Today's News

  • School board selects architect for road widening

    The Owen County Board of Education selected RossTarrant Architects, Inc. for a new project at its Oct. 19 meeting.
    The firm is not working to build a new school this time around, but rather will create a solution to improving the road access to the Maurice Bowling Middle School and Owen County High School.
    “We’re looking to resurface the road and widen it,” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “…It’ll help with some of the turning there in front of the middle school.”

  • County aid emergency road funds awarded to Owen County

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently announced that Owen County will receive $214,400 in County Road Aid emergency funds. The county will use the funds for a bridge repair on Natlee Slatin Road (CS 1119) located 2.2 miles from KY 2018 over Lytles Fork Creek.
    These roads serve residents in Owen County. The repairs will make travel safer for cars, school buses and other vehicles.
    “These projects are an example of the cabinet’s commitment to provide a solid infrastructure in Owen County,” said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock.

  • Senior Services of N. Ky. to cease operations

    Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, which provides partial funding for Owen County Public Transit and the Owen County Senior Center, announced Monday it would be discontinuing services.
    A press release on the service’s website cited a lack of funding as the source of the discontinuance.
    Its last day of operation will be Friday.
    “Upon careful deliberation and explorations of options and with guidance from outside consultants and council, the board of directors of SSNK has voted to discontinue services,” the release said.

  • County urges caution when dialing 9-1-1

    The Owen County Fiscal Court is urging residents to use careful consideration when dialing 911 for medical purposes.
    When it comes to a medical need and an emergency, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said there’s a big difference.
    The court continues to prepare for the possible closure of New Horizons Medical Center, which would increase transport times for EMS runs, Ellis said.

  • A troubling trend

    A well-kept teenager’s bedroom. There was a place for everything and everything in its place, including the nine examples of drug paraphernalia that Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse hid inside the mock-up at the Owen County High School auditorium Oct. 13.
    Bosse addressed an audience of 10 people about the dangers of drug addiction and some of the psychology behind addiction, as well as things parents and caretakers should watch out for to know if a teenager is in the early stages of addiction.

  • Volunteer firefighters respond to smoke at Owenton Center

    Owen County volunteer firefighters responded to smoke at 905 Hwy. 127 N., Owenton Center, Monday.
    Owenton Fire Chief J.O. Powers said the motor to an HVAC unit was frozen when the unit came on.
    “It heated itself up and got hot, started to smoke,” Powers said. “The smoke filtered to the attic, that’s when they called us.”
    The call came in at 8:37 a.m. Powers said firefighters were on scene within two minutes.
    Powers said the facility’s maintenance man cut the unit off.

  • Alleged burglary ends with man being flown to UC Hospital

    What began as a burglary at a Wheatley home Oct. 14 ended with an injury accident and one patient flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.
    Two men, Kevin Clarkson and James Taylor, allegedly broke into the home of Tommy Williams on Hwy. 227 near Wheatley, according to Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Caldwell.
    The two men allegedly swiped a 48-inch flat screen TV from Williams’ residence.

  • Doctors could return within 45 days

    HealthPoint Family Care CEO Chris Goddard said patients of Owen County’s three doctors are making the trek to Florence for their healthcare, but he is hopeful to have the doctors back in the county within 45 days.
    Physicians Eric Baumann, Larry Johnson and Doug Smalara recently joined HealthPoint Family Care and are temporarily located in Florence.
    In a September press release, HealthPoint CEO Chris Goddard said it is the company’s intent to open an office in Owenton in the near future to return the physicians to their community.

  • PROFICIENT: OCHS earns high marks in statewide testing

    Statewide-standardized test scores were released recently and Owen County High School earned the title proficient.
    The goal after last year’s scores at the high school was 63.6, lower than the proficient cutoff of 70.2 for the 2014-2015 school year. The high school exceeded that by one point, scoring 71.2 and ranking in the 73rd percentile of all Kentucky schools.
    “It was pleasing [receiving the scores],” Superintendent Robert Stafford said. “We made good gains in college and career readiness and the end of course [assessments].”

  • State candidates to attend forum

    It might not be Fancy Farm, but the Owen County High School Civics Club hopes to encourage local residents to vote by hosting a political forum at 7 p.m. today.
    OCHS senior and civics club officer Connor Chancery said all statewide candidates were equally sought after, but many declined or had prior engagements.