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  • Weather wrecks some holiday plans

    Wintry weather forced several cancellations over the weekend, including the annual Owen County Christmas Parade, but officials said few accidents were reported.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a deputy responded to an accident on Calendar Road. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, but Hammond said there were no injuries.
    Owenton Police Officer Rufus Shearer Jr. said officers responded to a call Tuesday morning when a car spun in the city limits, but said it was very minor and there were no injuries.

  • Police look for leads in connection with church break-in

    A reward is being offered for to anyone with information on a break-in that recently took place at Elk Lick Baptist Church.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the break-in took place Dec. 2 at the church located at 6095 Claxon Ridge Rd.
    Hammond said a window was broken out of the basement where the suspect or suspects entered.
    “They ransacked through everything in the church,” Hammond said.
    A member of the church who lived nearby noticed motion lights on in the church and went to turn them off.

  • Owen grand jury indicts suspects for alleged drug trafficking

    Three people were recently indicted on drug-trafficking charges after state police received information about a man on parole possibly using heroin.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Information Officer Brad Arterburn said Rodney W. Rabourn, 28, was on parole when state police went to 57 Wren Lane in Elk Creek Resort Nov. 13.
    When state police arrived, they found Rabourn, along with Crystal Turner, 28, and Anthony Rice, 32, in possession of heroin.
    Arterburn said a child was in the home and was removed and placed with family members.

  • Student brings technology to pasture

    Hagen New, an Owen County fifth grader, was among the 12 students selected from across the state to display their agriculture science projects at this week’s Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.
    New is a student at Owen County Elementary and displayed his project, “Livestock is Mooving into QR Codes,” and demonstrated how farmers can use quick response code technology on ear tags to quickly scan and gather information on an animal.

  • Kay’s Branch News : This was a weekend full of cancellations

    Last week started out just fine – 60-plus degrees and sunshine. Teri came over to do her laundry and helped me get my Christmas decorating under way.
    We got more done than I would have in a week. So I went to play bridge all afternoon on Tuesday.
    Wanda said they went fishing at the dam in Monterey. Barbara told her they had caught some sauger (that’s some kind of fish), but evidently they weren’t biting so they came home and ate fish from the freezer.  

  • Owen County Farm Bureau receives 2013 Women’s Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its women’s program this year, Owen County Farm Bureau received the 2013 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.
    The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  • Anniversary celebration: Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Gibson

    Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Gibson recently celebrated their upcoming wedding anniversary. The two were married Dec. 21, 1963. The Gibson’s said “no party,” so they enjoyed cake with their family at Thanksgiving and were presented a “50 Years of Memories” DVD.

  • UPDATE: Owen County Christmas Parade, Santa's Castle cancelled

    The Owen County Christmas Parade, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, has been cancelled due to the chance of inclement weather. The parade will not be rescheduled.
    Christmas With the Artist could be rescheduled and we will let you know as soon as that information becomes available.
    Santa's Castle, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Owen County Extension Office has been cancelled. Santa's Castle has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m.

  • Santa to make appearance at Christmas parade Sunday

    Santa Claus will make his way back through the streets of Owenton Sunday, with an afternoon of events slated around the annual Owen County Christmas Parade.
    The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Melodies” and approximately 25 people have signed up to participate.
    Owen County Extension Support Staff Stephanie Howard said State Senator Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, will serve as this year’s grand marshal.
    Those interested in participating will have until Friday to reserve their spot in the parade.

  • County settles building question

    Owen County Adult Education will soon have a new home after a special Owen County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, but Meeting the Needs has yet to find a permanent residence.
    The court voted to honor its contract with Gateway Community and Technical College to house the adult-education program at the former senior-citizens building at 103 W. Perry St.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said Meeting the Needs has yet to find a new location but will distribute food to those in the emergency food assistance program.