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Today's News

  • Rain sparks flood-safety tips

    By Rick Morgan
    EM director, Owen County Emergency Management Office
    If a flood is likely in your area, you should listen to the radio or television for information. Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly.  
    Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.

  • Leadership group visits Owen Electric

    The Owen County Primary School Leadership Class visited Owen Electric Cooperative Friday to find out more about Owen Electric and what a cooperative is.
    “The class is observing productive businesses or cooperatives that are successful in our community. The students research the business and then visit the business, ask questions, and take notes about what they have learned,” Owen County Primary School Gifted and Talented Coordinator Teena Gamble said

  • County Clerk's Corner: New year brings changes, new options

    Now, as the election is over and the holidays approach, I want to focus on public awareness of the office scheduled closings due to the computer system outages statewide. The office will be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 26 for Christmas holiday and Dec. 30, 31 and Jan 2 for New Year’s holiday.

  • Owen County Historical Society: Community wasn’t immune to ravages of disease

    Even into the 20th century, Owen countians were not immune to the “speckled monster.” 
    It attacked young and old alike, and many did not survive its devastating assault. Through the 18th and 19th centuries, pioneer villages and towns were decimated by its onslaught, and many succumbed to the effects of this dreaded disease called smallpox.
    Owen County records show that in December of 1902 a smallpox epidemic was raging in the area, and many died as it made its way from household to household.

  • Crash claims life of Glencoe woman

    Kentucky State Police Campbellsburg responded to a fatal collision Friday on KY 35.
    According to a press release, investigation revealed that Sarai D. Aguazul, 20, from Glencoe, was traveling south on KY 35 when she attempted to pass another vehicle. As she attempted to pass, the vehicle operated by Aguazul collided with a vehicle traveling north on KY 35. The driver of that vehicle, Susan D. Ellis, 44, of Owenton, was transported to New Horizons with non-life threatening injuries by the Owen County Life Squad.

  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    The annual Owen County Christmas Parade was held Sunday. This year’s theme was “Joys of Christmas.” This year’s church float winner was Hesler Assembly of God, Royal Rangers (top left). The first-place award in the civic adult category was Owen County Relay for Life and second place civic was Hard Rock of Owen County Search Dog Team. The first-place civic youth category winner was Girl Scout Troop 1030 and the first-place business category went to Dolly’s Doggie Den. The overall grand champion was Hesler Assembly of God, Royal Rangers.

  • Memory of lost friend will help others live

    Saying goodbye to a friend hasn’t been easy for many Owen County High School students, but they are determined to keep her memory alive in all school activities.
    The Owen County High School National Honor Society, in partnership with the Kentucky Blood Center, will hold its second blood drive of the school year Monday, in memory of senior Rebekah Gaines who died Oct. 16.
    “Rebekah donated blood last year before she got cancer,” Owen County High School senior Rianna Gayheart said. “And she was a recipient of blood during her treatments.”

  • Emergency workers ready to help again

    Across Owen County, volunteer  firefighters are ready to risk their lives to help and protect their communities.
    This sense of duty is a full-time commitment.
    The Christmas season is no different.
    The Owen County volunteer fire departments and the Owen County Search and Rescue are holding their first-annual food and coat drive to give back to the community that is always supportive of its volunteers.
    Owen County Volunteer Firefighters Jeff Wright and Daryl Hearne are spearheading the drive, which continues through Dec. 17.

  • Guilty plea entered in stabbing incident

    An Owenton man has been sentenced to four months behind bars after pleading guilty to cutting a man with a pocket knife Nov. 6.
    Daryl Andre Thomas, 52, pleaded guilty to the charges of fourth-degree assault and second-degree wanton endangerment in Owen District Court Friday.
    Thomas was originally charged with first-degree assault but the charge was amended to fourth-degree Friday.
    He was sentenced to one year for each charge, but could serve only 120 days. He will be conditionally discharged for the balance.

  • Police arrest two in several area burglaries

    Two Owen County men were recently arrested by Owen County sheriff’s deputies following separate alleged burglaries.
    Bradford L. Wilhoite, 30, of Owenton, allegedly broke into the home of Ricky and Judy Williams on Cull Road.
    The alleged incident took place Nov. 21.
    “(Williams) had a bunch of jewelry and a shotgun taken,” Owen County Sheriff Zemer Hammond said. “We were able to recover some of the stuff.”