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Local News

  • Use of federal dollars called into question

    The Kentucky Office of Education Accountability recently wrapped up an investigation centering on actions of a former district employee.
    The OEA began the investigation in October 2011 after receiving an anonymous complaint from within the Owen County School District.

  • Dedicated to the Fine Print

    Walking into the offices of Larkspur Press in Monterey, it’s hard not to be impressed by the sense of history.
    Although modern and clean, the workshop used by Gray Zeitz, his wife Jean, and Leslie Shane, reflects a slower time of publishing when each page was hand fed into a press and each book was a work of art within itself.
    Because of the quality and dedication to his craft, Gray recently received the  Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council for lifetime achievement.

  • Annual Sweet Owen Day approaches

    As summer begins to wind down, fall festivals are being scheduled throughout the state, including one of Owen County’s biggest yearly events – Sweet Owen Day.
    This year’s event will take place on the courthouse square Saturday, Sept. 15 and a full lineup of music, talent shows, pageants, food and fun are scheduled.
    The event will kickoff with the annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a run/walk at 8:30 a.m.

  • Owenton cops nab three for allegedly stealing purse

    Three Owenton residents were recently arrested after a woman’s purse was stolen from the Owen County Public Library, which eventually led to drug charges.
    According to a press release from the Owenton Police Department, the purse was accidentally left at the library Aug. 16.
    The theft was caught on library cameras which led to the arrests of Tiffany N. Stamper, 34, Robert L. Sanders, 31, and, William M. Robertson, 21.

  • County tax rate will rise slightly

    Owen County taxpayers will only see a slight increase on their tax bills following the Owen County Fiscal Court’s decision to take the compensating rate.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the compensating rate brings in the same amount of money as the previous year, but that the compensating rate had risen slightly because the real property had gone down.

  • Firefighters lend a hand

    Members of the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department helped out the community while performing a training exercise at the Claxton Ridge Cemetery Saturday. Firefighters burned brush that had accumulated as part of the clean-up and renovation effort at the historic cemetery. The volunteers behind the renovation effort would like to say thanks to the members of the department for taking the time to help.

  • Hudson-Jones continue tradition with reunion

    The descendants of The Rev. Silas Alexander Hudson will meet on Sunday for a 1 p.m. potluck lunch at the old New Columbus Schoolhouse. This is now the private residence of Bill and Faye Prewitt, and is located at 16065 New Columbus Road/KY 607. 
    This is thought to be the oldest documented consecutive family gathering in Kentucky.
    Lilly Hudson Cooke organized the first reunion in 1932, and the family has met on the Sunday before Labor Day each year since.

  • ‘Old’ friends meet for Bethany School reunion

    Persons attending the Bethany School group annual fellowship are always full of enthusiasm. When 18 school friends meet, there is much “old” news to share.
    Those present for the July 14 meal at Noble Restaurant near Corinth were Lucille Mason, Naomi Shiver, Lair Skirvin, Frances Lloyd, Ann Siders, Marion and Joyce Mason, Arthur Wright, Liz Dunavent, Linda Allnutt, Jean Murphy, Duard and Ann Glass, Ernest and Sara Smith, Donald Crupper, and Jim and Betty Lawrence.

  • Three Rivers District Health Depart. director elected to national board

    Georgia Heise, director of the Three Rivers District Health Department, has been recently elected as the vice president of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

  • Saying Thanks

    On Aug. 14, the Owen County Chamber of Commerce along with local business owners sponsored the staff appreciation breakfast for the Owen County School District. This year’s theme was “Only In America.”