Local News

  • Bus drivers work non-stop to ensure safety of ‘precious cargo’

    When the first day of school rolls around Aug. 16, a select group of Owen countians will awake long before dawn in preparation of transporting the district’s hundreds of students to their first day of classes.
    With numerous hours of training under their seat belts, Owen County’s school bus drivers are tasked with keeping students safe while traveling to and from school. While focusing on driving and monitoring the students, school bus drivers have a lot of responsibility to fill before and after the school day.

  • House fire claims one early Friday

    NEW COLUMBUS — A house fire on Carr Lane claimed the life of a 67-year-old man early Friday.

    Larry Carr Sr., 67, of Sadieville, Ky., was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters responded to a house fire at 4:47 a.m., today, according to Kentucky State Police. 

    An autopsy has been scheduled for Carr, but police said no foul play is suspected. KSP is leading the ongoing investigation. 

  • Slim crowd for town hall regarding local healthcare

    More than 100 people filled the auditorium at Owen County High School July 17, to hear from a panel of local healthcare providers on what’s next following the closure of St. Elizabeth Owen’s emergency department Monday.
    Emceed by Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis, audience members were given the opportunity to submit questions in writing, which were then handed off to Ellis and answered by the appropriate panelist.

  • Embattled Carroll says 'no' to calls for resignation

    FRANKFORT – Just days after allegations that State Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, groped and propositioned a then-30-year-old man in 2005, the former governor broke his silence to reporters outside the Capitol Annex cafeteria last week.
    “Absolutely no resignation, no resignation,” Carroll told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
    Carroll declined to answer other questions from reporters, according to the newspaper.

  • Ellis gives yearly update at Chamber meeting

    BY MIKE HAINES | N-H Correspondent

  • Perry Park hosting fundraiser for New Liberty Fire Department Saturday

    PERRY PARK — While volunteer fire departments across the nation struggle to meet the needs of their members, one local community is rallying around its department to assist with fundraising.
    The community of Perry Park recently stepped up to aid the 21 members of the New Liberty Fire Department and will host a fundraiser at the Glenwood Hall Community Center from 2-7 p.m., Saturday.
    The cause is one that’s close to event coordinator Lindsay Brandon’s heart, as her husband, Corey, serves on the department.

  • Local boy pays it forward with charitable act

    BY CHEYENE MILLER | Grant County News

  • Prize winning fun

    While Owen County’s royalty showed their talents on the pageant stage, 51-year-old Teresa Perkins showcased her talents in the exhibit hall and took home the top exhibitor award for her efforts.
    The Owen County native and owner of Sadie B’s Furniture and Consignment Shop entered exhibits in the handicraft, art, photo and canning departments, which led to a total of 15 blue ribbons, first place in the canning department and a crystal bowl for winning top individual.

  • ‘There will never be another Mayme’

    Biologically, Louanne Cobb is an only child, but she will be the first to admit that she has shared her mother with a host of Owen countians over the years.
    Whether it was chaperoning a school dance, teaching Sunday school, hosting a New Year’s Eve party for the kids of Owenton or providing a safe place for children at the Rebel’s Den, Mayme Kelley has devoted much of her life to Owen County’s youth.
    It was that devotion that led Kelley to the Owen County Fairgrounds arena July 16 to accept the 2017 Mother of the Year award.

  • Public servant named countian of the year

    Husband of one, father of three and a grandfather to eight. The 2017 Owen Countian of the Year goes to a man who served his country during wartime and to this day continues to serve the small town he calls home.