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Today's News

  • Community Events | June 28, 2017

    Owen County Parks & Rec is offering co-ed and church league softball immediatley following fair week. Forms may be found at www.owencountyparksandrec.com and the $250 team fee is due June 30. They may be turned in or mailed to 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359. For more information, contact the director of both leagues, Tim McIntosh, at (502) 330-6346. A minimum of four teams must sign up with the form and fee for the league to play.

  • Owen sheriff switches to fee-pooling

    Following months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance for fee-pooling at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Under a fee-pooling system, the operating budget for the sheriff’s department will be run through the county treasurer in the judge- executive’s office.

  • Walls come tumbling down

    The scenery on Highway 22 East has recently seen drastic changes due to the demolition of the former Owen County Elementary School.
    The facility is currently being demolished by a construction company based out of Lexington to make way for renovations to the Owen County Lower Elementary School, which houses students in kindergarten through second grade.
    The demolition is nearly 70 percent complete, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.

  • County declared a ‘Work Force Ready in Progress’ community

    Owen County was declared a “Work Ready in Progress” community by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, a panel of experts representing each of ten stakeholder groups that reviews each application for Work Ready and Work Ready in Progress status.
    Over the past several years, a committee has worked together using previously-collected data and narratives to outline a working plan to reach Work Ready status.

  • Veterans, police, first responders to be honored at fair

    Towns of all sizes are full of people who go beyond what they have been asked to do. Whether it is helping a stranger or protecting the city as a whole, there are many hometown heroes that people can constantly rely on.
    Owen County’s hometown heroes will be honored at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16.

  • Community Events | June 21, 2017

    On May 13, 2017, Courtney Carol Waldrop graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology pre-med. She completed her last semester being named to the President’s List for a perfect grade point average. Courtney will be attending the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy this fall. She is the daughter of Kevin and Trudy Waldrop.

  • At the Library | June 21, 2017

    Summer reading is in full swing this week, so grab your library card and come in for some good books to pass away the long summer days. As always, there will be special programming every Wednesday in June and we have great fun planned for you this year. We are so excited to bring Silly Safaris back this week for some silly summer fun. Once again kids can win fair tickets if they turn in their completed reading log by June 30. It’s all happening at the library this summer.

  • ‘Marry a man who will answer the phone’

    The phone rang sometime in the dead zone between midnight and dawn. It may have been the second year we were married, or maybe the third, because I know we were living in our first house, not the apartment, but we did not yet have children. Later, our who-cares-a-fig-what-time-it-is babies would wreak havoc with our nights, but back then a pre-dawn wake-up call was an extraordinary event.

  • ‘Free Frank’ sold gunpowder to free himself, family

    He came to Kentucky as a slave in the 1790s. After his daily work, his master leased him to other farmers and permitted the young man to earn a little of his own money. This young slave, Frank, was also an entrepreneur. He explored local Kentucky caves, collected niter, boiled it down to make salt peter and combined it with sulfur and charcoal to produce gunpowder.
    Frank sold his gunpowder on the streets of Lexington, and was able to make enough cash to not only buy his freedom but that of his wife and a son.

  • Looking Back | July 19, 2017

    5 years ago
    July 18, 2012
    Danielle Hoop takes home title

    The 38th Miss Owen County Fair was crowned during the opening night of the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show Monday.
    Danielle Hoop, 19, will now have the chance to compete in the Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant in January.
    Hoop said she began competing in pageants when she was about 14.