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  • Search and rescue seeks funding from city council

    The Owenton City Council heard a request for additional funding to the Owen County Search and Rescue at its meeting last Tuesday.

    Greg Estes, now chief of Owen County Search and Rescue, addressed the council after the fiscal court allocated less money to the search and rescue program in its 2015-2016 budget than in previous years.

    “The county used to give us $8,800,” Estes said. “They actually started giving rescue money back in ’94. And it kind of got up and went down.

  • Republican caucus coming to Ky. March 5

    The race for the White House is heating up following the Feb. 2 Iowa Caucus, and in a few short weeks Kentucky will take the national spotlight in its first Republican Caucus.

    Only registered Republican voters, registered by Dec. 31, 2015, may participate in the caucus, to be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, March 5.

    For most counties, there will be only one polling location. Owen County’s location will be the Lighthouse Church, located at 5405 U.S. 127.

  • Civil Air Patrol turns youngsters into leaders

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    The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Frankfort Composite Squadron is celebrating the promotion of 12 of its cadet members. The second of two ceremonies for promotion of eight cadets was conducted on February 4, 2016 during its weekly meeting at Maurice Bowling Middle School. Cadet Spencer Blair, Noven Harris, Laura Patterson, and Breanna Schadler received their first stripe as a cadet. Liz Ashcraft, Emma Ashcraft, Ashley Buffin, and Kameron Kelly received their fifth stripe promoting them to Cadet Technical Sergeants.

  • Another shot at county going ‘wet’

    A wet-dry petition is once again making the rounds in Owen County.

    The petition reads, “We the undersigned registered voters hereby petition for election the following question: Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?”

    A yes or no option is not given on the petition; therefore, it is only asking those in favor to sign.

    The petitions have been spotted in several locations, including Smoker Friendly on North Main Street.

  • 2 polling locations to change

    Registered voters in the South Owenton and Lubsy’s Mill precincts will find themselves at a new polling location beginning with the March 8 special election.

    The two precincts will now vote at the Owen County Extension Office, located at 265 Ellis Highway.

    Owen County Clerk Laurel Stivers said the two precincts have been voting at Owen County High School, located on Highway 22.

  • Red Cross assists family following Hwy. 330 blaze

    About 60 percent of Michael and Angela Varner’s home was engulfed in flames when local fire departments arrived on scene Jan. 27.

    No one was home when emergency personnel was dispatched to 8515 Hwy. 330, at 9:18 a.m., after a passerby called in the fire.

    Firefighters arrived on scene at 9:32 a.m. and found the roof was already beginning to cave in.

  • Open for business: HealthPoint begins operations in Owen County

    The sign by the highway may say New Horizons, but Healthpoint Family Care opened for patients Monday morning at 120 Progress Way.

    The clinic is still providing family medicine and pediatric care services just as the space did under the former New Horizons administration, said Chris Goddard, chief executive officer of HealthPoint.

    “We’re anxious to pick up where the doctors left off and the beauty of it all is patients shouldn’t (be able to) tell the difference,” Goddard said.

  • State sporting clays championship will return to Elk Creek Hunt Club

    It has been three years, but Kentucky State Sporting Clays Championship will make a return to Owen County this summer.

    Elk Creek Hunt Club is the host for the 2016 championship, which runs from Aug. 26-28, is expected to attract between 250 and 300 shooters from across the nation. The highest-attendance for the club’s monthly shoot within the past year was 120 people, said Shadoe Perry, Elk Creek’s manager and events planner.

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  • St. E expected to take over hospital Feb. 1

    Following weeks of negotiations, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has approved a purchase agreement allowing St. Elizabeth Healthcare to acquire New Horizons Health System’s assets.

    St. Elizabeth, as well as HealthPoint Family Care, are expected to begin operations in Owen County beginning Feb. 1.