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  • 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.

  • 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.