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  • Rookie and veteran look back at landmark session

    A rookie and a veteran of the Kentucky General Assembly looked back at this year’s regular session.
    At a meeting of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, and State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, reflected on a session that will be memorable for each man.
    Linder was entering his first year in the Kentucky House of Representatives after succeeding long-time Owen County representative Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, while Thayer became majority floor leader in the Kentucky State Senate.

  • Owen Co. man found guilty of cooking meth

    An Owen County man is expected to be sentenced in Owen County Circuit Court next month after he was found guilty of multiple drug charges May 1.
    James R. Thomas, 53, was found guilty of manufacturing methamphetamine; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and first-degree persistent felony offender.
    According to court documents, Thomas was ordered to vacate the home he shared with his wife Brenda Thomas at 1675 Hwy. 35 on April 20 by Owen County District Court Judge Thomas Funk.

  • Owen County Farmers' Market returns

     

  • Owen grand jury returns indictments

    A fourth person was indicted May 7 on a drug trafficking charge following arrests made by the Owenton City Police last month.
    The arrests were part of a three-month investigation into illegal drug dealers and took place on April 17.
    Linda Oakley Taylor, 61, was indicted on the charge of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, hydrocodone.
    The arrests were part of a continued effort to clamp down on illegal drug dealers within the City of Owenton.

  • Travel safe and smart this summer

    Summer is upon us, and for many, the season means at least one family vacation or weekend getaway.  According to a 2011 TripAdvisor survey, 90 percent of Americans were planning to take two or more leisure trips within the next year and 24 percent were planning five or more trips.  Of those surveyed, 79 percent said they plan to spend at least $3,000 on these vacations.  As you start planning your next vacation, you can take precautions to keep yourself, your family, and your finances safe when you travel.

  • Owenton Livestock Report: May 8, 2013

    Receipts for the week: 523
    May 1: 569• Last year: 760
    Compared to the previous sale: Steers and heifers below 700 lbs. steady, above 700 lbs. $2 higher. Cows and bulls $2 to $3 higher.
    Feeder Steers Medium & Large #1-#2: 300-400 lbs.  $172; 400-500 lbs.  $164; 500-600 lbs.  $143-145; 600-700 lbs.  $132-139; 700-800 lbs.  $130; 800-900 lbs.  $122-124; 900-1,000 lbs.  $117; 1,045-1,130 lbs.  $108-109.

  • Owen County celebrates a Kentucky tradition - Derby Day

    Despite the threat of rain Friday and Saturday, the second annual 227 Yard Sale rolled on.
    KY 227 resident and Owen County Magistrate Teresa Davis, who started the Kentucky Derby themed event in 2012, said there were approximately 14 yard sales along the stretch of highway.
    “The number of yard sales was down some, everybody was afraid it was going to rain,” Davis said. “But it was still a good event.”
    Prizes were given out to those who had the best Derby hat and Davis said Teresa Green was the overall sales winner.

  • City sidewalk projects continue despite wet weather

    Rain may have slowed the city’s sidewalk repairs down, but Owenton Mayor Doug West said the work is expected to be finished this week.
    Approximately 100 yards of repairs to city sidewalks were completed in 2012, including the area around the Owen County Courthouse.
    The Owenton City Council approved for another round of concrete work to be completed this spring.
    West said about 70 yards will be completed, including the sidewalk at the corner of Seminary and Main Street and a crosswalk for pedestrians near Itron.

  • Owen Farmers’ Market make grand reopening Friday

    After a five-month break, the Owen County Farmers’ Market will be back in business Friday with the judge-executive’s office hosting its annual cookout in support of Relay For Life.
    Local vendors are expected to gather once again from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Friday behind the Kentucky Farm Bureau office, located at 430 Roland Avenue.
    Owen County Farmers’ Market President Jim Bush said there will be 15 vendors taking part in this year’s market.

  • Arts in the Park returns

    Budding and established artists, craftsmen and musicians will showcase their talents this Saturday at the annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds.
    The event features student art along with demonstrations of different forms of arts and crafts along with music and food.
    Owen County Arts Council event organizer Patty Petzinger said the group is excited by this year’s event.