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Local News

  • Owen Circuit Clerk’s Office celebrates Donate Life Month

    “This April, and every day, I am proud of the impact this office has on the lives of others, especially those in need of lifesaving organ transplants. I am humbled at the generosity of our community,” Owen County Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee said. “Even through tough economic times, our community is committed to helping others.”

  • Too many toys or fire wood on front porch may soon be illegal

    The Owenton City Council could soon be tightening restrictions on outdoor wood storage, doghouses, front yard furniture and outside toys owned by city residents.
    The council gave a first reading of the amendment to its nuisance ordinance during its April 2 meeting.
    The amendment states that any property owner or tenant that houses a dog or dogs outside will keep them in the backyard of the house, apartment or building and will furnish a doghouse to house them.

  • Playing for a cause

    It’s an annual rite of spring and it’s for a great cause.
    Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley hosted the 14th Annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble on Saturday afternoon.
    Twenty-three teams took part in the event that helps raise money for the Satterwhite Foundation which supports the Trust for Life Organ Donation Program. The event also helps raise money for the Owen County Senior Citizens Activity Fund.

  • Volunteers get new equipment

    The members of the Owen County/Owenton Volunteer Fire Department recently received a new fire truck to help the community. Above: Members of the department pose in front of the new truck.

  • Owen students need help to attend Washington D.C. event

    The AP U.S. Government and politics class at Owen County High School is planning to participate in an educational program to Washington, D.C.
    The class has been invited to represent the community and state in the 2013 We the People National Invitational on the campus of George Mason University. The event, sponsored by the non-profit Center for Civic Education, takes place over five days this coming May 3-7.
    During the program, the students will:

  • Owen County Extension Service News: Gardening in small spaces and growing more

    Even though outdoor temperatures are still bitter and wintry, it’s never too early to start planning your garden.
    When you imagine a garden, do you picture a large space planted with low neat rows?
    This type of conventional garden has been popular for many years, however because of the space required, it often isn’t practical for those living on small lots or in townhomes, condominiums, or apartments.
    If you find that you don’t have the space or time to care for a conventional garden, you might consider a raised bed or a container garden.

  • Technological advances

    Thousands of students from 100 districts across the state made their way to Lexington Thursday in hopes their group would be named a top project at the Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship.
    But only three groups would be chosen to share their projects in Texas this summer and a group of Maurice Bowling Middle School students is one.
    Autumn Maddox, Marlee Lathrem, Molly Gamble, Hailey Chappell and Ellie Stout make up the group, whose STLP project will give them the chance to share their knowledge with others from all over the world.

  • Mayor touts city’s accomplishments during address

    The City of Owenton has had many accomplishments over the past couple of years, but there’s still plenty of work to be done, according to Owenton Mayor Doug West.
    West held a state of the city address Thursday at the Owen County Courthouse. The speech focused on cuts made at city hall and enforcing nuisance ordinances.
    West said although the Owenton City Council has made $100,000 in cuts, the city is still $100,000 in the red.

  • Lawmakers support hemp bill

    A bill that would set the framework for industrial hemp production and gained the support of Owen County’s state lawmakers is waiting for action by Governor Steve Beshear after being passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives last week.
    The General Assembly passed the bill March 26, with an 88-4 margin in the House of Representatives and in the Senate with a House floor amendment, 35-1.
    The bill would allow Kentucky farmers to begin production of hemp if the federal government legalizes its production.

  • Two farmers’ markets in Owen Co. get certified

    Owen County is home to two of the 103 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are  Ayres Family Orchard and Michels Family Farm.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.