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  • 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.

  • County looks to beef up security

    Because some computer-security problems surfaced earlier this year, the Owen County Judge-Executive’s Office will soon receive updated computer equipment.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said several people had checked the judge’s office computers and agreed that stronger security was needed. She said many of the computer problems were related to viruses.

  • Board rejects request

    The Owen County School Board may be looking for ways to take a school bus down Big Twin Creek Road after a concerned parent approached the board during its March 15 meeting.

    Natasha Culver of Big Twin Creek Road approached the board asking for consideration of bus transportation for her child.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said taking a bus down Big Twin Creek Road would be dangerous.

  • County receives KACo dividend

    The 2010-2011 county budget will receive an extra boost in the amount of $11,183.

    The money is a dividend distributed by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and will be officially given to the county July 1.

    Larry Denney, agent for the KACo All Lines Fund, presented Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith with notice of the upcoming dividend payment Friday.