Local News

  • Kentucky’s no burn season is today-April 30

     The Kentucky Division of Forestry has entered the fire hazard season. During this time it is unlawful for any person to set fire to, or to procure another to set fire to, any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m., beginning today and ending April 30, prevailing local time. 

  • A sweet treat
  • Family finds support system in local non-profit

    Judith and George Cook of Corinth have spent the past 16 months caring for their grandson, Jesse, who was born at 26 weeks old, only weighing 2.5 lbs.

    The couple’s struggle recently became even more daunting when Jesse was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) known as Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). 

  • Local attorney files complaint with AG’s office

    In an appeal to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office, a local attorney questioned whether the City of Owenton failed to respond to repeated open records requests. 

  • Law enforcement: Heroin use steady; pill and meth use on the rise

    While heroin use in Owen County remains steady, Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said other drugs like meth and pills are once again gaining popularity. 

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry agreed but said there seems to be a steady flow of heroin cases within the city limits. 

    “From talking to some of the arrestees, some of them are now turning to meth instead of heroin due to a fear of overdose,” Gentry said.

  • OCHS hosts VEX Robotics tournament

    Vex Robotics cites their program as “teams of students tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.” 

  • Decades-old case remains unsolved

    An updated facial reconstruction for an unidentified woman found dead on Highway 330 nearly three decades ago has been released by the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). 

    NamUs Director of Case Management and Communications J. Todd Matthews said the new profile rendering could help officials put the case to rest.

  • Court hears update on potential new fire department

    A decision regarding the Owen County Fire Department station two fund was put off for at least another month after a meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Jan. 25. 

    The court established an escrow account for the South Owen Fire Department’s portion of the fire fee money after the department disbanded in late 2014. The money has been held in the account ever since. 

  • Robots set to descend on OCHS once more

    Across the country, companies, schools and universities are putting an emphasis on STEM subjects of math, science and physics. 

    Owen County High School Teacher Rusty Willhoite has expanded student interest in STEM and engineering with the Vex Robotics program. 

  • Pratt co-sponsors legislation to increase pay for police, firefighters

    Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, has recently co-sponsored a bill to increase pay for police officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefighters.  House Bill 60 seeks to increase the annual pay from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to qualified police officers from $3,000 to $4,000; the Firefighters Foundation Program fund from $3,000 to $4,000; and monies allocated to qualified volunteer fire departments from $8,250 to $11,000.