Local News

  • State to spend over $500,000 to repair roads in Owen Co.

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation recently announced it will pay for over $500,000 for asphalt projects for Owen County.
    The renovations are part of a $26 million expenditure the state will be making to improve roadways across the commonwealth.
    In Owen County, the project includes:
    •  Various routes including a 2.3-mile section of Cedar Creek Road (KY 368) from the county line to Harmony Road;
    • A 2.2-mile section of Cull Road (KY 1761) beginning at KY 22 extending northwest;

  • ATV accident claims life of Owen woman

    An Owen County woman is dead after an ATV accident that took place on Swope Road Sept. 11.
    Angela Cromer, 27, of Swope Road, was riding on an ATV on Swope Road that was being towed by a chain hooked to another ATV around 7:35 p.m.
    Cromer’s fiance, William Sullivan, was driving the ATV pulling Cromer’s with a 20-month-old child in his lap, according to the accident report filed by Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell.
    Cromer’s ATV had a rear universal joint out, the reason it was being pulled, the report said.

  • Court goes on record against pipeline project

    Joining a number of counties across Kentucky, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a resolution opposing the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline project.
    The resolution cites safety concerns such as accidents at natural-gas liquids facilities, pipeline ruptures and environmental concerns.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she is concerned that landowners who could become involved aren’t getting the whole truth.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A routine traffic stop has led to the arrest of a local man on a warrant for possession of heroin.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Spokesperson Brad Arterburn, Brian Smith, 27, of Greenup Road in Owen County, was arrested on U.S. 127 and Greenup Road just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 9.
    KSP Trooper David Staubach pulled Smith over for not having an illuminated license plate, Arterburn said.
    Smith was arrested for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and no illuminated license plate.

  • Chamber, market looking for Owen’s biggest, best pumpkin

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce and the Owen County Farmers Market is calling on all gardeners and farmers to show off their best pumpkin for a new fall contest.
    Under the rules, entries must be grown in Owen County; be a traditional color of orange, red or gray; and have no soft or rotten spots.
    There is a limit of one entry per family in each class.
    The judging will be held Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Owen County Farmers’  Market.
    The class breakdown is:

  • Space still available for small business success program

    Do you want to strengthen your existing business and see it grow?
    Do you have a great idea for a business, but do not know what to do next?
    If so, the Small Business Success training program may be for you. There is still space available for additional participants at the 8-evening business training program organized by the Owen County Extension Office.

  • Raising patriotism: DAR donates flag to library

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution met Sept. 4 at the Owen County Public Library in the activities room.
    Peggy Trinkle, Chapter Regent presented a program on the Great and Binding Law of the  Iroquios Nation and its influence to the writing of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Letter to the editor: Follow the guidelines for better postal service

    As you may be aware, the postal service has automated the process of sorting and preparing mail for delivery. Our sophisticated machinery can now read written and printed words, enabling us to sort mail in the sequence of our post office section.
    Mail that does not contain a post office box number is usually rejected or incorrectly sorted, causing delays.
    In some cases, mail cannot be correctly identified to a particular box because we do not keep listings of customers by street address.

  • Fall Sweep Week is Sept. 15-21

    Volunteers will be out in force this week to “fall sweep” Owen County’s highways. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announces that Adopt-a-Highway Fall Sweep Week is Sept. 15-21.
    “The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. For 25 years they have worked selflessly to keep roadways in their communities beautiful and litter-free,” Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said.

  • I.C.E. “In Case of Emergency”

    ICE or “in case of emergency” is an effort that will save lives and provide prompt necessary medical care to persons in emergency medical circumstances. It can provide emergency personnel that the medical health information about the person, such as blood type and current medications which could be stored under the ICE entry.  An ICE program can be implemented with little or no cost to residents, local governments or businesses.