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  • After 38 years, Keith retires from area bank

    Michael Keith, who held the position of executive vice president and senior loan officer of the Owenton First Farmers Bank, has retired after 38 years of service.

    Keith began working at Farmers Bank in 1970 as a teller and held numerous positions throughout his 38 years.

    “I worked at about every capacity the bank had,” Keith said. “I was always going to school for it.”

    Keith is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

  • Argument ends with brother getting stabbed

    An argument between brothers, quickly transformed into violence Thursday.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, an argument between Dean and Danny Thornton resulted in one brother in jail and the other in the hospital. Danny told the sheriff that Dean stabbed him in the back. Danny was able to get in his truck and drive a quarter mile to the home of Deputy Sheriff Brent Caldwell.

  • Wind storm leaves 5,000 in the dark

    The high-powered wind storm that rolled through Owen County last week left about 5,000 local residents temporarily without power.

    According to an Owen Electric Cooperative spokesperson, the power was restored to all customers in the service area by Thursday afternoon.

    The company had crews on standby during the duration of the storm to handle any subsequent outages.

    The company reminds residents that if a downed power line is spotted , stay away from the area and call (800)372-7612 to report the situation.

  • Carolyn Keith takes over

    Saying she was looking forward to the challenges ahead, Carolyn Keith was sworn in Thursday as the new judge-executive for Owen County.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the former circuit court clerk would assume the job following the resignation of Billy O’Banion.

    At a ceremony in the circuit courtroom, Keith was sworn in by Owen Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates.

  • Sisters find their dreams in Owen County shop

    Opening a new business is risky during this day in time, but sisters MaryAnn Pearson and Jackie Lawson opened their consignment shop, Simple Country Living, on Dec. 8 to a store full of customers.

    Lawson, who lived in Cincinnati, bought a home with her husband in Owen County in 2004. The home became their weekend getaway until 2008 when she retired and they took up permanent residence in Owen County.

    Pearson, who lived in Baltimore at the time, came to visit Lawson during the fall of 2008.

  • Aldridge named new city clerk

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier had little doubt who would step up to fill the position of city clerk.

    The position came open after the death of Charlotte Cobb. Laura Aldridge, who had served as deputy city clerk for a year and a half, was sworn in as city clerk at the Feb. 3 Owenton City Council meeting.

  • Former Owen County official sentenced

    The former Owen County deputy judge-executive charged in connection with theft of public money could avoid jail time following her formal sentencing Tuesday.

    In late December, Renaee Gaines admitted her guilt before Owen County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates. Inclement weather in Owen County delayed her formal sentencing from Jan. 27.

    Gaines had been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300, complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $300, two counts of first-degree official misconduct, and one count of complicity to theft of services over $300.

  • Volunteers walk to aid sick babies

    Families from Owen County, Carrollton, Bardstown and Frankfort turned out for the fourth annual Walk for Awareness for Congenital Heart Defects which was held at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center Saturday.

    Owenton resident Katie Columbia, whose son Isaiah was born with heart defects, began the Walk for Awareness to show support for other families with children who had been affected by similar conditions.

  • Snow, ice brings Owen to standstill

    While snow and ice blanketed the county during last week’s winter storm, county and city officials worked to clear roads, give shelter to those without electricity and deliver groceries and medicine to those who were unable to leave their homes.

    Owenton First Baptist Church set up a shelter for people who lost electricity during the storm. Victims of the storm were asked to bring their own blankets, but food, heat and all other necessities were provided by the church.

    The county was prepared to open another shelter if needed.

  • Party recommends Keith for judge-executive

    A former Owen County circuit court clerk has been nominated to take over as Owen County Judge-executive.

    Carolyn Keith, who served as Owen County circuit court clerk from 1988 until 2005, was selected from a field of seven candidates by the Owen County Democratic Party Executive Committee.

    Keith’s name and recommendation will be passed on to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The governor has the power to accept or reject the nomination.