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  • Common cause unites Kentuckians

    About 35 concerned citizens from Owen County and surrounding areas gathered at the home of John Harrod Saturday for a program presented by members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFC) followed by some old-time fiddle music.

    KFC is a 27-year-old grass roots organization that promotes power of the people, working together, challenging injustices and improving the qualify of life for Kentuckians.

    Rachel Harrod, John Harrod’s daughter and a member of KFC, said the organization works on a number of different campaigns.

  • Veterans honored at Owen County High School
  • A trail through history

    As a result of the Owen County 20/20 Vision project and the Owen County Leadership program, Joy Bourne Morgan and three other Owen countians have banded together to preserve different aspects of farm life for generations to come.

    Morgan, along with Harold Malcomb, Freida Smith and Elizabeth Prewitt began The Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trails by interviewing farmers throughout the county to get accurate details on farming in Owen County.

  • 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.