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  • Voters approve alcohol by the drink in Owenton

    BY Molly Haines and John Whitlock
    N-H Staff
    History was made in the City of Owenton Tuesday after a move to allow the sale of alcohol at some restaurants within the city limits of Owenton passed by 66 votes in a special election Tuesday.  
    The vote took place in the Owenton Incorporated precinct, where the owners of Casa Mexican Restaurant said the successful election will help their business stay in Owen County.
    Mario Chavez, a part owner of Casa Mexican Restaurant, said he had a good feeling that the measure would pass.

  • Owen Co. sheriff seizes about $800k in marijuana plants

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Department made its second largest marijuana bust in 14 years Monday with help from the Kentucky National Guard.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said the bust took place at 610 Roberts Lane, where Lawrence Qubeck allegedly had 407 marijuana plants growing.
    “Several years ago we found (700 plants) at one plot,” Hammond said. “Most of the time it’s just 10 or 15 plants, but there was two different plots on this place with 407 plants total.”

  • A time of reflection: Community gathers in prayer to remember 9-11

    Vowing to never forget the victims, sacrifices and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, a group gathered in the old courtroom inside the Owen County Courthouse to solemnly remember the 13th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
    David ‘Milkweed’ Wotier, pastor of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, opened the remembrance with a prayer to honor the victims of the attack, their families and those who rushed to the scene to lend a hand.

  • Owen County grand jury returns five indictments

    An Owen County grand jury has handed down five indictments from the August session.
    • David A. Smith Jr., 34, on the charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, failure of seat belt, no or expired Kentucky registration receipt and speeding.

  • Music festival comes to Owen this weekend

    The inaugural Kentucky Mile Music Festival will kick off this weekend in Owen County.
    The event, which will be held at 845 Handy Lane in Owenton, is designed to help expose new music to the public while raising money for a childrens’ charity.
    “We are looking for this to be an amazing opportunity for the people of Owen County and all the surrounding counties to come be apart of,” organizer Josh Handy said.”We’ve been hard at work and are expecting a great turn out for an amazing cause.”

  • Girl with Owen roots carries U.S. flag at event in China, brings home gold

    As the sole American representative of her sport at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Owen County resident Kendall Yount knew it would be tough to push aside the distractions of a long trip, another language and another country.
    By the end of the games, Yount stood alone again. This time, she stood atop the podium as she was honored for winning four-straight taekwondo matches to take a gold medal.
    But before she competed, Yount had the singular honor of presenting the flag of the United States in the opening ceremonies parade.

  • Sweet Owen Day returns Saturday

    The 13th annual Sweet Owen Day will kick off the fall season in Owen County this Saturday with a variety of vendors and entertainment all around the courthouse square.
    The day will begin at 7 a.m. with the Owenton Rotary Club’s pancake breakfast. The pancake breakfast will continue through 11 a.m.
    A 5K “fun run/walk” will begin at 8 a.m.
    The run/walk contact is Gabrielle Welsh at 502-750-3532 or email at gabrielle.grider@gmail.com.

  • Sisters share history with community

    The Owen County Historical Society is so glad that members Jerry and Doris Kistner were at the old courthouse last week when two ladies from Louisville were visiting Owenton.
    These twin sisters - Carolyn Borie Stevens and Louise Borie Ray - had come to Owenton bearing a gift. The gift was an original bound Atlas of Owen County dated 1883.
    Jerry and Doris graciously accepted this gift on behalf of the Owen County Historical Society.
    It now resides in the T. A. Perry Research Room of the Owen County Historical Society Museum, located at 206 N. Main St.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Cooler weather brings more events and fun

    We have finally gotten the roof on the new shed and started splitting and stacking wood.
    We worked at Ann’s over the weekend. The weather has been great for the job - chilly with sunshine. You can dress in layers and peel as the temperature warms.

  • Weaving a new skill

    There werer several participants in the recent basket-weaving class held at the Owen County Public Library enjoyed learning a new skill.  Ken Hanson directed the class as they learned how to construct a Cape Cod Blueberry basket.  Hanson has baskets on display in the Kentucky History Room at the library.  The library is open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.