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  • Ayres Orchard to host field day

    The Monterey apple orchard owned by Larry and Sherry Ayres will be the site for a state-wide Fruit Growers Field Day Saturday.
    The University of Kentucky Horticulture department is organizing a field day to focus on various aspects of orchard management. The field day will be held Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.
    Topics to be covered include managing insects in an orchard, fruit rot problems, the potentials of growing pears, and, something that is of particular concern in this area, orchard wildlife management.

  • Owen Co. workers to see raises under new budget

    All non-elected Owen County employees are expected to receive raises during the next fiscal year.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a first reading on the 2012-13 budget ordinance May 8.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the increases will be small, but both full- and part-time employees will receive a raise.
    The budget has already been approved by the state, Keith said.
    “They have to make sure all the numbers are OK and that everything adds up,’ Keith said. ‘They also check to make sure everything has proper classification.’

  • Annual Arts in the Park returns to fairgrounds Saturday

    The fourth annual Owen County Arts in the Park opens this weekend featuring plenty of music, food, exhibits and local artists plying their trade.
    The festivities get started at 10 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m. at the Owen County Fairgrounds and is presented by the Owen County Arts Council.
    Organizer Patty Petzinger said there will be some changes designed to make the experience more enjoyable for the entire community.
    “This year, we will have roving musicians so there will be music everywhere,” Petzinger said.

  • Grand jury indicts driver after injury crash

    An Owen County man was recently indicted after being involved in an alleged DUI-related crash where two people were seriously injured.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Bradley Arterburn, Thomas P. Colligan, 46, was traveling west on Hwy. 36 (Jonesville Road) when he crossed the center line and struck two vehicles.
    The accident took place around 4:38 p.m. April 21.

  • Bond for Owen County men accused in killing set at $500,000

    Two Owen County men were indicted by a Franklin County grand jury May 9 after allegedly strangling a Frankfort man to death and dumping his body on the side of Interstate 64 in Franklin County.
    Joshua Hammond, 31, and David Bruce II, 44, both of Owen County were indicted in Franklin Circuit Court on the charges of murder, assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.
    A third man from Grant County, James Simons, 35, was also indicted on the same charges.

  • Two Owen men charged in killing

    Two Owen County men and a third from Grant County have been charged with the murder of a Frankfort man after a passerby noticed a dead body alongside Interstate 64 in Franklin County.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the victim, Charles Monroe, 30, had met the three men at the Frankfort Walmart on Leonardwood Drive to allegedly purchase prescription pain pills.
    Melton said the incident was a case of an alleged “drug deal gone bad.”

  • Maurice Bowling Middle School honored for getting green

    Maurice Bowling Middle School was recently recognized as the second most energy efficient middle school in the state of Kentucky and district officials are hopeful the rest will follow suit.
    The school held an Energy Star assembly April 27, where the school was presented with an Energy Star plaque, which was donated by Owen Electric.
    Owen County School District Maintenance Supervisor Dan Logan said the award was based on the school’s electric bill statements.

  • After playground, mayor turns attention to budget

    Sidewalk repairs and a new police cruiser could be in the City of Owenton’s future following the Owenton City Council’s first reading of its 2012-13 budget.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West said there were no surprises with the upcoming fiscal year’s budget and that each member of the council received a copy of the budget before the May 1 meeting. West said he met individually with each of the council members to discuss the budget.
    West said the budget will allow for a $100,000 down payment on a new fire truck.

  • Running for the roses ... and the bargains

    With over $10,000 in total sales, the driving force behind the Run for the 227 Yard Sale is calling the event “a huge success.”
    KY 227 resident and Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis said the success goes beyond how much money her neighbors made during the Derby Day event.
    When the idea for the event began to take shape, Davis said she and her neighbors wanted a way to bring the community together and a massive yard sale seemed to be the ticket.
    “A few weeks ago, a community project began,” Davis said. ‘Everyone got busy. Company was coming.”

  • Two Owen men charged in killing

    Two Owen County men and a third from Grant County have been charged with the murder of a Frankfort man after a passerby noticed a dead body alongside Interstate 64 in Franklin County.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the victim, Charles Monroe, 30, had met the three men at the Frankfort Walmart on Leonardwood Drive to allegedly purchase prescription pain pills.
    Melton said the incident was a case of an alleged “drug deal gone bad.”