Local News

  • Adams sees backlash over fourth-class designation

    A public hearing will soon be held following backlash from city and county residents on a plan to change the City of Owenton to a fourth-class city.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West and State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, have been receiving negative phone calls from citizens concerned the move could result in a local-option election for alcohol sales or a liquor-by-the-drink ordinance.
    The City of Owenton is currently a fifth-class city.

  • Gamble shines at pageant

    On Jan. 13-14, Madison Gamble, Miss Owen County Fair, travelled to Louisville to represent Owen County in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant. There were 90 girls competing for the title. Gamble placed in the top 15. It has been 19 years since an Owen County girl has placed in the Miss Kentucky County Fair pageant. There were several Owen County Fair Board members, family and friends in Louisville to cheer Gamble on. Owen County Fair Pageant Director Becky Duvall said supporters hoped Gamble would continue to compete.

  • Family seeking works of Brumback-Twedt

    The children of Pat Brumback-Twedt, noted local author and painter, are trying to collect photos of all the paintings by their mother.
    In the 1980s and 90s, Brumback-Twedt sold paintings, mostly portraits. She was featured at several juried exhibits throughout the state, such as the Capital Expo in Frankfort, where she painted portraits on the spot.

  • Owen County Honor Rolls

    Third grade super honor roll
    Allison Bourne; Daisy Cockerham; Trinity Craig; Haylee Neeley; Maddigan Walker
    Sammy Woodyard; Jorden May; Josh Jones; Jacob Haydon; Elise Guest; Joshua Gay; Mary Gamm; Abigail Colligan
    Destiny Prather; Shelby Sams; Jaylan Tolbert
    Curtis Bates; Ellie Dales; Merideth David; Isabella Herdman; Carsyn Inman; Gregory Webster
    Tori Lykins; Savannah Kinster; Cheyenne Coppola; Madison Brown
    Mercedes Bourne; Josiah Cobb; Madison Duvall; Dylan Gray; Mallory Hardesty; Darren Patrick; Caitlin Sizemore; Abby York

  • Farm Services News: Loans available for socially disadvantaged farmers

    By Claudia Baney

  • Free tax service returns to Owen County Public Library

    The Kentucky Asset Success Initiative will operate a free tax preparation site in Owenton again in 2012.
    KASI is a coalition of agencies and organizations seeking to empower low- and moderate-income Kentuckians with financial matters.
    The free service is available to families with a household income less than $50,000.
    Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will file taxes at the Owen County Public Library.
    Tax preparers will be available Jan. 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association at 502-209-5382.

  • Paddlefish eggs leads to couple’s guilty plea

    Two Owen countains and their caviar companies pleaded guilty Jan. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to trafficking in and falsely labeling illegally harvested paddlefish.
    According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Steve Kinder, along with his wife, Cornelia Joyce Kinder, owned and operated Kinder Caviar Inc. and Black Star Caviar Company of Owen County. Those companies were in the business of exporting paddlefish eggs as caviar to customers in foreign countries.

  • Defendant in murder case takes plea deal

    The murder trial of a Corinth man came to an abrupt ending Jan. 18 after he pleaded guilty to several charges.
    Christopher Dennis Jr., 72, was being charged with murder, trafficking in marijuana, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
    Dennis was arrested Nov. 27, 2010 after Kentucky State Police troopers found the body of 30-year-old Ruben J. Eppele shot to death in Dennis’ home at 2430 Cull Pepper Lane on Nov. 26, 2010.

  • School district short $500,000

    Facing a shortfall of over half a million dollars, the Owen County Board of Education will soon begin weighing its options.
    The board had its first 2012-13 draft budget review discussion Jan. 17, the same day Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced in his state budget address that per-pupil funding would slip back to 2008 levels.
    Owen County Schools District Finance Officer Sheila Miller said the board would need to gain $500,000 in revenue or lose $500,000 in expenditures to keep a 2-percent contingency or the district could go into deficit.

  • Owen becomes Carroll's county

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For the first time since 2003, Damon Thayer is not the state senator representing Owen County.
    Late last week, the Kentucky General Assembly passed and Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear signed into a law a new senate district map that reflects changes in the commonwealth’s population.
    One of the changes moves Owen County from Thayer’s 17th district and into former Gov. Jullian Carroll’s seventh district which includes Anderson, Franklin, Woodford and parts of Fayette counties.