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  • Forsee carries on centuries old farming tradition

    Each day dozens upon dozens of vehicles pass by a farm located on the edge of Owenton, their drivers likely unaware of its rich family history or the nearly 200 years worth of hard work and dedication put in to keep the farm running.
    Today Brian Forsee, 53, along with his wife Margaret, live on and oversee the day-to-day operations of what was established as Maple Heights Farm in 1825. Raising Southdown sheep, cattle, tobacco, hay, and corn, Brian believes life on a farm in Owen County couldn’t get any better.

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  • Triple overdose leads to heroin bust

    A triple overdose call to the Owenton Village Apartments early Saturday morning led local law enforcement officials to arrest the person they believe to be one of the largest heroin dealers in Owen County.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at 319 North Main St. from the apartment manager at 12:10 a.m. Saturday. Miller responded to the apartment complex and asked for assistance. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Tracy responded.

  • Sweet Owen Day set for Saturday

    After rain canceled much of last year’s festivities, Sweet Owen Day organizers are hopeful this year’s event will be better than ever.
    Activities kick off at 7 a.m. Saturday with the annual Owenton Rotary Club pancake breakfast, followed by the 5K run-walk at 8 a.m.

  • 11 overdose calls, 13 days

    Officials believe a batch of heroin that led to 174 overdoses over the course of six days in Cincinnati could be the same batch responsible for a spike in local overdoses.

  • Students look to honor forgotten war hero

    A quick Google search of Owen County native Willis A. Lee turns up pages of results on the Olympic medalist turned war hero. But in Owen County, Lee’s legacy is largely forgotten – a reality the Maurice Bowling Middle School seventh-grade class look to rectify.
    The July 31 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader carried an above the fold story on Lee, born in the Natlee community and raised on Roland Avenue in Owenton.

  • Sheriff wakes up to yard littered with beer cans

    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess is among the residents of approximately 10 homes who woke up to a yard littered with empty beer cans Sunday morning.
    Bess said each of the residents had vote ‘no’ signs in their yard for the Sept. 20 countywide wet-dry election.
    “I don’t know who’s behind it,” Bess said. “It’s kind of juvenile, kind of immature and in bad taste.”

  • Show business is Stewart's business

    On a hot Friday morning in Pleasant Home, Gene Ray Stewart chats about his formative years. The roar of a tractor can be overheard as his father, Woody, enters the barn to hook to a wagon stacked high with square bales of hay.
    The scene is not unlike that of many Owen County farms – except the barn is also a horse arena, joined by 23 stalls filled with western horses. The hay will be used to feed those horses.
    It’s the same farm Stewart, 41, grew up on.  

  • Wet supporters look for chance to compete

    The driving force behind the Sept. 20 countywide wet-dry election is a group of citizens calling themselves “Give Owen County A Chance.”
    Its core members: Holly Bowling, Jason Wainscott, and Mike Haines.
    If successful, the three individuals are hopeful the sale of alcohol will give Owen County a chance to compete with surrounding counties, all of which are wet except for Scott County.

  • County holds line on taxes, discusses solid waste maintenance

    County taxpayers will see a slight decrease in their real property tax bills this October.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a real property tax rate of 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value during its Aug. 23 meeting, a slight decrease from 12.4 in 2015.
    Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis recommended the court take the compensating rate.
    A motion was made by third-district magistrate Teresa Davis to approve the rate. Fourth-district magistrate Travis Fitzgerald seconded the motion.

  • State sporting clay event brings hundreds to hunt club


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