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  • Fire claims local EMT, firefighter’s home

    Owen County EMT and Monterey Volunteer Firefighter Glenn Rucker has spent the last five years of his life training for the worst – that training may have saved his and his family’s lives Saturday morning.
    Rucker and his wife, along with their youngest daughter, were asleep in their bedroom between 3-4 a.m., Saturday morning, when Rucker woke up coughing. He then heard smoke alarms.

  • Council may discuss changes to alcohol ordinance

    Changes to Kentucky’s alcohol laws led a local businessman to approach the Owenton City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting.
    Jason Wainscott, a part owner of Full Service Auto, presented the council with a packet of information regarding the changes, which make it possible for city councils to adopt alcohol sales for establishments seating 50, with 70 percent gross sales from food. However, these establishments would require a food purchase with alcohol.

  • Students receive lesson in giving

    Since her first year of teaching in 2001, third-grade teacher Mary Inman has shared the gift of responsibility and compassion with her students.
    Through hard work and dedication, the students sponsor a family in need and give them a special Christmas through the Owen County Extension Office.
    When Inman announces the project around Nov. 1 each year, students learn that they must work and do chores around their family’s homes to raise money to sponsor the family. The goal this year was $450.
    The students exceeded their goal by $100.

  • Hospice recognizes ‘Hospice Hero’ from Owen County

    Hospice of the Bluegrass has presented Jennifer Duncan from Owenton with a prestigious Hospice Hero Award. Duncan has been a dedicated Hospice volunteer for more than 20 years.
     “Because of a commitment to Hospice’s mission and her own experiences with Hospice care, Jenni is driven to serve others in need,” said Shellie Brown, Hospice of the Bluegrass Coordinator of Volunteer Services.

  • Civil Air Patrol going strong since 1941

    Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Early in the war, after supply ships leaving American ports to support the Allied war effort began drawing deadly attacks from U-boats off the East Coast, CAP pilots carried out anti-submarine missions, often carrying bombs to drop by hands on any enemy vessels they sighted. Their vigilance helped discourage and eventually halt the attacks.  

  • Owenton Rotary Club news for November

    by david lilly
    Owenton Rotary Club

    During the month of November, the Owenton Rotary Club played host to four speakers.
    On Nov. 7, Joyce Duvall from the Owen County Tourism spoke on the tourism in Owen County and public appearances she has attended to talk about Owen County attractions and events. Tourist Activities in Owen County generate $3,056 daily. Each year since 2011, the money generated has increased with 18.1 percent in 2015 over 2014.

  • Gratz wet-dry election slated for Jan. 10

    Only weeks after a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass, a petition was filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office for an election to be held to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers and Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis verified the petition, filed Nov. 1. Ellis issued an executive order Nov. 29, setting the date of the election for Jan. 10.

  • Making the case for needle exchange in Owen County

    A year after its first syringe access exchange program (SAEP) discussion with the Owen County Fiscal Court, Three Rivers District Health Department made another plea for the program at the court’s Nov. 22 meeting.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of the 2015 legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Owen County Schools once again named number one in energy savings

    First, Mr. Kentucky Basketball and then Principal of the Year; once again Owen County School District has received statewide recognition by ranking number one in energy savings.
    A report from the School Energy Managers Program (SEMP) said in the last 7 years, 98 percent of Kentucky school districts have reduced their energy use, totaling a savings of $123 million.

  • Wreaths to be placed at Kentucky veterans cemeteries

    kentucky press news service
    Kentuckians can join family, friends and volunteers placing wreaths on headstones at Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries on the next two Saturdays. The ceremonies to express holiday gratitude for the veterans who have passed will be open to the public, a state news release said.
    Thanks to donations from civic and veterans organizations and local businesses and individuals, every headstone and each columbarium section at all four Kentucky state veterans cemeteries will receive a wreath with ceremonies at the following times: