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  • County strikes deal with state on highway

    Following a recent Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, Old Monterey Road will become a state maintained road.
    The fiscal court adopted a resolution at its Sept. 13 meeting which approved a rural secondary program agreement between the court and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the state and counties periodically exchange roads.
    “They evaluate them, and ones that are high traffic areas they will often take over,” Keith said.
    A second reading was held amending the 2011-12 county budget.

  • Tip triggers child pornography charges

    A Worthville man was recently indicted after an anonymous tip led state police to find hundreds of pictures of young children involved in sex acts and a video of an underage family member.
    According to court documents, at approximately 3:09 p.m. on Aug. 19, an anonymous caller contacted Kentucky State Police Post 5 and reported that a laptop was on the handrail of a porch at the home of Alan D. Plowman, 51.

  • John Guill chapter names new DAR regent

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a new regent. Susan Upton Hampton was installed as chapter regent by Betty Goins Whitehead, chapter chaplain during the John Guill chapter’s Sept. 7 meeting.  Hampton, an Owen County librarian, resides in Owenton with her husband, Richard Hampton.  
    She joined DAR in 2006 on her Revolutionary War ancestor, Pvt. Tilman Kemper of Virginia.  

  • John Guill chapter names new DAR regent

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a new regent. Susan Upton Hampton was installed as chapter regent by Betty Goins Whitehead, chapter chaplain during the John Guill chapter’s Sept. 7 meeting.  Hampton, an Owen County librarian, resides in Owenton with her husband, Richard Hampton.  
    She joined DAR in 2006 on her Revolutionary War ancestor, Pvt. Tilman Kemper of Virginia.  

  • Rotary Club continues 50-year tradition of helping local students

    Recently, two Owen County students were presented with checks from Gary Gibson on behalf of the Owenton Rotary Student Loan Fund.
    Clayton Wilson, who plans to major in agriculture business at Morehead State University, and Ashley Parks, a freshman at Lindsey Wilson College, were each given $1,000 checks to help further their education.
    Any Owen County student can apply for the loans and wait to pay them back until one year after they graduate or immediately once they leave school.

  • Officials warn of DOT compliance scam

    An Owen County man recently received mail from a company that claimed he needs to take mandatory department of transportation training, however, state officials said the company is in no way associated with the DOT.
    The company, Compliance Educators LLC, is based in Shreveport, La. According to its advertisement, the training is to assist companies with being DOT compliant and even cites a DOT regulation.

  • Owen-Gallatin Penny war rages on

    Owen County is winning the war.
    The stakes? A  pie in the face of the judge-executive who’s county loses the “Penny War” and possibly thousands of dollars to renovate the skate park in Sparta.
    So far, Owen County has a substantial lead.
    At last count, Owen led $146.55 to Gallatin’s $55.67.
    The drive is spearheaded by Maurice Bowling Middle School students Colton Matt and Logan Bailey who have worked tirelessly toward their goal of seeing improvements to the park.

  • Alleged ATM thief linked to lottery ticket heist

    By Kayleigh Zyskowski

    KY News Content Service


    One of the three men charged with the theft in June of an ATM machine in Frankfort has now been indicted for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a gas station.
    Michael Raisor, 37, of 496 Colston Lane,  along with Dwayne Chadwell, 36, of 120 Schenkel Lane, were indicted for burglarizing Gas n’ Go on Old Lawrenceburg Road July 30, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.


  • Sweet Owen Day returns Saturday

    Owen County’s 10th annual Sweet Owen Day festival will be celebrated Saturday, with lots of fun and friendship expected.
    The festival began in 2001 as a weekend long event, with former Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion spearheading the event. The event is now coordinated by the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, the City of Owenton and the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Man armed with shotgun robs local store

    The Owenton Police Department is seeking information from the public after an Owenton business was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening.
    At approximately 8:50 p.m. Sunday, a man wearing a camouflage mask and other camouflage clothing entered the Family Dollar Store at 226 S. Main St., Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said.
    The suspect pulled what appeared to be a shotgun from under a pillowcase. The man demanded that the employees open the store’s safe.
    The subject took more than $500, but less than $1,000, and fled the scene.