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  • 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.”

  • Tailgating For Troops opening doors for disabled veterans

    Whether they are in Europe, Asia or the Middle East, soon active American military personal may have a little piece of Owenton to keep them company.
    Earlier this month, Tailgating for Troops opened assembly operations in Owenton.
    Joe Montgomery, who created Tailgating for Troops in 2012, said the goal of the organization is a simple yet daunting one - provide jobs for disable men and women who fought and sacrificed to protect the United States.
    The disabled veterans assemble equipment for cornhole games that are sent to U.S. troops free of changes.

  • State police make arrest after ATV reported stolen

    An Owen County man was recently arrested after allegedly stealing an ATV in New Liberty June 2.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn, an Owen County sheriff’s deputy saw Derrick J. Anderson, 33, on the 4-wheeler that had been reported as stolen.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg Trooper Dusty Corbin worked the case and found Anderson in Ghent, June 3, at a cousin’s home with the stolen ATV, which had been damaged.

  • Action taken at nuisance board despite lack of official quorum

    Two state laws were recently violated at a City of Owenton nuisance board meeting but Owenton Mayor Doug West said a second meeting will not be held after the owners of the property in question recently cleaned up their lot.
    The violations were pointed out by Owenton City Council member Doris Ann Riley at the council’s June 3 meeting.
    According to Riley, the minutes given to council members on the nuisance board meeting did not include the date of the meeting and recorded that only two members of the nuisance board were present at the meeting.  

  • Three students expelled and face charges following alleged school, church vandalism

    The three students involved in vandalism at Owen County High School were expelled and face charges of animal cruelty and criminal mischief.
    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, the incident took place in the early morning hours of May 20.
    The three students began the spree of vandalism at Salem Baptist Church, where nearly a dozen other teens stopped by following a camp fire.
    Hammond said the three teens began throwing rocks and breaking windows at the church and the other teenagers left.

  • Crash claims life of Owen man

    An Owen County man is dead after a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 607 in Owen County. 
    Joseph Nunnelley, 36, of Owenton, was traveling south on Highway 607 at 1:45 p.m. when the vehicle he was driving left the roadway for unknown reasons and hit a tree, according to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Brad Arterburn.
    Nunnelley was pronounced dead at the scene by the Owen County Coroner. 
    Arterburn said Nunnelley was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.