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  • Treasure hunt begins

    Each August, thousands of dedicated bargain hunters in search of a treasure make their way through the strip of U.S. Route 127 that winds through Owen County.
    For four days, despite the high temperatures, they park on the side of the road and begin digging. Antique glassware, linens, records, jewelry, farm equipment — you name it and they’ll buy it.
    Most Owen countians are no stranger to the 127 Yard Sale, including Greg Estes, who found the treasure of a lifetime right in his hometown during last year’s sale.

  • New faces at Owen Co. High School

    James “Eddie” Buchanan is originally from Greenville. He is a 2009 graduate of Centre College in Danville with a bachelor of arts in philosophy and a minor in chemistry. Buchanan has sent the last two years pursuing his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Teach Kentucky program. In his spare time, Buchanan enjoys playing golf and cooking.
    Buchanan currently resides in Louisville.

  • The ‘Grandma Scam’

    Attorney General Jack Conway is alerting Kentucky consumers to a resurgence of the “grandparent’s scam” targeting senior citizens. General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received nearly a dozen complaints this year related to the “grandparent’s scam” with victims reporting losses of nearly $40,000. Four of the complaints were received within the last month.

  • Community Events

    El Bethel’s VBS is tonight and Aug. 3
    El Bethel Church will host “Gold Rush” vacation Bible school 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 3. Toddlers and children ages 3 through fifth grade will learn lessons, enjoy music and dramas, crafts, and snacks. If you need a ride or more information, contact Darlene at 484-2556 or 514-3223.

    Circuit clerk’s office will be closed Saturday
    The Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday.

    Class of ‘81 reunites Saturday

  • Council working to change status

    The Owenton City Council recently voted to begin the procedure of switching from a fifth-class to a fourth-class city, but a population requirement may make the process a difficult one.
    According to a “Kentucky League of Cities Research Report” on the classification of cities, a fourth-class city has a population requirement of 3,000 to 7,999.
    In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau, listed Owenton’s population as 1,387.

  • Two local post offices could close

    Two local post offices could shut their doors under a plan released Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service.
    In a news release, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will “be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs.”
    The closures would affect the Jonesville and Perry Park post offices.

  • New field house on the horizon for Owen Co.

    Two construction projects are currently in the works for the Owen County Board of Education.
    The board met July 21 when architects for the upper-elementary school, Ross-Tarrant Architects, discussed renovations to the old middle school and a new field house.
    Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said a $500,000 building-fund has been designated for the field house.

  • Franklin Co. grand jury indicts trio in ATM heist

    Three Owen County men were recently indicted in Franklin County after allegedly stealing an ATM machine from a parking lot in Frankfort.
    The incident took place June 18, when according to Commonwealth Attorney Larry Cleveland, the ATM was taken from the parking lot on Reilly Road in Frankfort.
    “They stole this back-hoe and they used the back-hoe to dislodge the ATM and get it onto a trailer and then they hauled it off on the trailer.”
    The ATM was later found in Monterey.

  • Owen voters just say No

    The voters of Owen County have rejected a proposal that would have expanded alcohol sales.
    The final tally was 1,522 votes cast for expanded alcohol sales and 1,792 voting no, a difference of 270 votes.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said she expected a 53-percent turnout early Tuesday. When all the results were official, only 44 percent of registered voters cast their ballots.
    Steve Delaney, one of the leaders of Citizens for a Dry Owen County, said he is pleased with the margin of victory.

  • Retired trooper joins Owenton police force

    Former Trooper Steve Miller retired from the Kentucky State Police in 1992, but 19 years later he has been sworn in as an Owenton police officer by Mayor Doug West.
    Miller, 59, was employed by the Kentucky State Police in 1974. After graduating from the KSP academy in Frankfort, he was assigned to Post 14 in Ashland where he worked as an on-the-road trooper and later was selected one of 16 public affair officers in the state.
    In 1989, Miller transferred to Post 5 in La Grange where he was assigned to Owen and Gallatin counties until retiring in 1992.