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  • Middle school recycles recycling equipment

    Maurice Bowling Middle School kicked off its recycling program Friday with the help of two county officials.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith and Owen County Road Supervisor and Solid Waste Coordinator Greg Smoot joined forces with MBMS science teacher Melissa Cammack to bring recycling bins and recycled notebooks to students.

    Keith said the bins and notebooks were paid through a recycling grant that also allows the county to utilize a baler purchased two decades ago.

  • Driver involved in police chase passes away

    An Owen County man has passed away after he sustained injuries following a police pursuit and crash Oct. 22.

    Roy D. Austerman, 20, was pronounced dead at 8:47 p.m. Thursday at New Horizons Medical Center in Owenton.

    Austerman was injured in a single-vehicle wreck that occurred when he was being pursued by Owenton police after he allegedly ignored directions to pull over.

    He sustained multiple injuries from the accident and was flown to University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment.

  • County adds to EMS staff

    After being shorthanded since August, the Owen County EMS now has an additional full-time employee.

    Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther approached the fiscal court during its Nov. 10 meeting to request Larry Karsner be hired as a full-time EMT.

    Luther said one full-time EMT had been on medical leave since August and not all part-time employees were able to work on a regular basis.

    “Most EMS people have two or three jobs,” Luther said. “It’s tough times for everybody right now and we’ve been extremely busy.”

  • Local writer brings first novel out of the woods

    After returning to school as an art major, Brenda C. Watson never dreamed that an English professor would encourage her to switch majors, which would eventually lead to a published novel.

    Watson – whose first novel, “Betwixt,” will go on sale Dec. 8 – said her daughter encouraged her to go back to school.

  • Owen County Property Transfers

    Ellen J. Kanerva Trust to Edward B. Grady, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision.

    Earl Bennett, Christy Bennett, James C. Malcomb and Mark R. Cobb, Master Commissioner, to James C. Malcomb, Hwy. 227.

    Edward B. Grady to S.C. Altman and Ronald C. Monning, Elk Lake Shores Subdivision, $7,500.

    Martha Wagers to Lloyd Wagers Jr., Greenup Road.

    Anthony R. Callan, Patricia Hendren, Angela Marie Callan and Denise Lyn Bradley to Stanford and Terry Back, Hide-A-Way Hills Subdivision, $23,000.

  • School board digs up more money for engineers

    While construction on the new Maurice Bowling Middle School remains on schedule, other aspects of the building project have gotten off to a rocky start.

    The Owen County School Board met Nov. 4 to get an update from architects Ross-Tarrant.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said QORE – a Lexington-based company that specializes in geotechnical engineering and works strictly for the school system – is requesting more money to complete their job.

  • County gets nearly $30,000 in homeland security grants

    Owen County Fiscal Court has been awarded $29,202 in State Homeland Security Grants for personal protection equipment and mobile and portable radios for the county’s search-and-rescue squad, Gov. Steve Beshear announced.

    Beshear described the new Homeland Security grants vital to the Commonwealth in a variety of ways.

  • Chamber honors best in business

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce held its ninth annual dinner meeting Thursday.

    Awards were given to outstanding business person of the year, outstanding business of the year and the latest addition to the “Wall of Fame.”

    Awards were handed out by Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Dallas Stafford.

    The winner of this year’s outstanding business person of the year award went to insurance agent and Owen County School Board member Stuart Bowling.

  • Leaders tackle East Perry problems

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry stayed true to their word when they told several concerned East Perry residents that they would clean up their street.

    During the Oct. 6 Owenton City Council meeting, several East Perry residents approached the council with concerns of drugs, vicious dogs and other nuisances.

    Wotier said there were several homes on East Perry that had been a constant problem.

  • Owen EMS director urges public to get ready for winter

    New home heating patterns may increase potential for chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

    With record-setting home-heating prices anticipated this autumn and winter, efficiency is at the forefront this year. Many homeowners address their financial concerns by turning to solid fuel appliances, like wood or pellet stoves.

    Rick Morgan, Owen County EMS director, reminds the public that these heating patterns increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.