Local News

  • A lesson in democracy

    Owen County High School Civics Club officers have been hard at work for what they say is a unique opportunity for voters to become informed on candidate platforms, rather than basing decisions on flashy commercials.
    Candidates for state representative incumbent Democrat Chuck Tackett and Republican Phillip Pratt will be featured in a political forum Monday, along with candidates for fourth district congressional representative incumbent Republican Thomas Massie and Democrat Calvin Sidle.

  • Skeptics question local visitors center

    Though met with skepticism from a few local citizens, the Owen County Tourism Commission remains adamant that the recently opened visitor’s center will encourage travelers to look beyond the county’s surface.
    Now open for 90 days, the center has no statistics for its first month and a half of operation, but tourism director Joyce DuVall said visitors have passed through from as far away as Canada.
    The center’s guest book shows more than 20 names of such visitors, and 30-plus names of residents, some questioning its funding or purpose.

  • Board of education recognizes Hardin for achievement in state program

    State honors were recognized at Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    Owen County High School Junior Jessica Hardin was recognized by Gear Up Kentucky Advisor Marie Cobb for her outstanding achievement in the Gear Up program.
    Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a six-year grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education in which students participate in career exploration, resume workshops, college fairs and visits, summer programs and more.

  • OCHS students observe See You At the Pole Sept. 28
  • Owen Electric crewmen aid in S.C.
  • City of Owenton sees spike in arrests

    Arrests within the City of Owenton are up across the board, but complaints are down according to a report recently given by Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry.
    Arrests within the City of Owenton are up 20 percent, while felony arrests are up 70 percent, and drug arrests 48-50 percent, according to Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry.
    While arrests declined in 2015, Gentry said 2016 numbers are more in line with 2014.

  • Online tool detailing local drug use statistics made available to public

    A new online tool compiling regional data of opioid addiction launched Monday.
    The Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department presented the tool, titled GEOstory of Opioid Addiction, at a recent meeting held at the Owen County Public Library.
    The tool compiles data from the region and puts it in on location for citizens, caregivers and health professionals to access.

  • 2 Owenton residents killed in shooting

    Landmark News Service

  • 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.”