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  • Group steps in to help meet the needs

    The holidays may be over, but members of Monterey Baptist Church hope to keep the season of giving alive throughout the upcoming weeks.
    During a planning meeting this past fall, Marsha Derringer came up with the idea of the 12 weeks of Christmas for Meeting the Needs.
    Meeting the Needs, a ministry that started in 2005, is a faith-based, nonprofit organization. Volunteers from local churches help families who are in crisis with food, clothing and other emergency situations.

  • Pair charged with robbery

    An Owenton man and woman are being charged with first-degree robbery after the woman allegedly stole a firearm from her sister’s Owen County home.
    Felicia D. Bramblett, 26, and Joshua L. King, 31, were arrested Jan. 4 after they allegedly broke into the home of Felicia Bramblett’s sister, Mary Bramblett on Dec. 28.
    According to an arrest citation, King admitted to being in the house, but did not know that Felicia Bramblett was taking items.

  • Leadership of school board shifts

    The Owen County Board of Education met for its first meeting of the year Jan. 3 and elected a new chairperson and vice-chairperson.
    Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said in the past board members have elected to keep the same chairperson and vice-chairperson each year, but have decided to begin rotating the positions from now on.
    Board member Terry Patterson had been chairperson and Brian Young vice-chairperson.
    Brian Young will now hold the chairperson position and Brett McDonald will become the vice-chairperson.

  • Leadership of school board shifts

    The Owen County Board of Education met for its first meeting of the year Jan. 3 and elected a new chairperson and vice-chairperson.
    Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said in the past board members have elected to keep the same chairperson and vice-chairperson each year, but have decided to begin rotating the positions from now on.
    Board member Terry Patterson had been chairperson and Brian Young vice-chairperson.
    Brian Young will now hold the chairperson position and Brett McDonald will become the vice-chairperson.

  • Walking for a cause

    God’s Special Little Hearts, in conjunction with the Owen County Extension Homemakers, will be hosting the Seventh Annual Walk for Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects on Feb. 18  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Owenton First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
    CHDs are the No. 1 birth defect affecting approximately 40,000 babies each year, and is the leading cause of death in infants under the age of 1.
    If you are interested in forming a team for the walk, contact Katie Columbia at 502-514-1305 and a walk packet can be mailed.

  • City council moves ahead with annexation plans

    Homeowners on several Owen County roads could eventually have the option of becoming Owenton residents after Owenton City Council members recently agreed to add several more roads to an annexation plan.
    The council had voted to begin the annexation process on several stretches of highway, including Hwy. 22 East for 1.9 miles to the new Maurice Bowling Middle School; U.S. 127 South to the ‘Welcome to Owenton’ sign; and U.S. 127 North to Old New Liberty Road.

  • After five years, McBurney steps down at center

    After nearly five years of service, Owen County’s Senior Center director recently said goodbye.
    Lisa McBurney, who served as the center’s director for the past four years and 10 months recently accepted a new job. Her last day at the center was Dec. 9.
    DeDe Grisham will fill McBurney’s spot until a new director can be chosen and Ethel Hammond, a volunteer at the center and McBurney’s backup, will continue to volunteer and assist Grisham.

  • The latest rural mural

    As winter sets in for the next few months, Owen countians and those traveling through the area now have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of summer labor and its history.
    The third Agricultural Heritage Trail Committee tobacco barn mural was installed Dec. 30 on a barn located on U.S. 127 North. The barn is owned by Johnny and Pat Craigmyle.
    The mural depicts the history of setting tobacco. Four vignettes show the progression of setting tobacco from “setting by the season” to setting on a setter pulled by a tractor.

  • Owen County man’s murder trial expected to begin Jan. 17

    The trial of a Corinth man who allegedly murdered a Scott County man in 2010 is set to begin later this month.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane.
    Dennis is charged with murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and trafficking marijuana over five pounds.
    State police were called to the home around 7:10 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2010 after receiving information on a shooting.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that killed two people and injured one Friday.
    According to a press release, troopers responded at 6:02 p.m. to 11465 of US Highway 127 near Monterey after receiving information that two vehicles had been involved in a serious injury collision.
    The first vehicle, driven by 54 year-old Larry C. Conway, of Frankfort, apparently crossed the centerline of US 127 and collided with an oncoming vehicle operated by 46 year old Daniel S. Ballard, of Owenton, police said in a statement.