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Today's News

  • Message from the magistrates

    To the people of Owen County,

    With the embarrassing state of affairs our county is facing, we the Owen County Magistrates would like to address a few things so everyone knows in what order we found them out.

    July 28, 2008 – The judge informed us that three problems were found in the 2006/07 audit

    July 29, 2008 – We requested payroll reports at all fiscal court meetings.

  • Voting goes hi-tech

    New voting machines combine hi-tech accuracy and reliability with low-tech simplicity.

    Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson said the new E-scan machines were purchased with federal and state grant funds. Grayson met with County Clerk Joan Kincaid on Monday to introduce the new machines.

    He said the E-scan will replace the old machines which were costly to repair and were no longer available.

    Kincaid said the county has 14 machines, one for each precinct and one for absentee ballots.

  • Court News

    Circuit Court

    Sept. 23, 2008

    Michael Asher, 1988, second-degree complicity criminal possession of a forged insturment, first-degree possession of heroin, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, continued to Oct. 7.

    Ronnie Carmack, 1955, show cause deferred, continued to Oct. 31.

    Randy A. Collins, 1963, shock probation in felony convictions, motion denied.

    David Cook, 1950, trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, jury trial set for Nov. 20.

  • Be supermarket savvy

    Unit Pricing

  • Local group hopes to make hiking history

    It’s a dream three years in the making that Camp Kysoc director Jim Ebert hopes will come true the week of Oct. 6.

    Early that morning, a group of Carroll County residents led by Ebert will hit the road for Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The mission: To help Sarah Service become the first paraplegic to descend to the bottom of the canyon on the seven-mile South Kaibab Trail.

    Service, who lives in Owen County, is a Carroll County High School graduate who was left paralyzed from the waist down in a July 2003 car accident.

  • Report reveals a government in trouble

    On Sept. 23, the Owen County grand jury indicted Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion, former Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines and Treasurer Gayla Lewis with criminal charges. The charges were centered around theft and mismanagement of county funds.

  • A Political prediction

    Iraq will take a back seat to the economy, while promises of “political change” will ultimately drive Kentucky voters this November. That’s according to a sampling of elected leaders and political professors across the state, who expect the outcomes of this year’s 2008 general election to be revealing – if not that surprising – in Kentucky.

    Pollsters and political analysts predict the state will again be “red” this November.

  • Judge should step down

    The 9-25-2008 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer quotes Judge-Executive O’Banion’s lawyer as saying “”O’Banion will continue working as judge” and “we intend for him to maintain office” in response to charges that O’Banion stole more than $6,000.00 cash and over $600.00 in services from Owen County. The legal system in the United States operates on the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

  • Cross Country competes in two meets

    The Owen County cross county team took the course twice last week. The team competed at Carroll County before taking part in the Franklin County Invitational at the Kentucky Horse Park on Saturday.

    Eighth-grader Julie Spaulding finished fifth at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Amber Gover ran well for the Lady Rebels finishing 11th while Haley DeCandia captured 14th place. Megan Barnes finished 19th while Kelsey Johnson and Maggie Barnes finished 23rd and 24th respectively.

    The boys’ race saw Josh Alford finish 28th.

  • Officials face theft charges

    The subject article I read in the Ky Enquirer dated Sept. 25 was a real eye opener with inclusive information provided by the Ky Enquirer reporter. The news article, which most of Owen County residents are aware of, stated that two Owen county officials have been charged with stealing public money and a third has ben charged with allowing it to happen. I agree with auditor Crit Luallen that “It is a sad day whenever public official are accused of breaking the public’s trust.” Everyone is also aware that the Deputy Judge-Executive has resigned.