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Today's News

  • Track teams face frenzy in Union

    The Owen County High School track teams spent Friday night in a frenzy.
    The teams traveled to Union where they took part in the Ryle Friday Night Frenzy. Paula Rivera, Hailey Hatchett and Autumn Hunter had good nights for the girls and Hunter Trenary performed well for the boys.
    Rivera finished fourth in the discus and ninth in the shot put while Hatchett was fourth in the shot put. Hunter finished eighth in the 3200-meter run. Trenary was second in the 3200-meter run and sixth in the 1600-meter run.

  • Friday fire ruled arson

    A Friday morning fire on Claxon’s Ridge Road has been ruled arson by the state.
    Monterey Volunteer Fire Chief Larry House said the fire at 645 Claxon Ridge Rd. began around 6 a.m.
    “It was mostly smoke damage,” House said. “It was burnt on the inside real bad, but it didn’t burn all the way down.”
    House said an arson investigator was called to the scene and ruled the blaze arson.
    “The (house door) had been kicked in from the outside and gas had been poured in the hallway next to the furnace,” House said.

  • Owen sheriff seeks pair of suspects for gasoline theft

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond is hopeful someone can identify one of the two people involved in a drive-off at Smitty’s Gas and Food Sunday.
    Hammond said the incident took place around 6 p.m. when a blue Nissan pulled into the gas station, located at 6035 Hwy. 355 in Gratz.  
    “A man and a woman came out of the car,” Hammond said. “The woman went in and asked where the bathroom was while the man pumped gas.”

  • Classification reform bill expected to pass this session

    A bill in the Kentucky Legislature could bring major changes to the city classification system.
    State Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, who represents Owen County, said what the bill does is clean up an antiquated system that is overly complex.
    “Basically, what it does is create two classifications - Louisville, because of its size and type of government, and everyone else,” Quarles said.

  • Last day for students set for June 6

    Thanks to the Kentucky Education Commissioner, Owen County students will still get a couple of days of spring break.
    The Owen County Board of Education met Monday and once again adjusted the school calendar for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
    Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said the board had applied to the Kentucky Department of Education to have the three days missed due to the waterline breaks in January excused.

  • Officials to answer questions at forum

    The merging of county and city government and the reclassification of the City of Owenton will be the topics of discussion at a public forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce March 25.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said although the chamber has no position on the issues, it’s time for citizens to become aware of the facts.

  • Owen fiscal court to receive state aid for bridge project

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced that the Owen County Fiscal Court will receive $8,700 in county road aid emergency funds for a bridge repair project on Sawdridge Road.
    The road serves several residences in Owen County and the repairs will make it safer for buses and other vehicles.
    “This project is an example of the cabinet’s commitment to provide a solid infrastructure in Owen County and across the Commonwealth,” Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • Owen Historical Society News: From generation to generation, quilts preserve history

    Author Marlene Parkin once wrote: “Quilts are masterpieces of the heart and windows into women’s history. They possess a magic that will never die, for all of life’s hopes and fears, loves and hates have been sewn into them.”
    Quilts are timeless. Crafted from bits and pieces of shirts, coats, overalls and dresses, they serve as palpable memories of the past.
    The origin of quilting is somewhat uncertain although the oldest example of patchwork is an Egyptian queen’s canopy dated around 960 B.C.

  • Guest columnist: Owen schools need snow days relief

    By RYAN QUARLES
    Owen County’s State Representative

  • Owen County District Court - March 21, 2014

    Autumn L. Darrell, 1993, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of heroin, drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for March 28.
    Thomas Dean, 1973, theft by deception, pre-trial conference set for April 4.
    Thomas Dean, 1973, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pre-trial conference set for April 4.
    James House, 1977, flagrant non-support, two counts of contempt of court, pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing set for March 28.