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  • Court will wait on ambulance service increase

    People across the nation are concerned that the pending health-care legislation before Congress could affect the costs of health care in the United States.

    Those concerns filtered down to the Owen County Fiscal Court Monday when Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther approached the magistrates about a 5-percent increase in the ambulance rates to match new rates that Medicaid allows ambulance services to charge and be reimbursed for under federal policy.

  • Early-morning fire destroys home on 227

    A home at 9905 Hwy. 227 S. was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

    Owen County Fire Chief Larry Karsner said the station received a call around 1:30 a.m.

    “Five departments were there,” Karsner said. “It was pretty much fully involved by the time we got there in the left, front center of the house.”

    Fire crews worked until around 5:30 a.m. putting out the flames at the home of Rodney Osbourne.

    Karsner said no one was injured in connection with the fire.

  • Accident took life of Owen man, police say

    An Owen County man was found dead early Monday morning in a creek bed at 3120 Hwy. 1316 near Mosby Creek.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Jesse Bailey, 66, kept a sump pump in the creek to pump water into his home.

    Police suspect Bailey went to turn the sump pump off Saturday evening and slipped, hitting his head on a rock in the creek bed.

    Hammond said Bailey had suffered with illnesses.

  • Public helps bring Christmas to needy Owen County kids

    With the nation suffering through an economical crisis, many people throughout Owen County became angels to 76 boys and girls on this year’s angel tree.

    The angel tree started out with 54 children but as the weeks passed by, more and more parents went through the Owen County Extension Office to receive assistance for their children.

    The extension office’s support member, Stephanie Howard, said 76 is the highest number of children the records show, which go back to 1994.

  • Holiday heists

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is warning all Owen County citizens to keep their vehicles locked up tight.

    Hammond said he received 16 reports of vehicles that had various items stolen from them Sunday night and Monday morning.

    “A lot of people are going out and doing their Christmas shopping,” Hammond said. “They’ll leave $10 or $15 dollars lying in their car and the doors unlocked.”

    Hammond said the reported thief or thieves were not breaking into any vehicles, but instead stealing from vehicles that were not locked.

  • Over 200 students help create ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

    Owen County students of all ages gathered Friday and Saturday night at the Owen County High School gymnasium to perform a holiday classic, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

    Band members, choir members, drama and art students were involved in the presentation of the story of the Herdmans, six unruly children who lie, steal, cheat, smoke cigars and hit little kids.

    The Herdmans invade church one Sunday and wind up volunteering to act in the Sunday school’s Christmas play.

  • Art from Owenton Manor resident to be featured on card

    Teddy Caulk, a resident at Owenton Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center in Owenton, recently produced holiday-themed artwork and won second place in a nationwide art contest with his painting, “Winter Chill.” The work was first selected as the Kentucky state regional winner and then earned second place at the national level.

    His artwork was one of four original paintings created by SunBridge residents as part of SunBridge Healthcare’s 10th annual Holiday Art From the Heart contest. The top four selections are then used to create holiday cards for the company.

  • Solid-waste building will get repairs

    Repairs to the Owen County solid-waste building and a new steel trailer for refuse are on the way.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court met Dec. 8 and approved a bid for work on the solid-waste building.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith announced at the Nov. 10 meeting that the county was entitled to an area development fund of $7,100 from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.

    The county received a bid from Gary Perkins, who will begin work on repairs to the solid-waste building for $4,291.07.

  • Stand up and be counted

    Local residents are needed to help with the final phase of the 2010 Census count.

    At the grand opening of the Covington Census Office Dec. 4, manager Chad Linna said he and his staff have begun recruiting enumerators and field supervisors in each of the 18 counties in the Northern Kentucky region his office serves.

    The Covington office is overseeing completion of the 2010 Census in Trimble, Carroll, Henry, Owen, Oldham and Gallatin counties, as well as Grant, Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Franklin, Harrison, Kenton, Mason, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Shelby counties.

  • Workers step in to stop alleged theft

    Quick thinking by several water district employees apparently prevented the theft of copper tubing worth several hundred dollars.

    Steve Dempsey, Randy Teegarden, Paul Tudor and Dalvin King, all of whom are employees of  Kentucky American Water, were having lunch at the office Wednesday when one of them noticed a man removing copper tubing from the back of one of the service trucks.

    The men approached Sean Jarman, a 24-year-old resident of Ohio, and asked him what he was doing.