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  • EMS employees could receive base pay increase

    With the approval of the Owen County Fiscal Court’s annual budget expected to take place later this month, local EMS employees could see a base-pay raise for the first time in 7 years.

    Under the proposed budget, all county employees would receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment, while EMS employees would also receive a $1 base salary increase.

    The EMS base pay raise was made possible by “aggressive billing and collection efforts,” according to Owen County EMS Administrator Dan Brenyo.

  • Gratz to be on full display Saturday

    Owen County’s small-town of Gratz will grow, if only for a day, as tourists, artists, music lovers, river enthusiasts and more flock to the town for the Gratz Art, Paddle and Music Festival this Saturday.

    The festival will begin in Gratz at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. The forecast at presstime called for sunny skies and warm temperatures, but the festival will still go on, rain or shine. The event, which was previously Owen County Arts in the Park, had a location change this year, said Barbara Duvall, chair of the Owen County Council for the Arts.

  • Researchers: Owen’s life expectancy same as state

    BY AL CROSS
    Kentucky Health News

    Life expectancy, perhaps the most basic measurement of a community’s health, is right at the state average in Owen County: 76 years. But both the state and county have health issues.

    Health researchers say life expectancy is driven by a complex web of factors that influence health —

    opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, and access to health care, child care and social services.

  • Program encourages exercising mind, body

    STORY AND PHOTOS BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    For more than 50 years, Owen County Public Library (OCPL) has hosted the summer reading program to provide free, safe and fun educational opportunities to children of all ages.

    In a setting where children can choose what they want to read, OCPL staff members like Electronic Resources Coordinator Jennifer Chancery have hopes that the program will inspire a love of reading for recreation while keeping children’s brains active in the summer months.

  • Locally based charity to honor Vance

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    Carlette Vance was one of the few brave women to serve as a U.S. Army nurse during World War II. To honor her life and service, locally based charity, Operation Honor will be presenting her family with a special gift within the coming weeks.

  • Sixth annual Beka's Toppers clay shoot will be held Saturday

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    Rebekah “Beka” Gaines’ vision to start an organization that would provide teens and children battling cancer with hats, scarves and wigs continues years after her courageous battle with Osteosarcoma ended in 2011.

    That vision will be on display for the public at Elk Creek Hunt Club beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with the sixth annual Beka’s Toppers clay shoot.

    Gaines founded the non-profit organization in 2011 during her battle with cancer.

  • Reception held for Kline May 27
  • MBMS student enjoy cookout on last day of school

    PHOTOS BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY
    N-H Intern

    The school had a cookout with hamburgers and sides for students to celebrate the last day of classes.

  • Officer arrested, charged with rape

    An Owenton police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree rape and incest.

    Rufus Shearer Jr., 59, was booked at the Carroll County Detention Center just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

    Shearer was hired as an officer with the Owenton Police Department in 1999, the same year the alleged charges took place in Russell County, according to an indictment presented to the Russell County grand jury May 25.

  • Owen County High graduates 139 students

    After 13 years of seven-hour school days, there was one final tradition for the Owen County High School seniors Sunday afternoon: Graduation.

    The group of students donned maroon and white gowns and mortarboards before filing into the gymnasium. One by one, each walked across the stage and once every student had his or her diploma in hand, Superintendent Rob Stafford took to the lectern.

    “I am pleased to confer you as graduates of Owen County High School, Class of 2016,” he said.