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  • No charges will be filed in bus accident

    No charges will be filed in connection with an accident involving an Owen County school bus.

    According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Webb, the bus, driven by Curt Smith, 48, and a 2004 Chevy Blazer, driven by Marjorie Duvall, 71, were traveling eastbound on New Liberty Road Friday morning.

    Duvall, who was behind the bus, crashed into the back of the bus when it slowed to pick up a student

  • School year will stretch into June

    The snow and ice that fell in February will mean a longer school year for Owen County students.

    Since the beginning of the school year, Owen County students have missed 11 instructional days due to inclement weather.

    To make up those days, the school district calendar will be extended to June 3 for students.

    Under the old plan, the last day for students was scheduled for May 20 with teachers staying in school until May 21.

    With the snow days, the last day for teachers will be June 7.

  • Free Catalyst Conference comes to Owen March 13

    Did you know that each year, nearly 28 percent of all youth under the age of 21 use alcohol? Or that nearly 20 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 received mental health services in the past year?

    Did you realize that these two facts are related?

    More than 35 percent of youth who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year had also used an illicit drug in that time frame, including alcohol.

  • Owen man dies after fall in Red River Gorge

    An Owen County man rock climbing in the Red River Gorge area died Saturday.

    Menifee County Coroner Melody Smallwood told the Associated Press that Shaun Wilhoite, 28, of Owen County, fell to his death around 2:30 p.m. in the Indian Creek section of the gorge.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    According to Smallwood, Wilhoite was accompanied by about 12 other climbers.

    Smallwood said the other climbers told her Wilhoite visited the gorge about four times a year.

  • Owen begins to dig out

    When a winter storm began hitting Owen County during the early hours of the morning Monday, some wondered whether they should brave the snow and cold for a day at work.

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she and her staff received several calls from Owen countians confused about the emergency snow levels.

  • New rules for meetings

    After the Owen County Fiscal Court workshops got off to a rocky start, the court voted to adopt a new resolution on procedures for addressing the court during its Feb. 9 meeting.

    The first workshop of the Owen County Fiscal Court was held Jan. 26.

    Owen County Judge-executive and magistrates’ Teresa Davis, Bobby Gaines and Ray Smith each agreed that the meeting got off to a good start, but turned confrontational after former judge-executive Billy O’Banion approached the court.

    Magistrate Jerry Jones declined to comment on the workshop.

  • New restaurant hopes to hit a home run with diners

    Baseball memorabilia from professionals to Owen County -- pictures, jerseys and other items adorn the walls of the recently opened Home Plate restaurant to create a family friendly atmosphere with lots of down home items on the menu.

    Father-son duo Paul and Kelly Wilson officially opened the restaurant Dec. 28, 2009.

    “Opening a restaurant had been an ambition of Kelly’s for a long time,” Paul Wilson said. “I wanted someone young to run it.”

    Wilson said Kelly is the owner, while he acts as manager and training chef.

  • Owen County Property Transfers

    Beverly Ashcraft and Beverly Saylor to Floyd G. Ashcraft, Ky. Route 330.

    Emily R. and Christopher Baker to Nicholas S. Rose, Ky. Route 35, $99,900.

    John R. and Ella Clementine Tackett to Gary Tackett, Cull Pepper Road and Marshal, $30,000.

    Gary W. and Leslie D. Minch to Gerald and Shirley Minch.

    Abbey McArty to Charles E. Jones, Kays Branch Road.

    Charles E. Jones Trustee to Abbey McArty and Donald W. Box, Kays Branch Road.

    David L. and Patricia A. Brown to Michael R. Brown Sr. and Carol J. Brown, Ky. Hwy. 330, $15,000.

  • End of an era

    After nearly 25 years of entertaining Owen County, the owners of Croxton’s Video and Tanning are closing the doors due to increased competition and a rough economy.

    Brothers Ronnie and Mark Croxton and mom June Croxton each agreed that it had been a good run.

    “We’re from Henry County but we probably know more people here and have more friends here than we do there,” Ronnie Croxton said. “We’ll probably never see some of them again. That’s the worst part about it.”

  • Medical progress changes girl’s life

    Mary Wilhoite wasn’t expecting doctors to hear a murmur the first time they listened to her unborn child’s heart. She spent the next nine months hoping that her baby girl, Maggie, would be born healthy.

    After Maggie was born, Mary learned that her newborn baby was a victim of a congenital heart defect – pulmonary stenosis

    “I found out when I was pregnant,” Mary Wilhoite said. “The first time the doctors listened to her heart beat they heard a murmur.”