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Today's News

  • Private auditor hired for county finances

    A certified public accountant will take on the responsibility of auditing the Owen County Fiscal Court following the court’s Feb. 28 meeting.
    With the state’s approval, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said private auditing companies may audit certain districts at a much lower cost than that charged by the state.
    The court approved the hiring of CPA and retired state auditor Edward Lance at the cost of $9,000 per year, roughly half of what the county was paying to the state auditors, according to Ellis.

  • Walking for a cause

    The 12th annual CHD Walk For Awareness, hosted by God’s Special Little Hearts, Inc., was held Saturday at the Owenton First Baptist Church.
    God’s Special Little Hearts is a local non-profit organization assisting families who have been affected by a congenital heart defect (CHD).
    Monetary totals are still being tallied, but God’s Special Little Hearts Chairperson Katie Columbia said she is confident that totals will exceed those in years past.

  • Alleged gunman’s run ends in New Mexico

    The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Feb. 17 was apprehended Feb. 22 at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.
    Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Feb. 17.
    Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.

  • Civil Air Patrol creating future opportunities for local youth

    Integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect are the core values of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). Owen County High School Juniors Emma Ashcraft and Savannah Hubbuch are putting those values into practice.
    Ashcraft is the Cadet Commander of the Great Lakes Region-Kentucky-244 (GLR-KY-244) Squadron. Hubbuch is the first sergeant of the squadron. The squadron holds 19 Cadets, four being seniors. The 224 is part of 16 squadrons in the Kentucky wing.

  • Board hears presentation on new scoreboard

    Twenty-five years of service from the Owen County High School football scoreboard may be upgraded by next football season.
    Paul Jared of Slam Dunk Sports presented to the Owen County School Board of Education on how to replace the existing scoreboard by raising money for the district through sponsorships.
    The company works to raise money for the project through business sponsorships, most of which will be local businesses.
    Jared’s presentation included a 5-year warranty for the board and a ground-up installation.  

  • 12th annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs set for Saturday

    The 12th annual Walk for Awareness of CHDs (congenital heart defects) will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, at the Owenton First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
    Emily Lowe, Bereavement Coordinator for Congenital Heart Network of Greater Cincinnati through the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association-Ohio, wife of Ryan Lowe and mom to Wyatt and heart angel Maggie, will be our guest speaker. She is attending the 2017 Congenital Heart Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. this week and will be talking about what she learned while there.

  • Alleged shooting suspect apprehended in New Mexico

    The suspect in a shooting on Old Columbus Road Friday was apprehended earlier today at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico.
    Derrick Mays Thomas, 23, allegedly opened fire on James Neal, 54, and Amber Neal, 25, around 11:18 p.m., Friday.
    Following the shooting, Thomas fled the scene with 22-year-old Elizabeth Neal and their two children, ages 1 and 3.

  • SHOOTING VICTIM: 'RETURN MY GIRLS'

    UPDATE (Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 2 p.m.): Thomas was apprehended in Gallup, New Mexico. Both children are safe, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Community support keeps family’s spirits high

    At just 4 months old, Annastasia “Anna” Grubbs has faced more surgeries and beaten more survival odds than most people endure during their adult lives.
    Anna was born with the congenital heart defect (CHD), Coarctation of the Aorta, described as a narrowing of the aorta, restricting proper oxygen and nutrients to the rest of the body.

  • Statewide tornado drill will be Tuesday

    FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1-7, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
    Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Owen County Emergency Management recognizes March 1, 7, 2017 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”