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Today's News

  • Owen County District Court

    Feb. 25, 2011

    Angela L. Buchanan, 1961, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, reckless driving, no or expired registration plates, in jail, $1,500 cash bond set, continued to March 11.
    Reynolds Jolly, 1953, leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in jail, $500 cash bond set, continued to March 11.

  • Spring has a special place in Owen history

    In the past, Owen countians have seen some bad winters when snow drifted over fence posts, the Kentucky River froze, long-standing shade trees in front yards had to be cut down because at times the cold and snow prevented a journey to the woods for fuel.
    As February made its exit, folks looked forward to spring, and memories of cold and snow gave way to anticipation of house cleaning (at least for the women), planting crops, incubating chicks, and fishing.

  • House calls for end to furloughs

    Over the course of the last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives honored fallen military members and their families in a solemn, moving ceremony in the House chamber. This tradition began in 2004 and the service has become one of the most significant experiences of the session.

  • Senators seek balanced budget amendment

    This week, the Senate passed legislation dealing with issues facing our federal budget deficit, the election recount process, and measures dealing with veterans and military service personnel.
    This week, United States Senator Rand Paul testified before a meeting I chaired of the State and Local Government Committee. Later in the day, he addressed the full Senate and spoke of how public officials need to take action to rein in out-of-control government spending.

  • High-tech honor

    Naomi Cornette, director of technology and chief information officer for Owen County schools, was recently honored as the recipient of the prestigious outstanding leader award for 2011 by the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education.

  • Spring showers bring high waters

    Despite a confirmed tornado in a neighboring county, Owen County saw very little damage following Monday morning’s severe weather.
    A flood watch was issued for Owen County Monday morning and expired at about 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.
    Tom Reaugh with the National Weather Service said the strongest winds reported around Owen County were at 2 a.m. Monday in Frankfort, where winds gusted up to 37 mph.
    Frankfort received about 1.40 inches of rain between Sunday night and Monday morning.

  • Sparring her way to the top

    Just call her the champ.
    At 10 years old, Kendall Yount brought home her first gold medal after winning first place for girls between 8 and 10 in sparring at the American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships in Little Rock, Ark.
    Now 12 years old, Yount has done it again, except this time she reached the feat by competing against a diverse group, including girls from Peru and New Mexico.
    Yount competed for the gold medal in sparring Feb. 21 at the U.S.A. Taekwondo Open in Austin, Texas.

  • Complaints spark more patrols

    After receiving several complaints concerning possible illegal activities in the area, Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond  is pledging to beef up patrols in one part of Owen County.
    Friday, Hammond  announced he would he increasing patrols and police presence in the areas of Lusby’s Mill, New Columbus and Beechwood.
    The additional protection and patrols are in response to citizens’ complaints.

  • Court moves to define county employee jobs

    A first reading of an ordinance giving job descriptions to Owen County employees was approved during the Owen County Fiscal Court’s Feb. 22 meeting.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the issue of job descriptions had been brought up prior to the swearing in of the new magistrates, but no action was ever taken.
    Job descriptions were made for the judge-executive’s office, including the deputy judge-executive, county treasurer and finance officer, as well as maintenance director and janitor.

  • Walking together

    Terry Mitchell sat with her son Quintin Mitchell on her lap and listened to the music Saturday at the sixth-annual Walk for Awareness of Congenital Heart Defects in Owenton.
    When asked her son’s name, Mitchell’s response triggered a slight, relieved smile.
    “He’s Quintin but he’s not one of the sick kids,” Mitchell said.