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  • Hospice recognizes ‘Hospice Hero’ from Owen County

    Hospice of the Bluegrass has presented Jennifer Duncan from Owenton with a prestigious Hospice Hero Award. Duncan has been a dedicated Hospice volunteer for more than 20 years.
     “Because of a commitment to Hospice’s mission and her own experiences with Hospice care, Jenni is driven to serve others in need,” said Shellie Brown, Hospice of the Bluegrass Coordinator of Volunteer Services.

  • Civil Air Patrol going strong since 1941

    Civil Air Patrol was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Early in the war, after supply ships leaving American ports to support the Allied war effort began drawing deadly attacks from U-boats off the East Coast, CAP pilots carried out anti-submarine missions, often carrying bombs to drop by hands on any enemy vessels they sighted. Their vigilance helped discourage and eventually halt the attacks.  

  • Owenton Rotary Club news for November

    by david lilly
    Owenton Rotary Club

    During the month of November, the Owenton Rotary Club played host to four speakers.
    On Nov. 7, Joyce Duvall from the Owen County Tourism spoke on the tourism in Owen County and public appearances she has attended to talk about Owen County attractions and events. Tourist Activities in Owen County generate $3,056 daily. Each year since 2011, the money generated has increased with 18.1 percent in 2015 over 2014.

  • Gratz wet-dry election slated for Jan. 10

    Only weeks after a countywide wet-dry election failed to pass, a petition was filed at the Owen County Clerk’s Office for an election to be held to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    Owen County Clerk Laurel P. Stivers and Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis verified the petition, filed Nov. 1. Ellis issued an executive order Nov. 29, setting the date of the election for Jan. 10.

  • Making the case for needle exchange in Owen County

    A year after its first syringe access exchange program (SAEP) discussion with the Owen County Fiscal Court, Three Rivers District Health Department made another plea for the program at the court’s Nov. 22 meeting.
    A last-minute deal reached on Senate Bill 192 at the end of the 2015 legislative session in Frankfort included a provision for regional health departments to oversee needle exchanges, but before an exchange can start, they have to receive approval from city and county governments.

  • Owen County Schools once again named number one in energy savings

    First, Mr. Kentucky Basketball and then Principal of the Year; once again Owen County School District has received statewide recognition by ranking number one in energy savings.
    A report from the School Energy Managers Program (SEMP) said in the last 7 years, 98 percent of Kentucky school districts have reduced their energy use, totaling a savings of $123 million.

  • Wreaths to be placed at Kentucky veterans cemeteries

    kentucky press news service
    Kentuckians can join family, friends and volunteers placing wreaths on headstones at Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries on the next two Saturdays. The ceremonies to express holiday gratitude for the veterans who have passed will be open to the public, a state news release said.
    Thanks to donations from civic and veterans organizations and local businesses and individuals, every headstone and each columbarium section at all four Kentucky state veterans cemeteries will receive a wreath with ceremonies at the following times:

  • Suicide demands our attention and honest, open discussion

    Kentucky Standard
    When a loved one suddenly takes his or her own life, it’s devastating. The first question is always: Why? How could we have missed the warning signs? For reasons that none of us fully understand, some people reach such depths of despair, pain and hopelessness that they see no way out but death.

As a society, we continue to tiptoe around the taboo topic of suicide.

  • Chamber honors longtime Owen Co. businesses

    The 2016 Owen County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and Businessperson of the Year share a common bond: both have aided in providing local children with a safe place to have fun.
    The Businessperson of the Year award was given to Gilbert England, owner of Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley. The Business of the Year was awarded to Family Billiards.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Vice President Carolyn Keith presented this year’s awards.

  • Board discusses possible Narcan use on school grounds

    A discussion to put Narcan in district schools was met with concern from Owen County School Board members at its Nov. 21 meeting.
    Surrounding school districts are discussing keeping the opiate antidote often used to reverse the effects of heroin on school grounds, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.
    In her introduction to the topic, Owen County Director of District-Wide Programs Joretta Crowe mentioned that other districts are leaning toward not keeping the lifesaving drug on campus.