Local News

  • County moving ahead with blacktopping plans

    Several county roads will receive blacktopping after the Owen County Fiscal Court approved a bid for asphalt surface at its Sept. 11 meeting.
    The fiscal court received three bids for the surface, one from Rigler for $50.50 per ton; one from Mago for $61.50 per ton, and one from Ohio Valley Ashphalt, LLC. for $62 per ton.
    Although Mago did not have the cheapest price, the court opted to accept their bid for the asphalt.

  • Owen grand jury hands down indictments

    The Owen County grand jury issued the following indictments:
    • James R. Thomas, 52, on the charges of first-degree bail jumping, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Talent Time

    Project Graduation 2013 would like to thank all the participants in Owen’s Got Talent and to thank all those who came out to support this event. Kaitlyn Parker won forth place. Ashley Smith won third. JD Chappell was the second-place winner. Mandy Holbert and Dustin Ellis won first place with a song Mandy had written. Organizers would like to express a special thank you to the judges and to the emcee for this event Dave Stowe.

  • Owen Extension Service News: New studies find link between energy drinks and heart disease

    Energy drinks are flying off the grocery shelves and are becoming increasing popular with teens.
    Medical experts are concerned with the long-term consequences of these beverages, especially relating to the heart.  Energy drinks contain large amounts of stimulants, such as caffeine, which has been shown to boost both blood pressure and heart rate.  In some study participants, they caused heart palpitations.  Young adults who drank two cans a day for one week saw their blood pressure and heart rate increase about 10 percent for several hours after drinking.

  • 4-H News: First time 4-Her ice-cream social

    Are you 9 years old? Is this your first year in 4-H? Come out to the Owen County Extension Office and enjoy some ice cream as we introduce you to all of the opportunities the 4-H program has to offer you.
    The event will be held Oct. 9  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the extension office.
    There will be information available about the Livestock Club, Horse Club, Shooting Sports Club, New Columbus Community Club, Spring Break Project Day, Flower and Vegetable Project,  4-H Summer Camp, 4-H Sewing and many more.
    The deadline to register is Oct. 5.

  • Reese/Holbert family comes together for annual reunion

    The descendants of Farmer Reese and Nannie Bell Holbert met Sunday, Sept. 16 at Owen County Extension Center for their family reunion. All those that were able to attend enjoyed reminiscing about happy times together in the past.   

  • Conference helps young leaders learn to lead

    Michael McKinney once said “Leadership is intentional influence.”
    High school students do not always think about the fact that they are leaders. This summer the Kentucky High School Athletic Association wanted to change that.
    On Aug. 20 in Lexington and on Aug. 21 in Bowling Green, the KHSAA hosted the HYPE Student Leadership/Sportsmanship Conference. The idea was to teach student athletes from all across the state what it takes to be effective leaders.

  • Sweet Owen Day Schedule 2012

    7 a.m. - Rotary pancake breakfast
    8:30 a.m. - Run/Walk
    9:30 a.m. - Littlest Runners
    10 a.m. - Fun bike ride
    10 a.m. - Opening ceremony with Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith
    10:15 a.m. - Honoring veterans and singing of National Anthem
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Owen County Health Fair
    11:30 a.m. - HWY 330 Band
    12:30 p.m. - Sweet Owen Cornhole sign-up begins
    1 p.m. - Puddin’ Howell
    2 p.m. - Sweet Owen Cornhole Tournament
    2 p.m. - Little Miss and Master Sweet Owen Festival

  • Thieves hit storage buildings, nab sword collection

    Owenton City Councilman Larry Dale Perry began collecting swords when he was just in the seventh grade, but following a weekend break-in at a local storage unit, Perry’s prized collection could be gone forever.
    Police said the break-ins took place Sunday afternoon with locks being broken on five different units. The storage units are located on Ellis Road across from the Owen County Fairgrounds and owned by Mark Baldwin.
    Perry said about 27 swords were being stored in his unit and were inside army duffle bags.

  • Sweet times: Annual festival returns to streets of Owenton Saturday

    Like many fall festivals across the state, Sweet Owen Day has served as a homecoming for many who have left the community.
    This year is expected to be no different, as hundreds are expected to fill the courthouse square for a day of fellowship, food and fun.
    The Sweet Owen Day committee, made up of members of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce, as well as county and city government began planning for the event in May.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce President Dallas Stafford said the committee strives to bring something new to its supporters each year.