Today's News

  • City approves budget, down $166K from 2016-17

    By Mike Haines

  • Judge, clerk roll out potential lifesaving program

    The moments after a car crash are crucial for first responders — learning simple information like allergies or medical conditions can often affect the medical treatment a person is given.
    If a car crash victim is unconscious or unresponsive after a crash, first responders may have trouble treating them at the scene. Despite the urgency, a simple yellow dot may have the power to help save the injured person.

  • At the Library | August 23, 2017

    Classic Comedy Matinee

    Revisit the romance between Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in “It Happened One Night.” This was the first movie to win five major Academy Awards. Bring your friends, we’ve got the popcorn. The fun begins at 1 p.m., today.

    Lego Challenge Game

    Can you build a logo car or pizza? Meet after school to build these and other challenges. Fun for all school-age children, from 3:15-4:30 p.m., today.

    Kids Cook: Oodles of Noodles

  • Meet the ‘Butterfly Lady’

    Recycled lunch meat containers fill the desks and windowsills of the Owen County Soil Conservation Office located on West Perry Street.  Inside those containers, a metamorphosis is taking place.
    What started out as a few caterpillars six years ago has turned into an ever growing project to rescue and release monarch butterflies, a species that many researchers believe to be headed for extinction.

  • Fire started by neighbor’s extension cord claims West Adair house

    A faulty extension cord sent a West Adair Street house up in flames during the early morning hours Friday.
    Firefighters and other emergency personnel were dispatched to 112 W. Adair St. at approximately 4:58 a.m., where they found the house completely engulfed, according to Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Jude Canchola.
    Neighbors who spotted the flames and dialed 911 were unsure if anyone was inside the house. Once on scene, firefighters determined there was no one inside and no one currently living in the house.

  • Free breakfast, lunch program extended to OCHS

    Parents will no longer have to dole out lunch money for their children returning to school today after the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) has now expanded to all grade levels.
    Over the past few years, the Owen County Lower and Upper Elementary schools and Maurice Bowling Middle School have participated in the CEP, which provides free meals to those who are enrolled in the school system. The CEP offers a free breakfast and lunch to students every school day, though certain extra items like anything a la carte cost money.

  • Court approves further EMS reorganization

    For the second time under Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis’ administration, local EMS will experience further reorganization, a move Ellis said is “imperative” to the future of the county’s healthcare.
    The court voted Aug. 8 to dissolve the EMS shift supervisor positions, created in 2015 under the department’s initial reorganization.
    Two new positions were approved during the meeting.
    Paramedic Autumn Becknell and EMT Allen Cammack were assigned the roles of assistant administrator and operations director, respectively.

  • Kentucky’s circuit clerks celebrate 25 years of saving lives through donation

    The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life, Kentucky’s Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Program, will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary.
    On Aug. 10, 1992, the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks created the Trust For Life (TFL) to educate Kentuckians about the life-saving mission of organ donation.

  • At the Library | August 16, 2017

    Don’t forget the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.
    Third Thursday hang out for middle schoolers

    Are you a middle-schooler looking for a place to hang out with your friends? Snacks, games and a space is yours at the library.  For grades 5-8 only, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Thursday.
    Grilling with Caleb
    Caleb continues to unravel grilling mysteries. This month’s class is devoted to grilling seafood properly and tastily at 6 p.m., Thursday.

    Walk Away the Pounds

  • House fire claims life of New Columbus man

    NEW COLUMBUS — A house fire on Carr Lane claimed the life of a 67-year-old man early Friday.
    Larry Mitchell Carr, of New Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters responded to a house fire at 4:47 a.m., Friday, according to Kentucky State Police.
    An autopsy has been scheduled for Carr, but police said no foul play is suspected. KSP is leading the ongoing investigation.