Today's News

  • Local organization provides hope to those struggling with addiction

    With Owen County seeing a significant upswing in citizens struggling with addiction, a local organization is seeking to offer help and hope to those who seek it.
    R.E.A.C.H., which stands for Reaching Every Addict with Christ’s Help, provides support to both addicts and their families.
    “We’re dealing with souls here. The 12 steps deal with the baggage an addict is carrying, but there’s much more involved in healing the person.” Charles Johnson, director, said.

  • City could become alcohol administrator

    The Owenton City Council is expected to draft an ordinance in the coming weeks that will allow the city to issue liquor licenses.
    During a special-called council meeting Feb. 10, a motion was made for the city to stand behind five ordinances that annexed roads into the city and to assume the responsibility of alcohol administrator.
    The council had scheduled a meeting for today (Wednesday) to go over sample ordinances from other areas in order to begin drafting its own ordinance to become an alcohol administrator.

  • Winter storm "Octavia" comes to Owen; frigid temps expected

    Winter storm Octavia made its way to Owen County early Monday, leaving business closures and long hours for the county’s road crew in its wake.
    As of press time Tuesday, Owen County remained under a level two snow emergency.
    The snow emergency was issued by Owen County Judge-executive Casey Ellis  around 10 a.m. Monday.
    Under a level two snow emergency, roadways are hazardous with blowing snow and drifting snow.
    Only motorists whose travel is absolutely necessary should be on the roadways.

  • Library program to explore African American culinary experience

    As part of Black History Month, the Owen County Public Library will host a program that’s sure to delight the taste buds of local food lovers while observing the culinary history of African Americans.
    The program, “Someone’s In the Kitchen With Dinah,” will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23 and will feature Northern Kentucky University’s Darryl Harris.
    The program is based on the popular novel and film, “The Help.”

  • Cooking for a cause: Technology group to aid Power Pack Program

    Fourth-grader Payton Gordon describes her Student Technology Leadership Program’s (STLP) community service confidently and succinctly.
    “It was created for kids by kids to help kids.”
    The Rockin’ Recipe STLP group has created a cookbook that not only aims to show children they can cook, but also raise money for Owen County’s Power Pack Program.
    The Power Pack Program, administered by the Youth Service Center, sends food home each Friday with children who may otherwise go hungry for the weekend.

  • Former assistant Owen County fire chief passes away

    Friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a former Owenton fire chief
    James “Big Jim” Ware, 76, passed away at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Jan. 29 following a long illness.
    A lifelong resident of Owen County, Ware grew up in the Long Ridge area where, according to friends and family, he enjoyed blessing ones he knew through his cooking.
    Those close to Jim became fond of his secret barbecue sauce recipe,

  • Blaze destroys home on Highway 227

    A Feb. 5 fire on Highway 227 is believed to have originated from a wood stove.
    The New Liberty and Owen County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at the 8000 block of Highway 227 North to find the home of David Stafford fully engulfed in flames.
    According to New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured while on scene.

  • Birth: Luke Timothy Greene Rukavina

    Mark and Sheri Rukavina are proud to announce the birth of their son, Luke Timothy Greene Rukavina.
    Luke was born at 4:01 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Baptist East Hospital. He weighed 8 lbs., 11 oz. and was 22 inches long.
    Luke’s maternal grandparents are Richard and Vicki Greene of Owenton. His paternal grandparents are Mark and Linda Rukavina of Lexington.
    His great-grandparents are Martha Rukavina, Ann Greene and Nick and Alene Scallon.

  • Birth: Amryn Rose Cochran

    Amryn Rose Cochran was born Jan. 19, 2015 to Cameron and Charissa Cochran in Missoula, Montana.
    Amryn weighed 6 lbs.,  12 oz. and was 19 inches long.
    Amryn is the great-granddaughter of Lee Cochran and the granddaughter of Mick and Shelly Cochran.

  • At the library: Feb. 4-10

    Quilling Valentine Cards
    From 2-4 p.m. today (Wednesday) come join us for more quilling techniques. Create a beautiful card using this artful papercraft technique.  Please call to reserve a spot.
    Once Upon a Time
    From 3:15-4:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) young participants in grades 5-8 will hear several versions of the same story followed by discussion and hands-on activities.
    Storytime with Miss Susan
    Join Miss Susan at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5 for stories, crafts and fun.