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  • Guilty plea in fatal crash

    An Owen County man has pled guilty to a manslaughter charge following a May DUI-related crash.
    The crash took place May 16 when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 55, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road and he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.
    Lamonte Richardson was extricated with no injuries.

  • City council approves zone change for Ford property

    After several months of City of Owenton Planning and Zoning Commission and Owenton City Council meetings, the council held a second reading on the proposed zone change at 311 South Main Street, known as the Ford property, July 27.
    Each council member attending the meeting approved the second reading.
    Members Tim Cammack and Robert Walker were not in attendance.
    The property had been an R-1 lot (residential), but was changed to C-1 (commercial).
    The change will allow a commercial business to be opened on the property.

  • A few ideas for canning or freezing

    Soon, many vegetables and fruits will be ready for harvesting, and many gardeners will have more produce than they can readily eat. Those who want to preserve fresh, summer foods for later consumption will consider either freezing or canning the harvest. But is one way of preservation better than the other? The answer depends on the type of food you want to preserve.
    If proper techniques and correct temperatures are used, frozen foods retain greater amounts of their vitamin content, natural color, flavor, and texture.

  • 2012 Owen County Mother of the Year Nomination Letter

    I would like to nominate my mother, Bonnie Fitzgerald, for the Owen County Mother of the Year.
    My mom was born July 26, 1943, to Porter and Christine Osborne. She was the oldest of seven children. She lost a brother in Vietnam in 1969. This was something the family never quite got over.

  • 127 yard sale returns

    Signs of the world’s longest yard sale are already popping up throughout Owen County and community leaders are hoping the bargain hunters will spend some of their money here.
    The 127 Corridor Sale will kick off Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 5.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said the sale is something he doesn’t feel Owen countians have taken full advantage of.

  • Burglary suspect caught on video

    An Owenton man is being charged with first-degree burglary after he allegedly climbed into a residence through a ceiling and busted a hole into it.
    Isaac L. Goemaat, 18, is also being charged with receiving stolen property under $10,000, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and receiving stolen property firearm and second-degree criminal mischief.
    According to records obtained from the Owen County Circuit Clerk’s office, Goemaat was caught on video entering a residence on Hawk View Lane and exiting on a dirt bike.

  • Fitzgerald has spent a lifetime focusing on children

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Staff Writer
    Some may remember her as a school bus driver, others as an Owen County School District cafeteria worker, or cheering on Owen County’s many sports -- but this year everyone will know Bonnie Fitzgerald as Owen County Mother of the Year.
    Fitzgerald received the honor July 18 at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show.
    The award came as a surprise to Fitzgerald, who said she almost didn’t make it to the fair that night.

  • Wallace named Owen Countian of the year

    Fresh out of college in 1970, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace came to Owen County as a health and physical education teacher.
    Forty-two years later Wallace is one of the most celebrated educators around and has been awarded Owen Countian of the Year by the Owenton Rotary Club.
    The award came as a shock to Wallace, who said she had been tricked into attending the fair by Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • Wallace named Owen Countian of the year

    Fresh out of college in 1970, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace came to Owen County as a health and physical education teacher.
    Forty-two years later Wallace is one of the most celebrated educators around and has been awarded Owen Countian of the Year by the Owenton Rotary Club.
    The award came as a shock to Wallace, who said she had been tricked into attending the fair by Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • Keith urges public to properly use 911 calls and be prepared

    With Owen County having so many telephone exchanges and cell towers, it is difficult for emergency dispatch to know exactly where the emergency may be, according to Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith.
    When an Owen County resident calls 911, they are urged to give their name, number, address, address of the emergency and a description of the emergency to the dispatcher.
    Keith also said let the dispatcher know the county you are in so they can make sure they get the right responder to the emergency.