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Local News

  • Voting goes hi-tech

    New voting machines combine hi-tech accuracy and reliability with low-tech simplicity.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said the new E-scan machines were purchased with federal and state grant funds. Grayson met with County Clerk Joan Kincaid on Monday to introduce the new machines.

    He said the E-scan will replace the old machines which were costly to repair and were no longer available.

    Kincaid said the county has 14 machines, one for each precinct and one for absentee ballots.

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Sept. 23, 2008

    Michael Asher, 1988, second-degree complicity criminal possession of a forged insturment, first-degree possession of heroin, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, continued to Oct. 7.

    Ronnie Carmack, 1955, show cause deferred, continued to Oct. 31.

    Randy A. Collins, 1963, shock probation in felony convictions, motion denied.

    David Cook, 1950, trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, jury trial set for Nov. 20.

  • Report reveals a government in trouble

    On Sept. 23, the Owen County grand jury indicted Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines and Treasurer Gayla Lewis with criminal charges. The charges were centered around theft and mismanagement of county funds.

  • GAINES RESIGNS

    After months of audits and investigations, Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines resigned from her post.

    This announcement came at the Sept. 10 Fiscal Court meeting in a letter presented to the board.

    “It is with regret that I resign my job as Deputy Judge-Executive effective Sept. 5,” the letter stated.

  • Friday is ACT deadline

    The next ACT test will be administrated on Oct. 25. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Friday. Late registrations, with an additional fee, will be accepted until the final postmark deadline of Oct. 3. Students can register online at www.actsutdent.org, or pick up registration packets from high school counseling offices.

    The cost is $31 for the traditional ACT and $46 for the ACT Plus Writing. ACT scores are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Sept. 9, 2008

    Richard William Buchanan, 1969, receiving stolen property, persistent felony offender, jury trial set for Oct. 16.

    Phillip Edmondson, 1965, flagrant non-support, continued to Nov. 30.

    William T. Foster Jr., 1982, motion to revoke probation, bench warrant, no bond.

    Jeremy Wayne Hunter, 1975, two counts of probation violation, continued to Sept. 23.

  • Top officials face criminal charges

    The Owen County grand jury met yesterday and heard evidence into the conduct of the Owen County government. They handed down charges against former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines, Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion and Treasurer Gayla Lewis.

    Commonwealth Attorney Jim Crawford recommended the court issue a criminal summons for all three to be present at the Oct. 7 district court meeting.

  • VVDS names new president

    VVDS – a company that provides wireless Internet in Owen County – is undergoing major changes this week. The VVDS board of directors asked Russell E. Preston to step down as president and named Doug Smith to take his place.

    Smith said that Preston made poor business decisions and did not consult or advise the board about his actions; therefore, the board of directors has taken control of the company.

  • SWEET OWEN FEST

    This year marks the eighth annual Sweet Owen Days festival. It will be held on the Owen County Courthouse square this Saturday. As always, the festival will be a fun-filled day, which will include food and craft vendors, live music and a 5K run/walk.

  • Court News

    Property Transfers

    for July

    Barry Marston to Joseph Gibson, Elmer Davis Lake Road, $5,000.

    Robert L. Marvin and Mark R. Cobb to Pamela J. Yeary and Wayne Yeary, lots 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34, Eagle Creek Subdivision.

    Phillip and Rudi Megowen to Jeffery B. Megowen, lot 6A, David Lake Subdivision No. 2.

    Robert M. and Patricia Brumback Twedt to Jason W. and Trina M. Shryock, tract 2, Harrisburgh Estates Subdivision, $39,000.