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  • Former resident accused of sexual abuse in Owen

    A former Owen County resident has been charged with sexually abuse a child under 12 years old.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Robert Allen Stiver, 55, of  Louisville, was arrested Sept. 25 on 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.

     The Owen County case opened Sept. 3, when the family of the victim contacted KSP.

     The events for which Stiver is charged allegedly took place between 1994 and 1998.

  • Downtown sound

    Friday night, the five young members of the Downtown County Band will have the opportunity to share the stage with one of the biggest known acts in bluegrass music – Ricky Skaggs.

    The local group, which consists of Wes Petzinger, Dave Hawkins, Sam McWilliams, John Atha and Keith  Clifton, will be the opening act for Skaggs as he takes the stage during the outdoor concert series at Elk Creek Winery.

     The Downtown County Band has shared the stage with other big names. It once opened for bluegrass musician Sam Bush.

  • Fiscal court finds a little extra for budget

    The Owen County annual budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has a little extra money heading its way.

    During a special meeting of the fiscal court Sept. 22, the court voted to approve the first reading of an ordinance amending the annual budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith said the county received a bond fee from Kentucky American Water for $24,990.

    Keith requested the bond fee from Kentucky American Water to cover the cost of administrating a bond sale.

  • Firefighter dies after responding to call

    An Owen County volunteer firefighter died after responding to a call late Saturday night.

    Although the pumper truck he was driving crashed, the accident is not believed to be the cause of death for the 60-year-old Terry Sharon, a firefighter with the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Fallen firefighter remembered at service

    Dozens of firefighters from across the state gathered Saturday to honor a fallen Monterey Volunteer Firefighter, Terry Sharon.

    Sharon died Sept. 13 after responding to a report of a motor-vehicle accident.

    Although many in attendance did not know Sharon personally, a sense of brotherhood was felt throughout the service as firefighters stood in honor of Sharon and the Monterey Volunteer Fire Department.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Carolyn Keith opened the service followed by former Owen County Fire Chief Charlie Riddle.

  • Owen County Circuit Court

    Sept. 15, 2009

    Kendale Ashby, 1977, flagrant non-support, continued to Sept. 29.

    Robert Lee Brockman, 1982, motion to file belated appeal, see order.

    Trevor E. Dallas, 1988, first-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property, pleaded guilty, diversion.

    Christopher June Eversole, 1981, continued to Sept. 29.

    Kenneth Gabbard, show cause deferred, bench warrant, no bond.

    Wanona Lynn Hudson, 1967, motion to revoke probation, continued to Sept. 29.

  • School board considers changes for new concession stand

    During a recent Owen County School Board workshop, members went back to the drawing board on the OCHS concession stand and restrooms around the football field.

    Owen County School Board Superintendent Mark Cleveland said Ross-Tarrant Architects provided board members with plans for the new restrooms and concession stand during the July meeting.

    “The structure that they presented us with was right next to the current structure,” Cleveland said. “It basically mirrored our current structure.”

  • Clinic can help those seeking to end marriage

    The Owen County Circuit Court and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass will be sponsoring a pro se divorce clinic.

    Pro se means “on one’s own behalf.” In other words, a pro se divorce is a do-it-yourself divorce.

    The purpose of the clinic is to help those who cannot afford a divorce. Representatives from Legal Aid will be at the clinic to discuss how a divorce can be completed without financial strain.

    Owen County Circuit Clerk Leigh New said the clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Owen County Courthouse.

  • Friend of Owen farmers to step down

    After 40 years of serving farmers across Owen County, Jane Ann Johnson, program technician for the Owen County Farm Service Agency, has announced her retirement.

    Johnson began working part-time for the Farm Service Agency in 1968 as a sophomore in high school. Upon graduating from high school, Johnson went to college until her part-time position became available as full-time.

    Johnson decided to stay at the Farm Service Agency out of a love for farming.

  • Owen County grand jury indictments

    Sept. 15, 2009

    On Sept. 15, 2009, the Owen County grand jury met and returned the following indictments:

    • Adler “Sonny” Derosset Jr., 44, on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while license revoked or suspended, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure to use seat belt and first-degree persistent felony offender.