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Today's News

  • Owen County District Court

    Brittany L. Boothe, 1991, speeding 16 mph over the limit, continued to June 27.
    Howard L. Jones, 1973, speeding 15 mph over the limit, Department of Transportation notified.
    Ryan S. McCormick, 1985, speeding 15 mph over the limit, paid in full.
    William B. Mullins, 1988, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property under $10,000, waived to Grand Jury, in jail, $5,000 cash bond set.

  • Community Events

    Zumba for the Cure
    During the month of May, The Sisters Act Relay for Life team will be holding Zumba classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays at Monterey Baptist Church Fellowship Center. Proceeds go to American Cancer Society. For info, call Teresa Swigert at 484-2726. 

  • Owen County Historical Soceity News: Woman finds her great-great-grandfather in dusty closet

    She discovered the old picture in her mother’s closet, but no one seemed to know the identity of the distinguished looking man. It was surmised that he was an Owen countian and the picture had a date of 1867 penciled on the back. Historical society member Christina Rice hung the picture in her home and every time she passed it she would ask, “Who are you?” Knowing he was related to her, Christina was determined to solve the mystery of his identity.

  • A brief taste of freedom

    An Owen County man was recently indicted after allegedly escaping May 2 from a Carroll County deputy sheriff.
    While in Owen County, Patrick W. McGlennen, 21, was being arrested by officers of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on a felony theft warrant from Carroll County.
    According to a report obtained from the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, when Carroll County Deputy Sheriff James Shaw arrived on the scene on Eagle Creek Road, Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman already had McGlennen in the back of his cruiser, but Kinman asked Shaw to put McGlennen in his cruiser.

  • Arts in the Park back again

    From art to demonstrations, from local food vendors to a wide array of musical talent, the Owen County Arts Council is promising an action-packed day for its third annual Sweet Owen Arts in the Park festival.
    The event will be held at the Owen County Fairgrounds beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
    This festival has continued to grow since its beginning in 2009, due in part to advertising on National Public Radio in Lexington, Louisville and Cincinnati.
    Owen County Arts Council member Patty Petzinger said at least a third of those who attended the festival last year were from out of town.

  • Police nab suspects in Gratz bank robbery

    Two Owen County men have been arrested in connection with the robbery of First Farmers Bank in Gratz, over a year after the robbery took place.
    Edward Cook and Bryan Kelly, both of Owenton, were arrested at 10:30 a.m. April 29.
    According to a Kentucky State Police press release, investigators determined through investigation that Cook and Kelly were allegedly responsible for the robbery.
    Cook and Kelly were transported to the Lexington/Fayette Detention facility where they are held on federal bank robbery charges.

  • New life for old school

    Life could soon come back to the recently-abandoned facility that housed Maurice Bowling Middle School students for nearly 26 years following the Owen County Board of Education’s approval of a $1.6 million building and grounds plan.
    The document came before the board after the district’s local planning committee decided to keep the existing district facility plan, which outlines reconstruction of the old middle school in order to move the Owen County Elementary students there.

  • Dry forces organizing

    Beech Grove Baptist Church Pastor Steve Delany acknowledges keeping Owen County dry will be an uphill battle. In talking to local officials, Delaney was told the ratio for people talking to magistrates in favor of going wet is 10-1. But as he spoke Monday night as part of a meeting of Citizens For A Dry Owen County, Delaney said his side could prevail. “It’s going to be difficult but this is a winnable fight,” Delaney said. “It’s not something that just a few people can do.

  • Moffett wins Owen but Williams gets nomination

    Voting in Tuesday's primary election in Owen County was light with only a 14.3 percent turnout.
    In the Republican primary for governor, Owen County bucked the statewide trend and selected the Tea Party supported candidate Phil Moffett over heavily-favored Kentucky Senate President David Williams.
    Despite the loss in Owen County, the Williams/Richie Farmer ticket went on to beat Moffett and his running mate Mike Harmon by 10 percentage points statewide.
    The Owen County race breaks down to 130 votes for Moffett; 109 for Williams; and 32 for Barbara Hosclaw.

  • One giant step ...

    The economy has caused hardship for many people this year. Lots of people are feeling the crunch in the gas tank, the grocery store, and practically everywhere else. But right now the state of Kentucky is working with Adult Education Centers to help those who need the GED to take the test free.
    Director of Owen County Adult Learning Center Veronica Gayle said education will be even more important in the future.