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  • Defendant in murder case takes plea deal

    The murder trial of a Corinth man came to an abrupt ending Jan. 18 after he pleaded guilty to several charges.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was being charged with murder, trafficking in marijuana, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
    Dennis was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane on Nov. 26, 2010.

  • School district short $500,000

    Facing a shortfall of over half a million dollars, the Owen County Board of Education will soon begin weighing its options.
    The board had its first 2012-13 draft budget review discussion Jan. 17, the same day Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced in his state budget address that per-pupil funding would slip back to 2008 levels.
    Owen County Schools District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the board would need to gain $500,000 in revenue or lose $500,000 in expenditures to keep a 2-percent contingency or the district could go into deficit.

  • Owen becomes Carroll's county

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For the first time since 2003, Damon Thayer is not the state senator representing Owen County.
    Late last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear signed into a law a new senate district map that reflects changes in the commonwealth’s population.
    One of the changes moves Owen County from Thayer’s 17th district and into former Gov. Jullian Carroll’s seventh district which includes Anderson, Franklin, Woodford and parts of Fayette counties.

  • Eckhart named to EKU dean’s list

    Savannah Lee Eckart, a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety.
    The dean’s list requirements are to attain a 3.5 GPA or higher on specified minimums of academic work. She will graduate with her bachelor’s of science in adult corrections and juvenile justice in May.

  • Owen County’s Wilson to attend Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine

    Shelia Wilson of Glencoe has been admitted to the  professional program at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2015.
    Wilson earned a degree in agriculture in 2011 from Murray State University and she is a 2007 graduate of Owen County High School in Owenton. As an undergraduate, she was recognized as an outstanding senior in pre-veterinary medicine sports, outstanding senior woman, and she received the agriculture leadership award.

  • Jim Bush elected to join county committee

    By Claudia Baney - Farm Services News

  • Sometimes, you can only laugh at a headless bear

    Last week, I tagged along with my youngest daughter, Georgeann, to the Kentucky side of Cincinnati.  Her young children, Annelise and Hudson, made the jaunt from Lexington with us.

  • Faithful called on for ‘spiritual awakening’

    The organizer of a prayer event hopes that by coming together, the faithful of Owen County can help bring change.
    The ‘spiritual awakening’ assembly service will be held at First Baptist Owenton at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
    This will be a concerted time of prayer for spiritual awakening for the sake of families, churches, community and nation, organizers said.
    Brad Banks, pastor of First Baptist Church of Owenton and lead organizer of the event, said the idea for the event grew out of a desire to spark local ministers into action.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A Worthville man was recently indicted after a traffic stop in Owenton led officers to find marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
    James K. Elmore, 25, was arrested at 12:13 a.m., Dec. 15, after officers stopped him on West Seminary Street.
    According to a citation, Elmore had constricted pupils and was acting nervous.
    Officers administered a heel-to-toe test, but according to the citation Elmore did not hold position and used his arms for balance.

  • Court won't change shelter policy

    As long as the Owen County Friends of Animals shelter has room for any dog that may be brought in, no dogs will be euthanized.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court met Jan. 10 and two constituents addressed the issue which was first brought up in December after members of the court visited the shelter and found it in what some felt was an overcrowded state.
    In December, the shelter had about 20 dogs, with some in crates in the shelter’s office and bathroom, but director Hilari Gentry said no dogs were being treated inhumanely.