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Today's News

  • Council rejects mayor’s plan to change policy

    The members of the Owenton City Council have rejected a proposal that would make changes to the way city employees receive merit raises.
    Owenton Mayor Doug West, who offered the proposal, said the change would give the council direct approval over merit raises.
    City Councilman Larry Dale Perry said he was concerned that raises had already been given and the city’s salary structure was unfair.

  • Owen grand jury hands down eight indictments

    The Owen County grand jury recently indicted a 26-year-old man after a pursuit that began in Gallatin County ended in Owen.
    According to Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office initiated pursuit of Sig Franks, who allegedly had a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.
    Arterburn said KSP Trooper Justin Sams became involved in the pursuit after Franks entered Owen County.

  • Owen recertified in Storm Ready program

    Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather and tornadoes. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provided Owen County Emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve Owen County in hazardous weather operations.

  • Heroin bill would have addressed state’s epidemic

    Sometimes doing nothing is the worst plan of all.  When it comes to the scourge of heroin in our community, the Kentucky House of Representatives chose to do nothing this past session to combat the deadliest drug epidemic to hit the district in years.  
    With several overdoses in the past few weeks in both Owen and Scott counties, I am disgusted with how House Leadership left Senate Bill 5, the Heroin Bill, out to dry in the final moments of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly Session.

  • Owen County Circuit Court - Aug. 5, 2014

    Derrick J. Anderson, 1981, theft by unlawful taking, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Sept. 9.
    Bryan P. Briede, second-degree complicity burglary, complicity receiving stolen property under $10,000, continued to Aug. 19.
    Donnie Carmack, 1978, show cause hearing, owes $220 fine, fine suspended.
    Donnie R. Carmack, 1978, complicity manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree complicity possession of a controlled substance, first-degree persistent felony offender, pleaded guilty, adopted plea agreement.

  • Officer with Owen roots to become next Frankfort police chief

    Jeff Abrams, a major in the Frankfort Police Department with Owen County roots, will fill Chief Walter Wilhoite’s shoes when he retires at the end of August.
    Frankfort Mayor Bill May announced the decision at the Frankfort City Commission meeting on July 28.
    Abrams has served on the force for about 18 years.
    Abrams was born and raised in Frankfort. He worked for two years as a correctional officer at the Franklin County Regional Jail before joining the force. Abrams will take over as police chief Sept 1.

  • Owen County District Court - Aug. 8, 2014

    Dakota M. Brockmeyer, 1994, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct, bonded out.
    Charles Calvert Chandler, 1953, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 5, operator’s license suspended pre-trial.
    Aaron French, 1978, flagrant non-support, contempt of court, continued to Sept. 5.
    James C. House, 1977, contempt of court, owes $463 restitution, fees and costs, contempt 180 days, pay by Sept. 5.

  • Kay’s Branch News: Close the books on another 127

  • Wedding announcement: Dugan and Cochran

  • Stamper to discuss church and Pleasant Home

    On Thursday, former Owen countian Ernie Stamper will be presenting a program to the Owen County Historical Society, covering the history of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and its community of Pleasant Home.
    A center piece of the presentation is  video from 16mm film shot in the 1930s by G. L. Wainscott, the founder of the Ale8 Bottling Company and Owen County native.