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  • 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.

  • 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.