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Today's News

  • 4 confirmed whooping cough cases in Owen

    Three Rivers District Health Department is currently monitoring Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, locally after it received its first confirmed case March 28.

    Since then, the department has confirmed three more cases, all involving school-aged children.

    Owen County Schools sent a letter home with students March 29, warning parents and guardians that their child may have been recently exposed to the respiratory illness.

  • Nippert stepping down as Owen library director

    Ever since October 2007, Jennifer Nippert has made the trek to the Owen County Public Library from her residence in Louisville. She will make the daily commute to Owenton for the final time later this month.

    Nippert, who lives in Louisville with her husband Phil and their two rabbits, has accepted a job as the assistant director of the Bullitt County Public Library. She cited the need to be closer to her home in Louisville.

  • Local Boy Scouts of America troop looking to increase community interest

    In recent years the Boy Scouts of America have faced declining numbers of younger Cub Scouts joining local troops. Owen County is no exception to the same trend.

    Troop 891, led by Scoutmaster Jim Petreshock and Assistant Scoutmaster Michelle Alcorn, currently attracts between six and 10 scouts at its meetings. There is not the influx of young Cub Scouts that will become Boy Scouts within Owen County’s only troop, Alcorn said.

    “If you don’t have the young ones, they’re not turning into the older ones,” she said.

  • Woodford man assisted in Owen by Franklin Co.

    A Woodford County man was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center after he was injured in a motorcycle accident around the 12000 block of US 127 South near the Franklin County line March 30.

    James Fields of Versailles was traveling southbound on 127 when he lost control of his motorcycle. He was transported by Frankfort EMS due to the initial 911 call, which reported the accident in Franklin County, near the Owen County line.

    Frankfort EMS, along with the Franklin County Fire Department, proceeded into Owen County to locate the wreck.

  • FCC food pantry opens permanent location

    The Board of Directors of the First Christian Church Community Food Pantry is very excited to announce the opening of its permanent location at 217 W. Seminary St., Owenton.

    The First Christian Church began hosting mobile pantries in February 2011. The church funded quarterly distributions through 2013 when it accepted a grant from the RC Durr Foundation administered by the FreeStore Food Bank of Cincinnati.

  • Owen's histroy rife with memories of old school houses

    Poised near the road and surrounded by a tangled web of weeds, it has staunchly stood its ground for many years. Though the elements have claimed the porch roof, the remainder of its structure survived, and today, the Greenup one-room school continues to whisper stories of long ago.

    In 1821 the Kentucky State Legislature passed a public school act for elementary schools. Local taxation was expected to provide for schools, and though the act was not compulsory, it did become the foundation for Kentucky’s educational system.

  • Court News | April 6, 2016

    Owen District Court | April 1, 2016

    Lauro Hernandez, 1991, two counts of possession of matter portraying sex performance by minor, pleaded not guilty, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.

    Lauros Hernandez, 1991, three counts of second-degree rape, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.

    Tyler H. Link, 1994, first-degree fleeing or evading the police, first-degree wanton endangerment, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.

  • Looking back | April 6, 2016

    New Library Moves Closer to Reality
    April 6, 2011
    Five years ago

    Anticipation continues to grow after federal money was secured for construction of the new Owen County Public Library.

    The Community Facilities loan will come from the United States Department of Agriculture.

    According to its website, the USDA provides assistance to rural communities with a population of up to 20,000. Small communities receive a higher percentage of grants.

  • Living in Ky. not for the faint of heart

    Most of the news? This morning it’s house, outbuilding and yard cleaning.

    Wanda said Barbara’s birthday was April 2, so she volunteered to help her clean out her garage/storage building as a birthday gift. It hadn’t been done since David passed away.

    Vanessa came and helped for a while too. She said they got a lot done. David had a lot of stuff, so they spent much of their time with, “What is this for?” and “What about this?”

  • Upper elementary students travel back in time

    The fourth-grade students at Owen County Upper Elementary School were transported back in time on two occasions this year as history was brought to life for them through the presentations of Lexington actor Kevin Hardesty.

    Hardesty received his B.F.A. in acting/theatre from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and has since performed professionally in theatre, film, and television, including prominent leading roles in “Biloxi Blues,” “Hamlet,” “Macbeth” and “Romeo and Juliet.”