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  • Yard sale will kick off 227 Derby weekend celebration

    A community-wide 227 yard sale will be held May 4 and May 5 beginning at 8 a.m.
    The yard sale will have a Kentucky Derby theme and the “starting gate” will be at 227 in front of the Owen County bus garage.
    There is a $5 entry fee depending on the number of participants. Optional events like most decorative derby yard, most creative derby hat and total sales winner will be held. A drawing of the silks and helium balloon release will be held at 10 a.m. May 5.

  • Royce Adams to be honored at reception

    The community is invited to an appreciation reception being held in honor of State Representative Royce Adams, who is retiring from office.
    Adams has served Owen, Gallatin and Grant counties for over 20 years.
    The reception will be held April 28 at the Grant County Extension Office at the entrance to the Grant County Park, 105 Baton Rouge Road, Williamstown, Ky. 41097.
    Refreshments will be served from 5-9 p.m.

  • Mission of mercy

    When Emma Miller saw the devastation left behind from the tornados that hit Kentucky earlier this year, she knew she had to help the kids.
    West Liberty Elementary School was destroyed by an EF-3 tornado that struck March 2. Two weeks after the tornado hit, elementary students went back to school in a temporary facility, converted warehouse space.
    “Since I saw all of the stuff that happened I just had a feeling like I had to help the kids,” 8-year-old Emma said.

  • Nippert’s service earns statewide recognition

    Because of her dedication to touching the lives of Owen County residents in a meaningful and productive way, Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert has received the 2012 Margaret F. Willis Community Service Award.
    The award is given annualluy to a Kentucky library staff member who goes above and beyond the call of duty to reach out to the community and get people excited and involved in the library.
    Margaret F. Willis, the namesake of the award, was instrumental in bringing bookmobiles to rural parts of Kentucky, including Owen County.

  • New manager named for Owen senior center

    A new director has been chosen for the Owen County Senior Citizens Center.
    Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, a nonprofit organization based in Covington and serving seniors in the eight counties of northern Kentucky, is pleased to announce new management of the Owen County Senior Center.
    The Owen County Senior Center will be managed by Frances Cozine Steurer.  
    SSNK Interim Executive Director Ken Rechtin said Steurer will bring more excitement to the Owen County center.

  • Looking for closure in Carroll Co.

    By JEFF MOORE
    The News-Democrat

    Nearly a quarter-of-a-century after the bus crash on Interstate 71 changed his life forever, survivor Harold Dennis returned to Carrollton last week as part of a project to make a documentary about the tragedy.
    Dennis spoke to the Carrollton Rotary Club Wednesday at General Butler State Resort Park, talking some about his personal experiences and also about “Impact,” the movie he is producing with several others to educate people on the dangers of drinking and driving.

  • State asks court to set travel fees

    Senior citizens being transported by the Owen Public Transit will now pay a set fee for the service that takes them to and from doctors visits.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a resolution setting the fare as requested by the Kentucky Department of Transportation.  
    The public transit was once on contract through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District through Northern Kentucky Transit. The Owen County Fiscal Court took over the transit system last year. The transit vehicles are now owned by the county.

  • Owen County Honor Roll

    Third-Grade Super Honor Roll
    Forsee
    Allison Bourne, Trinity Craig, Haylee Neeley, Maddi Walker
     Gamm
    Abigail Colligan, Mary Gamm, Joshua Gay, Jacob Hayden, Allen Mason, Jorden May, Samantha Woodyard
    Hawkins
    Shelby Sams
    Inman
    Merideth David, Isabella Herdman, Carsyn Inman, Gregory Webster
     Long
    Madison Brown, Cheyenne Coppola, Savannah Kinster, Tori Lykins, Ryan Newton
    Sutherland

  • State warns of GED scam

    Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, issued a consumer alert Monday regarding fraudulent websites claiming to offer high school and GED diplomas for a fee through the Internet.
    “Kentuckians need to know there is one way to earn a GED credential and that is through a test administered onsite at an Official GED Testing Center,” Reecie Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said in a press release from the state.

  • Uncovering history

    Steve Stewart had driven past the Carr Cemetery countless times and never noticed it.
    Tucked across from the Voice of Thunder Church, the Carr Cemetery had become a victim of time with brush and trees blocking out part of Owen County history.
    In March, George Robertson, a resident of Philadelphia, came to visit the resting place of some of his Owen County ancestors.
    Robertson had been researching his genealogy for several years and that hunt led him to Owen County.
    He found the Carr Cemetery nearly hidden under years of undergrowth and brush.