Local News

  • Council corrects salary mistake

    After nearly two years and a change in the city administration, pay increases for the Owenton City Council and mayor have finally been properly approved.
    The council approved the mayor’s salary to be raised in 2010 from $8,500 a year to $12,000 a year. The council’s salaries were raised from $2,400 to $5,400 a year. at the same time.
    The raises took place under then-mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier by a motion and a second.

  • City working to spur new business, mayor says

    In his state of the city address Sept. 13, Owenton Mayor Doug West said the one thing the city desperately needs is more businesses.
    West gave his yearly address to members of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce during its monthly meeting.
    Since taking office in 2011, West said he and the Owenton City Council have worked hard to give new businesses an opportunity to make it in a tough economy.
    Earlier this year, the council approved for forgiving property taxes for new businesses in their first three years of operation.

  • Monterey residents prepare for the fair Oct. 6

    There may be a parade, cake walks, and a cornhole tournament, but for Colleen Thomas and many of the 20 other volunteers who are working hard to organize this year’s Monetery Fair and Homecoming, it’s all about the people.
    “We wanna keep that name homecoming in there,” Thomas said. “That’s really what it’s all about - getting to see all the people who have come back.”
    It’s that strong sense of community that Thomas and the other volunteers want to promote.

  • Crossbow incident claims life of hunter

    A woman died Sunday after an apparent accidental shooting with a crossbow. 
    According to Kentucky State Police, Yvetta Reffitt, 59, of Martin, was hunting on a farm in Owen County when the incident occurred. 
    Reffitt had been dropped off to hunt by herself at 6:45 a.m.
    When Reffitt did not return for lunch, members of her hunting group began looking for her and found her at approximately 11:30 a.m. 

  • Election deadlines near

    If you will be out of town on Election Day you can now come in and absentee vote on the absentee voting machine in the Owen County Clerk’s Office. If you are not able to stand in long lines, due to age or disability you can apply for an absentee paper ballot and have the ballot mailed to you. The paper Ballot applications must be back in the clerk’s office by 4 p.m. Oct. 30.
    The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9 to be eligible to vote in the November general election.

  • Owen Extension Service News: Homemakers to hold annual meeting Oct. 4

    The Extension Homemakers will hold their annual meeting on Oct. 4  at 6:30 p.m. 
    Maggie Green, author of The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook,  will be our guest speaker  The theme is “Cooking with Homemakers” and the cost is $10 per person.
    Call the extension office at 484-5703 by Sept. 28 to preregister.
    Northern Kentucky  Extension Homemakers annual meeting
    The NKY Homemaker annual meeting will be held on October 16th at 10 a.m. at receptions in Erlanger. 

  • Deputy talks safety with students

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell came to visit Billie Smith and Lacey Bastin’s kindergarten classrooms at OCPS to wrap up a study on safety. Caldwell discussed safety tips and entertained questions regarding safety with both classrooms.

  • School district finds interim leader

    A week after Owen County Superintendent David Raleigh’s resignation, the Owen County Board of Education has chosen an interim superintendent.
    The board met for a special-called meeting Monday and Sonny Fentress, a retired superintendent from Anderson County, was chosen to lead the district until June 30, 2013, unless a permanent superintendent is hired before the June date.
    Fentress told the board during the meeting that he had worked in education for 42 years before retiring in 2005.

  • Raleigh resigns

    Citing a job offer from the Kentucky Department of Education, Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh resigned from his post Monday, effective no later than Oct. 12.
    Raleigh said he was not immediately interested in the position with KDE.

  • Suit challenges zoning change for Ford property

    An Indiana woman has filed a lawsuit in Owen Circuit Court in hopes of preventing the zoning change at the Ford House in Owenton.
    Jane R. Ford, who lives in Anderson, Ind., owns the property at 313 South Main Street, adjacent to the Ford House and filed the suit in Owen County Circuit Court.
    The lawsuit stems from a zoning change request that was approved by the local planning and zoning commission and adopted by the Owenton City Council on July 27.