Local News

  • Code Red alerts Owen residents to emergencies

    The Code Red Alert system was used during the water outage, severe weather and will be used for other alerts.
    If you have not received a phone call from the Owen County judge-executive or Kentucky State Police Post, your phone number is not on the call list. This list will not be given out or sold.
    This system depends on everyone signing up their phone number, name and address.
    This information is to alert the public in only the areas of the county that is affected.

  • Musical mission: Concert paves the way for Owen cheerleaders to compete on national stage

    For months, the Owen County cheerleaders were wondering how they would pay for part of their March trip to a national competition in South Carolina.
    Saturday night, they got their answer.
    Owen County native Eddie Barber, who himself is chasing a dream and performed on Nashville Star, headlined a benefit concert that raised enough money to cover the cheerleaders’ competition fees, charter bus and lodging.
    “The show was fabulous,” Jenna Gray, coach of the Owen County High School cheerleaders, said.

  • Pipeline delayed for a year

    A controversial pipeline project that the Owen County Fiscal Court took a stand against last year has been delayed.
    The announcement came Feb. 19, when the energy company Williams, one half of the partnership behind the Bluegrass Pipeline, announced its year-end 2013 financial results.
    Despite the delay, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said the company continues to communicate with potential customers.

  • Weather extends school year to June 4

    A longer school day for Owen County students means summer won’t be delayed by much, despite missing 19 days so far.
    The Owen County Board of Education recently voted to cut spring break by three days, but Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford said having a longer school day than some school districts has already helped students make up five of the 19 days missed.
    The last day of school for students is now expected to be June 4.

  • Cinderella’s Closet ready to help young princesses

    Feeling like a princess for prom can often become a huge expense, but through donations one organization continues to help junior and senior high school girls have an evening they won’t forget.
    Cinderella’s Closet originated as a ministry of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Lakeside Park, but has grown to other churches throughout the country, including locations in northern Kentucky and Frankfort.

  • Capital visit

    Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown recently welcomed Grant Cobb and Wade Cammack to the Kentucky House of Representatives as his legislative pages for the Feb. 14 session of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  Grant is an eighth grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, and his parents are Robin and Marie Cobb.  Wade is also an eighth grader at Maurice Bowling Middle School, and his parents are Allen and Melissa Cammack.

  • Open house • Opening doors

    The staff of the Owen County Adult Learning Center hosted an open house on Feb. 12 to celebrate their new location.
    The learning center is now located at 103 West Perry.  The hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to noon; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,  1 to 4 p.m. with night classes offered at the library on Tuesday and Thursday night 4:30 until 7:30 p.m.
    Director Veronica Gayle said the open house was a great success.

  • Noninsured crop disaster assistance deadline nearing

    The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program provides financial assistance similar to crop insurance to eligible producers affected by natural disasters. The upcoming deadlines to file an application for natural disaster protection under the NAP are March 1 and March 15.
    The crops for March1 deadline are alfalfa, clover, grass, millet, mixing., teff

  • Senior Salute 2014

    Owen County High School held its annual Senior Night Friday. The seniors who participate in the OCHS athletics programs were honored.


  • Showing support for athletics

    Top: David Lyons, center, the president of First Farmers Bank, presents a check for $500 to Owen County High School Lady Rebels Head Coach Robert Osborne, left, and Amy Klein Wesselman, right, the girls JV head coach and assistant varsity coach. The donation is part this year’s Three-Point Challenge and will be used to help Owen County schools’ athletics programs.