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Local News

  • Local landmark leveled: Ford House becomes part of history

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    A piece of Owen County history has been erased from sight, but not from memory.
    Last week, the Ford House on South Main Street was demolished, leaving rubble in its wake.
    Owen County Historical Society Director Bonnie Strassell said the home will be missed.
    “Eventually all that will be left of this Owen County landmark will be an imprint in the ground beneath, testifying of its existence,” Strassell said.

  • Officials want more information on proposed pipeline, Owen Co. judge says

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    Officials from several Kentucky counties are meeting the Bluegrass Pipeline project with skeptic eyes.
    Owen County Judge-executive  Carolyn Keith said officials simply want more information on the proposed pipeline that would transport natural gas liquids from areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the northeast United States as well as to the Gulf of Mexico. The pipeline would extend through several Kentucky counties.

  • Special birthday: Lucy Smoot Hall

    Family, friends and neighbors of Lucy Smoot Hall are invited to celebrate her 101st birthday. A birthday bash in her honor is planned for 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Owen County Extension Office. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and help Hall, a native of Owen County, celebrate this milestone.

  • Breaking bread with friends

    The Owen Senior Activity Center would like to thank the congregation of Hesler Assembly Of God for their donation of $75 a month to help provide breakfasts on Tuesdays for the seniors. Local churches provide Bible studies following the meal. Pictured are Hesler Assembly Of God Pastor Jerry and Cheri Peters, Frances Cozine Steurer manager of OSAC, and Gladys Stewart, assistant.

  • Owen native serving as summer intern for Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation

    David S. Beck, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, announced that Kyle Kelly, an Owen County native, has been hired as an intern for the summer.
    As the organization’s summer intern, Kelly splits his time working with the organization, operations and communication divisions of Kentucky Farm Bureau.
    Kelly assists the organization division with preparations for the young farmer program’s summer activities and KFB’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders.

  • Owenton plant official named Kentucky’s Operator of the Year

    Kentucky American Water Chief Operator Doug Brooks has been recognized with the 2013 Operator Meritorious Award from the Kentucky/Tennessee section of the American Water Works Association. Brooks received the award during the Kentucky/Tennessee Water Professionals Conference recently held in Louisville and attended by more than 1,400 water and wastewater professionals.
    The award recognizes operators who demonstrate excellence in their profession, an exemplary commitment to the water utility industry and dedication to quality service.

  • Honoring long-time service

    Genesis Healthcare - Owenton Center recognized activities director Teresa Perry and certified nurses aide Penny Hemingway for 20 years of service at a reception held July 17. Pictured are Carol Seniours, director of nursing; Penny Hemingway; Teresa Perry; and Lisa Romans, administrator.

  • Grand jury charges woman after crash

    A Franklin County woman was recently indicted in Owen Circuit Court on a wanton endangerment charge following an alleged incident earlier this year.
    According to court records, on April 13, Grace Edmondson, 27, was driving intoxicated when she crossed a center line and struck a Dodge Challenger head on.
    Edmondson is being charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

  • School board considering renovations to OCHS track

    By Mary Alford
    N-H Staff Writer
    Owen County Board of Education has decided to go forward with an amended proposal on fixing the school track.
    Board attorney Jim Crawford explained the proposal by Joseph Dougherty of the Louisville Paving Company and the additions by Laith Ross, school architect.
    Crawford believes the board should act fast.
    “We need to get something done in the next few weeks with this thing if we can,” Crawford said.

  • Perry Park gets warning system

    Residents of Perry Park may soon feel a little safer following the Owen County Fiscal Court’s approval of an emergency siren for the area.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said there are no underground shelters in the area and very few basements.
    “The mobile home park in the back does not get cell coverage,” Keith said. “This will help to alert them as to what’s going on.”
    Funding for the emergency siren will come from a regional 911 fund which includes Owen, Henry and Trimble counties.