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  • Owen school to be honored for energy saving efforts

    The Owen County Upper Elementary School will be recognized for achieving the Energy Star rating on Tuesday at 9 a.m.
    Owen County Upper Elementary School will be recognized by school and state officials for achieving the Energy Star from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to denote its energy efficiency.  

  • Hometown Hero

    Rick Morgan was awarded the Modern Woodmen of America’s Hometown Hero award Monday by Pam Miller. Morgan joined the Owenton and Owen County Fire Departments around 1974, became Owenton fire chief in 1980, became emergency management director in June of 1994, became an EMT around 1976, was deputy sheriff in 1984 and was on the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad when it started in 1979. Morgan is currently the director of emergency management, is a volunteer firefighter and continues to work as an EMT.

  • In Season: Bob Coubert

    Bob Coubert, 15, killed an 8-point buck on the farm of his grandparents Alvin and Barbara Keith Nov. 10.

  • Champions continue to raise awareness of drug abuse

    The Owen County Champions meeting had a great turnout Nov. 11 for its addiction awareness meeting led by Adam W. Greene.
    The Wild Goose had a full house and celebrated another recovery story with family and friends.
    The group will be having another community meeting at the Wild Goose Cafe on Saturday from 6 until 7 p.m.
    Deanna Whobrey will be leading this open meeting to raise awareness, answer questions, and promote recovery.

  • City sets new rules to limit yard sales

    Property owners within the City of Owenton will soon be limited to two yard sales per year following a second reading of an ordinance by the Owenton City Council.
    According to the ordinance, each location or property will be limited to two different yard sales per year. The yard sales may not last more than three consecutive days.
    Signs advertising yard sales may not be placed on public or private property without consent of the owner. Within 24 hours after the conclusion of a sale, all signs must be removed.

  • Carroll, Quarles mark library anniversary

    With the recent one- year anniversary of the the Owen County Public Library’s relocation, its board of trustees is already looking forward to the next three years.
    The library, which relocated from its Main Street location to Hwy. 22 East on Oct. 28, 2012, celebrated the first anniversary by hosting a meet and greet with State Rep. Ryan Quarles and State Sen. Julian Carroll.

  • Warrant leads to heroin arrest

    An Owen County man was recently arrested on multiple drug charges after state police attempted to serve him with a warrant.
    Marcus Smith, 41, was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin); tampering with physical evidence; two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia; contempt of court libel or slander resistance to order; first-degree wanton endangerment; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

  • Officials open new boat ramp in Gratz

    When fishermen and boaters look for a place to park and put their crafts in the Kentucky River, they will have a new place to launch in Gratz.
    State and Owen County officials turned out Nov. 6 for the formal opening of the Gratz Boat Ramp at the end of Main Street in Gratz. The new facility was built where the old Gratz bridge once spanned the Kentucky River from Owen County to Henry County.
    The facility features several acres of parking along with the ramp. There are no fees for using the facility.

  • Homeland Security helps local search and rescue

    The 37-plus miles of Owen County’s shoreline will now be easier to navigate in emergency situations after the Owen County Search and Rescue Squad was recently awarded a $23,000 state Homeland Security Program grant.
    Search and rescue used the grant to replace a 26-year-old fishing boat with a 1660 connector boat and motor designed for swift water conditions.

  • Plans for Christmas parade announced

    This year’s Owen County Christmas Parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 8. The parade will leave from Southern States at 3 p.m.
    The theme this year will be “Christmas Melodies.”
    There will be three categories for the floats this year:
    • Wagon/Trailer (Large) First place, $200; second place, $150.
    • Truck Bed - First place, $100; second place, $50.
    • Utility Vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, etc.) First place, 75; second place, $50.