Today's News

  • 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.”

  • As spring approaches, ATV riders reminded to be careful

    With temperatures in the low 60s and spring right around the corner, everyone’s itching to get outside. But some outdoor activities can lead to danger.
    Owen County Ambulance Director Kevin Luther said one of those activities, all-terrain vehicle riding, has led to some fatalities in Owen County.
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kentucky was third in the nation with 114 ATV deaths reported from 2005 to 2007.
    The ambulance service usually responds to several ATV related accidents each year, Luther said.

  • Officials urge caution after string of grassfires

    Sixteen grass fires were reported in Owen County last week, despite Kentucky’s “no burn season” having started Feb. 15.
    Each year on this same date, the Kentucky Division of Forestry enters a “no burn season” when it’s against the law to set fire from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to any flammable material located within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.
    The regulation prohibits the burning of tires, garbage, construction debris, demolition debris, appliances, cars, buses, trailers and all other materials.

  • This spring, don’t forget about the birds and the bees

    I am always a little annoyed when people ask me how to get rid of bees. Short of a deathly allergy, we should all be lucky enough to have a healthy population in the garden. I have tons out and about the landscape, in the clover where I walk daily, in the garden where I work, amid the flowers where I weed — and I have never been stung.

  • Owenton Livestock Report

    Feb.  16, 2011

    Compared to the previous sale: slaughter cows and bulls steady; feeder steers and heifers $1 to $4 higher, except calves under 500 lb., $10 to $12 higher.
    Slaughter cows were 8 percent of the supply, slaughter bulls 2 percent, replacement cows 2 percent, and feeders 88 percent. The feeder supply included 40-percent steers, 30-percent heifers and 17-percent feeder bulls. Thirty-seven percent of the supply weighed over 600 lb.
    Slaughter Cows Premium White 65-75%: 1,515 lb.  $81.

  • Grace Notes: It all goes back to the qualities of the inner self

    The other day I read an article written by Sharon Miller, a woman who stopped wearing makeup “as an act of Christian discipleship.”
    She was getting ready to go shopping with her in-laws and as she went through her usual morning routine of blow-drying her hair and picking out an outfit, she decided to go to the mall sans makeup.
    She said she had been inspired by a book, “Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Women’s Spirituality,” by Maria Harris.