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  • Stafford recognized for dedication as mother of 3

    If you ask the 2016 Mother of the Year for parenting advice, she would tell you two things she feels are imperative in a child’s upbringing: To have a relationship with Jesus Christ and to love your child unconditionally, no matter what.

    Those two things led Melody Stafford to the annual honor at the Owen County 4-H Fair & Horse Show July 18.

  • Architects chosen for district projects

    RossTarrant Architects Inc. was selected by the Owen County Board of Education to lead the way as project architects for the Owen County Lower Elementary School renovation and addition.

    “We solicited letters and RossTarrant responded with a letter, they were actually the only ones that responded with a letter by the deadline, so we are making the recommendation that RossTarrant be approved for this lower elementary renovation project,” Superintendent Rob Stafford said.

  • First Baptist honors emergency personnel

    N-H Intern

    With recent tragedies involving police officers across the country, Owenton First Baptist Church felt a conviction to honor those who serve in the community every day by holding a special service for the first responders on Sunday.

  • Upcoming back to school events include Rebel Rally, Camp MBMS

    Back to school event set for Monday

  • St. Elizabeth looks to expand operations in Owen County

    When St. Elizabeth Healthcare signed a lease with the United States Department of Agriculture for the old New Horzions Hospital space, they were committing to Owen County’s healthcare. Almost one-third of the way through the 18-month lease, St. Elizabeth is now looking to build.

    “We are currently in the process of trying to locate a new location in Owenton,” said John Mitchell, vice president of operations for St. Elizabeth at Covington, Grant and Owen.

  • Malcomb tours China as part of trip for high school students

    For students, a trip outside of the county is an excursion but for 15-year-old Noah Malcolmb, he took the word excursion to a new meaning as he left for a 16-hour flight to Shanghai, China.

    Malcomb, a sophomore at Owen County High School, was one of 24 high school students that traveled to the country as part of an 14-day trip in June organized by the University of Kentucky’s Confuscius Institute. Owen County High School teacher Doris Beverly actually told Malcomb about the trip he could apply for, he said.

  • Police searching for missing teen

    A 15-year-old Owenton girl is missing after she left her East Adair Street residence July 11.

    Courtney Marie Sutherland left home around 5:30 p.m., according to Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn.

    “She was going to the courthouse to use the internet,” Alcorn said.

    But Sutherland did not return home later that night. It was discovered after she didn’t return that she took extra clothes with her before leaving.

    It is believed she might possibly be in the Frankfort area, according to Alcorn.


    A wet-dry petition that had been making the rounds in Owen County since earlier this year was officially filed at the county clerk’s office Thursday, July 14.

    The petition required signatures from 25 percent of voters in the last election. A total of 656 signatures were certified by Monday morning and a local option election is slated for Sept. 20.

  • For Duvall, farming has been a near lifelong adventure

    In the late 1940s, a young boy from Wheatley would cash in the contents of his piggy bank to purchase two sheep. He wasn’t quite old enough to begin grade school, but already Billy Duvall had recognized his passion.

    “I never wanted to do anything else,” Duvall said of farming. “By the time I got out of high school I already had several different crops, equipment and livestock.”

  • Chisholm crowned Miss Owen

    Nineteen contestants had entered Saturday’s Miss Owen County Fair Pageant. The runner ups were announced and then it was down to two contestants. Master of Ceremonies Billy O’Banion paused before announcing the first runner-up, when shouts of “Go ‘Queen V!’” came from the quiet crowd.

    The shout signaled support for hometown girl Veronica Chisholm, who would walk away with the sash and crown. Chisholm was only one of two Owen County residents competing in the pageant.