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  • 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.

  • Judge’s legacy continues with annual golf outing

    The 12th Annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble will be held April 2 at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.
    The event is dedicated to the memory of the former judge who had a lasting impact on many people around him.
    Satterwhite was a recipient of an organ donation in 1997 when he received a double lung transplant.
    The event is a way to remember Satterwhite while keeping alive his legacy of helping others.

  • City signs contract for trash pick-up

    The Owenton City Council recently approved a one-year contract with Republic Services Inc. for the collection of household and dumpster garbage with recycling.  
    The cost is $12 per month per household and residents will be billed.
    Recycling boxes will be located around Owenton for commercial and residential drop off.
    Commercial pricing depends on the size of the dumpster and how many times a week it is to be picked up.
    The city of Owenton had a previous contract with Republic Services Inc., which had expired.

  • In session until June

    A rough Owen County winter has led to students staying behind the books until June.
    The Owen County School Board met Monday and voted to amend this year’s calendar.
    The last day of school for students will be June 3 and teachers’ last day June 6.
    Students have missed a total of 13 instructional days and have had two one-hour delays.
    Owen County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said the board opted to use “accumulated minutes.”

  • As spring approaches, ATV riders reminded to be careful

    With temperatures in the low 60s and spring right around the corner, everyone’s itching to get outside. But some outdoor activities can lead to danger.
    Owen County Ambulance Director Kevin Luther said one of those activities, all-terrain vehicle riding, has led to some fatalities in Owen County.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kentucky was third in the nation with 114 ATV deaths reported from 2005 to 2007.
    The ambulance service usually responds to several ATV related accidents each year, Luther said.

  • Officials urge caution after string of grassfires

    Sixteen grass fires were reported in Owen County last week, despite Kentucky’s “no burn season” having started Feb. 15.
    Each year on this same date, the Kentucky Division of Forestry enters a “no burn season” when it’s against the law to set fire from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to any flammable material located within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
    The regulation prohibits the burning of tires, garbage, construction debris, demolition debris, appliances, cars, buses, trailers and all other materials.

  • Three Rivers offering free radon-testing kits

    Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas found in the Earth’s crust from the breakdown of uranium.
    Radon leaks into buildings and integrates into our ventilation systems, thus altering our air quality.
    A close runner-up to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the Kentucky Division for Air Quality, an estimated 14,000 people die of radon-related lung cancers every year.
    To ensure that your home is radon-free, there are many testing procedures available within your area.

  • Treatment gives child a normal life

    In 2004, Tina Olds took her son for a kindergarten physical. Prior to that day, she had no idea that her son would undergo heart surgery.
    Tina’s son, Jalane Olds, had health problems since he was born, but doctors assured Tina that it was only asthma.
    “They just always said he had asthma,” Tina said. “He would turn really blue and have difficulty breathing. Before he started school we took him for his kindergarten physical and that’s when they told me he had a hole in the right ventricle of his heart.”