Today's News

  • St. Elizabeth, HealthPoint committed to Owen’s healthcare

    For this first quarterly article of 2016, I wish to update you on the current situation with our local hospital, clinic, EMS service and the availability of quality healthcare in Owen County.

  • Civil War encampments still lively even in the middle of wintertime

    As he cradled the concertina and coaxed it to sing, the strains of “Rosin The Bow” gallantly galloped across its pleated folds, and for one brief moment in time, the melodious instrument captured a piece of history.

    Brother Matt Merrill, his passion for history lighting up his bearded countenance, was the historical society’s special guest speaker last week.

    Matt is pastor of First Methodist in Owenton, a history teacher in Woodford county, a former historical reenactor, and a delightfully informative scholar of the Civil War.

  • Community Events | Jan. 20, 2016

    Leadership Owen County to begin soon

    If you would like to participate in Leadership Owen County 2016, it will begin Feb. 5-6. Please call the Owen County Extension Office to register at (502) 484-5703.

    Adult Learning to begin new session

    The Owen County Adult Learning Center is beginning a new session. We offer free services that can help you earn GED diploma, prepare for college/training, earn National Career Readiness Certificate, better help your kids with homework and much more. Contact us at (502) 750-3088.

  • At the Library | Jan. 20, 2016

    MOOC is here. That stands for Massive Open Online Course and represents a new way to learn, to connect and to grow. Online courses are available, aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. It is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take the course, with no limit on attendance. The library staff will also be offering discussion groups for four courses of our choosing.

  • Senior Activities | Jan. 20, 2016

    The Owen County Senior Center is located at 118 N. Main St., Owenton. Its hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday. The center is managed by Stacey Sipple Long and can be reached at (502) 484-3139.

    If you need a ride to the senior center, call Owen County Public Transit at (502) 750-2828 and schedule when you would like to attend.

    Today (Wednesday): 9 a.m. Yahtzee; 1 p.m. Skip-Bo.

    Thursday, Jan. 21: 9 a.m. Skip-Bo; 1 p.m. Extension office, education.

  • Owen County High School honor roll – second nine weeks

    9th Grade Super Honor Roll

    Laura Duke, Hailee Gordon, Katie Hensley, Kaitlyn Parker, Kenneth Penn-Simpson, Jared Prather and Haley Young.

    9th Grade Honor Roll

  • Old man winter settles in on the Branch

    Winter has finally reached Kentucky and the Branch. It was 7-degrees on my outside thermometer this morning.

    Thank God for a good wood burning stove and John, who cuts the wood and brings it to my back porch.

    He brought in another load yesterday while I was at church, so I am good for another three weeks. I only have two appointments outside of the house this week, bridge tomorrow and another dentist appointment on Wednesday. By the time the snow “they” are predicting gets here, I will be in at home with my zoo.

  • Looking back | Jan. 20, 2016

    Rate hike announced by electricity provider
    Jan. 19, 2011
    5 years ago

    The Kentucky Public Service commission recently granted a rate increase to Winchester-based East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the wholesale electric power supplier for Owen Electric Cooperative and 15 other member cooperatives.

    According to a statement released by the company, EKPC sought the rate increase to “strengthen its financial condition and continue building equity.”

  • Court News | Jan. 20, 2016

    Owen District Court
    Jan. 15


    Derrick Dempsey, 1989, probation violation; continue to Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.


    Michelle Bitzer, 1969, second-degree disorderly conduct; alcohol intoxication in a public place; falsely reporting an incident; resisting arrest; not guilty plea, appoint public attorney, continue to Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

    Miranda Hensley, 1995, harassing communications; not guilty plea.

  • Warm fire or smoky chimney

    Weekend Gardener

    The fire season has finally started- in the fireplace, that is! Early winter was so mild I wasn’t sure if we would be in need of some extra warmth. Last week’s frigid temperatures changed all that and we have the wood stacked and sorted for easy access as we lay a fire for the evening. However, not all wood is created equal if you plan to use it for warmth in the fireplace.