Local News

  • Meet the candidates in Tuesday’s General Election

    Editor’s Note: Every local, contested candidate in this year’s General Election was sent a questionnaire to help give the public a sense of who they are and what they envision for Owen County. Those who are running uncontested were not sent a questionnaire.
    Each form contained one question, “Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this position?”
    Some questionnaires were not returned.
    We hope the following will help you make an informed decision Tuesday, Nov. 8.


  • Local schools receive over $5K from WHAS Crusade for Children

    Owen County Schools are looking for ways to supplement budget cuts in the classroom while maintaining top-level education, and they’re receiving statewide recognition for those efforts in special education.
    Sensory rooms and new technology are just a portion of the improvements made by Owen County Schools through grant money received from WHAS Crusade for Children.

  • Abandoned home catches fire
  • OCHS graduate tapped to lead Drug-Free Communities Support Program

    Like many young adults today, Sarah Paige Tuttle’s life has been affected by substance abuse. She grew up with friends who struggled with addiction and has attended peers’ funerals. But in her new role as project coordinator for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program (DFC), Tuttle believes she, along with the support of the community, can help curtail drug abuse locally.

  • Chappell becomes Owen’s first state pageant winner

    Owen County is no stranger to accolades. Over the past two years it’s been home to a jailer of the year, principal of the year, and even Mr. Basketball himself. But in its long history with pageantry, an Owen County girl had yet to take home a state title in the county fair system. That was until Macie Chappell became Miss Pre-Teen Kentucky County Fair Oct. 15.
    Macie, the 12-year-old daughter of Jarrod and Shannon Chappell, represented Carroll County in the state pageant after being crowned Miss Pre-Teen Carroll County Fair in June.

  • Perkins turns beloved hobby into newest local business

    They say if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s just what Teresa Perkins did when she recently turned her hobby into a business.
    Since opening its doors Oct. 1, new business owner Teresa Perkins reports that Sadie B’s Furniture Consignment already has 14 consigners and has sold over 50 pieces of furniture.
    She said having a furniture consignment store in the area is a real convenience for community members.

  • Chappell becomes Owen’s first state pageant winner
  • A lesson in democracy

    Owen County High School Civics Club officers have been hard at work for what they say is a unique opportunity for voters to become informed on candidate platforms, rather than basing decisions on flashy commercials.
    Candidates for state representative incumbent Democrat Chuck Tackett and Republican Phillip Pratt will be featured in a political forum Monday, along with candidates for fourth district congressional representative incumbent Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Calvin Sidle.

  • Skeptics question local visitors center

    Though met with skepticism from a few local citizens, the Owen County Tourism Commission remains adamant that the recently opened visitor’s center will encourage travelers to look beyond the county’s surface.
    Now open for 90 days, the center has no statistics for its first month and a half of operation, but tourism director Joyce DuVall said visitors have passed through from as far away as Canada.
    The center’s guest book shows more than 20 names of such visitors, and 30-plus names of residents, some questioning its funding or purpose.

  • Board of education recognizes Hardin for achievement in state program

    State honors were recognized at Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    Owen County High School Junior Jessica Hardin was recognized by Gear Up Kentucky Advisor Marie Cobb for her outstanding achievement in the Gear Up program.
    Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a six-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education in which students participate in career exploration, resume workshops, college fairs and visits, summer programs and more.