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  • Warrant leads to heroin arrest

    An Owen County man was recently arrested on multiple drug charges after state police attempted to serve him with a warrant.
    Marcus Smith, 41, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin); tampering with physical evidence; two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia; contempt of court libel or slander resistance to order; first-degree wanton endangerment; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

  • Officials open new boat ramp in Gratz

    When fishermen and boaters look for a place to park and put their crafts in the Kentucky River, they will have a new place to launch in Gratz.
    State and Owen County officials turned out Nov. 6 for the formal opening of the Gratz Boat Ramp at the end of Main Street in Gratz. The new facility was built where the old Gratz bridge once spanned the Kentucky River from Owen County to Henry County.
    The facility features several acres of parking along with the ramp. There are no fees for using the facility.

  • Homeland Security helps local search and rescue

    The 37-plus miles of Owen County’s shoreline will now be easier to navigate in emergency situations after the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad was recently awarded a $23,000 state Homeland Security Program grant.
    Search and rescue used the grant to replace a 26-year-old fishing boat with a 1660 connector boat and motor designed for swift water conditions.

  • Plans for Christmas parade announced

    This year’s Owen County Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 8. The parade will leave from Southern States at 3 p.m.
    The theme this year will be “Christmas Melodies.”
    There will be three categories for the floats this year:
    • Wagon/Trailer (Large) First place, $200; second place, $150.
    • Truck Bed - First place, $100; second place, $50.
    • Utility Vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, etc.) First place, 75; second place, $50.

  • Owen County Honor Rolls

    Fifth Grade
    First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
    All “A” Honor Roll

    Curtis Bates, Allison Bourne, Madison Brown, Cheyenne Coppola, Trinity Craig, Meredith David, Madison Duvall, Mary Gamm, Mallory Hardesty, Carsyn Inman, Savannah Kinster, Jorden May, Haylee Neeley, Shelby Sams, Caitlin Sizemore, Maddigan Walker, Gregory Webster, Samantha Woodyard.
    A/B Honor Roll

  • Leadership Owen County 2012 completes project

    Leadership Owen County 2012 recently completed their community service project.
     The project chosen was the beautification of the County Park and Fairground.
    On Sept. 10, the group arrived with gloves, shovels and rakes in hand and began removing old sod, adding mulch and planting shrubs and flowers around the entrance and along the exhibit building.  

  • Weather plays trick on Halloween night

    Howling winds and heavy rains Thursday made for a destructive Halloween for some local residents.
    The National Weather Service at Wilmington, Ohio reported winds of up to 51 mph. in Owenton and the homes of residents Peggy Tisch and Richard Greene were victims of the storm.
    Tisch, whose home is located on Roland Ave. said she heard a “thud” around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning.
    That thud turned out to be a tree located in Tisch’s front yard that had fallen onto the roof of her home.

  • Judge-exec. won’t seek another term

    Although the 2014 primary election is still months away, Owen countians can already expect some major changes beginning in 2015.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith has formally announced today that she will not seek re-election for a second full term in the office she has held since being appointed in early 2009.
    Keith was appointed to the office by Gov. Steve Beshear following the resignation of former county judge-executive Billy O’Banion in February of 2009.

  • Owen students to honor sacrifices on Veterans Day

    Local men and women who sacrificed to serve the nation will see no lack of activities honoring them this Veterans Day.
    Owen County High School will join with the Maurice Bowling Middle School this year to honor veterans Monday, as well as programs at both the Owen County Upper and Lower Elementary School buildings.
    OCHS senior Hannah Strohmeier, who is in charge of this year’s joint program with MBMS, said combining the two schools’ activities would better serve veterans who may have a hard time deciding which program to attend.

  • Owen librarian will learn about space at Kennedy

    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert was one of six public librarians recently accepted into the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! space training program.
    Only 40 applicants were accepted from across the United States and librarians will collaborate with educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! team to learn hands-on science activities designed for engaging families and children ages 8-13.