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  • Honoring those who serve

    Much like Sept. 11, 2001, the sky Sunday was bright and a deep blue.
    But under this sky, dozens of Owen County firefighters, EMTs and police paused for a moment to remember their brothers and sisters who died 10 years ago trying to save lives following the worst attack ever on American soil.
    A special remembrance ceremony was held at the Owen County Fire Station to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who embrace risk every day for the good of their community.

  • Lending her voice

    Kaitlyn Parker represented Owen County in a talent show at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 27. She sang, “Amazing Grace” by Chris Tomlin. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Rodney and Deborah Parker.

  • Owen countians should be prepared

    Rick Morgan with the Owen County Emergency Management Office would like to remind all Owen countians to be prepared.  With the recent earthquake on the eastern coast and the hurricane with tornadoes, residents are reminded that you should be prepared to shelter in your house or evacuate to find shelter somewhere else.

  • Business owner keeps vigil for her missing son

    “Grandma, did you find our dad yet?” These are just a few of the words that keep Owenton business-owner Linda Smith going every day since her son has been missing.
    Kelly P. Herald III, 32, has not been seen by family or friends since around July 1.
    Herald, who has two children, was living and working near LaGrange. Once the job ended, he stayed in Gallatin County with Smith and his father and worked in Carrollton.
    Smith, the owner and operator of YOUniquely-U, said Herald had been arrested before, but was never convicted of a felony.

  • ATM theft suspect could be on house arrest

    By Kayleigh Zyskowski
    Kentucky News Content Service
    An Owenton man charged with the theft of a Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM will be released on house arrest until his trial if he posts bond.
    Tony Traylor, 37, was charged with the theft of the KECU ATM after the machine was knocked over with a stolen backhoe and taken from a Reilly Road parking lot June 18.
    About $20,000 was reported missing from the ATM after it was recovered in Owen County days later.

  • Group organizing tour of Owen’s agricultural history

    With plans for a new barn mural, a tobacco heritage trail tour and a new booklet featuring Owen County farmers, the Agriculture Heritage Trail committee is looking forward to a busy fall season.
    The AHT committee will host an Owen County Heritage Trail farm tour Oct. 8. The committee is hoping to garner some out-of-town interest with the tour.
    Registration for the tour is $45, which includes transportation, lunch, snacks, information packet and souvenir.

  • New friends afield

    Despite being diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in February, 6-year-old Brax Ward doesn’t let his condition stop him — just like his role model, Tim Farmer, who is the host of the television show “Kentucky Afield.”
    An avid fisherman, Brax watches every episode of Kentucky Afield and began telling his parents that he could identify with Farmer because they both have handicaps.

  • A moment to remember

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans will ever forget. The scenes from that day, when terrorists hijacked four commercial planes and intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, are likely to remain in the memory of millions for years to come.
    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic event. One Owen County church has set out to remember the sacrifices of fire fighters, EMS and police and to honor those locally.

  • Ringin’ in the new

    Tomorrow morning, the tables at J&K Kountry Kollectibles will likely be filled with familiar faces. They will come for breakfast and maybe even to tell a story or two. It will be just like every other day at New Liberty’s favorite meeting place.
    The only difference will be the name of the business and the one in charge.
    For two years, Katie and Jim Gibson have operated the business, but now they’re passing it on to a young entrepreneur, with a love for the place where she grew up.

  • School officials call ACT results ‘promising’

    Owen County High School recently received its ACT standardized test results and saw its highest scores since 2008, when it became a requirement for 11th-graders to take it.
    The students’ average composite score was slightly below the state’s average. The state’s average is 18.8, while OCHS scored 18.6.
    The local district’s average on reading scores was 19.1, slightly better than the state’s 19, and Owen County tied with the state average in science at 19.