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  • Ayres Family Orchard in full bloom

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, visited Ayres Family Orchard Thursday. Larry Ayres, left, gave Quarles a tour of the orchard while the apple trees were in full bloom.

  • Circuit clerk unveils local organ donor portraits

    About 30 people were on hand as Circuit Clerk Margaret Forsee unveiled five portraits of organ donors and organ recipients from Owen County Friday afternoon at the circuit clerk’s office.

    Owen County has added 4,591 residents, more than 50 percent of all Owen residents, to the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry since it was created in May 2007, according to a report on the Trust for Life website.

  • Unattended car rolls into Bowling Insurance, minor damage

    The Owenton Volunteer Fire Department responded to Bowling Insurance, located at 105 N. Thomas St., after an unattended car slipped out of park and rolled backward into the storefront window Thursday. No one was at the business at the time and there were no injuries.

  • Last day of school for students May 25

    Owen County students will get to start their summer vacation a day earlier thanks to a bill passed this legislative session in Frankfort.

    House Bill 111, which became law without the governor’s signature on April 14, includes a provision that allows school districts to remain open on the day of the primary election, Tuesday, May 17, provided that no school building in the district is used as a polling place.

  • County contracts with UK for new medical director

    The ever-changing landscape of Owen County’s healthcare and medical services took another turn at the April 12 meeting of the fiscal court.

    Dr. Larry Johnson has served as Owen County’s medical director since 2008, but the county will soon contract with the UK Medical Center for the sponsorship.

    In order for a paramedic or EMT to practice medicine under the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, a medical sponsorship must be in place.

  • Community mourns loss of beloved Jonesville fire chief

    Nearly every fire department has a ‘cat in the tree’ story, but for Jonesville Assistant Fire Chief Allen Cammack, that story is a reminder of the many ways Chief Chase Duvall showed his willingness to do whatever it took to help someone in need.

    Cammack shared the story Monday evening surrounded by his fellow firefighters, who took time out from their department meeting to remember Duvall, who passed away suddenly April 13.

  • Fire destroys home on Gratz Road

    A fire that broke out during the evening hours of April 6 destroyed a home at 3205 Gratz Rd.

    When firefighters arrived on scene at 7:15 p.m., Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said 95 percent of the structure was engulfed.

    The owner of the home, Tim Walker, was not home when the fire broke out and no one was injured, but three dogs perished, according to Chaney.

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department responded, along with New Liberty, Monterey, Jonesville, Owen County EMS, the Red Cross, Owen Electric and Inside Connect Cable.

  • Owen roots still strong with Shelton

    The University of the Cumberlands swept a double-header last Tuesday against Montreat College. In doing so, their manager, Owen County native Brad Shelton, became the winningest coach in school history.

    The two victories gave Shelton 503 wins at the school, breaking the old mark of 502 held by Terry Stigall who coached at the Cumberlands for 19 seasons. Shelton breaks the record while in his 16th season.

    While Shelton gets credits for the wins in the history book the coach was quick to acknowledge all of those who helped him reach the special milestone.

  • Search and rescue will have to wait for city funds

    Owen County Search and Rescue will have to wait a little longer before the group receives any funding from the city. That announcement was made at last Tuesday’s Owenton City Council meeting.

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier asked if the council members and rescue squad Chief Greg Estes were OK with opting to not fund the group right now, but waiting until the 2016 fiscal year budget is drafted and discuss funding for the group as part of that.

  • OCHS Project Graduation to host 5K on April 23

    Looking for an event to help motivate personal fitness goals heading into the spring and summer months or maybe just something to do together as a family? Well, break out those tennis shoes because Owen County Project Graduation is having a 5K on Saturday, April 23.

    Throughout the year, parents of the graduating seniors do several fundraisers to have a lock-in on graduation night in a drug-free and alcohol-free environment to celebrate the milestone in their lives, according to the 5K’s registration page online.