Today's News

  • PVA test May 31

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a special examination will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to qualify prospective candidates for the vacant office of Owen County Property Valuation Administrator (PVA).

    The examination, will be held at the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) Building, 400 Englewood Drive, Frankfort, KY. Identification will be required.


    On May 6, 1988, Kentucky State Police discovered the remains of a young woman – she lie naked in an open field on Highway 330, her face decomposed beyond recognition – the cause of death was determined as strangulation.

    The discovery received little press. A May 12, 1988 edition of the News-Herald reported that an unidentified white female was discovered approximately 18 miles south of Owenton, 27 feet off the roadway.

  • Council votes to condemn property

    The Owenton City Council took a step forward in dealing with a nuisance property on Gayle Avenue by voting to condemn the property at Tuesday meeting.

    The property located at 331 Gayle Ave., owned by Mark Collins, was also discussed at last month’s city council meeting after neighbors raised concern about the safety of the structure and its proximity to other houses.

  • Farm and craft market set to begin Friday with judge's cookout

    Following the winter hiatus, the Owen County Farm and Craft Market returns for the season to the pavilion behind Farm Bureau starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

    The market will begin at 10 a.m. each Friday and will close when vendors sellout, which is typically around 1 p.m. or shortly after, David Chappell, the farm and craft market manager said. The market will remain open each Friday until the end of October.

    The market, which has been a seasonal attraction since 2003, is a Kentucky Proud market and the vendors are from Owen and surrounding counties, he said.

  • Touch A Truck event will benefit Power Pack Program, Hands for Ed.

    Owen County’s youth will get the opportunity to explore a wide array of vehicles, both large and small, at the Touch A Truck program this Saturday at the Owen County Fairgrounds.

    The event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., will also have food vendors, including Big Tricky’s Catering and Kona Ice, and a silent auction. The cost to attend is $10 per car load.

    “We wanted to have a fundraiser to benefit The Power Pack Program and Helping Hands for Education,” said Julie Riddle, the youth services assistant.

  • Severn Valley once grounds for ancient burial sites

    Early Owen County settlers called it “locust and pawpaw” land. Its rich loamy soil nourished a great number of locust and pawpaw trees and provided bumper crops of tobacco and produce.

    There was a time when Severn Creek Valley was home to mills, a school, a church and a number of households. By 1958 only a few families lived along the five-mile stretch from the mouth of Severn to where it crossed by Highway 35.

  • Court News | May 25, 2016

    Owen District Court | May 20, 2016

    William Barker, 1987, second-degree burglary, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 27.

    Lonnie Gay Coghill, 1957, receiving stolen property under $10,000, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for May 26, transfer case to Carroll County.

  • Looking back | May 25, 2016

    Marshall urges burglary suspect to turn himself in
    May 25, 2011 | 5 years ago

    A Nicholas County man was recently arrested at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office following alleged thefts.

    According to Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond, Larry B. Gaines, 29, of Carlisle, was located May 13 by a U.S. Marshall and was told it would be best if he turned himself in at the sheriff’s office.

    Gaines allegedly broke into a storage building at 3040 Pleasant Grove Rd. and stole Snap-on tools valued at $3,500.

  • Memorial Day allows family to reunite

    Sunshine, glorious sunshine. I was beginning to think we would never see it again. I have been trying to keep ahead of the yard but it has been a chore. I mow and the grass is so thick, it leaves great piles of clippings that turn into hay. There has been very little actual hay cut this spring. Bruce is hoping he can get some cut this week, but the weatherman says the rain is coming back on Wednesday, but enough about the weather. I did go over most of the yard Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I still have a bit more to do when the grass dries this afternoon.

  • At the Library | May 25, 2016

    The Summer Reading Program is all about fitness this year; fitness of mind and body. Keep up your reading schedule and keep your mind fit. Come join us Wednesday, beginning June 1, for body and mind fitness programs. Plus kids get free fair tickets again this year for keeping a reading log. Summer fun is going to be cool at the library this year.

    Library Staff Day