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Today's News

  • Owen flood plain map may change

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging those without flood insurance to become insured.

    FEMA recently provided county government with a new flood-insurance study and flood insurance rate map.

    According to the study, areas of Owen County that previously may have had a 1-percent chance of flooding may be more at risk than previously estimated.

    If the changes to the flood map are finalized, the modifications will become the basis for flood-plain management measures Owen County must adopt to be included in the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • City using zoning proposal to toughen nuisance laws

    Although the front page of an ordinance the City of Owenton has been reviewing reads “Zoning for the City of Owenton,” Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier said it’s simply a means to toughen up the city’s current nuisance ordinance.

    The Owenton City Council has been reviewing the zoning ordinance, which the mayor has been referring to as a nuisance ordinance.

    Wotier said the terminology for the two has been used loosely.

  • Honor Roll

    Fouth Nine Weeks

    Fourth-Grade

    Super Honor Roll

    Zach Brashears, Destiny Bruce, Emily Cammack, Grant Cobb, Blake Duncan, Lindsay Gill, Nash Glacken, Coyie Hammond, Jessica Hardin, Reagan Hearn, Cayge Keeton, Rachel Miller, Katie Patterson, Madelin Shelton, Avrin Smith and  Sydni Toole

    Regular Honor Roll

  • Middle-school awards

    Rotary Awards 

    Sixth grade: Mikala Wilhoite, Carson Williams

    Seventh grade: Ashton Marcum, Tanner Smith

    Eighth grade: Sarah Wotier, Wyatt Hill

    Perfect Attendance

    Quinton Ellis, Jade Holland, Savanna Trautwein Brady Glacken, Triston Grisham, Katlin Prather, Corby Smith, Whitney Burke, Haley Hatchett, Sarah Wotier

    NJHS (Completed Standards)

  • Owen Electric to hold board election

    Although there will be a contested election Friday evening, not everyone in Owen County can vote.

    For the past few weeks, the election for the Owen Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has been heating up with supporters and candidates reaching out to the public for support.

    For Owen Electric district one, which covers Owen County, the candidates are incumbent Ann Bond, who has served on the board for eight years, and former Kentucky Educational Television Director of Communications Tona Barkley of Monterey.

  • Don Martin named interim superintendent

    The Owen County Board of Education has selected an interim superintendent to lead the way until the position can be filled permanently.

    Don Martin, a retired Grant County School District superintendent, was selected during a special meeting of the Owen County Board of Education Thursday.

    Owen County Board of Education Chairperson Terry Patterson said Martin was found through the help of the Kentucky School Board Association’s superintendent search service.

  • Daughters of the American Revolution News

    The John Guill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met June 2 at the Owen County Public Library.

    The guest speaker, Danielle Pray, is a member of the Pawtucket Chapter in Rhode Island but has resided in Walton with her husband and two children for the past 13 years.

    She was accompanied by her daughter, Emily,  a member of the Rhode Island Children of the American Revolution.

  • Delinquent taxes list incorrect

    A mistake by the Owen County clerk led to the accidental publication of several names as being delinquent on property taxes even though their taxes had been paid.

    Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said there have been several changes to the process of printing delinquent tax bills this year that resulted in her mistake.

    “In years past, the sheriff’s office did everything,” Kincaid said. “This year, the laws have changed on how the tax lists were to be handled.”

  • Mennonite family opening store in Owen County

    For many people today, the smell of fresh-made bread and ice cream is either a long-held memory or an unknown experience.

    But in the next few weeks, a family new to Owen County will be helping renew or create those experiences for the community.

    Wilmer Stoltzfus, 39, hopes to open the doors to Countryside Deli and Bakery on U.S. 127, about four miles south of Owenton, in August. Construction on the building began in May.

    The store will feature fresh bread, ice cream, baking supplies, homemade jams and jellies and plenty of pickles.

  • Letter to the Editor: Barkley is best candidate for co-op board

    One of the lessons we all should have been learning through the last couple years is that large corporate enterprises can run extremely askew from the public interest. We have even seen them operate against their own best interests as their executives helped themselves to personal financial rewards while steering their companies into devastating circumstances.