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Today's News

  • Community Events | June 28, 2017

    Owen County Parks & Rec is offering co-ed and church league softball immediatley following fair week. Forms may be found at www.owencountyparksandrec.com and the $250 team fee is due June 30. They may be turned in or mailed to 100 N. Thomas St., Owenton, KY 40359. For more information, contact the director of both leagues, Tim McIntosh, at (502) 330-6346. A minimum of four teams must sign up with the form and fee for the league to play.

  • Owen sheriff switches to fee-pooling

    Following months of discussion, the Owen County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance for fee-pooling at the Owen County Sheriff’s Office.
    Under a fee-pooling system, the operating budget for the sheriff’s department will be run through the county treasurer in the judge- executive’s office.

  • Walls come tumbling down

    The scenery on Highway 22 East has recently seen drastic changes due to the demolition of the former Owen County Elementary School.
    The facility is currently being demolished by a construction company based out of Lexington to make way for renovations to the Owen County Lower Elementary School, which houses students in kindergarten through second grade.
    The demolition is nearly 70 percent complete, according to Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford.

  • County declared a ‘Work Force Ready in Progress’ community

    Owen County was declared a “Work Ready in Progress” community by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, a panel of experts representing each of ten stakeholder groups that reviews each application for Work Ready and Work Ready in Progress status.
    Over the past several years, a committee has worked together using previously-collected data and narratives to outline a working plan to reach Work Ready status.

  • Veterans, police, first responders to be honored at fair

    Towns of all sizes are full of people who go beyond what they have been asked to do. Whether it is helping a stranger or protecting the city as a whole, there are many hometown heroes that people can constantly rely on.
    Owen County’s hometown heroes will be honored at the Owen County 4-H Fair and Horse Show at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16.

  • Gov. Bevin launches ‘Message of Hope’ Campaign

    FRANKFORT — Governor Matt Bevin’s office began placing painted rocks around Kentucky Thursday afternoon in order to raise awareness for Kentucky's opioid epidemic and the “Don’t Let Them Die” (DLTD) initiative.

  • Remembering the ‘pie ladies’ of Dog Hill

    They were called “the pie ladies,” and a child living on Dog Hill (East Adair) in the late 1950s and early 1960s most likely purchased one of the flaky muffin-size pies that the pie ladies sold for a quarter.

  • Looking Back | August 16, 2017

    5 years ago
    Aug. 15, 2012

    Elementary students take over former middle school

    As students in Owen County returned back to school today, those at Owen County Elementary School had a completely revamped facility to kick the year off in.
    After housing Maurice Bowling Middle School students for nearly 26 years, the building at 1960 Hwy. 22 East will now be home to elementary students after the Owen County Board of Education approved a $1.6 million building and grounds plan in 2011.

  • Owen District Court | August 8, 2017

    Aug. 8, 2017

    Nick L. Barrett, 1982, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, heroin.
    Bobby C. Beckley, 1955, third-degree burglary, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, pre-trial conference set for Sept. 12.
    Matthew T. Bedford, 1986, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, three years, waive fines, to serve 60 days, credit time served.

  • Peas and Poetry, meteorite shower make for big week on the Branch

    Schools starts today. I haven’t had a child in school since John graduated, I won’t tell you how long ago that has been. My great-grandchildren will be starting school in Frankfort.
    Noel Thomas started his bus route Monday. He is driving some students to classes in Carrollton. Joel will have to start coordinating his deliveries in the late afternoon with the bus run coming home. Kay’s Branch Road is not built for school buses and semis to coexist.