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  • Celebrating Mayberry

    The first-ever Owenton Car and Truck Cruise was held Saturday and brought dozens of classic vehicles to the Owen County Courthouse square. The event was organized by Richard Greene.

  • Owen grand jury hands down eight indictments

    The Owen County grand jury met June 10 and handed down the following indictments:
    • Bryan P. Briede, 28, on the charges of second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property under $10,000.

  • Lawmakers visit Eden Shale, hear about present and future

    About 100 guests, staff and lawmakers recently attended a meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture held at Owen County’s Eden Shale farm.
    State Rep. Ryan Quarles, who represents Owen County in the Kentucky House of Representatives, said he was happy to discuss the future of agriculture in the commonwealth.
    “Eden Shale is one of the treasures of Owen County and it was a real pleasure to show it off to some of the members of the committee who don’t have a background in farming.”

  • Blaze guts mobile home on Squiresville

  • Smoke rising: Kentucky American to begin testing waterlines

    Field crews will soon be conducting smoke testing in order to perform a sanitary sewer evaluation study of the Owenton sewer system.
    O’Brien & Gere, under contract with Kentucky American Water and the City Of Owenton will perform the work, which will include opening manholes in the streets. The information collected during the study will be used to help improve and repair the wastewater collection system.
    Field crews will conduct the smoke testing for two to three days, from July 1-3.

  • Owen library wins grant for community Big Read project

    The Owen County Public Library has announced that it has received a grant to host The Big Read in Owen County.
    The Big Read is a program of the national Endowment for the Arts and is designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.
    The local library is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project from September to June 2015.

  • Office wins popcorn prize for helping to save lives

    Owen County’s drivers license office has been presented a large tin of “Thank You” gourmet popcorn from the Trust For Life for their exceptional participation in the state’s organ donor awareness program during National Donate Life Month.

  • Tailgating for the Troops honors vets with celebration

    Tailgating for Troops, a new organization that helps hire disabled veterans to build boards for cornhole, held an open tournament and get-together celebration at Elk Creek Vineyard. The event featured live music, food and games.

    Tailgating for Troops recently opened in the former Dollar General store in Owenton.


     

  • Smith House upgrades offerings with new chefs

    Although the Smith House has gained fame with its pies and BBQ, owners Billy and Julie O’Banion are hoping to add more unique and delicious options for diners from near and far.
    To aid the couple, two professional chefs have been hired on, the restaurant is now open daily and the O’Banion’s are hopeful they will be able to continue improving an Owen County tradition.

  • Local band will help honor river history

    They’ve had five or six gigs and have been excited by the response but later this month, The Fence Posts will be taking the stage to entertain the public at this year’s Owen County History/Kentucky River Day June 21.
    “We really enjoy playing together and it seems like people like what we are doing,” John Randall said. “The guys in the band seem to have good chemistry and it’s a lot of fun.”