Today's News

  • 3-2 Tie-breaking vote approves insurance license fee hike

    A tie-breaking vote approved an ordinance that raises the county’s insurance license fee by two percent at the Owen County Fiscal Court’s March 10 meeting.
    The ordinance sets the fee at 7.5 percent, the rate the fee was set at when originally approved in 1990.
    The original ordinance had been amended twice under two different administrations, once to 6.5 and again to 5.5 percent.

  • The first 90 days

    Editor’s note: The following story is the first of three that will cover the actions of the Owen County Fiscal Court during the first 90 days of  it’s new administration.
    The lead headline of the Nov. 5, 2014 edition of the News-Herald was “Change comes to Owen County.”
    These articles are intended to highlight the changes that have taken place thus far.

    Utilization of BBX Strategies and Consulting

  • Horsepower limit raised on Elmer Davis Lake

    Even though Elmer Davis Lake in Owen County is frozen over, anglers with cabin fever are now getting the fishing fever with the forecast of warmer days to come.
    The Kentucky Dept. of  Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) recently passed a proposal that will raise the horsepower limit on eight state-owned lakes.
    Elmer Davis Lake has always had a 10-horsepower limit, meaning only motors of 10 horsepower and under could run on the lake, larger motored boats could be on the lake but only under the power of their trolling motors.

  • Winter's aftermath...

    Another blast of winter hit Owen County March 4-5, dumping nearly a foot of snow in some areas.
    Following snow, rain and more snow, the Kentucky River was on the rise last week as the snow began to melt.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County was under a flood watch, which  is expected to expire at 2 p.m. today.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said Tuesday’s rain was causing small streams to rise.
    Lilly said the river was falling, but water still covered portions of Old Landing Road Tuesday.

  • Community to come together to support victims of congenital heart defects

    Sarah Walton has two very special reasons to participate in this Saturday’s 10th Anniversary CHD Awareness Walk to be held this Saturday.
    Walton, a resident of Grant County, is the mother of Phoenix and Preston, both of whom have congenital heart defects.
    “Before 2012 I never heard or thought much about heart defects in children,” Walton said. “But that all changed with Phoenix.”

  • Police make heroin arrest in grocery parking lot

    An anonymous tip that an Owenton man was wanted in Jefferson County recently led to an arrest by the Owenton Police Department.
    Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller said the tipper advised that Eric Bassham, 29, could be located in a red pickup truck.
    Officers pulled the pickup over at Save-A-Lot, located on Highway 22.
    “He was searched and we didn’t find anything on him,” Miller said. “Then we searched his belongings and found a syringe with heroin residue on it.”

  • Drug roundup nets 27 arrests

    Landmark News Service

  • Kentucky's Poet Laureate speaks at annual poetry reading

    The Owen County Arts Council along with the Owen County Public Library presented a poetry reading which featured Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Friday evening at the library.
    Frank X. Walker read selections from his four published collections as well as works from upcoming books.

  • Update: Level two snow emergency remains in place

    While Owen County remains under a level two snow emergency, fog is becoming an issue across the area tonight.
    Owen County Emergency Management Director David Lilly said as the temperature drops tonight, fog will become widespread, causing decreased visibility and impacting driving conditions.
    Lilly said roads are now passable, but residents are advised to stay put if at all possible.

  • BREAKING: Level two snow emergency issued for Owen County

    Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis has issued a level two snow emergency for Owen County.

    A level two snow emergency means roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.
    Residents are urged to contact their employers to see if they should report to work.