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Today's News

  • Boaters can now travel Kentucky River 65 miles from Carrollton to Frankfort

    For the first time in a decade, the Kentucky River locks are now open to allow boats to pass through.
    After years of work and repair, the Kentucky River Authority has officially opened Locks 1-4, allowing boaters to travel from the Ohio River to the upper Frankfort pool as of this past Memorial Day weekend.
    The locks will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 25.
    Boaters with marine radios can radio the locks on marine channel 13. Otherwise, boaters can signal the lock workers with the boat’s signal device to lock through.

  • Three OC teachers earn Excellence award from Campbellsville

    Three teachers from the Owen County School District were honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards by Campbellsville University during a May 16 ceremony.
    Teresa Dempsey of Owen County Upper Elementary School, Candy Osborne of Maurice Bowling Middle School and Kevin Webster of Owen County High School were nominated by their peers to receive the commendation for their dedication to students and excellence in the classroom.
    “It was such an honor to be nominated by the people I work with,” said Osborne, who teaches seventh-grade math said.

  • Local veteran remembers V-E Day 70 years later

    In the small Kentucky town of Owenton, you might see a few signs around that direct you to the nearest restaurant or county attraction. It’s likely no one really thinks much about who created that sign.
    But in Owen County, you would be in for the story of a lifetime.
    May 8, 2015 marks the 70-year anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe), which was the day that the Germans surrendered during World War II.

  • Fiscal court votes to keep consultant company amid EMS changes

    Following an Owen County EMS assessment at the April 28 Owen County Fiscal Court meeting, three out of four of the court’s members voted to extend a contract with BBX Strategies and Consulting.
    During its first regular meeting of the year, the court unanimously approved the utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting, a consulting company based out of Woodford County.
    According to Ellis, the consulting company was given the position to gather facts for the court.

  • Farmers' market set to begin Friday

    With temperatures forecast in the 80s throughout the week, the Owen County Farmers’ Market will receive a warm welcome for its kickoff Friday.
    The first market of the season will begin at 10 a.m. behind the Owen County Farm Bureau office, located at 430 Roland Ave.
    So far, 14 vendors have signed up to participate in the 2015 market season.

  • Fire claims E. Ransdell St. home

    A single-family structure fire at 318 E. Ransdell St. led to one injury and the loss of a family pet April 21.
    Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola said upon arrival, Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers observed two rooms and a hallway fully involved in fire, with heavy smoke coming from all four sides of the home.
    “The fire was under control within 15 minutes and contained to the original two rooms and hallway,” Canchola said. “But heavy smoke and heat made the interior of the home a total loss.”

  • 'Hittin' the bottle' hard in Owen County

    A new study has ranked Owen County ninth on a list of counties in the nation with the biggest increase in heavy drinking.
    According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the study was released Thursday, April 23.
    The first of its kind, the study was done by researches from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.
    Data from the federal Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which surveys people in the 50 states about alcohol and drug use and chronic health conditions was used to conduct the study.

  • National war veteran memorial coming to Elk Creek Winery May 7

    A national war veteran memorial will make its way to Elk Creek Vineyards May 7, followed by a weekend of festivities.
    Joe Montgomery, the creator of Tailgating For Troops, is responsible for bringing the Eyes of Freedom unveiling to Owen County.
    The Eyes of Freedom is a set of paintings that depict the 23 fallen Marines from Lima 3/25.
    22 marines and 1 navy corpsman, along with 3 marines attached to the Lima Company, were killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

  • 4 to attend Ky. Governor's Scholar Program

    Four Owen County High School rising seniors will get an early feel for life on a college campus this summer.
    Kirsten Parker, Nicki Jacobs, Makenzie Davis and Quinn Cole each completed a rigorous application process to be accepted into the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program (GSP).
    The four students will spend five weeks this summer at one of the program’s three locations -- Morehead University, Murray State University or Bellarmine University in Louisville.

  • Lack of station won't affect service at S. Owen

    The now defunct South Owen Fire Department’s Hwy. 227 station could soon be transferred back to its original owners, but officials say residents of the area should not be concerned over a lack of service.
    In Dec. 2014, the state fire commission voted to no longer recognize the South Owen department, whose coverage included from the Scott County line, Bethany, Rockdale, Natlee, New Columbus and Pleasant Grove Road.
    The trouble with the department began in 2013, when the department failed to respond to fire runs.