Local News

  • Nippert stepping down as Owen library director

    Ever since October 2007, Jennifer Nippert has made the trek to the Owen County Public Library from her residence in Louisville. She will make the daily commute to Owenton for the final time later this month.

    Nippert, who lives in Louisville with her husband Phil and their two rabbits, has accepted a job as the assistant director of the Bullitt County Public Library. She cited the need to be closer to her home in Louisville.

  • Local Boy Scouts of America troop looking to increase community interest

    In recent years the Boy Scouts of America have faced declining numbers of younger Cub Scouts joining local troops. Owen County is no exception to the same trend.

    Troop 891, led by Scoutmaster Jim Petreshock and Assistant Scoutmaster Michelle Alcorn, currently attracts between six and 10 scouts at its meetings. There is not the influx of young Cub Scouts that will become Boy Scouts within Owen County’s only troop, Alcorn said.

    “If you don’t have the young ones, they’re not turning into the older ones,” she said.

  • Woodford man assisted in Owen by Franklin Co.

    A Woodford County man was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after he was injured in a motorcycle accident around the 12000 block of US 127 South near the Franklin County line March 30.

    James Fields of Versailles was traveling southbound on 127 when he lost control of his motorcycle. He was transported by Frankfort EMS due to the initial 911 call, which reported the accident in Franklin County, near the Owen County line.

    Frankfort EMS, along with the Franklin County Fire Department, proceeded into Owen County to locate the wreck.

  • FCC food pantry opens permanent location

    The Board of Directors of the First Christian Church Community Food Pantry is very excited to announce the opening of its permanent location at 217 W. Seminary St., Owenton.

    The First Christian Church began hosting mobile pantries in February 2011. The church funded quarterly distributions through 2013 when it accepted a grant from the RC Durr Foundation administered by the FreeStore Food Bank of Cincinnati.

  • Roadwork will cause major traffic woes

    A $1.2 million repaving project set to begin this spring and continue throughout the summer will have major impact on downtown traffic.

    Kevin Rust and Ken McCarty with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 6 shared details of the project with the Owen County Fiscal Court during its March 22 meeting.

    The project will begin where the turning lane flares out in front of the Owen County Judicial Center and continue to the Owenton I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

  • Civil War living history coming to Carrollton

    Landmark News Service

    Blue versus Gray comes to life April 15-17, at Point Park as Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism sponsors a Civil War Living History.

    Carroll County Schools will visit the living history display Friday, April 15 and Tourism Director Misty Wheeler said that Mary Louden’s Cartmell Elementary history club would camp out with the soldiers on Friday night.

    The event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17.

  • Athletic field lighting on track; road improvements to begin this summer

    The weather may have slowed down completion of the new lights for Dunavent and Patterson fields behind the Owen County Upper Elementary School, but the lights will be ready for use by Rebels athletics in the very near future.

    Roland Mueller, an architect for RossTarrant Architects, informed the school board that the lights were being “energized” last week and crews will be finishing up this week.

    “A lot of times when you start up systems like this, there may be a few hiccups her and there,” Mueller said.


    Carson Williams has won plenty of awards throughout his career. None bigger than the one he brought back to Owenton last Tuesday night.

    The OCHS senior was named Mr. Kentucky High School Basketball at the annual Mr. and Miss Kentucky Basketball Awards Ceremony, held March 15 at the Lexington Center’s Bluegrass Ballroom.

    Williams is the first Rebel to ever win the state’s most prestigious award for basketball players.

    Joining him was Erin Boley, from Elizabethtown High School who captured the title of Miss Basketball.

  • Community calls for change on Ky. 355

    Days after 16-year-old Ella “Ellie” Stout was killed in a tragic wreck March 14 many who knew her took to social media to call for change on the stretch of highway.

    Stout and 18-year-old Trevor Smith were passengers in a vehicle operated by another 16-year-old female. The vehicle was traveling near the 3500 block of Kentucky 355, when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times. Stout and Smith were both ejected from the vehicle.

  • Owen ranks higher in health outcomes, still room to improve

    The overall health of Owen County residents is neither the best in the state nor the worst, ranking middle of the road at 59th out of 120 counties, according to the recently released 2016 County Health Rankings report.

    The annual rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, are based on health outcomes such as the length and quality of life along with health behaviors of county residents, clinical care available, social and economic factors and the county’s physical environment.