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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Judge’s legacy continues with annual golf outing

    The 12th Annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble will be held April 2 at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley.
    The event is dedicated to the memory of the former judge who had a lasting impact on many people around him.
    Satterwhite was a recipient of an organ donation in 1997 when he received a double lung transplant.
    The event is a way to remember Satterwhite while keeping alive his legacy of helping others.

  • City signs contract for trash pick-up

    The Owenton City Council recently approved a one-year contract with Republic Services Inc. for the collection of household and dumpster garbage with recycling.  
    The cost is $12 per month per household and residents will be billed.
    Recycling boxes will be located around Owenton for commercial and residential drop off.
    Commercial pricing depends on the size of the dumpster and how many times a week it is to be picked up.
    The city of Owenton had a previous contract with Republic Services Inc., which had expired.

  • In session until June

    A rough Owen County winter has led to students staying behind the books until June.
    The Owen County School Board met Monday and voted to amend this year’s calendar.
    The last day of school for students will be June 3 and teachers’ last day June 6.
    Students have missed a total of 13 instructional days and have had two one-hour delays.
    Owen County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Charlotte Elkins said the board opted to use “accumulated minutes.”