Local News

  • SOUND THE ALARM: Volunteer firefighters in short supply locally

    Jonesville Fire Chief Allen Cammack remembers well the day he felt called to serve his community. A house fire extinguished earlier that day by the volunteer fire department had reignited and manpower was in short supply.

    “After it rekindled, I remember the fire whistle going off several times trying to get someone to come in and help,” he said. “I thought, ‘You know, I’m here, I’m available and I can do this.’”

  • Project teaches recycling, beautifies school playground

    While many young students across the state and nation are often unconcerned with the environment and what’s taking place around them, one Owen County Elementary student recently collected 536 lbs. of recycled plastic lids in caps in order to give back to her community.

  • At the Library | August 23, 2017

    Classic Comedy Matinee

    Revisit the romance between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night.” This was the first movie to win five major Academy Awards. Bring your friends, we’ve got the popcorn. The fun begins at 1 p.m., today.

    Lego Challenge Game

    Can you build a logo car or pizza? Meet after school to build these and other challenges. Fun for all school-age children, from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today.

    Kids Cook: Oodles of Noodles

  • City approves budget, down $166K from 2016-17

    By Mike Haines

  • Rand Paul visits Owenton, talks healthcare

    From the mayor of Owenton to the youngest student enrolled in Owen County Schools, insurance is something that can tie a majority of Owen countians and the nation together. Although not every person has insurance, it is something that allows many to remain healthy throughout America.

  • Judge, clerk roll out potential lifesaving program

    The moments after a car crash are crucial for first responders — learning simple information like allergies or medical conditions can often affect the medical treatment a person is given.
    If a car crash victim is unconscious or unresponsive after a crash, first responders may have trouble treating them at the scene. Despite the urgency, a simple yellow dot may have the power to help save the injured person.

  • Court approves further EMS reorganization

    For the second time under Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis’ administration, local EMS will experience further reorganization, a move Ellis said is “imperative” to the future of the county’s healthcare.
    The court voted Aug. 8 to dissolve the EMS shift supervisor positions, created in 2015 under the department’s initial reorganization.
    Two new positions were approved during the meeting.
    Paramedic Autumn Becknell and EMT Allen Cammack were assigned the roles of assistant administrator and operations director, respectively.

  • Free breakfast, lunch program extended to OCHS

    Parents will no longer have to dole out lunch money for their children returning to school today after the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) has now expanded to all grade levels.
    Over the past few years, the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary schools and Maurice Bowling Middle School have participated in the CEP, which provides free meals to those who are enrolled in the school system. The CEP offers a free breakfast and lunch to students every school day, though certain extra items like anything a la carte cost money.

  • Meet the ‘Butterfly Lady’

    Recycled lunch meat containers fill the desks and windowsills of the Owen County Soil Conservation Office located on West Perry Street.  Inside those containers, a metamorphosis is taking place.
    What started out as a few caterpillars six years ago has turned into an ever growing project to rescue and release monarch butterflies, a species that many researchers believe to be headed for extinction.