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  • Woman who helped end last summer’s string of burglaries gets recognition

    During the summer of 2008, 70 burglaries took place in and around Owen County. Now, one year later, the Farmer cousins are behind bars and one woman has received a reward for her effort toward putting them there.

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said cousins Eric and Matthew Farmer, both of northern Kentucky, could be facing life in prison.

    “The two pled 15 years a piece through federal court,” Hammond said. “Some could be life charges. Once they are sentenced we’ll get them back in our court system.”

  • With water-line project complete, city looks to spruce up for big event

    The Owenton City Council is looking for ways to spruce up the city before the U.S. Open Sporting Clay Championships comes to town.

    At its Monday meeting, the council discussed several other issues including the completion of the Severn Creek water intake project.

    The water intake restoration project at Severn Creek took three years to complete. During that time, upgrades and/or replacement of lines, equipment, telemetry and pumps took place.

  • Relay organizers looking ahead

    This year’s Relay for Life was a successful event that raised thousands of dollars to go toward finding a cure for cancer. Now, less than two weeks after the event ,it’s time to start looking ahead to next year’s Relay and what can be done year-round to support the American Cancer Society.

    This year’s Relay For Life, held May 29-30 raised $59,000. Owen County is part of the Mid-South Division of Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

  • Twelve-hour event raises thousands for cancer research

    Twenty-five teams gathered Friday night to launch the 11th annual Relay for Life, which is held each year to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and in remembrance of its victims.

    This year’s event raised $59,000, with over 700 luminaries sold.

    The 12-hour event kicked off with a welcome by Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier, followed by the National Anthem, which was sung by Debra McMillien, the invocation, and a speech by Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith.

  • City, county receive Homeland Security funds for armor

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department and Owenton City Police recently received a grant to purchase body armor through the Law Enforcement Protection Program, which will help further the safety of local law enforcement.

    The Law Enforcement Protection Program, formerly known as the Body Armor Program, enables the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to provide funds for equipment to law-enforcement agencies across the state.

  • Historical tour open to the public

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce has organized a historical tour, which will take place during the 2009 U.S. Open Sporting Clays Championship June 26. The purpose of the tour is to provide tourists with a rich knowledge and understanding of the county.

    Those participating in the tour will ride in a horse-drawn carriage that follows a winding route through Owenton. The route will highlight some of Owen County’s most historical spots and include a progressive tea.

  • New judicial center takes step forward

    The new Owen County judicial center is expected to take another step forward today when the property is formally sold to the county.

    At a special meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Tuesday, Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith was elected by magistrates as the director and chairperson of the Owen County Public Properties Corporation.

    For legal protection, the corporation will be listed as the deed owner for the property. Once the bonds used to finance the property are paid off, the deed will be turned over to the county.

  • Local EMS warns of flooding dangers

    The Owen County Emergency Management team reminds residents of possible flooding.

    Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. However, all floods are not alike.

  • Elk Creek kicks off summer concert series

    The Elk Creek Vineyards Concert Series is back with returning artists as well as some new.

    The concert series has been a part of Owen County culture since 2007. Acts like country music superstar Sarah Evans, blues artist Buddy Guy and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra have preformed at Elk Creek’s outdoor amphitheater.

    The concert series kicked off Saturday night with A1A: The Official Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band. The band has performed at Elk Creek each season since the series began.

  • Unbuckled driver killed in car wreck

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a wreck that left a Sanders woman dead.

    According to a statement from the Kentucky State Police, at about 6:37 p.m. Sunday,  a 1999 Ford truck driven by Brian J. Ritchey II, 28, of Bluff City, Tenn., was eastbound on U.S. 42 and turned in front of a westbound vehicle driven by Lonna D. Kehrer of Sanders.

    Kehrer was killed in the wreck

    A passenger in the vehicle, Cindy Keith, 30, of Norwood, Ohio, received serious injuries and was transported to University of Cincinnati.