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  • Three students injured in crash

    Three Owen County High School students were injured Thursday morning after a crash on Cull Road outside of Owenton.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Justin Chappell, 17, of Owenton, Brandon and Justin Stevens, both 17 of Owenton, were traveling in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck on Cull Road Thursday morning when another pick-up driven by Denver Stafford, 18, of Owenton, tried to pass.

    The Stafford vehicle failed to clear the front of the truck driven by Chappell. The impact forced Chappell’s truck off the road and it struck a tree.

  • Hundreds turn out for H1N1 flu vaccination

    Hundreds of Owen countians eager to protect themselves from the H1N1 virus lined the area around the Owen County Health Center for the first mass vaccination clinic Thursday.

    Three Rivers District Health Department Director of Public Health Georgia Heise said that all of the vaccination available was given out at the clinic.

    “We had more people than we had vaccine,” Heise said. “District wide, we’ve given out 1,800 vaccines and 350 of those were given out in Owen County Thursday.”

  • Chase ends in woman’s living room

    An Owen County man was hospitalized following a police pursuit that ended when he crashed into the home of Norma Mae Poe early Thursday morning.

    Roy Austerman, 20, of Old Sweet Owen Road was traveling north on U.S. 127 when Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn attempted to pull him over for speeding.

    Austerman tried to elude the police. After a half-mile chase, the pursuit ended at 430 East Adair St.

  • Middle-school cheerleaders heading off to championships

    After winning the CANAM National Cheerleading Championship in 2004 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Maurice Bowling Middle School Cheerleader Coach Jenna Gray will take a new group of cheerleaders to the 2010 celebration cheer and dance nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.

    Gray, an instructional technology teacher at MBMS, said this is the first time she has taken a group of cheerleaders to a national competition since 2005.

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  • Owen County TAPP receives YES Group of the Year, Youth Leadership in School Safety awards

    An Owen County youth organization has once again received state recognition for its efforts in reducing underage drinking in Owen County.

    Owen County Teen Alcohol Prevention Project received the Youth Empowerment Systems Group of the Year award on Sept. 16 in Shepherdsville and the Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award presented by the Kentucky School Board Association on Oct. 12. The group also received the Robert Straus Award Group of the Year award in July.

  • Courtroom may help preserve historical information

    The Owen County Courthouse may someday help the public get back in touch with their roots.

    During a recent meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court, members of The Owen County Historical Society approached the magistrates about making historical information more available to the public.

    Margaret Murphy, a founding member of the historical society, said she would like to see a history research center in Owen County.

  • Illnesses taking toll on schools

    As attendance in the Owen County School district continues to drop due to various illnesses, Superintendent Mark Cleveland is looking for ways to keep the doors open.

    Cleveland said the attendance rate stayed above 90 percent last week, but has dropped drastically this week with only 87 percent attendance Monday and 85 percent Tuesday.

    Cleveland said although there have been several cases of the H1N1 virus in the district, other illnesses are more prominent.

  • Officials still looking for causes of gas leak causes

    A main-line gas leak near the intersection of Perry Street and Cherry Alley caused local emergency workers to evacuate everyone within a 500-foot radius Thursday.

    At 4:11 p.m., the leak was reported by Owenton officials to Carrollton Utilities, which responded immediately.

    Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne said utility crews closed the valve serving the section of line near the intersection and made the necessary repairs.

  • Crash shuts down highway for four hours

    A man driving a tri-axle dump truck filled with asphalt on Ky. Hwy. 355 wrecked Monday morning.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Seth Willis said the Kentucky State Police were notified of the accident at 10 a.m.

    “Wesley H. Simpson of Stanford, Ky. was traveling South on Hwy. 355 when the vehicle began to leave the right side of the road,” Willis said. “He apparently cut the wheel hard to the left, which caused the truck to flip, spilling asphalt all over the road.”