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  • Overdose in McDonald’s parking lot leads to drug arrest

    A complaint about a running vehicle located in the rear parking lot of the Owenton McDonald’s led to a drug arrest made by Owenton City Police Friday, Sept. 15.
    The car had reportedly been parked behind the restaurant for three hours, according to Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller. When Miller and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m., they found Patrick Isaac Soliman, 35, slumped over in the vehicle with various drug paraphernalia and controlled substances located around him.

  • Officials: Continued interest in Itron facility

    Local officials remain positive on the future of the Itron building, citing interest from potential buyers and two official site visits to the facility.
    Itron, Owen County’s largest employer, announced its plans to close the Owenton facility last November as part of a plan to transition local operations to Oconee, S.C.
    The decision to vacate the local facility left the City of Owenton in financial distress, with officials estimating a $166,000 shortfall from the previous fiscal year.

  • Two area restaurants targeted by scammers

    The phone rings during Farmhouse Grill’s busiest time of day. As an employee picks up the phone, they can hear someone saying the restaurant needs to pay their electricity bill before it’s shut off. Although the restaurant has already paid the bill for the previous month, they continue to listen as the caller explains how the payment may not have been processed.

  • Group raising money to rebuild structure for historic sign

    Nearly five months have passed since Old Cedar Baptist Church Pastor James Bondurant announced the church’s decision to demolish the four-plane airplane hangar built by well-known Owen County native Harry Clark Karsner.
    Karsner, a former Owen County magistrate, a director of First National Bank and appointed state aeronautics commissioner, built the hangar upon his return to Monterey in 1946 following a stint as a flight instructor at California’s Ryan’s School of Aeronautics during World War II.

  • Fiscal court reviews library tax rates

    Beginning their new fiscal year, the Owen County Public Library presented their tax rate information as well as a library update to the Owen County Fiscal Court during the court’s Sept. 12, meeting.
    The library board voted to accept the compensating rate, lowering the rate for real property from 11.1 to 11 cents per $100 of assessed value, according to library director Jennifer Chancery.
    While the fiscal court does not approve the library or other special taxing district’s tax rates, the court must review the rates once set.

  • CKC Festival set to return Saturday

    For over 20 years, Greene’s Country Crafts has provided an assortment of handmade items for the home to customers across Kentucky and the nation from a quaint shop located behind Melvin Greene’s Seminary Street residence.
    Greene and his family have run the store that specializes in creating unique primitive décor. With their experience in creating things and selling them, the Greenes have had many opportunities to travel and set up booths at multiple festivals or markets to sell their wares.

  • Bush retires from board of elections
  • Owen District Court | September 20, 2017

    Sept. 12, 2017

    Justin W. Alvor, 1989, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, buy or posses drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, no tail lamps, no brake lights, failure to notify address change to department of transportation.
    Bobby C. Beckley, 1955, third-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property $10,000 or more.
    Felicia D. Bramlett, 1985, resume pay 90 days.

  • Second Dollar General location on the rise

    A second Dollar General Store could open locally by late winter, just a few miles down the road from the company’s existing Owenton location.
    Groundwork has already begun on the new location, which will be located at 20 Sweet Owen Road, the former site of Hunter’s Greenhouse off Highway 127 North, according to Dollar General spokeswoman Laura Somerville.
    The company purchased the land from Gary and Darlene Hunter for $225,000 earlier this year, according to Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers.

  • City hall to charge fee for in-office water payments

    By Molly Haines and Elisabeth Moore
    N-H Staff
    For over a decade, Kentucky American Water has offered customers the convenience of in-office bill pay from its Main Street location. The company recently announced its decision to shutter its Owenton facility following damages sustained to the building earlier this year, leading to a lengthy discussion by the Owenton City Council on future bill-pay options.