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  • Trio charged with shooting out 32 street lights

    Three young men were arrested early Thursday after they allegedly shot out more than 30 street lights.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the majority of the lights shot out were on Georgetown Road.

    “So far we know of 32 street lights that were shot out and four private lights,” Hammond said. “There were some in Hesler, some on Swope Road and Slippery Rock Road.”

    Police requested the names of the suspects be omitted, citing an ongoing investigation.

  • Carolyn Keith back on the ballot

    Incumbent Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has announced she will be a candidate in the May Democratic primary for the highest elective office in the county.

    Keith was appointed to the office of judge executive Feb. 12, 2009, by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear following the resignation of Billy O’Banion, who quit the office as part of a plea agreement in connection with theft, theft of services and official misconduct charges.

    Keith, a native of Owen County, grew up in the New Columbus community.

  • 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.