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  • Health department offers tips to help deal with heat

    As weather forecasters recently called for local temperatures in the low- to mid-90s, many people are looking for ways to stay protected against the scorching heat.

    Three Rivers District Health Department’s Community Health Planner, Melody Stafford, said there are two things for everyone to remember when temperatures start to soar.

    “Stay cool and drink lots of water,” Stafford said. “Those two things are imperative when it starts to get this hot.”

  • Owen/Fayette pipeline stretching 31 miles almost complete

    After two years of construction near the Owen-Franklin County line, Kentucky American Water is nearing completion of its new water treatment plant and pipeline project, the Central Kentucky Water Supply Solution.

    The project includes a new water treatment plant, located on Hwy. 127 South near the Owen-Franklin line on the Kentucky River; a 31-mile underground water transmission line; and support facilities.

  • The new Miss Owen County crowned

    As the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show kicked off Monday night, a new Miss Owen County was crowned.

    Katie Haines, the 16-year-old daughter of Mike and Cindy Haines, received the honor over 13 other contestants.

    Ashley True was the fourth runner-up, Jessica Knott was third, Kristen Haines was second, and Danielle Hoop was first runner-up.

    This year’s Miss Congeniality was Katie Jo Rohling and Miss Photogenic was Brittany McDonald.

  • Library looks to the future

    As plans for a new facility moves forward, the Owenton Public Library recently held a long-range strategic planning meeting featuring invited guests from across many prominent Owen County organizations. The breakfast meeting was earlier this summer to discuss the strengthens and weaknesses of the Owen County and the role the library should take in the future of the community.

    “I was really pleased with the number of people who attended, as well as the comparative diversity of the group,” Nippert said  shortly after the meeting.

  • Carroll County man dies in Owen Crash

    A Carroll County man died Friday morning in a single-vehicle crash on Ky. 355 in Owen County.

    According to the Kentucky State Police,  William P. Tackett, 25, of Carrollton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident around 2:08 a.m. Friday by Owen County Deputy Coroner Larry Dale Perry.

    Troopers said Tackett was traveling south on Ky. 355 when he apparently lost control of the vehicle. His vehicle crossed over the road and impacted into a ditch in the northbound lane.

    Tackett was alone at the time of the crash.

  • Police seize 300 pot plants

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department along with the Kentucky State Police have destroyed one of the largest marijuana patches found in Owen County in several years.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said over 300 immature plants were found on private property on Old Columbus Road, off Ky. 607.

  • Community says farewell to first fire chief

    At about 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, emergency radios across Owen County carried a solemn message.

    “Rest in peace, brother,” a voice on the radio said. “You will be missed.”

    Former Owenton/Owen County Fire Department chief, firefighter, and founding member of the department Walker T. Ellis passed away Thursday.

    Ellis, 84, served Owen County as a firefighter, battling flames and looking after his men for 35 years.

    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said Ellis was instrumental in getting the fire department to where it is now.

  • Fair time

    Many changes have taken place with the Owen County Fair this year.

    If you been by the fairgrounds lately, you will see construction going on.

    The fair board received a grant to renovate the existing exhibit building as well as adding a new addition. The new addition will have a kitchen, meeting room, storage area and an office.

    Also, three additional directors were added to the board: Melissa Bourne, Stephanie Howard and Lindsey Tirey.

  • A fun fair forecast

    Owen countians searching for inexpensive family fun and entertainment don’t have to look very far with the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show only a little more than a week away.

    Fair-goers have much to look forward to this year as a new carnival will provide rides and games, along with the return of motorcross and family fun night, according to Teresa Roberts, one of this year’s fair directors.

  • County enlists feds for help

    The flood of 2010 hit several areas of Owen County hard, forcing residents out of their homes and leaving some people wondering if moving back was worth it.

    However, homes weren’t the only things damaged during the flooding, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be stepping in to help clean up the mess left behind.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently entered into a project agreement with the NRCS to remove debris and help prevent flooding in the future.

    The court held a special-called meeting Friday to discuss the issue.