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  • Despite protests, Sunday sales approved

    A second reading of an ordinance that will allow Elk Creek Winery to serve alcohol on Sundays between the hours of 1-7 p.m. has been approved by a 3-1 vote of the Owen County Fiscal Court.
    Dozens of citizens attended the Aug. 12 regular meeting of the fiscal court and some were left standing inside the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse to hear the outcome of the second reading.

  • Done Deals: 127 Yard Sale ends for another year

    The longest yard sale in the world has come to end for another year.
    For some people, the annual 127 Yard sale, which stretches from Alabama to Michigan, is the highlight of the summer. It offers local people the chance to sell items to customers from across the country.
    The event takes more people through Owen County than any other annual event and brings thousands of dollars into the community.
    Despite rainy conditions and lower than normal temperatures, the vendors seemed to be doing well.

  • As deadline nears, general election shapes up

    With only a few hours left before the 4 p.m. filing deadline Tuesday, two candidates had filed for the position of Owenton mayor.
    Current Owenton Mayor Doug West and former mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier will be on the ballot for mayor in the general election on Nov. 4.
    Wotier, who served as mayor from 2000-2011, announced his candidacy for mayor earlier this year before the May primary election.

  • Council rejects mayor’s plan to change policy

    The members of the Owenton City Council have rejected a proposal that would make changes to the way city employees receive merit raises.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West, who offered the proposal, said the change would give the council direct approval over merit raises.
    City Councilman Larry Dale Perry said he was concerned that raises had already been given and the city’s salary structure was unfair.

  • Owen grand jury hands down eight indictments

    The Owen County grand jury recently indicted a 26-year-old man after a pursuit that began in Gallatin County ended in Owen.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office initiated pursuit of Sig Franks, who allegedly had a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.
    Arterburn said KSP Trooper Justin Sams became involved in the pursuit after Franks entered Owen County.

  • Owen recertified in Storm Ready program

    Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather and tornadoes. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provided Owen County Emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve Owen County in hazardous weather operations.

  • Officer with Owen roots to become next Frankfort police chief

    Jeff Abrams, a major in the Frankfort Police Department with Owen County roots, will fill Chief Walter Wilhoite’s shoes when he retires at the end of August.
    Frankfort Mayor Bill May announced the decision at the Frankfort City Commission meeting on July 28.
    Abrams has served on the force for about 18 years.
    Abrams was born and raised in Frankfort. He worked for two years as a correctional officer at the Franklin County Regional Jail before joining the force. Abrams will take over as police chief Sept 1.

  • Stamper to discuss church and Pleasant Home

    On Thursday, former Owen countian Ernie Stamper will be presenting a program to the Owen County Historical Society, covering the history of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and its community of Pleasant Home.
    A center piece of the presentation is  video from 16mm film shot in the 1930s by G. L. Wainscott, the founder of the Ale8 Bottling Company and Owen County native.

  • Special Birthday: Bob House

    On Aug. 16 from 2-5 p.m. at Beechwood Assembly of God Church, the family of Robert “Bob” House invite you to attend the celebration of his 90th birthday. Please join family and friends for this special occasion.

  • Owen County retired teachers holding activities

    Any member of the Owen County Retired Teachers group who is planning on attending the fifth district workshop at the Oldham County Aquatic Center on Aug. 28 should contact Faye Shelton by Aug. 18 for lunch reservations.
    Also,  retired teachers should mark their calendars for Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. for the annual potluck picnic at Fairway Golf Clubhouse.
    New retirees will be honored guests at this dinner meeting which is the kick-off for a new year.