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Today's News

  • Local health officials encouraging flu shots

    Despite warm temperatures and sunny days, flu season has arrived, and local health officials are urging residents to receive their flu shots as soon as possible.
    While the first cases of flu may push people toward getting their flu shot, organizations like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Three Rivers District Health Department, advise people to receive their flu shot now before the flu starts to spread around.

  • Project Graduation’s Haunted Trail returns Oct. 19

    Winding trails, fake blood and masked figures hidden in areas that you would least expect it. As textbooks are traded out for spell books and school wear for costumes, the Owen County senior class prepares for their second annual Haunted Trail.
    Located in the fields by Itron, the Haunted Trail is a one of a kind experience created by Owen County Coroner Mark Garnett as a fundraiser for Project Graduation. With the help of the seniors and their parents, the trail is now entering its second year in Owen County.

  • At the Library | October 11, 2017

    Senior Health Fair

    Once again seniors can come to the library to visit with a variety of health professionals with free services and goodies to hand out. Flu shots are offered along with blood pressure and blood sugar readings from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., today. For more information contact Suzanne Piper-Baird at (859) 250-9134 or Suzanne.fsca@gmail.com.

    Storytime

  • Distilling roots run deep for Owen native

    SPARTA, Ky. – When James Neeley set sail from northern Ireland in 1740 for what would soon become the United States, he brought with him copper pot stills – tools of the trade for what would eventually become a way of life for his descendants in Owsley County, Ky.
    Eleven generations later, that same tradition is still going strong and is now shared with hundreds of visitors each month at a sprawling knotty-pine structure located on a lot adjacent to the Kentucky Speedway.

  • Burn ban now in effect

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department urges residents to remember that fires can spin out of control quickly.
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry’s “no-burn” season began Oct. 1, and will continue through Dec. 15.
    During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    The Division of Air Quality has regulations that only natural growth can be burned.

  • Owen Co. Public Library gearing up to celebrate facility’s fifth anniversary

    Over the years, the Owen County Public Library has grown into the large library building that now houses hundreds of books, multiple workstations and weekly events that draw the community into the library on a regular basis. Although the library does continue to find new ways to participate in the community, they were not always able to do so.
    Up until five years ago, the Owen County Public Library was located in downtown Owenton on North Main Street in a small building built in 1968, now known as the Owen County Senior Center.

  • Friday crash claims 2 lives

    A single-vehicle crash claimed the lives of two Owen County residents Friday.
    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg received a call of an injury accident around 9:20 p.m. Owen County Sheriff’s Deputies Marvin Goodrich and Daniel Tracy were the first to arrive on scene at the Greenup Road entrance to Lucas Lane, where they found a Chevy Malibu resting on its top.

  • Lusby’s Mill past rife with colorful characters

    Assac Cobb is believed to have been the first white child born in Owen County. He was the eighth child of Samuel Cobb and his second wife, who were among the first settlers in Lusby’s Mill. Samuel Cobb fought in the Revolutionary War, and his first wife and two daughters were scalped and killed by Indians in South Carolina. In the late 1790s, the Cobbs and three other families settled on the banks of Eagle Creek behind present-day Mussel Shoals Church.

  • Who is it? | December 6, 2017
  • Looking Back | December 6, 2017

    Dec. 5, 2012
    5 years ago
    City seeks bright ideas

    Owenton Mayor Doug West and the members of the planning and zoning commission are looking for some fresh ideas for the city’s future.
    West will host a community meeting beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the courtroom of the Owen County Courthouse to take suggestions from the public on the city’s future in order to update its comprehensive plan.
    The current comprehensive plan was approved as it was in July, but the current plan has not been revised or updated in 20 years.