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  • Police chief: 2-3 additional officers needed

    Following the community’s continued drug problem and strains on the Owenton Police Department, Police Chief Terry Gentry believes the department could use more manpower and recently asked the City Council to consider hiring two to three more officers.
    Gentry reported three felony arrests, two drug arrests and 900 complaints over the last month during the Oct. 3 council meeting. This, combined with two officers who will soon go through mandatory training, limits what the department can do.

  • Local health officials encouraging flu shots

    Despite warm temperatures and sunny days, flu season has arrived, and local health officials are urging residents to receive their flu shots as soon as possible.
    While the first cases of flu may push people toward getting their flu shot, organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Three Rivers District Health Department, advise people to receive their flu shot now before the flu starts to spread around.

  • Project Graduation’s Haunted Trail returns Oct. 19

    Winding trails, fake blood and masked figures hidden in areas that you would least expect it. As textbooks are traded out for spell books and school wear for costumes, the Owen County senior class prepares for their second annual Haunted Trail.
    Located in the fields by Itron, the Haunted Trail is a one of a kind experience created by Owen County Coroner Mark Garnett as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. With the help of the seniors and their parents, the trail is now entering its second year in Owen County.

  • At the Library | October 11, 2017

    Senior Health Fair

    Once again seniors can come to the library to visit with a variety of health professionals with free services and goodies to hand out. Flu shots are offered along with blood pressure and blood sugar readings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., today. For more information contact Suzanne Piper-Baird at (859) 250-9134 or Suzanne.fsca@gmail.com.

    Storytime

  • Distilling roots run deep for Owen native

    SPARTA, Ky. – When James Neeley set sail from northern Ireland in 1740 for what would soon become the United States, he brought with him copper pot stills – tools of the trade for what would eventually become a way of life for his descendants in Owsley County, Ky.
    Eleven generations later, that same tradition is still going strong and is now shared with hundreds of visitors each month at a sprawling knotty-pine structure located on a lot adjacent to the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Burn ban now in effect

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department urges residents to remember that fires can spin out of control quickly.
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry’s “no-burn” season began Oct. 1, and will continue through Dec. 15.
    During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    The Division of Air Quality has regulations that only natural growth can be burned.

  • Owen Co. Public Library gearing up to celebrate facility’s fifth anniversary

    Over the years, the Owen County Public Library has grown into the large library building that now houses hundreds of books, multiple workstations and weekly events that draw the community into the library on a regular basis. Although the library does continue to find new ways to participate in the community, they were not always able to do so.
    Up until five years ago, the Owen County Public Library was located in downtown Owenton on North Main Street in a small building built in 1968, now known as the Owen County Senior Center.

  • At the Library | September 27, 2017

    We are proud to be showing the art work of the late Pat Brumback Twedt in the library and history room. Pat was a lively and very talented member of the Owen County community with a great gift for living life to the fullest. Come in any time to view her work and plan to join the family in celebrating her talents at 6 p.m., Oct. 5.

    Movie Matinee : Meet Me in St Louis

  • Board discusses working budget, refinancing bonds

    A working budget for the Owen County School District’s 2017-2018 fiscal year was the main topic of discussion at the Sept. 18, board of education meeting.
    The budget allotted $23.2 million for total bond payments throughout the school year, which will help cover various costs throughout the year.
    While the working budget helps plan out the current total budget of more than $23 million, the board sought out companies that would help further plan how the school district should use its current bonds.

  • Rain barrel workshop slated for today

    While rainwater is often a wasted resource, Bluegrass Greensource has found a way to help surrounding counties create a more sustainable way to use the natural asset in their everyday lives.
    Their solution is rain barrels, a barrel made from recycled plastic that collects rainwater that can then be used to help water any plants a person may have.