Local News

  • Wallace named Owen Countian of the year

    Fresh out of college in 1970, Maurice Bowling Middle School Principal Jo Ella Wallace came to Owen County as a health and physical education teacher.
    Forty-two years later Wallace is one of the most celebrated educators around and has been awarded Owen Countian of the Year by the Owenton Rotary Club.
    The award came as a shock to Wallace, who said she had been tricked into attending the fair by Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • Keith urges public to properly use 911 calls and be prepared

    With Owen County having so many telephone exchanges and cell towers, it is difficult for emergency dispatch to know exactly where the emergency may be, according to Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith.
    When an Owen County resident calls 911, they are urged to give their name, number, address, address of the emergency and a description of the emergency to the dispatcher.
    Keith also said let the dispatcher know the county you are in so they can make sure they get the right responder to the emergency.

  • GED grads complete long journey

    Graduation is always an exciting milestone for those who reach it.  For GED graduates, it is more than a milestone.  It is an overcoming of many obstacles and a place of new beginnings.  On June 24, 24 Owen County adults had the opportunity to walk across the stage to receive their long-awaited certificate of completion for a job well done.
    As several students shared their stories the audience had an opportunity to hear first-hand that regardless of age, background, national origin or obstacles, the goal of an education is attainable.  

  • Smith family holds 23rd reunion

    On June 24, the 23rd Smith Family reunion was held at the home of Naomi Shivers with 91 friends and family present.
    Everyone came with their favorite food and around 1 p.m. Bro. Brad Vincent ask the blessing on the food. Everyone began to fill their plates with delicious home-cooked food.

  • Monterey artist taking part in Arts in the Gardens

    Dara Carlisle of Monterey is scheduled to participate in the first Art in the Gardens at Liberty Hall, scheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-2, in downtown Frankfort.
    More than 50 artists and artisans will take part in the festival, which will be staged in the gardens of Liberty Hall Historic Site, 202 Wilkinson St.
    Carlisle began her art career as a candlemaker while also keeping her hand in crafts such as basket making and weaving.

  • Danielle Hoop takes home title as Miss Owen County Fair 2012

  • Crash claims life of Owen County teen

    An Owen County teenager has been killed in a crash on Highway 22 East.
    Kentucky State Police dispatchers received a call of a single-vehicle crash at 5:58 a.m. July 10. 
    Troopers located the vehicle off the roadway against a tree.
    Preliminary investigation shows that the car, driven by 17-year-old Floyd Mikel Smith of Owenton was traveling east on Hwy. 22 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree.  Smith was pronounced dead at the scene by the Owen County Coroner. 

  • No slowing her down

    Fresh off a trip to Gaitlinburg, Tenn., Lucy Smoot Hall drives herself to a beauty salon in Owenton to have her hair done every Friday before church on Sunday.
    A summer vacation and a weekly appointment at a beauty salon may seem like no great feat for the average person, but Hall is a little unique.
    She will turn 100 years old July 30.
    Born on July 30, 1912, Hall has seen a century’s worth of changes in the landscape of America, but carries the memories of a simpler time when nearly everyone lived the same.

  • City council passes first reading of Ford property zone change

    The first reading on a potential zone change for the Ford property at 311 South Main Street was approved during a special called Owenton City Council meeting July 10.
    The Ford property is currently an R-1 lot (residential), but could soon be changed to C-1 (commercial).
    The first reading was expected to be held July 3, but was postponed over concerns about a potential technical violation.
    The planning and zoning commission approved the zone change during a June meeting, but the city council has the final say on the changes.

  • Owen Co. grand jury issues indictment in fatal accident

    An Owen County man was recently indicted on the charge of second-degree manslaughter after a DUI related crash that killed his brother May 16.
    The crash took place on Frank Clark Road when the driver, Lamonte Richardson, 56, was traveling east on Frank Clark Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, police said in an earlier statement.
    The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
    Both Richardson and a passenger, David Richardson, 59, were trapped in the vehicle.
    The men were brothers.