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  • Three to be inducted into local athletics hall of fame this weekend

    The newest class of the Owen County Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted this weekend.
    Willis Lee, C.W. Ware, and Danielle Hoop will all be honored before the Rebels take on Woodford County on Saturday evening. The ceremony will take place between the junior varsity and varsity contests.
    Lee, who was born in Natlee, Kentucky in 1888, won seven medals in the 1920 Olympic Games. He was also the Vice Admiral of the United States Navy during World War II.

  • Early exit for Runnin’ Rebels from All ‘A’ Tournament

    The Owen County Rebels are not used to losing early in the 8th Region All ‘A’ Classic.
    The Rebels entered the tournament as the two-time defending champions and having won four of the last five events. The only time they did not win during that span was in 2013 when they lost in the championship game to Carroll County in Eminence.
    Jan. 10, Owen County traveled to Walton-Verona where they took on Eminence in the first round. The last time the Rebels lost in the first round was in 2010, also at Walton-Verona.

  • Tensions rise around alcohol ordinance debate

    In a discussion that at times turned tense, the Owenton City Council once again considered potential changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance.
    At its December meeting, community member Jason Wainscott approached the council asking for consideration to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to include new Kentucky legislation that would allow businesses seating at least 50 people to sell alcohol with the purchase of a meal as long as 70 percent of their gross sales comes from food. Wainscott also requested the council consider legalizing Sunday sales.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A traffic stop led to heroin-related arrests for Owenton Police Jan. 2.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller stopped a vehicle driven by Ethan Bradford, 24, of Grant County, in the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Street. According to Miller, Bradford was arrested for operating on a suspended operator’s license, expired registration plates, and no insurance.

  • Food available to OCHS and MBMS students

    The Youth Services Center, in partnership with the Free Store Food Bank School Pantry, is offering a new service.
    The School Pantry was developed to provide nutritious, healthy food to children and their families for preparation and consumption at their place of residence.

  • Mayor outlines plans for 2017

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier says much of 2017 is contingent upon Itron and explained what may be in store for the next year.
    “I’m anxious to see what Itron is going to be doing,” Wotier said. “We have not scheduled a meeting yet, but they said they needed three months; which is January. I am not fearful that we won’t get a factory, my concern is getting one that is up to par with Itron, with the capacity for 450 employees. Maybe not exactly 450, but I want a high number of employees.”

  • Visiting outdoorsman repulsed by litter at local boat ramp

    You could say Spencer County resident Bill Mitchell loves the outdoors, but that may be an understatement.
    The retired Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Public Lands Manager now spends some of his time waterfowl hunting. That hobby recently led Mitchell to Big Twin Creek, where he said an unsightly amount of litter nearly ruined his day.
    Mitchell was set to launch his boat at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife boat ramp on Kentucky 355 at Big Twin Creek.

  • Local educators will see decrease in paycheck

    Financial strife for Owen County Schools continued at the December board of education meeting, as new legislation passed will cause employees to see a slight decrease in their paycheck.

  • City of Gratz wet-dry vote set for Tuesday

    N-H Staff report
    Voters in the City of Gratz are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 10, to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    The voting will take place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, located at 5825 Gratz Rd. Only those who are registered voters in the City of Gratz will be allowed to vote. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The City of Gratz is home to approximately 70 registered voters, according to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.

  • Toyota sets plans for Erlanger departure

    By Melissa Reinert
    The Kentucky Enquirer    
    ERLANGER – Workforce reduction began Jan. 3 for Toyota’s headquarters in Erlanger and will continue through the end of 2018.
    In April 2014, Toyota announced that it would close its Erlanger facility and relocate workers to Texas, Michigan or its manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky.
    By the time the Erlanger facility is closed, Toyota will have moved about 1,600 jobs out of Northern Kentucky as part of a nationwide consolidation of the company’s operations.