Today's News

  • Historical Society News, July 8, 2015

    For thousands of years the Kentucky river has sung its ancient song in whispers, gurgles, and at time in furious tirades. It makes a wide sweeping bend at Gratz; and according to the “Owen County 1883 Atlas,” the river collected the waters from two creeks on either side of the town. The names assigned these tributaries were “Clay Lick Creek” and “Lowdenback or Hogs Thief Branch.”

  • Celebrating freedom

    Mother nature provided the perfect weather Saturday for the Fourth of July celebrations, despite recent rain and storms.
    Families and friends all over the county gathered for cookouts, swimming and to shoot off a variety of fireworks.
    For one East Adair Street family, the Fourth of July means a time of putting on an exciting display of fireworks for friends and neighbors.
    Willy Arnce said he begins collecting fireworks in April to prepare for the big show.
    The yearly tradition entered it’s fourth year Saturday and is expected to grow next year.

  • Local students to participate in world's largest rodeo

    When asked what makes the rodeo special to 16-year-old Wyatt Cole, his response comes quickly.
    “It’s a way of life,” Wyatt says. “It’s the western heritage of it.”
    Wyatt, along with his 17-year-old brother Quinn, will participate in the National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 12-18 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
    Quinn and Wyatt, the sons of Greg and Isabella Cole of Owen County, will compete in the team roping competition.

  • One airlifted following Monday wreck
  • No new director for county EMS

    Citing a limited amount of money and resources, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis said, going forward, an EMS director in the traditional sense will no longer be on the county’s payroll.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court began an assessment of EMS earlier this year.
    During the assessment, former Owen County EMS Director Kevin Luther resigned. Since that time there has been an acting director and each and every employee has been carrying out the load of the operations, Ellis said.

  • Going out with a BOOM!

    Patti Parker Gaines and Ken Gaines have been selling fireworks for Owen countians to enjoy since 2004.
    This year, Loud and Rowdy Fireworks has two stands in Owenton, as well as stands in Eminence, Warsaw and Shelbyville.
    Providing a place to buy fireworks from a locally owned and locally operated business, Loud and Rowdy Fireworks’ employees are all from Owen County.
    Patti Gaines said she expects big sales this year due to the recent rain.

  • Fiscal court passes $5.5 million budget

    The Owen County Fiscal Court passed its $5.5 million budget June 23, just days before the start of the new fiscal year, which begins today.
    Despite being new to the judge’s office, Owen County Judge-Executive Casey Ellis’ term as a county magistrate helped familiarize him with the budget process.
    “For the 2015-16 fiscal year we’ll be doing a lot better job supplementing the budget with grant money versus general fund dollars,” Ellis said. “We’ll have expanded services, all while costing the taxpayers less money.”

  • Vandals take toll on mailboxes

    The Owen County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a number of reports of damaged or destroyed mailboxes.
    Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said 30 to 40 mailboxes were either destroyed or tampered with between 3 and 4 a.m. June 25.
    Additionally, Bess said the vandal or vandals had reportedly placed red or black paint on some of the mailbox posts.
    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marty Lilly said the vandalism seemed to run in a circle, with mailboxes being hit on Hwy. 22 W. in Owenton, Lake Road, Southfork Road and Cull Road.

  • Monterey hopes to find philanthropist to fund community center

    “It feels like the heart has been ripped out of our town.”
    With drug use on the rise and a town full of deteriorating buildings, Doreen McElroy, says the City of Monterey needs a place for the community to come together.
    Some community members, including McElroy, have their eye set on 32 Worth St., the former Monterey location of Peoples Bank.
    “The building needs a lot of work,” McElroy said. “It needs a new roof, electric upgrading, a whole bunch of stuff.”

  • Wotier gives state of the city

    Owenton Mayor David “Milkweed” Wotier recently gave his state of the city address, which highlighted the city’s efforts to decrease the budget and crack down on the nuisance properties.
    Since retaking office in January, Wotier said he has tried to familiarize himself with the changes that took place during the four years he was out.