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  • Tea Party turnout

    Several Owen County citizens turned out Jan. 15 at the Owen County Library for a meeting concerning a Tea Party movement within the county.

    Emily Shelton and Nancy Bearclaw, members of the Northern Kentucky Tea Party, spoke to the group.

    Shelton said the Tea Party movement is growing across the United States.

    Shelton said the movement has no rules, but there are core values.

  • Fiscal court goes to two sessions a month

    When the fiscal court met Jan. 12, it unanimously approved Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith’s recommendation to hold two fiscal court meetings each month.

    “I just feel that it’s necessary if we want to run things smoothly,” Keith said. “There’s a lot of business that needs to be taken care of and we’re not always able to do so in our regularly scheduled meetings.”

  • Couple loses home, escapes with just purse

    Fire destroyed the home of Kenneth and Hazel Woodyard at 2740 Pleasant Grove Road.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the fire started some time between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Wednesday.

    “They said the fire started in the basement and that it was probably due to something electrical,” Hammond said.

    The only thing the Woodyards were able to get out with was Hazel Woodyard’s purse, Hammond said.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    Jan. 5, 2010

    James B. Barker, 1976, failed to pay fines or costs, owes $525, $600 cash bond set, to pay $50 a month.

    Eric C. Bassham, 1985, complicity receiving stolen property under $10,000, adopted plea agreement.

    Jessica N. Boyce, 1979, failed to pay fines or costs, owes $295, $400 cash bond set, to pay $50 a month, 90 days.

    Jessica N. Boyce, 1979, flagrant non-support, second-degree persistent felony offender, dismissed.

    James P. Grider, 1987, cultivation of marijuana, jury trial set for March 18.

  • Magazine to spotlight Owen County

    The Owenton City Council is hoping for an increase in local tourism after being featured in the spring issue of “Back Home in Kentucky” magazine.

    When the council met Jan. 5, Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier announced that Owen County and the city of Owenton would be featured in the magazine.

    “They were the ones that approached us about the idea,” Wotier said.

    Wotier thinks the magazine article will be good advertisement for both the county and city.

  • Relay kickoff event to be held at gym

    This year’s Relay for Life events will kickoff  Feb. 12 with a special event at the Owen County High School gymnasium.

    During the Lady Rebels’ game against Trimble County, organizers hope to fill the stands with survivors and teams in Relay gear to show support for the Relay for Life event.

    Relay for Life helps raise money and awareness on behalf of the American Cancer Society to honor the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and combat the disease.

  • Snowball blast

    When forecasters began predicting the first big snowfall of the season, the Owen County Road Department was prepared to work long hours to keep roads safe for traveling.

    Snow began falling early Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon Owen County Road Supervisor Greg Smoot and Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith set the snow emergency level at two.

  • Well-known minister steps down from First Christian

    Jokes were made, tears were shed and stories were told Dec. 30 at Owenton First Christian Church when pastor Bill Watson and his wife, Brenda, sat before a crowd of friends and well-wishers.

    The church held a dinner and celebration in honor of Watson’s retirement after nine and a half years as pastor.

    Watson, who began preaching at Owenton First Christian Church in June 2000, said the members of the church quickly became family to him.

  • A quiet holiday

    New Year’s Eve is often a busy night for members of law enforcement. However, this year it was smooth sailing in Owen County.

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office and the Owenton Police Department set up road blocks throughout the county, including one near the former Dairy Queen restaurant and one in New Columbus.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said a couple of courtesy citations were issued along with several citations for public intoxication, but his office made no DUI arrests.

  • Perkins pursues research dream

    Dr. Ray Perkins of New Liberty Proteomics spoke at the Owenton Rotary Club meeting held Dec. 14 on the research facility he hopes to build in New Liberty.

    Perkins and his daughter, Sarah Leonard, have worked for 10 years to develop effective and economical methods in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

    Perkins said these methods will also apply to many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other infectious diseases.