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  • Kay's Branch News | Monthly card games make for busy week

    The rain stopped long enough over the weekend for me to mow most of my yard. There’s still the small backyard that I didn’t get to before I wimped out. I have a very good riding mower, but just sitting and turning over and over wears me out. Hopefully, I can finish this week. I’m glad that I got myself out of my Sunday clothes and got that much finished.
    It’s raining again as I write this Monday morning. I couldn’t get in touch with Fay; I guess they spent the weekend with Jennifer in Lexington.

  • Road Report | Motorists urged to use caution as Transportation Cabinet begins 6 repair projects

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District Six would like the public to be aware of the following conditions and/or operations that are being reported for highways in District Six. Motorists should be aware of possible delays or lane closures on the following projects:

  • Kentucky American Water offers new local payment option

    Kentucky American Water customers now have a new option for paying their water and sewer bills in person in Owen County.
    Ashcraft Real Estate Services, located at 125 N. Madison St., Owenton, is now accepting Kentucky American Water customer payments between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays and between 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays.

  • 3 OCHS students chosen for prestigious summer program

    When rising Owen County High School senior Laura Duke graduates high school in the spring of 2019, she will have earned an associate’s degree from attending the iLead Academy in Carrollton. This summer, Duke will receive yet another opportunity to further her college career by attending the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP).
    Duke, along with fellow OCHS juniors Kaitlyn Parker and Jared Prather, could receive fully paid tuition to a number of Kentucky colleges by attending the five-week program.

  • Students may now report bullying anonymously by using online form

    Bullying amongst school-age children continues to make local and national headlines with 28 percent of students in grades sixth-12 reporting a bullying experience, according to a 2011 federal survey.
    With school safety concerns at the forefront of the minds of many school district officials, the Owen County School District last week announced the implementation of an anonymous online bullying reporting system that can be used by students, parents and community members.

  • 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

    KENTUCKY NEW ERA

    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.