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  • Flash flood claims life of Teresita man

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office identified 49-year-old Paul Switzer as the man who was swept away in the swollen waters of Indian Creek Sunday evening.

    Numerous emergency responders, law enforcement officials and others searched for Switzer for hours after the area around Teresita Road received 2 inches of rain in about 45 minutes, according to officials.

    Newly appointed Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the initial call came in at 5:38 p.m. Sunday.

  • Off to... NATIONALS

    Eight students will have the opportunity to represent Owen County at the International Society of Technology Education this June in Denver.

    Carrie Wilhoite, director of technology for Owen County Schools, said the students recently took home top honors at the state’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) showcase April 22 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington.

  • Interim PVA appointed; examination for Governor’s appointment will be May 31

    An interim Owen County Property Valuation Administrator has been appointed – but the process of filling the seat doesn’t stop there.

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue officially appointed Chris Cross of Dry Ridge to the office as an interim PVA following the death of Jimmy Coyle April 21.

    Cross will serve as PVA until a special examination can be held. Following the examination, Gov. Matt Bevin will make an official appointment to serve until the Nov. 8 General Election.

  • Steepleview Farm joins Farm Bureau's roadside market program

    Owen County is home to three of the 88 certified farm markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2016 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. Opening this season is Steepleview Farm.

    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Steepleview Farm has committed to offering quality products and service to its customers. Its acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Something to brag about

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, right, recently announced that the above signs will be placed at various areas throughout the county. The signs read, “Owen County Proud Home of Carson Williams Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball 2016.” Williams, left, attended the April 12 meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court, where he and Runnin’ Rebels Coach Devin Duvall were also named Kentucky Colonels.

  • Law enforcement check to ensure sex offender compliance

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole and the US Marshals Service checked more than 20 residences in Owen County as part of Operation Roundball.

    Operation Roundball, conducted April 13-14, was intended to verify addresses of registered sex offenders in Grant, Owen and Pendleton counties, according to a US Marshals Service news release. Across the three counties, 91 residences were checked and 10 are being investigated for non-compliance.

  • Two OCHS rising seniors to attend presigious Governor's Scholars Program

    After completing a rigorous application process that began in August, two of Owen County High’s rising seniors will attend one of the state’s most prestigious honors programs this summer.

    Molly Gamble and Jordan Prather will spend five weeks attending the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, a residential program that works to enhance the state’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.

  • Man charged with cruelty to animals following horse neglect

    A Crescent Springs man is facing two counts of second-degree cruelty to animals after neglecting horses.

    Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn said he received a complaint call on Sunday, Feb. 14, about four horses under the care of David Authier, 54, at a farm located at 4935 Georgetown Rd. near Hesler.

    One of the horses had fallen down a hill, was in grave condition medically and unable to put much weight on one of its legs before collapsing again, Alcorn said. The horse had to be put down.

  • Staff remembers Coyle's service to Owen

    “You don’t always have to know the answer, but you have to know where to find the answer.”

    That piece of advice is just one of the many ways Blake Robertson, a field representative of the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office, will remember PVA Jimmy Coyle, who passed away April 21.

    Coyle was first elected PVA in 2006 and took office in December of that year. It was a job he took seriously, but his coworkers agreed that he kept the office environment light.

  • Ayres Family Orchard in full bloom

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, visited Ayres Family Orchard Thursday. Larry Ayres, left, gave Quarles a tour of the orchard while the apple trees were in full bloom.