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  • IRS revokes tax-exempt status for five groups

    The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of nearly 3,200 organizations in Kentucky including five from Owen County.
    According to a release from the IRS, the organizations had not filed IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ for each of the past three years.
    The Owen County organizations that lost their tax-exempt status are Owen County Summer League, the Truth Ministries of Owen County, the Andana Arboritum Inc., the Friends of Owen County Parks and Recreation and the South Owen County Volunteer Fire Department.

  • School board makes middle-school renovation a top priority

    Plans are moving ahead for the renovation of the old Maurice Bowling Middle School, with third- and fourth-grade students expected to move in by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
    The Owen County School Board held its regular monthly meeting Monday and after reviewing bids for the renovation project chose, Ross Tarrant — the new middle school’s architect — as architects for the project.
    The board also voted to move the renovation project from a “priority two” to a “priority one” on its facility plan.

  • Sheriff settles up with county

    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently approved the 2010 sheriff’s property tax settlement.
    The county collected $728,851.03; the school district collected $3,475,578.89; the library $750,014.55; the health district $338,736.04; extension services $295,050.16; soil conservation $86,838.29; and fire departments $227,122.
    The fiscal court met June 14, when the settlement was approved.

  • Police arrest pair for heroin possession

    A routine traffic stop led a Kentucky State Police trooper to make two drug-related arrests.
    Zachary Cope, 25, of Owenton, and Thomas J. Lucas Jr., 21, of Cincinnati, were arrested June 16 and both charged with first-degree possession of heroin.
    According to state police, Lucas was the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over around 11:36 p.m.
    After stopping the two, police obtained a consent to search, but it was unclear whether the heroin was found on their person or in the vehicle.

  • Owen man found dead in California

    Homicide detectives in San Bernardino, Calif., are investigating the death of an Owenton man after his body was found in the bed of a pickup truck engulfed in flames.
    According to a statement from the San Bernardino County coroner, at 6:52 a.m. Friday, the San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle fire in an open field. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the body of Lafe Humble, 46, in the bed of the 2001 Dodge truck.

  • Bowling Middle School Honor Roll

    Fourth Nine Weeks
    Sixth Grade
    Super Honor Roll
    Bob Coubert, Molly Gamble, Audrey Hager, Jordan Prather, Rebecca Rollins, Chris Snawder, Ellie Stout, Ashley Willis

    Sixth Grade
    Regular Honor Roll

  • Crop planting deadlines near

    NAP and RMA Insurance participants are reminded of upcoming final planting dates for 2011 crops.
    Burley tobacco: June 20
    Corn for grain: June 15 for NAP participants
    Soybeans: June 15 for NAP participants
    For prevented planted crops, producers have until July 15 to report any prevented planted acreage, with the exception of small grains.

    Crop Certification

  • Gilson graduates from leadership institute

    Katherine Gilson, health educator with the Three Rivers District Health Department, is among 25 recent graduates of the Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute, a year-long development program for practitioners in the field of public health.
    Gilson was awarded a certificate in public health leadership from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health in April.
    Funded by the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), KPHLI is one of 35 leadership institutes located throughout the United States.

  • Foundation ready to help

    As another school year finally winds down, many high school seniors are looking toward the future with anticipation — and apprehension. The ever-rising cost of post-secondary education makes it difficult for some students to see past graduation night, especially if they are considering a vocation in medicine.

  • Weaving a world with words

    Life, family, love and heritage are explored in a new collection of poetry by Owen County native Sherry Chandler.
    Through the poems in “Weaving a New Eden,” Chandler reveals a slice of long-forgotten Owen County life.
    Chandler, who recently shared her work at a reading at the Owen County Public Library, was born near Sweet Owen along Eagle Creek and the Kentucky River.