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  • 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.

  • Owen Extension Service News: Healthy holidays eating for people with diabetes

    The holiday season is generally a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of friends and family.  Unfortunately, it is also a time when people eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods than they normally would.  If you have diabetes, it is sometimes difficult to maintain your blood glucose within the target range set by your doctor.  Some careful thought and planning can go a long way to help you manage your blood glucose and still have a good time around the holidays.

  • Sheriff’s daughter faces attempted-murder charge

    The daughter of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond has been arrested after she allegedly attempted to shoot her father.
    Heather Hammond, 37, was arrested Thursday by Kentucky State Police Post 5 Trooper Dave Roberts.
    According to a press release, preliminary investigation shows Heather Hammond allegedly pointed a loaded weapon at her father while at his home in Corinth.
    When she attempted to shoot, the weapon jammed and would not fire.

  • Honor Flight sends Owen County man to Washington, D.C.

    It was one of the most emotionally rewarding days of their lives.
    That’s what World War II and Korean War veterans said about their Oct. 6 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., which was sponsored by Owen Electric Cooperative and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.

  • Dock deal done

    Owen County will be responsible for keeping the Gratz boat dock area clean once it is completed.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of understanding between Owen County and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife at its Oct. 9 meeting.
    According to the memorandum, the department of fish and wildlife will provide law enforcement patrols at the boat ramp on a regular basis and will be solely responsible for capital construction or capital improvements to the ramp.

  • Crash claims second victim

    A second man has died following a crash on Highway 35 last week.
    Drew Mason, 26, of Sparta, was flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital following the crash.
    Mason was pronounced dead by the Hamilton County Coroner Oct. 9 at the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
    Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash that also killed Justin Renfro, 24, of Owenton.
    Mason was pronounced dead at the scene by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.