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  • Drug roundup nets 27 arrests

    BY TIM HENDRICK
    Landmark News Service

  • Kentucky's Poet Laureate speaks at annual poetry reading

    The Owen County Arts Council along with the Owen County Public Library presented a poetry reading which featured Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Friday evening at the library.
    Frank X. Walker read selections from his four published collections as well as works from upcoming books.

  • Update: Level two snow emergency remains in place

    While Owen County remains under a level two snow emergency, fog is becoming an issue across the area tonight.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said as the temperature drops tonight, fog will become widespread, causing decreased visibility and impacting driving conditions.
    Lilly said roads are now passable, but residents are advised to stay put if at all possible.

  • BREAKING: Level two snow emergency issued for Owen County

    Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis has issued a level two snow emergency for Owen County.

    A level two snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.
    Residents are urged to contact their employers to see if they should report to work.

  • Local organization provides hope to those struggling with addiction

    With Owen County seeing a significant upswing in citizens struggling with addiction, a local organization is seeking to offer help and hope to those who seek it.
    R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help, provides support to both addicts and their families.
    “We’re dealing with souls here. The 12 steps deal with the baggage an addict is carrying, but there’s much more involved in healing the person.” Charles Johnson, director, said.

  • City could become alcohol administrator

    The Owenton City Council is expected to draft an ordinance in the coming weeks that will allow the city to issue liquor licenses.
    During a special-called council meeting Feb. 10, a motion was made for the city to stand behind five ordinances that annexed roads into the city and to assume the responsibility of alcohol administrator.
    The council had scheduled a meeting for today (Wednesday) to go over sample ordinances from other areas in order to begin drafting its own ordinance to become an alcohol administrator.

  • Winter storm "Octavia" comes to Owen; frigid temps expected

    Winter storm Octavia made its way to Owen County early Monday, leaving business closures and long hours for the county’s road crew in its wake.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County remained under a level two snow emergency.
    The snow emergency was issued by Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis  around 10 a.m. Monday.
    Under a level two snow emergency, roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.

  • Library program to explore African American culinary experience

    As part of Black History Month, the Owen County Public Library will host a program that’s sure to delight the taste buds of local food lovers while observing the culinary history of African Americans.
    The program, “Someone’s In the Kitchen With Dinah,” will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 and will feature Northern Kentucky University’s Darryl Harris.
    The program is based on the popular novel and film, “The Help.”

  • Cooking for a cause: Technology group to aid Power Pack Program

    Fourth-grader Payton Gordon describes her Student Technology Leadership Program’s (STLP) community service confidently and succinctly.
    “It was created for kids by kids to help kids.”
    The Rockin’ Recipe STLP group has created a cookbook that not only aims to show children they can cook, but also raise money for Owen County’s Power Pack Program.
    The Power Pack Program, administered by the Youth Service Center, sends food home each Friday with children who may otherwise go hungry for the weekend.

  • Former assistant Owen County fire chief passes away

    Friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a former Owenton fire chief
    James “Big Jim” Ware, 76, passed away at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Jan. 29 following a long illness.
    A lifelong resident of Owen County, Ware grew up in the Long Ridge area where, according to friends and family, he enjoyed blessing ones he knew through his cooking.
    Those close to Jim became fond of his secret barbecue sauce recipe,