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  • Raving on the river

    Showboats and calliopes may seem like a thing of the past, but the past was alive and well during Kentucky River Day held Saturday.
    Special guests included authors William Grier and William Ellis, who told stories of life on the Kentucky River.
    The Owen County Historical Society and Kentucky-American Water sponsored the event.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West, who remembered sand barges traveling along the Kentucky River from his days as a Monterey resident, made opening remarks.

  • School tax rate to be focus of meeting

    Taxpayers will have the opportunity to speak their minds on a proposed 2014 fiscal year tax increase for the Owen County School District Thursday.
    A public hearing on the proposed increase will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Owen County High School.
    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said due to less federal money coming in and the impact the loss will have on the district, he’s recommending the board opt for a 4-percent increase.

  • Man found safe after Golden Alert

    A Golden Alert issued for a 70-year-old Owen County man was called off Sunday after the man was found on Hwy. 127.
    Owen County Search and Rescue received notification of a missing man around 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
    Dewey Cook had last been seen on Hwy. 127 South and Greenup Road.
    Owen County Search and Rescue Capt. Jackie Webster said Cook had gone out hunting ginseng which he had done numerous times before.
    Cook had been out Sunday morning, but the exact time the alert was issued wasn’t available.

  • Timber from district’s farm structures to preserved

    Timber from approximately three structures on the Owen County School District’s farm, some of it dating back to the 19th century, is expected to be preserved following an Owen County Board of Education meeting Monday.
    The board voted to give Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford authority to advertise and manage the demolition of the structures after Stafford said a demolition proposal from Ross Tarrant Architects came in much higher than expected.

  • Linder named to public pension oversight board

    House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, has announced the appointment of Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge (61st District) to represent the Kentucky House Republican Caucus on the newly created Public Pension Oversight Board.
    “Rep. Linder has proven to be a valuable member of our caucus, and an outstanding legislator since being elected to serve the people of the 61st District,” said Leader Hoover.  “It’s why I selected him to represent House Republicans and help provide legislative oversight and guidance on this new board.”

  • Meeting to address addiction problems

    On Aug, 26 from 6 until 10 p.m.,  the public is invited to the Wild Goose Café to enjoy gourmet coffee, tea, fellowship and a forum of people sharing information about the disease of addiction.
    If you have ever struggled with addiction or are interested in learning more about how you can help others who have the disease, come out to hear testimonies, success stories and find great resources that may help.  

  • Long walk continues

    Kim Morgan recently completed her fourth three-day, 60 mile breast  cancer walk. She is a five-year survivor. She participated in the Chicago area  walk this year. This is the second time she has completed the Chicago walk. She has also walked in Michigan and Tampa, Fla.  Kim is the daughter of  Lawrence and Phyllis Riddle.

     

  • Golden Alert for Owen man called off

    A Golden Alert issued for a 70-year-old Owen County man was called off Sunday after the man was found on Hwy. 127.
    Owen County Search and Rescue received notification of a missing man around 3:50 p.m. Sunday.
    Dewey Cook had last been seen on Hwy. 127 South and Greenup Road.
    Owen County Search and Rescue Capt. Jackie Webster said Cook had gone out hunting ginseng which he had done numerous times before.
    Cook had been out Sunday morning, but the exact time the alert was issued wasn't available.

  • Special surprise guest honors Wallace’s drive

    Longtime Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace was honored with a key to the city of Owenton during a retirement ceremony held Sunday.
    But it was The Goose that surprised her most.
    Former University of Kentucky basketball player Jack “Goose” Givens attended the ceremony and although it was the first time the two had met, Givens said he could see all of the qualities of a great player in Wallace.

  • Fiscal court approves tax rates for 2013-14

    Owen countians can expect little change to their tax bills following a decision made by the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court approved its 2013 tax rates Monday and only the real property rate will increase, from 12.1 to 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    The personal property rate will decrease from last year’s rate of 13.7 to 13.4.
    The water craft, motor vehicle and aircraft rates will remain the same as the 2012 rates at 14.8 cents per $100 of assessed value.