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  • NKY needle exchange inching forward

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Needle-exchange programs could be set up in Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties – if city and county officials approve them.
    The Population Health and Clinical Services committees of the Northern Kentucky District Board of Health are scheduled to meet Thursday to talk about protocols for syringe-exchange programs at its regional health centers.

  • 2015 Owen County Schools bus routes

    Bus 1: Driver – Robert Miller – Hwy. 227 from Scott County to school, Harmony Road and Teresita Road.
    Bus 2: Driver – Lillian Peace – Sparta, end of 2 Mile, Manley, right on Hwy. 36 to Sanders, backtrack out of Sanders, left on Hwy. 227 through all of New Liberty to Hwy. 127 South to school.
    Bus 3: Driver – Patsy Fitzgerald – Hwy. 22 from the bus garage to Old Sweet Owen Road, Old Sweet Owen to fairgrounds, Green Acres Drive, Horizon Circle, Harris Ridge Road, East Adair, Cardinal Drive, Owen County Judicial Center.

  • Settlement ends deputies' overtime dispute

    The taxpayers of Owen County will ultimately be responsible for $26,000 in unpaid overtime to two Owen County sheriff’s deputies.
    Under the administration of former Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, sheriff’s deputies were on call for nine hours at a time, but were only paid for eight hours.
    Hammond reportedly gave the deputies one hour for lunch, but under federal law, emergency personnel must be paid for the time they’re on call.

  • Soggy summer could have major impact on local farmers

    The heavy rainfall that slammed much of the state this month could take a toll on Burley tobacco producers locally, according to Owen County Extension Agent For Agriculture and Natural Resources Steve Musen.
    The USDA Census of Agriculture reports nearly 6 million lbs. of tobacco being produced in Owen County on 1,128 acres.
    “We’ve seen fairly significant damage in tobacco from this summer’s weather,” Musen said. “It could potentially impact their future contracts if they’re not able to fulfill their current contracts.”

  • New Liberty fire chief named Owen Countian Of the Year

    During his 41 years as a member of the New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Greg Davis is quick to admit that his dedication to the department sometimes comes before prior commitments.
    Such was the case July 20 when he was driving an ambulance to Carrollton and his wife, Dawn, called his cell phone.
    “I came in early that day,” Davis said. “Everything had gone well until about an hour before Dawn wanted me to be at the fairgrounds and the tones drop.”

  • New Columbus resident named Mother Of the Year

    The Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show has long been a tradition for Margie York and her family.
    “My daughter’s birthday is July 16,” York said. “We used to always celebrate her birthday at the fair. She would bring a friend and we would all go to the fair and tailgate with a birthday cake.”
    But instead of York’s family celebrating a birthday, this year they were there to celebrate her many years as a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

  • Local search dog teams to aid in Johnson County efforts

    Members of Owen County's Commonwealth Canine Search & Recovery team and the Grand Paws Search Dog Association are expected to respond to Johnson County, Ky. Thursday to aid in the search of five missing people following flooding to the area Monday.

    The five people remained missing following flash flooding that destroyed about 150 homes and damaged several hundred others.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said he contacted Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel Wednesday morning.

  • Jet boats to travel Kentucky River once more

    Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides of Madison Indiana will begin carrying  passengers from the Ohio River to Frankfort Kentucky through 4 historic locks beginning this month.
    After being closed for 8 years locks 1-4 have been repaired and opened for  boat traffic.
    Executive Director of the Kentucky River Authority Jerry Graves said  
    “Historical significance and the hope for increased tourism made reopening the locks a priority. The last passenger service from the Ohio River to Frankfort ended in the 1920s”.

  • Battle of the Bluegrass returns

    Owen County will once again host the special Olympics softball tournament, Battle Of the Bluegrass, Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.
    21 teams of 15 players from all over the state will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the regionals in Georgetown next month, with the winners advancing to the state tournament in Bowling Green in September.
    The tournament was originally held in Grant County, but according to tournament director Billy Brown, the tournament continued to grow and he contacted the Owen County Parks and Rec. Department.

  • Grand jury hands down five indictments

    The Owen County grand jury met July 7 and returned the following indictments:
    l Sarah B. Lane, 22, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.