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Today's News

  • Meet and greet

    Although a bid for re-election is years away, Owen County’s new state senator walked the streets of downtown Owenton Thursday.
    Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, who served as Kentucky governor from 1974 to 1979, has taken up the role as Owen County’s state senator from Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.
    The shift in representation was the result of redrawn state senate districts.
    Thayer is not the only change. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown, will replace State Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, as Owen County’s voice in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • City council rejects possible 4-percent tax increase plan

    The Owenton City Council recently rejected a plan to accept a 4-percent tax increase for the compensating rate, but officials say taxes would have gone down either way.
    At its Oct. 1 meeting, the council held a first reading of an ordinance establishing tax rates for 2013.
    In the first reading of the ordinance, tax rates were set at 0.2900 for every $100 of real property; 0.2280 on every $100 worth of personal property and 0.2829 on every $100 worth of vehicles.

  • Hammond named director for sheriff's association

    Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond has been selected as a director to the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association’s board of directors.
    At its annual conference in Bowling Green in September, the announcement was made, according to Jim Wagner, executive director of the Kentucky Sheriffs’ Association.

  • County looks for new way to get food to the hungry

    Owen County is now looking for a new way to distribute commodities to over 40 local families after Northern Kentucky Community Action has chosen to end its participation in an emergency food assistance program.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said items for the emergency food assistance program are purchased through the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, but had been distributed by NKCA.
    Keith said 43 local families participate in the food assistance program, which provides monthly commodities to low-income families.

  • Sweet tradition: Family passes rural tradition of sorghum cooking down to the next generation

    On a farm just outside Wheatley an old-time smell wafted across the fields owned by Steve Malcomb. Friends and family gathered around a wood-fire furnace to take part in what was once a typical scene across Kentucky.
    Though the production of sweet sorghum is a fading memory for many, Malcomb, a fourth-generation sorghum cooker said he’s proud to pass a piece of his history onto his own son.

  • Metal causing problem for couple along U.S. 127

    After several damaged tires and finding metal shards in their yard, an Owen County couple is looking for answers.
    For over two months, Craig and Ann Shouse have been finding metal bits in their lawn, on the road and along their driveway at 4715 U.S. 127. They have lost two tires on their vehicles and a tire on their lawnmower in that time.
    “We’ve seen several cars in front of our house with flat tires,” Craig Shouse said.

  • Bardstown firm wins Owen asphalt contact

    A firm from Bardstown has been awarded three contracts to repair some roads in Owen County.
    Two companies, Eaton Asphalt of Walton and Mago Construction of Bardstown, submitted sealed bids for the work.
    At a special meeting Friday morning of the Owen County Fiscal Court, the magistrates opened and read bids.
    Under the guidelines of the bids, the Harris Ridge will receive 1.518 miles of new asphalt; Slippery Rock, 2.589 miles; and Rockdale will receive 4.005 miles of new asphalt.
    The bids were:

  • All I’m saying is ... Congress should focus on the possible instead of the impossible

    By the time you read this, the federal government will be shut down.
    I’m writing this four days before the deadline to reach a deal  is set to expire.
    How can I go ahead and spend the time to write something when the outcome isn’t assured?
    I have confidence that no deal, no compromise, no settlement, no agreement, no bargain, no treaty will be made before the deadline because I have no faith in most of the Washington lawmakers to do anything that can’t be spun into a total positive for themselves.

  • Owen Historical Society News: Local history haunted by ghost stories

    “My Daddy said when he was a young man he was riding horseback one night when this great light came on and followed him as his horse galloped homeward. As the horse and rider passed the Greenup cemetery, the great light suddenly disappeared.”

    Owen County ghosts, goblins and ghouls were  featured in the 1966 Owen County Historical Almanac.

  • Owen Co. District Court - Sept. 27, 2013

    Isaac Goematt, 1994, first-degree criminal trespassing, drug paraphernalia, continued to Oct. 11.
    Dayna M. Hughes, 1964, third-degree terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief.
    Jessica Lankford, 1973, third-degree assault, menacing, resisting arrest, third-degree terroristic threatening, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, preliminary hearing set for Oct. 4.
    Jessica Lankford, 1973, alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct, pleaded not guilty, appointed public attorney, continued to Oct. 4.