Local News

  • Farm Services News: Loans available for socially disadvantaged farmers

    By Claudia Baney

  • Free tax service returns to Owen County Public Library

    The Kentucky Asset Success Initiative will operate a free tax preparation site in Owenton again in 2012.
    KASI is a coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low- and moderate-income Kentuckians with financial matters.
    The free service is available to families with a household income less than $50,000.
    Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will file taxes at the Owen County Public Library.
    Tax preparers will be available Jan. 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association at 502-209-5382.

  • Paddlefish eggs leads to couple’s guilty plea

    Two Owen countains and their caviar companies pleaded guilty Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Steve Kinder, along with his wife, Cornelia Joyce Kinder, owned and operated Kinder Caviar Inc. and Black Star Caviar Company of Owen County. Those companies were in the business of exporting paddlefish eggs as caviar to customers in foreign countries.

  • Defendant in murder case takes plea deal

    The murder trial of a Corinth man came to an abrupt ending Jan. 18 after he pleaded guilty to several charges.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was being charged with murder, trafficking in marijuana, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
    Dennis was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane on Nov. 26, 2010.

  • School district short $500,000

    Facing a shortfall of over half a million dollars, the Owen County Board of Education will soon begin weighing its options.
    The board had its first 2012-13 draft budget review discussion Jan. 17, the same day Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced in his state budget address that per-pupil funding would slip back to 2008 levels.
    Owen County Schools District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the board would need to gain $500,000 in revenue or lose $500,000 in expenditures to keep a 2-percent contingency or the district could go into deficit.

  • Owen becomes Carroll's county

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For the first time since 2003, Damon Thayer is not the state senator representing Owen County.
    Late last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear signed into a law a new senate district map that reflects changes in the commonwealth’s population.
    One of the changes moves Owen County from Thayer’s 17th district and into former Gov. Jullian Carroll’s seventh district which includes Anderson, Franklin, Woodford and parts of Fayette counties.

  • Eckhart named to EKU dean’s list

    Savannah Lee Eckart, a 2008 graduate of Owen County High School, was recently named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice and Safety.
    The dean’s list requirements are to attain a 3.5 GPA or higher on specified minimums of academic work. She will graduate with her bachelor’s of science in adult corrections and juvenile justice in May.

  • Owen County’s Wilson to attend Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine

    Shelia Wilson of Glencoe has been admitted to the  professional program at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2015.
    Wilson earned a degree in agriculture in 2011 from Murray State University and she is a 2007 graduate of Owen County High School in Owenton. As an undergraduate, she was recognized as an outstanding senior in pre-veterinary medicine sports, outstanding senior woman, and she received the agriculture leadership award.

  • Jim Bush elected to join county committee

    By Claudia Baney - Farm Services News

  • Sometimes, you can only laugh at a headless bear

    Last week, I tagged along with my youngest daughter, Georgeann, to the Kentucky side of Cincinnati.  Her young children, Annelise and Hudson, made the jaunt from Lexington with us.