Local News

  • Blaze levels garage on Claxon Ridge Road

    A garage on Claxon Ridge Road was a total loss after a Sept. 18 fire.
    The Monterey Volunteer Fire Department and the Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to 3605 Claxon Ridge Road at approximately 11:47 a.m.
    Monterey Fire Department Firefighter and Training Officer Charlie Riddle said a car was being worked on inside the garage and the fire started in that area.
    Riddle said there were no injuries.


  • No criminal charges are expected in ATV accident

    Charges are not expected to be filed against an Owen County man after a woman was killed in an ATV accident Sept. 11.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said his office is still awaiting an autopsy report for 27-year-old Angela Cromer who was killed while riding on an ATV being pulled by chain by another ATV.
    The ATV pulling Cromer’s was being driven by her fiance, William Sullivan.
    According to the accident report, Cromer’s ATV had a rear universal joint out, the reason it was being pulled.

  • Bridges to the past

    A Lexington author is hoping to add a little color to the black and white memories of Owen County’s extinct covered bridges.
    Melissa Jurgensen began studying covered bridges across the state as a teenager and is now reaching out to locals for photographs and stories of the three covered bridges that once stood in Owen County.
    Jurgenson’s love of covered bridges began when her family moved from Louisville to rural Harrison County.

  • State to spend over $500,000 to repair roads in Owen Co.

    The Kentucky Department of Transportation recently announced it will pay for over $500,000 for asphalt projects for Owen County.
    The renovations are part of a $26 million expenditure the state will be making to improve roadways across the commonwealth.
    In Owen County, the project includes:
    •  Various routes including a 2.3-mile section of Cedar Creek Road (KY 368) from the county line to Harmony Road;
    • A 2.2-mile section of Cull Road (KY 1761) beginning at KY 22 extending northwest;

  • ATV accident claims life of Owen woman

    An Owen County woman is dead after an ATV accident that took place on Swope Road Sept. 11.
    Angela Cromer, 27, of Swope Road, was riding on an ATV on Swope Road that was being towed by a chain hooked to another ATV around 7:35 p.m.
    Cromer’s fiance, William Sullivan, was driving the ATV pulling Cromer’s with a 20-month-old child in his lap, according to the accident report filed by Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell.
    Cromer’s ATV had a rear universal joint out, the reason it was being pulled, the report said.

  • Court goes on record against pipeline project

    Joining a number of counties across Kentucky, the Owen County Fiscal Court recently passed a resolution opposing the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline project.
    The resolution cites safety concerns such as accidents at natural-gas liquids facilities, pipeline ruptures and environmental concerns.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said she is concerned that landowners who could become involved aren’t getting the whole truth.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A routine traffic stop has led to the arrest of a local man on a warrant for possession of heroin.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Spokesperson Brad Arterburn, Brian Smith, 27, of Greenup Road in Owen County, was arrested on U.S. 127 and Greenup Road just after 11 p.m. on Sept. 9.
    KSP Trooper David Staubach pulled Smith over for not having an illuminated license plate, Arterburn said.
    Smith was arrested for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and no illuminated license plate.

  • Chamber, market looking for Owen’s biggest, best pumpkin

    The Owen County Chamber of Commerce and the Owen County Farmers Market is calling on all gardeners and farmers to show off their best pumpkin for a new fall contest.
    Under the rules, entries must be grown in Owen County; be a traditional color of orange, red or gray; and have no soft or rotten spots.
    There is a limit of one entry per family in each class.
    The judging will be held Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Owen County Farmers’  Market.
    The class breakdown is:

  • Space still available for small business success program

    Do you want to strengthen your existing business and see it grow?
    Do you have a great idea for a business, but do not know what to do next?
    If so, the Small Business Success training program may be for you. There is still space available for additional participants at the 8-evening business training program organized by the Owen County Extension Office.

  • Raising patriotism: DAR donates flag to library

    The John Guill Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution met Sept. 4 at the Owen County Public Library in the activities room.
    Peggy Trinkle, Chapter Regent presented a program on the Great and Binding Law of the  Iroquios Nation and its influence to the writing of the U.S. Constitution.