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  • Man charged with cruelty to animals following horse neglect

    A Crescent Springs man is facing two counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after neglecting horses.

    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said he received a complaint call on Sunday, Feb. 14, about four horses under the care of David Authier, 54, at a farm located at 4935 Georgetown Rd. near Hesler.

    One of the horses had fallen down a hill, was in grave condition medically and unable to put much weight on one of its legs before collapsing again, Alcorn said. The horse had to be put down.

  • Staff remembers Coyle's service to Owen

    “You don’t always have to know the answer, but you have to know where to find the answer.”

    That piece of advice is just one of the many ways Blake Robertson, a field representative of the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office, will remember PVA Jimmy Coyle, who passed away April 21.

    Coyle was first elected PVA in 2006 and took office in December of that year. It was a job he took seriously, but his coworkers agreed that he kept the office environment light.

  • Ayres Family Orchard in full bloom

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, visited Ayres Family Orchard Thursday. Larry Ayres, left, gave Quarles a tour of the orchard while the apple trees were in full bloom.

  • Circuit clerk unveils local organ donor portraits

    About 30 people were on hand as Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee unveiled five portraits of organ donors and organ recipients from Owen County Friday afternoon at the circuit clerk’s office.

    Owen County has added 4,591 residents, more than 50 percent of all Owen residents, to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry since it was created in May 2007, according to a report on the Trust for Life website.

  • Unattended car rolls into Bowling Insurance, minor damage

    The Owenton Volunteer Fire Department responded to Bowling Insurance, located at 105 N. Thomas St., after an unattended car slipped out of park and rolled backward into the storefront window Thursday. No one was at the business at the time and there were no injuries.

  • Last day of school for students May 25

    Owen County students will get to start their summer vacation a day earlier thanks to a bill passed this legislative session in Frankfort.

    House Bill 111, which became law without the governor’s signature on April 14, includes a provision that allows school districts to remain open on the day of the primary election, Tuesday, May 17, provided that no school building in the district is used as a polling place.

  • County contracts with UK for new medical director

    The ever-changing landscape of Owen County’s healthcare and medical services took another turn at the April 12 meeting of the fiscal court.

    Dr. Larry Johnson has served as Owen County’s medical director since 2008, but the county will soon contract with the UK Medical Center for the sponsorship.

    In order for a paramedic or EMT to practice medicine under the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, a medical sponsorship must be in place.

  • Community mourns loss of beloved Jonesville fire chief

    Nearly every fire department has a ‘cat in the tree’ story, but for Jonesville Assistant Fire Chief Allen Cammack, that story is a reminder of the many ways Chief Chase Duvall showed his willingness to do whatever it took to help someone in need.

    Cammack shared the story Monday evening surrounded by his fellow firefighters, who took time out from their department meeting to remember Duvall, who passed away suddenly April 13.

  • Fire destroys home on Gratz Road

    A fire that broke out during the evening hours of April 6 destroyed a home at 3205 Gratz Rd.

    When firefighters arrived on scene at 7:15 p.m., Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said 95 percent of the structure was engulfed.

    The owner of the home, Tim Walker, was not home when the fire broke out and no one was injured, but three dogs perished, according to Chaney.

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department responded, along with New Liberty, Monterey, Jonesville, Owen County EMS, the Red Cross, Owen Electric and Inside Connect Cable.

  • Owen roots still strong with Shelton

    The University of the Cumberlands swept a double-header last Tuesday against Montreat College. In doing so, their manager, Owen County native Brad Shelton, became the winningest coach in school history.

    The two victories gave Shelton 503 wins at the school, breaking the old mark of 502 held by Terry Stigall who coached at the Cumberlands for 19 seasons. Shelton breaks the record while in his 16th season.

    While Shelton gets credits for the wins in the history book the coach was quick to acknowledge all of those who helped him reach the special milestone.