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  • Leadership Owen County: 2012 Education day

    The old saying goes ‘you’re never too old to learn.’
    Our Leadership Team had the privilege to enrich our knowledge of the Owen County schools.
    We began our day at Owen County Elementary with Charlotte Elkins (DDP) and her support staff such as Jimmy Sutherland (transportation), Karen Wash (health), Beverly Marcum (family resource), Becky Mefford (youth services), Veronica Gayle (adult education) and Kathy Resetar (community education).
    Elkins explained the importance of the children’s attendance.

  • Spruce up Owen County during Clean-up Week

    Adopt-a-Highway groups poised to ‘spring clean’ roadsides, help preserve Kentucky’s scenic beauty
    Spring Clean Week in Owen County is March 18-24
    Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Owen County’s highways. The Transportation Cabinet announces that Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will be March 18-24.

  • Looking for Bleu’s clues

    After weeks of searching a local family recently found their missing Siberian Husky in a plastic garbage bag and is now offering a $1,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest.
    Joy Botkins and her family were originally offering a $500 reward for anyone helping to find the dog, Bleu, who went missing Feb. 22.
    The dog’s carcass was found March 4 in an unoccupied section of Sawdridge Creek Road.

  • Father hopes new business with be legacy for son

    Making money and serving the public wasn’t the only thing on Darren Wolford’s mind when he decided to start up a new lawn care service in Owen County.
    He was looking to the future and hoping to build a legacy for his son.
    Although his son Blake, 16, will soon be off for college, Darren Wolford said he started “Love My Lawn” as a way to help ensure a financial future and bond the pair even further.
    “I wanna teach him everything I know,” Darren Wolford said. “This a venture that we can do together.”

  • New firm to college city garbage

    The City of Owenton has contracted Rumpke exclusively to provide residential trash service. All residents should contact Rumpke at (800) 678-6753 by March 30 to set up service.
    Rumpke will begin weekly trash service April 5.
    Trash will be collected on Thursdays and residents should place trash in bags or cans at the curb the night before.
    A recycling drop-off box will be provided at 310 S. Main Street in Owenton. Residents can use the box to recycle plastic bottles and jugs, aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars, steel cans, paper and cardboard.

  • Suspect in burglaries allegedly left ID at crime scene

    A Franklin County man has been indicted by the Owen County grand jury after allegedly being involved in a string of burglaries on U.S. 127 South.
    Andrew J. Oliver, 28, was indicted on the charges of second-degree  burgalry and theft by unlawful taking.
    According to records from the Owen Circuit Clerk’s Office, victims of a burglary that took place on Jan. 20 reported that two doors of their home on U.S. 127 South had been kicked in and jewelry, guns and medication had been stolen.

  • District needs over $600,000 in cuts or new revenue to make budget

    The Owen County Board of Education has a new chairman following the resignation of Brian Young.
    Young announced his resignation to Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh and other board members Feb. 28. His resignation was immediately effective.
    In a meeting held March 12, board member Dr. Larry Johnson nominated Stuart Bowling for the board’s chairperson, citing Bowling’s seniority on the board as one reason for the nomination.
    The nomination was seconded by Terry Patterson and unanimously approved.

  • Academic achievement: Timothy E. Burgener

    Timothy E. Burgener, the husband of Nita Malcomb Burgener, of Worthville, is a full-time student at Gateway Community & Technical College in Florence. He has made a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester 2011 and has a 3.71 GPA overall. This past November he was inducted into the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, and is also the vice president of scholarship in his local honors chapter. He will be graduating in May with an associate degree in industrial maintenance technology.

  • Get prepared for next emergency


    Follow these steps to make sure you and your family have enough safe food and water (for drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.) available in the event of a disaster or emergency.

    Prepare emergency food supply
    Keep foods that:
    • Have a long storage life
    • Require little or no cooking, water, or refrigeration, in case utilities are disrupted
    • Meet the needs of babies or other family members who are on special diets
    • Meet pets' needs

  • Petting partners

    A student technology leadership project group at Maurice Bowling Middle School is helping to educate the community on being a responsible pet owner.
    The group chose to assist Owen County Friends of Animals in fundraising and is comprised of four seventh grade students, including Kaitlyn Gabbard, Ellie Stout, Autumn Maddox and Ashley Dawson.
    The group is called “Animal Allies.”
    The group designed a T-shirt to generate funding for OCFA and sponsored a supply donation drive at MBMS.