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  • Landowner chases down suspects in burglaries

    Three northern Kentucky men and a 15-year-old juvenile have been arrested following a pair of burglaries in Owen County.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, the suspects were involved in two separate break-ins Feb. 28.
    The first incident happened around 9 a.m., at Hwy. 22E, north of Sweet Owen Road.
    The second break-in happened about an hour later at a home on Hwy. 845.

  • Home in Perry Park explodes

    Officials are still trying to contact an Erlanger man after his house in Perry Park reportedly exploded in a liquid propane gas explosion.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis said the New Liberty Fire Department received the call at 12:26 a.m. March 3.
    Firefighters arrived at 115 Tanglewood Dr. at 12:41 a.m.
    Davis said the explosion blew 50 to 60 feet in all directions.

  • City council accepts mayor’s recommendation

    After two months without a city attorney, the Owenton City Council recently voted to appoint Mitzy Evans to the vacant position.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West chose to not reappoint long-time city attorney Mark Cobb in January and recommended Evans to the council.
    No motion to appoint Evans was made during the council’s January meeting.
    Councilman Larry Dale Perry made a motion to appoint Evans during the council’s Feb. 1 meeting and Gerald Powell seconded the motion.
    Bob Osborne, Robert Walker and Tim Cammack voted against the appointment.

  • Tuesday crash claims life of Owen County man

    An automoblie accident late Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of an Owen County man.

  • High-tech honor

    Naomi Cornette, director of technology and chief information officer for Owen County schools, was recently honored as the recipient of the prestigious outstanding leader award for 2011 by the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.

  • Spring showers bring high waters

    Despite a confirmed tornado in a neighboring county, Owen County saw very little damage following Monday morning’s severe weather.
    A flood watch was issued for Owen County Monday morning and expired at about 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.
    Tom Reaugh with the National Weather Service said the strongest winds reported around Owen County were at 2 a.m. Monday in Frankfort, where winds gusted up to 37 mph.
    Frankfort received about 1.40 inches of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.

  • Sparring her way to the top

    Just call her the champ.
    At 10 years old, Kendall Yount brought home her first gold medal after winning first place for girls between 8 and 10 in sparring at the American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships in Little Rock, Ark.
    Now 12 years old, Yount has done it again, except this time she reached the feat by competing against a diverse group, including girls from Peru and New Mexico.
    Yount competed for the gold medal in sparring Feb. 21 at the U.S.A. Taekwondo Open in Austin, Texas.

  • Complaints spark more patrols

    After receiving several complaints concerning possible illegal activities in the area, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond  is pledging to beef up patrols in one part of Owen County.
    Friday, Hammond  announced he would he increasing patrols and police presence in the areas of Lusby’s Mill, New Columbus and Beechwood.
    The additional protection and patrols are in response to citizens’ complaints.

  • Court moves to define county employee jobs

    A first reading of an ordinance giving job descriptions to Owen County employees was approved during the Owen County Fiscal Court’s Feb. 22 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the issue of job descriptions had been brought up prior to the swearing in of the new magistrates, but no action was ever taken.
    Job descriptions were made for the judge-executive’s office, including the deputy judge-executive, county treasurer and finance officer, as well as maintenance director and janitor.

  • Walking together

    Terry Mitchell sat with her son Quintin Mitchell on her lap and listened to the music Saturday at the sixth-annual Walk for Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects in Owenton.
    When asked her son’s name, Mitchell’s response triggered a slight, relieved smile.
    “He’s Quintin but he’s not one of the sick kids,” Mitchell said.