Local News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Overdose in McDonald’s parking lot leads to drug arrest

    A complaint about a running vehicle located in the rear parking lot of the Owenton McDonald’s led to a drug arrest made by Owenton City Police Friday, Sept. 15.
    The car had reportedly been parked behind the restaurant for three hours, according to Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller. When Miller and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m., they found Patrick Isaac Soliman, 35, slumped over in the vehicle with various drug paraphernalia and controlled substances located around him.

  • Officials: Continued interest in Itron facility

    Local officials remain positive on the future of the Itron building, citing interest from potential buyers and two official site visits to the facility.
    Itron, Owen County’s largest employer, announced its plans to close the Owenton facility last November as part of a plan to transition local operations to Oconee, S.C.
    The decision to vacate the local facility left the City of Owenton in financial distress, with officials estimating a $166,000 shortfall from the previous fiscal year.

  • Two area restaurants targeted by scammers

    The phone rings during Farmhouse Grill’s busiest time of day. As an employee picks up the phone, they can hear someone saying the restaurant needs to pay their electricity bill before it’s shut off. Although the restaurant has already paid the bill for the previous month, they continue to listen as the caller explains how the payment may not have been processed.

  • Group raising money to rebuild structure for historic sign

    Nearly five months have passed since Old Cedar Baptist Church Pastor James Bondurant announced the church’s decision to demolish the four-plane airplane hangar built by well-known Owen County native Harry Clark Karsner.
    Karsner, a former Owen County magistrate, a director of First National Bank and appointed state aeronautics commissioner, built the hangar upon his return to Monterey in 1946 following a stint as a flight instructor at California’s Ryan’s School of Aeronautics during World War II.