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Today's News

  • Former governor to headline chamber dinner

    Former governor of Kentucky, senator and lawyer – these are just some of the many hats worn by this year’s special guest at the upcoming Owen County Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
    The 12th annual dinner meeting will take place Nov. 27, with State Sen.Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, as the speaker.
    Carroll, who served as lieutenant governor from 1972-1975, acting governor in 1975 and governor from 1976-1980, has a storied history in Kentucky politics and is one of its most recognizable figures.

  • Alleged heroin trip leads to indictment of Owen Co. man

    An Owen County man has been indicted after allegedly traveling to northern, Kentucky to purchase heroin with a juvenile.
    Christopher R. Walters, 33, was indicted on the charges of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 15 and 16, he knowingly induced, assisted or caused a minor to engage in illegal criminal controlled substance activity.
    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said Walters was travelling to purchase heroin and the minor was with him.

  • A new chapter: Ashcrafts decide to sell Smith House

    If you want to get a sense of the impact the Smith House Restaurant has had on the Owen County, give it a “Google.”
    If you type in “Smith House Owenton” into Google, you’ll find 11,000 mentions in the Internet search engine.
    With its down home menu, warm atmosphere and wonderful pies, Smith House has been a tradition in Owen County since it opened in 1972.
    But a new page in the landmark’s history is about to be written.

  • I’m just saying ... Disney owns my childhood

    The ways things are going, in the next few years, the Disney company is going to own the rights to my mom and dad, the Evel Knievel bike I got for my 11th birthday and my aunt’s favorite fishing hole down by the dam beside her old house outside of Sadieville.
    A few years ago, Disney bought Marvel Comics and got the rights to all their characters. Although some film studios retained the rights to make movies from some of the characters, eventually Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and all the rest will become “Disney-fied.”

  • Owen Historical Society News: Kindness can still be found across America

    “The American people are amazing.”

    These words summarized the enthusiastic description of a bike trip across America. The May trek was achieved by Bro. Greg Guy, pastor of First Christian Church in Owenton, and his daughter, Judith.
    Bro. Greg was the special guest and featured speaker at the historical society Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday. His energy was contagious as the audience traveled alongside him on his rigorous yet rewarding journey through the towns, cities and countryside of our great land.

  • Going green saves taxpayers’ green

    Owen County Primary School has been recognized by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet for earning the prestigious Energy Star, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.  A certificate signed by Gov. Steve Beshear was presented to the school’s principal during a ceremony that included representatives from the Kentucky School Boards Association, teachers, students, and district leaders.

  • Honor Roll

    Fifth Grade First Nine Weeks Honor Roll
    All “A” Honor Roll
    Janelle Aguazul; Mitchell Culbertson; Kelsey Davis; Alli Gill; Connor Jacobs; Cameron Morgan; Ryson Neeley; Samantha Mason; Shelby York
    A/B Honor Roll

  • Owen County Circuit Court: Nov. 20, 2012

    Brittany Nicole Bitzer, 1989, probation violation, probation revocation hearing, motion to revoke probation, continued to Dec. 18.
    Jerry C. Burford, 1957, owes fines and costs of $725.
    Jerry C. Burford, 1957, manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree persistent felony offender, pleaded guilty, sentencing set for Dec. 18.
    Thomas P. Colligan, 1966, two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, continued to Dec. 18.

  • Owen County District Court: Nov. 9, 2012

    Vivian Erskine, 1980, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, 30 days, conditionally discharged for two years.
    Vivian Erskine, 1980, harassment, non-payment of fines, owes $141.
    Raymond Eastman, 1968, first-degree enhancement narcotics, manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, probable cause established, transferred to grand jury.
    Andrew S. Larmour, 1981, show cause deferred, owes $203 total, continued to Dec. 20, 2013.

  • Wedding: Smith-Raines

    Josh Aaron Raines and Kayla Darlene Smith were married Sept. 21, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.  in Sevierville, Tenn. at the Preserve Chapel by Bro. Milkweed Wotier. The bride’s maid of honor was Heather Patton. The groom’s best man was Cody Mckinley. In attendance were the groom’s mother, Terri Raines, and the bride’s grandparents, Gary and Darlene Hunter, all of Owenton. The couple spent their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn. and will reside in Florence.