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  • Striving for a healthy Owen County

    Three Rivers District Health Department and Home Health Agency stay busy throughout the year working on various projects to keep residents of Owen County healthy. Their two most recent ventures are a survey that addresses the health and wellness of Owen County residents and a program called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP).

  • A taste of business

    Bowling Middle School students will get a taste of the real world today – literally.

    Every Spring the middle school holds an Entrepreneur Fair, which helps teach students the pros and cons of being self-employed. As a precursor to the fair, Bowling Middle School has invited the Owen County Farmers’ Market to set up in the school parking lot to not only sell their goods, but to talk to the students about the joys of producing their own goods, and the headaches.

  • Drug bust at local motel

    On Oct. 6, the Sheriff’s department arrested two 18-year-olds on drug charges.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, a search warrant was issued for a unit at the Hi Y-Inn. With help from drug-detecting dogs, law enforcement officers discovered a pound of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

    Tyler Leathers and Aylissa Moore were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school.

  • Owen County grand jury report

    The following is the report issued by the Owen County grand jury about the functioning of the Owen County government.

    You can view the actual document below, using a flash document reader we have provided (go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ to get Flash on your computer):

  • Judicial Center saga

    The judicial center site has been narrowed down to two.

    The project development board anticipated making a final decision at their Monday meeting. However, a delay in the appraisals has pushed that decision to Friday at 1 p.m.

    The board members will pick between a downtown property that currently includes Full Service Auto and Meeting the Needs Mission, and several acres of land on Hwy. 127 owned by a Ford family trust.

  • Marching Band makes history early in season

    This past Saturday at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, the Owen County Marching Band competed in its second competition of the season. The band members performed their 2008 show, “Elemental Beethoven.” The show featured traditional and contemporary versions of some of Beethoven’s most memorable melodies, such as Moonlight Sonata, Requiem for the 5th Symphony, 5th of Beethoven, Fur Elise, and Ode to Joy. Each song represents a different element (wind, fire, earth, water) and the unity of all of them.

  • A mandate for change

    The fiscal court has formed a plan of action to correct problems found by the grand jury.

    In a special meeting on Thursday, Owen County Attorney Charlie Carter presented several ideas to address each item of the grand jury report.

  • Pleaded not guilty

    Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines and Treasurer Gayla Lewis pleaded not guilty to all charges yesterday.

    O’Banion was charged with theft, theft of services and official misconduct. Gaines was charged with two counts of theft, complicity to theft of services and official misconduct; and Lewis was charged with complicity to theft and two charges of official misconduct.

  • Will the judicial center find a home?

    The next home of the judicial center will be decided on Monday.

    The Owen County Project Development Board will meet at 10 a.m. to decide which site is best suited for the judicial center. Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion said the board will make a recommendation to the state, which will give the final approval. It is unclear if the state will allow the judicial center to be built outside the downtown area.

    The board narrowed down the search to three properties, however as of press time, O’Banion would not release the names of the finalists.

  • Police arrest 10 for DUI

    The message on Saturday night was clear: drink and drive and you will get caught.

    Law enforcement stopped 10 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and several others for alcohol intoxication.

    A road block was set up at the intersection of Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 22 for a short time after the Sara Evans concert at Elk Creek Vineyards ended. Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said they continued to have heavy patrols throughout the evening.

    “We knew that there would be impaired driving,” he said.