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  • Owen County seniors hold monthly meeting

    On Oct. 23 the Owen County Senior Citizens Club meeting was called to order by president Sharon Miskell.
    Chaplin Marlene Mason led the pledge to the flag.
    Roll call was given by secretary Ethel Hammond with 12 members present.
    In old business, there was a discussion on money that was made at Sweet Owen Day.
    The group also talked about the trip to the Robinson show that was enjoyed by everyone.
    In new business, the election of officers who will take office in November was discussed.

  • Panel approves Kentucky American rate request

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission recently approved new rates for Kentucky American Water customers, reaching a decision on a rate increase requested by the company in December 2012.

  • With chilly temps back, officials urge fire safety

    With winter just around the corner and chilly weather already here, local fire departments are hopeful Owen countians will take necessary precautions when it comes to heating their homes.
    Owenton Fire Chief David Lilly said firefighters responded to the Northern Kentucky Community Action Neighborhood Center on S. Madison St. Thursday for smoke.
    Lilly said the electrical wiring in the thermostat had gone bad and caused the building to smoke up.
    No damage was done to the center.
    Local fire departments see a spike in calls when temperatures turn chilly in the fall.

  • Quick action saves barn from blaze

    The sharp eyes to two men on the roof of the Itron building in Owenton may have prevented serious fire damage to a barn behind Meadowview Monday.
    The men saw smoke coming from a barn behind the grocery store and contacted the store owner Bud Forsee.
    Luckily, the chief of the Owen County Volunteer Fire Department happens to work at Meadowview.
    “Bud came and got me,” Chief Robb Chaney said.
    With smoke rolling out of the barn, Chaney sounded the alarm while he and two other men fought back the fire by smothering it with dirt.

  • Air-ambulance service lifts off from Owenton

    When a medical emergency strikes, over 300 Owen County families with a PHI Air Medical membership will soon have to wait at least 20 minutes, or choose a new air ambulance service.
    The Owenton base of PHI will close effective Nov. 1, but those who have paid their membership can continue to receive service from bases in Morehead and North Vernon, Ind.
    PHI Air Medical Regional Director Erik Rhode said Owenton became a business problem in regards to the ultimate viability of the base.

  • UPDATE: Trick-Or-Treat will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2.
  • Act of sportsmanship earns Hoop honor

    Two University of the Cumberlands Patriot athletes completely exemplify this as recently, they were announced as award winners on the highest stage of the NAIA.
    Junior Danielle Hoop, a graduate of Owen County High School, and senior Darcy Mascotti of Bellbrook, Ohio were announced as the NAIA Collegiate Student-Athletes of the Year Award winners.
    This is one of the highest honors that an individual athlete can receive while competing in the NAIA.

  • Medicare Part D Assistance program to be held Tuesday

    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol are offering free Medicare prescription drug comparison assistance for Medicare beneficiaries at the Owen County Public Library on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Bring your Medicare card and list of names and dosage of prescriptions you take.
    Call 866-516-3051 to register.

  • Carroll and Quarles to meet public at library

    The Owen County Public Library will celebrate one year at its new location by hosting a meet and greet with State Sen. Julian Carroll and State Rep. Ryan Quarles on Tuesday, starting at 6:30 p.m.
    Everyone is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Wheatley residents planning holiday dinner

    The Wheatley Community Center Thanksgiving Celebration will be held Nov. 23 at the Community Center.  
    There will be a planning meeting Sunday afternoon, at 3 p.m. for anyone who would like to help with the celebration.
    In other news, a summer project of painting the outside of the center is ongoing.
    Two community members have spent numerous hours scrapping and painting the front and one side of the building.