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  • 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.

  • Gaines investigation continues

    Only after a proper investigation will an Owen County Grand Jury consider the evidence against county official Renaee Gaines, the deputy judge-executive who state auditors say overpaid herself more than $14,000 by manipulating payroll records.

    Gaines was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 7 pending a criminal investigation, after a state audit found she increased her salary from $35,000 to $49,000 by diverting money from the county’s ambulance fund over a span of two fiscal years. Gaines was the primary payroll supervisor for her office.

  • Pavement pains

    There are few signs that point to Owen County Metal Recycling, Inc., located a few miles from Monterey off Ky. 607. But if you follow the trail of aluminum cans, old car parts and other scrap metal that sometimes lines the roadway, you’ll have no trouble finding the scrap yard. Drivers around there –– mostly residents –– say it is not unusual to blow a tire from scattered nails and metal along the road. Most of those objects likely fall from the trucks and wagons of those looking to make a quick buck selling scrap to the recycling plant.

  • Stamper recalls tales from the Eagle Creek

    Georgia Green Stamper is not only a writer, but an avid storyteller. In her book, “You Can Go Anywhere From the Center of the World,” she makes it clear that the stories have great value to her and that these aren’t just fables passed down from generation to generation – but true sincere stories that have a lesson to learn.

    Most of Stamper’s stories are centered around Owen County and its people.

  • Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families

    Final Plea for Owen County Area Host Families Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

  • Willoughby joins city council

    When city councilman John Stewart’s resignation became effective on Aug. 11, Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier took on the task of finding someone to fill Stewart’s position. The decision became final at this month’s city council meeting.

    Joshua Willoughby, 23, is the newest city councilman. Willoughby works full-time with the Carroll County EMS and part-time with Owen County EMS. He and his wife, Melinda, have been living in Owenton for a little over a year.

  • Crime Wave

    Sometime Monday morning, the alley between the Owen County County Clerk’s office and The News-Herald office, and the Owen County Post Office were painted with racially-charged graffiti. Police officer Tony Stigers said the paint primer used in the graffiti was stolen from supplies used to repair the courthouse.