Today's News

  • Letter to the editor: Kimberly Smith announces county clerk bid

    I would like to officially ask for your vote and support in the upcoming primary election. I am seeking the office of county clerk. My name is Kimberly “Kim” Smith. I currently work at Commonwealth Credit Union and have been there for over nine years. I deal with auto loans and I am a registered NMLS to assist with mortgage applications. I have worked with many of you over the years and if elected I vow to work hard for you. I have the skills needed to effectively run the clerk’s office and oversee the development the staff.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Small communities had a big impact

    Most Owen countians are familiar with the names of Claxon Ridge, Pink Ridge, Stewart Ridge, Buffalo Ridge, Riddle’s Ridge, Divided Ridge, Fortner Ridge, Ball Ridge, Harris Ridge, Bethel Ridge and Long Ridge. Some of these hilltops took on the names of the families who first settled along their crests, while the origin of the names of others may have been lost over the years.

  • Owenton to host Easter egg hunt Saturday

    A day of relaxation and fun is what organizers of the second annual community-wide Easter egg hunt are looking forward to after several months of planning.
    The community-wide Easter egg hunt is slated for 1-4 p.m., Saturday, at the Owen County Park and Fairgrounds.
    Owen County Parks and Rec. Director Buck Beverly said the afternoon will be full of events for children and families, including a petting zoo, face painting by Rebecca’s Toppers, photos with the Easter bunny and more.

  • Novelist to share insights into the past

    From Owen County, Ind. to Owen County, Ky., historical novelist James Alexander Thom is sure to delight history lovers during his appearance at the Owen County Historical Society’s monthly program Thursday.
    Thom, who has written nine historical novels, said many of them have taken place around the Ohio Valley or in Kentucky.
    Thom said his most successful novel, “Follow The River,” includes a critical section that takes place by Big Bone Lick.

  • Owen County District Court - April 4, 2014

    Thomas Dean, 1973, theft by deception, continued to April 11.
    Thomas Dean, 1973, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, continued to April 11.
    Autovest LLC. vs. Robert Burke, motion for default judgment, granted.
    Darian Carter vs. Joe Jacobs, forcible detainer, dismissed.
    Discover Bank vs. Matt J. Jester, motion for default judgment, granted.
    Discover Bank vs. Fred Manica, motion to transfer, granted.
    Eagle Financial Services Inc. vs. Elizabeth Reynolds, motion to transfer, granted.

  • Class of ‘64 to hold 50-year reunion

    From near and far, former classmates of Owen County High will come together once again in Owenton on April 12 when the school’s class of 1964 holds its 50th anniversary class reunion in the Owen County Extension Service’s community room at 357 Ellis Road.
    Class members are encouraged to come by The Smith House restaurant at 1640 Hwy 22 for an impromptu lunch around 12:30 or 1 p.m. to have an opportunity to spend some extra time catching up and getting reacquainted with fellow classmates since they last saw them.

  • Rain plays havoc for Rebels on the diamond

    Owen County High School does not have a rowing team. It’s too bad because they could have practiced last week on the baseball and softball fields.
    Neither the baseball team or the softball team saw much action last week. The baseball team played one game while the softball team was not in action once.
    The Rebels took on Scott County March 31 and were shut out, 10-0.

  • Joan Kincaid retires, ready for family and some fishing

    By John Whitlock
    N-H Editor
    For over 35 years, Joan Kincaid has been a presence in Owen County government.
    On Tuesday morning, she stepped away from her desk and down from her position as Owen County Clerk.
    The road to serving such a long stretch in local government began in 1978 at Owenton’s Western Auto when Kincaid was asked to join the Owen County Sheriff’s Office as a clerk.

  • Questions on merged government tackled at forum

    A strong turnout was on hand March 25 for a forum hosted by the Owen County Chamber of Commerce regarding charter counties.
    Dr. Phil Sparks of Chase Law School, Rick Ornstein with the Kentucky Association of Counties and attorney Skip Watson led the discussion and took written questions from the audience.
    Owen County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Downing said participants in Leadership Owen County heard discussions on charter counties about 10 years ago, but the topic hadn’t been discussed much since then.

  • Stivers named to take over Owen Co. Clerk office

    As one chapter of Owen County history comes to a close, another one opens with the appointment of Laurel P. Stivers to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.
    The appointment came after Joan Kincaid announced her retirement from the office. Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith appointed Stivers to the office Tuesday morning.
    Stivers, who will be on the ballot for the clerk’s position in May, said she is looking forward to settling into her new position at a busy time of the year.