with the potential for more change at the state level at a time when the Commonwealth’s new budget will be squeezed.

    Owen County Emergency Management Director

    Owen County Emergency Management has announced the launch of Kentucky’s Yellow Dot program, designed to improve emergency care to motorists involved in a vehicle crash.

    The “dot” is a circular yellow sticker which is placed on the lower left corner of the driver’s side rear window and alerts emergency responders that a pamphlet with identification and medical information about the motorist is in the glove box.

  • 25 ways to eat better in the New Year:

    To help with portion control, use the smallest plate that will hold your food.

    At mealtime, serve from the stove instead of putting a serving bowl on the table.

    Make double vegetables and serve them first, to take the focus off meat.

    Switch to whole wheat pasta.

    Eat vegetarian one night a week.

    Cut back on butter or margarine—newer whole grain breads are tasty on their own.

    Weekend Gardener

    Indeed, the fall season lasted just into January 2016! The ferns that hang from lamp posts in Old Louisville finally got zapped by a freeze just after the new year. Winter jasmine is in bloom, among other late winter bloomers, and a few spring flowering trees have broken bud! Our current cool down is welcome just to slow things down a bit.

  • Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

  • Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.

    Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps: