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  • Businessman supporting fourth-class city proposal

    One local businssman says if the City of Owenton were to become a fourth-class city, it could mean more jobs, more tourism and more revenue for the entire county.
    Curtis Sigretto, owner to Elk Creek Vineyards, said his winery located on Hwy. 330 is the largest in the state and visitors come from all over Kentucky and surrounding areas to visit  – except on Sunday.

  • Downhill from here

    Most people do what they can to avoid driving in icy conditions. When they are caught on slick roads they typically don’t travel at high speeds in vehicles without brakes.
    For one Owen County resident he has spent the winter doing quite the opposite.
    Adam Clark graduated from Owen County High School in 2003. While in high school, he was an outstanding football player and track star.
    In the summer of 2010, his college roommate encouraged him to send an application to something different than anything he had done before.

  • Some voters will see changes in precincts due to 2010 Census

    While Frankfort has been geared up determining the boundaries for the house, senatorial, and congressional districts, the Owen County Clerk’s Office and Owen County Board of Elections have been busy drawing the voting precinct lines for Owen County.

  • FBI thanks local officers for nabbing bank robber

    An Owen County sheriff’s deputy and former Owenton city policeman were recently thanked for their assistance in helping detain a man being accused of bank robbery.
    Following the robbery of First Farmer’s Bank in Gratz, on March 27, 2010, an extended investigation between the FBI and Kentucky State Police took place on April 29, 2011. FBI agents and Kentucky State Police detectives were attempting to locate and arrest Bryan Kelly and Edward Cook in the Owenton area.

  • Talks begin on future of library building

    The Owen County Public Library will have a new home later this year and members of the library board are hopeful the same will be said for Owen County seniors.
    Owen County Library Director Jennifer Nippert said members of the library board attended the Jan. 24 Owen County Fiscal Court workshop to begin a conversation that she hopes will result in the library’s current facility becoming the new home to Owen County seniors.

  • Owen Co. may lose a voting precinct

    Owen County could soon lose one voting precinct following changes in population according to data from the 2010 U.S. Census.
    Every 10 years after a census is completed local governments must reapportion if the population changes by 10 percent, after the process was completed in 2011 magistrate district lines were changed because some of the districts were not serving an equal population.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said once the magistrate district lines changed, precincts also had to change.

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.

  • Gamble shines at pageant

    On Jan. 13-14, Madison Gamble, Miss Owen County Fair, travelled to Louisville to represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant. There were 90 girls competing for the title. Gamble placed in the top 15. It has been 19 years since an Owen County girl has placed in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant. There were several Owen County Fair Board members, family and friends in Louisville to cheer Gamble on. Owen County Fair Pageant Director Becky Duvall said supporters hoped Gamble would continue to compete.

  • Family seeking works of Brumback-Twedt

    The children of Pat Brumback-Twedt, noted local author and painter, are trying to collect photos of all the paintings by their mother.
    In the 1980s and 90s, Brumback-Twedt sold paintings, mostly portraits. She was featured at several juried exhibits throughout the state, such as the Capital Expo in Frankfort, where she painted portraits on the spot.