Local News

  • Lawmakers support hemp bill

    A bill that would set the framework for industrial hemp production and gained the support of Owen County’s state lawmakers is waiting for action by Governor Steve Beshear after being passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives last week.
    The General Assembly passed the bill March 26, with an 88-4 margin in the House of Representatives and in the Senate with a House floor amendment, 35-1.
    The bill would allow Kentucky farmers to begin production of hemp if the federal government legalizes its production.

  • Two farmers’ markets in Owen Co. get certified

    Owen County is home to two of the 103 markets across the Commonwealth recently accepted into the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program. The Owen County members are  Ayres Family Orchard and Michels Family Farm.
    In joining the Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, these markets have committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Their acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that they meet the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • Ray honored at Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet

    The son of an Owen County couple was among those recently honored at the Kentucky National Guard’s Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year Banquet.
    Specialist Nicholas Ray, 25, competed against others at the unit and higher echelon levels before winning the state level competition held last fall.
    The banquet highlights the top enlisted guardsmen for U.S. Army and Air Force.
    Ray enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard on Feb. 27, 2009 and attended Military Police OSUT at Ford Leonard Wood, Mo.

  • Community forum to address drug problem

    There will be a community forum addressing the drug problem in Owen County April 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Owen County High School.
    The forum will focus on the severity of the drug problem in Owen County.

  • City council to consider new plan for future

    Nearly 20 years have passed since the city of Owenton’s comprehensive plan was brought up to date, but with the help of the community and Northern Kentucky Area Development District, a new plan is expected to be approved next month.
    The current comprehensive plan was approved as it was in July 2012, but the current plan had not been revised or updated in 20 years.

  • Blaze guts local home

    An Owen County family is being assisted by the Red Cross after a Friday fire claimed their home.
    The Owen County Volunteer Fire Department received the call just after 8 p.m. Friday.
    All county departments responded to the fire at the 4000 block of Hwy. 22, at the corner of Gratz Road and Cecil Lane.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said the house was a total loss and the cause of the fire was electrical.

  • Egg hunt gets sunny side of the weather

    When Buck Beverly became Owen County Parks and Recreation director last August, the first thing on his agenda was a community-wide event.
    Only a few months into his new post, Beverly put together an activities committee and presented his idea of a community-wide Easter egg hunt to the group.
    “I told them I wanted to plan a community-wide event and that I had the Easter egg hunt in mind,” Beverly said. “It was met with a lot of hard looks, a lot of confused looks.”

  • Sheriff's office passes state audit

    Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the audit of Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond’s 2011 tax settlement.
    According to a press release from Edelen’s office, the audit found that the sheriff’s financial statement fairly presents the taxes charged, credited and paid, for the period of April 16, 2011 through April 16, 2012, in conformity with the modified cash basis of accounting.

  • Student-athletes also sharing their musical talents

    In a couple of months, a group of five seniors will take their last walk across the stage at Owen County High School, but not before they leave their mark as members of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes band.
    The band, which has a total of seven members, put together a successful Christmas cantata that was preformed for eight local churches and the entire school district.

  • Owen County Extension Service: You don't need dyes to color Easter eggs

    The egg’s shape has often inspired artists. It has been the palette for one of the most intriguing of folk arts in many cultures. There is literally no end to the creative possibilities for individual expression on an egg shell. Eggs can be painted or colored with crayons or felt-tipped pens, turned into funny faces, topped with fantastic hats, trimmed with feathers or sequins or simply dyed in an endless variety of hues. However you decide to do it, decorating eggs is fun for grown-ups as well as for kids.