Today's News

  • Officials warn of DOT compliance scam

    An Owen County man recently received mail from a company that claimed he needs to take mandatory department of transportation training, however, state officials said the company is in no way associated with the DOT.
    The company, Compliance Educators LLC, is based in Shreveport, La. According to its advertisement, the training is to assist companies with being DOT compliant and even cites a DOT regulation.

  • Owen-Gallatin Penny war rages on

    Owen County is winning the war.
    The stakes? A  pie in the face of the judge-executive who’s county loses the “Penny War” and possibly thousands of dollars to renovate the skate park in Sparta.
    So far, Owen County has a substantial lead.
    At last count, Owen led $146.55 to Gallatin’s $55.67.
    The drive is spearheaded by Maurice Bowling Middle School students Colton Matt and Logan Bailey who have worked tirelessly toward their goal of seeing improvements to the park.

  • Alleged ATM thief linked to lottery ticket heist

    By Kayleigh Zyskowski

    KY News Content Service

    One of the three men charged with the theft in June of an ATM machine in Frankfort has now been indicted for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from a gas station.
    Michael Raisor, 37, of 496 Colston Lane,  along with Dwayne Chadwell, 36, of 120 Schenkel Lane, were indicted for burglarizing Gas n’ Go on Old Lawrenceburg Road July 30, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

  • Sweet Owen Day returns Saturday

    Owen County’s 10th annual Sweet Owen Day festival will be celebrated Saturday, with lots of fun and friendship expected.
    The festival began in 2001 as a weekend long event, with former Owen County Judge-executive Billy O’Banion spearheading the event. The event is now coordinated by the Owen County Judge-executive’s Office, the City of Owenton and the Owen County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Man armed with shotgun robs local store

    The Owenton Police Department is seeking information from the public after an Owenton business was robbed at gunpoint Sunday evening.
    At approximately 8:50 p.m. Sunday, a man wearing a camouflage mask and other camouflage clothing entered the Family Dollar Store at 226 S. Main St., Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry said.
    The suspect pulled what appeared to be a shotgun from under a pillowcase. The man demanded that the employees open the store’s safe.
    The subject took more than $500, but less than $1,000, and fled the scene.

  • Honoring those who serve

    Much like Sept. 11, 2001, the sky Sunday was bright and a deep blue.
    But under this sky, dozens of Owen County firefighters, EMTs and police paused for a moment to remember their brothers and sisters who died 10 years ago trying to save lives following the worst attack ever on American soil.
    A special remembrance ceremony was held at the Owen County Fire Station to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and those who embrace risk every day for the good of their community.

  • Grace Notes by Nancy Kennedy: Uncovering the great cover-up of 2011

    In the continuing saga of my ongoing battle over household décor with my husband, this time it’s the back sliding glass door.
    But before I get to that, let me back up to say that in the first 30 or so years of our marriage my husband rarely expressed an opinion about how to decorate the house except for one hard and fast rule: I could choose any color to paint the walls as long as it was antique or Navaho white.
    Other than that I had free reign — and I love to reign.

  • State’s elk season opens soon

    Elk season in Kentucky will open this year Sept. 17, with a new 14-day hunt for the 80 archers who were awarded bull permits.
    “The early archery season will open during the peak of the rut,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We expect bulls to be bugling and rounding up harems of cows. It will be interesting to see what the success for this hunt will be.”

  • Hunters may now apply online for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts on state WMAs

    Hunters may now apply online for quota hunts for deer, small game and waterfowl on state wildlife management areas (WMAs). Those without computer access may still register over the telephone by calling (877) 598-2401. This toll-free number is staffed 24 hours a day.
    The application period for state WMA quota hunts ends Sept. 30. Kentucky state parks are also offering special bow hunting packages that are not quota hunts, but reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Tough time at All A

    Hopes were high as Owen County traveled to Williamstown Saturday for the  Eighth-Region All “A” Classic.
    The Lady Rebels went into the tournament as the defending champs.
    Things got off to a good start as they knocked off Carroll County, 25-20 and 25-19, to advance to the semifinals.
    The win was the second over the Lady Panthers in 10 days. Owen County defeated Carroll County in another close match, 25-22 and 28-26, Aug. 25 in Carrollton.