Local News

  • MBMS Academic Team hosts district Governor’s Cup
  • County will serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz

    An alcohol ordinance relating to the sale of alcohol in the City of Gratz will soon come up for approval by the Owen County Fiscal Court. 

    In a recent meeting between Gratz Mayor Charles Redmon, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith, the three agreed that due to the city’s budget restraints the county would serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz. 

  • Former New Horizons surgeon returns to Owenton

    A familiar face is back in Owenton.

    Dr. Farooq Mirza, a general surgeon who spent 12 years at New Horizons Medical Center, recently began seeing patients at 155 W. Seminary St., known as the Northkey building. 

    Mirza’s office is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month. 

  • January established as Board of Education Appreciation Month

    January’s Owen County Board of Education meeting began with a celebration to recognize members of the board for all their hard work and dedication to the school district.

    The recognition kicked off as Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis read a proclamation to establish January as School Board of Education Appreciation Month. 

  • Smith’s ‘story’ includes her Owenton upbringing

    Owen County native Ashley Renae Smith is bringing a piece of the OC to the Nashville music scene with the release of her EP, “My Story.” The EP is currently sold in local businesses and several Nashville hotspots and chronicles the beginning of her big-time music journey.

    Smith’s producer, Matthew Miller, writes and co-writes the lyrics, but collaborated with Ashley on the more personal songs of the EP, paying homage to her small town upbringing.  

  • Kentucky gets extension through June 6 on federal Real ID law

    by deborah yetter


    Kentucky is getting a four-month break on a new federal rule that would have kept visitors from entering Fort Knox or Fort Campbell and some other government sites with just a state driver’s license.

  • Kentucky Dept. of Revenue accepting individual tax returns beginning Jan. 23

    kentucky press news service 


    FRANKFORT - Monday, Jan. 23 opened tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service. Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

  • EMS sets sights toward future with new training opportunities

    by molly haines

    N-H Editor 

    A state and nationwide shortage of EMTs and paramedics could soon become one less problem Owen County has to face. 

    After approximately 20 months of work, Owen County EMS is now qualified to host EMT classes, and so far Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said the response has been overwhelming. 

  • Hensley looks to future as new county road foreman

    With only a few weeks under his belt as newly-appointed county road foreman and solid waste supervisor, Dustin Hensley is already making significant changes within the county department.
    Hensley, 40, spent the last 10 years as an employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District Six. During that time, he received his Road Master and Road Scholar certifications through the University of Kentucky. He also completed nearly 300 hours of auxiliary training.

  • New program will assist single fathers

    Feb. 18 will mark the beginning of Owen County’s partnership with the 4 Your Child Program, a grant-funded program coordinated by the University of Louisville serving non-custodial fathers.
    “Our project is an attempt to help fathers increase their capacity for taking active roles in their children’s lives,” Dr. Armon Perry, University of Louisville Associate Professor and Project Director said.