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Local News

  • Officials still looking for causes of gas leak causes

    A main-line gas leak near the intersection of Perry Street and Cherry Alley caused local emergency workers to evacuate everyone within a 500-foot radius Thursday.

    At 4:11 p.m., the leak was reported by Owenton officials to Carrollton Utilities, which responded immediately.

    Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne said utility crews closed the valve serving the section of line near the intersection and made the necessary repairs.

  • Crash shuts down highway for four hours

    A man driving a tri-axle dump truck filled with asphalt on Ky. Hwy. 355 wrecked Monday morning.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis said the Kentucky State Police were notified of the accident at 10 a.m.

    “Wesley H. Simpson of Stanford, Ky. was traveling South on Hwy. 355 when the vehicle began to leave the right side of the road,” Willis said. “He apparently cut the wheel hard to the left, which caused the truck to flip, spilling asphalt all over the road.”

  • Library receives federal grant

    The Owen County Public Library is the recipient of an $8,055 equipment grant. Funding for the project is made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and it is administered by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA).

    Equipment grants provide funding necessary to replace, upgrade or purchase new equipment in order to improve patron access to information and resources or to enhance library services. KDLA received 23 applications in this category, awarding 10 of them for a total of $72,537.

  • Firm presents new plans for buildings

    Progress is being made on the new concession stand and restrooms for the Owen County High School football field.

    The Owen County School Board met Thursday with representatives from Ross Tarrant Architects for a progress meeting concerning construction on the new middle school.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said the original plan for the new concession stand and bathrooms had originally been to duplicate the current structure along with a new press box.

  • Road repairs begin

    Resurfacing on several Owen County roads is expected to begin soon.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court held a special meeting Thursday to open bids for the resurfacing of four roads.

    Mago Construction Company out of Bardstown won the bid over Ohio Valley Construction company. Mago’s bid was $171,301.

    On Sept. 22, the court voted to approve a resolution and agreement between Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Rural and Municipal Aid and the Owen County Fiscal Court for the resurfacing.

  • Fire destroys church

    A fire has claimed the building where dozens came to worship each Sunday evening.

    The EPOCH Fellowship church, located at 1370 Hwy. 22 E., caught fire Monday morning. Apparently a coffee pot was left on throughout the night, Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said.

    The Owenton Fire Department received word of the fire at approximately 7:15 a.m.

    Lilly said the fire began at the front-left corner of the church.

    “The floor was caved in where the coffee pot was,” Lilly said. “The inside was a total loss.”

  • Doctor hopes to find HIV treatment in proposed Owen laboratory

    A medical research facility could be in New Liberty’s future.

    Dr. Ray C. Perkins and his daughter, Sarah Leonard, have worked for 10 years to develop effective and economical methods in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

    Perkins said these methods will also apply to many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other infectious diseases.

    If the company, known as New Liberty Proteomics, can gain enough support, Perkins is looking to establish a biomedical center in Owen County.

  • Ghost hunter coming to library

    The Owen County Public Library will be hosting ghost hunter Patti Starr Friday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. 

    After Starr speaks, there will be a ghost hunt in the building from 8 to 9 p.m.

    Starr is a world renowned paranormal investigator who owns the Ghost Chasers International organization founded in 1996 based in Lexington.  She is also owner of the Ghost Hunter Shop located at 835 Porter Place in Lexington.

    Starr is the tour guide for the popular Bardstown Ghost Trek which she started in 1997 in Bardstown.

  • Homecoming Happenings

    Hundreds of supporters turned out for the Owen County High School football homecoming parade and pep rally Friday afternoon before the game against East Jessamine. Second photo: Homecoming queen Jensen Wainscott poses with players Daniel Dauwe and Byron Robertson.

    Photos by Brian Blair, Molly Haines and John Whitlock

  • Owenton property owners will see slight tax change

    The Owenton City Council voted to raise its real property tax rates to .326 from last year’s .316 during its Oct. 1 meeting.

    The .326 tax rate means a property owner will pay .326 on each $100 worth of real property at its assessed cash value.

    Owenton City Clerk and Treasurer Laura Aldridge said a property owner whose property was worth $100,000 would pay $326 in real property taxes.

    The personal property rate will be .469 as opposed to last year’s rate of .3338. The vehicle rate will be .2829.