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  • Smith House adds new chapter to decades-long history

    In its 60-plus years of business, the Smith House Restaurant has become a regional staple, serving up legendary homemade pies and mouthwatering fried chicken to local families and businesspeople alike.
    Today, those decades-long traditions are set to remain in place, even with a new face at the helm.
    Dana Colligan, 59, the former manager of the Owenton Marathon station, took over operations at the restaurant Jan. 1.
    A frequent Smith House patron, Colligan said she mentioned the possibility of having a restaurant of her own someday to owner Billie Jo Ashcraft.

  • County park set to receive updated infrastructure

    Infrastructure updates are expected to begin soon at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds thanks to a $1.27 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA).
    The grant was initially awarded to the City of Owenton and earmarked for the city’s water intake on Severn Creek. The money was later redesignated to fund extensions of water lines to unserved areas.
    However, the city became ineligible for the grant after selling the water system to Kentucky American Water.

  • Only 21 local candidates as filing deadline nears

    Potential candidates for the May 2018 primary election now have less than a week until the filing deadline at 4 p.m., Tuesday.
    A total of 21 local candidates have filed to run, with only four offices contested as of press time Tuesday.

    County Judge/Executive:
    Casey Ellis, D (incumbent)
    Franky Fitzgerald, D

    County Attorney:
    Josh Smith, D (incumbent)

    Mark Bess, R (incumbent)
    Doug West, D
    Lannis Garnett, D
    Gary Alcorn, D

  • School district will wait until March to decide on makeup days

    Parents and students will have to wait until March to find out just how long the school year will last.
    Schools were closed Friday, Jan. 12, following the threat of ice and snow. After a second round of wintry weather Jan. 15-16, schools remained closed all last week. The district is now up to seven snow days. The district’s decision to close school during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 makes a total of eight days that will need to be made up.

  • At the Library | January 24, 2018

    Age Reversing Workout

    Follow a beginner’s DVD to boost your energy. This gentle workout is designed to improve posture and increase mobility. It repeats at 11 a.m., every Wednesday morning through January.

    Board Game Bonanza

    Drop by after school for games and snacks. Operation, Sorry, Trouble, Monopoly, Uno and more will be available from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today (Wednesday).


  • Bluegrass Antler Dogs hosts North American Shed Hunting Dog Double Qualifier

    Thirty-two dogs and their handlers braved the snow and cold Saturday for a chance to become the North American Shed Hunting Dog (NASHDA) top antler (shed) hunting dog in the region.
    The Bluegrass Antler Dog Club hosted the NASHDA Double Qualifier event on Point of Rock Road in Monterey. The event drew 32 dogs and their handlers from seven states.
    Club president John Ballard, who, along with his wife Alexandra, started the local chapter six months ago, said he was pleased with Saturday’s turnout.

  • At the Library | January 17, 2018

    Age Reversing Workout

    Follow a beginner’s DVD to boost your energy. This gentle workout is designed to improve posture and increase mobility. It repeats at 11 a.m., every Wednesday morning through January.

    Lego Challenge

    Choose your challenge card and see what you can make with Legos. Fun for all ages from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today (Wednesday).


  • Library’s Active Play encourages wintertime exercise for kids

    For toddlers and their parents, cold weather does not mean staying bored indoors when at the library.
    From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday in January, the Owen County Public Library is hosting Active Play, a toddler focused event where children ages 2-6 can play indoors with their parents. While the winter season forces children to mainly stay indoors, Active Play gives toddlers the opportunity to stretch their legs and have some fun.

  • Fire claims Breck Road residence

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 4030 Breck Road around 3 p.m., Thursday. Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said while the house is still standing, the interior was destroyed by the blaze. The official cause of the fire has not been determined, but Chaney said it was possibly caused by faulty electric. Owen County EMS, Monterey, Jonesville, New Liberty and Corinth volunteer fire departments also responded, along with the Red Cross, Owen Electric and Kentucky American Water.

  • Itron sells to investment company for $1.35 million

    Thirteen months after Itron announced its decision to cease local operations, a Covington-based investment group has purchased the facility for $1.35 million and is expected to take control of the property March 31.
    While the official owner of the building is listed as Empire Properties, LLC, its sister company, Hosea Project Movers, will oversee the property, according to Empire Properties Manager and Hosea Project Movers President Todd Hosea.