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Today's News

  • At the library: July 8-14

    Going to kindergarten this fall?  Well, we have the program for you!  Kindergarten 123 will meet 3 times in July with activities and ideas for parents and children getting ready for this next big step in their lives.  The activities are focused on preparing children to be successful in the classroom.  Come join in the fun on Thursday evenings!!    Our Christmas in July series continues for those of you who want to get an early start on making things for the Holiday season.  Join De every Wednesday in July for fun and easy Christmas crafts.

  • In briefs

    Beech Grove Baptist to hold homecoming
    Beech Grove Baptist Church will hold homecoming Sunday. Former pastor Bro. Joey Johnson will be the guest speaker. After the morning worship, the church will have a fellowship meal. Evening worship will follow the fellowship.

    Commodities to be distributed
    Commodities will be distributed at Meeting the Needs Ministry from 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 14, on Hwy. 127 N.

  • Vandals take toll on mailboxes

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of reports of damaged or destroyed mailboxes.
    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said 30 to 40 mailboxes were either destroyed or tampered with between 3 and 4 a.m. June 25.
    Additionally, Bess said the vandal or vandals had reportedly placed red or black paint on some of the mailbox posts.
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Lilly said the vandalism seemed to run in a circle, with mailboxes being hit on Hwy. 22 W. in Owenton, Lake Road, Southfork Road and Cull Road.

  • Fiscal court passes $5.5 million budget

    The Owen County Fiscal Court passed its $5.5 million budget June 23, just days before the start of the new fiscal year, which begins today.
    Despite being new to the judge’s office, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis’ term as a county magistrate helped familiarize him with the budget process.
    “For the 2015-16 fiscal year we’ll be doing a lot better job supplementing the budget with grant money versus general fund dollars,” Ellis said. “We’ll have expanded services, all while costing the taxpayers less money.”

  • Going out with a BOOM!

    Patti Parker Gaines and Ken Gaines have been selling fireworks for Owen countians to enjoy since 2004.
    This year, Loud and Rowdy Fireworks has two stands in Owenton, as well as stands in Eminence, Warsaw and Shelbyville.
    Providing a place to buy fireworks from a locally owned and locally operated business, Loud and Rowdy Fireworks’ employees are all from Owen County.
    Patti Gaines said she expects big sales this year due to the recent rain.

  • Owen County home to 2015 jailer of the year

    A little over 20 years ago, Cindy Walker was given the opportunity to become a deputy jailer.
    “I wasn’t sure about it,” Walker said. “I was skeptical. But once I started I really enjoyed it, its become a part of my life. It’s what I do every day now.”
    Now in her second term as Owen County jailer, Walker was recently named the 2015 Kentucky Jailer Of the Year by the Kentucky Jailer’s Association.

  • Wotier gives state of the city

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier recently gave his state of the city address, which highlighted the city’s efforts to decrease the budget and crack down on the nuisance properties.
    Since retaking office in January, Wotier said he has tried to familiarize himself with the changes that took place during the four years he was out.

  • Monterey hopes to find philanthropist to fund community center

    “It feels like the heart has been ripped out of our town.”
    With drug use on the rise and a town full of deteriorating buildings, Doreen McElroy, says the City of Monterey needs a place for the community to come together.
    Some community members, including McElroy, have their eye set on 32 Worth St., the former Monterey location of Peoples Bank.
    “The building needs a lot of work,” McElroy said. “It needs a new roof, electric upgrading, a whole bunch of stuff.”

  • Local couple offers historical getaway

    Owen County’s newest historical rental home and event center takes pride in its rich history and encourages you to come and be relaxed while experiencing the simple life.
    Nestled on a 240-acre working cattle farm near the banks of the Kentucky River, Blue Wing Landing is totally secluded from civilization and offers peace and quiet for a relaxing getaway or event.
    After seeing breathtaking pictures of a historical home that was available for purchase, it was a no-brainer for owners Doug and his wife, Kathleen Martin.

  • High marks for superintendent

    The Owen County School Board recently completed an evaluation of the district’s superintendent in an effort by the Kentucky Department of Education to better gauge the performance of the leader of the school district.
    The evaluation, only in its first year of implementation by the state, will be required of all school districts statewide beginning next school year.
    Superintendent Rob Stafford received high marks according to the evaluation which was submitted and approved on May 27.