Local News

  • Unofficial Owen County election results

    The unofficial results for Owen County are as follows:

    President of the United States:
    Donald J. Trump - 3,745*
    Hillary Clinton - 1,062
    Gary Johnson - 122
    Rocky Roque De La Fuente - 2
    Jill Stein - 25
    Evan McMullin - 43

    United States Senator:
    Rand Paul - 3,388*
    Jim Gray - 1,527

    United States Representative in Congress 4th Congressional District:
    Thomas Massie - 3,599*
    Calvin Sidle - 1,174

  • Owen County's largest employer to cease local operations

    The News-Herald has confirmed Itron's intention to discontinue production at its Owenton site.
    Production is expected to cease over the next 18-24 months, according to Itron Vice President of Global Marketing and Public Affairs Sharelynn Moore.
    "During this time, we will be working closely with our employees to make the transition as smooth as possible," Moore said. "Together with our employees, we will continue to deliver the best solutions to our customers throughout this transition."

  • Mayor: Plans for Lower Thomas Lake moving forward

    Lower Thomas Lake is about to get a family-friendly facelift.
    At October’s Owen County Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier presented his annual state of the city address. He mentioned recent success for downtown Owenton businesses and initiatives to move the county forward, one of which is a family fun park.

  • Kynect is dead. State officials say you won’t notice. Feds say get ready to wait

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says it expects a smooth transition Nov. 1 as open enrollment begins for health insurance and Kentuckians looking to buy coverage in 2017 switch from the state exchange, which Bevin is closing, to the federal exchange.

  • Three Rivers announces changes to obtaining a flu vaccination

    Three Rivers District Health Department is a-buzz this season, not for the holidays, but for the flu.
    Flu season begins in October and peaks December-May. Cold and flu cases have been minimal so far this season, according to the department.
    Serving Carroll, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton counties, Three Rivers has flu vaccinations on hand for community members.
    In the past, residents could obtain a flu shot from the health department and still can, but the procedure is a little different.

  • Meet the candidates in Tuesday’s General Election

    Editor’s Note: Every local, contested candidate in this year’s General Election was sent a questionnaire to help give the public a sense of who they are and what they envision for Owen County. Those who are running uncontested were not sent a questionnaire.
    Each form contained one question, “Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this position?”
    Some questionnaires were not returned.
    We hope the following will help you make an informed decision Tuesday, Nov. 8.


  • Local schools receive over $5K from WHAS Crusade for Children

    Owen County Schools are looking for ways to supplement budget cuts in the classroom while maintaining top-level education, and they’re receiving statewide recognition for those efforts in special education.
    Sensory rooms and new technology are just a portion of the improvements made by Owen County Schools through grant money received from WHAS Crusade for Children.

  • Abandoned home catches fire
  • OCHS graduate tapped to lead Drug-Free Communities Support Program

    Like many young adults today, Sarah Paige Tuttle’s life has been affected by substance abuse. She grew up with friends who struggled with addiction and has attended peers’ funerals. But in her new role as project coordinator for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), Tuttle believes she, along with the support of the community, can help curtail drug abuse locally.

  • Chappell becomes Owen’s first state pageant winner

    Owen County is no stranger to accolades. Over the past two years it’s been home to a jailer of the year, principal of the year, and even Mr. Basketball himself. But in its long history with pageantry, an Owen County girl had yet to take home a state title in the county fair system. That was until Macie Chappell became Miss Pre-Teen Kentucky County Fair Oct. 15.
    Macie, the 12-year-old daughter of Jarrod and Shannon Chappell, represented Carroll County in the state pageant after being crowned Miss Pre-Teen Carroll County Fair in June.