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Today's News

  • Settlement ends deputies' overtime dispute

    The taxpayers of Owen County will ultimately be responsible for $26,000 in unpaid overtime to two Owen County sheriff’s deputies.
    Under the administration of former Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, sheriff’s deputies were on call for nine hours at a time, but were only paid for eight hours.
    Hammond reportedly gave the deputies one hour for lunch, but under federal law, emergency personnel must be paid for the time they’re on call.

  • In brief - Aug. 5, 2015

    Camp MBMS to be held Aug. 6
    All incoming fifth grade students are invited and encouraged to attend Camp MBMS from 5-7 p.m., Aug. 6. Registration forms can be found on the Owen County School website and if you have questions please contact Becky Mefford at (502) 484-4017. Parents are encouraged to attend with their students and there will be activities planned for both students are parents. Refreshments will be served.

    Epoch sponsoring oil change for some mothers 

  • NKY needle exchange inching forward

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Needle-exchange programs could be set up in Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant counties – if city and county officials approve them.
    The Population Health and Clinical Services committees of the Northern Kentucky District Board of Health are scheduled to meet Thursday to talk about protocols for syringe-exchange programs at its regional health centers.

  • 2015 Owen County Schools bus routes

    Bus 1: Driver – Robert Miller – Hwy. 227 from Scott County to school, Harmony Road and Teresita Road.
    Bus 2: Driver – Lillian Peace – Sparta, end of 2 Mile, Manley, right on Hwy. 36 to Sanders, backtrack out of Sanders, left on Hwy. 227 through all of New Liberty to Hwy. 127 South to school.
    Bus 3: Driver – Patsy Fitzgerald – Hwy. 22 from the bus garage to Old Sweet Owen Road, Old Sweet Owen to fairgrounds, Green Acres Drive, Horizon Circle, Harris Ridge Road, East Adair, Cardinal Drive, Owen County Judicial Center.

  • Soggy summer could have major impact on local farmers

    The heavy rainfall that slammed much of the state this month could take a toll on Burley tobacco producers locally, according to Owen County Extension Agent For Agriculture and Natural Resources Steve Musen.
    The USDA Census of Agriculture reports nearly 6 million lbs. of tobacco being produced in Owen County on 1,128 acres.
    “We’ve seen fairly significant damage in tobacco from this summer’s weather,” Musen said. “It could potentially impact their future contracts if they’re not able to fulfill their current contracts.”

  • New Liberty fire chief named Owen Countian Of the Year

    During his 41 years as a member of the New Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Greg Davis is quick to admit that his dedication to the department sometimes comes before prior commitments.
    Such was the case July 20 when he was driving an ambulance to Carrollton and his wife, Dawn, called his cell phone.
    “I came in early that day,” Davis said. “Everything had gone well until about an hour before Dawn wanted me to be at the fairgrounds and the tones drop.”

  • County holds line on taxes

    Local taxpayers won’t see any changes on their upcoming tax bills following a decision to take the compensating rate from the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    The court voted to take the compensating rate at its Aug. 25 meeting.
    The rate for real property will remain at $0.1240; the motor vehicle tax at $0.1480; the personal property rate at $0.1340; the water craft rate at $0.1480 and the aircraft at $0.1480.
    The court also reviewed rates set for special districts, including soil conservation, library board, board of education and extension.

  • Historical Society News, Aug. 26, 2015

    Most came from Virginia and the Carolinas, but long before they crossed the Appalachian Mountains into Kentucky, many of these hearty pioneers immigrated from England, Scotland, Ireland and Germany.
    Their possessions were limited, but their wealth lay in their heritage, which was embraced in stories, legends, folklore and sayings that had been passed down for generations.
    Like all areas of Kentucky, Owen County had its own unique colloquialisms, yet many old-time sayings were familiar from one end of the state to the other.

  • Owen District Court - Aug. 21, 2015

    Owen District Court
    Aug. 21, 2015

    FELONY
    Deanna T. Edwards, 1975, operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license, first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, improper passing, probable cause established, transfer to grand jury Sept. 8.
    Michael Shuler, 1988, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $500; preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28.
    Kody Smith, first-degree robbery, house arrest, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28.

  • Kay's Branch News, Aug. 26, 2015

    No matter what the calendar tells you, summer is over.
    The weather has cooled, it’s supposed to be into the 40s this week.
    The Halls have gotten their lot cleaned and a bump-out trailer to live in now and are ready to rebuild.
    Ray and Wanda came in Saturday and made a survey of all the piddling jobs I need before cold weather, and Fay and Bruce are getting ready to start cutting their fall hay.
    Ann has one more week of work and she will be retired. Everybody is looking forward to fall and the activities that go with it.