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  • Candidates to square off in Thursday forum at OCHS

    Candidates in May’s primary election will face-off for the first time in a political forum hosted by the Owen County High School Civics Club Thursday.
    The event is slated to begin at 6 p.m., inside the OCHS auditorium.
    Members of the club began organizing the forum early last month, contacting all candidates to take part in the event.

  • Synthetic drugs stir social media controversy

    Synthetic drugs sold at a local gas station recently stirred controversy on social media, leading to a discussion between Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry and the Owenton City Council at its April 17 meeting.
    The synthetic drugs began appearing at the Owenton Marathon Station, also known as Cowboys, at 105 S. Main St., over the past month. Items like synthetic cannabinoids, an alternative to marijuana, and UPass, a brand of synthetic urine that can allegedly be used to pass a drug test, are currently found on the shelves of the gas station.

  • Kentuckians have until Monday to register to vote in May primary

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    The deadline to register in the May 22 primary is fast approaching — anyone who still needs to register has less than a week left.
    New registrants, those who recently moved to the area or 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the Nov. 6 general election can register in-person at the local county clerk’s office or by visiting GoVoteKy.come and registering online before the 4 p.m. deadline Monday, April 23.

  • Friday's class cancellation will not affect district calendar

    Thousands of Kentucky educators descended on Frankfort Friday to rally for public education funding. The rally led to numerous school closures, including in Owen County.
    Local students will not be affected by the closure, according to School Superintendent Rob Stafford, who said the last day of school for students would remain scheduled for Thursday, May 31.
    The district includes extra days in its calendar that exceed the minimum amount of days required by the state, which will cover Friday’s cancellation, Stafford said.

  • Emergency agencies quickly locate juveniles

    Local law enforcement and emergency personnel made quick work of locating two missing juveniles Sunday evening.
    Two females, both 12 years old — one from Owen County, one from Indiana — walked or were given a ride to a residence on Georgetown Road from Carroll County and asked the homeowner for a ride to Swope Road, according to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich. The homeowner called 911. While Goodrich was en route to the residence, Carrollton Police entered the two females into their system as missing.

  • The thin yellow line

    When Jonesville Volunteer Firefighter and Owen County resident Chris Mills isn’t helping put out fires, he’s the voice leading emergency personnel to scenes where a life could be on the line.
    Mills, a Kentucky State Police Post 6 Dry Ridge radio dispatcher, illustrated the vital role of telecommunications professionals during an August 2017 incident.
    It was early in the morning shift when Mills received a broadcast teletype from the Erlanger Police Department.

  • Owen jumps 22 spots in statewide health rankings

    After falling 15 spots in last year’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps report, Owen County made major progress in the 2018 report, soaring from 74 out of 120 counties in overall health to 52nd.

  • Festival will bring local grads home in support of class of 2018

    Several Owen County graduates will return home next weekend to share their talents in support of the Owen County High School Class of 2018.
    The Sweet Owen Music Festival will take place at Elk Creek Winery April 20-21, with a variety of local entertainment, vendors and food — proceeds from the event will aid in making this year’s Project Graduation a success.
    The idea grew from the haunted trail Project Graduation began hosting in 2016, according to 2018 Project Graduation Committee President Jenna Gray.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Familiar names served as Revolutionary War patriots

    The names are familiar in Owen County: Ball, Bennett, Cobb, Forsee, Hunter, Maddox, Searcey, Stamper, Stivers, Vallandingham and others whose Revolutionary War pensions are listed in the Owen County court order book. Many had sons who fought in the War of 1812  and in several instances both father and son fought together in this second war of Independence.

  • BATTLE CRY OF KY. EDUCATORS: 'VOTE THEM OUT'

    Thousands of Kentucky teachers marched up Frankfort’s Capitol Avenue Monday with a clear message for legislators after the passage of Senate Bill 151 Thursday.
    “Vote them out,” they cried.
    Frankfort Mayor Bill May estimated at least 10,000 people attended the rally sponsored by the Kentucky Education Association after state legislature hastily passed the pension-reform bill.