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  • Treasure hunters invade Owen

    Despite the threat of rain, bargain hunters came out strong for the world’s longest yard sale.

    The event, also known as the Highway 127 Yard Sale or the 127 Corridor Sale, is a 654-mile event that runs from West Unity, Ohio, to Gadsden, Ala.

    The annual yard sale began in 1987 and took place this year Aug. 6-9.

    Kathy Wainscott, a local vendor who set up shop in front of Hudnall’s Garage, said despite the rain on Thursday, followed by the heat, business was booming.

  • Staying downtown

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office will be staying put after all.

    After several weeks of debate, the Owen County Fiscal Court rejected a proposal that would temporarily move the department to a rented building on U.S. 22E.

    The plan to move the department was sparked by concerns of employees’ health. It was reported that several staff members had suffered from upper-respiratory problems.

  • Owen Property Transfers

    Steven W. and Karen M. Aulbach to Brian Haddox, Edwin R. Haddox and Elaina Haddox, lot 14, Roberts Farm Land Division, $47,500.

    Rondell H. and Sheila Baker to Brandon Baker, lot 16, Hide-A-Way Hills Subdivison, $60,000.

    James W. and Donna Raye Dunavent to Jill Dunavent, lot 10, Sunset Drive, A.E. Rose Subdivision, $120,000.

    James W. and Virginia F. Beckham to Louella Bibb.

    Leonard K. and Linda L. Nave to Stephen and Teresa Wood, lot 37, Riverlake Subdivision, $14,000.

  • Owen County TAPP recognized with state award

    To a standing ovation from substance abuse and addiction treatment specialists across the state, the Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project Youth Task Force was honored July 21 with the Robert Straus Award for outstanding contributions for substance abuse prevention and treatment practices in Kentucky.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, these are your future colleagues,” said Donna Hillman, state director of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, under which prevention efforts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky fall.

  • Cleaning out the attic

    Cleanup has begun on the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.

    On  Aug. 3, the Owen County Fiscal Court voted to keep the sheriff’s office at its current location. Since then, the company chosen to do the cleanup – Goderwis Construction Inc. – has started making headway.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the cleanup started Aug. 5 with the removal of old documents that took up a large amount of space on the second floor.

  • Clinic opens doors to public

    A new medical clinic in Owen County had been the dream of many people since 2001 when plans first began. Eight years and some delays later, the dream has finally come true.

    New Horizons Family Practice officially opened Aug. 3, a year after construction began.

    The new clinic’s office manager, Kim Knochelmann, said the staff had reached the point where their old building, located next to New Horizons Medical Center, was not big enough

  • New ambulance will help save lives

    Beginning Thursday, the citizens of Owen County will be able to rest a little bit easier when the Advanced Life Support ambulance begins making runs.

    The ALS ambulance will be equipped with the tools to administer medication and other life -saving measures. The ambulance will also have paramedics on board.

    Owen County was one of four county’s in the state lacking an ALS ambulance.

    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved increases to the ambulance budget in June to provide enough money for the county to go ALS.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    July 28, 2009

    Joann Adams, 1974, failed to pay fines, see order.

    Michael Asher, 1988, probation violation, continued to Aug. 11.

    Robert James Craig, 1977, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, first-degree criminal mischief, pleaded guilty, continued to Aug. 25.

    Cory Dade, 1990, first-degree criminal mischief, adopted plea agreement, see order.

    Trevor E. Dallas, 1988, first-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property, jury trial set for Sept. 24.

  • Monterey neighbors hoping to beat burglars

    After six break-ins in the Monterey area, some residents decided to ban together in hopes of ending the crime spree.

    A meeting was held July 30 in hopes of establishing a neighborhood watch and raise awareness on some precautionary measures that can be taken to prevent burglary.

    Pat Adkins, who organized the meeting, said she felt the event was successful.

    “We had almost 30 people come out for the meeting,” Adkins said. “That’s a good turnout for a rural area like ours.”

  • Owen man killed at triathlon in Louisville

    A Louisville man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of an Owen County man during a triathlon Saturday.

    Kenneth Yates, 25, is charged with murder, drunken driving, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

    Yates is accused of hitting John Carr, 47, of Owen County, on Chamberlain Lane in Louisville, while the Owen County man was riding a bicycle as part of a triathlon being held at  E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.