Local News

  • 'Hometown Heroes' to be showcased

    A local non-profit is preparing to roll out a living tribute banner program, showcasing Owen County’s ‘Hometown Heroes.’

    The banners will highlight veterans, those currently serving in the military, first responders and law enforcement and will be displayed on utility poles throughout downtown Owenton and beyond.

    Operation Honor, a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Owen County will present the program, according to Founder and CEO Joe Montgomery.

  • School-based clinic on the way

    HealthPoint Family Care launched its Owenton location Feb. 1 in the former New Horizons space on Progress Way and now they are scheduled to operate another location starting this fall in Owen County: a school-based clinic.

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard first approached the district about launching a school-based clinic earlier this year. The school, along with HealthPoint and the Three Rivers District Health Department discussed how they could work together to provide healthcare, he said.

  • Food ministry launches locally, ensures kids receive nutritious meals

    Children in Owen County will have the opportunity to get two free, nutritious meals each weekday during the summer thanks to two feeding sites launched in Owenton by the UMC Food Ministry.

    The UMC Food Ministry is a program operated by the Northern Kentucky District of the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program launched six years ago and helps ensure children 18 and under can get free, nutritious meals with fruits, vegetables, milk, grains and protein, said the Rev. Dr. Larry Karow, CEO for the UMC Food Ministry.

  • OC youth participate in 2016 summer basketball camp

    Some of Owen County’s youth participated in the Rebels basketball camp last week. The younger students were mentored by players from the Rebels and Lady Rebels squads.

  • Court News | June 22, 2016

    Owen District Court | June 17, 2016

    Micah Curtis, 1978, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, preliminary hearing set for June 24.

    Rickey E. Rose, 1984, failure to use child restraint device in vehicle, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, contempt of court, continued to July 15.

    Ricky Rose, 1984, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, no or expired registration plates, no or expired Kentucky registration receipt, contempt of court, continued to July 15.

  • Owen native Tracy becomes county’s newest deputy sheriff

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    Owen County native and 2009 OCHS graduate, Daniel Tracy, joined the sheriff’s department as a deputy in January after serving in court security with the office since 2012.

    After graduating high school, Tracy joined the U.S. Army where he served for eight years. During his time of service he was deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011 and was a specialist at the end of his service in September 2015.

  • New employee guidelines on social media use; Cost of lunch increases at OCHS

    Guidelines for social media use by Owen County Schools staff members were one of the revisions in the district’s faculty and staff technology use agreement, which had its first reading at Monday night’s board meeting.

  • Summer camp returns to Owen to enrich young minds following hiatus

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    For the first time in over four years, Owen County students K-5 got the opportunity to attend summer camp and enrich their summers with hands-on learning.

    The Owen County 21st Century Community Learning Center (CLC) based the camp activities around STEAM principles which include science, technology, engineering, art and math.

    Director of CLC Blair Baldwin said it is shown that kids tend to lose academic progress during school breaks.

  • Governor appoints Robertson to PVA post

    Gov. Matt Bevin signed an executive order Friday officially appointing Blake Robertson as county property valuation administrator.

    Robertson, a 27-year-old Republican, was one of 10 who took the required examination to hold the office May 30.

    The vacancy was created following the death of James “Jimmy” Coyle April 21.

    Robertson serves as pastor at Mussel Shoals Baptist Church and has worked as a field representative in the PVA’s office since 2011.

  • Where do we go from here?

    Downtowns and main streets across the nation used to be the core of all commerce, but as business has shifted away during the last few decades from downtowns toward the interstate highways and suburbs of metropolitan areas, some downtowns are abandoned and littered with vacant storefronts.

    Although Owenton’s downtown has avoided some of the collapse thanks to long-existing businesses and the lack of a nearby interstate, the downtown did not emerge unscathed as shopping habits of consumers across the nation have changed.