Local News

  • County urges caution when dialing 9-1-1

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is urging residents to use careful consideration when dialing 911 for medical purposes.
    When it comes to a medical need and an emergency, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said there’s a big difference.
    The court continues to prepare for the possible closure of New Horizons Medical Center, which would increase transport times for EMS runs, Ellis said.

  • Senior Services of N. Ky. to cease operations

    Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, which provides partial funding for Owen County Public Transit and the Owen County Senior Center, announced Monday it would be discontinuing services.
    A press release on the service’s website cited a lack of funding as the source of the discontinuance.
    Its last day of operation will be Friday.
    “Upon careful deliberation and explorations of options and with guidance from outside consultants and council, the board of directors of SSNK has voted to discontinue services,” the release said.

  • In brief | Oct. 21, 2015

    Absentee voting has begun
    Absentee voting for the upcoming Nov. 3 election has begun at the Owen County Clerk’s Office, located at 136 W. Brian St.

    Owenton First Baptist to hold fall festival
    A fall festival will be held at Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24.

  • MasterFit offers traditional exercise, cross-fit workouts

    Owen Countians now have a new home for physical fitness and wellness—MasterFit.
    Trent Holbert, the certified personal trainer for MasterFit and lead pastor of Epoch Fellowship in Owenton, said the gym’s theme is rooted in part of Psalm 139.
    “Our mission behind the gym is to help everyone feel [beautiful and unique],” Holbert said.
    For Holbert, the road to fitness was a personal journey as he worked to readjust his diet and lose 60 lbs after fighting through scoliosis and an autoimmune disorder with a 30 percent fatality rate in 2011.

  • State candidates to attend forum

    It might not be Fancy Farm, but the Owen County High School Civics Club hopes to encourage local residents to vote by hosting a political forum at 7 p.m. today.
    OCHS senior and civics club officer Connor Chancery said all statewide candidates were equally sought after, but many declined or had prior engagements.

  • PROFICIENT: OCHS earns high marks in statewide testing

    Statewide-standardized test scores were released recently and Owen County High School earned the title proficient.
    The goal after last year’s scores at the high school was 63.6, lower than the proficient cutoff of 70.2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The high school exceeded that by one point, scoring 71.2 and ranking in the 73rd percentile of all Kentucky schools.
    “It was pleasing [receiving the scores],” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “We made good gains in college and career readiness and the end of course [assessments].”

  • Doctors could return within 45 days

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard said patients of Owen County’s three doctors are making the trek to Florence for their healthcare, but he is hopeful to have the doctors back in the county within 45 days.
    Physicians Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara recently joined HealthPoint Family Care and are temporarily located in Florence.
    In a September press release, HealthPoint CEO Chris Goddard said it is the company’s intent to open an office in Owenton in the near future to return the physicians to their community.

  • Celebrating National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015

    What do a Confederate solider, a county judge and a state senator have in common?
    Each were former owners of what would become Owen County’s only newspaper, The News-Herald.
    As the nation celebrates National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, we take a look back at Owen County’s long and storied newspaper history.
    Owen County’s newspaper history unfolds in New Liberty in 1868, when J.M. Clark established the county’s first newspaper, The Owen News.

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