Local News

  • City could become alcohol administrator

    The Owenton City Council is expected to draft an ordinance in the coming weeks that will allow the city to issue liquor licenses.
    During a special-called council meeting Feb. 10, a motion was made for the city to stand behind five ordinances that annexed roads into the city and to assume the responsibility of alcohol administrator.
    The council had scheduled a meeting for today (Wednesday) to go over sample ordinances from other areas in order to begin drafting its own ordinance to become an alcohol administrator.

  • Winter storm "Octavia" comes to Owen; frigid temps expected

    Winter storm Octavia made its way to Owen County early Monday, leaving business closures and long hours for the county’s road crew in its wake.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County remained under a level two snow emergency.
    The snow emergency was issued by Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis  around 10 a.m. Monday.
    Under a level two snow emergency, roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.

  • Library program to explore African American culinary experience

    As part of Black History Month, the Owen County Public Library will host a program that’s sure to delight the taste buds of local food lovers while observing the culinary history of African Americans.
    The program, “Someone’s In the Kitchen With Dinah,” will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 and will feature Northern Kentucky University’s Darryl Harris.
    The program is based on the popular novel and film, “The Help.”

  • Cooking for a cause: Technology group to aid Power Pack Program

    Fourth-grader Payton Gordon describes her Student Technology Leadership Program’s (STLP) community service confidently and succinctly.
    “It was created for kids by kids to help kids.”
    The Rockin’ Recipe STLP group has created a cookbook that not only aims to show children they can cook, but also raise money for Owen County’s Power Pack Program.
    The Power Pack Program, administered by the Youth Service Center, sends food home each Friday with children who may otherwise go hungry for the weekend.

  • Former assistant Owen County fire chief passes away

    Friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a former Owenton fire chief
    James “Big Jim” Ware, 76, passed away at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Jan. 29 following a long illness.
    A lifelong resident of Owen County, Ware grew up in the Long Ridge area where, according to friends and family, he enjoyed blessing ones he knew through his cooking.
    Those close to Jim became fond of his secret barbecue sauce recipe,

  • Blaze destroys home on Highway 227

    A Feb. 5 fire on Highway 227 is believed to have originated from a wood stove.
    The New Liberty and Owen County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at the 8000 block of Highway 227 North to find the home of David Stafford fully engulfed in flames.
    According to New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured while on scene.

  • Smith House ground zero for annexation battle

    The legality of five ordinances approved by the Owenton City Council under former Owenton Mayor Doug West remains in question following the Smith House Restaurant’s Nov. 2014 advertisement for intention to apply for a liquor license.
    The ordinances annexed five roads into the city limits. The roads included sections of highway on Highway 22, Highway 127, Ellis Road, Gratz Road and East Adair Street.
    The five ordinances were approved by the Owenton City Council in July 2013, but have recently been publicly called into question.

  • Runnin' Rebels reach All 'A' semifinals

    It was an incredible ride for the Owen County Rebels and their fans.
    ‘Rebels Nation’ was on full display last week at the Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ State Basketball Tournament. Owen County spent three nights in Frankfort as they advanced to the semifinals before finally being knocked out on Saturday night.
    The Rebels began the tournament by taking on Augusta on Thursday evening. The Panthers looked to control the tempo of the game and for the first half they were successful. Owen County held a slim 26-24 lead at halftime.

  • Low gas prices could lead to budget woes

    N-H News Correspondent

    While Owen countians have enjoyed the recent fall in gas prices, the county’s road department is experiencing uncertainty.
    The vast majority of the Owen County’s road department budget is funded by a wholesale gasoline tax set by the state. A decrease in the wholesale price of gasoline could mean a fiscal year budget shortfall of up to $185,000.

  • Honoring "Sarge"

    N-H News Correspondent

    An Owen County man was laid to rest Jan. 27 with full military honors at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Grant County.
    Harold “Sarge” Eugene Laws, 81, of Wheatley, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Carroll County.
    According to state police, he was taken to the University of Louisville, but died shortly afterward as a result of his injuries.
    The accident happened around Burger King on Kentucky Highway 227 in Carrollton.