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  • County urges landowners to check new flood maps

    Following the addition of new areas to the county’s flood plain maps, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan are encouraging those who could be affected to see where their property stands.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a second reading of a flood-damage prevention ordinance during its April 12 meeting.
    Morgan said FEMA has updated maps throughout Kentucky, but Owen County was one of the last to see updates.

  • Board members balk at some staffing changes

    An Owen County Elementary School media specialist position will stay intact following Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    The board discussed budget considerations for the 2012 fiscal year and voted to keep the media specialist position at the elementary school, despite a recommendation from Owen County Superintendent David Raleigh to eliminate the position.
    A group of district leaders, which included all the principals, worked on a list of reductions for the 2012 budget.
    Raleigh said the group began working in October.

  • Accident leads to 'rockslide'

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich takes a look at an overturned gravel truck at 2905 Gratz Road. The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The road was expected to be closed for about two hours for cleanup. The driver was not seriously injured.

  • Wild weather whips across county

    Although the county has been pelted with high winds and plenty of rain the past few days, no significant injuries or major property damage has been reported.

  • More Owenton streets to get repairs this year

    The City of Owenton recently entered into a statewide emergency management mutual aid and assistance agreement.
    The council approved the agreement at its April 5 meeting.
    The agreement authorizes Owenton Mayor Doug West and Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan to request, offer or provide aid and assistance on behalf of the City of Owenton.
    The city was also approved to create an account for the state fire aid.
    The money saved will go toward the purchase of a new fire truck for the city.

  • Grand jury indicts three in burglaries

    hree northern Kentucky men were recently indicted following two alleged Owen County burglaries.
    Each of the three men, Ryan Landis Baker, 19, Joshua D. Baker, 24 and Christopher D. Parsons, 24, are charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property,  a firearm, and receiving stolen property under $300.
    Joshua D. Baker and Parsons are also charged with first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • City, county brace for budget battles

    With the 2011-2012 budgets looming over the Owen County Fiscal Court and Owenton City Council, cuts are expected to come from both entities.
    Still in the earliest stages of preparing a budget, the fiscal court held its first budget workshop April 6.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said everything is being looked at when it comes to making cuts.
    Both of the county’s largest sources of revenue — the real-estate tax and insurance-premium tax — are down.

  • Wallace’s legacy

    During the formal public opening of the new facility, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace, right, was honored by the district for her dedication to the young people of Owen County by having the new gymnasium bear her name. Wallace was presented a plaque by Owen County School Board Vice Chairman Brian Young.

  • Hospice finds a new home

    Hospice of the Bluegrass has significantly expanded its facilities and moved into its new 21,000 square foot campus at 643 and 663 Teton Trail in Frankfort.
    The new campus will enhance services provided by Hospice to its four-county service area that includes Anderson, Franklin, Owen and Woodford counties.

  • Local agencies recognizing National Public Safety Week

    It only takes a moment for an injury to happen — a fall on a stair, a moment’s glance away from the road, a biking or sports-related injury, a medication mix-up. But it also takes just a moment to protect against injuries and make communities safer.
    In recognition of National Public Health Week, Three Rivers District Health Department, Owen County Health Center, wants to remind the public that “Safety Is No Accident.”
    Here are some ways that Owen County Health Center is helping the community stay safe: