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  • Owen man killed at triathlon in Louisville

    A Louisville man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of an Owen County man during a triathlon Saturday.

    Kenneth Yates, 25, is charged with murder, drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

    Yates is accused of hitting John Carr, 47, of Owen County, on Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, while the Owen County man was riding a bicycle as part of a triathlon being held at  E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

  • Cleveland says new school is on schedule

    After some problems in the initial process, the new Owen County middle school is starting to come together.

    At the July 20 meeting of the Owen County School Board,  Ron Murrell, a representative of construction firm D.W. Wilburn Inc., offered an update on the new middle school.

    Owen County School District Superintendent Mark Cleveland said the project is right on schedule.

  • Work continues on replacing Gratz icon

    With an eye on completing the project in late 2010, work continues on replacing the old steel truss bridge that connects Owen and Henry counties at Gratz.

    The iconic Gratz bridge on KY 22, with its distinctive appearance, has become a landmark in the community since it opened in 1931. Officials with Kentucky Department of Transportation said the “Warren through truss” construction of the bridge was based on a 1848 design.

    Given the age of the old bridge, a replacement project was added to the Kentucky State Highway Road Plan in 2000.

  • Check out over 100 unpublished photos from the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show

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  • Keith looking for economical options with move

    With Owen County operating on a tight budget, cost has become a concern of moving the sheriff’s office.

    At the March 10 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, a representative from the sheriff’s office reported most of their staff had suffered upper respiratory problems. Although the Kentucky Department of Labor had inspected the entire building, no unusual circumstances were found.

  • Mother of the year nomination letter

    There is a very special lady that I admire. She is my aunt, Barbara Craigmyle.

    For several years I have thought about nominating her as mother of the year. Many of you know her and some of you may know her story.

    For those who don’t, I would like to share a few of her life experiences.

    In 1997, her middle child, Stephanie, was hit by a drunk driver. Stephanie got a severe head injury which was followed by many surgeries and a long recovery period. She still suffers from this accident today and has lived with her mother and father ever since.

  • Craigmyle named Mother of the Year

    Barbara Craigmyle attended the Owen County Fair last week to support her best friend, Vicki Turner, who she thought would be receiving the Mother of the Year award.

    Instead, Craigmyle was surprised when her niece, Kasey Towles, presented her with the Mother of the Year award.

    To be selected as Mother of the Year, the applicant must be nominated by a friend or family member. The nominating letter was sent by Towles.

  • Owen County grand jury indictments

    July 14, 2009

    On July 14, 2009, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

    • Antoine R. Williams, 22, on the charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

    According to the indictment, on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia he possessed drug paraphernalia, which is used, intended for use or designed for use of drugs; on the charge of possession of marijuana he knowingly and unlawfully possessed marijuana.

  • Hetterman named Owen Countian of the Year

    When Judy Hetterman came to the pavilion at the Owen County Fairgrounds Wednesday night she thought she was going to see how a friend’s daughter did in the beauty pageant.

    Hetterman never dreamed that instead she would be presented with the Rotary Club’s Owen Countain of the Year award.

    Hetterman said her family was also unaware of the honor.

    “My family didn’t even know,” Hetterman said. “So everyone who knew kept a good secret.”

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    July 14, 2009

    Joann Adams, 1974, show cause deferred, bench warrant, no bond.

    Kendale Ashby, 1977, flagrant non-support, continued to Aug. 11.

    Matthew T. Brock, 1990, two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft of a controlled substance, pleaded guilty, see order.

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, motion for jail time credit, see order.

    Albert W. Fields, 1955, first-degree trafficking of a controlled substance, continued to July 17.