Today's News

  • Volunteer firefighters respond to smoke at Owenton Center

    Owen County volunteer firefighters responded to smoke at 905 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton Center, Monday.
    Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers said the motor to an HVAC unit was frozen when the unit came on.
    “It heated itself up and got hot, started to smoke,” Powers said. “The smoke filtered to the attic, that’s when they called us.”
    The call came in at 8:37 a.m. Powers said firefighters were on scene within two minutes.
    Powers said the facility’s maintenance man cut the unit off.

  • Alleged burglary ends with man being flown to UC Hospital

    What began as a burglary at a Wheatley home Oct. 14 ended with an injury accident and one patient flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
    Two men, Kevin Clarkson and James Taylor, allegedly broke into the home of Tommy Williams on Hwy. 227 near Wheatley, according to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell.
    The two men allegedly swiped a 48-inch flat screen TV from Williams’ residence.

  • Doctors could return within 45 days

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard said patients of Owen County’s three doctors are making the trek to Florence for their healthcare, but he is hopeful to have the doctors back in the county within 45 days.
    Physicians Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara recently joined HealthPoint Family Care and are temporarily located in Florence.
    In a September press release, HealthPoint CEO Chris Goddard said it is the company’s intent to open an office in Owenton in the near future to return the physicians to their community.

  • PROFICIENT: OCHS earns high marks in statewide testing

    Statewide-standardized test scores were released recently and Owen County High School earned the title proficient.
    The goal after last year’s scores at the high school was 63.6, lower than the proficient cutoff of 70.2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The high school exceeded that by one point, scoring 71.2 and ranking in the 73rd percentile of all Kentucky schools.
    “It was pleasing [receiving the scores],” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “We made good gains in college and career readiness and the end of course [assessments].”

  • State candidates to attend forum

    It might not be Fancy Farm, but the Owen County High School Civics Club hopes to encourage local residents to vote by hosting a political forum at 7 p.m. today.
    OCHS senior and civics club officer Connor Chancery said all statewide candidates were equally sought after, but many declined or had prior engagements.

  • MasterFit offers traditional exercise, cross-fit workouts

    Owen Countians now have a new home for physical fitness and wellness—MasterFit.
    Trent Holbert, the certified personal trainer for MasterFit and lead pastor of Epoch Fellowship in Owenton, said the gym’s theme is rooted in part of Psalm 139.
    “Our mission behind the gym is to help everyone feel [beautiful and unique],” Holbert said.
    For Holbert, the road to fitness was a personal journey as he worked to readjust his diet and lose 60 lbs after fighting through scoliosis and an autoimmune disorder with a 30 percent fatality rate in 2011.

  • Fall harvest bountiful at Michels Family Farm

    The brightly colored pumpkins and gourds scattered across a wagon in Jeff Michels’ barn signify a bumper fall harvest and the changes in Owen County’s rural history.
    Like many Owen countians, Michels once grew tobacco, but said the increasing cost of fertilize and other supplies drove him to another venture.
    “I’d rather pick up pumpkins than cut tobacco any day,” Michels said. “And its turned out to be a pretty darn good year for pumpkins.”

  • Kentucky author visits with MBMS students

    Owenton’s population could probably fit inside the Queens, New York apartment complex Alecia Whitaker now calls home, but she recollects her memories of growing up in Kentucky as an influence for her writing.  
    Whitaker, originally from Cynthiana, was invited to talk to seventh- and eighth-graders at the middle school. She talked about the writing process, telling an interesting, descriptive story and life in the Big Apple.
    “When I started writing, I wanted to write for Kentucky kids,” Whitaker said.

  • First annual BBQ & Bluegrass Jam to be held at Steepleview Farm

    If you’re a fan of pickin’ or sawing on strings, then the new BBQ & Bluegrass Jam in Poplar Grove could be the highlight of your weekend.
    The gates at the BBQ and Bluegrass Jam at Steepleview Farm will open at 12:30 p.m. and the entertainment goes from 1 p.m. until dark this Saturday. Marc Carey, who owns the Steepleview Farm, said the jam is a good opportunity for people to see the beauty of rural Owen County.

  • Celebrating National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, 2015

    What do a Confederate solider, a county judge and a state senator have in common?
    Each were former owners of what would become Owen County’s only newspaper, The News-Herald.
    As the nation celebrates National Newspaper Week, Oct. 4-10, we take a look back at Owen County’s long and storied newspaper history.
    Owen County’s newspaper history unfolds in New Liberty in 1868, when J.M. Clark established the county’s first newspaper, The Owen News.