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  • Talks begin on future of library building

    The Owen County Public Library will have a new home later this year and members of the library board are hopeful the same will be said for Owen County seniors.
    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said members of the library board attended the Jan. 24 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to begin a conversation that she hopes will result in the library’s current facility becoming the new home to Owen County seniors.

  • Owen Co. may lose a voting precinct

    Owen County could soon lose one voting precinct following changes in population according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census.
    Every 10 years after a census is completed local governments must reapportion if the population changes by 10 percent, after the process was completed in 2011 magistrate district lines were changed because some of the districts were not serving an equal population.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said once the magistrate district lines changed, precincts also had to change.

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.

  • Gamble shines at pageant

    On Jan. 13-14, Madison Gamble, Miss Owen County Fair, travelled to Louisville to represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant. There were 90 girls competing for the title. Gamble placed in the top 15. It has been 19 years since an Owen County girl has placed in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant. There were several Owen County Fair Board members, family and friends in Louisville to cheer Gamble on. Owen County Fair Pageant Director Becky Duvall said supporters hoped Gamble would continue to compete.

  • Family seeking works of Brumback-Twedt

    The children of Pat Brumback-Twedt, noted local author and painter, are trying to collect photos of all the paintings by their mother.
    In the 1980s and 90s, Brumback-Twedt sold paintings, mostly portraits. She was featured at several juried exhibits throughout the state, such as the Capital Expo in Frankfort, where she painted portraits on the spot.

  • Owen County Honor Rolls

    Third grade super honor roll
    Forsee
    Allison Bourne; Daisy Cockerham; Trinity Craig; Haylee Neeley; Maddigan Walker
    Gamm
    Sammy Woodyard; Jorden May; Josh Jones; Jacob Haydon; Elise Guest; Joshua Gay; Mary Gamm; Abigail Colligan
    Hawkins
    Destiny Prather; Shelby Sams; Jaylan Tolbert
    Inman
    Curtis Bates; Ellie Dales; Merideth David; Isabella Herdman; Carsyn Inman; Gregory Webster
    Long
    Tori Lykins; Savannah Kinster; Cheyenne Coppola; Madison Brown
    Sutherland
    Mercedes Bourne; Josiah Cobb; Madison Duvall; Dylan Gray; Mallory Hardesty; Darren Patrick; Caitlin Sizemore; Abby York

  • Farm Services News: Loans available for socially disadvantaged farmers

    By Claudia Baney

  • Free tax service returns to Owen County Public Library

    The Kentucky Asset Success Initiative will operate a free tax preparation site in Owenton again in 2012.
    KASI is a coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low- and moderate-income Kentuckians with financial matters.
    The free service is available to families with a household income less than $50,000.
    Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will file taxes at the Owen County Public Library.
    Tax preparers will be available Jan. 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association at 502-209-5382.

  • Paddlefish eggs leads to couple’s guilty plea

    Two Owen countains and their caviar companies pleaded guilty Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Steve Kinder, along with his wife, Cornelia Joyce Kinder, owned and operated Kinder Caviar Inc. and Black Star Caviar Company of Owen County. Those companies were in the business of exporting paddlefish eggs as caviar to customers in foreign countries.