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  • Fire claims E. Ransdell St. home

    A single-family structure fire at 318 E. Ransdell St. led to one injury and the loss of a family pet April 21.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said upon arrival, Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers observed two rooms and a hallway fully involved in fire, with heavy smoke coming from all four sides of the home.
    “The fire was under control within 15 minutes and contained to the original two rooms and hallway,” Canchola said. “But heavy smoke and heat made the interior of the home a total loss.”

  • 'Hittin' the bottle' hard in Owen County

    A new study has ranked Owen County ninth on a list of counties in the nation with the biggest increase in heavy drinking.
    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the study was released Thursday, April 23.
    The first of its kind, the study was done by researches from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
    Data from the federal Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which surveys people in the 50 states about alcohol and drug use and chronic health conditions was used to conduct the study.

  • National war veteran memorial coming to Elk Creek Winery May 7

    A national war veteran memorial will make its way to Elk Creek Vineyards May 7, followed by a weekend of festivities.
    Joe Montgomery, the creator of Tailgating For Troops, is responsible for bringing the Eyes of Freedom unveiling to Owen County.
    The Eyes of Freedom is a set of paintings that depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25.
    22 marines and 1 navy corpsman, along with 3 marines attached to the Lima Company, were killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • 4 to attend Ky. Governor's Scholar Program

    Four Owen County High School rising seniors will get an early feel for life on a college campus this summer.
    Kirsten Parker, Nicki Jacobs, Makenzie Davis and Quinn Cole each completed a rigorous application process to be accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP).
    The four students will spend five weeks this summer at one of the program’s three locations -- Morehead University, Murray State University or Bellarmine University in Louisville.

  • Lack of station won't affect service at S. Owen

    The now defunct South Owen Fire Department’s Hwy. 227 station could soon be transferred back to its original owners, but officials say residents of the area should not be concerned over a lack of service.
    In Dec. 2014, the state fire commission voted to no longer recognize the South Owen department, whose coverage included from the Scott County line, Bethany, Rockdale, Natlee, New Columbus and Pleasant Grove Road.
    The trouble with the department began in 2013, when the department failed to respond to fire runs.

  • County's first six iLEAD students to be chosen soon

    The process has begun for selecting Owen County’s first six iLead Academy students, a regional program where attendees could graduate high school with an associate’s degree.
    School officials from Owen, Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties will each select six students for the 2015-16 school year.
    The academy will be housed in Carroll County and selected students will spend all four years of their high school career in the program.

  • FFA students test out their green thumb

    Approximately 150 Owen County High School agriculture and FFA members have been working hard in the greenhouse in preparation for May 2, the first day of the high school’s annual plant sale.
    Customers can shop at the greenhouse from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2, then after 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. during the week to select from hanging baskets, four packs, four and eight inch pots of select flowers.
    Prices will range between $1-$10 and $15 for hanging baskets.
    Students have been learning about plant growth, transplanting and marketing.

  • Kentucky American working around bus schedule

    Work continues on Kentucky American Water’s $900,000 water main replacement project in Owenton.
    The project involves replacing aging water pipe which will provide additional water system redundancy and enhance overall reliability of service.

  • Voter registration deadline nears, poll workers needed

    By BRYAN MARSHALL AND MOLLY HAINES

  • Road closure expected through May

    Old Monterey Road, just south of Slippery Rock Road, will remain closed after last week’s storms damaged the roadway.
    The downpour sent a wall of water down the gullies at Slippery Rock, eroding around the culvert to where the State Highway Department closed the road.
    According to Nancy Wood, the district six office public information officer, the highway will be closed at least until the middle of May, because the local office will have to build a culvert because of it’s large size.