Today's News

  • Law enforcement: Heroin use steady; pill and meth use on the rise

    While heroin use in Owen County remains steady, Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said other drugs like meth and pills are once again gaining popularity. 

    Owenton Police Chief Terry Gentry agreed but said there seems to be a steady flow of heroin cases within the city limits. 

    “From talking to some of the arrestees, some of them are now turning to meth instead of heroin due to a fear of overdose,” Gentry said.

  • OCHS hosts VEX Robotics tournament

    Vex Robotics cites their program as “teams of students tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge.” 

  • Decades-old case remains unsolved

    An updated facial reconstruction for an unidentified woman found dead on Highway 330 nearly three decades ago has been released by the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). 

    NamUs Director of Case Management and Communications J. Todd Matthews said the new profile rendering could help officials put the case to rest.

  • Court hears update on potential new fire department

    A decision regarding the Owen County Fire Department station two fund was put off for at least another month after a meeting of the Owen County Fiscal Court Jan. 25. 

    The court established an escrow account for the South Owen Fire Department’s portion of the fire fee money after the department disbanded in late 2014. The money has been held in the account ever since. 

  • Robots set to descend on OCHS once more

    Across the country, companies, schools and universities are putting an emphasis on STEM subjects of math, science and physics. 

    Owen County High School Teacher Rusty Willhoite has expanded student interest in STEM and engineering with the Vex Robotics program. 

  • Pratt co-sponsors legislation to increase pay for police, firefighters

    Rep. Phillip Pratt, R-Georgetown, has recently co-sponsored a bill to increase pay for police officers, firefighters, and volunteer firefighters.  House Bill 60 seeks to increase the annual pay from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund to qualified police officers from $3,000 to $4,000; the Firefighters Foundation Program fund from $3,000 to $4,000; and monies allocated to qualified volunteer fire departments from $8,250 to $11,000.

  • MBMS Academic Team hosts district Governor’s Cup
  • County will serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz

    An alcohol ordinance relating to the sale of alcohol in the City of Gratz will soon come up for approval by the Owen County Fiscal Court. 

    In a recent meeting between Gratz Mayor Charles Redmon, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis and Owen County Attorney Josh Smith, the three agreed that due to the city’s budget restraints the county would serve as alcohol administrator for Gratz. 

  • World War I veteran a charter member of local historical society

    They were a people stalwart of frame, hale and hearty, vigorous and strong, with muscles hardened under the strain of taming the sometimes cantankerous Kentucky River. They were the substance of river lore, and their stories have been preserved from the time the Kentucky made its debut on the stage of river history. They were the rivermen of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Looking Back | April 5, 2017

    April 4, 2012
    5 years ago
    Georgia educator to lead Owen County High

    When the doors of Owen County High School open for the 2012-2013 school year students will be under new leadership.
    Duane Kline, who currently serves as director of operations for the Butts County School District in Georgia, was awarded the position out of a total of 12 applicants.