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  • Police seize 300 pot plants

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department along with the Kentucky State Police have destroyed one of the largest marijuana patches found in Owen County in several years.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said over 300 immature plants were found on private property on Old Columbus Road, off Ky. 607.

  • Community says farewell to first fire chief

    At about 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, emergency radios across Owen County carried a solemn message.

    “Rest in peace, brother,” a voice on the radio said. “You will be missed.”

    Former Owenton/Owen County Fire Department chief, firefighter, and founding member of the department Walker T. Ellis passed away Thursday.

    Ellis, 84, served Owen County as a firefighter, battling flames and looking after his men for 35 years.

    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said Ellis was instrumental in getting the fire department to where it is now.

  • Fair time

    Many changes have taken place with the Owen County Fair this year.

    If you been by the fairgrounds lately, you will see construction going on.

    The fair board received a grant to renovate the existing exhibit building as well as adding a new addition. The new addition will have a kitchen, meeting room, storage area and an office.

    Also, three additional directors were added to the board: Melissa Bourne, Stephanie Howard and Lindsey Tirey.

  • A fun fair forecast

    Owen countians searching for inexpensive family fun and entertainment don’t have to look very far with the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show only a little more than a week away.

    Fair-goers have much to look forward to this year as a new carnival will provide rides and games, along with the return of motorcross and family fun night, according to Teresa Roberts, one of this year’s fair directors.

  • County enlists feds for help

    The flood of 2010 hit several areas of Owen County hard, forcing residents out of their homes and leaving some people wondering if moving back was worth it.

    However, homes weren’t the only things damaged during the flooding, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will be stepping in to help clean up the mess left behind.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court recently entered into a project agreement with the NRCS to remove debris and help prevent flooding in the future.

    The court held a special-called meeting Friday to discuss the issue.

  • Ancient dance secrets

    For Jamee Jackson, dancing holds many different pleasures – fun, exercise, expression and a sense of self-confidence and beauty.

    After several years of teaching belly dancing throughout northern Kentucky, Jackson is now looking to bring those same pleasures to the women of Owen County.

    Jackson, a resident of Owen County, opened her first belly dancing studio earlier this month after a trip to downtown Owenton, when she noticed a building for rent on Seminary Street.

  • Owen flood plain map may change

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging those without flood insurance to become insured.

    FEMA recently provided county government with a new flood-insurance study and flood insurance rate map.

    According to the study, areas of Owen County that previously may have had a 1-percent chance of flooding may be more at risk than previously estimated.

    If the changes to the flood map are finalized, the modifications will become the basis for flood-plain management measures Owen County must adopt to be included in the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • City using zoning proposal to toughen nuisance laws

    Although the front page of an ordinance the City of Owenton has been reviewing reads “Zoning for the City of Owenton,” Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said it’s simply a means to toughen up the city’s current nuisance ordinance.

    The Owenton City Council has been reviewing the zoning ordinance, which the mayor has been referring to as a nuisance ordinance.

    Wotier said the terminology for the two has been used loosely.

  • Owen Electric to hold board election

    Although there will be a contested election Friday evening, not everyone in Owen County can vote.

    For the past few weeks, the election for the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has been heating up with supporters and candidates reaching out to the public for support.

    For Owen Electric district one, which covers Owen County, the candidates are incumbent Ann Bond, who has served on the board for eight years, and former Kentucky Educational Television Director of Communications Tona Barkley of Monterey.

  • Don Martin named interim superintendent

    The Owen County Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent to lead the way until the position can be filled permanently.

    Don Martin, a retired Grant County School District superintendent, was selected during a special meeting of the Owen County Board of Education Thursday.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairperson Terry Patterson said Martin was found through the help of the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent search service.