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Today's News

  • Wedding: Gibson-Barnett

  • The ‘Grandma Scam’

    Attorney General Jack Conway is alerting Kentucky consumers to a resurgence of the “grandparent’s scam” targeting senior citizens. General Conway’s Office of Consumer Protection has received nearly a dozen complaints this year related to the “grandparent’s scam” with victims reporting losses of nearly $40,000. Four of the complaints were received within the last month.

  • Owen County District Court 7-22-11

    Derrick Dempsey, 1989, second-degree burglary, $25,000 cash bond set, continued to Aug. 5.
    April Harmon, 1974, theft by unlawful taking, $5,000 cash bond set, preliminary hearing set for Aug. 5.
    Seth Allan Keith, 1980, motion to revoke probation, continued to July 29.
    Seth Allan Keith, fourth-degree assault, $2,500 cash bond set, continued to July 29.
    Douglas Tuggle vs. Andrea Brackin, eviction hearing, eviction granted, seven days to vacate.
    Capital One Bank vs. Theresa A. Risch, motion for default judgment, see order.

  • Now that it’s over ... Respect the results of wet/dry vote

    As I write this, it’s Election Day. According to Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid, it looks like a lot of people are coming out to vote on this topic.
    The fight over the wet/dry issue wasn’t particularly bloody thank goodness.
    When I was the editor of the Times-Tribune in Corbin, the local-option issue came to a vote and it made for some strange bedfellows.

  • Johnny may still be there with berries and chiggers

    I used to think that grass chiggers stalked everyone’s childhood, but to my amazement, I’ve run into people from other parts of the country who don’t know about them. By rights, the chigger should be our official state insect — if we must have one. After all, the epicenter of the parasite’s international breeding grounds lies in Kentucky, possibly on our Owen County farm. But no, Kentucky bestows that dubious honor to the Viceroy butterfly, an elegant bug, I admit, but why should personality and good looks dominate every election?

  • Community Events

    El Bethel’s VBS is tonight and Aug. 3
    El Bethel Church will host “Gold Rush” vacation Bible school 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 3. Toddlers and children ages 3 through fifth grade will learn lessons, enjoy music and dramas, crafts, and snacks. If you need a ride or more information, contact Darlene at 484-2556 or 514-3223.

    Circuit clerk’s office will be closed Saturday
    The Owen County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be closed Saturday. The office will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday.

    Class of ‘81 reunites Saturday

  • Council working to change status

    The Owenton City Council recently voted to begin the procedure of switching from a fifth-class to a fourth-class city, but a population requirement may make the process a difficult one.
    According to a “Kentucky League of Cities Research Report” on the classification of cities, a fourth-class city has a population requirement of 3,000 to 7,999.
    In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau, listed Owenton’s population as 1,387.

  • Two local post offices could close

    Two local post offices could shut their doors under a plan released Wednesday by the U.S. Postal Service.
    In a news release, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will “be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs.”
    The closures would affect the Jonesville and Perry Park post offices.

  • New field house on the horizon for Owen Co.

    Two construction projects are currently in the works for the Owen County Board of Education.
    The board met July 21 when architects for the upper-elementary school, Ross-Tarrant Architects, discussed renovations to the old middle school and a new field house.
    Owen County Schools Superintendent David Raleigh said a $500,000 building-fund has been designated for the field house.

  • Franklin Co. grand jury indicts trio in ATM heist

    Three Owen County men were recently indicted in Franklin County after allegedly stealing an ATM machine from a parking lot in Frankfort.
    The incident took place June 18, when according to Commonwealth Attorney Larry Cleveland, the ATM was taken from the parking lot on Reilly Road in Frankfort.
    “They stole this back-hoe and they used the back-hoe to dislodge the ATM and get it onto a trailer and then they hauled it off on the trailer.”
    The ATM was later found in Monterey.