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  • Schools’ scores released

    As the Owen County School District’s Kentucky Core Content test scores came in Thursday, administrator’s across the district had something to be proud of.

    As a district, Owen County Schools made adequate yearly progress established by the No Child Left Behind Act, the district met 100 percent of their goals.

    Owen County Elementary School made the greatest gains in test scores and increased its score from an 84 to a 96.

  • Owen County issues outdoor burning ban

    Only hours after the Owen County judge-executive’s office issued a no outdoor burning restriction Friday, a fire began on Pleasant Grove Road and soon spread to Rose Lane.

    The South Owen Fire Department received the call around 2 p.m. and according to South Owen Fire Chief Brian Perry, a cigarette could have been the cause of the fire that spread for 25 to 30 acres.

    Perry said an unoccupied trailer, a storage barn and several junk cars were destroyed.

  • Candidate forums kick off Thursday

    Following the success of the Owen County Judge-executive and magistrate forum held in May, Leadership Owen County will hold a series of forums for the general election beginning Thursday.

    The first of three forums will begin at 7 p.m. at the Owen County Extension Office for the district one magistrate race.

    Leadership Owen County Alumni member David Morgan said both candidates, Asa Phillips and Gary Minch have been equally invited to participate.

  • Owen teen touched by war story organizes benefit

    People across the United States are blowing their whistles for peace in Congo and soon the message will be brought to Owen County.

    Hannah Strohmeier, a 14-year-old freshman at Owen County High School, became involved in the campaign for peace in Congo this summer when she learned about Falling Whistles.

    The campaign was originally started as a journal about young boys in Congo who are sent to the world’s largest raging war with only a whistle for a weapon.

  • Monterey Fair returns Saturday

    After a year off, the Monterey Fair will return Saturday with a lineup of fun, food, entertainment and games.

    An afternoon of festivities will kick-off at noon with a parade through Monterey that will include the Monterey Fire Department, classic cars and cheerleaders.

    Two cake walks will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. The cakes will be auctioned off following the walks.

    Fair organizer Colleen Thomas said four food vendors will be in attendance and 27 arts and crafts vendors will be selling a variety of items.

  • Homecoming queen to be crowned Friday

    Owen County High School students will celebrate homecoming events this week in anticipation of Friday’s big game.

    Many students will dress up for daily theme events, organizers said. Each class will compete for a “spirit stick.”

    Flag football games will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the school’s football field. Senior members of the football team will compete in a drag pageant about 6:30 that night.

  • Owen grand jury hands down six indictments

    On Sept. 14, 2010, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

     

    •Lloyd C. Jones, 26, on the charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    According to the indictment, he unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property of another, namely fence posts and tools, with a value of $500 or more, with the intent to deprive the owner thereof.

    If convicted he could face up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

    Pleaded not guilty.

  • Blackhawk down safely

    An accident involving a U.S. military helicopter briefly knocked out electricity in some parts of Owenton and other communities in the region.

    According to Lt. Col. Mike Ferguson, U.S. Army aviation facility commander of Frankfort, a Blackhawk UH 60 helicopter was on a training mission focusing on the use of night-vision goggles.

  • Library settles on site

    A site on Hwy. 22 East, near the Hi-Y-Inn is expected to be the location of the new Owen County Public Library.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the library board made a final decision on the site last Friday and plans to purchase it for $175,000 within the next few weeks.

    The 4.3 acres of land is currently owned by Blue Moon Investors.

    During its August meeting, the board voted unanimously to take the compensating tax rate.

  • Owen judicial center begins to take shape

    When Owen County debuts its new $10 million judicial center in the fall of 2011, officials say it will feature state-of-the-art safety devices and exceed the most sensitive environmental standards.

    Nearly four years after initial groundwork was laid, the 33,000-square feet building is taking shape on Ky. 22, less than a mile east of downtown.