Local News

  • Patriot Patrick Henry found in Owen

    Patrick Henry is probably most famous for his, “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech, but a little cleaning up of some historic documents show that Henry once had ties to Owen County.
    The documents, which have been stored in the basement of the Owen County Courthouse, are being cleaned up as part of a grant from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives.

  • Marking the moments
  • Second Owen County Fan Fair getting ready to roll

    Approximately 90,000 NASCAR fans are soon expected to roll into the region and the Owen County Visioneers are pulling out all the stops to ensure visitors get a true taste of what Owen County has to offer.
    The second annual Fan Fair event will take place June 26-30 and volunteers are working on a myriad of new activities for visitors to enjoy.
    This year’s Fan Fair will take place at the Owen County Fairgrounds, a change that Visioneer Shanna Osborne hopes will prove successful.

  • Family finding new strength battling cancer

    To Maretta House Swartz, the birth of her daughter, Ryleigh, in 2010 was a true blessing that Swartz had wanted for a long time. It may have been more of a blessing than she realized.
    At 34, she was experiencing the joy of being a mother but just months after giving
    birth, Swartz, an Owen County native, discovered a lump in her breast. At that time, she faced the fear of possible breast cancer.

  • Hunter named to fill school board position

    A new Owen County Board of Eduation member is expected to be sworn in Thursday following the resignation of Brian Young in March.
    Owen County School District Superintendent David Raleigh said Kimberly Hunter will finish out Young's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2012.
    Hunter will serve as the district one school board member, which includes Bethany, New Columbus and Hesler.
    Hunter was serving on the Owen County Primary School SBDM council, but resigned in order to take the vacant school board seat.

  • Owen High announces awards, scholarships

    College Scholarships
    University of Louisville    Josie R.    
    Eastern Ky. University    Amber
        Patton and
         Victoria Howard
    Northern Ky. University    Rianna Gayheart
    Georgetown College    Andrew Giles,
        Miranda Owen,        Brandy Rexroat         and Darian Polley

  • Primary 2012: Owen turnout beat state average

    Owen County voters turned out in slightly higher numbers than across most of the commonwealth for the May 22 primary election.
    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said she had estimated that 20 to 22 percent of the county's registered voters would visit the polls. A total of 1,463 cast their ballots, giving Owen County a voter turnout of 19.92 percent.
    "It was pretty quiet," Kincaid said. "We had a small turnout and there were no problems with our equipment or anything like that."

  • KHS to dedicate historical marker to honor Karsner Air Field

    The Kentucky Historical Society (will dedicate a historical marker to honor Karsner Air Field at 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 127 and KY 607 near Old Cedar Baptist Church in Monterey.

  • Bittersweet Celebration

    The word “family” was one of the touchstones for this year’s graduation service at Owen County High School
    During their address, Owen County High School Class of 2012 Valedictorian Brittany Sloma and Salutatorian Miranda Owens talked about the tragedies that touched the class, including the deaths of Rebekah Gaines and Miranda Goodhew.
    Sloma and Owens said the terrible events brought the class together like a family and each classmate will have a special bond that will forever connect them.

  • Murder suspects enter not-guilty pleas in Franklin

    Two Owen County men and a third from Grant County accused of killing a Frankfort man May 5 entered not guilty pleas in Franklin Circuit Court May 17.
    Joshua Hammond, 31, and David Bruce II, 44, both of Owen County and James Simons, 35, of Grant County, are being charged with murder, assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.
    According to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton, the victim, Charles Monroe, 30, had met the three men at the Frankfort Walmart on Leonardwood Drive to allegedly purchase prescription pain pills.