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  • Relay 2011 will be biggest ever

    With more committee members and teams than ever before, Owen County Relay for Life Chair Jenni Duncan is looking forward to a successful year for the 14th annual event.
    The Relay for Life steering committee, which begins work on the event each November, has grown from 12 to 19 members and the number of teams has escalated to 34.

  • Weather woes continue

    As scattered showers continued to fall across Owen County Monday, one Owen County farmer began the cleanup process after a confirmed tornado just over the Grant County line on Pettit Pike destroyed four of his tobacco barns.
    Asa Phillips, a longtime Owen County farmer and first district magistrate said the damages took place Saturday afternoon.
    “They were all pretty new,” Phillips said. “I built them myself in 97 or 98 with a few others helping me. We’re going to put them back, we’ve got to.”
    The barns were each insured at about $40,000.

  • Local talent on display

    Since moving to Owen County two years ago, Gail Harrington has not only fallen in love with it’s people, but it’s thriving art community as well.
    Herrington and her husband, who moved back to Kentucky from Maryland, wanted to retire to a community near a lake and wound up at Owen County’s well-known Elmer Davis Lake.
    Since moving to Owen County, Herrington has built a pottery studio, joined the Owen County Arts Council and will take part as a vendor at this year’s Arts In the Park.
    The event, which has been held in May for the past two years, will be held once again May 21.

  • Assault suspect turns in family members

    What started off as an alleged domestic dispute in the early hours of the morning Tuesday led to the arrest of three men, two of them convicted felons.
    Owenton Police Officer Tony Stigers said the Owen County Sheriff’s Office was called to 376 Divided Ridge Road at about 1:17 a.m. for a domestic dispute in progress.
    The suspect, Joseph Lamonte Richardson, 25, allegedly had a pistol and knife in his possession.
    “Anytime there’s a situation like that all available units head in that direction for officer safety,” Stigers said.
    Stigers was requested for backup.

  • Students fight to save the prom in ‘Promedy’

    Owen County High School seniors will present this year’s senior play, “Promedy,” at 8 p.m. April 22, 23, 29 and 30 in the OCHS auditorium.

  • Keith proclaims child abuse prevention month

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn H. Keith recently signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month during a brief ceremony. She was joined by Kevin Richardson, the regional advancement director for northern Kentucky of Sunrise Children’s Services, a nonprofit agency that has served abused and neglected children across Kentucky since 1869.

  • Heart problem may have led to accident

    A Jonesville man died April 15 after an apparent cardiac-related episode is believed to have caused him to wreck the vehicle he was driving.
    Kentucky State Police Post Five Public Affairs Officer Michael B. Webb said despite running off the road, over an embankment and into a wooded area, the cause of death came from the cardiac condition.
    Webb said Charlie Webster, 70, of Jonesville was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which happened at the 2000 block of Ky. 36/Jonesville Road.
    State police received the call at 10:12 p.m.

  • 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.