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  • Council votes to condemn property

    The Owenton City Council took a step forward in dealing with a nuisance property on Gayle Avenue by voting to condemn the property at Tuesday meeting.

    The property located at 331 Gayle Ave., owned by Mark Collins, was also discussed at last month’s city council meeting after neighbors raised concern about the safety of the structure and its proximity to other houses.

  • Farm and craft market set to begin Friday with judge's cookout

    Following the winter hiatus, the Owen County Farm and Craft Market returns for the season to the pavilion behind Farm Bureau starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

    The market will begin at 10 a.m. each Friday and will close when vendors sellout, which is typically around 1 p.m. or shortly after, David Chappell, the farm and craft market manager said. The market will remain open each Friday until the end of October.

    The market, which has been a seasonal attraction since 2003, is a Kentucky Proud market and the vendors are from Owen and surrounding counties, he said.

  • Touch A Truck event will benefit Power Pack Program, Hands for Ed.

    Owen County’s youth will get the opportunity to explore a wide array of vehicles, both large and small, at the Touch A Truck program this Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    The event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., will also have food vendors, including Big Tricky’s Catering and Kona Ice, and a silent auction. The cost to attend is $10 per car load.

    “We wanted to have a fundraiser to benefit The Power Pack Program and Helping Hands for Education,” said Julie Riddle, the youth services assistant.

  • Queens For A Life

    The 2016 Queens For A Life pageant was held Saturday, April 27 in the Owen County High School auditorium. This year the participants helped to collect items for Owen County Friends of Animals, collecting 179 total items. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, Owen County Relay for Life.

  • Flash flood claims life of Teresita man

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office identified 49-year-old Paul Switzer as the man who was swept away in the swollen waters of Indian Creek Sunday evening.

    Numerous emergency responders, law enforcement officials and others searched for Switzer for hours after the area around Teresita Road received 2 inches of rain in about 45 minutes, according to officials.

    Newly appointed Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the initial call came in at 5:38 p.m. Sunday.

  • Off to... NATIONALS

    Eight students will have the opportunity to represent Owen County at the International Society of Technology Education this June in Denver.

    Carrie Wilhoite, director of technology for Owen County Schools, said the students recently took home top honors at the state’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) showcase April 22 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington.

  • Interim PVA appointed; examination for Governor’s appointment will be May 31

    An interim Owen County Property Valuation Administrator has been appointed – but the process of filling the seat doesn’t stop there.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue officially appointed Chris Cross of Dry Ridge to the office as an interim PVA following the death of Jimmy Coyle April 21.

    Cross will serve as PVA until a special examination can be held. Following the examination, Gov. Matt Bevin will make an official appointment to serve until the Nov. 8 General Election.

  • Steepleview Farm joins Farm Bureau's roadside market program

    Owen County is home to three of the 88 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2016 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. Opening this season is Steepleview Farm.

    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Steepleview Farm has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Something to brag about

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, right, recently announced that the above signs will be placed at various areas throughout the county. The signs read, “Owen County Proud Home of Carson Williams Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball 2016.” Williams, left, attended the April 12 meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court, where he and Runnin’ Rebels Coach Devin Duvall were also named Kentucky Colonels.

  • Law enforcement check to ensure sex offender compliance

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole and the US Marshals Service checked more than 20 residences in Owen County as part of Operation Roundball.

    Operation Roundball, conducted April 13-14, was intended to verify addresses of registered sex offenders in Grant, Owen and Pendleton counties, according to a US Marshals Service news release. Across the three counties, 91 residences were checked and 10 are being investigated for non-compliance.