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Local News

  • Officials warn of DOT compliance scam

    An Owen County man recently received mail from a company that claimed he needs to take mandatory department of transportation training, however, state officials said the company is in no way associated with the DOT.
    The company, Compliance Educators LLC, is based in Shreveport, La. According to its advertisement, the training is to assist companies with being DOT compliant and even cites a DOT regulation.

  • Owen-Gallatin Penny war rages on

    Owen County is winning the war.
    The stakes? A  pie in the face of the judge-executive who’s county loses the “Penny War” and possibly thousands of dollars to renovate the skate park in Sparta.
    So far, Owen County has a substantial lead.
    At last count, Owen led $146.55 to Gallatin’s $55.67.
    The drive is spearheaded by Maurice Bowling Middle School students Colton Matt and Logan Bailey who have worked tirelessly toward their goal of seeing improvements to the park.

  • Alleged ATM thief linked to lottery ticket heist

    By Kayleigh Zyskowski

    KY News Content Service


    One of the three men charged with the theft in June of an ATM machine in Frankfort has now been indicted for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a gas station.
    Michael Raisor, 37, of 496 Colston Lane,  along with Dwayne Chadwell, 36, of 120 Schenkel Lane, were indicted for burglarizing Gas n’ Go on Old Lawrenceburg Road July 30, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.


  • Sweet Owen Day returns Saturday

    Owen County’s 10th annual Sweet Owen Day festival will be celebrated Saturday, with lots of fun and friendship expected.
    The festival began in 2001 as a weekend long event, with former Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion spearheading the event. The event is now coordinated by the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, the City of Owenton and the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Man armed with shotgun robs local store

    The Owenton Police Department is seeking information from the public after an Owenton business was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening.
    At approximately 8:50 p.m. Sunday, a man wearing a camouflage mask and other camouflage clothing entered the Family Dollar Store at 226 S. Main St., Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said.
    The suspect pulled what appeared to be a shotgun from under a pillowcase. The man demanded that the employees open the store’s safe.
    The subject took more than $500, but less than $1,000, and fled the scene.

  • Honoring those who serve

    Much like Sept. 11, 2001, the sky Sunday was bright and a deep blue.
    But under this sky, dozens of Owen County firefighters, EMTs and police paused for a moment to remember their brothers and sisters who died 10 years ago trying to save lives following the worst attack ever on American soil.
    A special remembrance ceremony was held at the Owen County Fire Station to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who embrace risk every day for the good of their community.

  • Lending her voice

    Kaitlyn Parker represented Owen County in a talent show at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 27. She sang, “Amazing Grace” by Chris Tomlin. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Rodney and Deborah Parker.

  • Owen countians should be prepared

    Rick Morgan with the Owen County Emergency Management Office would like to remind all Owen countians to be prepared.  With the recent earthquake on the eastern coast and the hurricane with tornadoes, residents are reminded that you should be prepared to shelter in your house or evacuate to find shelter somewhere else.

  • Business owner keeps vigil for her missing son

    “Grandma, did you find our dad yet?” These are just a few of the words that keep Owenton business-owner Linda Smith going every day since her son has been missing.
    Kelly P. Herald III, 32, has not been seen by family or friends since around July 1.
    Herald, who has two children, was living and working near LaGrange. Once the job ended, he stayed in Gallatin County with Smith and his father and worked in Carrollton.
    Smith, the owner and operator of YOUniquely-U, said Herald had been arrested before, but was never convicted of a felony.

  • ATM theft suspect could be on house arrest

    By Kayleigh Zyskowski
    Kentucky News Content Service
    An Owenton man charged with the theft of a Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM will be released on house arrest until his trial if he posts bond.
    Tony Traylor, 37, was charged with the theft of the KECU ATM after the machine was knocked over with a stolen backhoe and taken from a Reilly Road parking lot June 18.
    About $20,000 was reported missing from the ATM after it was recovered in Owen County days later.