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  • Celebrating a year to remember

    As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year’s biggest headlines. From former Owen County Running Rebel Carson Williams’ showdown on the court against the Kentucky Wildcats and Owen County Elementary and Maurice Bowling Middle School’s national Lighthouse recognition to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years and a state pageant winner, 2017 is a year worth celebrating for Owen County. In the past year, we have seen the county divide over issues, but still willing to come together in the hour of need for the betterment of the community.

  • Charges against former officer dismissed

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
    Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
    “He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

  • Granddaughter’s school project leads to hobby for Monterey man

    MONTEREY – From inside his home on Ballard Lane in Monterey, 75-year-old Rastus McDonald points out his living-room window to the house where he was born and raised. McDonald has called the small river city home since birth, minus the seven years he spent tearing down and rebuilding log cabins in Indiana.

  • At the Library | December 20, 2017

    The annual Christmas ornament commissioned by the Friends of the Library for their annual fundraiser is available in the library. This year’s ornament was created by Ellie Petzinger and is a ceramic depiction of our logo. A great gift for someone who loves the library.
    December is amnesty month. As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out. Merry Christmas!

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • Perry Park man reportedly suffers third-degree burns

    A Perry Park resident is being taken to the University of Cincinnati Hospital after he reportedly received third-degree burns earlier today.
    New Liberty Fire Chief Greg Davis responded to the scene at 155 Green Meadow Drive after a man attempted to burn leaves in his yard. Davis said the man was wearing a "highly flammable, slick jogging suit."
    "He was talking with us very coherent," Davis said. "(The burns) didn't appear to be anything really deep except for his hands."

  • Single-vehicle crash claims 2 lives Friday

    A single-vehicle crash claimed the lives of two Owen County residents Friday.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg received a call from an injury accident around 9:20 p.m. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputies Marvin Goodrich and Daniel Tracy were the first to arrive on scene at the Greenup Road entrance to Lucas Lane, where they found a black 2013 Chevy Impala resting on its top.

  • KSP seeking information on damages to Severn Creek bridge

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced last week that the Highway 355 bridge over Severn Creek could remain closed until spring 2018 after the bridge received significant structural damage last month.
    The bridge was originally given a weight restriction, though engineers inspecting the bridge decided to close it shortly after due to multiple vehicles violating the weight requirement posted on the bridge, according to a transportation cabinet news release.

  • iLEAD Academy students to set up shop for Christmas

    Pop up shops are becoming a new trend as businesses and organizations set up shop at various locations for only a day or two. While a majority of these shops pop up in bigger cities, one will be bringing Christmas spirit closer to home.
    iLEAD Academy is an ever-growing career academy that aims to help students achieve college and career readiness. Along with helping students inside the classroom, iLEAD Academy is also looking for more ways to help students outside of the classroom.

  • At the Library | December 13, 2017

    The annual Christmas ornament commissioned by the Friends of the Library for their annual fundraiser is available at the library. This year’s ornament was created by Ellie Petzinger and is a ceramic depiction of our logo. A great gift for someone who loves the library.
    December is amnesty month. As our gift to you, we ask that you bring back any overdue books and you will have your late fees wiped out. Merry Christmas!

    Storytime

  • Friday crash claims 2 lives

    A single-vehicle crash claimed the lives of two Owen County residents Friday.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg received a call of an injury accident around 9:20 p.m. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputies Marvin Goodrich and Daniel Tracy were the first to arrive on scene at the Greenup Road entrance to Lucas Lane, where they found a Chevy Malibu resting on its top.