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  • Preserve and Protect

    OWEN COUNTY – More than half the streams and rivers here pose high risks for swimming and fish consumption, and even more remained “threatened,” according to federal water quality standards. Buck Creek and Moesby Branch Creek in the northern region are the most degraded, environmental reports show. Those creeks are not suitable for humans or wildlife. Leading water pollutants for those sites include siltation and metals, which likely flow downstream from more urban areas. But the most surprising culprit for the county’s water supplies? Cows.

  • What lurks underground?

    Beneath the ground hides an infrastructure of wires, pipes, tunnels and concrete that makes modern life possible. But for Owenton, the ground hides something much more dangerous –– oil. An environmental study recently surfaced that shows the existence of “severe” petroleum contamination below a former downtown gas station. It’s believed the petroleum leaked from underground storage tanks buried there in the 1980s and ’90s.

  • Stewart leaves city council

    John Stewart, who has served as a city council member for three and a half years, has resigned, just shy of finishing his second term.

    Stewart lived within the city limits for most of his life. He bought a house out in the county, and has been living there for nearly three weeks. His resignation became effective on Aug. 11.

  • Leading by example: District banking on ‘green’ school concept

    The new Owen County middle school will use modern technology to create an earth-friendly atmosphere.

    Superintendant Mark Cleveland said he wants the school to qualify as an Energy Star building. This is a program that labels buildings based on their energy efficiency. According to the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence, only 12 Kentucky schools currently qualify.

  • Stewart leaves city council

    John Stewart, who has served as a city council member for three and a half years, has resigned, just shy of finishing his second term. Stewart lived within the city limits for most of his life. He bought a house out in the county, and has been living there for nearly three weeks. His resignation became effective on Aug. 11. “I will miss being a city councilmen,” said Stewart, “It was a good diverse group of people and I enjoyed doing what I could for the people.

  • Owenfest arrives this weekend

    Elk Creek Vineyards is hosting Froggy 104.9 Owenfest on Saturday. Rebekka Siegel is helping organize the event. She said their goal is to provide community and family-friendly events. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run through the Elk Creek property. She said all proceeds from the race will go to Project Graduation and the winner of the event will win two tickets to a Sara Evans concert. Another event is a “catch and release” kids’ fishing tournament at 10 a.m. The first prize will be a fishing rod donated by Bob Risch.

  • looking back

    July 30, 1908 100 years ago The heaviest wind storm of the season accompanied by hail and lightning swept over the city of Frankfort yesterday afternoon damaging nearly every shade tree in the city and snapping off telephone and telegraph polls. The Lexington and Interurban Railway Company, and the local street railway company came in for their share of bad luck, as the traffic between Frankfort and Versailles was tied up for most of the afternoon and night. The storm came up so suddenly that those not aware of its approach were caught out for a thorough drenching.

  • Audit: Official overpaid herself $14K

    Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines could face criminal charges after a standard state audit found she increased her salary by more than $14,000 by “manipulating payroll records.” State auditors found the pay discrepancy after examining several canceled checks from the 2006 and 2007 fiscal years. Auditors determined that Gaines, who oversees payroll in the office, posted part of her increase in salary to the county’s ambulance salary account code for five periods.