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  • Owen Co. native dies in plane crash

    An Owen County native and author was killed in a single-engine plane crash in Indiana Monday.

    Dr. Henry Shirmer Riley, 81, of Hanover, Ind., died when the Piper Comanche 250 airplane he was flying crashed.

    According to Indiana State Police, witnesses said the plane crashed in a field off Rector Road and State Road 250 in western Jefferson County in Indiana.

    When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they discovered the wreckage and deceased victim.

  • Annual event at Elk Creek helps keep OCFA up and running

    The success of the second annual Fido Fiesta fund-raiser Saturday at Elk Creek Vineyard will ensure the Owen County Friends of Animals (OCFA) can continue its work.

    Hilari M. Gentry, founder/director/president of OCFA, said the event was well-attended and helped cover some of the organization’s debts.

    “It went pretty well,” Gentry said. “It was a good crowd of people out there, ready and willing to support the Friends of Animals.”

  • Annual golf event honors public servant while raising money for organ donation

    Every spring, as the flowers begin to bloom and the temperatures warm up, golfers gather in Owen County to celebrate life.

    The 11th Annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble was held Saturday at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley. Twenty-five teams took part in the event that raises money to support the Trust for Life’s Satterwhite Recipients Assistance Fund and the Owen County Senior Citizen’s Activity Fund. 

  • Ex-school bookkeeper sentenced

    Jennifer Bishop, a former Owen County Primary School bookkeeper, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Bishop was arraigned on the same date and a $5,000 unsecured bond was set.

     Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Number of registered Owen County voters drops

    As the deadline a registering to vote looms just days away, the number of registered voters in Owen County is at its lowest in two years.

    In March 2008, 7,639 Owen County residents were registered to vote and 7,716 were registered in 2009. As of March 16, 2010, only 7,436 Owen County residents were registered to vote.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said reasons for the decline in number of registered voters vary.

  • Owenton mayor reflects on the state of the city

    According to Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, vision, opportunity and progress are the main things the City of Owenton needs to focus on in order to move the city forward.

    Wotier gave his annual state of the city address Thursday during an Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Smith House restaurant.

  • Unlocking locks could spur visitors to Owen

    Owen County could gain a new tourism attraction if the Kentucky River Authority opens locks and dams one through four.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she attended a meeting in 2009 of surrounding counties in support of opening the locks and dams.

    Keith said the Kentucky River Authority is considering opening the locks from the Ohio River to Frankfort.

    A river lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water or different levels on river and canal waterways.

  • Police hope for leads in Gratz bank robbery

    Kentucky State Police are still investigating a robbery that took place March 27 at the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb said as of Thursday investigators had a few leads that had taken them nowhere.

    “We’ve had a few things here and there but nothing credible,” Webb said.

    According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at approximately 11:46 a.m. March 27 reporting that two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

  • Feed and More looks to help champions

    Pointing up at a picture of a beautiful carmel-colored horse on the back wall of Feed and More, Betty Miller feels a sense of pride.

    “That’s ‘Plenty Good Scotch,’” she said. “He’s going to be a great champion and he only gets his feed from us.”

    Since taking over Feed and More in May 2008, Miller and her business partner, Ruby Shoemaker, have concentrated on offering only the best feed and equipment for horses, pets and other livestock.

  • Library considers new site

    A different property has been thrown into the mix of locations the Owen County Public Library Board is considering for the site of a new library facility.

    The board had agreed on 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn. It is owned by Blue Moon Investors  and priced at $175,000.

    Although the board agreed on the property, no official offer was made.

    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the board decided to consider a different property after receiving feedback on moving the facility outside city limits.