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Today's News

  • Hensley looks to future as new county road foreman

    With only a few weeks under his belt as newly-appointed county road foreman and solid waste supervisor, Dustin Hensley is already making significant changes within the county department.
    Hensley, 40, spent the last 10 years as an employee of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District Six. During that time, he received his Road Master and Road Scholar certifications through the University of Kentucky. He also completed nearly 300 hours of auxiliary training.

  • New program will assist single fathers

    Feb. 18 will mark the beginning of Owen County’s partnership with the 4 Your Child Program, a grant-funded program coordinated by the University of Louisville serving non-custodial fathers.
    “Our project is an attempt to help fathers increase their capacity for taking active roles in their children’s lives,” Dr. Armon Perry, University of Louisville Associate Professor and Project Director said.

  • How Kentucky’s non-compliance with Real ID licenses may cause you real problems

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year.

  • Tensions rise around alcohol ordinance debate

    In a discussion that at times turned tense, the Owenton City Council once again considered potential changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance.
    At its December meeting, community member Jason Wainscott approached the council asking for consideration to amend the city’s alcohol ordinance to include new Kentucky legislation that would allow businesses seating at least 50 people to sell alcohol with the purchase of a meal as long as 70 percent of their gross sales comes from food. Wainscott also requested the council consider legalizing Sunday sales.

  • Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

    A traffic stop led to heroin-related arrests for Owenton Police Jan. 2.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller stopped a vehicle driven by Ethan Bradford, 24, of Grant County, in the Family Dollar parking lot on Main Street. According to Miller, Bradford was arrested for operating on a suspended operator’s license, expired registration plates, and no insurance.

  • Food available to OCHS and MBMS students

    The Youth Services Center, in partnership with the Free Store Food Bank School Pantry, is offering a new service.
    The School Pantry was developed to provide nutritious, healthy food to children and their families for preparation and consumption at their place of residence.

  • Mayor outlines plans for 2017

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier says much of 2017 is contingent upon Itron and explained what may be in store for the next year.
    “I’m anxious to see what Itron is going to be doing,” Wotier said. “We have not scheduled a meeting yet, but they said they needed three months; which is January. I am not fearful that we won’t get a factory, my concern is getting one that is up to par with Itron, with the capacity for 450 employees. Maybe not exactly 450, but I want a high number of employees.”

  • Visiting outdoorsman repulsed by litter at local boat ramp

    You could say Spencer County resident Bill Mitchell loves the outdoors, but that may be an understatement.
    The retired Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Public Lands Manager now spends some of his time waterfowl hunting. That hobby recently led Mitchell to Big Twin Creek, where he said an unsightly amount of litter nearly ruined his day.
    Mitchell was set to launch his boat at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife boat ramp on Kentucky 355 at Big Twin Creek.

  • Local educators will see decrease in paycheck

    Financial strife for Owen County Schools continued at the December board of education meeting, as new legislation passed will cause employees to see a slight decrease in their paycheck.

  • City of Gratz wet-dry vote set for Tuesday

    N-H Staff report
    Voters in the City of Gratz are expected to head to the polls Tuesday, Jan. 10, to vote on the question, “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gratz?”
    The voting will take place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, located at 5825 Gratz Rd. Only those who are registered voters in the City of Gratz will be allowed to vote. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
    The City of Gratz is home to approximately 70 registered voters, according to the Owen County Clerk’s Office.