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Local News

  • Bridge replacement will force motorists to find alternative route

    Motorists will have to find an alternate route for a few weeks as a decades old bridge in rural northern Owen County is being replaced.
    Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot said the bridge on the Sparta/New Liberty Road over Two Mile Creek is being replaced because of safety concerns.
    Smoot said the existing bridge was built from remnants of a bridge upstream that washed down during some flooding in the early 1960s.
    “The existing bridge had washed out so it was rebuilt from materials from another bridge from upstream,” Smoot said.

  • Owen clerk’s office gets positive audit

    State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the audit of the 2011 financial statement from Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid.
    According to a statement, the audit found that the clerk’s financial statement presents fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the clerk in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.
    The auditor noted no instances of noncompliance. The auditor also noted no matters involving internal control over financial reporting and its operation that were considered to be material weaknesses.

  • Owen schools get high marks for college readiness

    The overall percent of Owen County students meeting college readiness benchmarks in some subjects of the ACT college entrance exam is at an all time high, local officials said.
    According to a press release from Director of Instruction, Federal Programs and Professional Development Danny Osborne, Owen County juniors who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2011-2012 scored an average composite score of 18.3.

  • National Guard helps find $1.5 million in pot

    With the help of the National Guard, the Owen County Sheriff’s Office recently located  and destroyed approximately $1.5 million worth of marijuana plants.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the plants were located Aug. 22 when three National Guard helicopters flew around the county, while sheriff’s deputies worked on the ground.
    Hammond said some plants were found on Stewart Ridge Road, some on Breck Road, but the largest amount was found in the New Columbus area.

  • Lending a hand

    Owen County Electric employees recently traveled to areas of Mississippi affected by Hurricane Isaac. Pictured are (from left to right) John Fitzgerald, Dan Tekulve, John Lilly. Tony Bach, Ricky Mason, Danny Clemons, Bobby Von Bokern, Jeremiah Heeger, Chris McKinley, Scott Howard, Nate Pickett, Mark Greene, Rodney Kincaid, Jeremy Wright, Matt Greenlee, Alan Brann,  and Joe Waichuliss.

  • Owen County official warns carbon monoxide from appliances can kill

    By Rick Morgan
    Owen County Emergency Management

    Owen County Emergency Management is warning consumers to be vigilant when using appliances that use fuels to deal with power outages.  These can be generators, cooking equipment, lights and etc.  
    The exhaust from fuel-powered appliances contains high levels of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) that can quickly incapacitate and kill within minutes.

  • Owen Electric receives Governor’s Safety Award

    Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary Mark Brown recently presented Owen Electric with a Governor’s Safety and Health Award.
    The 135 employees of Owen Electric have worked more than 521,240 hours without a lost-time incident.
    “This award signifies the emphasis that Owen Electric’s managers and employees place on worker safety,” said Brown. “Owen Electric’s high commitment to safety is evident in this award, and this achievement is a positive reflection on the management staff, the employees and the entire Owenton community.”

  • Special events at MBMS Saturday to honor Mitchuson

    As part of National Spirit Day, a special event will be held Saturday in memory of Carolann Mitchuson, the Owen County cheerleader who recently passed away.
    There will be Zumba, hip hop, stunt and gymnastics classes. Registration is $5 per class.
    Starting at 1 p.m., there will be a cookout, a Wii Just Dance contest, inflatables will be available for kids with a $5 wristband, and registration will begin for a cornhole tournament.
    All profits from the event will be split between the Beka Scholarship and the Mitchuson Trust Fund.

  • Taking the trophy

  • 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.