Local News

  • Decades-old case remains unsolved

    An updated facial reconstruction for an unidentified woman found dead on Highway 330 nearly three decades ago has been released by the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). 

    NamUs Director of Case Management and Communications J. Todd Matthews said the new profile rendering could help officials put the case to rest.

  • Court hears update on potential new fire department

    A decision regarding the Owen County Fire Department station two fund was put off for at least another month after a meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Jan. 25. 

    The court established an escrow account for the South Owen Fire Department’s portion of the fire fee money after the department disbanded in late 2014. The money has been held in the account ever since. 

  • Robots set to descend on OCHS once more

    Across the country, companies, schools and universities are putting an emphasis on STEM subjects of math, science and physics. 

    Owen County High School Teacher Rusty Willhoite has expanded student interest in STEM and engineering with the Vex Robotics program. 

  • Pratt co-sponsors legislation to increase pay for police, firefighters

    Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, has recently co-sponsored a bill to increase pay for police officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefighters.  House Bill 60 seeks to increase the annual pay from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to qualified police officers from $3,000 to $4,000; the Firefighters Foundation Program fund from $3,000 to $4,000; and monies allocated to qualified volunteer fire departments from $8,250 to $11,000.

  • MBMS Academic Team hosts district Governor’s Cup
  • County will serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz

    An alcohol ordinance relating to the sale of alcohol in the City of Gratz will soon come up for approval by the Owen County Fiscal Court. 

    In a recent meeting between Gratz Mayor Charles Redmon, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith, the three agreed that due to the city’s budget restraints the county would serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz. 

  • Former New Horizons surgeon returns to Owenton

    A familiar face is back in Owenton.

    Dr. Farooq Mirza, a general surgeon who spent 12 years at New Horizons Medical Center, recently began seeing patients at 155 W. Seminary St., known as the Northkey building. 

    Mirza’s office is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month. 

  • January established as Board of Education Appreciation Month

    January’s Owen County Board of Education meeting began with a celebration to recognize members of the board for all their hard work and dedication to the school district.

    The recognition kicked off as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis read a proclamation to establish January as School Board of Education Appreciation Month. 

  • Smith’s ‘story’ includes her Owenton upbringing

    Owen County native Ashley Renae Smith is bringing a piece of the OC to the Nashville music scene with the release of her EP, “My Story.” The EP is currently sold in local businesses and several Nashville hotspots and chronicles the beginning of her big-time music journey.

    Smith’s producer, Matthew Miller, writes and co-writes the lyrics, but collaborated with Ashley on the more personal songs of the EP, paying homage to her small town upbringing.  

  • Kentucky gets extension through June 6 on federal Real ID law

    by deborah yetter


    Kentucky is getting a four-month break on a new federal rule that would have kept visitors from entering Fort Knox or Fort Campbell and some other government sites with just a state driver’s license.