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  • New employee guidelines on social media use; Cost of lunch increases at OCHS

    Guidelines for social media use by Owen County Schools staff members were one of the revisions in the district’s faculty and staff technology use agreement, which had its first reading at Monday night’s board meeting.

  • Summer camp returns to Owen to enrich young minds following hiatus

    STORY AND PHOTOS BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    For the first time in over four years, Owen County students K-5 got the opportunity to attend summer camp and enrich their summers with hands-on learning.

    The Owen County 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) based the camp activities around STEAM principles which include science, technology, engineering, art and math.

    Director of CLC Blair Baldwin said it is shown that kids tend to lose academic progress during school breaks.

  • Governor appoints Robertson to PVA post

    Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday officially appointing Blake Robertson as county property valuation administrator.

    Robertson, a 27-year-old Republican, was one of 10 who took the required examination to hold the office May 30.

    The vacancy was created following the death of James “Jimmy” Coyle April 21.

    Robertson serves as pastor at Mussel Shoals Baptist Church and has worked as a field representative in the PVA’s office since 2011.

  • Where do we go from here?

    Downtowns and main streets across the nation used to be the core of all commerce, but as business has shifted away during the last few decades from downtowns toward the interstate highways and suburbs of metropolitan areas, some downtowns are abandoned and littered with vacant storefronts.

    Although Owenton’s downtown has avoided some of the collapse thanks to long-existing businesses and the lack of a nearby interstate, the downtown did not emerge unscathed as shopping habits of consumers across the nation have changed.

  • Recreation area sought by council

    A plan to turn the Lower Thomas Lake into a recreation area was presented to council members at Tuesday’s Owenton City Council meeting.

  • Community News | June 15, 2016

    Class of ‘55 to meet at Smith House Restaurant

    The Owen County High School Class of 1955 will meet at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 26, for lunch or pie and coffee anytime. For more information, call Joyce Crupper at 859-234-7535 or Peggy Davis at 502-484-2646.

    First Christian to take appointments for food pantry June 14

  • EMS employees could receive base pay increase

    With the approval of the Owen County Fiscal Court’s annual budget expected to take place later this month, local EMS employees could see a base-pay raise for the first time in 7 years.

    Under the proposed budget, all county employees would receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment, while EMS employees would also receive a $1 base salary increase.

    The EMS base pay raise was made possible by “aggressive billing and collection efforts,” according to Owen County EMS Administrator Dan Brenyo.

  • Gratz to be on full display Saturday

    Owen County’s small-town of Gratz will grow, if only for a day, as tourists, artists, music lovers, river enthusiasts and more flock to the town for the Gratz Art, Paddle and Music Festival this Saturday.

    The festival will begin in Gratz at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The forecast at presstime called for sunny skies and warm temperatures, but the festival will still go on, rain or shine. The event, which was previously Owen County Arts in the Park, had a location change this year, said Barbara Duvall, chair of the Owen County Council for the Arts.

  • Researchers: Owen’s life expectancy same as state

    BY AL CROSS
    Kentucky Health News

    Life expectancy, perhaps the most basic measurement of a community’s health, is right at the state average in Owen County: 76 years. But both the state and county have health issues.

    Health researchers say life expectancy is driven by a complex web of factors that influence health —

    opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, and access to health care, child care and social services.

  • Program encourages exercising mind, body

    STORY AND PHOTOS BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    For more than 50 years, Owen County Public Library (OCPL) has hosted the summer reading program to provide free, safe and fun educational opportunities to children of all ages.

    In a setting where children can choose what they want to read, OCPL staff members like Electronic Resources Coordinator Jennifer Chancery have hopes that the program will inspire a love of reading for recreation while keeping children’s brains active in the summer months.