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  • Local search dog teams to aid in Johnson County efforts

    Members of Owen County's Commonwealth Canine Search & Recovery team and the Grand Paws Search Dog Association are expected to respond to Johnson County, Ky. Thursday to aid in the search of five missing people following flooding to the area Monday.

    The five people remained missing following flash flooding that destroyed about 150 homes and damaged several hundred others.

    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said he contacted Johnson County Judge-Executive Tucker Daniel Wednesday morning.

  • Jet boats to travel Kentucky River once more

    Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides of Madison Indiana will begin carrying  passengers from the Ohio River to Frankfort Kentucky through 4 historic locks beginning this month.
    After being closed for 8 years locks 1-4 have been repaired and opened for  boat traffic.
    Executive Director of the Kentucky River Authority Jerry Graves said  
    “Historical significance and the hope for increased tourism made reopening the locks a priority. The last passenger service from the Ohio River to Frankfort ended in the 1920s”.

  • Battle of the Bluegrass returns

    Owen County will once again host the special Olympics softball tournament, Battle Of the Bluegrass, Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.
    21 teams of 15 players from all over the state will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the regionals in Georgetown next month, with the winners advancing to the state tournament in Bowling Green in September.
    The tournament was originally held in Grant County, but according to tournament director Billy Brown, the tournament continued to grow and he contacted the Owen County Parks and Rec. Department.

  • Grand jury hands down five indictments

    The Owen County grand jury met July 7 and returned the following indictments:
    l Sarah B. Lane, 22, on the charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Busy start to week for local fire departments

    Unlike other parts of the state, the heavy wind and rain that slammed the area Monday and early Tuesday morning had little impact locally.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said in the first round of storms Monday afternoon, trees blocked roadways at Hwy. 330, Hwy. 355, Cull Road, Hwy. 227 and Hwy. 127 N.
    Local fire departments worked to clear the roadways. Lilly said there were no downed power lines and little flash flooding.

  • In briefs

    Beech Grove Baptist to hold homecoming
    Beech Grove Baptist Church will hold homecoming Sunday. Former pastor Bro. Joey Johnson will be the guest speaker. After the morning worship, the church will have a fellowship meal. Evening worship will follow the fellowship.

    Commodities to be distributed
    Commodities will be distributed at Meeting the Needs Ministry from 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 14, on Hwy. 127 N.

  • Celebrating freedom

    Mother nature provided the perfect weather Saturday for the Fourth of July celebrations, despite recent rain and storms.
    Families and friends all over the county gathered for cookouts, swimming and to shoot off a variety of fireworks.
    For one East Adair Street family, the Fourth of July means a time of putting on an exciting display of fireworks for friends and neighbors.
    Willy Arnce said he begins collecting fireworks in April to prepare for the big show.
    The yearly tradition entered it’s fourth year Saturday and is expected to grow next year.

  • Local students to participate in world's largest rodeo

    When asked what makes the rodeo special to 16-year-old Wyatt Cole, his response comes quickly.
    “It’s a way of life,” Wyatt says. “It’s the western heritage of it.”
    Wyatt, along with his 17-year-old brother Quinn, will participate in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
    Quinn and Wyatt, the sons of Greg and Isabella Cole of Owen County, will compete in the team roping competition.

  • One airlifted following Monday wreck
  • No new director for county EMS

    Citing a limited amount of money and resources, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said, going forward, an EMS director in the traditional sense will no longer be on the county’s payroll.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court began an assessment of EMS earlier this year.
    During the assessment, former Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther resigned. Since that time there has been an acting director and each and every employee has been carrying out the load of the operations, Ellis said.