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  • Action taken at nuisance board despite lack of official quorum

    Two state laws were recently violated at a City of Owenton nuisance board meeting but Owenton Mayor Doug West said a second meeting will not be held after the owners of the property in question recently cleaned up their lot.
    The violations were pointed out by Owenton City Council member Doris Ann Riley at the council’s June 3 meeting.
    According to Riley, the minutes given to council members on the nuisance board meeting did not include the date of the meeting and recorded that only two members of the nuisance board were present at the meeting.  

  • Three students expelled and face charges following alleged school, church vandalism

    The three students involved in vandalism at Owen County High School were expelled and face charges of animal cruelty and criminal mischief.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, the incident took place in the early morning hours of May 20.
    The three students began the spree of vandalism at Salem Baptist Church, where nearly a dozen other teens stopped by following a camp fire.
    Hammond said the three teens began throwing rocks and breaking windows at the church and the other teenagers left.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    An Owen County man is dead after a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 607 in Owen County. 
    Joseph Nunnelley, 36, of Owenton, was traveling south on Highway 607 at 1:45 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway for unknown reasons and hit a tree, according to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn.
    Nunnelley was pronounced dead at the scene by the Owen County Coroner. 
    Arterburn said Nunnelley was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

  • Lawmakers coming to Eden Shale

    Lawmakers from across the state will get a look at Owen County farming when the General Assembly’s Joint Interim Committee on Agriculture convenes at Eden Shale Farm.
    Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who represents Owen County in the Kentucky House of Representatives, said the committee will listen to presentations and meet with the public June 11, starting at 10 a.m.
    “It will be my pleasure to welcome these lawmakers to one of the true jewels of Owen County,” Quarles said.

  • Making a ‘Mayberry’ moment

    Many will recall watching The Andy Griffith Show on television, but one local businessman hopes to bring the little town of Mayberry, N.C.  to life for a few hours around the Owen County Courthouse square.
    During his 35-year career as a State Farm insurance agent, Richard Greene said he often asks newcomers to the community what it is that brings them to Owenton.

  • Court tightens property rules

    With concerns over safety and potential robberies, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently approved a resolution that authorizes personnel only at the Owen County Road Department, solid waste department and the ambulance department.
    The resolution was approved at the May 27 fiscal court meeting.
    The court now prohibits non-county employees from remaining on the premises of the road department, solid waste department and ambulance department after conducting their business at said department.

  • Library ready to kick off summer reading program

    It’s not too often that people are rewarded for doing something that’s already rewarding.
    The Owen County Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program with plenty of programs for the family.
    The annual summer reading program kicked off Monday and offers rewards for reading. The big formal kick off will be June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with with Inflatables, snow cones, face painting, and many more events.

  • New Horizons to host blood drive June 13

    Donors could make their dreams come true at the Magic Kingdom by saving lives at a blood drive June 13 from noon until 4:30 p.m. at New Horizons Medical Center on the Kentucky Blood Center Bloodmobile.
    Those who register to donate are automatically eligible to win a trip to Disney.
    Donors can also win  one of six pairs of daily grounds passes or a Wanamaker Club weekly pass to the PGA Championship in Louisville Aug. 4-10.
    The promotion continues through June 30.
    The Owen County drive is sponsored by the Order of the Oddfellows.

  • Honoring excellence: Campbellsville University recognizes Owen County educators for excellence in teaching

    By Joan C. McKinney
    News and publications coordinator
    And Mikayla Smith
    Student news writer

    Campbellsville University honored 166 teachers from 58 school districts throughout Kentucky by receiving the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award May 10 at the Ransdell Chapel on the CU campus.
    Bill Goodman, host of “Kentucky Tonight” and “One to One” on Kentucky Educational Television, spoke to the approximate 400 teachers and their guests by discussing “What is a teacher for?”

  • OCHS Students of the Month for May 2014

    The Owen County High School Students of the Month for May are Ari Olvera (freshmen);  John Randall Towles (sophomore); Mikala Byers (junior); and Shelby Powers (senior).