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  • County adds to EMS staff

    After being shorthanded since August, the Owen County EMS now has an additional full-time employee.

    Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther approached the fiscal court during its Nov. 10 meeting to request Larry Karsner be hired as a full-time EMT.

    Luther said one full-time EMT had been on medical leave since August and not all part-time employees were able to work on a regular basis.

    “Most EMS people have two or three jobs,” Luther said. “It’s tough times for everybody right now and we’ve been extremely busy.”

  • Local writer brings first novel out of the woods

    After returning to school as an art major, Brenda C. Watson never dreamed that an English professor would encourage her to switch majors, which would eventually lead to a published novel.

    Watson – whose first novel, “Betwixt,” will go on sale Dec. 8 – said her daughter encouraged her to go back to school.

  • Owen County Property Transfers

    Ellen J. Kanerva Trust to Edward B. Grady, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision.

    Earl Bennett, Christy Bennett, James C. Malcomb and Mark R. Cobb, Master Commissioner, to James C. Malcomb, Hwy. 227.

    Edward B. Grady to S.C. Altman and Ronald C. Monning, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision, $7,500.

    Martha Wagers to Lloyd Wagers Jr., Greenup Road.

    Anthony R. Callan, Patricia Hendren, Angela Marie Callan and Denise Lyn Bradley to Stanford and Terry Back, Hide-A-Way Hills Subdivision, $23,000.

  • School board digs up more money for engineers

    While construction on the new Maurice Bowling Middle School remains on schedule, other aspects of the building project have gotten off to a rocky start.

    The Owen County School Board met Nov. 4 to get an update from architects Ross-Tarrant.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said QORE – a Lexington-based company that specializes in geotechnical engineering and works strictly for the school system – is requesting more money to complete their job.

  • County gets nearly $30,000 in homeland security grants

    Owen County Fiscal Court has been awarded $29,202 in State Homeland Security Grants for personal protection equipment and mobile and portable radios for the county’s search-and-rescue squad, Gov. Steve Beshear announced.

    Beshear described the new Homeland Security grants vital to the Commonwealth in a variety of ways.

  • Chamber honors best in business

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its ninth annual dinner meeting Thursday.

    Awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the “Wall of Fame.”

    Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Dallas Stafford.

    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to insurance agent and Owen County School Board member Stuart Bowling.

  • Leaders tackle East Perry problems

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry stayed true to their word when they told several concerned East Perry residents that they would clean up their street.

    During the Oct. 6 Owenton City Council meeting, several East Perry residents approached the council with concerns of drugs, vicious dogs and other nuisances.

    Wotier said there were several homes on East Perry that had been a constant problem.

  • Owen EMS director urges public to get ready for winter

    New home heating patterns may increase potential for chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

    With record-setting home-heating prices anticipated this autumn and winter, efficiency is at the forefront this year. Many homeowners address their financial concerns by turning to solid fuel appliances, like wood or pellet stoves.

    Rick Morgan, Owen County EMS director, reminds the public that these heating patterns increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.

  • Election action

    With the Owen County primary election only months away, Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid is looking toward the future of voters and candidates.

    Two county offices up for election require a test to be taken and passed before filing to run for the position.

    The property valuation administrator’s test will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Eagle Lake Convention Center, 1000 Eagle Lake Drive in Lawrenceburg.

  • Kids and parents get in spirit of Halloween

    Trick-or-treaters and their parents lined up around several Owen County churches Saturday for a night of fellowship and fun.

    EPOCH Fellowship and New Columbus Baptist Church were among those that decorated vehicles and passed out candy for trunk-or-treats.

    EPOCH Pastor Trent Holbert said their trunk-or-treat was held at Full Service Automotive.

    “We partnered with Full Service Automotive and had 10 cars,” Holbert said. “We had a constant stream of kids all night.”