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  • Owen voters just say No

    The voters of Owen County have rejected a proposal that would have expanded alcohol sales.
    The final tally was 1,522 votes cast for expanded alcohol sales and 1,792 voting no, a difference of 270 votes.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said she expected a 53-percent turnout early Tuesday. When all the results were official, only 44 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
    Steve Delaney, one of the leaders of Citizens for a Dry Owen County, said he is pleased with the margin of victory.

  • Retired trooper joins Owenton police force

    Former Trooper Steve Miller retired from the Kentucky State Police in 1992, but 19 years later he has been sworn in as an Owenton police officer by Mayor Doug West.
    Miller, 59, was employed by the Kentucky State Police in 1974. After graduating from the KSP academy in Frankfort, he was assigned to Post 14 in Ashland where he worked as an on-the-road trooper and later was selected one of 16 public affair officers in the state.
    In 1989, Miller transferred to Post 5 in La Grange where he was assigned to Owen and Gallatin counties until retiring in 1992.

  • Mother of the Year nomination letter: Veneda Caldwell Smith - an inspiration for generations

    While every mother is special, some are just extraordinary in their willingness to help their families and others. Proverbs 31, verse 29 reads, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” I can’t think of a better description of my mother. By definition, a mother is one who has a child, but my mother is much more than that. To me, a good mother will put the needs of others in front of her own. My mother and her story may be common to anyone else, but to me she is a perfect example of an outstanding mother.

  • Owen woman faces indictment for alleged benefit fraud

    The Owen County grand jury recently indicted a woman who allegedly failed to change information affecting her eligibility for benefits, including food stamps and Medicaid benefits.
    Melissa A. Wolney, 38, was indicted July 12 on the charge of false statement or misrepresentation to receive benefits over $100.

  • Owen Co. emergency management offers tips to stay healthy during summer heat

    Rick Morgan, Owen County Emergency Management Director, wants to remind residents of dangers of the extreme heat we are having and what to you need to do.
    Before extreme heat
    • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
    • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
    • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
    • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.

  • Monterey to host block party to help new center

    The public is invited to help build a new heart for the city of Monterey.
    A block party will be held Saturday in the streets of Monterey to help raise money for the new Monterey Community Center.
    Worth Street will be blocked off to traffic during the event which begins at 1 p.m. and will last until dark.
    There will be games, music and plenty of activities for the entire family.
    There will be a donation box for those who wish to help renovate the new community center.
    For information, call Doreen McElroy at 484-0945.

  • Saying "NO"

    As some people against Owen County becoming completely wet discuss their opposition, one word seems to be repeated over and over.
    “Why?”
    With the local option vote scheduled for Tuesday,  Steve Delaney and Dave Jones with Citizens for a Dry Owen County not only keep pondering that question but also the potential for harm that could come from expanded alcohol sales in the county and if it could bring significant new money into the county coffers.

  • Saying "YES"

    With the local-option vote looming Tuesday, two local officials have come out in support of going wet.
    Owen County magistrates Troy Bramblett and Casey Ellis have announced they are backing the drive to legally allow the sale of beer, wine and alcohol across the county.
    “This wasn’t a decision I made quickly,” Bramblett said. “It took a lot of thought and research on the issue and I come to the conclusion this is best for the future of Owen County.”

  • Mother of the Year

    According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a mother is a woman in authority and a person who provides care and affection – but it doesn’t say much about the sacrifices many women make for their children.
    This year’s Mother of the Year award was presented July 13 at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show to a woman who knows a thing or two about sacrifice.

  • Owen Countians Of The Year

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Staff Writer
    Year after year, an unsuspecting citizen of Owen County arrives at the Owen County fairgrounds pavilion during fair week for a special reason. Some think they’re there to see a friend win an award or to watch a family member in one of the pageants.