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  • Police looking for bank robbery suspects

    An ongoing investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police after two men allegedly robbed the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

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

    The men left with an undisclosed amount of money.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb, one of the men wore a ski mask and hoodie, the other a blond wig with a bandana tied around it.

  • Federal money helps bring equipment to Owen EMS

    The Owen County EMS recently received a Fire Fighters’ Assistance Grant  to better equip staff on daily runs.

    The grant, which was received from FEMA, enabled the EMS to purchase two chest compression systems and two monitor/defibrillators from Physio Control, a company that specializes in medical equipment.

    According to Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther, with the FEMA grant of almost $70,000 the court was able to purchase the equipment by only spending $13,434.

  • Owen County District Court

    March 26, 2010

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $430.50, $400 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $356.90, in jail, $325 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $314.55, in jail, $285 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.

  • County looks to beef up security

    Because some computer-security problems surfaced earlier this year, the Owen County Judge-Executive’s Office will soon receive updated computer equipment.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said several people had checked the judge’s office computers and agreed that stronger security was needed. She said many of the computer problems were related to viruses.

  • Board rejects request

    The Owen County School Board may be looking for ways to take a school bus down Big Twin Creek Road after a concerned parent approached the board during its March 15 meeting.

    Natasha Culver of Big Twin Creek Road approached the board asking for consideration of bus transportation for her child.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said taking a bus down Big Twin Creek Road would be dangerous.

  • County receives KACo dividend

    The 2010-2011 county budget will receive an extra boost in the amount of $11,183.

    The money is a dividend distributed by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and will be officially given to the county July 1.

    Larry Denney, agent for the KACo All Lines Fund, presented Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith with notice of the upcoming dividend payment Friday.

  • Former judge-executive to challenge for county’s top office

    Former Owen County Judge-executive Horace “Doug” West has announced he will be a candidate in the May Democratic primary to run once more for the office he held for three consecutive terms.

    West, who served as county judge-executive from 1982 to 1994, also served seven years as an Owenton policeman and one term as Owen County sheriff from 1978 to 1982.

    Originally a native of Scott County, West moved to Owen County in 1968.

  • Road work ahead

    County roads in need of maintenance could see improvements during the 2010-2011 fiscal year thanks to a state-road “flex fund.”

    During its March 9 meeting, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to approve recommendations from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for state road projects.

    Projects included Hammond School Road and Claxon Ridge Road.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the fiscal court voted to take flex funds from the projects recommended by the cabinet to go toward maintenance of county roads.

  • County breaks ground for judicial center

    A new chapter in the history of Owen County began to be written Thursday when ground was broken for a new judicial center.

    At a ceremony and reception held at the Owen County Courthouse, state and local officials looked back at the nearly 150-year-old building and celebrated the past while looking to the future.

  • Conference helps hundreds of Owen County families

    Hundreds of individuals made their way through Owen County High School Saturday for an education in how to make Owen County a healthy, happier place.

    The Catalyst for Hope Conference, sponsored by Hope’s Hands Community Partnership and NorthKey along with Northern Kentucky Community Action and the Owen County School System, was deemed a successful event by Patti Clark, executive director of Hope’s Hands and coordinator of the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project.