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  • Judge rejects calls for resignation

    Several concerned citizens came to the Oct. 14 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting looking for answers and explanations regarding the charges brought by an Owen County grand jury against three local officials.

    Last month, former Owen County Deputy Judge-Executive Renaee Gaines, Owen County Judge-Executive Billy O’Banion and Owen County Treasurer Gayla Lewis were indicted for allegedly misappropriating money and charges of official misconduct.

    Local attorney Gerald Kemper said the Owen County Code of Ethics Committee should take up the matter.

  • District Court

    District Court

    Oct. 17, 2008

    Victor G. Carson, 1955, no or expired registration plates, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, first-degree fleeing or evading police, failure to wear seat belt, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, second-degree wanton endangerment, pleaded guilty, transferred to grand jury.

  • Total devastation

    A weekend fire has left an Owen County family homeless.

    Four different fire departments responded to a blaze at 745 Vance O’Banion Lane at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday.

    When firefighters arrived at the home of Marc and Bonnie Cooke, the blaze had already spread throughout much of the home.

    Units from Jonesville, Monterey, Owenton/Owen County and New Liberty were unable to save the home.

  • Striving for a healthy Owen County

    Three Rivers District Health Department and Home Health Agency stay busy throughout the year working on various projects to keep residents of Owen County healthy. Their two most recent ventures are a survey that addresses the health and wellness of Owen County residents and a program called Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP).

  • A taste of business

    Bowling Middle School students will get a taste of the real world today – literally.

    Every Spring the middle school holds an Entrepreneur Fair, which helps teach students the pros and cons of being self-employed. As a precursor to the fair, Bowling Middle School has invited the Owen County Farmers’ Market to set up in the school parking lot to not only sell their goods, but to talk to the students about the joys of producing their own goods, and the headaches.

  • Drug bust at local motel

    On Oct. 6, the Sheriff’s department arrested two 18-year-olds on drug charges.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, a search warrant was issued for a unit at the Hi Y-Inn. With help from drug-detecting dogs, law enforcement officers discovered a pound of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

    Tyler Leathers and Aylissa Moore were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug trafficking within 1,000 yards of a school.

  • Owen County grand jury report

    The following is the report issued by the Owen County grand jury about the functioning of the Owen County government.

    You can view the actual document below, using a flash document reader we have provided (go to http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ to get Flash on your computer):

  • Judicial Center saga

    The judicial center site has been narrowed down to two.

    The project development board anticipated making a final decision at their Monday meeting. However, a delay in the appraisals has pushed that decision to Friday at 1 p.m.

    The board members will pick between a downtown property that currently includes Full Service Auto and Meeting the Needs Mission, and several acres of land on Hwy. 127 owned by a Ford family trust.

  • Marching Band makes history early in season

    This past Saturday at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, the Owen County Marching Band competed in its second competition of the season. The band members performed their 2008 show, “Elemental Beethoven.” The show featured traditional and contemporary versions of some of Beethoven’s most memorable melodies, such as Moonlight Sonata, Requiem for the 5th Symphony, 5th of Beethoven, Fur Elise, and Ode to Joy. Each song represents a different element (wind, fire, earth, water) and the unity of all of them.

  • A mandate for change

    The fiscal court has formed a plan of action to correct problems found by the grand jury.

    In a special meeting on Thursday, Owen County Attorney Charlie Carter presented several ideas to address each item of the grand jury report.