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  • Looking back | March 2, 2016

    Complaints spark more patrols
    March 2, 2011
    5 years ago

    After receiving several complaints concerning possible illegal activities in the area, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is pledging to beef up patrols in one part of Owen County.

    Hammond announced Friday he would be increasing patrols and police presence in the areas of Lusby’s Mill, New Columbus and Beechwood. The additional protection and patrols are in response to citizen’s complaints.

  • Farm Bureau set to host Measure the Candidate forum

    As the 62nd House District prepares for a special election March 8, Owen County Farm Bureau is set to host a Measure the Candidate forum Friday.

    The two Georgetown men vying for the seat are Georgetown farmer and Democrat Chuck Tackett and Georgetown businessman and Republican Phillip Pratt.

    The 62nd House district covers all of Owen County and parts of Fayette and Scott counties.

    The Owen County Farm Bureau is hosting the event, which will be held at the Owen County Extension Office, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Board.

  • Local mom utilizing GoFundMe to send daughter on 'life-changing' trip

    Being a mom with three kids is no simple task, but Sarah Washburn-Settles is determined that her daughter will participate in what she believes is a once in a lifetime opportunity, no matter the cost.

    Kendrah Ashby, a 16-year-old sophomore at Owen County High School, was recently chosen to attend a National Youth Leadership Forum on Advanced Medicine and Health Care at St. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. Ashby’s invitation to attend is one of only three ever extended to an OCHS student.

  • Spark from controlled burn ignites hay shed
  • Spring break could be used for make up days

    The Owen County School Board approved a vote to change the order in which additional makeup days for school closings would be used at its Feb. 16 meeting.

    Charlotte Elkins, director of pupil personnel, presented the current calendar along with possible options to the board.

    As of press time Tuesday morning, the last day of school for Owen County students is May 26.

  • Family raises physically active son with heart defect

    Michael and Tabatha Lawrence are raising their four children in Glencoe. After having two sons they welcomed a third into the world and discovered soon after he had a heart defect.

    When Mason Lawrence, who is now 11 years old, was only 10 days old, doctors were checking his upper-respiratory system and discovered a problem, his mother Tabatha said.

    “It (was) a murmur and that’s what sent us to the cardiologist,” she said.

  • Crash kills Owen resident in Scott County

    A Corinth woman was killed in a single vehicle accident on Interstate 75 in Scott County Sunday morning.

    Bridgette Anne Smith, 27, was traveling southbound near mile marker 133 on Interstate 75, when her vehicle ran off the left shoulder and struck a tree, according to Captain Jearl Porter of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

    At the time of the accident, Porter said the roadway was wet and there was sporadic light snow, but it was unclear at the time if the conditions were a factor in the accident.

    Smith was wearing a seatbelt.

  • Fiscal court considers contract with Three Rivers, hires new EMS employees

    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently gave approval to Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis to sign a contract with Three Rivers Health Department.

    Although still in negotiations, the health department would agree to perform services such as administering Hepatitis A and B, flu shots and other services agreed upon under the contract.

    Ellis said it is the county’s responsibility to offer testing and vaccination services to high-risk employees.

  • Owen County's own 'Mr. Basketball'

    The Runnin’ Rebels have enjoyed a lot of success on the court this year and one of those keys to success is 6-foot-7 senior Carson Williams.

    Williams, a candidate for Kentucky’s prestigious Mr. Basketball award, has been the cornerstone of Owen County’s basketball program for the past four years, head coach Devin Duvall said.

  • Clifton family works hard to maintain normal lifestyle while raising 2 children with heart defects

    An estimated 40,000 children born in the United States each year have congenital heart defects (CHD’s), according to the American Heart Association. A family in Carrollton is raising not one, but two children with CHD’s.