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  • City council passes first reading of Ford property zone change

    The first reading on a potential zone change for the Ford property at 311 South Main Street was approved during a special called Owenton City Council meeting July 10.
    The Ford property is currently an R-1 lot (residential), but could soon be changed to C-1 (commercial).
    The first reading was expected to be held July 3, but was postponed over concerns about a potential technical violation.
    The planning and zoning commission approved the zone change during a June meeting, but the city council has the final say on the changes.

  • Owen Co. grand jury issues indictment in fatal accident

    An Owen County man was recently indicted on the charge of second-degree manslaughter after a DUI related crash that killed his brother May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 56, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.

  • Boone County offering Tasty Travels Across America

    On July 24, visitors can take a culinary trip across the nation where you will enjoy your meal by the bite while exploring familiar and new ingredients relating to the geography of our country and state food cultures.
    “Tasty Travels across America” will be offered at noon and again at 6 p.m. at the Boone County Extension Office in Burlington.
    This program will explore recipes from the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Living Well Cookbook.

  • Special honor: Hunter Sutton

    Owen County High School student Hunter Sutton, right, recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders. IFAL is designed to expose high-school students to college life while helping them explore the different fields of study for careers in agriculture. During the week, attendees gained a better understanding of the nature and needs of the agriculture industry, saw how basic and applied science is utilized in agriculture and learned of the political process used to develop agricultural policy.

  • Owen Electric to host rodeo for workers

    Owen Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce it will be the host of the Eighth Annual Kentucky Lineman’s Rodeo.
    The event will take place July 26 and 27 at Boone County Fairgrounds at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington.
    The events start July 26 at 3 p.m. for individual journeyman and apprentice lineman events, however, the opening ceremony and team events will take place July 27 at 7:30 a.m.

  • Remembering Reinke

    Most photographers remain faceless. People see their work but rarely see the person behind the lens.
    For those who knew and loved Ed Reinke, his face and his memory will forever be remembered at Kentucky Speedway.
    Earlier this month during the photographer’s meeting before the Feed the Children 300, Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simemdinger unveiled a plaque that honors the memory of Reinke.

  • Heat finally eases

    Despite the break Owen County is getting from the heat, the area remains under a water shortage watch issued by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet last week.
    According to a press release from the energy and environment cabinet, a water shortage watch is issued when drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources.
    According to the release, residents should increase their awareness of the current drought situation and prepare to make adjustments to their water use.

  • Owen Co. Fair returns

    For 81 years, the annual Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show has brought smiles to the faces of the young and old with a variety of activities and summertime fun.
    Owen County Fair Board President Mark Baldwin assures that this year’s fair will be more of the same, with new memories made each night.
    The fair will kick off Saturday with a walking horse show at 6:30 p.m.
    The annual county-wide worship service will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday with Bro. Don Karsner officiating.

  • Question delays vote on zoning change

    The first reading on a potential zone change for the Ford property at 311 South Main Street was expected to be held Tuesday after the vote was postponed July 3 over concerns about a potential technical violation.
    The Owenton City Council was expected to hold a first reading on ordinance 709, which would change the Ford property from R-1 (residential) to C-1 (commercial).
    Instead, the council discussed whether the zone change could be legally done because the city’s “comprehensive plan” is 20 years out of date.

  • State issues water shortage watch for Owen

    As blistering heat is expected to continue through the weekend, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has issued a water shortage watch for 27 counties, including Owen County.
    According to a press release from the energy and environment cabinet, a water shortage watch is issued when drought conditions have the potential to threaten the normal availability of drinking water supply sources.  
    According to the release, residents should increase their awareness of the current drought situation and prepare to make adjustments to their water use.