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  • A new lease on Eden Shale

    In June 2012, the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture suspended operations of the Eden Shale Research Farm due to budget constraints. UK later contacted the Kentucky Beef Network with the opportunity to manage the farm. The opportunity was discussed by Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association’s leadership and an open forum was held in October of 2012 to discuss the opportunity. A majority vote led KBN to pursue the farm and the official agreement will be finalized within the next few days.

  • Retired teachers honored for service to community

    At the Kentucky Retired Teacher’s Association state convention in Louisville on April 22, Owen County’s Retired Teacher’s group was awarded three awards:
    • The “Yes, We Did” award for having 100 percent membership;
    • The M.L. Archer Membership Award
    • The Gold Award for outstanding achievement in reaching the goals and objectives of KRTA.
    Barbara Ramsey is the membership chairperson for the local group.

  • Chappell elected to Council for Burley Tobacco board

    Members of the Council for Burley Tobacco elected new representatives to the board of directors at the 2013 Council for Burley Tobacco Annual Meeting of Membership April 18 in Lexington.

  • Owen student wins SkillsUSA project grant

    The Carroll County Area Technology Center Skills USA chapter won first place in the leadership event called “Community Service” for their project, “A Place to Sleep,” in the 2013 SkillsUSA Conference and Skills Championship.
    The championship was held April 3 at the Galt House in Louisville.
    The Kentucky National Guard sponsored and judged the event.
    Zach McBurney of Carroll County, Rene Rabago of Carroll County and Nathan Jude of Owen County presented the project.

  • Police round up drug suspects

    The Owenton Police Department recently arrested three people following a three-month investigation into illegal drug dealers.
    The arrests took place April 17, with a total of five felonies and two misdemeanor charges.
    Danny Oakley, 58, of 109 East Perry Street, Owenton, was arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, Hydrocodone; third-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Community called on for aid to fight ‘epidemic’

    Local and state law enforcement will be on hand to answer questions from the public during Thursday’s drug forum.
    The forum will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday in the Owen County High School auditorium and law enforcement along with local officials are hoping for a large turnout.

  • Building the Owenton line

    Those traveling north on U.S. 127 for the past couple of weeks have likely noticed construction crews and heavy equipment working to create Kentucky American Water’s new pipeline to Owenton.
    The construction began shortly after the Kentucky Public Service Commission authorized the company to build the pipeline in February. The pipeline will connect KAW’s Owenton customers to its Kentucky River Station II water treatment plant at Hardin’s Landing in Owen County.

  • Owen County welcomes a new face for 4-H

    Local 4-Hers can expect to see a new face around Owen County this spring.
    Born in Owen County, Jessi Williams, 28, had her public school years in Boone County, but knew one day she would return to what she says she has always considered “home.”
    After spending five years in the horse industry, Williams finally returned home in October when she became an assistant to Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science Judy Hetterman.
    On March 24, Williams became Owen County’s extension agent for 4-H Youth Development.

  • Wolfe Honored

    Owen County Primary School second-grade student Gwen Wolfe was recognized at the April Owen County Board of Education meeting. Wolfe won first place in digital art at the recent STLP State Competition. She is pictured with Owen County School District Chief Information Officer Naomi Cornette and Owen County School District Superintendent Rob Stafford.

  • Safe boating weather tips from Owen official

    Rick Morgan, Owen County emergency management director, asks that you should know the weather which can be both friend and foe.
    Calm winds and water make for enjoyable power boating, waterskiing, and fishing.
    A fresh breeze and a light chop provide an invigorating sailing or wind-surfing experience. But the sudden emergence of dark clouds, shifting and gusty winds, torrential downpours and lightning can turn a day’s pleasure into a nightmare of distress.
    Here are some tips on how to keep your pleasure and safety to a maximum.