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  • Bridge work earns road crew statewide award

    The Owen County Road Department was recently awarded project of the year in the bridge category for work on the New Liberty Turnpike over Two Mile Creek.
    The award was given at the 2013 Snow and Safety Conference by the Kentucky chapter of the American Public Works Association.
    Owen County Road Foreman Greg Smoot said projects could be submitted in several different categories, but he chose to submit the bridge over Two Mile Creek for consideration.
    Work on the bridge took place during September of 2012 and took 30 days to complete.

  • Found money will repair some Owen County roads

    Several Owen County roads will get a fresh coat of asphalt thanks to a $200,000 state payment the county should have received in 2011.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the state agreed to give the county $200,000 for road repairs in 2011. The fiscal court used funds from the county coffers to repair roads but the state money wasn’t added to the ledgers.
    With the problem corrected, the county will use the funds to repair sections of Harris Ridge Road, Park Ridge Road and Point of Rock Road.
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  • Owen's new voice in state house speaks

    Growing up on a family farm in rural Scott County, Owen County’s new state representative says he has a personal connection with the people of the community.
    State Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, became Owen County’s representative earlier this year following the approval of legislative redistricting.
    Quarles was the guest speaker at Monday’s Owenton Rotary meeting.
    The son of a farmer and school teacher, Quarles’ first job was following a tobacco setter but he also had the opportunity to shovel a lot of manure.

  • Owen County's father of football

    It is always good to remember where you came from.
    On Friday night in Owenton, the Owen County High School football program took a walk down memory lane.
    At halftime on Friday night, fans and the current Rebels team honored those who came before them. Forty-seven football alumni were recognized as well as 10 members from the first football team in 1963.

  • Downtown landmark closes its doors

    Another chapter in Owen County’s history came to a close Oct. 4 when the doors were shut for the final time at Shopko.
    Though the sign above the door of the pharmacy at 119 W. Seminary St. read “Shopko,” many will always remember it as Morgan & Thomas, a trusted family pharmacy and a cool treat at the soda fountain.

  • Owen County Circuit Court: Oct. 1, 2013

    Joann (Blackmore) Adams, 1974, show cause hearing, owes $23,454.94 in restitution, to pay $100, first payment due in 90 days.
    Felicia D. Bramlett, 1985, probation violation, probation revocation hearing, motion to revoke probation, revoked.
    Jesse F. Brown, 1989, receiving stolen property, pleaded not guilty, continued to Nov. 22 or Dec. 6.
    James A. Clark, 1981, six counts of theft by unlawful taking, two counts of third-degree burglary, second-degree persistent felony offender, continued to Oct. 15.

  • Wedding announcement: Martin-Riddle

    Niki Martin and Brian Riddle wish to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding ceremony.
    Martin is a 1995 graduate of Franklin County High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s paramedic program. Martin is currently employed by Owen County EMS as a paramedic. She is the daughter of Debra Vaughan of Owenton and Curt Vaughan of Bagdad.

  • Masons honor 50 years of service

    William M. Caldwell of Florence is pictured receiving his 50-year pen of membership as a Mason at Owen Lodge #128 from Jeff Caudill, master of the lodge. Also recognized for their 50-year membership in the lodge were Clayton Compton of Louisville and Gerald Kemper of Owenton. They were unable to attend the meeting.

  • Nationally-known evangelist will bring message to Owen County

    Wesley Putnam, widely acclaimed evangelist, singer and composer will be in Owen County at 7 p.m., Nov. 3-6 at Owen County High School. He delivers a clear call to commitment through both word and song that has impacted the lives of people of all ages from all weeks of life. His ministry includes preaching, storytelling and music woven together to create a fresh approach to renewal.
    Putnam holds a bachelor of music degree from Northeast Louisiana University and the master of divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

  • 2013 OCHS Homecoming Court

    This year’s Owen County High School 2013 Football Homecoming Queen and Court candidates are (from left to right) freshman Audrey Hager, sophomore Haleigh Woods, junior Veronica Chisholm and seniors Hannah Strohmeier, Shelby Power, Allison Dempsey, Ashley Smith, Emily Allen, and Krissy Swigert.