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  • Cameras help nab alleged car thief

    Security cameras from a local gas station recently helped Owenton City Police nab an alleged car thief.
    Owenton City Policeman Gary Alcorn said police received report of a stolen vehicle on Oct. 17.
    Alcorn said the victim, Stacey Westover of Owenton, was visiting a friend on Kelly Court when John Dillion Lusby, 23, went to borrow Westover’s friend’s car.
    When the friend wouldn’t allow Lusby to borrow their car, Alcorn said Lusby took off in Westover’s vehicle.

  • Romney takes the title in OCHS mock election

    With the election less than a week away, one race has already been called. Republican Mitt Romney has won the Owen County High School presidential mock election.
    Romney garnered 107 of 203 possible votes in the mock election which was held Oct. 25. President Barack Obama was not far behind with 92 votes. Independent candidate Randall Terry and Libertarian Gary Johnson received two votes each.

  • Capturing the Youth Vote

    President Barack Obama may not know it but he has secured the support of the first graders at Owen County Primary School.
    Thursday, the entire first-grade class cast their vote for president with the help of Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid and her staff.
    Kincaid provided a real voting machine for the kids to use.
    Owen County Primary teacher Brandy Neal said casting a vote for president was the culmination of a unit on government and elections.

  • New library opens doors to the public

    After months of anticipation, local library patrons finally got the chance to step inside the new Owen County Public Library Sunday.
    Although the library didn’t officially open until Monday, many scanned the shelves during the open house to see what their first checkout from the new facility would be.
    Discussions began in 2007 for construction of a new library facility and a groundbreaking ceremony was held just over a year ago at the library’s location on Hwy. 22.

  • Owen County High School honor roll

    Ninth grade: Makayla Acrey, Carley Bennett, Emily Bibb, Mason Borchers, Victoria Cammack, Joshua Chancery, Arielle Columbia, Courtney Creech, Clay Dempsey, Dylan Duvall, Blaine Forsee, Courtney Gullion, Katelyn, Herald, Logan Hobbs, Cory Hudnall, Alexia Keeton, Baylee Keeton, Colton Matt, Chad McDonald, Jessica O’Connor, Suzi Richey, Nicole Roberts, Abigail Schadler, Blake Simmons, Mikayla Sipple, Chelsae Smith, Shyan Stivers, Reagan Sutton, Vincent Toftness, Victoria Wheeler, Amber Williamson and Haleigh Woods

  • Ramping it up

    Approximately 25 people attended a ribbon-cutting/groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the boat ramp at Gratz.
    The boat ramp will be located near the site of the old Gratz bridge. Construction on the ramp is expected to begin this winter.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court will be responsible for keeping the ramp clean once completed, as well as mowing and keeping weeds from accumulating along the sides of the boat ramp, entrance road and parking area.
    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will provide law enforcement patrols at the ramp on a regular basis.

  • Public gets chance to see inside new Owen landmark

    Those still wondering what’s beyond the doors of the Owen County Judicial Center will soon get the opportunity to tour the facility during its dedication.
    The dedication will take place at 1 p.m., Nov. 2.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said Chief Justice John Minton will be speaking, as well as the director of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts Laurie Dudgeon.
    Guided tours of the new facility will be given and refreshments will be served.

  • Time to check out

    BY MOLLY HAINES
    N-H Staff Writer
    The newly constructed Owen County Public Library will not officially open until Oct. 30, but fans of the library will get a sneak peak into its amenities Sunday.
    The new facility will come equipped with an expanded space for teens, a teen librarian, a revamped local history room and a “toddler tower” that library director Jennifer Nippert said she will keep a surprise until the open house.

  • Tragedy strikes

    Two people are dead, including a 2-year-old child, after an early-morning house fire Friday.
    Kentucky State Police dispatchers received a call on the fire at 5:25 a.m.
    Preliminary investigation points to the kitchen as the location the fire started at 1885 Agee Road.
    Brock Morgan, 31, of Greensburg, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene. A two-year-old also died at the scene.
    The mother of the child, Katherine Perry, 30, of Owenton, was flown by PHI, Inc. to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for life threatening injuries.

  • Miller family holds reunion

    The Miller reunion was held Oct. 21.