Local News

  • FCC food pantry opens permanent location

    The Board of Directors of the First Christian Church Community Food Pantry is very excited to announce the opening of its permanent location at 217 W. Seminary St., Owenton.

    The First Christian Church began hosting mobile pantries in February 2011. The church funded quarterly distributions through 2013 when it accepted a grant from the RC Durr Foundation administered by the FreeStore Food Bank of Cincinnati.

  • Roadwork will cause major traffic woes

    A $1.2 million repaving project set to begin this spring and continue throughout the summer will have major impact on downtown traffic.

    Kevin Rust and Ken McCarty with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 shared details of the project with the Owen County Fiscal Court during its March 22 meeting.

    The project will begin where the turning lane flares out in front of the Owen County Judicial Center and continue to the Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

  • Civil War living history coming to Carrollton

    Landmark News Service

    Blue versus Gray comes to life April 15-17, at Point Park as Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism sponsors a Civil War Living History.

    Carroll County Schools will visit the living history display Friday, April 15 and Tourism Director Misty Wheeler said that Mary Louden’s Cartmell Elementary history club would camp out with the soldiers on Friday night.

    The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

  • Athletic field lighting on track; road improvements to begin this summer

    The weather may have slowed down completion of the new lights for Dunavent and Patterson fields behind the Owen County Upper Elementary School, but the lights will be ready for use by Rebels athletics in the very near future.

    Roland Mueller, an architect for RossTarrant Architects, informed the school board that the lights were being “energized” last week and crews will be finishing up this week.

    “A lot of times when you start up systems like this, there may be a few hiccups her and there,” Mueller said.


    Carson Williams has won plenty of awards throughout his career. None bigger than the one he brought back to Owenton last Tuesday night.

    The OCHS senior was named Mr. Kentucky High School Basketball at the annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony, held March 15 at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

    Williams is the first Rebel to ever win the state’s most prestigious award for basketball players.

    Joining him was Erin Boley, from Elizabethtown High School who captured the title of Miss Basketball.

  • Community calls for change on Ky. 355

    Days after 16-year-old Ella “Ellie” Stout was killed in a tragic wreck March 14 many who knew her took to social media to call for change on the stretch of highway.

    Stout and 18-year-old Trevor Smith were passengers in a vehicle operated by another 16-year-old female. The vehicle was traveling near the 3500 block of Kentucky 355, when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Stout and Smith were both ejected from the vehicle.

  • Owen ranks higher in health outcomes, still room to improve

    The overall health of Owen County residents is neither the best in the state nor the worst, ranking middle of the road at 59th out of 120 counties, according to the recently released 2016 County Health Rankings report.

    The annual rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are based on health outcomes such as the length and quality of life along with health behaviors of county residents, clinical care available, social and economic factors and the county’s physical environment.

  • More than 50 attend search and rescue training

    A total of 56 personnel from four different counties and 14 different agencies attended an extrication training hosted by Owen County Search and Rescue Saturday.

    Search and Rescue Chief Greg Estes would like to thank McDonalds, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Air Methods, Cowboys, Belterra, B&C Towing, the Owen County Fairboard and Meadow-View Shopwise for their support of the event.

  • OCSAR hosts public training

    Owen County Search and Rescue will host what the squad hopes will become an annual extrication training Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    The public is invited to attend the training. The invitation is the first of its kind in Owen County, according to Captain Greg Estes.

    The event has been in the planning stages for about two months and Estes said he hopes it will open the public’s eye to the professionalism of the squad.

  • Tackett prevails over Pratt in special election

    Two hundred and fifty-three.

    That number is how many votes gave Georgetown Democrat Chuck Tackett the victory over Republican Phillip Pratt in the 62nd House District special election March 8.

    Both candidates said they knew the election would be highly contested in a bid for the 62nd District state representative seat, vacated by Ryan Quarles when he assumed the role of state agriculture commissioner.

    “I did think it would be close, that it would be a few votes one way or the other,” Pratt said.