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  • In session until June

    A rough Owen County winter has led to students staying behind the books until June.
    The Owen County School Board met Monday and voted to amend this year’s calendar.
    The last day of school for students will be June 3 and teachers’ last day June 6.
    Students have missed a total of 13 instructional days and have had two one-hour delays.
    Owen County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said the board opted to use “accumulated minutes.”

  • As spring approaches, ATV riders reminded to be careful

    With temperatures in the low 60s and spring right around the corner, everyone’s itching to get outside. But some outdoor activities can lead to danger.
    Owen County Ambulance Director Kevin Luther said one of those activities, all-terrain vehicle riding, has led to some fatalities in Owen County.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kentucky was third in the nation with 114 ATV deaths reported from 2005 to 2007.
    The ambulance service usually responds to several ATV related accidents each year, Luther said.

  • Officials urge caution after string of grassfires

    Sixteen grass fires were reported in Owen County last week, despite Kentucky’s “no burn season” having started Feb. 15.
    Each year on this same date, the Kentucky Division of Forestry enters a “no burn season” when it’s against the law to set fire from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to any flammable material located within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
    The regulation prohibits the burning of tires, garbage, construction debris, demolition debris, appliances, cars, buses, trailers and all other materials.

  • Three Rivers offering free radon-testing kits

    Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas found in the Earth’s crust from the breakdown of uranium.
    Radon leaks into buildings and integrates into our ventilation systems, thus altering our air quality.
    A close runner-up to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, an estimated 14,000 people die of radon-related lung cancers every year.
    To ensure that your home is radon-free, there are many testing procedures available within your area.

  • Treatment gives child a normal life

    In 2004, Tina Olds took her son for a kindergarten physical. Prior to that day, she had no idea that her son would undergo heart surgery.
    Tina’s son, Jalane Olds, had health problems since he was born, but doctors assured Tina that it was only asthma.
    “They just always said he had asthma,” Tina said. “He would turn really blue and have difficulty breathing. Before he started school we took him for his kindergarten physical and that’s when they told me he had a hole in the right ventricle of his heart.”

  • Crash claims life of Owen County man

    An automobile accident early Thursday morning left one Owen County man dead and another injured.
    According to Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, the single-vehicle accident  happened at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday in the northbound lane of Sweet Owen Road when the driver of a vehicle apparently failed to negotiate a curve.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree and a fence.
    The driver, Zachary S. Asher, 26, from Owenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.

  • Owen grand jury indicts alleged copper culprits

    Two Owen County men were recently indicted after allegedly stealing copper wire from several barns around the community.
    Bud C. Smith, 36 and Justin L. Smith, 20, were each charged with five counts of third-degree burglary and five counts of unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.
    The incidents began taking place in November 2010 and continued through Jan. 25.

  • End of an era

    After carrying passengers from Owen County to Henry County and back for 80 years, the Gratz bridge was blasted Tuesday, leaving only a memory and some worry behind.
    The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, was a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with the Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.
    Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

  • A tide rises against wet petition

    A petition in favor of a wet-dry vote in Owen County began circulating last month. Subsequently,  the Owen County Baptist Association began taking action to prevent changes to the current laws against the sale of alcoholic beverages.
    President of the Owen County Baptist Association and pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Church Steve Delaney presented the petition to the Owen County Fiscal Court at its regular meeting Feb. 8.
    Delaney said the petition against the wet-dry vote had garnered the support of 1,028 people.

  • Crash claims life of Owenton man

    An automobile accident early Thursday morning has left one Owen County man dead and injured another.
    According to Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg, the single-vehicle accident  happened at approximately 5 a.m. Thursday in the northbound lane of Sweet Owen Road when the driver of a vehicle apparently failed to negotiate a curve.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree and a fence.
    Zachary S. Asher, 26, from Owenton, was pronounced dead at the scene by Owen County Coroner Lannis Garnett.