Local News

  • No burn laws in effect from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m.

    Even through we have had some precipitation, it doesn’t take long for the sun and the wind to dry out the grass and leaves.
    We need all Owen County residents to remember that fires can get out of control very quickly.
    According to the Kentucky Division of Forestry the no-burn seasons starts Oct.1 and goes through Dec. 15.

  • OCHS takes part in safety day

    As part of Farm Safety Week in Kentucky, Farm Bureau hosted a safety awareness event at Owen County High School Sept. 22. A mock ATV accident was held with emergency personnel, ambulances, state police and a helicopter ambulance taking part in the mock event.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court declared Sept. 22-26 farm safety week in Owen County.
    "We hope that the time spent focusing on personal safety will provide positive dividends down the road for our students and our community as a whole," OCHS Principal Duane Kline said.

  • Officials preparing for alcohol sales within city

    After a successful wet vote in the Owenton Incorporated precinct Sept. 16, county officials are now working to draft an ordinance that will regulate the sale of alcohol.
    Voters in the Owenton Inc. voted to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owenton restaurants and dining facilities with seating capacity of at least 100 people and derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.
    The election was successful by 66 votes. The final yes vote was 221. A total of 155 no votes were cast.

  • One very sweet day: Annual fall event brings big crowd to downtown Owenton

    Over 70 vendors and exhibitors lined the streets around the Owen County Courthouse Saturday as the annual Sweet Owen Day festival was held.
    This year’s event culminated in the crowing of Hailey Wiggins as the new Miss Sweet Owen Day, which was sponsored by Beka’s Toppers.
    From nearly dawn with the annual Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast to dusk with a performance by country music performer Eddie Barber, the day offered something for just about everyone.

  • Carroll honors Owen’s top chefs

    State Senator Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, stopped by Owen County High School Sept. 17 to serve up a few congratulatory remarks for the school’s statewide junior chef champions.
    The Cuisine Rebels culinary team won the second annual Kentucky Proud Junior Chef Competition during this year’s Kentucky State Fair.
    The team consists of Carley Bennett, Morgan Woodyard, Kadee Carter, Hailey Chappell and Cannon Goodrich.
    The team was coached by OCHS teacher Kim Webster.
    The team’s winning dish was a potato-crusted bacon cheeseburger quiche.

  • Monterey ready to welcome home everyone for fair

    Every two years friends and family gather in Monterey for a homecoming with a purpose.
    Since its inception in 1976, the money raised at the Monterey Homecoming Fair has gone toward maintaining the Monterey City Park.
    The legacy of financial support along with the promise of a fun-filled day is expected to bring a crowd back to the river city again this year.
    The Monterey Fair will be held Oct. 4 with a variety of vendors, events and entertainment.

  • Cheerleaders look to return to tournament

    As the Owen County High School Cheerleading Squad gets ready to compete this year, the team has unveiled two special projects that will help them make their way back to the state tournament.
    Coach Jenna Gray said the group would be hosting a special elementary cheerleading camp Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, which will feature a special performance at the end of the week.
    This year, the squad has launched a new fund-raising project. The group is partnering to open at team spirit shop on-line featuring Owen County High School Rebel wear.

  • In service

    Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Williams, from Owenton, moves crates of tomatoes during a replenishment at sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

  • Jones family holds reunion

    The James reunion was held Aug. 31 at General Butler State Park in Carrollton.
    Despite impending weather, our attendance was the highest we’ve had in several years. There were 106 people in attendance. Following a wonderful day of fellowship and delicious food, everyone departed looking forward to next year at the same time.

  • Owen Co. Adult Learning Center to offer free GED practice tests for limited time

    The See for Free program can  help students pass the GED test
    From Sept. 22 to Oct. 3, the Owen County Adult Learning Center is giving away free GED practice tests to all students who come into the center. Students who take GED Ready can see for free:
    • If they’re ready to pass the GED test
    • The skills they need to work on to pass the test
    • A personalized study plan detailing pages and chapters to study in their favorite study books