Local News

  • Leaders tackle East Perry problems

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry stayed true to their word when they told several concerned East Perry residents that they would clean up their street.

    During the Oct. 6 Owenton City Council meeting, several East Perry residents approached the council with concerns of drugs, vicious dogs and other nuisances.

    Wotier said there were several homes on East Perry that had been a constant problem.

  • Owen EMS director urges public to get ready for winter

    New home heating patterns may increase potential for chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning

    With record-setting home-heating prices anticipated this autumn and winter, efficiency is at the forefront this year. Many homeowners address their financial concerns by turning to solid fuel appliances, like wood or pellet stoves.

    Rick Morgan, Owen County EMS director, reminds the public that these heating patterns increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.

  • Election action

    With the Owen County primary election only months away, Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid is looking toward the future of voters and candidates.

    Two county offices up for election require a test to be taken and passed before filing to run for the position.

    The property valuation administrator’s test will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Eagle Lake Convention Center, 1000 Eagle Lake Drive in Lawrenceburg.

  • Kids and parents get in spirit of Halloween

    Trick-or-treaters and their parents lined up around several Owen County churches Saturday for a night of fellowship and fun.

    EPOCH Fellowship and New Columbus Baptist Church were among those that decorated vehicles and passed out candy for trunk-or-treats.

    EPOCH Pastor Trent Holbert said their trunk-or-treat was held at Full Service Automotive.

    “We partnered with Full Service Automotive and had 10 cars,” Holbert said. “We had a constant stream of kids all night.”

  • Owen schools to honor veterans for military service

    For the third year in a row, Owen County High School will host a Veterans Day lunch and assembly. The event will give students the chance to connect with and learn from Owen County veterans.

    The yearly assembly began when the state passed legislation for an hour-long program commemorating veterans in the schools.

    After the legislation passed, OCHS principal Shannon Treece approached teachers Kevin Webster and Greg Wilhoite about coordinating the event.

  • Radio icon to speak at chamber dinner

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 10th annual dinner meeting Thursday at the Owen County Extension Building.

    This year’s speaker is former WHAS announcer Wayne Perkey.

    President of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce Pam Chappell said a speaker is chosen each year by submitting names and seeing who’s available.

    Perkey led the WHAS morning team for 30 years. Perkey, along with the morning team, ranked as high as No. 5 in the top-rated morning news shows in America.

  • Three students injured in crash

    Three Owen County High School students were injured Thursday morning after a crash on Cull Road outside of Owenton.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Justin Chappell, 17, of Owenton, Brandon and Justin Stevens, both 17 of Owenton, were traveling in a Ford Ranger pick-up truck on Cull Road Thursday morning when another pick-up driven by Denver Stafford, 18, of Owenton, tried to pass.

    The Stafford vehicle failed to clear the front of the truck driven by Chappell. The impact forced Chappell’s truck off the road and it struck a tree.

  • Hundreds turn out for H1N1 flu vaccination

    Hundreds of Owen countians eager to protect themselves from the H1N1 virus lined the area around the Owen County Health Center for the first mass vaccination clinic Thursday.

    Three Rivers District Health Department Director of Public Health Georgia Heise said that all of the vaccination available was given out at the clinic.

    “We had more people than we had vaccine,” Heise said. “District wide, we’ve given out 1,800 vaccines and 350 of those were given out in Owen County Thursday.”

  • Chase ends in woman’s living room

    An Owen County man was hospitalized following a police pursuit that ended when he crashed into the home of Norma Mae Poe early Thursday morning.

    Roy Austerman, 20, of Old Sweet Owen Road was traveling north on U.S. 127 when Owenton Police Officer Gary Alcorn attempted to pull him over for speeding.

    Austerman tried to elude the police. After a half-mile chase, the pursuit ended at 430 East Adair St.

  • Middle-school cheerleaders heading off to championships

    After winning the CANAM National Cheerleading Championship in 2004 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., Maurice Bowling Middle School Cheerleader Coach Jenna Gray will take a new group of cheerleaders to the 2010 celebration cheer and dance nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.

    Gray, an instructional technology teacher at MBMS, said this is the first time she has taken a group of cheerleaders to a national competition since 2005.