Local News

  • Big Read projects kicks off Saturday

    The Owen County Public Library will kick off its “Big Read” Program Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The Big Read project is designed to encourage everyone in the community to read the same classic book.
    This year’s book is Jack London’s classic tale “Call of the Wild” which takes place during the Yukon gold rush and centers on a dog named Buck who becomes a sled dog.
    For months, the library has been handing out free copies of the novel to students and members of the community.

  • Owenton Center staff takes bucket challenge

    The ice-bucket challenge had a twist at the Owenton Center.
    Thousands of people across the country have been taking part in the challenge to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS research.
    But for the staff of the Owenton Center, the challenge was designed to raise money for a problem common in Owen County - Alzheimer’s disease.
    Pam Smoot, the Owenton Center director of admissions, said combating Alzheimer’s is a cause close to the heart of the hospital and its staff.

  • Christmas in August

    Despite the weather, approximately 80 bikes took to the road Aug. 17 for the Christmas In August Poker Run.
    The event helps raise money to purchase Christmas gifts for children.
    Despite the wet conditions, the group of riders faired well with the weather and was able to complete the 106-mile route.

  • Story Time with Miss Susan returns to library

    It’s time to register for the fall sessions of Story Time with Miss Susan at the Owen County Public Library. The first story time will be held Sept. 4.
    These sessions are for preschoolers and their parents or caregivers, ages 3-5, and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
    In this program we will be reading easy picture books, learning songs, making easy crafts and many other fun activities.
    All programs and supplies are free, but registration is required to ensure enough supplies.

  • Memories of Morgan: Friends and comrades look back on life of long-time public servant

    “Gentle giant” was a repeated phrase Monday as former and current firefighters and first responders remembered Owen County Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan.
    Morgan, 61, passed away at the University of Kentucky Medical Center Aug. 20.
    Morgan had served as emergency management director since 1994 and had also served as county fire chief.
    In a 2013 interview with The News-Herald, Morgan said it was his dream growing up to become a firefighter.

  • Top chefs: Rebel Cuisine captures state title

    Owen County is home to a new state championship team.
    Friday, the Owen County Cuisine Rebels took top honors at the second annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef State Tournament during the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
    The team, made up of Hailey Chappell, Carley Bennett, Kadee Carter, Cannon Goodrich, and Morgan Woodyard, took home top honors for its potato-crusted bacon cheeseburger quiche.

  • Owen County native returns and he’s ready to rock

    For several years, Dan Bourne has only returned to his native Owen County for funerals, reunions and family get-togethers.
    This weekend, Bourne will be back … and he is ready to rock.
    Over the course of the past four decades or so, Bourne has made his living as a musician. He has found success with Caught Red Handed along with band mates Todd Starns, Jimmy Calhoun, John Stinnett and Jack Kennedy.

  • Owen Senior Citizens Club News: Candidate speaks to seniors

    With 12 members and two guests present, the Owen County Senior Citizens Club monthly meeting was called to order on Aug. 20 by president Wanda Moreland.
    Chaplin Marlene Mason provided the monthly scripture reading and the thought for the day, “A few minutes of kindness shown to others, including strangers, can make this world a better place for all.”

  • Community events

    Society speaker to discuss John Hunt Morgan
    Dr. James Ramage, author and Regents Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University, will present a program on Confederate Brigadier Gen. John Hunt Morgan Thursday  night  at the Odd Fellows Hall. The Owen County Historical Society members and guests will enjoy dinner together beginning at 6 p.m.
    The program will follow. Everyone is invited to attend.

  • Sensabaugh named superintendent for Kentucky American in Owen Co.

    Kentucky American Water has announced that Justin Sensabaugh will be taking a new role as operations superintendent for the utility’s Northern Division. In this role, Sensabaugh will oversee the company’s water and wastewater operations in Gallatin, Grant and Owen counties, with his office based in Owenton.