Today's News

  • Who is it? | December 27, 2017
  • Kentucky towns have acquired unusual names

     Names are significant, whether they are individual or family names or whether they are names of rivers, creeks, communities or towns.
    As settlers made their way into Kentucky, they erected forts and stations for protection against Indian attacks. These wooden stockades were given the names of their founders. Daniel Boone oversaw the building of Fort Boonesborough, James Harrod established Fort Harrod and Logan’s Fort was named for Benjamin Logan.

  • Celebrating a year to remember

    As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back at the year’s biggest headlines. From former Owen County Running Rebel Carson Williams’ showdown on the court against the Kentucky Wildcats and Owen County Elementary and Maurice Bowling Middle School’s national Lighthouse recognition to the first total solar eclipse in 99 years and a state pageant winner, 2017 is a year worth celebrating for Owen County. In the past year, we have seen the county divide over issues, but still willing to come together in the hour of need for the betterment of the community.

  • Charges against former officer dismissed

    RUSSELL COUNTY, Ky. — Charges of first-degree rape and incest against a suspended Owenton police officer were dismissed last week in Russell County Circuit Court.
    Rufus Shearer Jr., 60, was arrested at the Owenton Police Department May 26, 2016, after he turned himself in to Owenton Police. Kentucky State Police later arrested Shearer on the charges of first-degree rape and incest.
    “He came in on his own free will and surrendered his firearm, badge and cruiser,” Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said last year.

  • Granddaughter’s school project leads to hobby for Monterey man

    MONTEREY – From inside his home on Ballard Lane in Monterey, 75-year-old Rastus McDonald points out his living-room window to the house where he was born and raised. McDonald has called the small river city home since birth, minus the seven years he spent tearing down and rebuilding log cabins in Indiana.

  • Volunteer firefighters hold annual Christmas dinner
  • Fire department donates toys to Meeting the Needs

    Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney and Owenton Assistant Fire Chief David Lilly standing next to recently donated toys to Meeting the Needs. The fire departments received the toys through the Toys For Tots program.

  • Ky. Christmas memories often revolve around coveted foods

    I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a sugar plum, but to be honest, I’m not quite sure I know what one is. And a naked turkey from the supermarket is as close as I’ve come to the Cratchit family’s wrung-by-the-neck Christmas goose. Still, when I run across them on the page, I understand, in that wonderful way of shared human experiences, that they are the same holiday treats I remember from my childhood on a Kentucky farm.

  • In ‘grandmammy’s’ time, every season offered a special reason to celebrate life

    Every family has keepsakes. Some are tangible items such as books, furniture, pictures or glassware, and these heirlooms have passed down through the generations.
    Perhaps, though, more valuable than these treasured objects are genealogies, traditions and family stories that linger in our memories and create an enduring link to the past.

  • Owen District Court | December 20, 2017

    Kevin James Adkins, 1987, rear license not illuminated, careless driving, failure to produce insurance card, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle.
    Henry Lane, 1965, flagrant non-support, order transport, arraignment set for Dec. 22, $100 cash bond.
    Shawn L. Long, 1975, first-degree possession of controlled substance or drug unspecified, drug paraphernalia, preliminary hearing held, probable cause found to transfer to grand jury.