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  • Monterey Fair returns Saturday

    After a year off, the Monterey Fair will return Saturday with a lineup of fun, food, entertainment and games.

    An afternoon of festivities will kick-off at noon with a parade through Monterey that will include the Monterey Fire Department, classic cars and cheerleaders.

    Two cake walks will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. The cakes will be auctioned off following the walks.

    Fair organizer Colleen Thomas said four food vendors will be in attendance and 27 arts and crafts vendors will be selling a variety of items.

  • Homecoming queen to be crowned Friday

    Owen County High School students will celebrate homecoming events this week in anticipation of Friday’s big game.

    Many students will dress up for daily theme events, organizers said. Each class will compete for a “spirit stick.”

    Flag football games will start at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the school’s football field. Senior members of the football team will compete in a drag pageant about 6:30 that night.

  • Owen grand jury hands down six indictments

    On Sept. 14, 2010, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

     

    •Lloyd C. Jones, 26, on the charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    According to the indictment, he unlawfully took or exercised control over movable property of another, namely fence posts and tools, with a value of $500 or more, with the intent to deprive the owner thereof.

    If convicted he could face up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

    Pleaded not guilty.

  • Blackhawk down safely

    An accident involving a U.S. military helicopter briefly knocked out electricity in some parts of Owenton and other communities in the region.

    According to Lt. Col. Mike Ferguson, U.S. Army aviation facility commander of Frankfort, a Blackhawk UH 60 helicopter was on a training mission focusing on the use of night-vision goggles.

  • Library settles on site

    A site on Hwy. 22 East, near the Hi-Y-Inn is expected to be the location of the new Owen County Public Library.

    Owen County Public Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the library board made a final decision on the site last Friday and plans to purchase it for $175,000 within the next few weeks.

    The 4.3 acres of land is currently owned by Blue Moon Investors.

    During its August meeting, the board voted unanimously to take the compensating tax rate.

  • Owen judicial center begins to take shape

    When Owen County debuts its new $10 million judicial center in the fall of 2011, officials say it will feature state-of-the-art safety devices and exceed the most sensitive environmental standards.

    Nearly four years after initial groundwork was laid, the 33,000-square feet building is taking shape on Ky. 22, less than a mile east of downtown.

  • BYE BYE BURLEY

     In the not so distant past, anyone traveling through Owen County could look out their window and see field after field of tobacco – the plant that for so many years provided local farmers with the luxuries of life.

  • WOMAN'S MISSING KANGAROO SPOTTED IN HENRY COUNTY

    Nearly two years after its escape, an Owenton woman's missing kangaroo was believed to be spotted Thursday morning in the rural Henry County community of Bethlehem.

    Jeannie Stivers was driving through the small community when something caught her eye.

  • Landmark Lost: Baptists raze 116-year-old home

    Preservationists say not enough was done to thwart demolition of a 116-year-old historic home on Main Street. The two-story brick house at 205 N. Main St. was razed Aug. 26. The site will indefinitely serve as a grassy lot for neighboring Owenton First Baptist Church, which acquired the house and a quarter-acre lot in a $220,000, tax-free deal reached four years ago with former owner A.T. Morgan, according to county property records.

  • Festival 'sweet' for revenue

    Downtown needs more than one-time festivals, parades and special events to attract and retain viable businesses, according to merchants and public officials. Long-range planning and private capital investment is crucial to create a stronger business backbone, they agree.