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  • ATM withdrawal leads to arrests

    Three men from Owen County are behind bars after allegedly stealing an ATM in Franklin County.
    The incident took place June 18 when, according to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the three allegedly stole a backhoe from a construction site on East Main Street in Frankfort and used it to remove a Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM.
    “They took the whole thing,” Melton said. “All that’s left is a concrete pad.”
    Information from an Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy led Franklin County authorities to find the ATM in Monterey three days after the theft, Melton said.

  • Coming down

    The “purple” house at 125 East Perry St. will finally come down after several years of debate.
    According to records from the Owen County Historical Society, the house was built in 1890. It has been vacant for the past eight years.
    Due to a number of complaints over the years about the deteriorating condition of the house, the City of Owenton put a lien against the property in November 2009. The owners now owe the city more than $100,000.

  • Owen County Fan Fair plans moving ahead as NASCAR Sprint Cup race date nears

    The NASCAR Nation is on its way and Owen County is working on getting ready.
    With thousands of Sprint Cup fans marking their calendar for early July, plans for the first-ever Owen County Fan Fair are progressing.
    The Owen County Visioneers, an outreach of Leadership Owen County, have been organizing the event to showcase the best the community has to offer and hopefully plant the seed that will result in more visitors through the months and years to Owen County.

  • For Isaiah

    After years of helping sick children and desperate families, a local woman and her family face tough times. Now, friends are turning out to offer them support.
    Sunday, a fundraiser will be held for Isaiah Columbia and his family. Isaiah has been the inspiration for his family to help others through the annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs that raised money and awareness of the struggle families and children go through when facing life-threatening cardiac problems.

  • Arson is suspected in F&N fire

    A fire that caused smoke damage throughout a local restaurant has been ruled as arson by investigators.
    The fire was in the F&N Family Restaurant, located at 945 Gratz Road, It was reported at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
    Owen County Volunteer Firefighter Greg Estes, a commander on the scene, said the fire was mainly contained to the basement area and that there was no fire on the first floor or in the attic.
    Estes said every fire department in the county was on the scene, as well as police officers.

  • IRS revokes tax-exempt status for five groups

    The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the tax-exempt status of nearly 3,200 organizations in Kentucky including five from Owen County.
    According to a release from the IRS, the organizations had not filed IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ for each of the past three years.
    The Owen County organizations that lost their tax-exempt status are Owen County Summer League, the Truth Ministries of Owen County, the Andana Arboritum Inc., the Friends of Owen County Parks and Recreation and the South Owen County Volunteer Fire Department.

  • School board makes middle-school renovation a top priority

    Plans are moving ahead for the renovation of the old Maurice Bowling Middle School, with third- and fourth-grade students expected to move in by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
    The Owen County School Board held its regular monthly meeting Monday and after reviewing bids for the renovation project chose, Ross Tarrant — the new middle school’s architect — as architects for the project.
    The board also voted to move the renovation project from a “priority two” to a “priority one” on its facility plan.

  • Sheriff settles up with county

    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently approved the 2010 sheriff’s property tax settlement.
    The county collected $728,851.03; the school district collected $3,475,578.89; the library $750,014.55; the health district $338,736.04; extension services $295,050.16; soil conservation $86,838.29; and fire departments $227,122.
    The fiscal court met June 14, when the settlement was approved.

  • Police arrest pair for heroin possession

    A routine traffic stop led a Kentucky State Police trooper to make two drug-related arrests.
    Zachary Cope, 25, of Owenton, and Thomas J. Lucas Jr., 21, of Cincinnati, were arrested June 16 and both charged with first-degree possession of heroin.
    According to state police, Lucas was the driver of the vehicle that was pulled over around 11:36 p.m.
    After stopping the two, police obtained a consent to search, but it was unclear whether the heroin was found on their person or in the vehicle.

  • Owen man found dead in California

    Homicide detectives in San Bernardino, Calif., are investigating the death of an Owenton man after his body was found in the bed of a pickup truck engulfed in flames.
    According to a statement from the San Bernardino County coroner, at 6:52 a.m. Friday, the San Bernardino City Fire Department responded to the report of a vehicle fire in an open field. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the body of Lafe Humble, 46, in the bed of the 2001 Dodge truck.