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Today's News

  • Law enforcement: Heroin use steady; pill and meth use on the rise

    While heroin use in Owen County remains steady, Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said other drugs like meth and pills are once again gaining popularity. 

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry agreed but said there seems to be a steady flow of heroin cases within the city limits. 

    “From talking to some of the arrestees, some of them are now turning to meth instead of heroin due to a fear of overdose,” Gentry said.

  • OCHS hosts VEX Robotics tournament

    Vex Robotics cites their program as “teams of students tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.” 

  • Decades-old case remains unsolved

    An updated facial reconstruction for an unidentified woman found dead on Highway 330 nearly three decades ago has been released by the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). 

    NamUs Director of Case Management and Communications J. Todd Matthews said the new profile rendering could help officials put the case to rest.

  • Court hears update on potential new fire department

    A decision regarding the Owen County Fire Department station two fund was put off for at least another month after a meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Jan. 25. 

    The court established an escrow account for the South Owen Fire Department’s portion of the fire fee money after the department disbanded in late 2014. The money has been held in the account ever since. 

  • Robots set to descend on OCHS once more

    Across the country, companies, schools and universities are putting an emphasis on STEM subjects of math, science and physics. 

    Owen County High School Teacher Rusty Willhoite has expanded student interest in STEM and engineering with the Vex Robotics program. 

  • Pratt co-sponsors legislation to increase pay for police, firefighters

    Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, has recently co-sponsored a bill to increase pay for police officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefighters.  House Bill 60 seeks to increase the annual pay from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to qualified police officers from $3,000 to $4,000; the Firefighters Foundation Program fund from $3,000 to $4,000; and monies allocated to qualified volunteer fire departments from $8,250 to $11,000.

  • MBMS Academic Team hosts district Governor’s Cup
  • County will serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz

    An alcohol ordinance relating to the sale of alcohol in the City of Gratz will soon come up for approval by the Owen County Fiscal Court. 

    In a recent meeting between Gratz Mayor Charles Redmon, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith, the three agreed that due to the city’s budget restraints the county would serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz. 

  • EMS sets sights toward future with new training opportunities

    by molly haines

    N-H Editor 

    A state and nationwide shortage of EMTs and paramedics could soon become one less problem Owen County has to face. 

    After approximately 20 months of work, Owen County EMS is now qualified to host EMT classes, and so far Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said the response has been overwhelming. 

  • Former New Horizons surgeon returns to Owenton

    A familiar face is back in Owenton.

    Dr. Farooq Mirza, a general surgeon who spent 12 years at New Horizons Medical Center, recently began seeing patients at 155 W. Seminary St., known as the Northkey building. 

    Mirza’s office is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the first and third Wednesday of each month.