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Today's News

  • Burn ban now in effect

    The Owenton/Owen County Volunteer Fire Department urges residents to remember that fires can spin out of control quickly.
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry’s “no-burn” season began Oct. 1, and will continue through Dec. 15.
    During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    The Division of Air Quality has regulations that only natural growth can be burned.

  • Owen Co. Public Library gearing up to celebrate facility’s fifth anniversary

    Over the years, the Owen County Public Library has grown into the large library building that now houses hundreds of books, multiple workstations and weekly events that draw the community into the library on a regular basis. Although the library does continue to find new ways to participate in the community, they were not always able to do so.
    Up until five years ago, the Owen County Public Library was located in downtown Owenton on North Main Street in a small building built in 1968, now known as the Owen County Senior Center.

  • Officials: Continued interest in Itron facility

    Local officials remain positive on the future of the Itron building, citing interest from potential buyers and two official site visits to the facility.
    Itron, Owen County’s largest employer, announced its plans to close the Owenton facility last November as part of a plan to transition local operations to Oconee, S.C.
    The decision to vacate the local facility left the City of Owenton in financial distress, with officials estimating a $166,000 shortfall from the previous fiscal year.

  • Rain barrel workshop slated for today

    While rainwater is often a wasted resource, Bluegrass Greensource has found a way to help surrounding counties create a more sustainable way to use the natural asset in their everyday lives.
    Their solution is rain barrels, a barrel made from recycled plastic that collects rainwater that can then be used to help water any plants a person may have.

  • Board discusses working budget, refinancing bonds

    A working budget for the Owen County School District’s 2017-2018 fiscal year was the main topic of discussion at the Sept. 18, board of education meeting.
    The budget allotted $23.2 million for total bond payments throughout the school year, which will help cover various costs throughout the year.
    While the working budget helps plan out the current total budget of more than $23 million, the board sought out companies that would help further plan how the school district should use its current bonds.

  • Overdose in McDonald’s parking lot leads to drug arrest

    A complaint about a running vehicle located in the rear parking lot of the Owenton McDonald’s led to a drug arrest made by Owenton City Police Friday, Sept. 15.
    The car had reportedly been parked behind the restaurant for three hours, according to Owenton Police Officer Steve Miller. When Miller and Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m., they found Patrick Isaac Soliman, 35, slumped over in the vehicle with various drug paraphernalia and controlled substances located around him.

  • At the Library | September 27, 2017

    We are proud to be showing the art work of the late Pat Brumback Twedt in the library and history room. Pat was a lively and very talented member of the Owen County community with a great gift for living life to the fullest. Come in any time to view her work and plan to join the family in celebrating her talents at 6 p.m., Oct. 5.

    Movie Matinee : Meet Me in St Louis

  • Owen County rife with bird of the season

     The little girl hunkered down amid the tall grasses and was cautioned by her companion to remain motionless. The child and her friend Ida, a tenant farmer’s wife, had followed the wild hen turkey across the fields along the Kentucky River bottom in Monterey. Ida had taken Margaret Alice Karsner under her wing when Alice’s mother passed away, and on this particular day, the duo was following the hen to her nest.

  • Who is it? | November 15, 2017
  • Owenton Rotary breaks ground on veterans memorial at fairgrounds