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Local News

  • Special birthday: Lenora Kelly Olds

  • Local students among EKU spring graduates

    Eastern Kentucky University recognized 1,708 graduates at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester.
    The graduates were honored at commencement ceremonies May 11. The keynote speakers that day were U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, former University of Kentucky President Dr. Charles Wethington and author/educator Silas House.
    Local EKU graduates include:
    • Brannon Joseph Lillard, Sparta, magna cum laude BS in horticulture
    • Daniel Bradley Banks, Owenton, BA in communication studies

  • Family line

    Five generations gathered together July 2 at Roxie Milner’s Home.Pictured are (from left to right) Roxie Milner of Owen County, Judith Vendler of Owen County, Melinda Crupper of Boone County, Robert Glacken of Grant County, and in lap of Robert is Landon Glacken of Grant County.

  • Owen County WMU to celebrate 125th anniversary at July 25th meeting

    The Owen County Woman’s Missionary Union will have its summer quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m., July 25, at the Owen County Public Library in the community meeting room.
    Women and youth from all churches are invited even if your church does not currently have an active WMU.
    WMU is celebrating its 125th birthday. That’s 125 years of mission, education and ministry.
    The guest speaker will be Kevin Richardson from Sunrise Children’s Services (formerly known as Baptist Children’s Home).  

  • Royal Court: Annual Owen County Fair and Horse show kicks off

    Despite the heat, the Owen County fairgrounds pavilion was packed Monday evening for the crowning of the 2013 Miss Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
    Courtney Waldrop, the 18-year-old daughter of Kevin and Trudy Waldrop, will represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant to be held in January 2014.
    No stranger to pageantry, Waldrop began participating in pageants at a young age, including the little miss pageant.
    “I didn’t do many till I was 16 and then I did the miss teen pageant,” Waldrop said.

  • USDA extends acreage reporting deadline

    USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia has announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended from July 15 to Aug. 2. Only the FSA reporting deadline has been extended. The acreage reporting requirement for crop insurance has not changed and remains July 15.

  • Give me a beat

    Health Rhythms Instructor Roberta Schultz teaches rhythm drumming to the seniors at the Owen Senior Activity Center. The sessions are held every Monday at 10 a.m. and guests say it’s a great way to start the week.

  • A metal mess: Crews use magnets to clean up scrap metal after truck overturns in downtown Owenton

    Local emergency crews spent the early evening hours Friday cleaning up South Main Street after a tractor-trailer overturned that forced traffic to be rerouted for approximately five and a half hours.
    The crash took place at approximately 3:35 p.m., in front of Cowboys Market.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Trooper Brad Arterburn said the driver, 31-year-old George Whitehead of Crittenden, was hauling scrap metal to a factory in Ghent when the load on his trailer shifted after coming around a curve.

  • Mystery surrounds pot plot in Owenton

    An anonymous tip recently led Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond to a small marijuana growth operation within the city limits of Owenton.
    Hammond said his office received the tip around 8 p.m. July 1.
    “When we got the tip, we went straight on over there,” Hammond said. “There was five plots of it and it averaged three to four plants to a plot.”
    The secluded patches, off West Perry Street, were surrounded by chicken wire in an unmaintained area, Hammond said.

  • Thieves hit New Liberty Post Office

    A burglary that took place last week at the U.S. Post Office in New Liberty is currently being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
    The post office, located at 345 Hwy. 227 N., was burglarized during the morning hours of July 2.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cash money was taken from the post office as well as several money orders.
    Hammond said a post-office employee puts mail out early and leaves a door unlocked so box holders can retrieve their mail. The employee returns later to open the rest of the office.