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  • Ex-school bookkeeper sentenced

    Jennifer Bishop, a former Owen County Primary School bookkeeper, pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking.

    Bishop was indicted March 9 by the Owen County grand jury. According to the indictment, she took more than $500 from the Owen County school district.

    Bishop was arraigned on the same date and a $5,000 unsecured bond was set.

     Kentucky State Police Detective Steve Goodale said the charges were brought after a routine audit.

  • Number of registered Owen County voters drops

    As the deadline a registering to vote looms just days away, the number of registered voters in Owen County is at its lowest in two years.

    In March 2008, 7,639 Owen County residents were registered to vote and 7,716 were registered in 2009. As of March 16, 2010, only 7,436 Owen County residents were registered to vote.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said reasons for the decline in number of registered voters vary.

  • Owenton mayor reflects on the state of the city

    According to Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, vision, opportunity and progress are the main things the City of Owenton needs to focus on in order to move the city forward.

    Wotier gave his annual state of the city address Thursday during an Owen County Chamber of Commerce meeting held at the Smith House restaurant.

  • Unlocking locks could spur visitors to Owen

    Owen County could gain a new tourism attraction if the Kentucky River Authority opens locks and dams one through four.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said she attended a meeting in 2009 of surrounding counties in support of opening the locks and dams.

    Keith said the Kentucky River Authority is considering opening the locks from the Ohio River to Frankfort.

    A river lock is a device used for raising and lowering boats between stretches of water or different levels on river and canal waterways.

  • Police hope for leads in Gratz bank robbery

    Kentucky State Police are still investigating a robbery that took place March 27 at the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb said as of Thursday investigators had a few leads that had taken them nowhere.

    “We’ve had a few things here and there but nothing credible,” Webb said.

    According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at approximately 11:46 a.m. March 27 reporting that two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

  • Feed and More looks to help champions

    Pointing up at a picture of a beautiful carmel-colored horse on the back wall of Feed and More, Betty Miller feels a sense of pride.

    “That’s ‘Plenty Good Scotch,’” she said. “He’s going to be a great champion and he only gets his feed from us.”

    Since taking over Feed and More in May 2008, Miller and her business partner, Ruby Shoemaker, have concentrated on offering only the best feed and equipment for horses, pets and other livestock.

  • Library considers new site

    A different property has been thrown into the mix of locations the Owen County Public Library Board is considering for the site of a new library facility.

    The board had agreed on 4.3 acres on Hwy. 22 East near the Hi-Y-Inn. It is owned by Blue Moon Investors  and priced at $175,000.

    Although the board agreed on the property, no official offer was made.

    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said the board decided to consider a different property after receiving feedback on moving the facility outside city limits.

  • Police looking for bank robbery suspects

    An ongoing investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police after two men allegedly robbed the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

    According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at approximately 11:46 a.m. Saturday reporting that two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

    The men left with an undisclosed amount of money.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb, one of the men wore a ski mask and hoodie, the other a blond wig with a bandana tied around it.

  • Federal money helps bring equipment to Owen EMS

    The Owen County EMS recently received a Fire Fighters’ Assistance Grant  to better equip staff on daily runs.

    The grant, which was received from FEMA, enabled the EMS to purchase two chest compression systems and two monitor/defibrillators from Physio Control, a company that specializes in medical equipment.

    According to Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther, with the FEMA grant of almost $70,000 the court was able to purchase the equipment by only spending $13,434.

  • Owen County District Court

    March 26, 2010

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $430.50, $400 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $356.90, in jail, $325 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.

    Jason Blackmore, 1975, non-payment of fines, owes $314.55, in jail, $285 cash bond set, 10 days, release if pays, show cause hearing set for July 2.