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  • Identical twins make history at Miss Pre-Teen Kentucky County Fair pageant

    Ever since identical twins Hallie and McKenzie Risch were old enough to talk, they begged their mother for the opportunity to compete in beauty pageants. Fearing that one sister would be let down if one were to win and the other didn’t, Heather Risch chose not to allow her daughters to compete.
    Finally, at the age of 9, the girls began competing and winning titles across the region, and on Oct. 14, the 11-year-old daughters of Scott and Heather Risch made history at the Miss Pre-Teen Kentucky County Fair Pageant held at Louisville’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

  • OCHS Veterans Day program returns Nov. 10 with new additions

    For Owen County High School Civics Club President Madelin Shelton and Vice-President Kaitlyn Parker, Veterans Day is more than merely saying “thank you” to those who have served in the U.S. Military.
    The two students have worked diligently for weeks alongside other Civics Club members to bring Owen County’s entire student body under one roof to remind their peers of the sacrifices many have endured to protect America’s freedom.
    Both Shelton and Parker said it’s a subject that hits close to home.

  • A beary special passion

    Nestled inside a quaint cabin on New Liberty-Sparta Road, 32-year-old Adam Bear sits in a chair with his pet dog Arfie. Bear’s extended family members sit across the room on an antique bed – a cousin named Rusty, a grandmother, affectionately referred to as “Grammie,” among others.
    Adam and his descendants are not your typical family – they cannot speak, walk or embrace one another as an ordinary family might – but each bear was stuffed and sewn with love at the hands of their creator, 71-year-old Katie Gibson.

  • Deputy arrests three after discovering meth lab

    An anonymous complaint concerning a vehicle to the Owen County Sheriff’s Department Friday led to three arrests after a sheriff’s deputy discovered methamphetamine precursors in the vehicle.

  • At the Library | October 18, 2017

    Painted Pumpkins

    Using acrylic paint, decorate your very own pumpkin. Beautiful or spooky, the choice and the design are completely up to you. Appropriate for all ages, but children in second grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. The event will be from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today (Wednesday).


    Join Miss Susan to enjoy great books and fun activities. This program is for preschoolers and their caregivers who are a necessary and required part of the program. Come join in the fun at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.

  • Police chief: 2-3 additional officers needed

    Following the community’s continued drug problem and strains on the Owenton Police Department, Police Chief Terry Gentry believes the department could use more manpower and recently asked the City Council to consider hiring two to three more officers.
    Gentry reported three felony arrests, two drug arrests and 900 complaints over the last month during the Oct. 3 council meeting. This, combined with two officers who will soon go through mandatory training, limits what the department can do.

  • Local health officials encouraging flu shots

    Despite warm temperatures and sunny days, flu season has arrived, and local health officials are urging residents to receive their flu shots as soon as possible.
    While the first cases of flu may push people toward getting their flu shot, organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Three Rivers District Health Department, advise people to receive their flu shot now before the flu starts to spread around.

  • Project Graduation’s Haunted Trail returns Oct. 19

    Winding trails, fake blood and masked figures hidden in areas that you would least expect it. As textbooks are traded out for spell books and school wear for costumes, the Owen County senior class prepares for their second annual Haunted Trail.
    Located in the fields by Itron, the Haunted Trail is a one of a kind experience created by Owen County Coroner Mark Garnett as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. With the help of the seniors and their parents, the trail is now entering its second year in Owen County.

  • At the Library | October 11, 2017

    Senior Health Fair

    Once again seniors can come to the library to visit with a variety of health professionals with free services and goodies to hand out. Flu shots are offered along with blood pressure and blood sugar readings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., today. For more information contact Suzanne Piper-Baird at (859) 250-9134 or Suzanne.fsca@gmail.com.


  • Distilling roots run deep for Owen native

    SPARTA, Ky. – When James Neeley set sail from northern Ireland in 1740 for what would soon become the United States, he brought with him copper pot stills – tools of the trade for what would eventually become a way of life for his descendants in Owsley County, Ky.
    Eleven generations later, that same tradition is still going strong and is now shared with hundreds of visitors each month at a sprawling knotty-pine structure located on a lot adjacent to the Kentucky Speedway.