Local News

  • Brightening up downtown Owenton

    The sixth installment in the Owen County Agricultural Heritage Trail’s murals is sure to brighten up Main Street and catch the eye of those passing through town.

    Unlike the other murals that focus on the production of tobacco, AHT committee member Joy Morgan said the downtown mural is a collage of what makes Owen County a special place.

    Randy and Kasey Towles own the building next to the Kentucky American Water office on Main Street where the mural was placed.

  • PVA test May 31

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a special examination will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to qualify prospective candidates for the vacant office of Owen County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA).

    The examination, will be held at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Building, 400 Englewood Drive, Frankfort, KY. Identification will be required.

  • Farmers' market open for business

    On May 6, 1988, Kentucky State Police discovered the remains of a young woman – she lie naked in an open field on Highway 330, her face decomposed beyond recognition – the cause of death was determined as strangulation.

    The discovery received little press. A May 12, 1988 edition of the News-Herald reported that an unidentified white female was discovered approximately 18 miles south of Owenton, 27 feet off the roadway.

  • Council votes to condemn property

    The Owenton City Council took a step forward in dealing with a nuisance property on Gayle Avenue by voting to condemn the property at Tuesday meeting.

    The property located at 331 Gayle Ave., owned by Mark Collins, was also discussed at last month’s city council meeting after neighbors raised concern about the safety of the structure and its proximity to other houses.

  • Farm and craft market set to begin Friday with judge's cookout

    Following the winter hiatus, the Owen County Farm and Craft Market returns for the season to the pavilion behind Farm Bureau starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

    The market will begin at 10 a.m. each Friday and will close when vendors sellout, which is typically around 1 p.m. or shortly after, David Chappell, the farm and craft market manager said. The market will remain open each Friday until the end of October.

    The market, which has been a seasonal attraction since 2003, is a Kentucky Proud market and the vendors are from Owen and surrounding counties, he said.

  • Touch A Truck event will benefit Power Pack Program, Hands for Ed.

    Owen County’s youth will get the opportunity to explore a wide array of vehicles, both large and small, at the Touch A Truck program this Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    The event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., will also have food vendors, including Big Tricky’s Catering and Kona Ice, and a silent auction. The cost to attend is $10 per car load.

    “We wanted to have a fundraiser to benefit The Power Pack Program and Helping Hands for Education,” said Julie Riddle, the youth services assistant.

  • Queens For A Life

    The 2016 Queens For A Life pageant was held Saturday, April 27 in the Owen County High School auditorium. This year the participants helped to collect items for Owen County Friends of Animals, collecting 179 total items. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, Owen County Relay for Life.

  • Flash flood claims life of Teresita man

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office identified 49-year-old Paul Switzer as the man who was swept away in the swollen waters of Indian Creek Sunday evening.

    Numerous emergency responders, law enforcement officials and others searched for Switzer for hours after the area around Teresita Road received 2 inches of rain in about 45 minutes, according to officials.

    Newly appointed Owen County Emergency Management Director Larry Karsner said the initial call came in at 5:38 p.m. Sunday.

  • Off to... NATIONALS

    Eight students will have the opportunity to represent Owen County at the International Society of Technology Education this June in Denver.

    Carrie Wilhoite, director of technology for Owen County Schools, said the students recently took home top honors at the state’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) showcase April 22 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington.