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  • BBQ & Bluegrass returns Saturday

    Fans of barbecue and bluegrass music won’t have to travel far to find their niche this weekend, as the second annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jam returns to Poplar Grove.
    The family-friendly event, held at Steepleview Farm, is expected to be packed with entertainment, including a local act, The Downtown County Band, and the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist and Songwriter, Becky Buller.
    “That’s a tremendous talent to have in Owen County,” event host Marcus Carey said of Buller.

  • Visitors offer ‘first impressions’ of Owen County

    “There needs to be more businesses like the Bird Dog Cafe. It really compliments the small town feel and would likely attract young families.”

    “I was really excited when I looked at the website, but then I made some calls and everything was closed or had inaccessible hours.”

    “The wet-dry vote was visibly polarizing in the community. It will probably be a challenge to move past that and come together again.”

  • Wheatley to gain first Eagle Scout in decades

    One service project is all that stands between Wheatley resident Noah Malcomb and becoming the first Eagle Scout of his community in over 40 years.
    Malcomb, the 15-year-old son of Steven and Carrie Jo Malcomb of Wheatley, is a member of Troop 891 of Owenton. As a Life Scout, Malcomb has received all the badges required of him to become an Eagle Scout, with just a service project left to complete. Malcomb must fundraise for money and materials, bring in volunteers and manage the project from beginning to end.

  • Local non-profit looks to focus on youth amid heroin epidemic

    A recent spike in heroin-related overdoses and deaths throughout the region has one non-profit organization looking to further their outreach among local youth.
    R.E.A.C.H (Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help), is a volunteer run, faith-based non-profit organization that seeks to “help individuals with substance abuse issues and to raise community awareness of the drug addiction problem.”

  • School board settles on 4-percent increase

    A public hearing was held by the Owen County Board of Education Sept. 8 for a vote on the annual tax rate. Proposed were a compensated rate or a percentage increase. There were no community members in attendance, but the special board meeting following the hearing led to a 5-0 decision of a 4-percent increase.
    The rate was set at 64.6.

  • Could powerful ‘fakes’ be the new heroin?

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer
    The recent overwhelming string of overdoses in Cincinnati and the region during a nationwide heroin epidemic has medical and law enforcement observers betting on sneaky, synthetic opioids as the culprit.
    They fear the development is a disturbing harbinger of things to come, with each new heroin knockoff being scarier than the last.

  • CKC Festival brings crafts galore to Owenton
  • School board settles on 4-percent increase

    A public hearing was held by the Owen County Board of Education Sept. 8 for a vote on the annual tax rate. Proposed were a compensated rate or a percentage increase. There were no community members in attendance, but the special board meeting following the hearing led to a 5-0 decision of a 4-percent increase.
    The rate was set at 64.6.

  • Could powerful ‘fakes’ be the new heroin?

    By Terry DeMio
    The Kentucky Enquirer
    The recent overwhelming string of overdoses in Cincinnati and the region during a nationwide heroin epidemic has medical and law enforcement observers betting on sneaky, synthetic opioids as the culprit.
    They fear the development is a disturbing harbinger of things to come, with each new heroin knockoff being scarier than the last.

  • Mum business booming for local farmer

    Fall is in the air and the beauty of Owen County is changing colors to shades of a warmer hue. Farmers are in harvest, trees are beginning to turn and a new breath of life has swept through the air.
    Local farmer David Chappell says this is the time for one of his favorite crops, mums. The Chrysanthemum, affectionately called the “mum” is one of fall’s most popular flowers. David has been in the mum business for seven years.